Sure, it's easy to buy the latest furniture from the West Elm or Pottery Barn catalogs and call it day. But sometimes the hardest part of decorating your space is adding that personal touch that really makes it your own. So today I'm going to share some tips on how to add a dose of character to your house.
I've seen a lot of room makeovers over the years, but there aren't many that I willing to pack my bags for. This makeover however is definitely one that I would up and move for, in a heartbeat.
This glamorous pendant lamp is made out of one of the most UN-glamourous things imaginable. Here's a closer shot. Want to venture a guess?
I actually love this re-use idea for an old wrought iron bed. It's clever and provides a unique focal point. However, I'm not so sure I'd want it in my yard. Positioned in a more
Here's a couple hints:
- You can find it in the kitchen.
- It's home to a staple.
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For those city folks who don't know what a silo is, it's a large, usually cylindrical structure used to store silage. What's silage? Stuff ruminators eat. What are ruminators? I'll let you chew on that for a while. However, this particular silo serves a different purpose altogether.
A couple in Kyloe, Northumberland bought a historical church and Curblied it up. Big time. They chose to restore it rather than renovate it, which would have been much cheaper. As it is, the church maintains its churchiness but with a homey interior. (The only thing that kinda creeps me out is the cemetery in the front yard.) Here's a few pics, but you can see more on this page.
We've all seen pictures of 'themed' hotel rooms before, but the Fox Hotel in Copenhagen has done something that should really set the standard for all those other ambiance-attempting options. What Fox did was enlist the help of 21 street artists, illustrators and graphic designers from all corners of the world. The result is a very unique and stylish collection of 61 rooms. Okay, so they aren't at theme-y as say an Arabian Nights room....I'll...
It's a chair. Made out of jars. See more examples of how Johnny's brain works by visiting his website.(His Nickel Couch, made out of approximately 7,000 nickels, is definitely worth a gander. It's lovely.)
Check this out...a 747-200, circa 1976, retired in 2002 and in 2006 was turned into a hostel. Located at the Arlanda, Sweden airport, the 25 room, 85 bed hostel has fully operational bathrooms--bigger and more comfortable than the typical airplane toilet.
Artist Tom Deininger has found a way to turn those unsightly cigarette butts that litter the globe into some extraordinary artwork. 'Filter Rabbit', pictured above, is made of just that: unraveled filters. Below is 'Shell', which was constructed of butts the artist found in parking lots near a beach in Rhode Island.
Surfboards as fences?
How about bicycle frames?
If you think these are clever–or weird–just check out the other eight.
Ron Arad, in conjunction with Teu-Co., has designed this utterly unique, prototype luxury bath item. It’s a combination bathtub/shower/art installation. Art installation, because of its aesthetic appeal and shower/bathtub because it performs both functions via rotation. Tub becomes shower and shower becomes tub with a 180 degree turn. Source.
Eclipse is described as ‘a single event heat reactive basecoat’ that just happens to change color. It’s available in black to white and blue to white formulas, but the effects aren’t as limiting as those three colors suggest. Actually, the effects are endless, as you can integrate Eclipse with other colors. Right now the makers seem to be focused on the auto industry, but I can foresee home decor applications as well. For more information on...
These walls looked sliced, if not delicately so. While, from inside, light pours like blood.
Seeing the fixtures naked takes something away from their mystery, but if your curiosity must be satisfied, go to Billy May’s website. Via.
In an effort to entice Brits to vacation at their own seaside resorts, sand sculptor Mark Anderson created a sand hotel on Weymouth Beach, UK. The hotel will be on display until July 27th. No word if you can actually book a ‘room’ in the giant sand castle, but if you’re really interested, your best bet is to contact LateRooms.com. Via Uncooped.
Amana's new Jot refrigerator, which has a dry-erase door, is being marketed as the perfect spot to jot a note, but how fun to use--and reuse--your refrigerator door as a 'canvas'? At $649 MSRP, it's probably one of the more inexpensive refrigerators on the market. For more information, visit Amana.
Located in Gelnhausen, Germany, the Living Room house by Seifert Stoeckman has 52 windows and a sliding drawer bedroom, just in case you want to sleep under the stars.
Talk about a unique piece of architecture! Head on over to Coolboom to see more photos of this unusual building.
Wanna check out some other modern spaces? Take a peek at these contemporary bedrooms.
I have a theory that anyone who uses the word ‘hip’ isn’t, but since this list of the Top 30 Hip Hotels in 2008 is coming from Trend Hunter, I’ll suspend my belief this one time. As for me, I’d pass on my local FantaSuite and book a stay at Airstream Europe, which is in rural France, near Mirepoix. For the entire top 30 list with links, visit Trend Hunter.
Image of the 'Full Moon' in Baku, Azerbaijan, aka the Death Star. The hotel will be 521...