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So, I still have not ordered a new light for over our dining table because...Ben and I cannot agree! My husband, who hardly EVER voices an opinion when it comes to interior design, really wants to keep a ceiling fan there. I timed this project very poorly, as it was 107 degrees last week. So yeah, I have to admit, we've had the fans going nonstop and they have been nice practically speaking. But duuuude, the dining room is the best opportunity for a beautiful pendant or chandelier! I'm not even one of these people who is against ceiling fans on principle. I know they're nice for moving air around and keeping energy bills down, and there are a lot of options nowadays that look good. I'm totally cool with fans in other rooms...but I'm just not a fan of them over the dining table! Ahaha. Puns aside, after a couple heated arguments, I decided to look for inspiration photos to see if I could get onboard with this idea. I definitely hate the fan we have right now. But if we got a prettier, sleeker, more modern fan, could it look okay? I had a hard time finding examples of this, but I did round up a feeewww visuals that aren't bad. What do you think? Are ceiling fans a huge no-no in the dining room? Will they fling dust all over our food and cool dinner down way too fast? Would it be a travesty to waste that space where we could have put an amazing light? Or should I give in to my husband for the sake of marital peace, since he is kind enough to let me decorate however I want for the most part? Do any of you have a fan in the dining room?
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Ive recently become obsessed with plants. Thats not to say that I havent always really liked plants, but a conversation this summer changed the way I saw them. A few months ago I had my friend Shane from Moss and Timber (if youre local to So. Utah you MUST check it out!!) come by the Merc and check out the window lighting. I knew I was going to invest pretty heavily in some large plants and wanted to make sure that I was getting the right kind for each place. Ive always heard about how important the right lighting conditions are, but never really cared all that much.
Maybe that is why they always died?
Over the last few months Ive collected quite a few. My favorite one being a tall rubber plant that I put right in front of our north facing window. Almost immediately it sprouted new growth, and hasnt slowed (16 new leaves and still going strong!) It makes me feel like a freaking rockstar, even though Ive done nothing differently. I was in Moss and Timber bragging to Shane about it and he said something Ill never forget. Plants can either be an accessory or a friend. If you treat them like an accent piece they probably wont survive, but if you treat them like a friend, chances are youll have a lifelong companion. WUUUUUT. Once that little phrase was shared it was like one of those moments in a movie where all of your past comes rushing back and I could see plant after plant that had mercilessly suffered at my hands because it was more important to have it styled in a place where I wanted, than to give it a home where it needed to be.
Im such a jerk! RIP little buddies!
When it comes to booking travel accommodations nowadays, the options are endless. From boutique hotels, to budget-friendly hostels, exclusive resorts, and even Airbnb, its become easier to find places to stay that speak to your specific preference and travel needs. Budget is king when it comes to narrowing down where to stay when planning trips and vacations, closely followed by the desire for something clean, comfortable, and convenient. But what about those who want something a bit more unique?
If you are planning a trip to New Orleans, LA and are looking for somewhere to stay with a unique cultural aesthetic, youll want to add Hbitt Blnc to your list. I first discovered the amazing guest house of BOA a high-end furniture designer and owner of Oi Studio on Instagram and immediately wanted to know more about it. Im delighted to have BOA share more about Hbitt Blnc and how she infused her multicultural upbringing into its design.
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24 shed-hot finalists from around the UK set to battle for top honour of Cuprinol Shed of the Year Cuprinol has announced the long-awaited Shed of the Year shortlist for 2018 celebrating this years most eccentric, exceptional, and extraordinary sheds Public voting is now open to decide the eight category winners Now in its 11th
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Finding cool door hardware isnt hard, especially if you like clean modern designs, but what if you want something that is positively vintage? Finding antique door knobs (or replicas for a fraction of the price!) is something that can be tricky. Most of your normal door hardware companies dont hit the vintage door knob out of the park, but I found one that totally does!
Obviously being the most special building in the entire world, the Merc couldnt have just normal hardware. I mean the doors themselves were such a statement, I needed something that was the perfect companion for them. My search came to an abrupt end when I fell down the design rabbit hole that is Nostalgic Hardware with their massive combinations of vintage style door knobs and backplates. If you can dream it, chances are theyve got it. I couldnt have found a better partner for this important design decision at the Merc.
