Monday, August 30, 2010

Dana's Apartment

    As I was moving furniture and taking apart the window seat in Lillabel's room on Saturday all while trying not to succumb to the morning sickness I was asking myself  "have I completely lost my mind"? I mean seriously, her room did not NEED to be painted. Sure, the baby pink nursery no longer seemed to fit my spunky little toddler but I certainly could have a waited a few more months until I was feeling better and I had family in town to help and made it much easier on myself. Unfortunately, though I have a disease. I read this post about decorating and rearranging on Home and Harmony's blog a little while ago and laughed out loud as I read it because of how true it was! For me, once I officially decided I wanted to paint her room gray I could not get it out of my mind! So, Dana and I painted away on Saturday afternoon while Jon took Lillie to the river and we got it done. I am so excited about it and really love how it turned out! I haven't taken any pictures yet, but will probably take a couple later today and show you one or two later this week, but am waiting until I find her "big girl" bed to take some real photos. I started looking on Craigslist this weekend and we are going to hunt through the antique malls and thrift stores this week to see if we can find one.

    Not only do I have this lovely decorating disease, but my mom and sisters do as well. Although, I would think they would all like to say they do not have it as bad as I do and that I am a little crazy when it comes to this! Even my dad and brother love to organize and arrange things. I would NOT call what they do decorating, though. Jason has a very complex system in his room for all of his "collections" and my dad, well, I don't even know what to call his constant arranging of things. Pretty much his disease is more of an OCD problem, than a decorating one seeing how his constant need to rearrange things is seldom visually appealing - haha! My poor mom!

    So, seeing how I don't have any pictures to show you yet of Lillie's room I thought I would share a few from Dana's apartment. (Also, I know I had promised to show some of Jamie's dining room and kitchen in her new home before I left NH but we were STILL waiting on a back ordered chandelier that was the finishing touch on the room and I didn't want to take pictures without it. It has FINALLY arrived so next time I am up in NH I will take pictures because I am dying to show you all!)

    Most everything you see in any of our homes is done on a budget. Dana's, however, I think is by far the most impressive as far as being creative while using almost no money. What she did with a couple hundred dollars is truly inspiring and, in my opinion, gorgeous! She is really creative and I think it really shows in her space. In this post I am just going to show her living room and dining room. I will show pics of her bedroom in another post at some point.


    What is most impressive to me is that except for the sofa and the mantel - which were Christmas presents, and the TV - which was a birthday present,  every other piece of furniture was free from other family members garages, basements and even barns. She painted it all and fixed everything up so it would look cohesive! I wish I could have shown you what everything looked like to start with. You would be amazed!


    The lamp was from my garage and the ottoman was a hand-me down that completely didn't match so she covered it with a cotton shower curtain she had from her last apartment. It had water stains so she couldn't use it as a shower curtain anymore but instead of throwing it out she cut and sewed it so you couldn't see the stains!
    Total Cost: $0


    The tray was from Target and was $29 and the vase was on sale at Pier 1 for like $6
    The rosette balls are made from about $8 worth of foam balls and about $20 worth of Silk Dupioni.
    Total Cost: $63


    The love seat was from my garage and Dana covered it with $10 sheets from Target so that it would coordinate with her white sofa from Ikea. The curtains were $10 panels from Target.
    Total Cost: $20


    The dresser was from my parent's barn. It was in Dana's room when she was really little. She painted it and two end tables that were all different wood tones. She painted them all black so they would look unified in her space. The artwork was from the Williamsburg Antique Mall and was around $29 or so.
    Total Cost: $29


    Dana made both of the rosette pillows from a set of $10 black sheets from Target! Don't they look so expensive? I think they are one of my favorite things in her apartment. She then stuffed them with some extra standard bed pillows.
    Total Cost: $10





    This pretty pillow was a gift our sister Jamie made for her (she made me some too in a silvery blue and white color  for my guest room that you can see on my sidebar)
    Total Cost: $0


    This chair was our great-grandmothers and had been in our parent's basement for years and to be honest, was quite hideous! It was a weird wood tone and had a nasty greenish cushion. Dana painted it a high gloss white and then used extra fabric from an old project to recover the seat! It was such a transformation! (And the pillow she stole frome me - haha!)
    Total Cost: $0


