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a primera vista son imponentes mansiones en las que cualquiera desearía vivir. sin embargo, un segundo vistazo deja ver detalles que ponen en duda su aparente normalidad. en unos casos es la falta de carretera de acceso desde la calle o buzón. en otros, las ventanas no son más que paredes pintadas como si fuera cristal opaco. incluso en algunas se colocan un coche falso en la puerta del garaje para fingir que están habitadas

las casas huecas son un recurso empleado por las autoridades locales de medio mundo con una doble función: esconder instalaciones oficiales –de servicios como transportes, agua o luz– y no romper con la estética de las ciudades. estos son algunos de los ejemplos más llamativos:

 

una salida de emergencias

el número 58 de joralemon street es una imponente ‘townhouse’ –casa unifamiliar adosada–situada en el barrio neoyorquino de brooklyn. su valor de mercado rondaría el millón de dólares si se pusiese a la venta. sin embargo, nunca nadie vivirá allí. detrás de una fachada aparentemente normal se esconde una salida de emergencia del metro, una chimenea de ventilación y una toma de agua para los bomberos

un túnel en londres

esta bonita casa situada en los números 23 y 24 de Lenister terrace –en el centro de Londres, a escasas manzanas de hyde park– es pura fachada… y no es una forma de hablar. Detrás de sus muros, puertas, balcones y ventanas no hay nada más que unos pilares que sujetan el engaño para que no se descubra que es la coartada para camuflar la salida de un túnel del metro

 

torre de ventilación en parís

el edificio situado en el 145 de rue la Fayette en parís data de 1980. Sin embargo, su aspecto exterior haría pensar que fue construido al menos un siglo antes. ¿por qué? Fácil: tras la fachada ficticia se oculta una enorme torre de ventilación construida durante la ampliación del servicio de trenes de cercanías de la capital gala

 

una depuradora de agua en carolina del norte

durante mucho tiempo los habitantes de la ciudad de Raleigh se preguntaron que había tras la puerta de una mansión situada en el 3215 de wade avenue. Una radio local por fin descubrió el secreto: “si abres la puerta te darás de bruces contra un  muro de ladrillo”. La casa simplemente sirve como bonito envoltorio de una depuradora local de agua

 

una central eléctrica en el centro de chicago

a nadie le gustaría tener una planta de producción de electricidad junto a su casa. Quizá por eso el ayuntamiento de chicago decidió vestirla como una histórica casa de estilo georgiano diseñada por el prestigioso arquitecto Stanley tigerman

 

otros ejemplos de falsas casas que son depuradoras de agua en eeuu:

 

la casa del lago de virginia beach (virginia)

 

una casita rústica en manistique (michigan)

 

un chalet en oakland (california)

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FridaLooking for some hard to kill houseplants? I am! That’s why I was SO EXCITED when I woke up this morning and found the most super awesome comment on my post about house plants, Let’s Talk About Plants. Sandra, a long time reader, works in a flower shop in Sweden and put together a lovely list of plants that she thinks are fairly easy to care for. I did some digging around to verify her suggestions and ended up finding a few of my own so I’ve compiled a list of 22 house plants that are hard to kill for those of us who have a bit of a brown thumb. I have to thank Sandra for her amazing comment, it really inspired me to pull together this post, so thank you so much Sandra!

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1. Aloe  | 2. Kalancho thyrsiflora | 3. Echeverias (a good variety of these) | 4. Howea forsteriana, Kentia palm | 5. Syngonium, Arrowhead vine | 6. Senecio rowleyanus, string of pearls | 7. Epipremnum aureum, golden pothos | 8. Peperomia argyreia, Watermelon peperomia Note: There are a variety of peperomias, see Exotic Angel for a complete guide. | 9. Peperomia belly button  |  10. Haworthia fasciata, zebra haworthia  | 11. Chlorophytum comosum, Spider plant  |  12.  Ox Tongue  |  13.  Ghost Plant  |  14.  Jade Plant  |  15.  Hawthoria  16.  Sedum morganianum, burro’s tail  |  17. Geranium  |  18.  Ceropegia woodii, String of Hearts  |  19. Rubber Plant

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20. Araucaria heterophylla, Norfolk island pine from Room by Sofie.

