Posts Tagged ‘outside’

Living with boulders

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Frank Lloyd Wright built Fallingwater on a boulder-covered site, but the giant rocks beneath and around that well-known house are not nearly so graphic or madly visible as they are in these houses. Some of these structures were deliberately built on or around boulders, whether for aesthetics, site preservation, or protection; others incorporated the rocks simply because the rocks could not be moved from the only available building spot.

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Photos via inside (photo above is at, one of the best curated tumblelogs on tumblr. Well-named, also. And see its sister site, outside, which is equally good.

My apologies for not knowing the name of the photographers, owners or designers behind these photos.

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Someone else’s vernacular

Monday, April 13th, 2009

These shapes are so minimal and so perfect, they might almost be the line drawing you’d find if you looked up “barn” in an old encyclopedia. At the same time their strange blankness almost qualifies them as sculpture. The buildings are by Turnbull Griffin Hesloop in an American vernacular agricultural style, found in a great post on 2 or 3 things.

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It’s Spring, Let’s Go Outside!

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

These are all, as usual, from The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement, Greystone Press, 1970. I love the photo of the little garden house with the abstract geometric painting, above, and the book actually includes plans for it (click at bottom). One of the things that is so great about 1960s and 70s decor books is that many of the best ideas come with DIY instructions or are just simple to make, like the cedar privacy wall below.

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Taking the indoor/outdoor look to new levels

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

This gets points for adventurousness and imagination and magic, if not success. It’s another image from The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement, Greystone Press, 1970.

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