Chairs Made From Natural Fibers

Chairs Made From Natural Fibers

Plant fibers can be a durable yet still pliable material that can be transformed into stunning, artistic pieces. Quite different than the look of the first basic natural fiber monobloc chair, there are many other designs that incorporate naturally produced resources and construct them into sturdy, eco friendly seating. Some designs stand out for their unique composition of organic materials. For example, the Sushi Daybed from Pie studio is a handmade floor chair made from the dried stalks of the woven water hyacinth, which is a renewable, fast growing fiber. Water hyacinth can quickly take over an area and those… read more

Tips on Efficient House Preparations for Summer

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There are proper ways to get your home in shape for the summer, and then there’s the way most everyone else does it. We’d like to share some important tips and techniques to help you best ready for the summer heat waves. Some of our suggestions may seem like no-brainers, but they can often become neglected. The first is to use your air conditioning unit conservatively. This can be done in several ways. You can make sure to insulate your home so that no cool air escapes (this is also useful in the wintertime), purchase some oscillating floor fans to… read more

Bicycle Chains Upcycled Into Chandeliers

Bicycle Chandelier

A few years back, a multidisciplinary artist had a particular inspiration for integrating unusually recycled materials with her designs. Carolina Fontoura Alzaga created spectacular chandeliers from old bicycle chains, rims and other parts for an artistic undertaking called the Connect Series. The materials to create the vision were salvaged from numerous local bike shops and junkyards, blending the ideas of waste and art form. The chains were all manually cleaned of their greasy residues and finishes were not typically applied to the final products. In developing the series, the concept of the chandelier was recreated, no longer clinging to the… read more

Make a Rug Out of Recycled Materials

Felt Chevron Rug from Ready Made

Tons of functional designs can be made from recycled and surplus supplies. Rugs are one example of useful items that can be made from resources that are already on hand, or readily available ones that can be saved up for a project. Plastic bags make sturdy, lasting rugs that are perfect for outdoor weather. Their colors can be incorporated into patterns and assembled into any size. Also, their constant free supply makes them an ideal material. Homestead Weaving Studio makes “bag-in-a-tree rugs” which were inspired by driving through rural Indiana and Southern Illinois in the U.S. and observing the many… read more

Aromatic Design

Aromatic Design

The use of scent can have a profound effect on the impression of a space. While quality design tries to evoke the senses, one element that may seemingly get lost as important in the process is the incorporation of natural aromatics. Spaces are often more than just what is seen. There is also an invisible mood often which can be attributed to, among other things, fragrances in the air. Sensory experiences, especially odors, can bring back memories associated with a particular smell or group of smells. Research on the importance of smell has been conducted in numerous studies. Chemesthesis, or… read more

Wooden Pallets Turned Into Functional Designs

Wooden Pallets Turned Into Functional Designs

Seemingly uninspiring items can often be repurposed into practical pieces. Wooden Pallets are an example of an object that can be used in endless ways. Their fairly sturdy structure and versatility make them an ideal starter base for projects. They can be painted, stained, decorated, stacked, drilled and nailed into creative, usable items. For example, wooden pallets can be turned into the perfect desks. With only a few materials, tools and securely attached table legs you can create an instant work space. The pallets open middle allows necessities to be easily accessible. In addition to a desk, this design can… read more

High-End Designs Using Fruits and Soil

Designs Using Fruits and Soil

Designers may often find inspiration in unexpected places. Applying intricate concepts to produce works of art using the simplest of mediums requires a skillful balance. The following are a few examples that mix remarkable design with basic means to produce upscale interior pieces. Robert Dziura creates incredible lampshades made from gourds. Gourds are a fruit originally grown in Africa that have hard exterior coverings. In search of a do it yourself design to replicate an eye-catching piece, Dziura turned to an inexpensive but effective medium to make a lightshade. Once the gourds are dried he drills them, forming patterns along… read more

Reclaimed Board Projects

Reclaimed Board Ideas

Boards can add a decorative and utilitarian aspect to any room. If you have an old board lying around, for instance an unused corkboard, but aren’t quite sure what to do with it, try a functional reclaimed design. Remember the old-school bulletin boards and chalkboards? Channel this concept, but with an updated style. If you just have a plain board that you want to enhance, try painting or stenciling it to convert it to a practical visual piece. Favorite sayings, recipes, wish lists or other designs can be put on it as a reminder board. Another idea that is perfect… read more

Interior Design Tricks for Increased Energy Efficiency

Interior Design Tricks for Increased Energy Efficiency

Interior design is not only for aesthetics, but also considers the functional elements of a space. Knowing how to incorporate energy saving strategies in a home is a useful way to mix purpose with design. Color, an integral part of the decorative process, is one application that can be used for an energy conserving advantage. Painting an area with lighter colors can reflect heat from other objects in the room that gather it, like fireplaces, furniture pieces, ceilings, surrounding walls or other materials conducive to storing heats. Applying darker colors in a room absorbs some of the heat and can… read more

Interesting and Eco-Friendly Wall Designs

Interesting Wall Designs

Painting walls is a good technique to add color to rooms, but integrating wall designs in a space can add dimension and functionality. There are endless projects for wall decorations that can incorporate green design. One example of an increasingly popular wall display is a living wall. These feature arrangements of living plants and can be custom constructed to meet the needs of a space. Putting in a living wall can be as simple as securing a resalvaged pallet or shelving and adding potted plants. Designs like the ones available from a company called Benetti Stone add real live interest… read more