A Brief History of Brutalism: Loved by Critics and Hated by (Almost) Everyone Else

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From the BBC and CNN and now the New York Times, the word has come: Brutalism, perhaps the most reviled of all architectural styles, is back. Here’s what you need to know about the movement associated with hulking concrete masses and Soviet apartment buildings, beloved of critics and the architectural elite but despised by pretty much everyone else.

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7 Simple Truths About Stuff to Remember in 2017

Stuff. We spend a lot of energy and money acquiring it…and we spend a lot of time looking around our homes and wondering “How the heck did I get all this stuff?” If you are tired of the push and pull of stuff in your life, consider these simple stuff truths by a design expert who absolutely aces storage, stuff and style in a small studio apartment.

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5 Breathtaking Affordable Kitchen Transformations

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Think you can’t afford a new kitchen? Think again! These five budget kitchen renovations prove that you don’t need a ton of cash to get a new look in your kitchen — just a lot of elbow grease (and a little bit of creativity).

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3 Easy Holiday Garlands You Can Make With Pantry Supplies — Kitchn

From Kitchn → 3 Easy DIY Garlands for Your Food-Lover’s Christmas Tree

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Bigger’s Not Always Better: 10 Reasons to Love (Cleaning) Your Small Home

When it comes to cleaning house, bigger definitely isn’t always better. Ask anyone with a giant place if they’d rather be responsible for looking after a studio-sized apartment—and suddenly your humble abode won’t seem so bad after all. In fact, preserving your neat and orderly small-ish home can feel relatively painless when you compare it to cleaning ones with more square-footage—consider it the silver lining of small housekeeping. Read ahead for more reasons why maintaining a modest dwelling is substantially easier than being in charge of a big one.

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Modern Pod Complements Victorian Home

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This home addition in Melbourne, Australia was built to complement a Victorian house. Designed by Nic Owen Architects in 2016, the 154 square meter “pod” house addition added a family room and kitchen.

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The purpose of the addition was for form to follow function. Being separated from the main site meant that the pod is free to respond to the natural restraints and limitations of the site, while respecting the past.
The roof extends to provide shade from direct sunlight, but exists at such an angle that allows low winter sunlight to enter. The roof over the family room, which is set higher than the rest of the home, is able to fold down to the west to protect from harsh evening glare. The view to the backyard is still visible.

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By leaving the first structure intact, the architects were able to create a less fussy, more efficient design that responded well to the surrounding environment.

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Here’s the Most Nick Offerman Way to Spend New Year’s Eve — Design News

New Year’s Eve usually involves the four Cs: Countdowns, Confetti, Champagne, and Crowds. However, that’s not everyone’s speed. If you’d rather ring in 2017 in silence with a glass of whisky, Nick Offerman has you covered.

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