Each door knob can be configured to reach your anticipated antique level. They have hundreds of combinations, from the long simple New York backplate (the one we went with!) to the heavily detailed Egg and Dart plate. They have got so many options, and then you throw in the knob selection and your mind sort of explodes. Precision cut crystal, smooth porcelain, and perfectly finished metals make up almost 30 knob options. Imagine the possibilities folks!!
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Theres this advertised app that comes up every so often when I scroll my Instagram feed called Calm. It always has these super soothing sounds such as a heavy rainfall where you can hear each raindrop hit leaves, along with washed out toned dreamy photos that really are lovely. And yes, calm. Every time I 
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For some, collecting certain objects brings a feeling of pride; for others, continuity. For Deanna Jennings, its tranquility. That feeling of deep calm is what drew Deanna to grow her collection of living things plants. Raised in rural Oregon in a time before video games and computers, Deanna says her childhood was spent playing outside in the forest. Thinking back, she is so grateful for those magical days roaming free among the majestic trees and tip-toeing on the soft, mossy ground. Her appreciation for nature was born under a canopy of green.
Now, as a working mother, her time is spent mostly indoors. The days of roaming the forest may be a fond memory, but Deanna has created her own special place filled with a collection of indoor plants that bring her back to those cherished days. Recently Deanna realized that as her collection grew and more plants filled her home, she felt more relaxed with each addition. While she leads a minimal lifestyle and doesnt accumulate a lot of stuff, she notes that there is always room for another plant in her home.
Deanna jokes that shes not sure if its the nost...
On the prairie grasses of Norman, Oklahoma sits an utterly unique and curious structure appearing to some as a large bird or creature; to others as perhaps the result of tornado devastation. This gamut of puzzling wonder over first sights of The Prairie House also known as the Prairie Chicken House for its resemblance to the bird was fully intended by architect Herb Greene when he built the dazzling home in 1961.
However strange the 2,100-square-foot, two-story home might appear from the outside is quickly forgotten upon stepping through the doorway; a swirling feast for the eyes of rough sawn cedar boards and unfinished cedar shingles swirl and unfold, a fantastic display of Greenes freestyle interpretation of his learnings and influence from both Frank Lloyd Wright and Bruce Goff. Greenes Prairie House, built for himself and his family, was considered to be an early symbol of Organic Modernism.
Some 60 years later, The Prairie House was in need of some love and maintenance, and Austin Hacker and Bryan Bloom, owners of design/build firm OXBloom, came along and purchased the property in March. Austin and Bryan, whose firm focuses on residential architecture and academic partnersh...
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I visited Mesa Verde in Colorado near the Four Corners. This was my first encounter with the ruins of the ancestral Puebloan people, progenitors of the Pueblo and Hopi nations. I had heard about Mesa Verde since I was a kid, but nothing could prepare me for the awesome reality. Despite the influx of tourists, there is a peaceful and spiritual quality that persists.
The most famous aspect of what was left behind there are the cliff dwellings, which are certainly magnificent. These finely crafted rock structures emerge from huge alcoves within the cliff faces, and from a distance resemble swallows nests, fitting into the surrounding rock just as naturally. Actually the cliff houses represent the culmination of about seven centuries of habitation at Mesa Verde. Then around 1300 AD the people abruptly abandoned their homes and moved south and southeast to establish other communities. There is much speculation about why they moved, but the most likely cause was a prolonged period of at least 12 years of drought.
The cliffs were only occupied for the last two centuries at Mesa Verde; before that, all habitation was on the mesa above. At first the people made rectangular pit houses that were dug partially into the ground and then built up with poles and sticks plastered with mud. The entrance was via a hole in the roof with a ladder descending to the floor below. Archeologists believe that from this simple pit house both the freestanding masonry pueblo and the underground circular kiva evolved. The cliff dwellings combined both interconnected pueblo apartments and kivas, which were used for ceremonial and community functions. Some of the larger cliff dwellings may have housed over a hundred people. Most of the Mesa Verdeans lived in this communal way, but there were also many smaller housing units scattered throughout the area. It is obvious that they were a very cooperative society.
Little did they know that their style of architecture would become so enormously popular many centuries later. Pueblo or Santa Fe style building can be linked directly to them. The Spanish introduced modular adobe blocks that make the construction go faster, but the simple stacked rectangular shapes with protruding vigas is native American.
These people were primarily farmers, growing squash, corn...
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