Thursday, May 31, 2012

Silo - Dumpster - Wood - Rope Luxury Home!

Ok, so if you have a spare silo, an extra dumpster or two, some rope and some wood...well, I'd say you are well on your way to a wisely resourced, very cool style
  • take the Silo - and a grain bin, if you have that too) and make it a house. 
  • Forgo the granite for the cooler and gorgeous aluminum shavings-countertops.
  • Don't forget to add storage. 
  • Perhaps clean out one dumpster and re-fit it as a guest suite for the in-laws. 
  • Take the other dumpster and convert that into a pool. The kids will Love it. 
  • Don't forget to put a rope swing out there too.
  • then add a special touch...
but see for yourself

Converted Silo and Grain Bin 
(I spy wooden ceiling beams inside):

Aluminum shavings outshine granite in the kitchen:

Inside, you might add some rustic bathroom storage:

A house ( "guest suite?") made out of a dumpster:

This takes the "dumpster diving" concept to a whole new level. 
But don't. Not deep enough!

  Hmmm....maybe a very large dumpster and some potted plants...

Tree swing...

And the final touch: a pretty flower in an old tin can, 
hung onto the knob of that old recycled door:

Recycled Elegance.

Have a great day!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Summertime Fantasy to Inspire Everyday Design

Ideas, Ideas, Ideas!!!!  
Most of us cannot afford to live on the ocean... But it's fun to look, to dream.
And get inspired to have our own summer fun!

Where there is a will, there IS a way.

If there is something that you like and want, 
take the ideas and tailor them to your space. 
Your creativity and attention to detail 
can give you surprisingly happy results...
like, don't forget to enjoy a glass of wine at sunset, 
maybe outside with the sprinklers on 
while the kids ( and/or you ) run through it....

This just looks like a wonderful escape...
(Fan or a/c included, of course)

This one just inspires me to find a cozy-feel place to sun and swim

Summer in the City: the big appeal here, aside from the city itself, is the
 huge window/open-airy concept.
 A gorgeous almost foolproof combination for any home.

oh ....sigh...this...well, it inspires jealousy ...sorry, folks...sigh...
But if you're enjoying the fantasy, you gotta see more pictures of this here.

    This modern, clean, simple pool area is a great look on any scale, large or small:

A stainless steel kitchen that opens on to the back yard 
( or ocean, if you have one) creates an easy-entertaining space.
Entertaining leads to friends and...
Friends make any space beautiful.

     I like the addition of an outdoor bar/seating area to any back yard:

Again, making use of the window: if you don't have an ocean, harbor or other majestic piece of nature, put flowers, bamboo, sculpture...just 
landscape the heck out of whatever you have to work with!

And I pinned this a while ago as the BEST tiny back yard/pool look I've ever seen. Good enough to fantasize about. Not completely unrealistic:

The BEST idea for summer fun:


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Monday, May 28, 2012

Apothecary Cabinets + Rustic Kitchen Charm

The Apothecary Cabinet:
So many of us are in love with these old apothecary drawers, or we try to imitate the style in our new construction and design. I am not sure I get the Why of this attraction, but I've got it bad...
 I mean, on a practical note, who is able to remember what is in each of those tiny drawers?  
Some apothecary drawers are more or less something like 6 down  by 6 across = 36 drawers! 
For me, the solution is to keep the look of many small drawers, which  actually cover no more than one or two larger,more usable storage space drawers.
These are some great examples:

It's a look that everyone wants to have or to emulate. Today's "apothecary"
is the Pharmacist. Hmm...I wonder if we should all gout and stalk pharmacies and other medical dispensaries for more cool design ideas!

Have a great day!

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Swingers: planters, beds, chairs, tables, grills and more!

You can hang up just about ANYthing, including aquariums, planters and tables! 

easiest shelf to hang:

Suspended table~

How to make this bed: here

Suspended cradle:

The sky  -- or in this case the branch, hook or ceiling -- is the limit!

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