Contemplative Designs

Contemplative Designs

Attention-grabbing and interesting, the following structures are meant to reflect their natural surroundings and draw observers in. They inventively mirror back the landscape and create a much different view than ordinary designs. Designed by Holzer Kobler Architects, the Paläon is a paleontological research facility and museum located in Germany. The entire surface of the structure is covered with a reflective material that looks like shiny mirrors. It echoes and returns the outdoors, creatively making it stand out and blend in at the same time. The windows are presented in a unique layout and allow natural sunlight to beam through the… 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

iPad Must-Haves

iPad accessories

All the new mobile, electronic devices in our lives require personalization and a huge market for electronic accessories has arrived to meet our need to shop. The stylish eco-friendly buyer can now look to some of the following companies who are providing clever designs for your iPad. The Kork 2 is an iPad case by Aprodukt and is entirely made of recycled cork. This case is completely recycled.  The Kork 2 integrates the Apple smart cover for all around protection. Complete with tray mode, Kork 2 will give the natural look along with the sustainability for the environment. The Plaid… 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

Work and Play In 1 Design

Work and Play In 1 Design

H_muk final, a project from the architectural team ma hoRe, is the culmination of mixing necessity and sophistication. Designed for a physical therapist, the client wished to incorporate dedicated areas in the home for both work and living space. The lower floor contains the occupational building and the top portion provides a 2 story residential space. The ability to combine both sections, presenting them together but in their individual configurations creates an effective layout. The private portions of the home are comfortably secluded from the business division, and the therapy rooms are open and engaging. All aspects of the home… 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

Dip into Nature, Not Chlorine

natural pools

The next time you take a swim, consider what you are diving into. It is known that chlorine and other chemicals are commonly used to disinfect swimming pools. But with natural, chlorine free options available, why expose your health to these chemicals? Beyond turning hair green, chlorine also reacts to bodily fluids, including sweat and urine. When combined, toxic breakdown products, called chloramines, are formed. Another of chlorine’s most common effects is eye irritation. This isn’t surprising. What is surprising is that we continue to immerse ourselves, eyes open, into a pool of the stuff. You can cool off in a… read more

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

DIY Refashions: Dresses And Shirts

DIY Refashions: Dresses And Shirts

T-shirts make great material for refashioning into other clothing. The fabric can be used from oversized or unworn t-shirts or other items and transformed into one of a kind dresses and shirts. This tutorial shows how to refashion 2 t-shirts into a tunic style dress using just scissors, a sewing machine and a needle and thread. The easy to follow instructions include visuals and pattern guides. If you are into basket weaving, or have enough spare time to finish the project, this pile of t-shirts – can be upcycled into this basket weave-t-shirt dress: Patience required. For a look that… read more