Tomorrow is the start of a new holiday tradition. We’re throwing a party, so if you’re in Houston, pick up a new toy or clothing to donate to Houston Children’s Charity, and stop by the store. There will be drinks and nibbles, awesome music, and DISCOUNTS! Get some Christmas shopping done (minus the mall traffic). P.S. We’ll gift wrap it, too. Don’t forget to RSVP!
For quite a while, I thought all things puffy were just ridiculous. However, I’ll be the first to admit when I am wrong, and folks, I was wrong. The cute, cool, and downright sophisticated jackets and vests below have proven me wrong.
It’s the non-puffy puffer jacket. Just enough puff to keep you warm courtesy of Gap. Puffer Cardigan, $98.
I’m in love with all of the tough-but-not zipper details I’m seeing everywhere. Designers are putting lengths of zipper in all of the places they used to put trim. That’s thinking outside the box…
From the NY Times, an unmilled tree can hold 50% more weight than the largest piece of lumber milled from the same tree. The more whole wood is used in place of steel, the less carbon is pumped into the air. By peeling smaller weed trees out of a crowded forest stand, the remaining trees get bigger and healthier. The small diameter trees are useful for rafters and framing. The large trees that were downed by wind or disease make for excellent columns and beams. This low cost, energy efficient structure is from the vision of World Tree Architecture and Construction. Whole Trees can keep construction costs as low as $100 per square foot. There is much to admire about this fantastically, brilliant idea.
#3: Holiday pounds? Not you!
#2: The awe of family and friends. “You ran how many miles?!”
#1: The satisfaction and pride you get from crossing that finish line faster than you predicted!
It’s a sad day for modern home design enthusiasts. Metropolitan Home will be closing it’s door by year end. The December 2009 issue will be the last for the venerable shelter magazine after 28 years in publication. Everyone that currently has a subscription to Met Home will now receive Elle Decor instead.
Metropolitan Home is joining a growing list of defunct home decor magazines with Domino, House and Garden, and O at Home all closing it’s doors in the past 18 months. With the tough housing market, struggling home furnishings industry, and bad economy, shelter magazines are facing dwindling ad revenues.
Hopefully as retail sales rebounds this Holiday season and beyond, we’ll be able to keep reading current shelter magazines, and new shelter magazines will emerge in these opportunistic times.