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21. Myrsine by Kakan/Lifestyle and Living

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22. Tolmiea menziesii by Floradania

I’m so honored that Sandra commented with her insights and happy that I could share some of my research here too – I’m learning! And it feels so nice to get in the know so that I can add a few plants to my home without fear! Note: If you love succulents, here is a good guide to the different kinds of crassulas.

From those shown above, spot any that you like? That you own? What has been YOUR experience with them? Do you have some easy-to-care-for plants to add to this list? Please comment below so we can check them out!

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Posted by decor8 in Decorating Tips on January 16, 2014
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cada vez es más normal trabajar desde casa pero las distracciones pueden ser infinitas: recoger el correo postal, limpiar un vaso olvidado en alguna zona de la casa o poner la lavadora. es necesario tener un espacio que fomente la concentración y la creatividad y que esté separado del resto de la casa

1.- crea un umbral: el umbral ayuda a definir dónde comienza la zona de trabajo. es una indicación visual que dice “aquí comienza mi oficina”. por ejemplo, las puertas correderas   ayudan a aislar la zona de trabajo y también es una indicación visual que delimita la casa de la zona de trabajo. hay que procurar buscar zonas de la casa donde establecer un umbral, que pueden ser unas escaleras o un espacio con una decoración diferente

 

2.- decora el espacio como te guste: pon a tu alrededor ejemplos o cosas que te inspiran para hacer el trabajo. por ejemplo, puedes dejar una zona de la pared en blanco para llenarla de frases, pensamientos o papales con ideas

3.- cuenta con una silla ergonómica: el sofá puede parecer cómodo al principio pero con el tiempo sentirás que afecta a tu motivación y a la columna vertebral. así, una silla y un escritorio adecuado aumentarán la productividad y harán que el espacio de trabajo de la casa se parezca más a una oficina

4.- centraliza el equipo tecnológico: invierta en tecnología que se vaya a usar. coloca todos los aparatos al alcance porque si, por ejemplo, la impresora se encuentra en otra habitación, puede que te encuentres fuera de la oficina y encuentres distracciones

5.- conoce cuál es tu estilo decorativo que fomente tu rendimiento laboral: quizás seas más productivo en un ambiente minimalista o en una zona decorada al estilo zen. es esencial esconder aquellos objetos que puedan distraer la atención

 

 

6.- busca una zona donde haya luz natural: no es necesaria mucha luz natural pero sí es básico que la haya. es una herramienta más de trabajo. mirar por la ventana alivia y ayuda a la concentración

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decorating-books-you-must-haveHello friends! How are you doing? We moved last week! Yep, I’m two weeks from my due date and we’ve moved. I know, nuts right!? I’ve been very busy with packing, unpacking, sorting… You know how it goes – I was freaking out a bit last week but once we moved, it was all good. And then we had a big flea market this past Saturday morning where we held a private sale to only my local readers and close friends. It was so nice, my husband ran it for me so I stayed in our new place cozied up with cake and tea. Some of my friends came by over the weekend to visit and some came bearing the sweetest little presents for the baby and I which warmed my heart. Our friends can really do the best things during times when you feel a bit like having a nervous breakdown.

Now that we’re in the new space, THANK GOD, I’ve been obsessed with how I will plan everything out and decorate it though I’m trying to hold back a little and rest – but man, it’s HARD to rest when you are surrounded by boxes, am I right? It’s fun to visualize how you’ll live and then to see if you can create that vision in real life – which is really what decorating is all about, isn’t it? But first you need the vision and sometimes we just lack that, even the best of us. I thought that I’d show you where I’m collecting inspiration lately and some general great books that I think you should have in your library just because they’re so good… And I’d LOVE for you to add to this post with decorating book suggestions of your own that you own and refer to for inspiration, too. Ready to get started? Drool fest to follow…

