Category Archives: Renovation

Follow-up Post: Restoration of Beit Hatamar in Tel Aviv

Anyone who has taken a walk around Tel Aviv this year probably noticed the strange lighted glass blocks embedded in sidewalks throughout the city. I had heard that they have something to do with the 100th anniversary of the city’s establishment. Well today on my way home from work I stopped by a recently restored apartment building in Nahalat Binyamin Street called “Beit Hatamar”, or “The [Date] Palm House” in English, and took some pictures (with my phone—sorry about the quality). And I called the phone number listed on the little glass brick in front of it.

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Inspiration for Homeless Drawers

On one of my afternoon walks, I found 3 wooden drawers that must have been part of a dining room cabinet. There are these really great labels on the front, in German.
Drawers close up
I went to a German-English online dictionary to translate the labels for those who are curious:
Fischbestecke means Fish cutlery
Diverses means Miscellaneous
Theelöffel, Tischgabeln & Tischloffel mean Teaspoons, Forks & Tablespoons.
It saves time when you know what’s in the drawers, I guess.

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Home Tour: Covenhoven on Minister’s Island

Who would think of building on an island that can only be reached at low tide?

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Heritage homes become Inns

Recently I had an opportunity to take a road trip up the coast of Maine to Atlantic Canada. I saw some incredible views and sites that I hope to share with you in the coming weeks. Staying in B and B’s is always so much nicer than hotels.  Nothing compares to the hospitality you receive from innkeepers.  It’s interesting that such a large number historical homes in the Northeast part of the U.S. have been converted to heritage inns.  This one in Kennebunkport caught my eye.

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Home tour: The architect flat of Miki Ben Gan

Miki Ben Gan is an architect with a really stunning garden apartment in an incredible location of Tel Aviv. His home had a line of people a kilometer long just waiting to get in.
Miki shares his flat with his wife and baby girl. The place is approximately 75 meters total (750 sq. feet) and like most architects houses – he’s made the absolute most of the space he has. Unlike most architects homes his space is especially warm. White was not used in abundance here, even though the space was so small – and texture was a big player in design.

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Guest Post: The story of a renovated chair

Marcy Feld is the Marketing Director for Irwin Feld Design and someone I know from Twitter. She also happens to be a mom who has been through it all before and has been enjoying my Twitter updates about a 3 year old who thinks it hurts to go poo poo on the potty (so he goes in his underwear – anyone want to trade lives with me for another 6 months?) I loved the work of Irwin Feld Design, so I asked Marcy if she would be interested in doing a guest post – and she said yes. This post is a little different from what we usually do. It’s in the voice of the chair – finished product shown first below. You will not believe the shape this was in before they fixed it up…
I am an ugly duckling who was transformed into a swan. Unlike most of my friends on the gallery floor, who waited with baited breath, to be rescued and reborn, I never worried about my future; I always knew that I was destined for greatness.

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Gedera – HaBiluim Street

Beit Mintz – which now houses the Gedera Museum
Beit Mintz – which now houses the Gedera Museum

I think it is very important to preserve the historical character of our cities. The city of Gedera, founded in 1884, is a good example of how it can be done. It is located between Rehovot to the north and Ashdod to the west. HaBiluim (named after the BILU agricultural settlement movement) was the first street in Gedera and is now the main street.

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The Campbell Apartment

Though now a Jerusalemite, I am a New Yorker by birth and you know what they say, you can take the girl out of the city but you can’t take the city out of the girl. So, while I love featuring local art, architecture and design, I may, every now and then, hark back to the alter heim.


The Campbell Apartment in the Grand Central Terminal in midtown Manhattan, though referred to as “the apartment” was never residential, rather leased as office space to tycoon John W. Campbell by the Vanderbilts.

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A bit more on Bialik House

Inside the Main Entrance, Bialik House
Inspired by Shira’s Tchochkes post,  I paid the Bialik House a visit a few days ago and was pleasantly suprised by the beauty of it all.  I totally lucked out with a private tour in English,  given by a lovely, super knowledgeable young lady that the Museum has on staff just for people like me.

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Site Review: Original Building Design

And sometimes there are the sites that make you go, “Hmmm….”
Having limited Hebrew can be very amusing at times. This morning my son informed me that he needed something that starts with an aleph for class – so I gave him a tomato (agvaniot). Turns out that tomato starts with an eyn and I should have given him a stuffed rabbit (arnav in Hebrew). He’s since been told all future letter days are the responsibility of his father.
Other times I get to a website and get to try and figure out what the company is selling. Original Building Design is one of those. 

There’s no way he could possibly be selling interior design services. I think the place does wallpaper and drywall work. Still – look at that room. They have twigs in the corner and on the balcony.
[after posting edit] Since I’ve been informed that they also do interior design services I feel I have the right to critique the room above – which is awful in so many ways I’m not even sure where to begin.
The TV, next to the wine rack, next to the awful 70’s white lacquer table and chairs which is so close to the wall it needs to be pulled out for people to sit all the way around it. The furniture doesn’t match in style, color, or design – it doesn’t even flow. This isn’t eclectic, folks. This is just bad. 

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