    The curtains were from her last apartment and the table and chairs were from her college apartment that we found in second hand store for next to nothing. She painted them a different color in her college apartment but painted it a high gloss white to go with everything here. We are still on the hunt for some cool dining chairs to reupholster or paint. It's probably the only thing in her apartment that doesn't quite look right but they work for now until we can find something cool! The mirror was from my garage  Her table setting were around $10.
    Total Cost: $10


    The miscellaneous candles and accessories are from Pier 1 and TJMaxx and were bought on clearance for a total of around $20.
    Total Cost: $20


    We found these cool napkins at Pier1 on clearance for $1.25.
    Total Cost: $2.50


    The trunk is from my garage. I found it about six years ago and I still love it but it didn't fit anywhere in our new house. =( Another rosette pillow and a bolster from Dana's last apartment. The picture above was something Dana found in Florida and paid around $10 for.
    Total Cost: $10


    It just goes to show you what a few paint cans and some elbow grease can do! It is so easy to find free or really cheap furniture. You can go to yard sales, look on Craigslist and often even raid family members garages and basements. And if you are just a little bit creative you can make it all work together! If you include the different paint colors (white, black and the gray for the walls) which were probably around $80 or so. If you add that to her other costs the total amount that she spent on her apartment was around

    $245!

     Can you believe that?

    And if think, well, you didn't include the cost of the sofa or the mantel because they were gifts so that isn't fair. Well, I think the sofa was around $400 and the mantel was $100 so even throwing those in her entire living room and dining room came to $745! (I didn't include the TV because I have no idea how much it was and it doesn't really have to do with the decorating, anyway!)

    Well, Lillie is still napping so I had better get back to sewing! I hope you all have a fabulous week!

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Friday, August 27, 2010

The Winner of the Clutch and a Bunch of Other Things

    Wow! It has been quite a week. Except for the very exciting baby news, everything else has gone very much NOT according to plan! Arghhhh! I was supposed to have all of the children's screenprinted items back from the printers on Wednesday and then all of the women's back by Thursday. I was going to try to bring Lillie, Dana, and our new employee Catherine (will write more about her soon!) down to Colonial Williamsburg to take pictures and have them all listed Friday and Saturday. Well, that was definitely not meant to be. When I went to pick up the remainder of the children's shirts on Wednesday (I had picked up the Cuddle Bug and Model Tee designs Tuesday) they only had the Mary Poppins one done. At first I was incredibly disappointed, however, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise! When I got out to the car and opened my package I was absolutely APPALLED! The colors were completely wrong on half of them and never mind that they were the wrong colors they were also the most neon colors I have ever seen (which is completely NOT my style) and the colors were all bleeding together, the underbase - which wasn't needed - was showing through and the ink was thick, plasticy and bubbling in places. You couldn't even read most of the words. I was shocked and so crushed I almost starting bawling. I will blame that on my hormones, though =)...... I took a deep breath and called Jon. He suggested we eat out to prevent me from completely melting down, which I thought was a great idea. I was exhausted and it was late and the thought of making dinner at that moment seemed rather overwhelming. We were going to go to Five Guys which was about two minutes from where I was. Well, I got completely and utterly lost and it took me like forty-five minutes to get there and ended up on the wrong side of town. I won't bore you with the rest of my mishaps but that has pretty much been how this week has gone. Anyway, back to the screenprinting. There was no way in the world I was going to be using that company any more. What bothered me so much was not so much that they messed up, but that they didn't tell me and sent them home with me! We asked them not to print anything more and Jon went in the next morning to pick up the rest of my shirt and then I hunted around all day Thursday and found another company who could squeeze me in. I sent them all of my artwork Thursday afternoon and then I went over there Friday and was amazed! They completely understood the muted, vintagey looking prints I wanted and when we went to back they were in the process of printing an extremely detailed tiny print in multiple colors and it was flawless! Truly it was an incredibly intricate design and it was perfect! I cannot tell you how relieved and excited I am about this. Even though I was upset about the setback and the frustration of this week I think in the long run I am going to be so so so so so much happier with the end product here and quality is by far the most important thing to me. So, to bring this horribly long and boring paragraph to an end I will have a few designs available at some point next week and then hopefully will have all of them ready the following week. I am so sorry about the delay but I do think the wait will be worth it! I want to be able to be sending out a product I am proud of and I feel so much more confident about that now! And to be honest, despite all of the added stress, I actually am feeling more excited than ever about the screenprinted items because of my experience today at this new shop!

