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Cantilevered tree house in the Puerto Rico tropics

Tree House Retreat Made of Repurposed Materials

An artist crafts a sustainable tree house in the Puerto Rican tropics as an inventive take on the exhibition space.
July 30, 2014
greenbuilt

The Most Impressive Green Homes in Chicago

Now in its second year, the GreenBuilt Home tour showed the curious a cross-section of Chicago’s new sustainable and eco-friendly homes. The open dialogue about cost and comparable energy bills (many of the homes with solar panels proudly displayed utility bills with $0 owed) suggest the continued cost-effectiveness of these homes is making them a much bigger part of the conversation. Click through the slideshow for a look at some of our favorite green homes from the tour.
July 30, 2014
compact prefab new zealand exterior

7 Modular Beach Homes

Thanks to prefab technology, it’s now possible to bring an entire home with you on your seaside vacation. These modular structures were delivered straight to the shore to provide easy ocean access.
July 29, 2014
Elevated glass walkway at the Danish Maritime Museum

Instant Building Inspiration Around the World

The World Architecture Festival, taking place October 1-3, 2014, in Singapore, recently announced the shortlist for its awards program. Click through the slideshow for 10 of the most inspiring buildings that made the cut.
July 29, 2014
Textured fabrics for many purposes

Colorful Textiles We Love for Floors or Tables

When it comes to versatile textiles, designer Sandy Chilewich's eponymous studio creates innovative products for both domestic and industrial settings. Originally introduced to the international design community in 2000, Chilewich's woven textiles have redefined the way people cover their tables and floors. From placemats for an outdoor tabletop to floor coverings for a busy hallway, the Dwell Store features many of Chilewich's best-selling products.
July 29, 2014
Barbara Hill chose a condominium in a 1960s building, largely for the southwest-facing terrace and views. Its 850 square feet provided enough space, but little within was worth keeping. "It was a bachelor pad," she says.

8 Amazing Concrete Renovations

There are many reasons to build with concrete: it’s cheap, durable, and minimalistic. Whether adding new concrete elements or exposing old ones, these home renovations make impressive use of the material.
July 29, 2014
happy hamper laundry room laundry chute modern

Bright Modern Laundry Room We'd Actually Like to Spend Time In

Often, we cleanse our duds in a wasteland of half-forgotten detergent bottles and dryer-sheet-detritus. But one creative couple in Boston’s South End have reimagined their laundry room as a sanctuary.
July 29, 2014
TapPainter app color swatches and shape selector.

Painting Your Walls? This App Will Help

The camera in a tablet or phone is powerful enough to render high-resolution images of interior space, and this app uses that capability to pick wall colors. Starting with a photo of the room, TapPainter draws from brand-name paint color inventories to find potential shades, then applies the new coats. Available only for iOS, $2.99.
July 29, 2014
Dyson handheld vacuum head.

Dyson Wireless Handheld Vacuum for Small Jobs

James Dyson made his name making high-end, beautifully structured, and functionally impressive vacuum cleaners. An offshoot from the typical canister and upright vacuums Dyson makes is its wireless handhelds, the latest of which is the DC59 Motorhead. The benefit of one of these models is that since they’re so light and maneuverable, it’s easier to clean intermittently. The DC59 can’t match the suction power of a dedicated upright, but it's ideal for quick dust removal, sucking up spider webs, or clearing broken glass. Available for $550.
July 28, 2014
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