Archive for March 24th, 2013

7 Ways to Create a Gorgeous Outdoor Room

Revel in the sights and scents of spring on a patio or in a garden corner decked out in comfy interior style

It’s spring! Long days, sunshine, birds, barbecues, flowers! For the next six months or so, it’s outside time (sorry, people in the Northeast; your time will come). Which means, of course, that you should have an outdoor room, a place where you can do all the things you do in winter — entertain, read, eat, relax — under the big, blue sky.

Contemporary Home in Japan Integrating Real Trees in The Structure

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The Garden Tree House is a project restored by Hironaka Ogawa & Associates in Kagawa, Japan. Seen from the outside, the house looks perfectly normal (it has a modern design, a straight neat façade and a beautiful zen garden surrounding it). The “anomaly” consists in a pair of trees (an Azelkova and a Camphor tree), with sentimental value, that ended up being integrated in the house’s structure. A real challenge for the architects and a feeling of satisfaction for the owners that (still) wanted to enjoy the trees as a part of their lives. “These trees looked over the family for thirty-five years. They colored the gardenand grew up with the family. Therefore, utilizing these trees and creating a new place for the client became the main theme for the design.”

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