Most children also enjoy blocks: stacking, sorting, and constructing. So what could be better than a toy that combines marbles with building? Swiss company cuboro has created sets of beech wood blocks that do just that. Nicely natural wooden blocks fit together in all kinds of configurations to create sliding, turning, and twisting runs for marbles. There are solid cubes, cubes with straight runs, cubes with top channels, and some with various twisting and turning tunnels. There are also various extension kits with other cubes and accessories. Word of caution: There are marbles involved, so don't get this for children under 3 who still put everything in their mouths. Available at The Wooden Wagon and other online stores in the U.S..
We're constantly amazed at the insanely crazy creative ways people re-make their old, well-loved possessions into completely new pieces. A piano on it's way to the dump found new life in the offices of a music industry design house. Spotted on Reddit's Design Porn subreddit, this desk belongs to Sarah Dodds of Backstage Design Studio, an Austin, TX, design agency focused on art and creative for musicians and musical releases. Sarah Answered a few questions about the desk through a commenter on Reddit. Before you ask: No, it's no longer functional as a piano. This gorgeous one-of-a-kind desk does make for a really sweet workspace. The piano's orginal keys were set as flush as possible to form a new work surface for the computer keyboard. Pull-out drawing boards on each side offer up a-la-carte work space as needed. Sarah has even more plans for this instrument-turned-furniture piece, including a crazy cool tech modification. The piano's front dials control the inset lights, and in the future, Sarah wants to rig the piano pedals to control the lighting for the rest of the Backstage studio. Here's another piano-to-desk conversion we've spotlighted, Mrs. Amber Apple's Piano Desk.
If you don't have enough space to dedicate a full room to a home office, making a closet home office is the way to go. The trouble is that it's not that easy to come up with a closet home office that looks good. That's why we really like the idea of renovating closet home offices. Rwotten and his wife converted a closet into a mini-office, however they were unhappy with the clutter and the general feel of it, so they decided to remodel it. They kind of pulled a clean sweep on their little home office and the result is pretty amazing. Rwotten confides that it took a few weekends, some paint, an unfinished filing cabinet, some plywood and pre-made cabinet doors to pull this remodel together. The actual lower drawers have a false front in order to hide a filing cabinet. The cabinets above the desk hide the computer and its peripherals.
Q: I am looking for an 8- to 12-seater extendable, rectangular dining table that will go with my orange chairs. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Newleaf in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.
Q: Hi everyone! We just bought our first house, and we're really excited to do some minor renovations. Bathrooms are not in the budget just yet. These two bathrooms have the original 1967 tile, and while we don't mind the tile too much, the colors are a little challenging to work with - a sort of salmon/brown in one and a drab olive in the other. Any ideas for paint colors or other minor updates that would liven up these rooms? Thank you! Editor: Leave your suggestions for Michelle in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.
This weekend I discovered that we had a desperate need for an outdoor dining table. After years of carrying the inside dining table outside, Sara Kate said, 'Enough', and I went on the hunt to find an acceptable outdoor dining table that doesn't look or feel junky or make me feel guilty for consuming more crap. >> Lister S-Line Teak Folding Table from Curran - Curran is a great source for aspirational, hard to find outdoor furniture brands at a better price. >> Inox Table from DWR - This Swiss-made stainless steel table is a really durable stylish modern pick. >> Broadway Teak Table from Gardenside - This came in as a tip from a reader while looking for the accompanying outdoor chairs. >> Square and Round Folding Bistro Tables - These classic, all metal French designs are affordable, tough and you can put them away in the winter. >> Teak Folding Bistro Tables - From the same source, these are still simple, though a nice, wood upgrade. >> Zinc Folding Table from NapaStyle - Nice design, but a bit on the expensive side...>> Veranda Tile Dining Table from Crate & Barrel - Aaron saw this in person and really liked it. >> Custom Outdoor Dining Table Picnic Style from Nellies - Found this a few years ago and still love it, though it's a custom solution and not easily available. >> Room & Board Outdoor Tables - Good quality, good style...>> Smith & Hawken Outdoor Tables - Good quality, not a lot of style....>> Restoration Hardware Outdoor Tables - Good quality, a little less style...>> Westminster Teak Outdoor Tables - All teak all the time.
The Shelf Mirror is perfect for a mini-Landing Strip. It doesn't take up any floor space, it's practical for a quick peek into a mirror before you run out the door, and the shelf is just big enough for your keys and a small bud vase or favorite object. The simplicity of the design is what makes it work so well. Made of solid elm wood, the Shelf Mirror is available in horizontal or vertical formats.
Done well and your home is sophisticated, timeless, and soothing. If you're not careful your house reads 2-dimensional and dull. Interest comes in the form of texture, which you desperately need. It can come in the form of projects large and small, from full-on architectural details to smaller accessories and decor. Erin of Earnest Home Co. found this simple geometric mat at her local Home Goods and loved its knubby texture. If You Have One Weekend.... Previously flat as a pancake, Jenna Sue's wall now has wooden panels for texture and architectural interest. The new grey surface elevates an otherwise bland bedroom into a sophisticated space.
I have two big rules when shopping for small space furniture. Wall Mounted Shelves - Whether you buy or DIY, you can customize a lot of storage by mounting shelves on the wall. Place them behind a sofa or fill in a small wall by going floor to ceiling. Tables with Storage - When it comes to making the most of a small space, the trick is having furniture that serves multiple purposes. If you're going to put a table in the room, make sure it has some storage in it. C Tables - The base of these clever side tables slide under a sofa or chair, which is great when you have limited floor space. Baskets - These are another great way to stash blankets, magazines and other living room essentials. Wall Mounted Cabinets - Mounting a cabinet on the wall can give you a piece of furniture where you might not think there's enough room.
We recently had our own Adventure and Outing at a family get-together in the Finger Lakes. As excited as we were to spend time with family, we were most looking forward to meeting the two newest family members who are close in age to our one-year-old son. To both minimize the amount each family with a baby would need to transport and to reduce the clutter in the rental home, we made sure to coordinate beforehand to see what baby items we could all share. Having three full-size high chairs never would have worked in this space so between the three families we had one standard high chair, one booster seat and one clamp-on chair for al fresco dining. One family brought a water mat while we brought a baby float to share. One area of sharing we could have coordinated better was food as we ended up with about three dozen baby yogurts and a dozen bananas. Have you vacationed with multiple babies or young children before? Any tips for coordinating beforehand to share?
Which might help explain the appeal of these attic bedrooms: tucked away under the eaves, they just feel so lovely and cozy. Here are 12 spaces to inspire your home remodel - or just your home dreams. Above: enormous skylights make this under-the-eaves bedroom from VT Wonen beautiful and bright. Dark beams make a cozy contrast with the white walls of this bedroom from AD España. A darker, more moody style perfect suits this space from Home Adore. All the light bouncing off the white walls makes this little space from Design Sponge almost radiant. The exposed rafters add a nice dose of warmth to this little bedroom, spotted on Norse White. A cozy little room with a view, from House and Leisure. Finally, this bedroom Erin's Austin home, which is just big enough for a bed, seems like the perfect spot to curl up.
We haven't seen many nurseries covered in stripes. A few stripes and lines here and there but nothing full on like this one. The wallpaper makes a great backdrop for the butterfly patterned voile canopy and window treatment.