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Woodrow Aames is a journalist and fiction writer who lives in the foothills of the Sierras. His outside activities include scavenging lumberyard dumpsters, breaking open shrink wrap with a nail gun, and surviving a culture in decline.

Recent Posts

Gimme shelter: Preparing for the Big One

Everyone should have a respectful fear of natural or man-made catastrophes. Today you can choose from the Mayan prediction that the world will end on December 21, 2012 to the everyday fear that a nut will set loose a home-made bomb in the supermarket. In October 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, people in my neighborhood built home bomb shelters or called in special contractors to handle the work. Some of us began building them anew after 911. If it’s not one thing, it’s another. While there’s no hard data on how well pre-fab or high-end shelters handle radiation, chemical or germ attacks in America, there are plenty of innovations if you’re moved to take action. Get away from it all [caption id="attachment_9925" ...

Cool chairs and gummy bears

German architect and designer Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is credited with saying, “A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier.” I suppose that’s why there’s no end of chairs – perhaps surpassing all other furniture – that architects eventually draw and create solely for exhibitions. Some of the wildest inventions end up in museums or interior design showrooms. I love audacious furniture, but there’s nothing like a screwball chair that’s both wicked on the eye and easy on your sitting muscles. Rockin’ the kitty [caption id="attachment_9893" align="alignnone" width="273" caption="Photo by Paul Kweton"][/caption] Houston architect Paul Kweton created the first rocking chair that’s the cat’s friend, rather than tail-trimmer. It’s looks industrial because it is: the pre-molded slats are ...

Recent Comments

  • Kid's stuff:Bedroom furniture for dreamers

    Hey Woodrow,

    You've put together a great post here. Hardwearing and long-lasting bedroom furniture is so important when you have young children, and choosing pieces which can handle the rough-and-tumble that comes with having little ones is key!

    Best wishes, Alex.

  • Awesomely Oddball Lawn and Garden Accessories

    I plan to do this. What was your process in painting the bottom...outside portion of the tub?

  • Poor staging can crush your home sale

    Woodrow, you have once again 'nailed' the essence of the issue of staging your home for sale with easy to understand pics and words. These are definitely rules to live by, oh wise one! I know I"m soaking up the knowledge you share--- now excuse me while I wring myself out. Can't wait for the next issue.

  • To everyone, a room of one's own

    We've recently bought a house which needs A LOT of work and I'm trying to convince my other half to let me build a "room of my own" for the house, one where I can put my games console and beer fridge. She's not gone for it yet though. The most I've managed to get is an office I can work out of ... not quite the same ... LoL.

    Mine would certainly be like the car boot room in the first image :)


  • Home designs you haven’t seen before

    I wonder how far the folks in the Rock House are able to drive in their car? Maybe down to their boat? It's so true that home is where you are at the moment.