    Okay, onto something a bit cheerier! We are going to be painting Lillie's room tomorrow! I am so so so so excited! After Jon saw the blog post a few days ago he started warming up to the idea. Then when I found out that they had painted their locker room at William and Mary today I was able to convince him that we certainly could paint Lillie's room tomorrow! I was even trying to figure out a way to bribe some of the boys into coming over and helping (although I suppose the NCAA would probably frown upon that) until I heard them talking about it at the team dinner we had at the Shaver's house tonight. Watching Coach Shaver demonstrate how some of them painted the trim work  made me quickly realize we were probably better off without the team helping. Hahaha! So, tomorrow Dana is going to come over and help me while Jon takes Lillie to the park and we are going to see if we can get about half of it done before her nap and hopefully the rest done after her nap and before bedtime. I was planning on using the same color that we used in our master bathroom, but am starting to think I may go one shade lighter. Her room only has one small window and it might be better going a hair lighter. Ahhh - decisions, decisions.......

    On another note, we are having a sale on our Savannah Tank!
    It will go back to it's regular price on Monday but for tomorrow it is only $39.95!
    The dark gray and black would look great for fall and it would look really cute layered under a black cardigan!




    And now for the most exciting news of the day...
    the winner of our Montgomery Clutch is...


    Jessica from Cotton Tales!!!!!!

    Send us an e-mail Jessica with your address so we can get that made and shipped out for you! If we haven't heard from you by Sunday night we will draw a new winner on Monday.

    We will be hosting another giveaway here within the next week so be sure to check back.

    In the meantime, Jamie is hosting a Pink or Blue Giveaway on
    The Penny Candy Blog in honor of the new baby Holmes!
    Be sure to head on over and check it out!



    Along with a new giveaway I also have several other new posts planned for next week. I am hoping to take some pictures soon of Dana's apartment and I need to take pictures of Lillie in several of our new Dear Lillie skirts and once her room is finished I will hopefully have lots of pictures of it to share!

    I hope you all have a marvelous weekend!

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

And the present was........A BABY!!!!!!!

    Okay, so technically there wasn't a baby in the present. But there were some books about new babies and being a big sister in there for Lillie! We just found out this weekend and told our families and a few close friends, but I was waiting until my doctor's appointment today to actually write it here on the blog! I know that a lot of people frown on announcing it so early, but I am not the patient type of person....this often gets me into trouble, but oh well! Anyway, we are ridiculously excited! (And I am thinking now it will be easier to convince Jon that we should start on Lillie's "big girl" room! In fact, when I asked him last night if we could start painting it this weekend, I didn't get a "no"....although I didn't get a "yes", either, but I figured him not saying no was a step in the right direction, right?....haha)





    I also really quickly made her this big sister shirt and we took her over to the William and Mary campus to show everyone!


    Well, that's the big news for today!

    Also, I do have the cuddle bug onesie listed in the shop and I also have it in both long sleeve and short sleeve t-shirts in sizes 2T, 3T and 4T. I also have the Model Tee one ready to go as well although I haven't listed it yet. I am supposed to be picking up the rest of the kid's shirts today right at this very moment but Lillie is still napping so they may close before I can head on over there to get them. And then I am supposed to be picking up all of the women's ones tomorrow. My goal is to have everything listed by Saturday. I am hoping to actually have everything listed by Friday but am not holding my breath seeing how the morning sickness is already starting to hit pretty hard. Yuck!

    Okay, well, seeing how Lillie is still sleeping I am going to try to get some more sewing done! Hope you all are having a wonderful Wednesday!

    P.S. Don't forget there are just a couple of days left to enter our clutch giveaway! Either scroll down a few posts, or click here to enter!

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Monday, August 23, 2010

A Present For Tomorrow and Screenprinting Update

    Hello Everyone! First, here is a quick update on the screenprinted shirts. They are supposed to finally be ready to go by Thursday afternoon. I think half are being printed Wednesday and the other half Thursday. I will hopefully be able to pick them all up by Thursday and take photos of them on Friday and Saturday and have them listed as soon as the photos are taken. For those of you who have already requested them and are waiting on them, as soon as I have them in my hands I will get them shipped to you.

