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DIY Modern Home in Central Illinois

A modern cabin in a surprising place What do you do when you want to build a modern home in the middle of Central Illinois? Specifically, a Mies van der Rohe inspired home. Well, you could buy a pre-fab and have it shipped from the coast. That would be great if you have a large amount of money. You could buy a DIY kit, and…

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Rabbit Snare Gorge Modern Cabin

The Rabbit Snare Gorge modern cabin is a unique getaway built upon a hill overlooking the coast of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia. It’s not your traditional log cabin, instead it copies the style of the traditional gable roof and dormer, but stretches it out vertically for height. The tall trees would prevent the views of the beautiful coast otherwise.…

Tripolina Leather Chair

Palermo Tripolina Chair

The ‘Tripolina’ style was originally designed over 150 years ago by a British engineer. Since then it’s become popular with everyone from the military to adventure seekers. The Palermo Tripolina Chair is handcrafted in Argentina by the Palermo Leather Workshop. The chair’s cover is made of thick 100% Argentinian vegetable-tanned polo saddle leather that gets softer and more comfortable with age. High quality guindo wood…

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Endless Power Solar Generator Possible?

  Is endless power through a solar generator possible? Yes! says Google resoundingly. As a matter of fact, Google are so committed to the task that they have put $300 million into the SolarCity, aresidential solar power company that has been installing one out of every three solar power systems in the United States. So how does Solar City work? First you sign…

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Recycled Beam Tower Pine Speakers

  I’m not sure too many audiophiles would list heart pine from a 19th century Virginia factory as a must for great sounding speakers. However, these fantastic looking pine speaker cabinets do come from factories over 100 years old. Heart pine was used in almost all factories at one time. It was used so much in the framework and flooring of…

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A Modern Fish Bowl

  I like simplicity, and the Aquafarm is nice and simple, and pretty amazing. On the lid is a tray that houses a small garden, containing  basil, mint, spinach, baby greens, and/or anything else you want to put in there. The water circulates past the roots of the plants, which in turn purifies the water, making a small Betta fish healthy and happy…

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Affordable Modern Homes from Blu

  The idea of having a green modern home seems a lot like a pipe dream for most folks. However, with each passing year we are getting closer to realizing the dream of an affordable modern home for ever more people. One such company leading the charge is Blu Homes in Waltham, MA. Blu Homes have seven home styles to…

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USA Made Furniture: The USA-OK Chair

  USA-OK Industries is a manufacturer based out of Chicago, who are presently running a Kickstarter campaign for a initial run of their USA-OK Chairs. The idea of the USA-OK chair is to have USA made furniture made by Americans, by constructing them in Chicago using a process called brake forming, “a group of standardized, low-cost operations” that uses the…

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Modern Mobile Home and Trailer

The mobile home has gotten a bad rap over the years. However true some of the criticisms can be, there is a movement under way to build better and more aesthetically pleasing mobile home units. This is actually pretty important as our population ages, and senior citizens are looking for better and more economical ways to spend their retirement in…

Haver Home

5 Ralph Haver Mid-Modern Century Homes

California born and educated at USC Pasadena in Architecture, Ralph Haver worked as an architect in Phoenix circa 1945 until the early 80’s. He designed and built homes in Mid-Century Modern style tract housing, often called Haver Homes.  Ralph Haver is responsible for so much of the design of postwar Phoenix. “Architecture is both an art and a hobby, and it is constructive.…