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Friday Finds #3

What’s Piquing My Interest

stylebyemilyhenderson.com

stylebyemilyhenderson.com

Welcome to the third edition of Friday Finds.

Here are some of the things that I have been reading, doing, using, thinking or reading this past week. Enjoy!


  • We often overlook grout as simply a glue that attaches tiles together. However, there are many ways of using grout as a part of the design itself, such as using brass as a grout line that creates a pattern by its strong metallic finish.

  • Fall is a time for cozy spaces, colourful leaves, and curling up with a Pumpkin Spice late. This two-story tiny house is designed to maximize its small corners, and create an exquisite indoor-outdoor experience.

  • Lawns require a lot of maintenance, and can be problematic for the environment. Using native grass allows lets them be reseeded naturally, which reduces water use on yards.

  • Square footage is at a premium today, and we often see innovate space-saving designs. This article shows poorly designed architectural nightmares that make our cluttered living room seem even more okay.

  • Meatballs and DIY furniture are some of the reasons why we love IKEA so much. The store layout becomes retail therapy, and the DIY assembly and hacks make for loyal and committed customers.

Douglas Robb
Friday Finds #2

What’s Piquing My Interest

Trendir.com

Trendir.com

Welcome to the second edition of Friday Finds.

Here are some of the things that I have been reading, doing, using, thinking or reading this past week. Enjoy!


  • Ever wondering about fabulous patterns in furniture? The Inside is a platform that lets you customize everything in a home, and is all made from scratch. There are more than 100 fabric choices….a dream. 

  • Barstools are a great piece of furniture that allow people in a home to engage with kitchen activities and be a apart of the action. There are many types of them, and they all can fit a specific aesthetic. 

  • Concrete can feel like a dull material to use, but paired with glass, it opens up a space and creates transparency. Koo Architects converted a seven-story building in China into a guesthouse with frosted glass walls. Makes me wonder about what other unusual materials would look nice together. 

  • Wallpaper is back, and it is better than ever. They add personality and transform the whole essence of a space. Varying in pattern, texture and colour, there are endless ways to make a space feel more unique. 

  • Maximalism- not minimalism, the art of more is more, is on the rise. Contrasting and vibrant patterns, forms and textures, make for a dynamic design if designed right.

Douglas Robb
Friday Finds

What’s Piquing My Interest

Architecturaldigest.com

Architecturaldigest.com

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Friday Finds.

Here are some of the things that I have been reading, doing, using, thinking or reading this past week. Enjoy!


  • Certain designs are timeless, and no matter when they are built, they exude beauty and tranquility. Cabin designs have the advantage of immaculate nature surrounding them, allowing for indoor-outdoor connections. 

  • This innovative tool called Finch creates typical floor plans within site constraints. They call it, Killing the job of a designer. This seems like an easy way for people who don’t want to think much of how to design their space to get a quick space-planning solution.  

  • We always see that classic Sistine Chapel or Thai temple Instagram photo, but what about African architecture

  • Cabins, villas and smaller-sized homes are on the rise, and people are making waves to have a property integrated into nature somehow. Japanese firm, TAPO Architects, created a timber house in Sakura City, featuring a minimalist design with a charred timber exterior and crisp white interior. The simplicity of this villa is a reminder that sometimes less is more in terms of form and materiality.

  • Traveling gets us to see history through grand architectural advancements, however it’s nice to see history right from our homes. And sometimes that printed curtain we used to love in the 40’s doesn’t seem so appealing today. Some old living room trends are cringe-worthy now, but are a good laugh.

Douglas Robb