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1830 Schoolhouse Salvaged as a Cozy Cabin

Joining Shobac—a historic farm in Nova Scotia now filled with cabins available for rent—is a 1830 schoolhouse converted into a two-bedroom cottage. Rehabilitated by Brian MacKay-Lyons of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, the one-room schoolhouse hails from the town of Chebogue. MacKay-Lyons purchased the decrepit structure—it had closed in 1950 and fallen into misuse—to save it from demolition, and restored and transported it to the Shobac site.
February 23, 2015
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Bathing Beauties: 5 Sleek Outdoor Showers

These spaces aren't for the bashful.
February 20, 2015
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Sling Shots: 7 Ways to Design With the Versatile Sling Chair

Think of a sling chair as having the comfort of a hammock with a dressed up sensibility. From Brazilian classics to contemporary interpretations, the following are seven hot seats.
February 20, 2015
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5 Brass Accents to Brighten Any Home

Brass is back. See how its warm glow can brighten practically any room or object.
February 19, 2015
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7 Ideas for Landscaping with Gravel

Great for adding texture to a yard or driveway, gravel is a low-maintenance, eco-friendly landscaping choice.
February 17, 2015
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8 Clever Uses of Curtains

The right window dressing can turn virtually any room into a beautiful space. Here are some examples of deftly deployed drapes and curtains.
February 3, 2015
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Upcycling Cubicles into Modern Temporary Housing

Carole Nicholson of Allsteel will join us at Dwell on Design Los Angeles to discuss her innovative ReFRAME recycling initiative.
February 2, 2015
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These Amazing Vintage Signs Are a Blast from America's Past

Photographer Bill Rose walks us through Recapturist, a website dedicated to preserving the history of head-turning American signage.
January 30, 2015
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A Modern Solution for Temporary Classrooms

Los Angeles architect Christof Jantzen has conceptualized a healthy kit-of-parts design for mobile educational buildings.
January 28, 2015