An East London neighborhood has a new corner store, but the groceries aren’t what they expect. Artist Lucy Sparrow has us in stitches, because everything in the shop is made of felt. The gum, the beer, even the biscuits. And it’s all for sale: £3 for a felt cigarette lighter to £840 for the store’s till, all available after the shop closes on August 31.
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Last year I packed up our four kids and maybe 20% of our furniture and we left our big house, and everything in it, to be sold. At the time, it felt like – it was – an enormous loss, although I did everything I could to make it seem like an adventure. We moved to a temporary rental; I caught my breath. I was determined to stay in the same general area, so my kids could have the same friends and go to the same school. But money is tight and Washington, DC is an expensive area, so my options were limited.
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As school year schedules are finalized, parents may find themselves fielding their kids’ requests for music lessons. While the “Mozart effect” has been debunked in recent years (no, playing Don Giovanni for your child won’t put them on the fast track to the Ivy League), recent research indicates that children do benefit socially, emotionally, and cognitively from learning to play an instrument. Scholarship aside, playing music is incredibly fun. If your kid wants to learn, here are a few things to consider.
By Anna Winston
Renovation by: Takbir Fatima from DesignAware
Location: Hyderabad, India
This kitchen had been through a lot of wear: the original construction was faulty, causing leakage in the floor, the original design allowed for almost no natural light to enter the kitchen, and previous tenants’ lack of maintenance had made an entire wall stubbornly greasy. Before moving in, I brought down the wall separating the kitchen and dining areas, opening up the space. The back wall of the kitchen was also brought down and the adjoining balcony/wash area was taken in.
Although our experiences with staircases are fleeting by design, there is still pressure to make them beautiful. Because they’re seen from multiple rooms and different levels, there’s a lot of room for a great architect to play with scale and structure. And boy, do they deliver. This is gratuitous, unabashed stair porn, and no, we’re not sorry.
By Amy Frearson
Geometric pencil sharpeners, a horse-shaped chaise longue and a ladder with a built-in seat are among the dream items created by young designers for clients including Paul Smith, Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid and Richard Rogers (+ slideshow). (more…)
Storage is always at a premium in a small space, but nowhere is that more true than in the bathroom. There are so many little odds and ends — makeup, razors, hairbrushes, toilet paper — that you just have to have, but where in the world do you put all that stuff? If the clutter in your bathroom is getting a little out of control, it might be time to check out these 10 ways to squeeze a little extra storage out of a small bathroom.
By Ray Murphy
Dezeen promotion: international carpet tile manufacturer Interface has announced the release of Human Nature, a new flooring collection inspired by forest floors, grassy fields and pebbled garden paths. (more…)