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The plane banked and dipped for descent. I pressed my forehead against the tiny window, taking in the vast bay below, its surface broken by scattered islands. When Portuguese explorers first found shelter here in the early 1500s, they thought they’d hit the mouth of a great river—the River of January, Rio de Janeiro. The name eventually settled on the city itself, which spreads along the bay’s west side. From the airplane, Rio was ethereal: a smear of white separating sky and water, anchored by great granite mountains blanketed with emerald green. There were no noises, no smells, no people, just water and mountains, possibility and light. As the abstract elements below arranged themselves into familiar forms—beaches and buildings, highways, the crosshatch of tiny shacks seen from above, then the international airport on the largest of the islands—I felt the pull of this postcard... For years I’d kept this image in mind, retreating to it when I felt drained, cold, out of place. Once I stepped out of the airport’s air-conditioned recesses and pulled onto the highway, the real Rio pressed in, an immediate assault on the senses. To the left there was Guanabara Bay. Dense vegetation crowded the water’s edge and curled over it. The debris disgorged by this metropolis of 13 million people wreathed the shore: old couches, a bashed-in television set, unrecognizable plastic bits snarled in decaying plastic bags. I rolled down the window and the cloying scent of sewage filled the car. A vast patchwork of favelas stretched out on the right. Boxy houses of unfinished red brick, stacked like kids’ building blocks, bristled with exposed rebar and hugged the highway’s shoulder. High acrylic barriers rose on both shoulders of the expressway. Their decorated panels replaced a view of the favela with enticing previews of the best Rio had to offer: samba musicians playing tambourines, children flying kites, the graceful outline of the Sugarloaf Mountain. Some of the acrylic panes were pocked with bullet holes. Many of those exiting the airport locked their doors and rolled up their windows at this point, heeding those travel guide warnings that started with “To reduce your chances of becoming a victim … ” and then settled into the safety of their... Source: www.thedailybeast.com
Today’s kitchen dining areas are well-adapted, inviting spaces suitable for a range of activities. This is where we drink our morning coffee, eat on the go, do homework, gather with family, entertain and more. Interior designers have answered the need for versatility in this command central zone with fully furnished style and comfort. The greatest challenge is to keep it charming when kitchen appliances and slick surfaces are the background. From barstools surrounding an island to table-and-chair combinations that might trump a formal dining room altogether, there are many solutions to this 21st-century dining dilemma. The options can be overwhelming, but we discovered that the freshest looks typically share one or more of the following characteristics. New and old are merged into one transitional style. Birmingham interior designer Marianne Strong ’s client wanted this formal dining room to become their everyday eating area. To keep a more casual feel, she used a wood and metal table with matching custom-made benches. They also added an iron window when the adjoining kitchen was remodeled to open up the space to the kitchen. Upholstered host and hostess chairs keep the space comfortable, while the gilded chandelier, pewter collection and portraits add traditional elements. This eating space is also from Marianne Strong Interiors. This area is part of a gorgeous lake house and had to be both pretty and functional for a family with four children. The casual table and chairs can take the abuse of everyday life, rough-hewn beams add traditional interest, while minimal color and natural light streaming through sheer curtains accentuate a modern, open floor plan. Just add white. If not white, keep it light. All of the interior designers we interviewed were in agreement: Their clients want light, open, airy spaces in their homes, typically with versatile, command central dining spaces in or next to an enlarged kitchen. To achieve this look, a color palette should emphasize shades of white. Higgins Interiors Nashville kitchen, complete with modern bar seating, opens to a family room. A neutral color palette throughout is an ideal background for the homeowners’ colorful art collection. In the kitchen, the backsplash tile is Calacatta Gold marble with Lagos Azul limestone for a subtle mosaic pattern, the countertops are white quartz and cabinet doors are full overlay. Source: styleblueprint.com
The move is scheduled for August 3, less than a week from today but Lujan Grisham says a lack of parking and outreach over the move shows that this should be delayed. Lujan Grisham wrote a letter to U. S. Social Security Administration Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin requested the delay and noted she had previously told Regional Commissioner Sheila Everett about her concerns in a previous visit. New Mexico Political Report spoke with Lujan Grisham about the surprise visit she made to the current offices in early July. The second-term member of Congress described people waiting outside with “no shade, no chairs, no benches, no anything. ” She expressed concern that a move to the downtown call center would exacerbate these and other problems. In the letter to Colvin, which is available at the bottom of this story, Lujan Grisham said promised contact to the landlord about providing such accommodations never happened. “I remained disturbed about the lack of action by SSA and [the General Services Administration] in resolving this matter,” she wrote. But when it comes to the move, Lujan Grisham says that things need to be slowed down to address problems. “I understand and support SSA’s goal to carefully manage taxpayer dollars, but this must not come at the expense of SSA’s mission, which is to deliver Social Security services that meet the needs of the public,” Lujan Grisham wrote. “Due to the concerns my constituents have raised and my office has identified, I urge you to suspend your planned move to the Downtown TSC Office. However, there is no indication that the Social Security Administration will delay the move. “The primary reason for our move is to provide an improved experience for our customers in the Albuquerque area,” Regional Communications Director of the SSA Dallas office Sarah Schultz-Lackey said in a statement provided to New Mexico Political... “The new office will allow us to offer streamlined customer service with more interviewing windows at the front of the office. “We will have a larger lobby in this new space with increased seating,” the statement continued. Lujan Grisham says that there is not suitable parking for those seeking help from the Social Security Administration and the parking that is available is not free. “Given that SSA refuses to validate visitor parking, your planned move will impose new. Source: nmpoliticalreport.com
Furniture company Karimoku rescued 700 seats before Tokyo's National Stadium's date with a wrecking ball last year. They ended up commissioning three designers to repurpose the blue, hippie-era seats into limited-edition stools, chairs, and benches.
Vendors in numbered shacks, or barracas, claimed the space between the sidewalk and the water. Burnished by decades in the sun, these men kept a close eye on their realm, offering prospective customers a sun umbrella or beach chairs, ice-cold water or
To keep a more casual feel, she used a wood and metal table with matching custom-made benches. They also added an iron window when the adjoining kitchen was remodeled to open up the space to the kitchen. Upholstered host and hostess chairs keep
She sits on a bench in the middle of the aviary. A black-bellied whistling duck is perched on the backrest. The duck never leaves her side, whistles for her, and occasionally leans over to give her a light peck on the shoulder as she coos to him. Diana
The second-term member of Congress described people waiting outside with “no shade, no chairs, no benches, no anything.” She expressed concern that a move to the downtown call center would exacerbate these and other problems. In the letter to Colvin,
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“Take a Seat project is not just about decorating existing chairs and benches; it is also about looking at seating in a new way. The finished pieces provide a unique way to bring works of art into our everyday lives,” said Patty Sanborn, project directo
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