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6 Ways to Use Bamboo in the Modern Home

Long used in Asian architecture—skyscraper scaffolding in Hong Kong are still built with it—bamboo became popular in North American during the 1990s with the introduction of laminated bamboo flooring. As with any responsibly cultivated and harvested wood, especially one that grows this quickly, bamboo can have a positive environmental impact by acting as a carbon sink.
October 6, 2015
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8 Uses for Douglas Fir in the Modern Home

Found in everything from structural timbers to decorative accents, Douglas fir is a nearly-omnipresent material in North American architecture. Fir is a fixture of building past and present: it's frequently salvaged from old structures even as it's cultivated across Canada and the U.S. See its diverse application in these contemporary residences!
September 22, 2015
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6 Ingenious Built-Ins

Whether you are short on space or looking to streamline your storage, these built-ins will inspire design that is both functional and stylish.
September 17, 2015
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24 Expert Tips and Tricks for Designing Small Dwellings

Our upcoming November 2015 Small Spaces issue explores some of the worlds best homes, all sized 970 to 55 square feet. We've asked the architects behind those houses to help us think big and design small: what were their big takeaways learned from first-hand experience?
September 15, 2015
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7 Ways to Use Ipe Wood

Durable and dense—so dense it doesn't float—ipe is an excellent material for outdoor settings. But how to use it? Patio decking is the most common application but just one of many. While ipe's oils and tannins make it difficult to paint, a well-maintained ipe construction can last 25 years for more. If properly dried, the wood can be used within interiors as well. Lastly, while ipe is a tropical hardwood, it's now typically farmed instead of being harvested from the wild. If you're buying ipe, make sure it's been properly certified by the Forest Stewardship Council or other watchdog organizations. Here are seven ways to use ipe that aren't plain old decking!
September 14, 2015
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8 Space-Saving Hacks for Small Kitchens

May the following tips for kitchens inspire you to reduce, reuse, declutter, and organize your small kitchen in style.
July 26, 2015
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10 Modern Entrance Halls

From tiny apartments to grand houses, there are a myriad ways to make a first impression. Peruse our favorites, with space-saving solutions, innovative finishes, and ways to have absolutely, positively nothing crowding your flow.
July 23, 2015
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7 Ways to Add Color to Your Dining Room

We love a monochromatic dining room, but sometimes a blast of color makes things a little more joyful. Here are some of our favorite designs.
June 30, 2015