My Houzz: Peek Into a Renewed 13th-Century Cave Dwelling in Italy (18 photos)

The houses in the Sassi di Matera were originally inexpensive, versatile and sustainable because they were dug into the rocks and built with local resources. Over time, they’ve been recovered and reutilized, sometimes in new ways. Guida’s house is a great example: It combines five housing units that were built about 1200 and renovated from […]
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Reflections From a Year in the Native Garden (5 photos)

Houzz Contributor. I’m a big advocate for bringing the tallgrass prairie into our urban lives — only 1% remains, making it more threatened than the Amazon rainforest yet also as effective at sequestering CO2. I own Monarch Gardens LLC, a prairie garden consulting & design firm based in Nebraska / the Midwest, working with clients […]
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The Power of Negative Space in Interior Design (17 photos)

Asymmetry. Our brains derive emotional pleasure from symmetry, according to physicist Alan Lightman, author of The Accidental Universe. In design, objects mirrored along a central axis represent order, stability and calm. But disrupting the formality of a symmetrical room, as the homeowners have done here, can add energy to an otherwise static space.
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