Fun At The Cardboard Box Office

Fun At The Cardboard Box Office

A love for cardboard boxes usually starts early, and sometimes it never goes away. One family has found a creative way to use up their excess cardboard, and it just might be genius. Leon and Lilly Mackie found themselves covered up with cardboard boxes after an international move and an addition of a new member to the household. After the seemingly endless supply of boxes began to empty, the couple had an idea for reusing them that became their weekend entertainment. And the Cardboard Box Office was soon up and running. Turning the ordinary boxes into handmade versions of scenes… read more

How To Make A Floor Cushion

How To Make A Floor Cushion

Home accessories can carry a hefty price for their small packages. Throw pillows and floor cushions provide comfort and may get tons of use, but they can be expensive to buy. Making a hand sewn floor cushion isn’t too big a challenge for a crafty set of hands, and not only will it be cheaper but it will be an original design. Living With Punks offers several easy to follow tutorials for making a range of floor cushions. This catalog inspired pillow features contrasting thread and piping accents. It also has a handle for toting from room to room. The… read more

Getting Organized

Getting Organized

The start of the New Year often inspires cleaning and organizing around the house. Getting things in order can be done economically, and purchasing high dollar units or storage bins isn’t always necessary. These clever ideas are neat to look at whenever the organizing mood strikes. Rustic shelving can be made from reclaimed lumber or reused boards and hung where needed for instant storage. Add glass jars, baskets or other containers for holding items. This unique and colorful arrangement is made from assembling a variety of used furniture. Strategically placed and painted, this one of a kind cabinet storage has… read more

Not So Standard Chairs and Tables

Not So Standard Chairs and Tables

Furniture pieces like chairs and tables are everyday basics. The following are designs that perk up the usual, and offer durability and multi-use capabilities. This oddly original shaped chair design comes from ODESD2. The style of the Q1 lounge chair is representative of a Richard Buckminster Fuller design, whose architectural feats brought attention to the possibilities of geodesic domes. Dome structures are stable and durable, and the Q1 chair makes the most of the shape. Made to be comfortable, the upholstered inside seat is stuffed with filling that can hold its form over time. The following 2 pieces are made for… read more

Industrial Meets Country In This Rustic Retreat

Industrial Meets Country In This Rustic Retreat

From Studio 80, this mountaintop residence is a striking blend of gorgeous countryside and industrial utility. The home cozily sets in a group of other houses, and is nestled near a mountain region. The exterior shows the unique tower room set in stone behind a covered entryway. The mix of stone, wood and metals is carried through the home, and the perfect balance of details mimics the mountainous views found right outdoors. Inside, the tower room provides an interesting canister shaped entryway. The interior is decorated with items that create a pastoral vibe, and the original features add to the character of… read more

These Designs Will Brighten Up Your Day

These Designs Will Brighten Up Your Day

Do the days seem dreary? Winter can often bring on strings of long, dismal days and frosty nights. The following pieces would certainly brighten up their surroundings, and would add some color to any gloomy, cold day. This bright silk stool, chair and ottoman combination is from Meb Rure. The bases are formed from white oak and the legs are detachable for easy transport. The vivid cushion portions are made by using recycled silk yarns that come from Nepal. Reusing the silk yarns cuts down on fabric waste, and probably provides some cushy seating. The insides of the tufts contain sponge… read more

Light Fixtures That Make The Room

Light Fixtures That Make The Room

Light fixtures are an important part of a room, both in a design aspect as well as lighting quality. The following are some lighting designs that blow boring lampshades aside and would wake up any room they are in. From the 1870’s, this historic building houses the office space below. The sophisticated and a bit broody atmosphere is topped off by this striking updated glass chandelier, which helps soften the raw look of the space and the exposed brick. Gorgeous and gothic, this cascading light sculpture was created by glass artist Andy Paiko especially for the room. From Jessica Helgerson… read more

This Furniture Series Is Made By The Wind

This Furniture Series Is Made By The Wind

Called Windworks, this collection of upholstered furniture is made with innovative techniques that smartly incorporate a renewable energy source – the wind. The entire assembly, including the wood, yarn, fabrics and dye application is made with the help of the wind. The designer, Merel Karhof, actually constructed a portable wind knitting factory that is completely ran by the wind. It includes a machine with blades that captures the wind and powers the mill. The windier the conditions are, the faster the machine is able to knit. Taking the upholstery design process to the next level she went to the Zaanse Schans… read more

M-vironment Structures Can Respond To The Weather

M-vironment Structures Can Respond To The Weather

M-vironments are an imaginative design concept for structural units. From architect and artist Michael Jantzen, they are calculated and interesting, and the goal is to incorporate flexibility and responsiveness to offer a new way that buildings can operate. They are made to accommodate a number of lifestyle needs, including being weather respondent. Though the look of the exteriors will probably be either loved or hated, the features offered from these machine-like buildings are definitely eye-catching. An example of an M-vironment construction is the M-HOUSE. It is made from steel, concrete composite and various panel mechanisms that can be moved, changed, expanded… read more

Regal Gold And Silver Interiors

Regal Gold And Silver Interiors

Gold and silver may be tricky to work into a space. Too much of one or the other can lend to visual overkill, but just the right amount can breathe life into a room. The following interiors are remodels or decorative endeavors that incorporate gold and silver palettes to create an imperial impression. The gold accents in this revamped kitchen top off the space and blend the mixture of old and new. From Jessica Helgerson Interior Design whose firm has an environmental focus, this remodel is in a building that was constructed in 1926. The bold black and liquid looking cabinetry… read more