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Fashion Penthouse, Antwerp, Belgium

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

 
Jason Lees has a tour of fashion designer Bruno Pieters’ home. It’s modern but not too minimalist, with plenty of colorful art and its fair share of comfy twentieth century furniture. Many plants enliven the white spaces. With such deliberate decor, this Belgian dream apartment is worth a look.
 
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Unique Knobs and Drawer Pulls

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

 
Here’s a Furniture Record that is all (mostly) about wall boxes. It looks like people have thought to utilise the vertical space in their rooms for a long time. The wall boxes that Firley highlights have unique drawer knobs. I’d go look the Flickr gallery he links, too, since those inset drawer pulls are supercool.
 
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Merilow Handmade Cushions For Your Handcrafted Furniture

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

 
Once you buy your Amish handmade couch, bench, or rocker, you might want some handmade cushions. Or maybe you want sham pillows that are more quality than frills for your new bed. I’m looking at Merilow for cushions right now. The Czech company handmakes their cushions out of finest quality merino wool.
 
Merilow Pillows
 
Martina and Jirka got the idea to make their own cushions when they decided their beautiful new home deserved better than what they could find in stores. They chose their materials, and with their knitting and sewing skills, they created merino wool pillows in the textures of their choice. Their friends and neighbors pointed out that the softness and quality of their pillows made them worth selling. Now Merilow creates one-of-a-kind cushions in a variety of knit patterns and fun-loving colors.
 
Merilow PillowMany are perfect for minimalist neutral homes with pine furniture. Some of the mod colors would look amazing next to richly stained hardwood. Knit textures make the cushions a great match for rustic or country settings, while straight lines keep them elegant. But if you’re looking for something specific, Merilow can custom make your cushions; just email them.
 
At $75 US, the cushions are a steal. These cushions are hand made of fine materials. They took real time to make and to make well. Just like our solid wood, Amish-made furniture.
 
Visit Merilow’s Etsy store here.
 
All pillow photos are property of Merilow and used with permission.
 
Merilow Pillow
 




Master Bathroom at the North End Loft

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

 

The North End Loft master bathroom is completed and ready to showcase. It’s gorgeous! Laurel’s bathroom uses brick-pattern tiles, quartz bench and counter tops, and chrome and glass to keep things bright. The earthen materials in this bathroom show that your room can be minimalist and clean without being ultramodern and sterile.
 
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Chocolate Lego by Akihiro Mizuuchi

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

 
Now what could be cooler than Lego made specifically for architects? I think Lego made out of chocolate could be. Japanese designer Akihiro Mizuuchi created Lego-shaped chocolate molds and the chocolate blocks really work. Because some masterpieces are so great, you just wanna eat ‘em.
 
Source at GBlog Design
 




Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop’s Wavy Stairs at Wavy SDM Apartment

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

 
Click to see wave-like stairs by Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop. The wooden stairs seem to float the climber from one floor to the next. In the set of photos that Dezeen has selected, you see that the stairs are a brilliant match for the wavy themes throughout the house.
 
*Waves*
 




20 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Choosing a Home

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

 

You may want to fill your home with beautiful handcrafted furniture, but you’ll have to choose one first. At Houzz, Laura Gaskill has many pieces of advice for those of you looking for a home. There might be something you haven’t thought of on her list, so it would be a good idea to visit.
 
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“The Naked Woodworker” Budget Woodworking DVD at Lost Art Press

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

 
Let me just shoutout the DVD, “The Naked Woodworker,” hosted by Mike Siemsen and available through Lost Art Press. Mike will help you get into hand-tool woodworking on a budget. How small a budget? Less than $800. That’s still daunting for some people but one reason why I am shouting out this video is that Lost Art Press isn’t offering you something that sounds too good to be true. Go to their page for a breakdown of the DVD’s contents.
 
I’ve already talked about makerspaces and Japanese-style woodworking as ways to woodwork on a budget. It’s nice to know there are so many options.
 
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The Most Epic Rock Guitar of the Ancients

Monday, August 25th, 2014

 
And for my third post on old wood things today, I bring you an electric guitar hand made of 40,000 year old kauri wood. Redditor EndlessOcean decided that a strat required the most beautiful wood available. EndlessOcean built a smooth curved guitar from a knotty, burly, grainy mix of ancient woods, invoking the reverence of a cosmic opus.
 
Visit an amazing Imgur gallery.
 
The Reddit thread has tons of useful backstory as long as you have the stomach for swearing.
 




Spring Colors in Chalk Paint

Monday, August 25th, 2014

 

If you’re shopping for chalk paint, 4 the love of WOOD suggests Annie Sloan chalk paint. I noticed this article because look at the great corner she creates with that vintage dresser and those frames. The breezy colors of her painted items are gorgeous without being boring neutrals.
 
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