In this astonishing simulation, Nasa tracks the flow of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide across the planet over the course of a year and shows just how much trees clean the air. It increased our awareness of how essential trees are, beyond their beauty, shade and energy. And what we can easily do to increase earth's tree population.
We love this very practical, very stylish idea from Oink Studio: a plywood-lined niche set in a in sheetrock wall. Baltic Birch’s stripey uniform plies make for a pleasing natural edge that gives a crisp furniture feel with an organic edge. Here’s what you need to know…
So much of what I see on the web are strategies for planning and controlling your life, it was a huge relief to read Kottke's recent piece about how it can be better NOT to have goals.
Legendary martial artist Bruce Lee always carried a small notebook in which he wrote down quotes, affirmations, appearances, poetry, philosophical ideas and his personal practices for training his mind and spirit NOT just his physical skill. Take a look.
When Ellen Silverman came by, she asked for some EV olive oil for her breakfast of yogurt, berries and nuts. It was incredibly delicious and deepened the flavors dramatically. It was the first time I had olive oil on breakfast yogurt, but not the first time I had olive oil as a sweet.
Every now and again, a reader writes something so perfect, it can be a post unto itself.
We've written about all sorts of practical things made out of copper pipe and tubing from room dividers to tables.The copper lighting we've posted has been simple, with one or two bends NOT the wonderfully freeform tangles of artist Anna Fasshauer's light sculptures. Which seem, possibly, diy-able.
Ellen Silverman spotted this sign in tiny street garden in Paris. The curiously personal, handwritten note of fierce protection and thanks got us thinking about the loose, personal-yet-targeted messages left in public that we sometimes see that are quite different from graffiti. And that we could make some ourselves.
We love instagram (especially our own SignLaboratory) but also get tired of....er....photographs. So the New Yorker's cartoon-a-gram has come as something of a relief; we love having a cartoon fly into our day at random. We've found that a number curiously echo Improvised Life's themes and messages...
This lovely image by Gigi de la Torre’s seems to sum up Improvised Life's curious mashup of books and trees, inner and outer, poetry and practicality, organic and cerebral, and the unexpected connections of ideas made when the Creative is at work. We were waiting for the right moment to publish it. We found it this morning when we randomly opened to these just-right words.
Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook by Dina Falconi, illustrated by Wendy Hollender, will enable you to actually cook with the many abundant, common wild foods hiding in plain sight, or available at your farmer's market.
This astonishing composite photo of gymnast Simone Biles performing a difficult vault at the Brazil Olympics exemplifies the LEAP as visual metaphor for risk taking, having faith, taking on challenges, attempting to FLY. We wondered what such leaping and flying was like from Biles' point of view. This insight applies to many of us.
Years ago in Paris at dinner at art dealer Maxime Defert’s home, each place setting had the glass knife rests in the form of a hard candy. They proved not only wonderful to look at but eminently ...
A friend has been mulling a geographic: moving elsewhere in the hopes of creating more of the life she wants. Since there are quite a few variables she needs to consider, she made an Excel spreadsheet to capture basic info about the places on her radar. It got us thinking about making a spreadsheet that includes less tangible considerations...
Being avid but somewhat guilty nappers, we were heartened by the research of Damien Leger that shows a well-timed snooze to be ESSENTIAL to good cognitive functioning. The key, he says, is to nap wisely, without shame.
When a friend was about to undergo a challenging surgery, she posted images of her "fingers crossed" on her Instagram. We realized that each of us has our own way of wishing/hoping/praying/sending energy during difficult times. Many of them involve hand signals.