    The women's shirts are regularly going to be between $22.95 and $29.95 (depending on the style) and the children's shirts are going to regularly be between $16.95 and $19.95 (depending on the style).

    However, for the first week they are all going to be on sale!

    All of the women's shirts will be  $18.95

    And all of the children's shirts will be $14.95


    On another note, here is a photo of a special present we received this weekend. 
    I will show you all what was in it tomorrow (Wednesday) night!

    I hope you all are having a lovely week!






    P.S. Don't forget to enter our giveaway to win one of our Montgomery Clutches!!!!!
    There are only a few days left to enter!!!!!


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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Lillie's "Big Girl" Room

    For the past several months now I have been wanting to do something with Lillie's room to make it a little more of a "big girl" room instead of a nursery. I have been torn over what to do because she has so many things in her room that were handmade either by myself or my mom or sisters and I didn't want to have to put them away. She is turning into such a little girl now, though and her baby looking room doesn't fit her very fiesty personality. While I was home in NH this summer I saw these two pictures in RH Baby and Child and fell in love! The second I saw them I knew I wanted to use them as the inspiration for redoing Lillie's room. For basically just the cost of a can of paint I think I can transform her room to look more like this first photo! I am going to paint her walls gray. I think I am going to use the same color that I used in our master bathroom, or maybe one shade lighter. And then, with just a few little gray touches throughout the room, that will be all I need to do for now. Then hopefully, in a few more months, when we make the transition from her crib to a bed I will add in some gray bedding and it will be perfect! To be honest, I am itching to paint her room now, but Jon doesn't exactly see it as being very high on our to-do list! I may have to wait until either my parents or Jamie and Dutch's next trip down here to get it done. Normally I would just work on a painting job while she slept, but seeing how it is her room that is rather hard to do. And as much as I love her, it isn't really a project that would be very wise to do with her being my little helper.

    I absolutely LOVE this room!

    I don't love this one quite as much, but I do love some of the accessories!


    Please ignore the absolutely HORRENDOUS quality of this photo (it was taken with an old point and shoot camera and it is so yucky I am not even going to attempt to edit it) - but you can see what her room looks like now. Although I loved it when we first did it, I am starting to get sick of the pale pink walls now and cannot wait to get them painted gray.

    As soon as we get it done I will post some photos!

    Also, to anyone who has sent us a convo on Etsy. I have been trying to write back for quite some time now but Etsy's convo feature is turned off right now while they are fixing something so it isn't allowing me to get on to write anyone back. Unless it comes back on soon, I will just write back to everyone tomorrow after church.

    I hope you all have a most blessed Sunday!

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A Quick Post

    This is just a super quick post (seeing how it is now after 3AM and it was going to be my goal to be in bed by 1AM for a change tonight -ughh!!! ) with a few pictures of Lillabel from earlier this week.


    Lillie is wearing our Tanis Skirt

    And for any of you moms out there that may want to coordinate with your little girl without being matching we are now offering the Montgomery Clutch in the same fabric as the Tanis Skirt!


    I still haven't gotten our screenprinted items back yet, but as soon as I do will let you all know the sale we will be having on them the first week they are available!

    I hope you all have a most wonderful weekend!







    PS. Don't forget, you still have one week left to enter our clutch giveaway!

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Brisbane Airport with a new classy

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    Airports seem to grow larger, and some of them also turn greener. At least that's what the new Domestic Terminal at Brisbane, Australia aims to be. And for that the international design studio Urban Art Projects (UAP) have collaborated with artist Ned Kahn to give the Brisbane Airport Corporation an eight-storey kinetic public art project, which with replace their short-term multi-level car park. American artist Ned Kahn is will use natural elements like wind and light into his art for the 5000 sq m kinetic frontage for the short-term car park.

    The car park will seem to sway and ripple from one end at the outside, thanks to the 250,000 aluminum blowing wind. The insides will be a stunning display of kaliedscope style delicate light and shadow patterns projected on to the walls through the sunlight that will pass through. This design aims to provide both ventilation and shade inside the car park.