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1. Gypsy by Sibella Court – This book is so visual and perfect for times when you’re in a creative rut or feel a tinge of wanderlust. In this special creation, you’ll find Sibella’s latest inspirations as part travel / part decor book, where she takes us to the Galapagos islands and Ecuador, Indochine, Transylvania, Scotland and Turkey. Out of those destinations, I’ve only been to Turkey (and loved it!) so it was fun to travel with Sibella to see the more uncharted places, like Transylvania, through the eyes of a stylist. I appreciate how she didn’t go to the typical destinations – Paris, London, New York, Sydney… But her approach was to comb destinations a bit out of the ordinary to shed more light on exactly what each offer to the world of design from patterns to colors, that are so often overlooked. A mix of photography shot by herself and her brother, Chris Court, it’s jam-packed with beauty. Aside from the gorgeous full-page photography, she gives us glimpses into her process – how she approaches her work – and shows a color board for each of her destinations which is becoming more and more popular in decorating (and wedding) books these days – color palettes and mood boards – they are all the rage because most of us genuinely want to see how collections of things can be organized into a definite palette that can later inspire an interior. Sibella’s palettes are very earthy and rustic, deep and intoxicating. You won’t find that many pastels or primary colors in this book, Sibella just isn’t a pastel kind of girl. My favorite palette is Scotland where I fell completely in love with all of the green tones. Buy Here.

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2. A Life Less Ordinary by Alex Legendre and Zoe Ellison – Authors Alex and Zoe are the shop owners behind i gigi in Brighton, England and do a brilliant job translating their shop aesthetic directly onto the pages of this gorgeous book. Known in England for their covetable style, I really like the restful muted tones and the rustic, vintage recycled vibe in this book along with their styling – so many gorgeous arrangements to look at and try at home. Their design philosophy boils down to this, “The most important thing for us is to create a space that is practical and can be lived in, as well as looking beautiful and feeling relaxed”, which is completely in line with how I feel about decorating… Living in a non-fussy space that is still lovely, organized and practical is the ultimate goal for me, always. The pages are so stunning, I’d like to turn them into prints to hang on my wall! In addition to decorating, this book also discusses their friendship and business, which I found interesting but honestly it is the photography that tickled my heart strings the most. Stunning! Buy Here.

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3. Creative Spaces by Geraldine James – Author Geraldine James, a home buying manager at one of the most gorgeous department stores in the world, Selfridges, travels extensively to source products for the store and so her vision is crystal clear and extremely trained. With a background in fashion and design, her passion for collecting and finding gorgeous things shows through each page of this book – her eye is nothing short of inspiring. When her first two books released, Creative Walls and Creative Display, I immediately bought and read them cover to cover which was quite easy as they’re mostly visual with her interesting thoughts seasoning the overall feast but never covering the delicious presentation. In Creative Spaces, she takes you on 20 very personal home tours of those whom she knows personally, people whom she thinks we should know and be inspired by, too. She takes us from Italy to London to New York to share the way her creative pals live in spaces of all shapes and sizes. I definitely recommend this book along with her two others. All are a perfect addition to the library of any decorating lover. Buy Here.

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4. Couture Prairie: And Flea Market Treasures by Rachel Ashwell – If you’ve ever longed to live in whimsical prettiness right to the heart of cowboy country, complete with cowgirl boots and ruffles, this book is for you. What I found so inspirational about this book is that I’ve met the author a few times, I even visited her at home a few years ago in LA for tea and a chat, and her book is completely in line with who she is without any “fluff”. This lady is the real deal and doesn’t care if you love ruffles and lace, she loves it and has a massive following of fans who do as well. Rachel has been authentic from the start, way back when I used to watch her flea marketing shows on television in the 1990s. This book shows her gorgeous ranch in Texas and the homes on it, where she teaches and allows others to teach as well as host retreats and fun flea marketing excursions. It’s all so interesting as I’ve often dreamed of having a big house in the middle of nowhere where I host retreats and vacations, too. A sort of blogger retreat. This book is big, gorgeous and completely perfect for dreaming those home on the range dreams, whether Shabby Chic is your style or not, there are so many elements of it that have been brought to other design styles, so much cross-over, that you’re bound to find elements that you could easily work into your home no matter what the style. Buy Here.

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5. Remix by Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason – I had the pleasure of meeting both authors at my own book signing in Philly a few years ago and felt such an immediate connection with them because they radiant warmth and enthusiasm. Remix is all about decorating with cultural objects and soul (some refer to this style as Ethnic Chic). As the bloggers behind AphroChic and the designers under the same name, Jeanine and Bryan share only homes where cultural, global style (they term this soulful), is key as they show you how to decorate with bold colors and patterns from around the globe to create cozy and stylish rooms. I like this book because I adore the authors and find their approachable decorating sensibility a nice break from the usual titles floating around that talk at you more than with you. This book is like sitting down with friends, and I love that personal flair. It was also such a nice bonus to see their own home towards the end. Great job, you guys! Buy Here.

