Giving a brand-new kitchen timeless character and rich personality is a challenge for the best architects and designers. One way to solve this problem is by repurposing a furniture piece for the workspace — but it’s not always easy to find the right fit, as architect Jeff Troyer discovered. He says: “We searched for months for the kitchen island, seeking something with warmth and character that would also fit the space. My clients and I finally found this antique school science lab table online and had it shipped from Ohio. We had to purchase this sight unseen, but it ended up fitting perfectly and the wood is beautiful.”
Hill Country Apothecary is a compounding pharmacy in Lakeway, TX. It features a central compounding lab which is glazed to allow for patrons to view their prescriptions as they are crafted by hand on-site. The lab, which includes all the latest technology, was created as a vignette inside the building. Indoor air and light quality were designed to take advantage of simple, sustainable and natural materials resulting in clean spaces to serve and be served in.
Hill Country Apothecary's goal was to create a public gathering space both for the shopping center it's located in as well as for its customers, so designers created sitting areas throughout the space so that patrons can comfortably enjoy a drink or a good conversation. To complement the stylish seating areas, MF Architecture redesigned the logo for Hill Country Apothecary and added it to the interior walls to offset the minimal palette of poplar wood and neutral colors.
The patina of the terra cotta backsplash tiles and stone floor contrast with the modern range and classic stainless steel island. The vintage French lab stools used as barstools help add to the layered and curated look of the space.
The clients have two dogs — a chocolate lab and chihuahua — that they consider full-fledged family members. Designer Joanna Gaines took that as an opportunity to do something special in the new laundry room, incorporating a decidedly dog-centric theme and design.
According to John Drengenberg, consumer safety director at Underwriters Lab, placement is everything with candles. Keep candles away from curtains, bedding, paper, walls or any other areas with a potential to ignite, as candle flames can heat up to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
Don't use holiday lights unless they have cleared the strict safety tests conducted by Underwriters Lab or another established testing facility. Lights checked by this independent testing company are marked with a holographic UL label. A red label means lights can be used indoors and out, while green means indoor-use only.
"When our client decided they needed more space, we took an unusual approach," says designer Kerrie Kelly of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab. "We transformed their dated garage and turned it into a family-oriented lounge full of color and personality. The white rafters and ceiling keep it feeling open and spacious while the stripes add a fun sophistication. The new garage door even lets in natural light!"
To avoid a holiday decorating disaster, be sure to check all lights and decorations to see if they're damaged or worn. John Drengenberg, Consumer Safety Director at Underwriters Lab, advises caution, since "cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires and loose connections may pose a fire or shock hazard."
To avoid holiday decorating mishaps, John Drengenberg, Consumer Safety Director at Underwriters Lab, strongly recommends reading labels for lights and other wired decorations to make sure you are conforming to acceptable wattage levels. If your decorations are connected by a tangled web of extension cords and power strips, you may be overloading the circuits, he warns.
One of only two such tracks in the United States (the other one is in Los Angeles and there are tracks in Germany, France and Great Britain), the Porsche Experience Center is a thrill-ride for grown-ups that allows drivers 21 and over to test out a variety of driving experiences and obstacles on a safe, enclosed track where a coach is always in the passenger seat to offer guidance and driving tips. The majority of Porsche Experience Center drivers come to have an incredible day driving, but some new Porsche owners also visit for practical tips and training on how to enjoy their new baby. "This is a bucket list" item says Ivester, with birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions celebrated with the gift of an extreme driving experience. Each closed track is different in topography so Porsche lovers come from all over the country and world to try out Atlanta's unique circuit. The Porsche Experience Center is open to everyone as long as you have a reservation at one of the many experiences on-site, from lunch at Restaurant 356 to the Simulator Lab to a driving experience.
The Porsche Experience Center is not just about the closed-track driving. A sports-car lover's heaven on many fronts, the center also boasts a chef-driven Restaurant 356 (named after the first car to carry the Porsche family name) with a seasonal menu and views of the Porsche track. You will need to show ID when you enter the center in order to dine, and be advised that is driving in on your menu at the track, no alcohol can be consumed before your circuit. In addition to 356 and a small, informal Carrerra Cafe, the experience center features a Simulator Lab where you can race against your friends and younger drivers can get the Porsche experience even if they can't access the track, a Heritage Center with rotating exhibitions and displays of Porsches through the ages. An on-site Classic Car Workshop allows vintage car owners to have their Porsches serviced and visitors have the added benefit of seeing some of those classic cars on display. Visitors can also take a guided tour of the Porsche headquarters; one of many opportunities to fill a day with car-centric entertainment.