Sweet Smell of Success?

Did you ever think that a certain scent has an influence in your brain?  Are you aware that bringing in a certain scent can “improve mental performance, reduce anxiety, relax and so much more.” “Bryan Raudenbush, an associate professor of psychology at Wheeling Jesuit University, has found that smelling peppermint can help us with tedious

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Origami-Like Evolution Door

Designed by Klemens Torggler, the Evolution Door looks like a modern barn door until you try to open this system which he refers to as “flip panel door”.  “With a single touch the Evolution Door splits apart into panels, glides across the wall and reassembles itself over the open doorway like a piece of origami.”

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Ideas for Storage

There is never enough storage.  Some of us are pack rats.  Others have legitimate need for storage especially if you have a small office.  Here are some ideas for storage that can be mimicked with a few common shelving systems or free standing cabinets.   Design your shelving to go all the way up the ceiling

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Preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

You feel that pain on your wrist.  Tingling around your wrist that you also feel around your fingertips.  And you think uh-oh…is it carpal tunnel syndrome?  Did you know that “something as subtle as a 10% increase in the bend of the wrist doubles the pressure on the wrist…” “The carpal tunnel is a thin ligament-and-bone passageway

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How About a Photo Wall?

So you’ve repainted your walls.  Now you have a huge swath of beige & your office space looks sterile.  How about putting up a photo wall?  The photo wall samples below shows installation in a home but can be applied in an office environment.  Think of a theme & create a gallery/collection of photos taken

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Easy-Care Houseplants

I’m often asked, “what do you recommend for “low-maintenance” aka a plant that needs to be totally dry for the next watering?    Check-out the various options including the very “hip” succulents.      Snake Plants  Madagascar Dragon Tree      Cast-Iron Plant          Christmas cactus          Moth Orchid      

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SFO’s Terminal 3, Boarding Area E

$138M, 60,000 sq ft., Gensler-designed Terminal 3 aka United Airlines terminal.  Flying out of SFO via Virgin America is fun because of Terminal 2’s interior renovation demonstrating modern, clean lines & well thought-out design marked with lots of working areas in the waiting area, free WIFI & plenty of electrical outlets.  Now, it’s Terminal 3’s turn...

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Seriously Thinking of Your Home Water Usage

So you think you’re doing your best effort in saving water at home?  Here are some tips that you might have missed: 1. How about switching your old toilet with low-flush or better yet a dual-flush toilet which “uses less than 1.3 gallons per flush for solid waste & less than .8 gallon per flush

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Don’t Eat The Paint! :)

Ever wonder what type of painting technique is that on the wall that looks rustic, distressed, “earthy”?  Similar to a lot of European façades, milk painting is now being sold by award-winning, San Mateo goat cheese producer, Harley Farms.  They recently launched their very own line called Harley Farm Farmpaint.  This “finger-lickin” non-toxic paint can

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Not Just Green Design…How About Resilient Design?

We’re seeing a lot of natural disasters.  From Typhoon Haiyan, Huricanes Katrina and Sandy and Earthquakes in Japan, Pakistan and Haiti.  All of these are wake-up calls to remind us that we should really consider designs that will be able to withstand future disasters as well as the normal wear and tear.  Sure we think

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More Innovation on Green Building Materials

Ecovative’s Mushroom Insulation “is made from agricultural waste that is bound together with fungal mycelium, a naturally fire-resistant material that obviates the need for toxic flame retardants.” ECOR’s construction panel is “made from discarded paper, cardboard, agricultural fibers, and other so-called cellulose waste fiber, much of which would end up taking up...

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Preparing for a Disaster

Here are some items you should prepare for in case of a disaster: a. An emergency kits – “It should have a whistle to attract help, dust masks, duct tape, a wrench or pliers to turn off water if needed, flashlights and batteries, and local maps. Plan on 1 gallon of water per person per day for

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