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Taiwan’s railway station built by local government

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    TRA brings sunshine to the railway. The Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) will open a sparkling new station, its first to be powered by the sun. The solar powered station will open up to commuters on July 14 and is an attempt to improve public transportation for people who work in Tainan County's Southern Taiwan Science Park. Earlier set up as a temporary station for visitors to the 2008 Taiwan Lantern Festival at the science park, the Nanke Station was negotiated upon by the county government and the TRA, converting it into the first permanent station to be built by a local government. A solar powered system is to be installed at the station. Panels are to be installed on the roof and all over the platform that will absorb in juice from the sun.

    Five hours of solar power in the form of direct sunlight is enough to generate as much as 2,688 kilowatt-hours of energy a month that is good enough to power up this station during the daytime. The station is so designed to allow in daylight. Three cheers for the greenest railway station in Taiwan.

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Taiwan’s railway station built by local government


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the H2Otel in Amsterdam by water

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    Amsterdam might just play host to a super green and luxurious hotel. This on uses neither the grid, nor the usual renewable energy sources we come across, like the wind and the sun. The H2Otel designed by Netherlands-based architecture firms RAU and Powerhouse Company is powered by water instead. This hotel is a prototype and an example for hoteliers around, using a very different system developed, that integrates the use of water as an energy source for everything from for heating, cooling, cooking to the generation of electricity. Besides its watery act, the hotel also features a host of other energy efficient strategies, making it greener and cleaner, like a passive design, smart fixtures and appliances and advanced climate control systems.


    Hotels are usually energy-sucking monsters that go to any lengths to keep all their lights glowing, for the sake of luxury and convenience to their guests. The air-conditioning is an immortal machine that never ceases to function, which does burn away all those precious loads of energy. An energy efficient one like the H2Otel just makes living in one of these luxury spaces a whole lot greener.

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Eco-Mosque home in Cambridge, UK

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    Cambridge, UK, will now have more than a University to show off on the globe. The city will play home to the first eco-mosque, designed by Marks Barfield. Yes you got that right; these are the same guys who came up with the London Eye and the Kew Gardens Treetop Walkway. The Eco-Mosque will be laid out on an area of 0.4 hectares, purchased two years ago. Costing £13 million, this mosque will be a one of a kind place of worship that will hopefully inspire many others, regardless of the religion they belong to around the world, to take up the green cause. The mosque features a green roof, natural lighting provided by beautiful skylights, and energy locally generated by ground-source heat pumps.

    Using a brick face, the mosque will complement neighboring buildings too, and will be Europe’s first true eco-mosque, accommodating up to 1,000 people with areas dedicated to worship, ablution, teaching, children's area, morgue and a café and meeting room. Nothing gets better than being closer to Providence in a place as green as can be.

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Sma x Eco House with cell modules and lithium ion batteries

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    Well, the Japanese sure take their green energy seriously, so much, that homes will now be offered pre-fitted with lithium ion batteries out there. The Daiwa House Industry Co Ltd will soon start putting up homes with lithium-ion (Li-ion) rechargeable batteries and photovoltaic (PV) cell modules on the market starting spring 2011. Nothing gets better than powering up a home with solar power, with PV cells soaking in the sun during the daytime and storing the energy in the lithium ion batteries. These modules can be a pinch, especially after buying a new home. So, buying the entire package together could reduce the costs to some extent too. And then again, a solar powered home leaves no carbon footprints when it comes to powering up.

    Called the "Sma x Eco House”, these homes might just use HEMS (home energy management system) too, that will keep a tab on energy usage of electric appliances and LED lighting equipment. To be approximately sold for around ¥54 million (approx US$606,061), a home like this will sure have you receiving shorter electricity bills in future.

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Sky scraper of the future by Misakyan

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    Sky scrapers of the future will be nothing like those silly boxy structures we see in metropolitan cities around the globe today. Judging by this design, we sure expect some pretty futuristic structures in the future, which would probably scare the life out of visiting aliens. The tower designed by Vahan Misakyan might just find its place in city of Yerevan in Armenia, and at first sight, it does look intimidating with that insect-like design. But it isn’t really isn’t what you’d expect from a structure like this. This one has a clean and green soul! The structural geodesics of this building are linked with habitable bridges, with the tower using a rain water collection system integrated in its skin, besides photovoltaic cells and wind turbines.

