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Avoid Flush Plume

Anna Miller :: Friday, November 13th, 2009

But by all means go to GreenBuild!  Today Brooke Funkhouser and I completed our second day of GB 2009 in sunny & sustainable Phoenix, Arizona.  We learned about everything from low-energy buildings to waterless urinals that prevent flush plume (if you’re intrigued, look for our video blog about waterless urinals coming soon).

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Get Ready, Greenbuild. We’re Coming with Cameras.

Anna Miller :: Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Next week, my coworker – and for a short time, co-blogger – Brooke Funkhouser and I are traveling to Pheonix, AZ to attend Greenbuild 2009 (GB09). Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Thousands of building professionals from all over the world come together at Greenbuild for three days of educational sessions, renowned speakers (this year’s keynote speaker is Al Gore), green building tours, special seminars and networking events.

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Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 GreenBuild 2009 No Comments

Outside the Box (on a ledge, anyway)

Anna Miller :: Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

When it comes to scouting the best spot to watch this holiday’s fireworks displays, The Ledge at Sears Tower in Chicago takes the cake.  Really, it’s multiple ledges, each a glass box cantilevered about four feet from the face of the tower – on the 103rd floor. According to a story on NPR, The Ledge can support up to 5 tons, but I wouldn’t want to test it.

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Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 Interior Design No Comments

You Can’t Fake Wabi-Sabi

Anna Miller :: Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Wabi-sabi is my new favorite concept (well, not new, really, more like old – it’s something you intrinsically recognize whether you know what it’s called or not).

Apparently, wabi-sabi is that beautiful imperfect aesthetic born of the natural processes of time & wear, like a weathered barnwood table or the crumbling stone façade of an old building.   Transience, authenticity, asymmetry, asperity, simplicity, modesty, intimacy…  Expert Robyn Griggs explains it well when she describes the wabi-sabi quality as “accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death… It celebrates cracks and crevices and all the other marks that time, weather, and loving use leave behind.”

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Sunday, June 21st, 2009 Interior Design 3 Comments

Selgas Cano Makes Me Want to Clean My Desk

Anna Miller :: Monday, June 8th, 2009

Oh my dear, I must confess:  I am getting dangerously close to having the messiest workspace in the office.  I think there are still a few front runners for this prestigious honor, but the endless stacks of paper, teetering rolls of drawings, tangled masses of finish samples, infinite heaps of carpet tiles, and the impossibly overloaded recycling bin at my workspace are bringing me close to the glory.

Never fear, there is always someone messier than you.  That’s what I realized when I heard the world’s messiest office cubicle had been discovered in Colorado (but now that I know they’re out there looking for us – eek, I didn’t know they did that – I might have to tidy up a bit lest I be the next office freak show).

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Monday, June 8th, 2009 Interior Design 3 Comments

Mid-Century Modern Love

Anna Miller :: Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Recently, while stalking an amazing mid-century modern home near my neighborhood (via google maps’ street view, I promise), I came across the blog “Atomic Indy: Mid-Century Modern Indianapolis”.  And here, low & behold, I found the object of my affection: a perfectly organic modern gem, nestled in a wooded lot, hidden among the miles & miles of strip malls and rural fields of suburban sprawl.

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Thursday, May 7th, 2009 Interior Design 1 Comment

Recycle This

Anna Miller :: Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

One of my favorite things about working on the KIB headquarters was teaming with local artists to showcase their work throughout the space.  Barbara Zech was instrumental in this effort and, coincidentally, one of her pieces in the space is a favorite of mine.  Mounted above the reception desk, this handcrafted art piece recalls raw, weathered concrete but is made entirely of recycled & salvaged paper.

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2009 Interior Design 1 Comment

The Outdoor Room

Anna Miller :: Friday, April 17th, 2009

Okay, okay. I promised myself (and others) I wouldn’t write about weddings. But, alas, I have developed an unhealthy preoccupation of late, and that is a promise I cannot keep.

Today’s obsession: the outdoor room. Since our decision to tie the knot & celebrate in a beautiful outdoor setting, I’ve become increasingly fascinated with how others have found ways to create the “outdoor room”. Among the most curious to me is the ballroom-sized frame tent, complete with windows, French doors, portable wood floors, lighting, heating, & ventilation (although I’ve seen beautiful versions of this, one has to wonder, why even bother with an outdoor event?). And one of my favorite interpretations (and most eccentric?) is the guest room tent outfitted with real beds, nightstands, & even bedside lighting! › Continue reading

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