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How to Protect Your Home from Creepie Crawlies

19 June, 2018 - 20:58

Bugs and other pests need food, water, and shelter to survive, just like any other creature. According to The Entomological Foundation, the ratio of insects to humans on earth is 200,000,000:1. That’s a lot of bugs! Chances are good that at least some of those bugs are hoping to hide out in your house or grab a snack from your kitchen! Eliminating their entry points and hiding spots will go a long way toward keeping creepie crawlies from taking up residence inside your home. To best improve your chances of staying bug-free, you need to take special care to seal up any cracks or gaps on your home’s exterior and eliminate their favorite hiding spots.

The experts at the National Pest Management Association recommend taking steps to pest-proof your home every spring. It’s a good idea to take these steps again in the fall as well, because bugs and other pests will be looking for safe shelter for the winter.

10 Ways to Protect Your Home from Creepie Crawlies

  1.       Window Screens

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Langarita & Navarro

19 June, 2018 - 20:22
Langarita & Navarro
THAT PINK THING . Valencia Langarita & Navarro . Jerónimo Hagerman . + IVAM THAT PINK THING is a temporary intervention made on the IVAM’s façade by the artist Jerónimo Hagerman (Mexico City, 1967) and the architects María Langarita (Calatorao, 1979) and Víctor Navarro (Madrid, 1979). Their intention is to reveal an IVAM parallel to … Continue reading Langarita & Navarro

Michigan Central Station: Ford & Snohetta to Revive Abandoned Detroit Icon

19 June, 2018 - 19:00
[ By WebUrbanist in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ]

Driving into Motor City, the beautiful and towering 18-story Michigan Central Station is hard to miss — it is both a Beaux-Arts Classical landmark (standing out even in a city rich with historical architecture) but also a famous abandonment, which became emlematic of the city’s decline, at least until now.

This train station operated on and off from dedication in 1914 to its final closure in 1988, a literal and symbolic victim of Detroit’s own automobile boom and suburban flight. Purchased nearly 100 years ago by Henry Ford, the building passed through many hands in the subsequent decades, before being purchased again by the Ford Motor Company this year for redevelopment.

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Haxstead Garden House / Tobias Partners

19 June, 2018 - 19:00
© Justin Alexander © Justin Alexander
  • Architects: Tobias Partners
  • Location: Central Tilba, Australia
  • Project Principal: Richard Peters
  • Architect: Julia Cumines
  • Practice Principal: Nicholas Tobias
  • Area: 220.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Justin Alexander

"This is closer to pollution than art"

19 June, 2018 - 18:43

A floating sculpture made from thousands of colourful barrels, by artist Christo, sparked a debate over public artworks in this week's comments update. Read more

Hakwood's geometric tiles can be used to create patterned feature walls

19 June, 2018 - 18:42

New wall tile designs by Hakwood

Dezeen promotion: Dutch manufacturer Hakwood looked to "curves and right angles" for the design of three new wall tiles, which can be used to create patterned walls.  Read more

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19 June, 2018 - 18:39
H Apartment . Madrid BarrioBohrer . photos: Luis Díaz Díaz Originally, the space was extremely compartmentalized. In order to access the living room from the receiving area, one had to go through a dark and tortuous path. Following the removal of all existing partitions, we introduced a capsule containing both bedrooms and bathrooms, fed by … Continue reading BarrioBohrer

Top 5 Common Mistakes Made When Upgrading The Living Room

19 June, 2018 - 18:06

When designing a dream house there a lot of things to keep in mind so it turns out as it was pictured. Every room should be compatible with the next and details should be taken care of to avoid any mishaps that might require a shift or repair later, especially the living area. This is usually the case when we want to make some changes to the existing décor.

Here are top 5 common mistakes made when upgrading the living room.  

Sofa color

Tone and color issues

It all starts with the color. The ideal color choice can brighten up a tiny room and make it look a lot bigger than its actual size and similarly too dark of a tone for all of the walls will make a big room look quite small and create an uncomfortable vibe. If you plan on changing the living room color scheme, opt in for shades that are compatible with the rest of the house and compliments the overall theme. Lighter shades tend to reflect light while darker tones generally require more lighting. If you can’t choose between various color combinations, go for wallpaper instead.

Not efficiently utilizing available room space


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Competition: win a copy of Women Design by Libby Sellers

19 June, 2018 - 17:09

In this competition, Dezeen readers have the chance to win one of five copies of a book profiling 21 inspirational female architects and designers. Read more

Gabi James LA / Blanchard Fuentes

19 June, 2018 - 17:00
© Deborah Fuentes & Frank Lee © Deborah Fuentes & Frank Lee
  • Architects: Blanchard Fuentes
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • Design Team: Blanchard Fuentes: Erik Blanchard Assoc. AIA, Deborah Fuentes, Ana Henton, Crystal Huang.
  • Interior: Ana Henton
  • Engineering: Pacific Coast Struc. Engineering
  • Area: 3500.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Deborah Fuentes & Frank Lee
© Deborah Fuentes & Frank Lee © Deborah Fuentes & Frank Lee

Text description provided by the architects. Signaled by Rivera Village’s multi-year, development plan, the dining establishment formally known as Zazou was to be rebranded and re-thought in anticipation of the upscale food trends fast approaching the area.

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Christo's First UK Outdoor Public Sculpture Opens on the Serpentine Lake

19 June, 2018 - 16:00
The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18. Image © Wolfgang Volz The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18. Image © Wolfgang Volz

The “London Mastaba” has opened in Hyde Park. A temporary sculpture floating on the Serpentine Lake, the project is the first major public outdoor sculpture in the United Kingdom designed by the artist Christo. The opening comes as new photographs by Wolfgang Volz are released which chart the construction and completion of the striking art piece.

Featuring 7,506 horizontally-stacked barrels floating on the Serpentine Lake, the Mastaba coincides with an exhibition of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s work at the Serpentine Galleries featuring sculptures, drawings, collages, and photographs spanning more than 60 years.  

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House in the Lake / A4estudio

19 June, 2018 - 15:00
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"Don't create a sad replica of Glasgow School of Art"

19 June, 2018 - 14:02

Glasgow School of Art is gone, says Alan Dunlop, and to honour Charles Rennie Mackintosh's legacy, we need to come up with new ideas for its replacement. Read more

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BIG's LEGO House has its own "Block-Buster" Netflix Documentary

19 June, 2018 - 14:00
Courtesy of LEGO Courtesy of LEGO

The LEGO House by Bjarke Ingels Group now has its own Netflix documentary. Taking viewers on a journey through the conception, design, construction, and opening of the LEGO House, the documentary offers an insight into the challenges faced throughout the process, and the thoughts and reflections of the project’s key contributors, including Bjarke Ingels.

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