design · tiny living

Holiday Cabana

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.

design · DIY

Wood Wire Desk

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.

design

Seal Pelt

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.

crafty · design · DIY

Been There

It is no secret that I love traveling and I love to make stuff. I have been pining away after a print of a hand painted travel map by Oliver Jeffers since seeing it on swissmiss. (BTW, if you don’t know who Oliver Jeffers is, you should go right away and check out his Creative Morning talk.) When I saw this DIY travel map I immediately fell in love with it. Thanks to the step by step tutorial I may get around to making one. I am thinking it would be nice to have a map of the world though since we have actually been to quite a few places already and have plans to get to many more.

crafty · design · DIY

I Heart Birds

I have an IKEA malm dresser to hold my clothes. Actually M and I each have one. You know the one. It is blonde wood, totally nondescript. I used to like that, but I think I am ready for something a little less boring. Today I read about wallpapered furniture and figured if there was ever a project that screamed DIY, it was this one. I had in mind a wallpaper I had seen that I loved. It should be easy for me to find again, right? It has birds and clouds on it, Google has to turn up something with those keywords. Nope. Ok, I bet I starred it in my RSS reader, let me search “birds” and “wallpaper”. Nope. Ok, I am sure I starred it so I will just search “wallpaper”. Scroll, scroll, click. Nope. Scroll, scroll, click. Nope. Sigh. Wait, is that it? It is! Yeah. Now I know where I can order it and get started on my brand new wardrobe. I also happen to love the yellow boots in this image. I am definitely going to have to figure out a way to work yellow into this project.

design · felt

I Wish I Was German

Well I kind of am German I guess. I am a pretty typical American mutt with roots in Italy, Germany, Hungary, Ireland… Anyway I wish I was fully German and living in Germany. Why you ask? Because they have the most amazing felt products! I swear any time I see a lovely product made of wonderfully thick gorgeous wool felt, it is from Germany. The latest felt object I am lusting after is this laundry basket. While I love grey felt luckily Google offered to translate the page for me because it comes in every color of the rainbow. If I had to choose right now, I would go for white. Simple and beautiful. via

design

Information is Beautiful

A part of my job requires me to take data and make it visually understandable quickly and easily by someone who may or may not be familiar with the information presented. Sounds boring right. Sometime it is, but sometimes it is anything but boring especially when this raw data is in the right hands. I ran across a site today called Information is Beautiful by David McCandless that shows off  some amazing information designers. The post that really grabbed me features work by London-based data artist, Stefanie Posavec. The graphic above looks a lot like a dandelion to me but is actually an interpretation of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road. Who knew literature could be so visually beautiful? I am inspired to make my next bit of data a work of art. This is the breath of fresh air I needed today when I was feeling a little mired in the everyday.