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Australian Design Meets California Living at This Indoor-Outdoor Family Home

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Scene setting, mood altering, energy shifting—the right shade can completely transform your outlook with the stroke of a paintbrush. This month we’re dipping into that chromatic magic with our series Color Your World. In a surprise move for an art-loving mom of three, Jodie Fried left the majority of the walls in her 3,000-square-foot Los Angeles home entirely bare. The cofounder of the sustainable rug company Armadillo, along with her husband, Greig Fraser, a cinematographer, kept adornments to a minimum on purpose. “Because of our jobs, we’re both very visually stimulated during the day, and it was important to come...

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This post contains affiliate links.  So, I have a bit of a scheduling problem, and I’d appreciate your thoughts and suggestions.  Two of my children have had Barton Reading & Spelling therapy for 8 hours a week most of the past year during the...

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This post contains affiliate links.  So, I have a bit of a scheduling problem, and I’d appreciate your thoughts and suggestions.  Two of my children have had Barton Reading & Spelling therapy for 8 hours a week most of the past year during the pandemic.  I use this time to do my freelance writing.  Well, both kids are about to graduate, and that time will disappear.  I do get up 1.5 hours before the kids in the morning, but that is not enough time to get my freelance work done, exercise, listen to my Bible podcast, and practice Japanese.  I really...

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And the Clock Waits So Patiently

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The following essay appears in But Still, It Turns, edited by Paul Graham and published by MACK earlier this month. The book accompanies an exhibition of the same name showing at International Center of Photography (ICP) until May 9. Gregory Halpern. Image from ZZYZX (MACK, 2016), in But Still, It Turns, edited by Paul Graham (MACK, 2021). Courtesy of the artist and MACK. Time, unfortunately, though it makes animals and vegetables bloom and fade with amazing punctuality, has no such simple effect upon the mind of man. The mind of man, moreover, works with equal strangeness upon the body of time....

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This Once-Boring Color Is Getting a Rebrand (and We’re On Board)

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“What’s your favorite color?” is one ice-breaker that never gets old, even though the answer is pretty predictable: blue, green, or, on occasion, yellow. But what about brown? It wasn’t until we met Melissa Colgan, a designer who loves every shade, from chestnut to chocolate, that we started to question its drab reputation. “Every space needs a bit of brown,” says Colgan, whose Washington D.C. apartment is filled with sepia-toned furnishings and coffee-tinged fabrics. Colgan was methodical about her approach, juxtaposing dark chocolates with ochre, raspberry, and periwinkle—softer pastels that pick up on the patina of antique textiles. “The key to finding the right...

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