I love these prints, from British designer Jo Ham.
The idea of bunnies at the beach just makes me happy—and reminds me of my favorite season, which is coming soon.
This is too cool: Airportcod.es,В a site dedicated to the backstories of airports’ three-letter abbreviations.
I’ve always loved searching for flights and discovering my final destination’s airport code. Some are self-explanatory: LHR, MIA.
Others have made me think, whaaaaaaaaa??—likeВ MSY for New Orleans, EZE for Buenos Aires. (Click the images below, if you’re curious!)
I’m glad that I now have an easy place to go to demystify them. Airportcod.es currently hasВ 369 airports from 91 countries, and the sites’ designers/developers, Lynn Fisher and Nick Crohn are adding more each day.
I’ll admit that I rarely use notebooks or pens anymore, but these smartly designedВ mini notebooks charmed me.
I loveВ the city street grid and Chrysler building on the NYC notebooks…
…and the lucky cats on the Tokyo ones!
There are also Seoul and Osaka notebooks; check them outВ here.
(Images via Poketo)
I don’t particularly enjoy the in-flight experience, but I do have an affinity for airplanes. They are, after all, the vessels that can take us anywhere in the world.
I have a pretty bad case of wanderlust, at the moment, so I’m particularly loving Holding Pattern, a wonderful Tumblr that showcases awesome aerial views of airports. It’s a side project from Lauren O’Neill, a Brooklyn-based designer and art director.
As she describes it:
During layovers, I often find myself observing the activity on the runway and thinking that IвЂ™d love to see this from above. With a creative block on a project, I took to google mapping airports and was enamored by the beautiful satellite shots on my screen. Since then, wanderlust has often inspired me to get lost in the satellite imagery of various destinations even when IвЂ™m glued to my desk.
O’Neill seeks out and crops all theВ Holding PatternВ images—and they’re stunning to behold:
There are fewer places where I’m happier, than on a beach. (From the number of posts on the subject, I think that’s pretty clear!) And while I frequent the New York beaches each summer, it’s a long haul for me to get to any of them. My dream is to be able to spend most summer weekends at my own place, in a nearby beach town.
I’m not envisioning anything fancy. Just someplace bright, airy, and relatively quiet.
I do know the risks that come with owning a beach house, though. Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast’s seaside towns hard. Lots of areas are still recovering—including LBI, where I recently vacationed.
Knowing that, I’ve been poking around the web to see what can be done to help beachfront homes survive hurricanes. In the process, I stumbled upon two very different, but gorgeous, houses built to withstand natural disasters.
This seaside cottageВ sits on Hunting Island, off the coast of Maine.В The stones on the exterior walls came from the island. I love the juxtaposition of the rocks and weathered wood…
…and how the home is just a few steps from the water!
That proximity to the ocean puts the house in a FEMA flood zone, which meant it had to built to code. Design firm, the Knickerbocker Group, oversaw the project: making sure vents could handle rushing floodwaters, ensuring that all wood was rot-proof, installingВ electrical wiring at least three feet off the floor. And that metal rod running along the roof, inside the living room? That’s to keep it from blowing off during a bad storm.
Scary to even think of that. Though I imagine falling asleep on most nights, listening to the sound of waves, makes the risk worth it.
It, too, was built to FEMA code. The lower level is an expansive patio and seating area…
…but since it would likely be underwater in the event of a hurricane, the main living space is nine feet above ground.
The structure was built to withstand 85 mph winds and earthquakes.
At first, I was really wowed by the Tsunami House. But after seeing the stone cottage, I feel like that’s more my style: simple and rustic yet elegant. Either way,В it’s inspiring—and encouraging—to see what can be done within strict flood zone codes.
Which house do you prefer?
Last year, I posted a stunning photo of NYC by night:
It was taken by NASA in March 2013. The picture astounded me. I was amazed at how clearly you can see the gridded streets that make up the city, along with the bridges that connect the boroughs.
When I was growing up, national parks weren’t really on my radar. I come from a very-NYC family—i.e. not outdoorsy—and our summer vacations usually involved relaxing on an east coast beach, rather than hiking trails.
And as I got older, I preferred to spend my vacation days exploring new countries rather than stateside attractions.
But over the past few years, I’ve found myself wanting to visit more national parks. I’m astounded by the diverse landscapes that exist in this country—everything from beaches to volcanoes, mountains to deserts. I’ve started to make up for lost time by visiting some, like the Grand Canyon, Acadia, Volcanoes National Park.
The map shows all the national parks, which are denoted by numbered green trees.
It comes with numbered gold tree stickers—so after you visit one, you can mark it off.
A cool whimsical extra: The map also comes with a little explorer’s patch!
I feel like I may need to plan a national park trip soon…
(Images via Ello There)