A Tree House That Makes You Want To Be A Kid Again

A Tree House That Makes You Want To Be A Kid Again

This amazing tree house raises the bar pretty high for a play space. Constructed by architect James Curvan, the clients’ focus, obviously, was on children. Their grandchildren must have wanted to come over every weekend for a stay at this Texas tree house. Taking 3 months to build it was a group effort between the architect, family members and the owners, Steve and Jeri Wakefield. At 100 square feet this playful design includes 2 decks, 2 lofts with room for sleeping and features a crow’s nest. Unlike many tree houses with just a ladder access, this one has a staircase, ladders,… read more

Beautiful Angles and Curves From Japanese Designs

Beautiful Angles and Curves From Japanese Designs

From Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects, these 2 family centered homes showcase utility and the perfect blend of openness and privacy. Forget flat walls and ceilings, this home exceeded the architects’ goal to display an assortment of visual offerings, much like life itself. House I is a home ideal for a family of 3. The exterior seems unsuspecting of the interior splendor, but still stands out with its dome shape presence. It feels low and doesn’t invade the landscape or neighboring homes, but the inside feels large, open and curious. Though the entire home is an open design, there are still options… read more

Above and Below: This House Design Offers Both

Above and Below: This House Design Offers Both

Sitting on a stretch of Dutch coastline, this unique looking home was designed by the architecture firm Paul de Ruiter. It was created for a family who are builders by trade, and they wanted an original residence that incorporated specific regions needed for the household. Split into 2 portions, the above ground area includes the family zones. The underground expanse holds the garage and office space, as well as room for storage. The 2 separate structures are connected by a stairway. The staircase enclosure actually forms its own intersection between the living and working quarters, and it carries up to… read more

7 New Uses For Old Sweaters

7 New Uses For Old Sweaters

Organizing and cleaning out closets can sometimes turn up clothing that doesn’t get worn often. Sweaters are one item that normally either receives a lot of wear during cold months, or is pushed to the back of the pile if the style is outdated or uncomfortable. The following are a range of ideas for reusing old sweaters that will give them an updated look and a new life. Knitted sweaters that are soft can be cut and easily turned into hats. A homemade elfin hat is a great way to upcycle an ugly or stretched out sweater. Also, this tutorial… read more

Getting Organized

Getting Organized

The start of the New Year often inspires cleaning and organizing around the house. Getting things in order can be done economically, and purchasing high dollar units or storage bins isn’t always necessary. These clever ideas are neat to look at whenever the organizing mood strikes. Rustic shelving can be made from reclaimed lumber or reused boards and hung where needed for instant storage. Add glass jars, baskets or other containers for holding items. This unique and colorful arrangement is made from assembling a variety of used furniture. Strategically placed and painted, this one of a kind cabinet storage has… read more

Industrial Meets Country In This Rustic Retreat

Industrial Meets Country In This Rustic Retreat

From Studio 80, this mountaintop residence is a striking blend of gorgeous countryside and industrial utility. The home cozily sets in a group of other houses, and is nestled near a mountain region. The exterior shows the unique tower room set in stone behind a covered entryway. The mix of stone, wood and metals is carried through the home, and the perfect balance of details mimics the mountainous views found right outdoors. Inside, the tower room provides an interesting canister shaped entryway. The interior is decorated with items that create a pastoral vibe, and the original features add to the character of… read more

Blast From The Past Designs

Blast From The Past Designs

The work of Michael Jantzen has been on the go-to list for architectural inspiration for quite a while, and many have been talking about his remarkable projects and concept designs over the years. He has been impressing and innovating for several decades, and looking back at some of his earlier projects gives an interesting story into how some of his more current works were developed. In the 1970’s he made a solar vacation house built mostly using unconventional materials like agricultural based parts, reused metals and other salvaged items. The home is made from corrugated metal and features a grain… read more

Check Your Thermostat

Check Your Thermostat

If one thermostat controls your entire home’s temperature, it is best to keep it set at 78 degrees F (25 degrees Celsius) during the summer and 68 degrees F (20 degrees Celsius) during the winter. If you can, have multiple thermostats, installing one in each room of the house. When you use one thermostat for the entire house it can create uneven temperatures throughout your home. Plus energy is wasted heating and cooling unused rooms, which will probably show up on your bills. If you have a different thermostat controlling each room, you can individualize the temperature to the room,… read more

Creative Ways To Reuse Tote Bags

Creative Ways To Reuse Tote Bags

In attempts to alleviate using plastic bags, reusable tote bags can pile up. Whether from trips to the market or handed out at free events, if you have a pile of them laying around consider the following clever craft ideas to give them a new use. Tote bags can make perfect throw pillows. By inserting a pillow or batting inside, cutting off the straps and sewing the top together a new pillow is born. For a no-sew design place fabric glue just inside the opening. Tote bags can also be turned into many other types of bags. A zipper, snap… read more

Shopping Bag Art

Shopping Bag Art

Around this retail shopping crazy time of year the amount of packaging and bags multiplies drastically. Bags to many are an item that gets an instant toss into the recycling if they are no longer going to be used to carry things. However, some artists with the ability to see the commonplace as something completely different can turn an ordinary bag into an artform. Artist Yuken Teruya works with an assortment of everyday materials, like paper and shopping bags. His series made from the restaurant and retail spawned material is called Notice – Forest. Transforming bags into unbelievable dimensional pieces, he… read more