Wall Treatments With An Edge

Wall Treatments With An Edge

Bare walls can be boring. The following are a few designs that challenge blank walls. From simpler stencil techniques to recycled material applications and art installations, walls make great surfaces for exploring. From ZNAK, this wallpaper has a unique application. Almost like a reusable sticker, it can be placed on the wall and torn off into different strips, shapes and sizes. The kids can also help with the predesign. From this: To this: Check out more pattern examples. This line of wall tiles from Slate-ish uses paper laminate that is leftover from various construction projects. The recycled material creates a textural… read more

Indoor Playgrounds Are Not Just For Kids

Indoor Playgrounds Are Not Just For Kids

Sometimes, more often than not, adults need a reminder that the daily grind doesn’t have to completely take over and squalor the fun. The following unusual pieces would remind anyone in the room to pause and enjoy a few moments of unexpected entertainment. An indoor see-saw – you could philosophically say that it is made for inviting a conversation about balance or something, but that would not really mask the fact that it is really just pure fun. That could be said of the Twin Bench. According to the designer, it emits fairness between those seated. It really is just… read more

Reclaimed Wood Retreat

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The Dezanove House is a gorgeous holiday villa located in Spain in the estuary of Arousa. Designed by Iñaki Leite, this sustainably built house is constructed from reclaimed wood that was obtained from a local fishing business. It is built for energy efficiency, containing optimal insulation and a sophisticated ventilation system. The building is composed of different wings, and the middle portion of the home protrudes into 2 separate units. In order to accentuate the zones the architect varied how the materials were used in each part. The left portion serves as the common area and is formed with simple concrete… read more

Kitchen Islands Reimagined

Kitchen Islands Reimagined

Kitchen islands and mobile counterspaces are great to have for preparation and storage. But sometimes, although functional, they may be a little on the boring side when it comes to looks. These designs take standard units and turn up the volume, creating a space that is a home chef’s dream. Aside from their out of the ordinary appearances, they also have some ecofriendly features. Caesarstone and Raw Edges Design Studio have created a new concept for countertops that completely restructures the kitchen island space. Making it more than just a surface, they developed a series of modular units that are unrestricted… read more

Inexpensive But Creative Upcycled Designs

Inexpensive But Creative Upcycled Designs

Furniture and interior pieces do not have to be costly to be original. The following are imaginative designs that make the most of inexpensive materials, turning them into completely different objects. This idea is totally simple yet produces a brilliant outcome. The Inception Door from Armin Blasbichler Studio uses 585 mounted Pantone transparent positive photographic swatches to enhance a doorway. The diapositives are framed in laminated glass. When the sunlight filters through the door it creates a magnificent rainbow of colors that almost looks like stained glass tiles. Utilizing the myriad of color swatches in this way allows concealment while… read more

Stepping Up

Stepping Up

Staircases are part art form, part functional statement piece to the clever designer. These staircases give their rooms a one up with some added visual interest. This natural beauty from the Tuning House, a seaside residence, stands out in a good way amidst its retro fueled surroundings. Adding in a bit of the outdoors in a chunky, raw presentation is a creatively simple way to work in an optical element to the functional design. The strategically placed mirrors carry the wood throughout the length of the home. Another wooden staircase design is from Atmos Studio. This gorgeous and elaborate architectural feat was… read more

Glass Bottles Turned Into Stained Glass Art

Glass Bottles Turned Into Stained Glass Art

Glass bottles, tossed into the recycling by most, make the perfect material for many glass artists. Using everyday items to make elegant stained glass pieces, these panels are anything but ordinary. Alison Fox has an eye for creating gorgeous stained glass windows. She started with traditional stained glass work and began to utilize materials that were reusable and recyclable. With discoveries she unearths from flea markets, antique shops and discarded materials, she repurposes glass bottles, broken dishes and vintage glass, compiling them into collages. Specifically placing the objects in patterns or laying them out to resemble images, she turns them into stunning… read more

Fun At The Cardboard Box Office

Fun At The Cardboard Box Office

A love for cardboard boxes usually starts early, and sometimes it never goes away. One family has found a creative way to use up their excess cardboard, and it just might be genius. Leon and Lilly Mackie found themselves covered up with cardboard boxes after an international move and an addition of a new member to the household. After the seemingly endless supply of boxes began to empty, the couple had an idea for reusing them that became their weekend entertainment. And the Cardboard Box Office was soon up and running. Turning the ordinary boxes into handmade versions of scenes… read more

How To Make A Floor Cushion

How To Make A Floor Cushion

Home accessories can carry a hefty price for their small packages. Throw pillows and floor cushions provide comfort and may get tons of use, but they can be expensive to buy. Making a hand sewn floor cushion isn’t too big a challenge for a crafty set of hands, and not only will it be cheaper but it will be an original design. Living With Punks offers several easy to follow tutorials for making a range of floor cushions. This catalog inspired pillow features contrasting thread and piping accents. It also has a handle for toting from room to room. The… read more

Inspired By The Rainbow, Intensified By Sound

Inspired By The Rainbow, Intensified By Sound

From the artist Kimsooja, To Breathe – A Mirror Woman, was an installation at the Crystal Palace in Madrid, Spain. Exhibited in 2006, the windows of the palace were completely covered in a translucent film that diffused light and created natural rainbow prisms. These were reflected from a mirror covered flooring that stretched throughout the space. In addition to the visual splendor, the artist also included background noise to provide a dimensional ambiance. The sound of her varied breathing patterns from her performance on a 2004 soundtrack called The Weaving Factory played through the expanse. The exhibit was designed by… read more