Leslie Smith

Perfect Imperfection

Perfect Imperfection

New constructions or renovation projects can often focus on creating perfection. However, architects who aren’t afraid to sway from the mold can develop a home that truly has its own personality and style. The following home doesn’t necessarily aim to be conventionally perfect, but does aim to be lived in and loved. Located in in the mountain highlands, the Maleny House from Bark Design Architects stands its ground as a bit of an outcast, but a beloved one. Also referred to as the Glass House Mountain House, the stone building integrates large open spaces, greenery and glass. This creatively confuses the definition… read more

Wearing The Story

Music Lives Here

Clothes. A necessity, but most of us don’t really think about where they come from. The story behind the making of your clothes is often something mysterious, something that happens behind the scenes. Clothing is not produced without a force of lives behind the fashion industry, although their voices more often than not go unheard. This awareness has been circulating through movies, articles and snapshots of the people around the world who make clothing. One eye-opening short film that surfaced last year called Handprint displays garment laborers and their literal hands-on association to clothing. The film aims to show the significance… read more

Table Designs That Inspire

Table Designs That Inspire

Tables. They provide places to put things, set down belongings, relax by or have dinner on. More options in sustainably made furniture are inspiring some beautifully crafted pieces. The following table designs are just a few examples of the many circulating pieces that can make a furniture lover pause. Chissick Design has crafted a line of tables made from scrap materials called Wood– Con-Fusion. Different bits and pieces of cast off construction supplies like veneer, Formica and fiberboard are made into sheets and then turned into distinct surfaces. The process enhances the natural color and textural details of the wood…. read more

Music Lives Here

Music Lives Here

Homes that are truly designed around a lifestyle, meaningful theme or significant concept can have an aura about them. Characteristics strong enough to show through photographs, some houses can make you feel a certain vibe. Designed for a musician that comes from a family rich in music appreciation, this Californian home certainly has its own sound. This stylish and modern guesthouse was a barn renovation project orchestrated by the architectural firm Walker Workshop Design Build. Called the Oak Pass Road Guesthouse, it was designed around a barn that was built in the 1940’s. Music blended with architecture was the central construction theme for… read more

2 Concept Designs For Outdoor Organization

2 Concept Designs For Outdoor Organization

Patio furniture and landscaping can tend to get a lot of attention in outdoor decorating, especially when the weather turns nice. However, outdoor storage, though necessary, is often an overlooked area in outside design projects. The following systems are ideas that work functionality and organization into efficient, space-saving presentations. The Watercabinet designed by Francien Hazen is a sustainable home water collection kit and supply closet in one. The combination unit is meant to contain everything needed for home gardening and outdoor plants, all in one organized space. The cabinet has water collection and disbursement capabilities, and even has a side greenhouse. Used outdoors to… read more

Gardens Inside, Up and Down

Gardens Inside, Up and Down

Gardens can be cultivated in many forms, and indoor vertical gardens are an increasingly popular way to work in a fresh, green space nearly anywhere. Some restaurants and commercial businesses use large indoor garden designs to add ambiance and to improve indoor air quality, but they are also great for home interiors, adding aesthetic and air cleaning properties. A study which examined the effects of indoor plants over time at the workplace found that indoor gardens helped promote cleaner oxygen in indoor spaces and can reduce volatile organic compounds that can be found inside from paint or construction materials. Besides being visually enticing, they… read more

Bottled Fun

Bottled Fun

Kids are notorious for playing with packaging, so saving up plastic bottles and jugs for crafting makes perfect sense. With an inventive attitude and a few supplies, fun in a bottle is a sure cure for boredom. Milk jugs can be turned into game equipment like carton catchers. With some careful cutting, sturdily affixed end tubes and a bit of ornamentation a game of catch is invented. Just add a ball and toss back and forth for an energetic, recycling inspired activity that the whole family can participate in. Condiment bottles can be repurposed and used for restocking craft materials. Once… read more

Space Saving Media Storage That Doubles As Art

Space Saving Media Storage That Doubles As Art

Designs in gadgets and technology have definitely become more space-saving during the years. However, sometimes the only thing that is lost isn’t the product’s floor space. Often left behind is a presentation that makes gear visually appealing. One interesting take on technology design is a multimedia player that is attempting to bridge this gap called Qleek. It is a method for media storage that can play music and movies, and also works as a photo album, holds books, playlists, videos and stores files. Designed to liven up the look of digital libraries and sound systems, this project lets you have… read more

Architecture That Could Turn A Plain Home Envious

Architecture That Could Turn A Plain Home Envious

This design could make a lot of residences seem to tip a bit towards the boring scale. Not because they are actually boring, but because this home stationed in Suffolk, UK has one thing the majority do not: a completely moveable exterior shell. From the architectural group dRMM, the Sliding House will probably make you a bit awestruck. Watch the incredible home in action: The 20 ton mobile frame ingeniously sits on a runway of recessed railway tracks. Placed inside the walls, wheeled electric motors move the frame. And it works with a remote control, so with the touch of a button the roof and… read more

DIY Fashions And Fun Made With Extra Fabric

DIY Fashions From Extra Fabric

There are tons of ideas for using up fabric remnants. If you have been saving up extra fabric, break it out and put it to use by making something practical, fashionable or educational. This floral bag tutorial incorporates a spring inspired print that could be changed out with the seasons, or for any other reason, with a découpage technique. This application could be used for backpacks and other bags, and even applied to luggage to make it stand out at pick-up. To color or put a print or pattern onto plain fabric, try a traditional shibori method for dying. Cotton blends work best for this, and… read more