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6. A Place Called Home by Jason Grant – Most of my friends don’t know who interior stylist Jason Grant is, which is a bit of a shame because he is SO GOOD. He hasn’t had much exposure yet in the states or Europe, he is however a styling rock star in Australia and is one to definitely watch elsewhere, too. He has a bright, happy design approach with loads of clear, fresh color in mostly yellows, reds and blues which you can see more on his website and blog. He also has his own paint line with Australian company Murobond, and now this glorious book which just became available in the UK (here) and in the US (here) so definitely grab a copy and check him out. If you like interiors with a casual, joyful spirit and aren’t big on reading a lot of text (perhaps you’re more visual like me), then this book is one to pick up and cherish. It covers everything from inspiration to styling and storage and Jason’s personal approach along with photos from his travels and quick tips throughout that are just great. Bravo, Jason! Buy Here.

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7. Decorating With Style by Abigail Ahearn – Far from minimalistic and cheery, Abigail has a unique sensibility that is all her own which is often described as edgy, dark, moody, eclectic and quite quirky. This lady definitely has an unexpected, yet refreshing, voice in the design world. Based in London, Abigail also owns a shop (which I visited), blogs, and teaches out of her home when she’s not doing client work. I was so pleased when I met her and she spoke at my book party at Anthropologie not too long ago – she brought her mood boards and explained her process and style. I have a soft spot for any designer who blogs, especially with the passion – and she clearly has passion in her posts about decorating. It’s not the typical designer fluff blogs that are out there which are constantly pushing the next product. Her blog is intimate and funny and completely not textbook designer. This is my favorite of her two books, because it feels much more in tune with her voice and style, and because it’s full of interesting perspectives on decorating, styling and her overall philosophy. Buy Here.

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8. Paper to Petal by Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell – Okay so this isn’t a decorating book but I’m going to review it anyway on this list because you can decorate with these projects in your home, so it sorta fits here. It’s more crafty and entertaining-related, just so you know… Anyway, the talented Rebecca Thuss has long been an inspiration to me, ever since her days at Martha Stewart, who happened to write the foreword. This gorgeous, huge book is LOADED with 75 paper flower projects so you can make your own by hand for crafting, decorating, events and beyond. I grew up with a mom who was trained as a floral designer and so you can imagine how much influence flowers have had over my life. My mother was a flower whiz but not just with the real ones. She also made tons of paper flowers too – she found them to be a nice complement to her fresh arrangements. I remember when I was little and she taught me how to make paper pom pom flowers out of tissue paper and how she loved making tiny blooms using crepe papers and fabric, too. Years later, when I worked in a millinery shop in Boston making headpieces for brides, I was trained to sew and create fabric flowers. Several of the projects in this book took me back a bit to crafting with my mother, and to my days in the millinery shop, which brought a smile to my face. Today, I’m still a lover of blooms – both fresh and paper (I’m not opposed to great looking silk ones too, if used in a quirky untraditional way). This book is a must-have for anyone who crafts and loves flowers. You will seriously eat it up. In addition to the step-by-step projects, there are gorgeous photos showing how to use your paper creations as well as a hearty section of templates in the back. Stunning, really. Buy Here.

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9. Bring The Outdoors In by Shane Powers – This book has been out for a bit, but I find myself flipping through it whenever I need garden project ideas for indoors. I have to admit, that unlike my mother and husband, I’m not a big collector of plants indoors with the exception of succulents (which I adore). In fact, I own only a few, including an aloe that I proudly raised from infancy when blogger Iro gave me a single stem that she brought back to Germany from Greece. Now it’s a big, happy aloe on my windowsill and I feel like a bad ass because I haven’t managed to kill it yet. Plants add so much beauty to a home and are so good for the air quality, but are also trending at the moment – have you noticed? More and more designers, stylists and bloggers are getting into plants which before, were mostly seen in very contemporary, minimalistic spaces or those with a more boho, hippie vibe. Plants are great in all homes, all styles, it’s just a matter of finding those that you click with and can maintain since plants do require regular care just like kids and dogs. This book is a delight because American stylist Shane Powers gives you a briefing into to plants before showing 22 simple yet stylish projects that will enable you to work plant magic into your decor without turning your space in creative ways. Buy Here.

