In case you couldn’t tell, we have a thing for tiny homes—whether she-sheds, campers, or even upcycled shipping containers. But living small is no, well, small commitment. That’s why we’re loving the latest surge of short-term rentals that let you try the trend before you buy. You can pay to stay in a camper van, an Airstream campsite, and now, at Flophouze Hotel in Round Top, Texas, an inn made up entirely of shipping containers.
An offshoot of architectural salvage company Recycling the Past, Flophouze features a fleet of six containers that have been recycled and transformed into cozy accommodations using materials reclaimed from all over the country.
With rates starting at $175, every “houze” is its own tiny home, complete with a living room, bathroom, and kitchen. And outside, guests can enjoy amenities like Adirondack chairs and hammocks, grills and fire pits, and soon, a Modpool. Yes, even the hotel pool will be made from an old shipping container.
While the Flophouze floors are all original to the containers, everything else is like a magical patchwork quilt of materials and decor.
Nothing evokes a salute like a grand old vintage flag. Remember: The union (stars) goes on the observer’s left. 2. Patriotic Planters
Vintage potato chip tins serve as fun vessels for potted red geraniums. 3. Patriotic Tablescape
Linked with a vintage runner, this red table is the perfectly patriotic spot to feed a crowd. Simple embellishments reinforce the homespun aesthetic. 4. Star-Spangled Décor
Wooden Chinese checkerboard games, spray-painted red and blue, make for unexpected starry decor. Paper straws threaded with craft paper stars amplify the motif. 5. 4th of July Party Favors
Fun, customizable party favors will keep kids entertained so adults can mingle. 6. Red, White, and Balloons
Fill a bin with a colorful arsenal of water balloons, and prepare for the inevitable “bursting in air.” Hang a hand-painted sign to mark the bunker. 7. American Flag Marshmallow Pops
With just a few ingredients including colored melting chocolate and marshmallows, you’ll have a quick, mess-free dessert ready for your patriotic party. 8. Denim Banner
If you’re feeling crafty, create an adorable banner you can use year after year. 9. Painted Lawn Stars
Wow your guests with this elaborate project that will only take you 30 minutes to complete. Cut out star shapes from old cardboard and use red, white, and blue construction marking spray paint. 10. Fourth of July Dipped Oreo Flags
Turn ordinary Oreos into mini edible flags. All you need is star sprinkles and red and white melted candy. 11. Fourth of July Mason Jar Silverware Holders
These Mason jars are barbecue decor showstoppers and are super simple to make. Just paint the jars with patriotic patterns, twist twine at the neck of the jars, and add silverware. 12. Patriotic Bingo
Make this fun game a 4th of July tradition your guests will love.
Consider this your splash course. 1. REMEMBER, IT’LL GET HOT
The first thing to consider when picking a pool deck material? A hot pool deck, plus bare feet, equals major regret. It’s important to look for a material that won’t get too hot, or to put a material that will get hot in a shaded area. 2. COLOR PLAYS A PART
Regardless of the material, lighter colors are always be better for avoiding the hot-foot.Even if you stain it, certain materials like white-based cement pavers are going to be cooler than a grey-based cement paver. 3. DIRECT WATER AWAY FROM THE HOUSE
Whether you’re building a pool deck yourself or recruiting a landscaper, make sure you take drainage into consideration. You have to think about where the water is going to go. It’s important to ditch everything to get the water away from the house. Proper drainage preparation is the key to a successful deck. 4. PICK A DECK BASED ON YOUR LOCALE
Your choice of material may be dictated by geography. “Up north where there are elevation changes, wood decks are great because they are an inexpensive way of creating a level area,” says Congdon. “In a place like Florida, however, everything is already so flat that it would be cost-prohibitive.” 5. CHOOSE WOOD CAREFULLY
Wood can add a relaxed aesthetic to your pool deck, but varies greatly in price. You can do a regular wood deck, but it’s not going to have a high-end look, so it depends on what you’re after. 6. SEE THE FUTURE
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the best installation may also be the most expensive — but it could be worth it depending on how long you plan to use the deck for. Consider this a good rule of thumb: If you see yourself wanting to move out or redesign your pool area in the next five years, your money is better spent on maintaining a less expensive deck, but if you envision yourself in this for the long haul, committing the cash for a deck that you can enjoy for years to come will be more efficient in the long run. 7. LAY A STRONG FOUNDATION
As for longer-wearing decks, maximizing your years of use starts with crack prevention. The best thing you can do is a concrete base with a crack suppressant, then mud set a travertine or other material on the top. That’s going to be the most solid, low-maintenance deck, but it’ll be about four times the expense per square foot of the standard sand-set paver. https://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/interior-designers/g3104/pool-decks/
The glamour-forward designer revives a storied Santa Barbara playground with Moroccan tiles and $4,000 shower heads.
