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Tile with Spark: 10 Sources for Bold and Modern Tile

A big hello from somewhere up in the sky over the middle of continental U.S.! I’m headed to California to visit two of my bestest friends and I can’t wait. Even though the reason for the trip is principally work-related, I’m taking a few days on each side of the work to spend time with my friends and to also do a little work on the house. I love a good renovation and I love all the creativity, I really do, but there seems to come a point in each renovation when I’m a bit worn out, when decisions don’t come as easily, and my to-do list just seems to spiral out of control. The chance to escape the cold (and craziness) of home/work in Boston and be productive in a warmer (and quieter) climate is something I’m really looking forward to. The big item on my house to-do list right now is the tile. I’ve been searching high and low for the “right” tile for weeks now and, due to an abundance of options and a little fear of …

Dressing up your sofa (or table, or chair, or…)

Right now we are smack in the middle of a year-long spell of temporary living, somewhere between the designed-it-myself happiness of our old loft in the city and the excitement of a big, new house in the quasi suburbs. We’re in an apartment, decently sized for city-living standards, and located in an awesome neighborhood we knew nothing about, but at the end of the day, it just doesn’t feel like home. I’ve spent some time trying to fix that, adding curtains here and there, making sure all our artwork is on the wall, insisting on using our rugs even when rooms have carpet (much to my partner’s chagrin)… and little by little we are creating a space that feels less like a hold-over and more like an enjoyable space. But between you and me, if you care at all about design, living in a temporary space isn’t really all that appealing. It’s frustrating because the spaces aren’t designed the way I would like them to be, there’s no overhead lighting, the walls are this bizarre almost-but-not-quite …

The Runcible

There’s been a bit of buzz lately around the Runcible: its beautiful lines, gorgeous warm-hued wooden exterior, and its simplistically chic concept. I mean, who wouldn’t spot this flying-saucer-meets-modernism objet d’art and be curious, right? If you haven’t seen it yet, you should check it out. It’s basically a new gadget that is supposed to integrate our digital lives in a post-iPhone/iPad sort of way. In fact, it’s actually supposed to become a bit of an heirloom, like a pocketwatch, and is described in the press release as the “first-ever fully round screen and palm-sized form [that] is modeled on devices that humans have always carried with them: the pocket watch, the compass, the magical stone that fits the palm of our hand.” The rest of the marketing copy is alluring too, telling us that the Runcible is the device that’s going to untether us from our non-stop digital lives and allow us to experience the world around us without interruptions and in new ways, while having an interface to our digital lives close by. Oh and did I …