At Home With An Architect

At Home With An Architect

Most would think that an architect’s home would be a top of the line, aesthetic retreat that is out of an affordable range for most. However, not all in the profession think the same of what luxury is, or what features an ideal home has. Emilio Fuscaldo, founder of Nest Architects, designed his own home with smart, practical elements that are more geared toward sustainability than extravagance. The lot size for this Australian home is compact, so every inch of the construction was considered for its usefulness. Though the brick exterior may look boxed and simple, it contains several serious green features that… read more

A Cathedral-Like Home That Will Relax The Eyes

A Cathedral-Like Home That Will Relax The Eyes

Architect and designer Paola Navone is known for her breathtaking and well organized renovations and designs. Several of her interior spaces use elegant whites, presenting them in a non-formal and draped, fresh way. However, her spaces do not look anything like just white rooms. They are overlaid with warm tones and relaxed pieces that are not at all stuck up or untouchable. One example of her divine transformations can be seen in a project that turned an unused, old warehouse into a refreshing and flowing home in Umbria, Italy. Forget the vast, empty warehouse feel that probably existed before Navone got ahold of… read more

DIY Reflections

DIY Reflections

Mirrors are an often overlooked feature in a room, even though they can be expensive decorations. Fixing up mirrors from discount stores or reinventing an old mirror frame can give a room an entirely new look. The following do it yourself projects are a few ideas to liven up drab mirrors. Garage sales, flea market finds or discount stores can usually turn up a good mirror to use, so you can style one without going broke. Projects can be formed around any size mirror. For instance, compact mirrors can be grouped for a shiny presentation. This neat wall mirror sets boring aside. The… read more

DIY Outdoor Space On A Budget

DIY Outdoor Space On A Budget

If you have a favorite outdoor spot, deck or patio but not a lot going on in the line of style and function, the following DIY projects will have you wanting to get your craft on. Reusing and upcycling can turn a bare spot into a lounge worthy space, great for a weekend project. The following tutorials have good, easy to follow images and videos, including a great compilation of ideas for making a fantastic homemade patio set. Break out your old broken lawn chairs and chaise lounges. Making a macramé lawn chair with an existing frame is a perfect… 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

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

Woven Wicker Lighting Designs

Made in MIMBRE: Wicker Elegant Furniture From Chile

Chilean designers had joint local artisans to create a collection of furniture that is both, sustainable and gorgeous. Made from locally sourced mimbre (wicker), the Made in MIMBRE includes woven lamps, tables and seats all made from the dried plant material. Biodegradable and compostable, the elegant furniture collection is an initiative from The Andes House, a not-for-profit social project that aims to add thoughtful modern design to traditional handcrafting techniques. Local artisans make these design wonders from a town called Chimbarongo, near Chile‘s bustling capital Santiago. The town, which is well known for their history on mimbre crafts and exceptional geographical… read more

Designs With 8 Sections Form Completely Cool Pieces

Designs With 8 Sections Form Completely Cool Pieces

Furniture that offers different looks in addition to performing various functions are great pieces to incorporate in a home. A versatile piece in the textile family from designers Vyacheslav Chupakhin and Gennady Martynov is the Mandarin. This eye-catching ottoman can also be turned into an 8 piece pillow set. The sections are soft and covered in colorful fabrics that are connected by zippers. They can be put together into various shapes and forms, from a pillow for one to a sofa sectional. A crafty sewer could come up with a wedge shaped pattern of any size and seal the edges… read more

Ecofriendly Home Décor (That’s A Little Strange)

Ecofriendly Home Decor (That's A Little Strange)

Artists and designers can come up with interesting pieces that are inspired from unordinary places. This neat chair was produced to replicate the form of a traditional toy in Mexico called the Trompo. The spinning motion of the toy was reproduced in the chair, as whoever is seated in the Totoyo can rotate on the wooden axis a full 360° for a view that never gets boring. Made from a basic but genius concept by Victor Aléman Studio, this chair is no doubt sturdy, original and probably fun. After the interior base is made the designers work with artisan crafters to… read more

Space Saving Storage Designs

Space Saving Storage Designs

Space saving and micro living designs are helpful in areas where having enough room is a factor. The following are a few ideas that offer creative and flexible storage options. From Nook Architects, their renovation of a narrow apartment in Barcelona, Spain includes a clever floor based storage option. An inlay of traditionally placed floor tiles and gorgeous wooden flooring leads to a step up window seat that faces the terrace. The terrace is raised, and before the redesign the doorway was narrow and not an ideal entrance to the outdoor space. The design team had the idea to install the raised… read more