Hollywood has been escaping to Santa Barbara since before pictures had sound, but the newly renovated Hotel Californian will be a worthy retreat for anyone still seeking Los Angeles-level glamour.
The 1925 Spanish Colonial hotel is fresh off an eight-year overhaul that rendered its interiors unrecognizable—in a delightful way. Celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard used the city’s architectural influence as groundwork, then broke the mold with Moroccan and Moorish designs and Art Deco furnishings.
The end result is a glam, velvet-swathed playground that looks at points more Hollywood than Santa Barbara. “I wanted to shake up the traditional palette so often seen in the area or at beach resorts, creating a more memorable experience and ambiance,” said Bullard, who has designed homes for Kylie Jenner and multiple Kardashians.
Whereas other beach hotels might feature a swell of rattan pieces, sea-blue art, and white linens, Hotel Californian favors graphic wallpapers, gold snake sconces, and emerald green club chairs. Bullard said he looked to the great hotels by Gio Ponti in 1950s, where the Italian architect invigorated period buildings with custom modern furniture.
Like Ponti’s designs, Bullard tempered a mix of mid-century shaped furnishings with Moroccan accessories and quirky Portuguese antiques. “The balance that seems odd at first really works in bridging the architectural style of the hotel and surrounding historic area with a breath of fresh air,” he said.
The 121 guest rooms feature four separate designs with monochromatic bases and pops of jewel tones and studded leather. The variety “stirs the emotions and attaches to your memory,” said Bullard, the way a “good hotel and vacation should.”
The hotel, particularly the Moroccan-style spa, also features several custom tile patterns to honor the arabesques of the Santa Barbara Mission.
“The tile work really gives a different personality to each space and does exactly the trick I wanted, which is to make you want to see your friend or neighbor’s room to see which one you prefer better,” said Bullard. “There’s nothing like curiosity to promote return customers.”
For art, Bullard worked with voila! in L.A. to make custom piece for the hotel. Traditional California schemes, such as Santa Barbara scenery and monuments, ground the hotel’s sense of place. But motifs of blue whales flying above piers to tattoos on movie stars work to defy drowsy stereotypes.
From statement ceilings to dramatic black and red cocktail bar, the change in style befits the neighborhood. Hotel Californian overlooks the beach and the Funk Zone, a stretch famed for its galleries and nightlife, and its reopening in April was fêted with a secret John Mayer set at an Alice In Wonderland-themed party, packed with noms d’importance.
Is your summer party missing this alfresco essential? 1. MALIBU FIREPLACE
Hollywood designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard conjured an exotic paradise for a Malibu couple, inspired by a passion for Bali. A pair of chairs by Bullard and Indonesian teak sofas surround a fire pit made from 18th-century Indian stone panels; the teak side table is Moroccan. 2. BOHEMIAN FIREPLACE
In the open-air dining room of Rela and Don Gleason’s home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, the table and armoire were designed by Rela and made by local artisans. Wood piled high for the fireplace acts as an accent wall, bringing warmth into the space. The Wisteria chairs have custom leather slipcovers, and the goatskin-and-iron ceiling fixture was inspired by lighting at the Leon Trotsky museum in Mexico City. 3. CORAL LIMESTONE FIREPLACE
In this Miami home, the fireplace, which is original to the house, has a coral limestone surround and hearth. The side table is by Matégot. 4. ROUNDED FIRE PIT
In TV producer Jamie Tarses’ Hollywood Hills home, designed by Pamela Shamshiri of Commune Design, the outdoor area’s fire pit is by Plain Air. The seat cushions are of a Donghia fabric and the metal chairs are vintage. 5. SLOPED FIREPLACE
The courtyard in this Hollywood home features a fireplace with a 17th-century armorial cartouche found at Bonhams. The teak cocktail table is by Holly Hunt and the flooring is of reclaimed terra-cotta tiles. 6. INDOOR-OUTDOOR FIREPLACE
The terrace of this London townhouse is centered with a marble fireplace that was salvaged from the property’s original drawing room. The lamps are by José Ignacio Baluster, and the flooring is Belgian bluestone. 7. COZY FIREPLACE
Skip the expensive hotel and try car camping instead. 1.Use an inflatable car bed.
If you don’t own a tent (or don’t want the hassle), this inexpensive piece is your best bet. 2. Invest in a rooftop car tent.
While this is definitely on the more expensive side, it’s still cheaper than a hotel or RV. 3. Cover windows with camping screens.
Ensure your car is cool and breezy (and avoid condensation build-up) with this simple trick. If you don’t mind some bugs passing through while you sleep, simply crack your windows. 4. Build a platform and transform your car into a camper.
