Beer Bottle Pendant Lights

by DIY Maven

Beer Bottle Pendant Lights

Have you noticed that when something is billed as 'hand-crafted' it's often code for diy-able? Take these beer bottle pendant lights from Kix Studio for example. Entitled Flaschenlampe, the lights were constructed out of beer and soda bottles found in the streets of Berlin. To do a diy version, we'd need

Continue Reading

Curbly Video: How to Make a Planter from a Recycled Book

by Chris Gardner

Curbly Video: How to Make a Planter from a Recycled Book

 

 

For many, books, as physical objects, can be central to one's home decor. While some store their collections in spare rooms, offices, and spaces out of sight for company; many of us proudly display our libraries as focal points, providing the opportunity to start conversations with guests, family, and friends. Often, looking at one's bookshelves, like peering into one's home, can teach us a lot about who someone is and the things they love. We've grown used to seeing books on coffee tables, night stands, and even in bathrooms. They indicate that someone actually lives in a space, and can always serve as great conversation starters.

So, we wanted to honor the book's place in the home by elevating a single volume into a home design element. And there's no better way to draw attention than to put something living inside of it. And so...the upcycled book planter.  

Continue Reading

How to Reupholster a Hide-a-Bed

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

sofa

A hide-a-bed was my first paying upholstery job. The funny thing was that I was putting a big blue plaid back on the sofa sized hide-a-bed. You can only imagine how I agonized over the plaid matching nightmare. When I met my husband, he owned this same type of Herculon plaid sofa hide-a-bed. I used to say you could drop a cheeseburger onto it and it would disappear. I mean this stuff NEVER showed the dirt. The downside was you had to live with the ugliness, unless you were willing pay an arm-and-a-leg, or tackle the reupholstery yourself. Local blogger and online bud, Beckie of Infarrantly Creative, just sent me over a fully photographed tutorial of her reupholstered hide-a-bed project.

Continue Reading

Turn a Pallet into a Lounge Chair

by DIY Maven

Turn a Pallet into a Lounge Chair

IMO, all pallets are waiting to be made into something beautiful, like this outdoor lounge chair for instance. Simple, yet stylish in its construction, the materials and tools to make one are minimal. Here they are:

  • Four pallets of the same size, preferably rectangular
  • One pallet slightly wider than your other pallets, more square than rectangular
  • Scrap 2x4s or pallet scraps of the 2x4 kind
  • Hammer and nails

For the entire...

Continue Reading

Lamps Rule!

by DIY Maven

sustainable design, green design, spring greening 2010, inhabitat green design competition, recycled materials, diy design, repurposed materials, traffic cone light
Inhabitat's Spring Greening Contest, which is an open call for clever designs using old household items, has produced some amazing projects, many of which are lamps. Here are the top three lamp contenders.

Continue Reading

Plastic Bottles Turned Lovely Light Fixtures

by DIY Maven

 

Cola 30 Ceiling Pendant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They might not look like it now, but all of these lamp shades began their existence as plastic drinking bottles. Eco-designer Sarah Turner is the talent behind them. Thirty 500 ml are used to make Cola 30, pictured above. The Lily lamps are constructed of 2-liter drink bottles. (Sprite, to be specific.)

Continue Reading

Modern-Looking Scrap Wood Walls

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Modern-Looking Scrap Wood Walls

Image: LumberJocks

If you're trying to achieve that modern, textural, wood wall look, here are some scrap wood walls to consider for your nature loving self. Here, the woodworker has made good use of scrap wood, even though the project was a bit labor intense. But look at the results! It wouldn't be nearly as attractive if the room was overfilled with furniture and dust catching tchotkes. The sparse furnishings complement the dynamic wall.

Continue Reading