The only thing cooler than a DIY project is a DIY project that exploits materials intended for an entirely different use.
Rory on Apartment Therapy Boston takes such an approach with pipes and fittings from the plumbing department. Going way beyond simply using straight lengths and end flanges for legs, this desk incorporates a fine design inspired by the limitations of the medium.
To create your own version, simply check out theContinue Reading
If you're like me, then you're simply insane for the holiday season, and get totally stoked by all that invokes the magic of Christmastide, and are totally okay with embracing it now that Halloween and Election have come to a close.
And if you're like me, things that seem as if they were designed in the late 40s to the early 60s just look fabulous, regardless of the season.
Last winter, Polaroid announced its plans to stop produce its instant camera film. Bad news indeed, as such an aesthetic has become a mainstay in our contemporary culture, 'specially for those who grew up in the 1980s, as a Polaroid was many of our generation's first camera. Indeed, some have made careers in such a medium.
Thankfully, the digital age, which brought an end to the instant film technology in the first place, hasContinue Reading
If you're planning on whipping up some custom throw pillows it can be such a time saver to make cardboard pillow forms in varying shapes and sizes. I have an entire set of these under my work table so I don't have to re-measure each time. For the sake of the reader's eyes, I covered a large piece of cardboard with green paper so you don't have to look at brown cardboard.
In order to make the perfect knife edge pillow, there are a fewContinue Reading
Nearly every office building in the entire world is plagued by ghastly fluorescent lights hanging overhead. Can’t you just feel them suck the jelly from your ocular cavities? I can. So why do people use them? Because of their energy efficiency of course. But why do they have to be so ugly? They don’t. At least Ross Lovegrove’s System X by Yamagiwa isn’t. Described as a modern, sculptural lighting system, the x’s are actually anContinue Reading
According to her website, artist Diem Chau ‘combines common mediums and common means to create delicate vignettes of fleeting memory, gesture and form, resulting in works that combine egalitarian sensibility and minimalist restraint.’ A more succinct description of her crayon sculpture might be ‘intricate yet simple’. An oxymoron to be sure, but fitting. Ms. Chau does commissioned work, as was the ‘Boy in Blue’. For additional information,Continue Reading
It's almost house-guest season! Which leads to the question that
always crosses my panic stricken mind: 'Oh crap, where are we going to
put everybody?' So how do you make your two bed apartment sleep seven
people without 'misplacing' your sanity? Or creating a diplomatic
situation that would make the UN shudder?
For us it's all about fine tuning the space/comfort/privacy ratio
First, a bit about space, while you can't magicContinue Reading
The holidays are right around the corner, which means you might have last minute guests delivering good cheer. If they happen to catch you between cleaning days, don’t worry. With just a few minutes, you can fake a clean house!
1. Control Odor! That means investing in a good air freshener, opening a window or turning on a fan or air conditioner. If you don’t have room spray, pop a piece of toast into the toaster (but don’t burn it!) orContinue Reading
I justed stumbled across a website that gives me tingles: Junk Market Style. I have a feeling I'll be visiting it often in the future, but for now, take a gander at this bicycle wheel chandelier. Contributor Georgia Terrell used a lamp kit to wire the wheel and then tied plumbing chain to the spokes with clear filiment. To add bling, she wired crystal beads to the ends of the chains. All in all, she used about 50 feet of chain and 100Continue Reading