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Design Ideas Made With Ice

Design Ideas Made With Ice

Decorating for parties, holidays and guests can be time consuming and an added expense. The following designs are simple to make and do not require a ton of supplies. They are also budget friendly and most can be made using things around the house, and the finished products add an extra welcoming touch. Ice Luminaries Ice Luminaries and hurricanes are super easy to make, and require only a freezable container to hold water and desired inserts. [paidcontent] This idea uses fragrant, fresh evergreen branches embedded in ice. Other items like citrus fruits, seasonal berries, flowers or pine cones can also be used…. read more

Have A Tapas Dinner Party

Have A Tapas Dinner Party

Gathering around good food with family or great friends always makes everything better. Having a tapas style dinner is a perfect way to share the everyday or the special, and just as important as the food that is served is that it is shared. Thought to originate in Spain, this style of eating allows guests to select favorites or try out different foods with no main course to dictate what or how much to enjoy. Traditionally, tapas is served when people gather, socialize and graze on snacks consisting of a variety of foods in snack sized portions and appetizer presentations served in… read more

Give Recycled Cardboard A New Look

Give Recycled Cardboard And Paper A New Look

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), almost 30 million tons of cardboard was generated from businesses in the U.S. in 2012. Of this amount, 91% was recycled that same year. Paper Recycles reported that there was a drop in the amount of recycled corrugated cardboard in 2013, seeing only 88.5% recovered in the U.S. last year. The EPA stated that corrugated cardboard is among the easiest material to recycle. Steve Wintercroft of Wintercroft Masks has come up with a fun way to reuse cardboard. He has designed a collection of do it yourself, printable masks that are intended… read more

Reconsidering The Lawn With Edible Estates

Reconsidering The Lawn With Edible Estates

Landscaping as we generally think of it today didn’t become popular until around the 1700’s. Manicured lawns, perfectly shaped shrubbery, greenery and colorful plants – plus water waste, high water bills and inefficient yard space that can work against a home’s efficiency. Not to mention the upkeep, and all for a lawn that provides mostly only an aesthetic benefit. However, this idea of a landscaped yard is a stark contrast from utilitarian views of the space, employed for centuries by farmers, home gardeners and budget conscious residents. Today, the lawn is one of the many areas that are being given a second look… read more

Make Kids Clothes Last Longer

Make Kids Clothes Last Longer

Children are notorious for growing out of their clothes in record speed. And their clothing is notorious for being fairly pricey for items that will not be worn very long. Still quality hand-me-downs are always great to receive, but upcycling other items into new digs is another way to make clothes last longer. Adults or older siblings who have outgrown their clothes are the perfect go-to for fabric. Check out this DIY idea to turn old shirts or other clothes into a dress. The tutorial has great pictures and patterns, and any larger sized shirt could work. This pattern turns and… read more

Budget Built Blackpool House Towers Amid The Trees

Budget Built Blackpool House Towers Amid The Trees

Houses that are connected to nature can often blend in with the surroundings. However, this one from Glamuzina Paterson Architects Ltd. isn’t afraid to stand out and be itself while still being responsive to its topographical space. Called the Blackpool House, it is located in Blackpool, Waiheke. The clients wanted a house that could collaborate with the sprawling canopy of trees surrounding the property, without breaking the bank. Instead of building expansively outward, the architects designed a vertical construction. Resembling a fort that climbs up into the tree line, the structure’s height offers gorgeous views throughout. The home was economically built, but there… read more

This Apartment Means Business

This Apartment Means Business

Whether having a home office or having to bring work home, a spot to accomplish it all is nice to have. Kevin Young, one of the team at Pmk+Designers, created his own space in Kaohsiung, Taiwan to do just that. The following apartment renovation project factored in the days where being in busy mode is a must. Since the designer’s apartment was a rental, the renovation was done with a budget in mind. The space has an industrial office feel and an efficient layout. The different zones are set up to direct productivity, but there are also places for taking a break. The open main room and… read more

Rethinking The Walls

Rethinking The Walls

Walls have more options than to be covered only in coats of paint. Designing a wall space around lifestyle needs can be done to fit any budget. The following are neat ideas that take flat, dull surfaces and bring them to life. One concept design called Kids Interactive fills a wall surface with tiles meant for tactile play and motor skill development. The tiles are easy to care for, plus it brightens up the wall. If you want to try your hand at tiling, check out this tutorial for DIY mosaic tiles. Anything that will adhere to the walls can… read more

At Home With An Architect

At Home With An Architect

Most would think that an architect’s home would be a top of the line, aesthetic retreat that is out of an affordable range for most. However, not all in the profession think the same of what luxury is, or what features an ideal home has. Emilio Fuscaldo, founder of Nest Architects, designed his own home with smart, practical elements that are more geared toward sustainability than extravagance. The lot size for this Australian home is compact, so every inch of the construction was considered for its usefulness. Though the brick exterior may look boxed and simple, it contains several serious green features that… read more

Bringing In The Trees

Bringing In The Trees

Apartment and office spaces are not usually known for the trees in their landscaping. However, Vo Trong Nghia Architects has found a unique way to incorporate this often overlooked aspect into some of their projects. One of their residential designs called House For Trees includes amazing views of a vertical treetop canopy. House for Trees is a prototype that seeks to reforest Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, which due to increases in population, traffic congestion and city bustle has reportedly lost much of its original tree lined areas. The plan for the residential area adhered to a budget. The design idea… read more