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

Family Centered Farmhouse Conversion

Family Centered Farmhouse Conversion

Structures that are still in workable condition can be converted into new spaces, saving money and resources. Converted buildings make for interesting projects, as they often offer an enamored quality that adds to the feel of the space. Oppenheim Architecture + Design offers up a sample of a resourceful transformation, a converted farmhouse in Switzerland which now also comprises a warm family home. The Kirchplatz Residence is a warm and family centered renovation. The architectural team initially took on the endeavor as part of a reuse project  by local officials to restore the historic building. The 16th century old structure received… read more

Sunny Spaces Can Give Energy Levels A Boost

Sunny Spaces Can Give Energy Levels A Boost

When the hours of daylight get shorter as weather turns colder, it can have an effect on emotions and behaviors. Allowing natural light into a room can warm up the space, and according to research it can increase a sense of happiness, too. One study looked into what effect light exposure might have on daytime functioning. Though it may not be too surprising, it was found that those who had received more daytime light experienced more liveliness. Light levels were constantly measured and activities were recorded hourly over the span of a year. Areas like activity patterns were reportedly most… read more

Lovely Lots From A Top Sustainable Architect Firm

Lovely Lots From A Top Sustainable Architect Firm

Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects have quite a repertoire of projects on their completion list. A range of captivating structures including residential, commercial and community focused have made them one of the most impressive firms in their field. Also, winning the top spot in sustainability and 28th overall in this year’s Architect 50 doesn’t hurt in gaining them some attention, either. This is the 3rd year in a row that they have made the list. Many of their creations are economically inclined, but definitely not short on the sustainable scale. They also have an emphasis on research driven designs with pilot… read more

White Interiors Accommodate Thrifty Designs

White Interiors Accommodate Thrifty Designs

White is a neutral shade that allows a lot of room for playing around with the look of a space. White is a also a good selection for doing an interior on a budget. A white space can be inexpensively decorated, as it is easy to work in items you already own or to bring in thrift shop or garage sale finds. Plain white can appear bland or even seem sterile, but if it is done right, white can be crisp and elegant. Many different interior styles can easily be worked around a white room, whether that is adding more… read more

Bali’s Bamboo Village

Bali’s Bamboo Village

Bali, Indonesia is known for its natural outdoor beauty, but it holds another attraction that is also gaining a lot of recognition. It is the location of Green Village, a private eco-community. This expanse of exclusive custom built homes has a distinctive appearance. Constructed mainly of bamboo, the resort community currently comprises several completed housing structures and more are said to be in the planning stages. Designed by Ibuku, the Green Village utilizes sustainably derived bamboo as the feature building material, and along with skilled local crafters, the advanced engineering and architectural techniques used to lay out the bamboo pattern… read more

Neuroscience Design And The Colors In Our Mind

Neuroscience Design And The Colors In Our Mind

Retailers have long used techniques like incorporating scent, product placement and special sales to lure in shoppers and curtail their in store experience. Architects and designers also work these practices in when considering lifestyle, layout and color, among other considerations. Neuroscience design is an exciting field that utilizes research and scientific processes and applies them to the area of design. Color perception and processing are facets that receive a lot of attention in both neuroscience and design. One recent study looking into color processing sought to find out our brain’s capacity for seeing color. The research investigated whether or not… read more

The Many Faces Of GreenStone

The Many Faces Of GreenStone

Realm of Design is a company based in Nevada that has taken recycling and created a unique and versatile building material from it. Using recycled glass from beverage bottles, which are abundant in their location, they crush up the old containers and turn them into, well, just about anything they want. Their product, called GreenStone, can be made into endless items including flooring, columns, counters, fountains, staircases, gazebos and many other architectural creations. It can be formed to resemble many materials like metals, concrete and wood. Designs can even be done in specific colors using colored crushed glass. It can… read more

Artwork that Utilizes Discarded Paint Chips

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It is not every day that we encounter paint chips. Most times we have no need for them. However, given the prevalence and accessibility of paint sample chips (they are, after all, free), it is all too easy to over accumulate them during the times we do need them. So, much like complimentary sugar packets they pile up and are either tossed out or stuffed away to be forgotten. One may simply think to recycle them. While this seems easy enough, and is certainly a commendable idea, it isn’t that simple. This is due to glossy sheen on some paint… read more

Gorgeous Kona Residence Highlights Hawaiian Living

Gorgeous Kona Residence Highlights Hawaiian Living

The Kona Residence by the Belzberg Architects Group is an award winning residential design. Its relaxed but artful mix of reclaimed teak woods and the open layout take advantage of the area’s climate and natural outdoor beauty. The exterior was built with salvaged woods from out of use train tracks and barns. The home is equipped with solar panels on 2 sections of the roof. There is also a rainwater collection system. Lava rock is worked in the landscaping near the wraparound infinity pool which helps to absorb sunlight into the stones and the solar transfer assists to heat up the… read more