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This is a guest post by Ryan Bridges
As we are getting ready to wrap up this year, we decided to take a closer look at the Top Designers charts on Arcbazar. Our platform brings together thousands of designers and home owners. We run competitions of every size, on (almost) every continent. Some of our designers have been with us since the beginning. Many are a recent addition. Having hosted over 1,000 competitions in the last few years and having gathered over 50,000 submissions, Arcbazar has distributed more than $1 million in awards since the launch of the platform. None of it, of course, would've been possible without the dedication, talent and creativity of our designers. So, over the next few posts we are putting the spotlight on our favorite designs from Arcbazar's top designers. Today we are focusing on those who are based in Europe. Note, that these rankings change over time as each designer's score depends on the number of submitted projects, his/her success rate, customers' rankings and a number of other factors.
Last week we had a chance to catch up with Beau D'Arcy, the Co-Founder and President of Breakwater Chicago. In case you are not sure what Breakwater Chicago is, allow us to fill you in, so you can start booking your tickets to the Wind City.
We are continuing our series of articles that zoom in on an individual designer to give our readers a chance to get to know a person behind the beautiful designs on Arcbazar. Jeff Ribnik is one of our veterans, having participated in 65 competitions. He is also one of the top 50 designers, based on the number of competitions he won or was selected a finalist for. With his strong architectural background, we suppose it comes as no surprise.
Last week we looked at the types of houses you can purchase in various states for half a million of dollars - in some states that will get you a 4-bedroom house with a swimming pool, in others you can only afford a 2-bedroom apartment. In either case, there is no argument that $500,000 is a lot of money for most people. So, this week we are looking at more affordable spaces - micro houses.
This week we interviewed one of Arcbazar's most successful designers, Ha Pham. You may know her as Libra K. Ha has participated in 163 competitions on Arcbazar, winning a great deal of them. So it's safe to say that she is one of our veterans.
"Eye opening, inspiring and positive. The service that Arcbazar provides is a complete game changer and is a terrific illustration of the power of crowd sourcing. The process was inspiring because seeing so many professionals become passionate and contribute to our project is great soul food... but it also broadens our understanding of our own vision. Finally it was positive because the entire spirit of Arcbazar is to optimize this highly technical yet also creative process through bringing people and ideas together.
When it comes to Curb Appeal, creativity and a few inexpensive changes can go a long way. Take advantage of the summer months to tackle outdoor fixup projects and keep your house in top shape. Here is a roundup of easy tips to add instant charm and elegance to your home's from entrance. 1. Play with Colour A dash of bright colour will immediately lighten up the front of the house. Painting the door using a contrasting tone is an immediate easy solution! Alternatively, use paint to highlight the window frames, outside mouldings, or the deck, porch or stair's railings.