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January 1st isn’t the only mark of a new year worth celebrating. For thousands of years, people in China and beyond have celebrated the Chinese/Lunar New Year beginning on the day of the new moon between January 21st and February 20th. 

Legend has it that Lunar New Year festivities began when a mythical beast dubbed Nian would terrorize communities, eating all of the livestock, crops, and even people who crossed its path. According to mythology, an old man named Yanhuang discovered that Nian feared loud noises and the color red, which inspired villagers to hang red lanterns and scrolls around their homes and light crackling bamboo to scare Nian away. Apparently, their efforts worked, resulting in the longstanding tradition

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Born in Pasadena in 1911, Whitney R. Smith was a pioneer in postwar modernist architecture. He earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Southern California in 1934 but because it was difficult to find architectural work during the Depression, Smith took a position as a movie set designer shortly after graduation. 

After a few years of movie set design, Smith finally began working with several different architects, including Harwell Hamilton Harris, a modernist whom Smith said had a heavy influence on his work. In 1941, Smith opened his own architectural firm before meeting his soon-to-be partner, architect Wayne R. Williams, in 1946. The two formed an official working partnership shortly thereafter,

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We always make sure to follow the innovative products and technological advances that come out of CES, and this year’s event definitely didn’t disappoint. CES 2020 showcased a ton of inventive products and designs intended to make our lives happier, healthier, and easier, especially when it comes to home technology.

From temperature-controlled weighted blankets to AI home robots that help you complete household tasks, these are our favorite home tech products to come out of CES 2020. 

 

chiliBLANKET, $299

chiliBLANKET temperature controlled weight blanket

There’s nothing quite like the calming embrace of a weighted blanket, but many agree that their one major downfall is just how hot they can be. Enter: chiliBLANKET, the world’s first hydro-powered,

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With their timeless charm and abundant value, both literal and figurative, there’s a lot to love about owning a historic home. However, a major drawback of living in an old house is that, at some point, it invariably needs some work to remain functional. There are several approaches you can take to ensuring your historic home stays in strong working order, topmost among them being rehabilitation and restoration. 

While the terms “rehabilitation" and “restoration" may seem nearly interchangeable, they actually mean two very different things. When it comes to architecture, rehabilitation is the process of returning a structure to a useful state through contemporary repairs and modifications, while restoration works to retain the

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Located in the fourth-densest city in the U.S., Downtown Santa Ana is home to a thriving community of creatives and a bevy of eclectic shops, restaurants, breweries, and galleries. It’s also listed on the National Register of Historic Places and boasts a unique mixture of historic architectural styles, including Victorian, Craftsman, and Art Deco, some of which date back to the late 19th century. 

Victorian Architecture Downtown Santa Ana
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Downtown Santa Ana
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The unique locale has evolved considerably since its establishment in 1869, thanks in large part to thoughtful urban planning that has resulted in a diverse mix of land uses. You’ll find everything from shops and restaurants to government buildings, offices, industrial warehouses,

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With over 320 million users regularly pinning their of-the-moment inspirations and desires, Pinterest holds a lot of insight into the latest trends. And, at the end of each year, the company uses this information to highlight what people are coveting most across categories like food, style, beauty, and home in its annual report, Pinterest 100, showing the biggest trends you can expect to see in the new year.

Connection, nature, and sustainability were common themes across all categories, including the home decor and furnishings space. People are also increasingly interested in global styles, looking to integrate aesthetic elements from faraway lands, like India and Spain, into their homes. And that’s just the tip of

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When it comes to architects to the stars, few are more iconic than John Woolf. Born in 1910 in Atlanta, Georgia, Woolf studied architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology before moving to Hollywood in 1936. Initially, Woolf hoped his Southern accent would secure him a role in Gone With the Wind, but when he met the film’s director, George Cukor, his career took a very different turn. 

While Woolf didn’t land a part in the film, he and Cukor formed a strong friendship that would pave the way for Woolf’s architecture career. Through Cukor, Woolf met many influential Hollywood figures who took interest in the architect’s drawings, including art dealer and interior decorator James Pendleton and his wife, Mary Frances. The two

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Since 1967, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has been a gathering place for global business leaders, innovators, and companies to showcase and learn about new and emerging consumer technologies. 

The event features more than 4,500 exhibiting companies and 1,000 speakers, allowing the more than 175,000 attendees to engage with new technology and the people who developed it in a variety of exciting ways. CES features consumer technologies across a wide range of categories, including digital health, gaming, sustainability, and entertainment. And while we’re eager to learn about the new products in every category, it should be no surprise that the smart home tech excites us most of all. 

Smart Home CES Topic
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For centuries, log cabins have been an architectural staple in the United States, coveted for their straightforward construction and charming design. Over the years, log cabins have evolved considerably from their humble beginnings, with many people opting for modern takes on the traditional design. But the modernization of a log cabin’s exterior also calls for updates to the interior, which requires a bit of a balancing act between traditional and contemporary design. 

The following tips make it easy to cultivate a contemporary, personal interior while honoring the charming, rustic features that made log cabins such a beloved architectural style. 

 

Mix Materials

Modern Contemporary Log Cabin Living Room
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Rather than add wood on wood, as is done traditionally in

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Barbara Bestor is a ground-breaking architect known for experimental designs and masterful renovations. Bestor knew in the eighth grade that she wanted to be an architect, eventually joining the likes of Rem Koolhaas and Zaha Hadid by studying abroad at the Architectural Association in London for a year before earning her degree from Harvard in 1987. Bestor went on to earn a master’s in architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles in 1992. 

The architect began practicing shortly after graduating with her master’s degree. She earned early acclaim for her inventive and meticulous renovations of Los Angeles residences, which led to her becoming a go-to preservationist, renovating homes by

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