Small Spaces Inspiration

Small Spaces: Inspiration & Delight

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Architects often discuss the concept of compression and expansion - a creation of experiential contrast based on the juxtaposition of open fluidity and cloistered comfort. In so many homes today, there is only the open fluidity, a reaching that expands and extends without the beauty of the contrast.
Tedx Boulder
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TEDx Boulder: Buy a Home with Values

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It was a whirlwind week for me, speaking in front of 1300+ people (gulp!) at the Chautauqua Fieldhouse in Boulder for the inaugural TEDx Boulder event last Saturday, August 7th.
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Our Favorite Things, Volume 4

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The Isometric Chair by Kalon Studios is a work of art, domestically crafted from solid bamboo and finished with natural wax. An effortless blend of classic curve & modern minimalism, this is one more seating design for notorious chair-loving architects to add to their "must-have" collections.
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Fashionable Geekery

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In honor of yesterday’s Embrace Your Inner Geek Day, I’d like to share Douglas Coupland’s new fashion line, developed with Canadian lifestyle brand Roots. That’s right, hallowed tech geek author Coupland (best known for the 1991 classic, Generation X), has forayed into fashion.
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Solar Takes a Turn for Sexy

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Solar has embarked on a European vacation, tossing caution to the wind and flaunting its sexy curves in Madrid. Thousands have flocked to ogle the Solar Homes on display at the Solar Decathlon Europe in Madrid.
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Gentrification = Demolition?

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Here in Denver, as in any built environment, we have a slow churning of development (despite the recent downturn) exemplified by historic neighborhoods passing through the throes of gentrification.
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Solar Bungalow: Artfully Green

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Barrett Studio is often associated with biomorphic, organic designs that blend tactile, hand-crafted architecture with modern design and detailing. But another of our sustainability principles is being a good neighbor, and as such we've designed several homes that display more of a traditional connotation of home.
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Our Favorite Things: Volume 3

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Gathering around a table enjoying the fruits of your harvest is one of the joys of spring and summer. Gathering around a table enjoying the fruits of someone else's harvest prepared by trained chefs? Even better!
Future

Our Future: Grab it by the Tale!

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Like many others, I’ve been wondering more and more, “What can we do to create in a time that seems to reflect this Dickensian world?” With an undeniable collapse of business as usual comes the associated need for invention.
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How Does Your Garden Grow?

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It's full blown spring in Boulder and the chill fingers of frost have (hopefully!) passed us by. We're all starting on our gardens...expanding, starting anew, and learning from past seasons. Last year, I bemoaned the loss of my "in-ground" garden when I bought a rowhouse with the only ground-floor area being a lovely concrete pad.
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The 25 Million Dollar "Ramp"

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by Nicole Delmage The federal government has awarded Boulder…
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Our Favorite Things: Volume 2

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With a certified permaculturalist on staff, and all of us having veggie gardens, we were thrilled to find the Denver Urban Homesteading Farmer's Market.
Faded Dreams at Arcosanti
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Faded Dreams at Arcosanti

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Recently, I set off on a southwest road trip, and in later posts you'll read about my impressions of Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam Bypass. Here though, I'd like to share some photos I took of Arcosanti - that fabled gem in the dusty desert north of Scottsdale, Arizona.
Bah Humbug to Earth Day
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Bah Humbug to Earth Day!

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I've been told "Happy Earth Day" by about 30 entities today. I say "entities" because only about 8 of these tidings came from my friends, family, and coworkers.
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"Beat-to-Hell Modernism"

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We’ve had a lot of media coverage over the years, and you never quite know what a writer will glean from an interview. So, we had to chuckle when we saw the David Barrett quote Yellowscene Magazine pulled for their feature on Contemporary Colorado, “It’s beat-to-hell sophistication that balances, warms and brings a handmade quality to these splendid, dynamic homes.”