Guess What We Love About Brazil’s Casa do Patio

August 1st, 2014

 
Check out 1 Kindesign’s tour of Casa do Patio, which does have impressive patios. The rest of the house has an elegance that is attainable and contemporary, even for those of us that are looking for something smaller. Architect Leo Romano designed the Brazilian house and Edgard C├ęsar photographed it.
 
Go south.
 





Steampunkify Your Home

August 1st, 2014

 
When I think about steampunk decor I realize that this blog is mostly for furniture nerds, but what about nerds who like furniture? Luckily, Homedit contributor Alexandra Belgun is breaking down the elements of steampunk style to help you give it a try. Mixing sumptuous classic furniture with industrial touches is just part of the story.
 
Journey…
 





Tip: Painting Around a Toilet Is Easier Than It Looks

July 31st, 2014

 
Here is a tip for keeping paint off your toilet in case you’re going to repaint your bathroom this summer. Simply tie a garbage bag around your toilet tank. It’s easy as tying a garbage bag around your toilet tank. Tasha gave me the tip.
 
Click to see how the Designer Trapped powder room is doing.
 





Design Worskhop: Put Industrial Mesh to Work Around the Home (21 photos)

July 31st, 2014

 

I get satisfaction from reading Eric Reinholdt’s unique and illustrative article on using industrial mesh in your home. Ways to use the mesh include indoor and outdoor flooring, ceilings allowing some light, doors allowing ventilation, walls with texture, and safe stair railings. Mesh is so geometric and minimalist, anybody can find a way to use it. Plus, it’s at least as strong as heirloom furniture. Reinholdt’s post excels at showing you how to make the most of these qualities.
 
Look through it at Houzz
 





Upholstery Fabric Idea: A Blanket

July 30th, 2014

 
By Tobin Dimmitt
 
So you’re looking for ways to restore an old chair but perhaps you find the selection of upholstery fabrics trite? That’s okay, when you start looking at different fabric types and sources. For instance, a fulled wool blanket is sturdy enough to substitute for traditional upholstery fabric. Thrift stores and flea markets are great places to find special fabrics at better prices. Lidy and Joel at Hello Lidy have reupholstered their Burke chair with a National Parks blanket. While the thick stripes have been around longer, they contribute to the 20th century style of the chair.
 
Click to see the chair and “how-to” directions.
 
Speaking of unique upholstery, you may supply your own fabric if you’re looking to upholster one of our pieces of furniture.
 





A Small Taste of Winterthur

July 30th, 2014

 
If you haven’t visited Winterthur yet, Mark B. Firley suggests you do. The du Pont estate turned museum, garden and library displays antique American decor including, of course, antique furniture and a woodworking shop. Mark will get you started with his own highlights of Winterthur and more on the du Pont estates.
 
More on the Furniture Record
 





North End Loft Craft Room

July 30th, 2014

 

It’s a different kind of inspiration post: Laurel’s craft room tour can inspire you with its purpose and all the well-organized goodies within. And many of the photos are dedicated to showing how Laurel organizes her supplies effectively, but of course the motley supplies themselves are an exciting treat to survey.
 
It’s the North End Craft Room
 





Warning: Do Not Provide This Birdhouse to Birds

July 29th, 2014

 

Christopher Schwartz of Popular Woodworking fame has been writing about campaign furniture lately, but he’s always thought of writing about birdhouses. Now, this campaign birdhouse by Rob Archibald combines both interests. Like campaign furniture it changes its shape, and like a birdhouse it… well I guess it doesn’t house birds.
 
Hi, Chris
 





Villa Escarpa Merges Indoor and Outdoor Living

July 29th, 2014

 
It’s time for another huge, modern house tour. The Villa Escarpa, designed by the Mario Martins architecture studio, is all about the patios and the seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces. On the Portuguese coast, the home has to shelter residents from strong winds even while helping them enjoy the open sky; I’d call it rustic living but style-wise it is contemporary. Don’t stop scrolling until you’ve had your fill of the living rooms.
 
Tour at 1 Kindesign
 





DIY Industrial Style Mudroom Locker System

July 29th, 2014

 
If working with metal intimidates you from trying an industrial decor DIY project, I am here to show you proof that metal can be fun and easy to work with. Over at Remodelaholic, guest contributor Allison has plans for a locker system with supports built from pipes and elbows. It’s as fun as Tinkertoys! After this idea, I can think of plenty more.
 
Clank!