    Based on geodesics, soft transitions between the vertical and horizontal planes peeling of the ground, the structure will play home to offices, residences, and a hotel. Indeed a great design by Misakyan.a

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Green energy buildings in city skylines

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    In today’s cities, we have buildings sprouting up everywhere, with people choosing to live in them and work in them. And it obviously is necessary that if not all than at least the majority of these should have some green qualities to flaunt. Well, there are a few buildings in the world that have a lot more green in them, than the others standing around. These buildings find innovative solutions to keep the inhabitants inside with a pleasant weather and keep the sun out when unneeded, without causing too much of a carbon footprint. Companies too have been innovating designs for solar panels on buildings and wind turbines beings developed by AeroVironment. United Technologies is developing cleverer ways to heat up and cool buildings, reusing heat wasted in the process.

    Sensor systems today are being used o track occupancy, carbon dioxide levels and lighting levels and adjust the environment accordingly in buildings. After all, these high tech green structures are the future of architecture.

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Green energy buildings in city skylines


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environmental impact with sustainable features

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    California’s Northern Sonoma Wine Country will now play host to a sparkling new hotel, with a water theme. David Baker + Partners working in collaboration designed which hopes to be rewarded with the LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. A short drive from San Francisco, the h2hotel stands four stories high and has 36 rooms. The building also integrates a living roof on its terrace, which takes up 75% of its top. This helps minimize heat, add a bit of green and works as a home for insects and birds too. The roof is also designed to work as a water collection surface, channeling rainwater and using it to juice up the “Spoonfall” water sculpture, made of a thousand espresso spoons. Part of the h2hotel’s power supply is sourced from solar panels that soak up the sun.

    The hotel also uses reclaimed and sustainable materials and products wherever possible. Reclaimed wood has been used for furniture, with flooring made from bamboo. The paint used to spice this one up keep the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) too.

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The Strata Tower in London by inbuilt wind turbines

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    The Strata Tower in London is sparkling new and has made a point to take the breath away of people who come across it. Well, besides just looking great, the tower in the city of London is a green building too, incorporating the use of wind energy to power it up. And no, it doesn’t need any of those gigantic wind turbines set around it for its clean energy. The Strata Tower accommodates three in built turbines that grasp the way the wind blows and power up the building. Standing 147 meters high, the building adds a lot of green to the city skyline. The £113.5m Strata is just the first of two more towers like it to follow. The turbines aren’t really noisy at all, and do not cause residents to stuff balls of cotton in their ears. The Strata’s wind turbines manage to generate enough energy to satisfy 8% of the 43-storey building's energy needs.

    Incorporating wind turbines like these in a building’s design has never been put across so efficiently before, making the Strata Tower in London a symbol of green energy usability.

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Organically shaped metal building, a museum in Xiamen, China

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    The stuff we usually come across in a museum usually leaves us jaw dropped, be it rare pieces from history or wax statues. The experience gets better when the museum building itself is as awesome as the exhibits inside. The guys at MAD Architects thought the same probably, while designing this beautiful and stunning museum building for the city of Xiamen, China. At first look, the building does remind one of a bunch of poisonous mushrooms on which you’d probably find a fairy sunbathing. The organic molten metal building will float above the city below on five legs, and will use solar panels on its roof to power up. The warm climate in the city of Xiamen makes the solar panel array on the roof even more applicable and efficient.

    The building will have three levels, ground floor with a landscaped public, amphitheatres, open sports fields and meeting spaces, the middle level with exhibition spaces, cafes, restaurants and offices and the roof level housing artificial landscaping. Lucky Xiamen!

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Organically shaped metal building, a museum in Xiamen, China


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Vertical garden on the surface of a children's library building in Southeast Spain

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    Now a passerby would probably hit himself on the head and pinch himself to make sure he isn’t dreaming, if he walks past this awesome structure for the first time. At least I would, if we hadn’t checked it out before hand. Anyways, what we’re talking about is a vertical garden is the southeast of Spain. This six-storey high garden has been sprouted up on the façade of a new children's library building, in the town square of San Vicente del Raspeig. The garden is in itself an architectural wonder; a designed conceived by architect Jose Maria Chofre. The building, owing to the fact that it has a full fledged garden growing on its side walls, contrasts the otherwise concrete surroundings.

