A Room Divided

A Room Divided

Bookshelves and storage units can add organization to a space. They can also be used for another purpose. Creating a space with a room divider can be a cost efficient way to add an extra room. Adding storage into the mix provides a double duty design that can totally rework an existing area. This kitchen with floor to ceiling shelving that is almost reminiscent of library units creates a barrier to the other room without completely obstructing it. The wood matches the cabinetry and ceiling, and allows the shelving to blend in. A movable wall panel blocks off a sitting… read more

Wood Designs That Will Make You Go Cabinet Crazy

Wood Designs That Will Make You Go Cabinet Crazy

When sustainability and talent collide, interesting things happen. A skilled wood crafter can bring out the natural beauty of the resource material, while transforming it from a chunk of wood into a functional object. The following cabinet designs are a visual step up from the usual, and a leap above the way traditionally manufactured furniture is produced. Iannone Design uses locally sourced lumber that is Forest Stewardship Council certified and other renewable supplies like bamboo and cork. Their pressed woods are even free of formaldehyde and finished with low VOC coats, and some pieces are given a manually applied natural finish…. read more

Fabric And Paper Crafts Perfect For Boring Spots

Fabric And Paper Crafts Perfect For Boring Spots

Certain places around a house can seem a bit lackluster. Rather than spending a lot of money updating, budget friendly projects can completely change a look. Perking up areas around the home that are the opposite of exciting is simple with a few do it yourself applications. This tutorial from a graphic and textile designer shows how to make wallpaper with fabric. Demonstrating how to update a typical white door, a thin fabric is painted on the surface using cornstarch and water. Applied with a brush or paint roller, the mixture should be thick but still pourable. Patterns and color… read more

Cardboard Creations From Caporaso Studio

Cardboard Creations From Caporaso Studio

When thinking of recycled cardboard designs, basic or bland may come to mind, however one architectural design specialist has produced a line that is far from either. Giorgio Caporaso’s cardboard furniture called the Ecodesign collection has taken reuse of this everyday material to the next level, producing a range of functional furniture designs. These modern forms may seem to feature detailed carved accents from a distance, but a close up look actually reveals they are made from cardboard. An interest in sustainable architecture and energy resources led to the creation of the pieces. Caporaso says of his material choices: Using recycled… read more

Handmade Lighting That Will Make You Sing

Handmade Lighting That Will Make You Sing

Luzifer Lamps, or lzf Lamps, has recently launched a new collection that is stunning, but also integrates a neat idea that in an instant makes lamps more than just lighting. The designers refer to their handmade items as wood touched by light, and each piece in their High Fidelity compilation comes with its own musical album. The award winning concept is to illuminate rooms in a new way – much like having mood lighting that comes complete with its own soundtrack. According to the design team their conception was to recreate a small venue type atmosphere where conversation, social exchange and live music was often… read more

Infographic: Feng Shui Your Home

Feng shui infographic

There are a lot of factors that go into choosing your home design and home decor, often style and taste end up playing the biggest roles. However, the ancient Chinese practice of Feng shui dictates that home decor should not only be visually appealing but be carefully designed and placed so as to ensure positive energy. Feng shui is built on the belief that you can alter the energy of your home with your decor and design choices. In turn, these positive energies should translate into success and prosperity in other areas of your life. In this detailed infographic below,… read more

Fall Inspired Interiors

Fall Inspired Interiors

Bringing the season indoors doesn’t have to involve a whole room redo, but adding or rearranging a few things can easily add a fall feel to an indoor space. Below are some simple suggestions for incorporating autumn into interiors. Beginning with the entryway, an organic front door wreath welcomes guests and creates a relaxed seasonal feel. A handmade wreath formed with outdoor finds can be done on any scale and is easy to rotate according the season, like this natural design. A modern way to work in a pop of color in a door or window is to make a… read more

Eye-Catching Installations Made From Lumber

Eye-Catching Installations Made From Lumber

While most may look at pieces of lumber as just blank planks of wood, creative artists and those with the ability for construction and woodworking can see something completely different. Morgan Herrin, an artist with a heightened skillset in carpentry and wood crafting, has created unbelievably detailed sculptures using plain lumber. Taking a simple construction material, wood 2 x 4s, his hand carved pieces are beyond impressive. He works with this abundant recycled material to produce accomplished forms, like these amazing life size pieces, which take countless hours to complete. His recent works are created from reclaimed lumber that is… read more

Don’t Throw Out That Broken Dish

Don’t Throw Out That Broken Dish

If you have ever accidentally broken a favorite glass piece or heirloom dish, it can be frustrating and it may be first instinct to just throw it away. However, there are actually many things that can be done to recycle glass, porcelain, ceramic and china pieces that will enable them to be cherished in a new way. Often containing intricate designs, decorative glass pieces can be displayed in homemade jewelry. Artists are able to create beautiful items from materials like broken china. You don’t have to be a professional jewelry maker to do this, though. Check out this tutorial for a how-to… read more

Classy Makeovers At Studio Tinman

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Acknowledging that new materials are not always the best choice, this artist reuses automobile and motorcycle scraps to make high end new pieces that still hold their classic details. Ronen Tinman of Studio Tinman utilizes junkyards to find his materials, stating that once he sees a compatible piece he can almost immediately visualize the new design that can be created. His pieces are smooth and artful, but they are also functional. The artist stated a background in mechanical engineering played a role in his current interest. Incorporating many different trades, for instance welding, painting and restorative techniques he is able… read more