Architecture City Guide: Minneapolis

We all know as Minneapolis architects that this city holds some true gems. If you are ever looking for something to do on the weekend, take a look at these must-see buildings from around the city!

This week our Architecture City Guide is headed to the city stars fall on. With a few notable exceptions, one can hardly be called a starchitect if s/he hasn’t designed something in Minneapolis. Since 2005 the starchitects that have fallen on this “City of Lakes” include Jean Nouvel, Herzog & de Mueron, César Pelli, Michael Graves, Steven Holl, and Frank Gehry. This is a surprising number for a city just north of 380,000 people. Few cities of this size could boast as much. What’s more our list of 12 is far from complete. There are many wonderful historic and contemporary buildings mixed in with the explosion of starchitecture. Please leave comments of buildings one should not miss when visiting Minneapolis.

WI’s Frank Lloyd Wright Trail Guides Travelers to 9 Public & Private Sites

Even among the most casual of architecture buffs, perhaps the most well known of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wisconsin projects is Taliesin in Spring Green, followed by Wright’s architecture for SC Johnson in Racine. Now, travelers and Wright enthusiasts can add Wingspread (Racine), Burnham American System Built Homes (Milwaukee) and the First Unitarian Society Meeting House (Madison) to their must-see list as these projects and more are now a part of the newly designated Frank Lloyd Wright Trail in Wisconsin.

Whether you are a residential architect in MN or just an avid architecture fan, this guide could be of interest to you. Frank Lloyd Wright is undoubtedly one of the most commonly known architects, and this guide will take you to some of his most beautiful projects.

Nine buildings across southern Wisconsin—from private houses to public buildings—provide travelers with the opportunity to trace the steps of this world-renowned architect. The trail begins on Interstate 94 at the Illinois state line, continues to Madison and then on to Wright’s home in southwest Wisconsin.

In addition to the Wright buildings listed above, the route also includes Monona terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, the Wyoming Valley School Cultural Arts Center in Spring Green and the AD German Warehouse in Richland Center. According to the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, the trail signage includes large freeway guide signs, route marker signs, and directional and trailblazer signs located in Richland, Sauk, Iowa, Dane, Jefferson, Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha counties.

WI’s Frank Lloyd Wright Trail Guides Travelers to 9 Public & Private Sites


Home Office Ideas With Built-in Cabinets

Home offices are great. They’re an extension of the rest of your home and, therefore, your personality. Unlike an office in a building, you get to make the one in your home completely your own.

In addition to effective organization, your chair is one of the most important pieces of furniture in your home office. It needs to be comfortable, functional, and blend in with the rest of your decor. Everything For Offices has a wide range of ergonomic office chairs that will complete your home office while keeping you in comfortable. Office Ideas With Built-in Cabinets Organized Interiors has every colour, style or finish you could ever want to create an effective and highly functional home office. This room continues to be of major importance in homes today as it provides a location for busy professionals to separate work from home life.

Built-in cabinets for a home office provides far better and more durable storage than a mix of individual furniture pieces. Although it may cost more at the outset to install this type of office, it will deliver much more back over the long run. Add file drawers, pen and pencil storage, a device charging area, book cases, display areas and work surfaces all within one area, neatly and elegantly designed.

If more than one person will use this work space, allow us to design a multi-person work space with separate storage. Anything can be created by the Organized Interiors design team to help make this area of your life function better.

Albert’s Home Office — a home office doesn’t have to be the traditional looking office style and colour. Pick from the many finishes and styles that Organized Interiors offers to create the exact feel for your home’s style.


Things To Do For Memorial Day in Dallas

With so many fantastic things to do around the city, we hope you hope you had a great Memorial Day. As we honored those who sacrificed their lives for our country, don’t forget that My Fast Home Buyers offers cash for houses in Dallas no matter what condition they’re in. Call us for your offer. To Do For Memorial Day in Dallas – D Magazine Fireworks, patriotic music, and more.

Memorial Day usually entails a three-day weekend, which means it pays to get a head start on planning things out. Hence, this list of Memorial Day weekend events, which includes everything from ceremonies honoring armed service members to a food festival. The best thing you can do with the day off, it should be said, is spend some time with friends and family, perhaps in a backyard with a grill and pool. But here are a few more ideas:

As we do every year, we recommend finding a way out to one of North Texas’ best lakes for the amenities of sun, water, grilling, and fun.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra dives into the patriotic songbook for its Memorial Day concert (May 29) at Flag Pole Hill in East Dallas. The concert is free, as is the fireworks show taking place right after.