    Using synthetic felted material, plants are inserted into the frame between two metal grids. The garden consists of a metal frame structure and can be easily accessed from several corridors in the back and can be replaced. Smaller plants are housed on the top while ferns take up the space below. A beautifully green concept indeed, this vertical garden sure is an eye catcher!

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Vertical garden on the surface of a children's library building in Southeast Spain


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The Ocean Imagination pavilion shows off the true beauty of nature

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    Is it a wheel? Maybe a giant-wheel! Hell no! It’s the Ocean Imagination, the Thematic Pavilion of Yeosu 2012 by Unsangdong Architects, a pavilion beautiful enough to be a wonder of the world. Looking great isn’t everything this one boasts. It’s green too! A viewer gets a closer look at the ocean’s ecosystems with this pavilion with various exhibits that relate to man-made nature. The pavilion also features the Ocean Gate, a type of vertical sea-shore. Also, the Sustainable Ocean void space combines flowing water with the ecological environment, while the structure’s outer space is used for exhibiting the Water-Valley, Media-Valley, Play-Valley, Green-Valley and loads more.

    With a total area of 6200m2 and a theme and exhibition area of 2,000m2 and 1,600m2 respectively, the 100m Ocean Imagination is sure to make your imagination run wild and bring you a lot closer to nature.

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The Ocean Imagination pavilion shows off the true beauty of nature


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Sustainable skyscraper twins for Dubai

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    At first look, these towers looked more like the spiny spiky legs of an overturned spider. Those spikes protruding from its façade give it a somewhat alarming look. This one isn’t that bad at all though. Its green, clean and is a revolutionary design by the designers and architects at the ARXX Studio. These twin towers might just find their place in Dubai, and are self-sustaining. The twins, known as the Gullwing Twin Wind Towers, are unique. They use an energy-generating system that incorporates the use of wind turbine hinges attached to the building that help generate electricity from wind. The circular structures, or wings, drive turbines, cylindrical with circular sections each with a series of bladed rings to capture the wind to generate green energy. And if you’re still wondering why these towers couldn’t be designed to stand up straight like every other skyscraper we come across, get a hold of this. The curvy structure was so designed, to create a tornado effect. In short, the buildings will work as two living tornados, producing energy.

    And with this, architecture gets a greener shade with concepts that might seem out-worldly, but are just as practical!

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Sustainable skyscraper twins for Dubai


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New green international airport-Hanimaadhoo Island

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    The island nation Maldives is in need of a new international airport, and has found UK firm Haptic Architects and Norwegian Narud Stokke Wiig Architects who have taken the mantle to help them out with it. This latest architectural wonder at Hanimaadhoo Island is actually a revamped version of the domestic terminal. Proposed to be a single terminal building, the airport building looks striking from outside thanks to its dramatic curving roof. Crafted out of timber diagrid, the lightweight roof comes with a highly insulated skin.

    Apart from the roof, the other green initiatives include north facing rooflights and large roof overhangs, to cut down on the solar gain, to rainwater harvesting facilities and roof mounted photovoltaics. The entire ambiance and landscaping is done keeping in mind the Maldivian culture and nature of the country.

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home by Robles Arquitectos in Playa Carate, Costa Rica

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    Beautiful is the word for this one, with a whole lot of green and eco-friendliness. We’re talking about a house built by Robles Arquitectos in Playa Carate, Costa Rica, which takes the whole concept of self-sufficiency to yet another level, boasting a full 100% of it. The house is located in Playa Carate on the Peninsula de Osa, home to 5% of the world's biodiversity and lacks access to water and electricity, taken that its so far flung and remote. Jaw dropped in shock? You can stop gaping now. This one uses natures helping hand to satisfy those needs. The house uses forest water and with the help of two low-impact hydroelectric turbines and a bunch of solar panels, produces enough energy, about 10,800kWh in all. The house is elevated a meter above the ground, to reduce humidity, and is opened out to nature, for increased ventilation and exposure to the sun.

    This piece of architecture by Robles Arquitectos sure gives the concept of sustainable living a much more practical and applicable touch to it.

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home by Robles Arquitectos in Playa Carate, Costa Rica


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