For the first time since its construction, this architectural master piece is on the market. Kendrick Bangs Kellogg designed it for Beverly Doolittle and her husband in the late eighties. They had bought a rocky hillside plot in desolate Joshua Tree National Park, and wanted something that blended in with its naked surroundings. That Kellogg succeeded might be proven by the fact that this home is relatively unknown. Maybe people never spotted it. The roof looks likes a large ribcage carved out of pebbles. The colour is a slightly duller hue than the red rocks it is surrounded with, but it almost looks as if it was shaped by nature.
Kendrick Bangs Kellog’s villain lair – pictures by TTK
It’s spectacular nonetheless. LA Curbed.com describes it as a supervillain lair, and it very well could be indeed! It can be yours for $3000.000. Check the original listing here.
Living room – pictures by TTK
Bedroom – pictures by TTK
The roof looks like a rock carved rib cage – pictures by TTK
It’s been ages since I last posted one of these. I thought I ran out of good homes to use, but since last time, we have seen many new shows. And as it turns out, I missed quite few older shows still. So here we go. What series are these houses from?
This first one is an oldie. A very popular show that ran from 1971 to 1979. It dealt with many controversial issues and after watching most of the episodes again recently, I as surprised to see how some issues still are relevant!
Mystery house number one
The second home is featured in a show that broke many records. I believe it is the most watched show ever. It ended only recently, and views on how it ended were mixed. In the show’s end it is derelict and neighbourhood kids use the pool as a skating ramp. The owner, the main character in the show, comes back while on the run from the law and everybody else to retrieve something he hid.
Mystery House number two
The show the third house is shown is, is another big hit with a recent season finale. Talks are there will be another season, but the person who lived in this house died in the show. So my guess is the show is ended. However, the other main character in the show recently got promoted in her job, and was about to deliver a baby soon. So maybe there is room for more after all.
Mystery House number three
The fourth mystery house is not technically a house but a building. And the show only featured the bit underneath the awnings. But when everybody there knows who you are, you could at least call it a second home….
Remember the Golden Girls? Off course you do. We just sat through ALL seasons again and loved them. And not just for the stories. I absolutely loved seeing that decor again. I remember loving those pastels when I saw the show first as a kid. The pale blues, tappid greens, peach pinks, matte beiges and the wicker… the wicker everywhere. But I want to bet you that wicker is hard on its way for a massive come back if it hasn’t arrived yet. And I think there will be enough room for a serious nod to the shoulder pad days. And I even think some relatives of the same pastels will be joining….
So maybe not exactly like this………
But more like this…
Yes I know, not wicker but ratan. Who made you king of woven furniture?
Don’t remember or know Lloyd Loom yet? Make a note of that name. It’s coming back!
Want to join me on the lanai?
Now where did I see these chairs before…….
In that case……
There you go….
I wonder what’s next…
Pink arches, glass beds, white high gloss tables and beige leather anyone?
It was as if we were forced to say goodbye to our good old lightbulbs. From one day to the next, or at least it felt like it, the cosy glow, lamps that actually lit up right away, were harder and harder to find on the shelves. We were all a bit confused why they were bad for us all of a sudden. And even more frustrating, in return we were given weird shaped fluorescent lamps exuding harsh and unfriendly light. And it took forever to actually exude anything. Sometimes it took minutes to light up completely. The dissatisfaction we felt might be part of the reason why we are not all loving LED bulbs. Because LED bulbs offer all the good things we liked in our good old bulbs, yet without compromising on our demand for green and eco-friendly. The light is warm, cosy or bright if you need it, and the bulb lights up immediately after its switched on. And what’s best; LED light comes from computer chips. Companies like Philips have already developed special products and apps that allow you to control the colour or brightness of lighting from you smart phone or tablet. Imagine the possibilities!
Example of an interior design making use of LED lighting
Designers were the most adamant opponent of LED. Yet they are now also the group embracing LED because of its sheer endless stream of opportunities. More and more architects, designers and artists choose to use LED in their work. The CN tower in Toronto for instance was relit in 2007 making use of LED. Before that the tower was sparsely lit to save energy. LED allows to illuminate the tower fully, with even less energy. And this is just one of many examples of the last few years.
The CN tower is lit with LED since 2007
After a long refurbishment, the Dutch Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam decided to commission Philips to light up the building with LED
Slowly but gradually consumers are embracing LED too. People from the industry expect LED to be responsible for 16% of sales in the residential sector by 2015. Since it’s introduction, LED has grown in popularity and has shown to be in increasing demand by consumers. Interior designers, lamp manufacturers and home/deco stores believe in LED too, and are eager to tell their customers why. A representative of New York based Oriental Lamp Shade Company commented on how consumers can benefit from LED. “LED lasts a lot longer than regular incandescent lighting. Not only does this mean customers save money, but it also makes LED more eco-friendly. We find that to be an important consideration for customers when they buy lamps and lighting. The rather steep investment pays itself back in more ways than just the longevity. LED uses far less electricity too. Something consumers are beginning to realise more and more. We think eventually LED will be the main source of light we all use”.
A stunning wine cellar with LED lighting as part of the main design