Use Color Psychology To Change Your Mood

Use Color Psychology To Change Your Mood

Color psychology may not be an exact science, but research does suggest that colors can evoke certain emotions. Colors affect people differently, so though there are really no set and rigid rules there are suggested guidelines for incorporating colors in a space to achieve an overall mood. Color psychology takes many environmental factors into consideration, and is more complex than simply picking a happy hue. The fields of design and marketing both employ the tricks of using color to maximize the intended effect of a space. Places like restaurants, retail venues and hospitals often use color psychology principles in selecting… read more

How the Climate is Shaping the Future of Design

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Necessity facilitates innovation, instigating new creations at a progressive speed. Nothing brings about as much need today as that to limit our contribution to climate destruction. One means of doing this persists through the elimination of waste. While waste reduction is often achieved by implementing sensible habits, such as limiting consumption and recycling, there remains an abundance of existing ‘waste’ that needs to be utilized and kept out of landfills. Thus, more designers are using climate change as inspiration to fuel new ideas and concepts in their work. Boutique Designers Existing businesses are implementing greener practices. Additionally, new businesses are… read more

Light Fixtures Made From Laundry – and Other Luminous Designs

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From self-powered lamps to light fixtures made from dirty laundry, the following lighting designs are innovative and well hung in any modern home, facilitating the change to Eco-friendly illumination to keep homeowners out of the Dark Ages. Living Light pendant lamps make luminous vessels for hanging plants. Designed by Michael Oechsle, they allow you to enjoy a suspended garden of herbs right above your dining room table. Other than the occasional tending, herbs are nourished both by light and a water reservoir that lies at the top. Through the forces of gravity, the water seeps down within the lamp and… read more

Naturally Enhancing Photography And Interiors

Naturally Enhancing Photography And Interiors

Adding to an interior space on a budget often requires planning, searching for items and lots of hands-on time spent trying to pull everything together. Accessory pieces like photographs and prints are an easy way to add elements of color, texture and richness to a space. Experimenting with photography and natural dyes can create a distinctive look using ecological and economical resources. Organic dying can create effective but often varied results. While a natural process can make a one of a kind item, do not take a chance on ruining treasured photographs. When using organic stains to add a tone to… read more

Branches, Branches Everywhere

Branches, Branches Everywhere

Need to hang, store or display something? Grab a branch. There are many ways to put them to work around the home. Don’t pay a fortune and create your own natural design with fallen outdoor finds and leftover wood pieces. Custom wood items can be expensive. Sturdy, long branches can be cut, sanded, stained or painted and affixed to walls and used as handrails. Clothes racks and closet systems can be costly, however assembling your own with outdoor objects, scrap wood and some hardware allows a budget friendly way to organize clothing and other items. Portions of logs or branches make… read more

There’s A 3rd Teacher In This Classroom

There’s A 3rd Teacher In This Classroom

Sometimes interior design can tend focus on the home or even in places where a lot of time is spent, like the office. However, one model places emphasis on a vital space that can often be overlooked – the classroom. The overall environment in a classroom can have a significant impact on the learning process, and can even affect the way that teachers instruct and how students interact. This is a key concept in the environment as the third teacher model. Advanced by Reggio Emilia, the concept of the environment as an important teacher is used in many preschool settings…. read more

Lightbulbs For A Lifetime

Lightbulbs for a Lifetime

Interested in a lightbulb that will probably last longer than your tenure at your current residence? 3M thought you might be, which is why their LED Advanced Light bulb is the best and longest-lasting bulb on the market. By 2014, the Energy Independence and Security Act will ban incandescent bulbs in favor of LED’s and fluorescents. The Advanced Light Bulb is getting a headstart on the market, and it’s your best option right now. LED’s have the efficiency of fluorescent bulbs, but without the harsh light emission. For $25, you can own 3M’s light bulb that is estimated to last… read more

Reclaimed Wood Revival

Reclaimed Wood Revival

Being on a budget doesn’t have to mean giving up quality. Wood furniture and construction materials can be expensive, and turning to reclaimed woods can provide a sturdy, quality design for a lot less. Repurposing and turning salvaged wood into high end pieces cuts waste and assures an original design. Check out the following reclaimed projects for some DIY enticement. Old barn doors are great finds and can be used for many different interior applications. Creating a sliding door with them can open up more space in a room. Clearance for the opening isn’t needed because it just slides back and… read more

Make Your Own, Portable Office

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Portable offices are a convenient way to carve out space that is adequate for conducting work, but is adjustable – and altogether transferable – at times when you need to allot space to other activities. Often, portable offices are made using new or old storage units, like travel trunks. This is particularly useful for those who telecommute or run a business from home, providing an extensive home office that can be stowed away like a briefcase at the end of each day. To give you an idea of portable offices, here are a few pr-existing options available. Trunk Station This… read more

This Hill House Is A Social Magnet

This Hill House Is A Social Magnet

Architects Andrew Maynard and Mark Austin, who work with lifestyle designs, had an imaginative idea to accommodate a family’s wish for an addition to their existing home. Located near Melbourne, Australia, the Hill House takes a vertical approach and completely revolutionizes the look of the exterior with a slope built directly into the landscaping. The spot faces north, which before the addition caused the backyard and parts of the indoors to be darker. When a 2-story extension was added, it further restricted the natural solar availability and made portions of the yard and home even more shadowed. For the new addition,… read more