Since we're talking about making cool stuff from hardware store bits and pieces, how about this tight little chandelier design by artist Helmut Smits? See if you can figure out what he used. (One thing he should have used was some spray paint.)
Meg says, "This is the industrial pendant light we made. It is perfect to hang by your bed for reading, writing, or crafting at night while your roommate sleeps. Customize yours to be the size, shape, and color you want to represent your individual style in your new dorm room. As mentioned in the video, you can drape some cool fabric over your bed, and hang the pendant light inside, giving you some privacy and a fun, fort-like nook."
Check out the post on Craftzine for a video how-to, as well as lots of great dorm decor tips from Meg.
As far as I know nobody but nobody decorates with shiny brass anymore. That means there's a boatload of cast-off brass lamps available for transformation. Abby saw beyond the brass, got to work with some silver leaf, and spruced up this reject to a more understated elegance. Now it coordinates with another one of her rescued lamp makeovers.
So these are the BEFORE pics.
In my previous life I was a litigation paralegal at one of the largest law firms in Indianapolis. Little did I know at the time that the interior designer who was designing their fancy new office space would someday have her own line of furniture, accessories, lighting, rugs, etc. Suzanne Kasler has worked hard in the interior design business and it shows.
Our amigos over at GE sent along some hints on how to make the colors in our homes pop. Here're the deets:
- Find the right balance of color. Many home design experts live and breathe by the 60-30-10 rule. That is, divide your color choices into percentages: 60 percent of the dominant color, 30 percent of the secondary color and 10 percent of the accent color. This is helpful when choosing paint, window treatments, furniture and accent décor.
- Organize rooms by a single hue. Rather than mixing the colors of trinkets and gizmos, decorate various rooms around the house with your favorite hue, such as blush pink or robin’s egg blue. Already spent a small fortune on this year’s MP3 player? Many gadgets now offer custom skins so you can update their look, or try dyeing plastic computer parts.
- Highlight your favorite piece of artwork. You spent a lot of time and money picking out the perfect piece of art to fill the space on the wall, so why not really make it stand out? Use a GE Energy Smart® LED to spotlight the colors and dramatize the difference in shades.
- Determine your color personality. Not sure whether to paint your room sizzling orange or neutral beige? Consider things like your favorite season, what qualities you bring to a friendship, your favorite flower, etc., to paint the picture of your matching hue and create a haven you’ll love coming home to.
- Enhance beautiful exterior brick. Add a dramatic touch to bold brick on the exterior of your home with the GE Reveal® Floodlight. Use a wall washing technique called “grazing” by placing lights 6 to 8 inches away from the wall and 12 to 30 inches apart for greater emphasis and an eye-catching visual effect.
For more tips on designing with light, check out gelighting.com.
No, nobody shoved a light up a plant's yahoo to make this lamp. It's actually an orb with Tillandsia, aka air plants, attached to it. The plants need no soil to survive. Just light, air and a spritz of water every now and then. I'm guessing the orb is
Finally, here's a way to reuse those ugly, shiny ceramic lamps from the thrift store. See how Erin of Lemon Tree Creations cleverly upcycled these two ugly dogs into two sweet nursery lamps with raffia and spray paint. The design is modern and grown up enough to use in any room of the house.
Ashley Ann yearned for a wire light fixture a la Anthropologie, but couldn't pull the trigger because of the size and the price tag. Inspiration struck when she eyed the wire basket that held her daughter's toys. The basket
Is there no end to what this girl can create from a Dollarama day trip? Once again, Karen (remember, my virutal bff from Canada, and author of The Art of Doing Stuff), has proven just how easy it is to convert a cart full of random $1.00 objects into chic, functional pieces of home decor. It's simple brilliance, my dear!
My shade garden is an absolute oasis. The only way it could be better is if it could be softer and more 'room like'. Wait, I've made a number of interchangeable bench cushions, covered an old spool with a Morroccan inspired tablecloth, added some more cushy seating, what's missing?
One of my brothers and brother-in-laws have homes populated by stuffed animals, and I'm not taking the Pooh Bear kind either. I'm kidded when I go to such houses because everybody knows I have a very low gross-out threshold for such things.
It's not a big surprise to see chopsticks used to make obvious items like placemats, trivets, earrings, even a dress, but this was a surprise. A former city employee of the Japanese town of Koriyama collected thousands of used, disposable chopsticks from the city hall cafeteria and crafted a 4 foot long canoe.
Remember the light fixture from my dollar store kitchen makeover?
Well I've finally slung together a tutorial for it and here it is...
First I just want to put a caveat out there.
Georgia over at JunkMarket Style has got it going on. She found a hideous hanging light at a thrift store, started to walk away when the sacred lightbulb of creativity went on. Take a look at the way she restyled this (literal) piece of junk into this sophisticated Paris hanging lamp.
Is Ikea a pioneer in ecologically sustainable business practices, or just another corporation capitalizing on a fad? Their infamous flat pack approach has to cut down on carbon emissions besides just passing the savings onto you. Their bike trailer movement in Scandanavia is excellent, and they were one of the first large companies to say no to plastic bags.
And in a few weeks, they're bring solar powered lighting to the masses.
Photo Images: Zach Dobson Photography
Who wouldn't love these authentic Mid Century Modern Bullet Lights? They really MOD-ify a room, especially in orange. Big drawback - they are uni-directional spotlights and may cause your partying house guests to either go blind or confess to a crime they didn't commit. My friend Baz, MCM aficionado
Seriously...a pendant light made out of drinking straws. Lots of them. And the best part? It looks great! Addicted 2 Decorating tells us that 40 bucks should buy the supplies to make one. What you'll need:
Lion Brand is sponsoring a contest for which entrants have to submit pictures of their projects. To help contestants take the best pics possible, they've offered up some tips on how to take well-lit images without the aid of a light box or lights.
This hanging lamp from Organelle Design is made of wooden hangers. It is just one from their 'hanger' collection. I'm drawn to the wooden creations, but the plastic hanger jobs are pretty awesome as well!