Archive for April, 2009

Burning Question: Cul De Sacked?

News has been floating around our fair state lately about putting an end to a suburban staple: the cul de sac. Lawmakers in Virginia are planning to take measures to penalize developers who continue to create neighborhoods filled with dead end streets (read about it here and here). As they see it, cul de sacs are inefficient – they limit connectivity, disrupt traffic flow, increase congestion and hinder emergency vehicles who may benefit from more grid-like through streets. But it’s obviously catching flack from developers and suburban lovers alike who adore the added safety and privacy of these closed off communities.

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What do you think? Would you like to see the cul de sac preserved for future generations or are you happy to see it go the way of the do-do?

Image courtesy of Google Maps (it’s actually my childhood subdivision).

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Hannah’s Design Dilemma

Hannah’s recently renovated living room is bursting with major makeover potential. Here’s her letter:

We have a blank canvas of a living room to work from. Our style is casual, comfortable, but visually interesting. We have a 2-year-old and a dog (who is allowed on the furniture and sheds white hair everywhere) so nothing that is museum-like or doesn’t actually invite usage. We like Pottery Barn & Crate and Barrel. Because of the narrowness of the room (compared to its length), we were thinking *maybe* two smaller seating groups but we are REALLY open to ideas. We have 2 pieces of art that are earmarked for the living room and we want to put an upright piano in the room (but we don’t have it yet and are open to color suggestions). We’ll also be installing this flooring and definitely need a new wall color (we will be painting the ceiling and the beams white). We like visually interesting prints and solids and a brighter, cheery feeling room, or a palate that’s soothing/comforting without being dull or boring. We like blues, greens, oranges, taupes, and whites. We want it to be fairly durable, though, so no white couches or anything like that ;)  Oh, and we clearly like nature, especially the bolder side, as evidenced by our art. Thanks again, and we really look forward to receiving your ideas.  -Cheers, Hannah

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This space is primed for a major transformation. Here’s the plan:

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And now for the mood board breakdown.

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