Around the outside: landscape architecture

A landscape architect’s floor plan

I recently met a landscape architect and to be honest, I didn’t really know what this profession entailed.  After doing some research, I now have great respect for this work; it not only beautifies the land but also pinpoints environmental concerns and in many cases is influenced by art and design. Below is a clear example of what landscape architecture can do.


This rocky, muddy mess was transformed into a paradise.
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Jerusalem Houses From Within – the yummy house, part 1

When I was a child my father used to tell me, ‘it’s just as easy to fall in love with a rich man as it is a poor one.’ Now, I’m not saying I’m poor – because I’m not – but I don’t live like this either (yet), and I want to. I repeated my fathers adage jokingly to my husband while walking wide-eyed through the master bath.

When we walked into the master bedroom my husband turned to me and said, ‘I should have listened to your father as well.’

We really liked this house.

Not surprisingly, I took a serious amount of pictures (58 to be exact), so this may end up being 2 posts.

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Ein Kerem – Houses From Within – a small sweet home

If middle earth and hobbits ever existed they lived in places that looked like this. The low arched entryway seems hidden and inconsequential behind the garden growing on the walls of the house. This sweet little home in Ein Kerem is owned was bought by the current owners in 1969. The previous owners lived there from 1948 and were selling so that they could move to live in a ‘shikun’ (tenament apartment building) in the middle of Jerusalem. They (the previous owners) had done whatever they could do destroy all of the charm in the building, covering the arches and the tile floor. Aveda (the owner) and her husband did all of the restoration work themselves.

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Store review: Lamps

Lamps is located in the heart of Souk HaPishPishim in Jaffa and has possibly the widest selection of proper (and I define proper as in a lamp with something other than a paper shade) lamps I’ve seen in this country. I fell in love with the lamp below, with it’s green glass shade and brass base. I can’t even tell you why I like it so much, but I do.

The people who own the store happen to be positively lovely as well. The wife was very excited when I told her about Tchochkes and she turned on her favorite light for me to picture…

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Cool new store: Katalog

Design & Art Stage

Art space meets innovation and wonder, that’s what I left with after visiting Katalog; a new store at 20 Alfasi street in Tel Aviv.  Owner & creative director Roni Laufer has done a magnificent job of combining established designers and new artists work.  Housed in a well light, under-consructed warehouse atmosphere; the works on display take on a life of their own. Continue reading