Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. Personally I am not a huge fan of the holiday but I do like creative DIY projects and what better excuse to make one up than V Day. I seriously heart this fingerprint poster tutorial over at Man Made. Super clear directions and great tips (printing at a local print shop, WDITOT!?) help you come up with a personalized work of art that is not to sappy but still pretty sweet and won’t break the bank. I am thinking I might make our equation include a little tiny fingerprint. via
I heart IKEA. I know I have talked about my love for the cheap trendy Swedish superstore of housewares and meatballs. I have had a special place in my heart for the As Is section which has provided many ridiculously cheap treasures over the years including the cushions for our couches and three butcher block table tops. Many an IKEA product has made its way into our home only to be turned into something else. Sam Johnson over at Ten Plan has given us complete instructions to create these adorable rolling toys with a few IKEA parts and some tools you probably have on hand. If kids toys aren’t your thing there are nine other clever projects to check out all with instructions on how to make them. Oh and if you have never been over to IKEA hacker go now. I will see you in a few hours. via
I am very particular about the quality of light in our apartment. I very much dislike most light that comes from overhead fixtures (my friend who also doesn’t like this type of light calls it the big light) and would prefer that all fixtures give off a soft diffuse light from a bit above my eye level. Add to that the fact that I am not a huge fan of most conventional lampshades out there and you can imagine how difficult it can be to find light sources. I love this DIY shade solution by Janis from Pinecone Camp! Not only is it a lovely alternative to white or beige shades it also would help cast a lovely magenta (or any color you choose!) light throughout the room. It doesn’t hurt that this base is so simple and beautiful. I will certainly be looking a little more closely at some of the thrift store lamps that would normally not get a second glance.
White. So simple and so beautiful. I didn’t always love white for walls and furniture. In fact until recently I didn’t understand the potential the crisp cleanness that comes from white as a major color in interiors. I think it was too many years living in rentals where I couldn’t paint the white walls and did not know what to do with all that white. Now I see how the lovely white palette can help the color pieces you choose really pop and look more lovely than they do when they get lost in a sea of color. I see many lovely white interiors as a click around the blogosphere, today’s image comes via Apartment Therapy. We have an abundance of white paint and primer from our changing table makeover and I am starting to get the itch to paint some of our other pieces of furniture, you guessed it, white.
One of my beefs with CFLs has always been that while they are super energy efficient and last 10 times as long as an incandescent bulb they have are just meh when it comes to style. So if you have a fixture that doesn’t hide your bulb, you have a meh looking bulb hanging out for all to see. The Plumen bulbs are the perfect example of how form doesn’t have to take a back seat to function. Sadly they are only available in Europe until next year.
At the risk of repeating myself, I heart cashmere. So much so that even when a sweater isn’t quite right on me anymore, I have trouble letting it go. I have been considering what I might be able to do with these misfits considering my limited sewing skills. A cashmere baby blanket seems well within what I can accomplish but I do wish I was able to do something a little more special. Something perhaps like these endangered stuffies by the ladies behind Modifyd who use the all pieces and parts of garment industry cast-offs to make pillows, cup cozies, and pet beds in addition to the stuffed animals. Personally I am in love with the elephants… for baby of course. OK, maybe for me too. Who’s up for a little thrift store cashmere hunting? via
I love the way these side tables from The Steel Fork bring together two materials that are so different in such a simple elegant form. At first I thought they were stools and could definitely see a version scattered around our small deck upstate for those times we have guests. via
I am not sure what I like best about this lakeside retreat in Sri Lanka. Maybe it is the creative use of a shipping container or that all the materials used were found on site. The nicely sized covered deck sitting on top of the container is a nice touch. Although maybe it is the incredible view of the lake and mountains. It looks wonderfully peaceful and I can imagine myself sitting on the deck sipping a faux-jito.
You would think that living in a smallish NY apartment would deter M&I from taking on projects like building furniture. Well we have two couches built from scratch that suggest it isn’t as bad an idea as you would think. We have been hemming and hawing about a new computer desk for a while. The one we have is perfectly serviceable and nothing has come along to catch our eye. What we have now is a glass top metal desk that we picked up off the street on day. My main issue with the desk is that the wires are all over the place and it makes the desk look messy. I love the simplicity of this wooden desk top that is made to hide wires and look good doing it. In fact the only thing I love better than the simple design of this desk is the wonderfully simple, easy to follow, and beautifully designed instruction manual.
Move over Slanket there is a new way to keep warm! This adorable Seal Pelt for babies is made of Icelandic wool and has an interesting bit of mythology to go along with it. I have to say I am a sucker for cute things to put on babies and I love that it is wool and not synthetic material . I can’t say that I think the adult version is nearly as cute and I may go as far as to say it is a bit scary.