While June 1st is the beginning of Hurricane season, many should and can do things to help them prepare for the unfortunate event of a hurricane striking their home or community. Preparing for a hurricane, doesn’t have to cost a lot of money if you take the time in advance to prepare, and using a little common sense. Above all do not panic, usually there is a warning to alert you to the possibility of a hurricane (Several Days) making landfall in your community.
Some things you can do in advance of the Hurricane coming to your community.
1.) Subscribe to Emergency Alert system these are Free!!! and provided by local and Federal Government.
2.) Prepare an Emergency exit route and meeting point. While no one wants to leave their home, but knowing where shelters are and the safest routes to take in advance will elevate some stress should it become necessary to evacuate.
3.) Prepare a “Go-Bag”. Putting items that will be needed during time away from home, generally it is a good idea to plan for about 3 or 4 days. building this over time will reduce the cost and stress of creating.
Some items for a go bag could include things:
a.) A blanket or Sleeping bag.
b.) Important documents: Advance medical documents, Wills, Insurance policies, etc…
d.) First-Aid Kit, band-aides, sterile gauze, first-aid tape, antibiotic ointment, scissors, tweezers, hand sanitizer.
e.) Snacks, place a snack in the “go-bag” energy bar, potato chips, candy bar. While this isn’t a meal replacement, it can provide a source of nourishment during transition to emergency shelter. It can be a high stress time and you’ll burn extra calories.
g.) Battery powered Radio.
h.) Bottle or two of water, or a sports drink. While this is just a small supply it isn’t your main supply of necessities, because you’ll want to have enough drinking water for each individual to drink about 0.5 (1/2) gallon of water each day.
i.) Poncho or just a plastic bag that you could turn into a poncho.
This is only a suggestion and could vary depending on what you may need. One idea that is also good is to waterproof the bag. Now it’s not necessary to go purchase a waterproof bag, a simple gym bag would be good or even just a backpack, it can simply be done by just using whatever bag you have available to use and placing a plastic bag inside of the bag you already have.
This is just an emergency bag that you can grab at a moments notice, not your main supply of survival items. To help you to quickly evacuate your area or home when it becomes necessary.
4.) Pick an Out of State contact. That everyone can contact and report their Location and status.
5.) Keeping your car or vehicle with at least a half a tank of fuel, and having an emergency items in it..ie. change of clothes, jumper cables, first-aid kit, flashlight, multi-purpose tool, flares, snacks, bottle water or sports drink, packs of non-perishable food items.
Something to keep in mind that during or even after the hurricane makes landfall, the telephone systems (landlines and cellular) can be overwhelmed with calls, so making use of texting and social media make for great alternatives to communicate, even email can be a form to use although little slower, unless someone is specifially watching for your email.
A small patio is, ironically, the perfect place for big ideas.
Creating a small patio in a small space may be difficult, but it is possible. With the right furnishings you can turn a simple patio into a stylish and modern outdoor getaway. Whether you have a cement, wooden or bluestone spaxe, these stunning patios will inspire you to think big. BACKYARD TABLESCAPE
The front porch of restaurateur Keith McNally’s Martha’s Vineyard vacation home is brightened up with bistro chairs arranged around a reclaimed-wood table. ELEGANT SUNNY PATIO
For the terrace of historic Libbey Ranch (a secluded seven-acre family retreat in Ojai, California owned by actress Reese Witherspoon) designer Kristen Buckingham surrounded a wood-topped dining table with vintage iron and wicker chairs and an antique lantern. CHIC STRIPED TERRACE
The terrace in this classic Hollywood home uses patterned chaise lounges in a Pindler & Pindler fabric, pillows in a Janus et Cie fabric, Moroccan lanterns, and antique English wicker chairs to give a small space lots of texture. NEUTRAL-TONED PATIO
The cocktail table, chairs and sectional by Munder-Skiles turn the covered patio of this Massachusetts home into a cozy cocktail area. The cushions are covered in a Perennials fabric. STYLISH OUTDOOR DINING AREA
Designer Jamie Durie loves the outdoor dining room at his Los Angeles home, where he dines, lounges, grows food, entertains and works. MODERN OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE
The garden patio of this Oakland home features sleek chairs from Design Within Reach, the bench is in the style of Lutyens, the windows are by Sierra Pacific Windows and the exterior is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Jet Black. COZY AND RUSTIC GUEST PATIO
At a rustic Los Angeles abode, the guest room patio features a cocktail midcentury table and daybed (which has cushions covered in a Holland & Sherry fabric) by John Good. BACKYARD LOUNGE