The Dallas Memorial March is a big fundraiser for Carry the Load that helps members of the military, police, firefighters, and other first responders. The march itself begins at noon May 28 at Reverchon Park in Oak Lawn, and ends the next day. Regardless of whether or how long you choose to march, food trucks and live music will be at the park in between remembrance ceremonies.


Alcohol dulls brain ‘alarm’ that monitors mistakes, MU study finds

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Most people have witnessed otherwise intelligent people doing embarrassing or stupid things when they are intoxicated, but what specifically happens in the brain to cause such drunken actions? A new study testing alcohol’s effects on brain activity from the University of Missouri says that alcohol dulls the brain “signal” that warns people when they are making a mistake, ultimately reducing self control.

Now, have you gone to alcohol rehab in Denver? You may have, or maybe it was someone you know, but have they ever explained to you the brain chemistry associated with addiction? Reading below will explain to you how alcohol dulls the alarm in our brains that monitors the mistakes we make.

“When people make mistakes, activity in a part of the brain responsible for monitoring behavior increases, essentially sending an alarm signal to other parts of the brain indicating that something went wrong,” said Bruce Bartholow, associate professor of psychology in the MU College of Arts and Science. “Our study isn’t the first to show that alcohol reduces this alarm signal, but contrary to previous studies, our study shows that alcohol doesn’t reduce your awareness of mistakes – it reduces how much you care about making those mistakes.”

During the study, Bartholow’s team measured the brain activity of 67 participants, ages 21-35, as they completed a challenging computer task designed to elicit some errors. About one third of the participants were given alcoholic drinks, while the rest were given no alcohol or a placebo beverage. In addition to monitoring their brain activity, the researchers also measured changes in participants’ mood, their accuracy in the computer task, as well as their perceived accuracy.

The findings showed that the brain’s “alarm signal” in response to errors was much less pronounced in those who had consumed alcohol, and the response was largest for those in the placebo group. However, those in the alcohol group were no less likely to realize when they had made a mistake than participants in the other groups, indicating that alcohol’s reduction of the brain’s “alarm signal” did not occur simply because those in the alcohol group were unaware of their errors. The findings also showed that those who had consumed alcohol were less likely to slow down and be more careful in the task following errors.

Alcohol dulls brain ‘alarm’ that monitors mistakes, MU study finds | EurekAlert! Science News


Lighting Ideas for Your Kids’ Room

The right light fixture can help visually divide a large, shared space like this one. The designer used inexpensive paper lanterns in a range of colors and sizes, suspended at different heights to create a focal point well suited to the space’s sloped ceiling. Design by B. Pila Design Studio

Need help figuring out how to design the perfect bedroom for your kids? Call up your Littleton electrician, we can help! Below are some good tips and tricks to create the perfect lighting for your children’s room.

A nightlight can comfort small children when they’re tucked in for bed. This friendly woodland creature adds a soft glow from a compact fluorescent bulb. Photo courtesy of The Land of Nod

Desk lighting should be utilitarian but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. Your best bet is an adjustable lamp with a wide, stable base — perhaps in a bright, fun hue like brilliant blue or citrus green. Design by HGTV hosts Cortney and Robert Novogratz

Accent lighting should make a bold impact. The exaggerated curves and glossy black finish of this table lamp stand out against the ornate butterfly-papered wall in this girl’s room. JAC Interiors

Encourage your child’s love of reading by creating a designated book nook. A comfy chair, a pouf to put the feet up on, and a good reading light are all you need. In an older child’s room, a floor lamp is fine; one that’s adjustable is ideal. JAC Interiors

Lighting Ideas for Your Kids’ Room | HGTV


10 Home Maintenance Tips for Spring

After a long, dark winter, spring’s bright sun and warm winds are, well, a breath of fresh air. The only downside? All that sunshine spotlights your leaf-filled gutters, cracked sidewalks and the dead plants in last year’s flower beds. Dwight Barnett, a certified master inspector with the American Society of Home Inspectors, shared this checklist to help you target the areas that need maintenance so you can get your chores done quickly, leaving you time to go outside and play in the sunshine.

Even though it is almost summer, make sure you have taken care of your home for the spring with this checklist. Of course, if you need roof repair in El Paso Texas, give us a call! We would love to help! 

