These Textiles Don’t Come From A Factory Line

These Textiles Don’t Come From A Factory Line

Many items that were once only handmade designs are now products of the manufacturing assembly lines. Textiles can be found in retail outlets, from the mass market to the artisanal crafter, but the latter seems to be making a cloth comeback. The art of creating unique and versatile textiles that can be used for a range of around the house items to wearable fashions is steadily becoming more popular, as many prefer more natural and quality handmade materials. Paper No. 9 based in Brooklyn, New York has handcrafted, artisan made textiles. Their all natural, nontoxic and synthetic free process turns… read more

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

Everyday Utility At The Nakai House

Everyday Utility At The Nakai House

The Nakai House is an energy efficient and economical production that is proof that a lifestyle design can be done on a budget, and with time restrictions. It was built in only 80 days, and the set finances for the plan, $25,000, was maintained. DesignBuildBLUFF, a nonprofit extension in Utah who works with local universities is behind the design. They provide architectural students the opportunity to learn firsthand in the field by enlisting them on teams for help with their construction projects, developing sustainably built homes for residents of the Navajo reservation. This not only allows students to enhance their skillsets, but… 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

Go Global With Map Designs

Go Global With Map Designs

Maps can be used to create inexpensive, but still rich looking, accents in a room. They can be purchased almost anywhere, from new ones at convenience stores to vintage finds at thrift shops and garage sales. World travelers and wandering wannabes can all appreciate a map design. Decorating an interior with maps can be done small-scale, or incorporated into a theme. Walls are a great place to start with maps, and they make easy instant wallpaper. However, walls are not the only surface they can be placed on. Furniture and other objects that can be covered with them in a découpage project… 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

Upcycling Thrift Shop Pictures

Upcycling Thrift Shop Pictures

Browsing through thrift shops can lead to some interesting finds, including unique and even unusual pictures and artwork. Several clever artists are revamping old finds into new treasures by adding their own touch. Though some may consider this as ruining the paintings and other pieces, others feel that reusing unwanted materials is one way to cut down on excess. An abundance of resources waiting to be found probably makes thrift store shopping fun with the following creative individuals, whose work has been popping up all over the blogosphere. By taking paintings of scenes like landscapes, water areas and nature scenes, the following 2… 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