The back patio of a Uruguayan country home — one of four on the property — has a view of a lake. The iron chairs came from a castle in the south of France and the table was made by Ghesquière. The hammock makes the most of the limited space, creating the perfect place to nap and read while enjoying the scenery. PETITE POOLSIDE PATIO
Beside the pool of a historic Long Island farmhouse, the awning is made of salvaged corrugated-and-wired glass, and the custom outdoor furniture is topped with cushions covered in a Perennials fabric. The pool surround and patio are of Kota stone and the topiaries are boxwood. LEAFY VERANDA
On the veranda of this rustic Long Island home, the teak table is by Barlow Tyrie, the wicker chairs are by Restoration Hardware, and the antique wood chairs are from Ruby Beets. The pergola supports a wisteria vine and is surrounded by boxwood topiaries. ROOFTOP PATIO
In this outdoor retreat in New York, a sofa by David Sutherland for Restoration Hardware is covered in a Perennials fabric, the chairs and table are by Paola Lenti and the cocktail table was custom designed for the space. CONTEMPORARY TOWNHOUSE PATIO
Cushions covered in a Perennials fabric sit on teak furniture by David Sutherland on a small patio, shielded by boxwood hedge, outside a West Village townhouse. COLORFUL GEOMETRIC PATIO
Argentine designer Luis Galliussi decorated this small patio for model Eugenia Silva’s Portugal home, where he included a banquette covered in African textiles found in Ibiza, an urn found in a nearby village, floor cushions that are covered in remnants of antique Moroccan kilims and a Moroccan rug. BELGIAN BLUESTONE PATIO
A London homeowner salvaged a marble fireplace that was originally from the drawing room to place outside in the patio area. The lamps above the fireplace are by José Ignacio Ballester and the flooring is Belgian bluestone. SMALL HIDDEN PATIO
Nestled outside a home in Marrakech, Morocco is a small patio designed for peace and tranquility. The swing by the garden and the table were designed by Samuel Dowe-Sandes, founder of Popham Design, and the vintage chairs with red cushions are by Harry Bertoia. ELEGANT PATIO DÉCOR
A custom-made seating area is covered in cushions encased in a dark gray Perennials fabric on a patio at a home in Alys Beach, Florida. The teak lounge chairs are by Henry Hall Designs and the Spanish hanging lanterns were found in Belgium. LUNCH ON THE PATIO
A small wooden patio in Paris is a lunch time getaway decorated with lanterns by Casamidy, a table covered with a fabric brought back from Tanzania and chairs by Alinea. BRICK ROMAN PATIO
Pots of thyme, rosemary and a pomegranate tree sit on a small brick patio outside a Roman housewith a view of St. Peter’s Basilica. The wicker chaise longue and chair are by Manutti.
BY CHARLES CURKIN
Amanyangyun might be the most exciting Aman yet.
In the film Wall Street, Bud Fox said that all of life comes down to a few moments. Checking into an Aman hotel is one of them, and Blue Horseshoe loves Amanyangyun. Located outside Shanghai in a man-made camphor forest, it’s the latest addition to the growing international collection of exclusive hotels and resorts.
For the uninitiated, Aman Resorts’ dominion stretches from the canyons of southern Utah (Amangiri) to the Grand Canal in Venice to the Bhutanese side of the Himalayas (Amankora). With more hotels under construction, including one in the Crown Building on Fifth Avenue in New York City, owner Vladislav Doronin’s expansionary vision shows no signs of flagging.
Amanyangyun, which opened earlier this year, is the collection’s fourth property in China, but it has a visual and historical identity of its own, making it stand out from the others. Designed by Australian firm Kerry Hill Architects, the hotel features 24 suites and 10 pavilions, plus 13 villas that were created from 26 ancient homes dating to the Ming and Qing dynasties.
The homes were, over a 15-year period, meticulously disassembled, transported more than 400 miles from the Jiangxi province, and rebuilt. With them came 10,000 trees, which had been deracinated, similarly schlepped, and replanted. That’s right: Aman built its own forest—one that’s only a short car ride away from the stifling pollution and chaos of downtown Shanghai.
Initially, it might seem like Amanyangyun was tailor-made for retired historians and arborists, but once you’re inside, it’s a kingdom of serenity and pure, unapologetic luxury—Aman’s signature. The 30,500-square-foot spa is equipped with eight treatment rooms, a Russian banya, and a hammam. The walls of the fitness center are glass, so guests can take in views of the forest while holding a warrior’s pose. There are also three world-class restaurants, a cocktail bar, and a cigar lounge stocked with Cuba’s finest exports.
In other words, if Bud Fox had quit while he was ahead in his dealings with Gordon Gekko, he’d almost certainly be spending his early retirement here among the trees.
Curkin, C. (10th May 2018) “THE NEW AMAN OUTSIDE SHANGHAI IS MORE THAN A HOTEL—IT’S A WORLD OF ITS OWN” Retrieved from https://www.elledecor.com/life-culture/travel/a20648470/amanyangyun-aman-shanghai-china/