Examine roof shingles to see if any were lost or damaged during winter. If your home has an older roof covering, you may want to start a budget for replacement. The summer sun can really damage roof shingles. Shingles that are cracked, buckled or loose or are missing granules need to be replaced. Flashing around plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys need to be checked and repaired by a qualified roofer.

Check for loose or leaky gutters. Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawl space. Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear and free of debris.

Low areas in the yard or next to the foundation should be filled with compacted soil. Spring rains can cause yard flooding, which can lead to foundation flooding and damage. Also, when water pools in these low areas in summer, it creates a breeding ground for insects.

10 Home Maintenance Tips for Spring | HGTV



Innovative Product Helps Seniors Stay Fit

“We don’t stop exercising because we grow old, we grow old because we stop exercising.”

We all know how important it is to stay active as we grow older, and we encourage our assisted living residents in Amarillo to be as active as they can be for as long as they can. Below talks about products that were created to help these individuals stay active more easily.

It’s no secret that exercise is often called the fountain of youth. In fact, few factors contribute as much to successful aging as having a physically active lifestyle. Learn more from the health experts at ChairMaster about an exercise solution that helps seniors stay fit as they age.

While 30 minutes may seem like a lot to seniors, studies show you don’t have to do 30 minutes of exercise at once. Recently, a study of over 6,000 participants showed that those who did short bursts of exercise measured as well on health indicators like that of blood pressure, cholesterol and waist circumference as those who worked out in full 30 minute segments.

Besides the time exercise takes, a lot of seniors also struggle with the fact that most exercise products – and even fitness classes – are designed for younger individuals. Elliptical machines and motorized treadmills are especially intimidating with the risk of falls and injury. However, a new fitness product, the ChairMaster®, is a great exercise solution for seniors.

Innovative Product Helps Seniors Stay Fit




Things to Do 8 Weeks Before You Move Your Home

To keep your move on schedule, you’ll need to keep a task list of things to do eight weeks before you move. Remember, it’s just two months before you say goodbye to your house, your neighborhood, family and friends, and by now you may be feeling a little overwhelmed. You have no need to worry. With this task list, you’ll find yourself looking forward to moving day!

Before you move be sure to prepare accordingly, being stressed out during this process can make the already busy transition, even harder. Be sure to order your portable storage unit, if you are in Denver, and be sure to complete this list of things to do during the 8 weeks leading up to your move.

Using a floor plan can help you sort through your things, helping you decide what household goods you want to keep and which ones you need to give away, in particular, if you’re downsizing your space or are moving a long distance and want to save costs on hiring movers. In other words, more stuff = more weight = more money.

Taking a household inventory will help you keep track of what you’re moving and what’s staying behind, plus gives you a list of stuff that a moving company will need.

Things to Do 8 Weeks Before You Move Your Home



Spring Maintenance for Senior Safety

Tending to gardens, clearing eaves and gutters, and cleaning windows are but a few of the strenuous tasks that are required for home maintenance. These chores are especially worrisome for adults with senior parents living on their own. But, if your parent(s) can take these tasks on, they should—performing them has a positive effect on the body and mind.

We want to promote physical activity to our Denver retirement community residents but must always warn against pushing that activity too far. This time of the year is a great time to complete maintenance and to tidy up a bit before the summer begins. This is also a great way to become active and to stay motivated through the season. Read below about some maintenance ideas.

Gardening, for example is an excellent form of physical activity and, according to a study of almost 4,000 60-year-olds in Stockholm, can drastically improve cardiovascular health. The study, which was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, determined that regular gardening can cut the risk of a heart attack or stroke, and prolong life by as much as 30% among the 60+ age group. The study also determined that gardening and other activities, such as DIY projects, are as beneficial as exercise because they increase overall energy expenditure.

Digging in the dirt also has a positive impact on one’s mental health. According to an article published in the Journal of Health Psychology, gardening leads to decreased cortisol levels and positive moods which can promote relief from acute stress. Although not all spring maintenance duties are as enjoyable and therapeutic as gardening, performing regular activities can contribute to the overall health and well-being of your parent.

For many seniors, tending to spring maintenance tasks is not feasible. Neighbors and family members are often incredibly helpful in assisting these seniors with the more difficult chores that require strenuous physical activity or ones that can be dangerous, such as climbing a ladder to clean out gutters.

Spring Maintenance for Senior Safety