Intricate Gardens Indoors

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You needn’t settle for potted plants to add lush to interior spaces. Even in limited expanses you can, with a little ingenuity, create green havens with canopies of foliage and exposed earth. The following are prime displays of indoor gardens that retain their primitive nature despite their urban enclosures. Office Garden The Cuningham Hayden Group Place didn’t simply install a garden in their office, architects built the office around it. Such is evident in the organic layout of the garden, unobstructed by abrupt run-ins with choppy walls. Beyond use as a spot for relaxation, the garden filters the air that… read more

Soil-Free Methods for Growing Crops Indoors

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Growing vegetables can seem daunting even for those with a yard, let alone the dwellers of a small apartment complex. But as the population continues to converge at ever-expanding metropolises, we find the need for healthier food that is self-sufficient is actually attainable – and becoming more so through increasingly efficient processes. All of which are suited for application to urban environments, as is evident in the following methods. Hydroponic Gardening Hydroponic  gardening is a prime method of growing plants in which no soil is used. Instead, all nutrients necessary to the plant’s vitality are obtained through water. Organic vegetables… read more

Living Decor

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Indoor plants have remained a popular household fixture for over 3000 years. They introduce nature into urban environments, define a room’s dimension, and improve the overall health of the home’s inhabitants. But what if we could go beyond the houseplant, or even vertical gardening to find indoor plants that are fully immersed within a piece of furniture? Below, are a few examples of living decor at its best. Living Furniture Designed by San Francisco based company, Habitat Horticulture,  Living Tables are made from wood, steel, and crowned with a sheet of tempered glass. The tables have a carrying capacity of… read more

Green And Modular – Fresh Take On Kitchen Space

Green And Modular – Fresh Take On Kitchen Space

Kitchens are one room where money can easily be spent. Nearly everything in a kitchen is expensive; appliances, flooring, countertops, even fixtures. Many of us make do with the kitchen space we have, and fix up things as the budget allows or repaint when we need a new outlook. A lot of time can be spent in the kitchen and it can easily become the place that is gravitated to. One company specializing in kitchen design is Demode. Offering a new outlook on the way a kitchen space can operate, their modern take called Meccanica is an open, modular area…. read more

Micro Flats Are Becoming A Big Option For Students

Micro Flats Are Becoming A Big Option For Students

Student housing has changed a lot in the last decade. Architects and designers have made attempts to update temporary accommodations, allowing affordability, style and a mix of ecofriendly features. These student flats represent all of the above, and the amenities are interestingly packed into some fairly compact spaces. This new construction model is from the Tengbom architectural firm and is meant to be a cost efficient and sustainable use of space for student living. The layout was reduced from the size of other current student housing arrangements, and a lot of specifications had to be incorporated into a small space,… read more

Create Natural Impressions With Sun And Botanicals

Create Natural Impressions With Sun And Botanicals

There are many natural applications that can be used for dying fabrics and materials. There are also several ways to add prints and patterns to designs by using age-old, resourceful techniques. Naturally coloring fabrics and designing prints can be done right in your backyard. Read on for great how to’s and look below for the before and afters. The sun can have powerful effects on textiles, and that can be used in your favor if trying to add a decorative touch to fabrics. A simple, organic way to add prints to fabrics is to work with flowers, greenery and herbs… read more

Create A Collected Space With A Vignette

Create A Collected Space With A Vignette

A vignette, or grouping of objects, is an ideal way to organize a space, display favorite items and it is also a frugal design trick. Reusing jars, containers and things from the home or garden and placing them in a vignette can liven up a table, shelf or corner of a room and create a functional display. Some recommend certain techniques for creating a vignette presentation. For instance, one suggestion is to place main items, or anchor pieces, in odd numbers to add to the effect. Also varying the height, creating depth and playing with color, texture and themes to fit… read more

Goodbye Phonebooks, Hello Creative Reuse

Goodbye Phonebooks, Hello Creative Reuse

Phonebooks, due to advancements in technology, are probably soon to be phasing themselves out and going into paper extinction. Some states are allowing residents to opt out of receiving certain phone directories to save costs and environmental resources, as there are actually many benefits to discontinuing phonebook production. The Iowa Policy Research Organization reported that in addition to the tons of ink that is required for printing them, around 5 million trees are also used. Only about 20% of all phonebooks are recycled. According to the Environmental Protection Agency outdated issues produced a massive 840,000 tons of waste in 2008… read more

Recycled Interior Pieces Save Money And Resources

Recycled Interior Pieces Save Money And Resources

Designing interior spaces can quickly rack up a bill. Integrating a style into a room doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive, though it does take a good eye and some skill to recreate high end looks on a low end budget. Many professionals as well as do it yourselfers are turning to recycled and repurposed materials to cut down on expenses and environmental waste. The interior of this 1950’s era sunroom was redone with mostly recycled and renovated objects from garage sales, flea markets and Habitat for Humanity’s Re-Store. Midcentury Living Room This sitting area integrates vintage and repurposed items…. read more

Get A Vintage Look With Upcyled Lace Projects

Get A Vintage Look With Upcyled Lace Projects

Lace and crotchet are interesting materials that can be made up of intricate designs and patterns. Though there is no exact idea of when lace and crochet making were first used or specifically where they originated, historical clues point to lacemaking surfacing sometime around 1500 A.D. There are many ways to reuse lace and crotchet textiles, and the following are some ideas for reinventing time treasured fabrics. Furniture applications are an unexpected way to display lace. Capable Father This process can also be done on dressers, shelves, benches or any other furniture piece by blocking off a small section or… read more