In our opinion, building toys get you the most bang for your toy-buying buck. Blocks, train tracks, logs... you get these toys when your kids are young and - if our own childhood is anything to go by - they'll be played with for years. These build-your-own marble runs fall into the same camp. The quality of Quadrilla's German-engineered wooden blocks and twists makes this a keepsake toy that will last for years. Like any good building toy, you can start with a decent basic set, such as the one pictured at the left, and keep adding as many expansion kits as you want... until you can ostensibly create a complex masterpiece such as the one at the top of this post. There's also a smaller 'Try Me' starter set.
Umbrella-ella-ella...There's long been a superstition that opening an umbrella inside brings bad luck, but we're gonna have to cast that fear aside if it brings a fun decor idea like this one! While perusing some of the entries over at Domino's Decorating Contest, we came across this entry by 'Shannon from Gresham, OR.' She put up a vintage outdoor umbrella and stuck it in the middle of her dining table. Now, personally, we don't think we could sacrifice a real vintage danish modern table by drilling a hole in it, but we love the concept, and you could easily do it to, say, a less expensive table, or one you got at thrift store. We love this idea of bringing the outdoors in and if you've got a a liking for more exotic decor, adding in some candles or string lights above could make your next dinner party all the more intimate and fun.
This small addition to a 1790's house blends sleek contemporary fixtures with existing rustic spaces. The stainless steel finishes and window wall in the kitchen contrast beautifully with the rich tile flooring and brick wall. In the bathroom, that same contrast can be found again. A frameless glass shower door and simple fixtures are set against an exposed brick fireplace and rough-hewn open beams. To see more of these beautiful interventions, visit Studio-A Architecture.
Pink and purple, the traditional color combination for the girly-girl. For me it usually invokes a tooth-aching sweetness that I do not find appealing. This room found over at Anna Leena's Hem blog has changed my mind about this color combination. Anna, with the help of her daughter, was able to put together an inspired room using rosy pink and purple with touches of green successfully; not an easy feat. For more photos of Anna's home, check out her blog.
COLOR PALETTE: Some Green - beige with bursts of green. GO TO SHAILLEY'S ROOM TO ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many rooms as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries - the more favorites you find, the better! If you love color and are thinking about adding new hues to your home, help is here. Whether you enter or simply find fantastic rooms to choose as favorites - join us!
Name: Jennifer Location: Portage, MI Division: United States What do you love about your bedroom?: I love the morning light that it gets. I enjoy the outdoors, and bringing in natural elements and colors makes it a place I can relax and rest. I love looking at photos of family and friends as I get ready in the morning.
Ch-ch-ch-changes! There really isn't any better way to show how this cupboard changes than via this little video. Utilizing louvered strips, like a moving billboard, the facade of this cupoard has different graphics so 'The expression of its surface changes.' Designed by Front for the Milan 07 design show.
When I think about an eclectic room, I always picture something very involved. With lots going on inside of it - colors, treasures, just... things. The truth is, eclectic style is more than just having a lot of different stuff. Your home can live somewhere between minimalist and eclectic, and these 8 rooms prove it. Just take a minimalist room, then add color and texture - not stuff! - to give it that worldly, lived-in look we've come to love. Above and at top: An apartment-turned-showroom in Denmark called, obviously, The Apartment. Each of these three photos was taken during a different period of The Apartment with different decor: March 2012, March 2013 and August 2012, respectively. The two photos above were taken in the Brooklyn apartment of jewelry and textile designer Caitlin Mociun, featured on Houzz. Above, a Primrose Hill, London, bedroom designed by Jino Design, via Houzz. The living room and bedroom in the above two photos belong to DJ Simon Digby's Australian home, featured on HomeLife. What do you think of this style? Is it possible to be eclectic and minimalist, or would you call these rooms something else entirely?
Named for Etienne de Silhouette, in the 18th and 19th century so-called Silhouettists could make a fortune attending fancy dress balls and cutting silhouettes that captured attendees and elaborate wigs and fancy dress. Today, sadly, we don't have roving bands of talented paper-cutters at the ready to capture our children's adorable profiles, but luckily we do have Jessica Rust and her marvelous personalized ceramic plates. When we say personal, we mean personal - that is no generic silhouette up there. You provide a digital photo of your child, and she creates a silhouette and adds the personalized inscription, in that marvelous loopy font. While this one doesn't feature quite as personal a silhouette as the first, it is a charming plate, and would be a great gift. The plain silhouette is $65.00 for a 10.4' plate; umbrella girl is $20 for an 8' plate, or 4 for $75.00. If silhouettes aren't your thing, check out the charming family tree plate and platter.
Yellow and gray is a color combination made in heaven. This pillow has great color and texture, all in one. For the DIYers, it also makes you itch to try and make it for yourselves. This piece is made of recyclable and biodegradable felted wood and 100% cotton fabric. It's also removable for washing, giving it long-lasting use.