MAKE IT RIGHT
Last year the world media converged noisily on New Orleans to mark the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. This year marked a quieter but still significant milestone: it’s been a decade since the actual start of the structural recovery, which began tentatively in early 2006. So this is an apt moment to assess the results. How have the citizens of New Orleans been choosing to rebuild their residences? What do the reconstituted cityscapes look like? What do the choices reveal about the various homeowners, builders, developers, architects, authorities involved — and most of all, about New Orleans society?
Read more on https://placesjournal.org/article/post-katrina-architecture/
TIMELESS PAINTED FLOORING
When choosing a pattern that will impress for years to come, it’s important to keep scale and continuity in mind. The size of the motif should be based on the size of the room, though Pearson tells us that the current trend is to go large. To help with the flow from room to room, he uses a combination of finishes—say, wood and marble—to coordinate the floor with design elements from around the house. In terms of making your floor last, physically, a final coat of polyurethane sealer is key to finish and protect it. High-traffic areas might require a touch-up coat every three to four years, but painted floors can stand up to plenty of wear and tear.
Read more on http://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/miles-redd-how-to-painted-floors
LOW CEILINGS? NO PROBLEM.
These 11 designer tricks will teach you how to make your ceilings look taller.
Read more on http://www.housebeautiful.com/home-remodeling/interior-designers/g4023/designer-tricks-to-make-ceilings-taller/