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10. Creative Family Home by Ashlyn Gibson – I’m going to have a baby in two weeks, have you heard? ha ha. Anyway, he’ll be my first child, so you can only imagine what I have running through my head at the moment… Topics ranging from breast feeding to sleep schedules and the best way to decorate his nursery and child proof the house, to name a few of the fifty thousand thoughts I’ve had about this whole mommy hood thing. There is so much to think about, good grief, yet I do love exploring this new world. All of this exploration brought me to this book by Ashlyn Gibson which covers a slew of delightful spaces for creative families with a focus on kids’ spaces. My husband and I consider ourselves a creative family (we love neat and orderly but not minimalistic by any means), so the eclectic mix of homes shown really speak to me. Ashlyn takes you home-by-home by theme from the Urban Hub (a personal favorite) to Ship Shape and Mediterranean Heights. I like the intros to each family throughout along with the home tours. What a pleasure. Great read. Buy Here.

SO IT IS YOUR TURN! What book do you currently own (not upcoming titles please!) and refer to often for decorating inspiration? Please comment below and share! 🙂

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colocar una televisión y una chimenea en la misma pared requiere un equilibrio. estos dos elementos del salón necesitan un plan preciso para dar al espacio un toque de calidez y comodidad. las distintas combinaciones pueden ayudar a lograr un lugar armonioso. te damos algunas ideas para para conseguir una combinación ganadora

  1. – se puede lograr una cohesión completa si se coloca la televisión justo encima de la chimenea. esto permite concentrar la atención en un único foco. para esto es importante que estos dos elementos estén unido de alguna forma por ejemplo rodearlos de madera
  2. – separados: tener estos dos elementos separados es complicado. sin embargo, la madera que envuelve la televisión y que al mismo también hace de marco en la pared donde se encuentra la chimenea permite un equilibro entre ambas
  3. – forma artística: jugar con la televisión y chimenea para que los dos elementos formen parte de una composición artística mayor
  4. – mezcla de texturas: la perfecta armonía entre la televisión y la chimenea se logra a la textura diferenciada de la pared en las que han sido colocadas
  5. – alineación perfecta: el culmen de equilibrio llega cuando además de colocar la chimenea y la televisión una encima de otra, ambas tienen el mismo tamaño
  6. – tres no son multitud: una distribución asimétrica de los tres elementos con tamaños diferentes puede aportar un toque de modernidad
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la navidad ya ha llegado y con ella los adornos propios de esta época. guirnaldas, el tradicional árbol, luces, bolas de colores, flores de pascua… todos ellos pueden combinarse de distintas formas para reflejar el espíritu de esta época del año pero también para dar un nuevo aire a distintos lugares o espacios de la casa como las escaleras, la chimenea o el salón. te damos algunas ideas para lograrlo

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artículo escrito por matthieu bouchon, socio y director comercial de barcelona home staging

si su casa o su piso recibe muchas visitas, seguramente está a buen precio. pero si con todas estas visitas, no consigue encontrar un comprador, será que algo falla en la presentación de la vivienda: no apetece a los compradores tanto como debería, sus cualidades no saltan a la vista. se puede y se debe cambiar algo

cuando se trata de transmitir a un comprador una primera impresión positiva sobre un piso o una casa, es muy importante optimizar la presentación de los cuartos de baño y de los aseos. esto no implica emprender una reforma costosa; así lo hacen los profesionales de la preparación de las viviendas para el mercado inmobiliario:

1. quien visita la vivienda por primera vez se fija en defectos materiales menores (un azulejo roto, un grifo que gotea, un enchufe descolgado…). reparar estos defectos previamente cuesta muy poco, y asegura que el comprador no menosprecie el estado general de la vivienda

2. cambiar el color de los azulejos con pintura plástica, impermeable y permanente, no es complicado ni caro, y cambia totalmente el ambiente de un cuarto de baño: se ve de repente mucho más moderno, más sereno, más atractivo

3. aunque sea inconsciente, a nadie le apetece la presencia de las toallas y de los cepillos de dientes de los demás. hay que eliminar elementos antiguos o personales, e instalar accesorios nuevos: cortinas de ducha, alfombra de baño, toallas, jabonera… los profesionales del home staging ponen a disposición todo este material durante el periodo de venta

4. es imprescindible asegurar una limpieza impecable

5. y como en todos los espacios de la casa, la iluminación es crucial a la hora de recibir visitas comerciales. instalar focos nuevos y potentes es una solución barata y siempre eficaz

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