Aamir Khandwala Turns a Dated Home Into a Welcoming Modern Retreat

“We had to reimagine the entire house,” says Aamir Khandwala of the Bellport, New York, getaway that he transformed for his close friends in just a year. For Khandwala, who established his own firm in 2014 after more than a decade under Robert Couturier, the project was a reinvention in more ways than one. “After working for Robert, I had to come from his mindset into the mindset of: This is Aamir Khandwala Interior Design. What do you want to do under your own name?” he muses.

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A modern cantilevered staircase by Marretti makes for an artful statement in the entry and provides a view out the windows beyond. Table: Andrianna Shamaris.

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The metaphors came fast and furious for Khandwala as he completely rethought a home designed for an era and lifestyle that didn’t fit its new owners, Maneesh Goyal and Andrew Wingrove, avid hosts and art collectors—and

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An interior designer and former house flipper turns used RVs into stunning tiny homes on wheels

  • Trina Sholin is a self-taught interior designer, and her husband Steve has a background in construction.
  • Using those talents, the couple has flipped over a dozen houses together.
  • They started doing the same sort of renovations on RVs eight years ago as a hobby.
  • In 2019, they made it their full-time job and founded RV Fixer Upper, buying used RVs and turning them into stylish tiny homes to sell them for a profit.
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RVs are hotter than ever right now, with companies seeing huge spikes in sales and rentals.

While some of us are only just discovering the joys of travelling with our own bathroom and kitchen, Trina Sholin has been doing it for years.

Her only problem: RVs are ugly.

“The dark dated, drab interior — after many months, it was more than I could handle,” she told Insider.

So the interior designer

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Scientists develop synthetic leaf that turns sunlight into liquid fuel



a person with purple hair looking at the camera: Univesity of Cambridge synthetic leaf turns sunlight into fuel


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Univesity of Cambridge synthetic leaf turns sunlight into fuel

Scientists at the UK’s University of Cambridge have developed a renewable energy device that mimics photosynthesis by making fuel from sunlight, carbon dioxide and water.

Taking inspiration from the way that plants create their own energy, the device is a slim sheet that produces oxygen and formic acid from water, carbon dioxide and sunlight.

Formic acid can be stored and used as fuel on its own, or turned into hydrogen fuel.



a person posing for the camera: Scientists have created a sheet that can be added to water and carbon dioxide and then exposed to sunlight to create formic acid


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Scientists have created a sheet that can be added to water and carbon dioxide and then exposed to sunlight to create formic acid

The device is made of photocatalysts – materials that absorb light to create a reaction – based on cobalt embedded on a sheet made of semiconductor powders. It doesn’t require wires or electricity.

When the sheet is submerged in

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Remodel turns sedate Carlsbad home into view-rich mini-villa



The front yard features a mini-vineyard with pinot noir, Crimson seedless and Kyoho grapes. Block walls and fencing made from reclaimed pine wood (treated with lye and painted over many years) make the property feel private and like a retreat. (Ian Patzke Photography)


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The front yard features a mini-vineyard with pinot noir, Crimson seedless and Kyoho grapes. Block walls and fencing made from reclaimed pine wood (treated with lye and painted over many years) make the property feel private and like a retreat. (Ian Patzke Photography)

When the homeowner first toured this newly remodeled home in Carlsbad, her connection to its modern Mediterranean resort style was both familiar and foreign.

The homeowner told real estate agent Shirley Slee (who owned, remodeled and helped design the 2,300-square-foot, single-story house) that she felt as though she was home because it reminded her of Ibiza, Spain, where she had lived for more than 10 years.

“The light, bright, airy space is very reminiscent of Ibiza,” said the homeowner, who wishes to remain anonymous. “It is perfectly oriented to the climate and the ocean — as are Ibicenco fincas (as Ibiza estates are

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