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Jamesport School Auction (14 Photos)

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

 
This year’s Jamesport School Auction in Missouri is in full swing. If you can make it to tomorrow’s auction you will be able to treat your eyes to a bevy of horses and buggies for sale. If you’re still deciding whether to catch tomorrow’s events, or if you just want to visit through your computer, Amish America has some photos of last year’s auction and useful information on this one.
 
What a rich gallery.
 




Forest Retreat by Uhlik Architekti rests on a boulder in a Bohemian wood

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

 
Visit Dezeen for details on a small rustic contemporary cabin in the Czech woods. According to the design studio, Uhlik Architekti, their client brought them to a remote meadow filled with gentle trees and sloping boulders, and set them loose. The studio decided to use the boulders and built an angular structure with one end propped on a high rock; thus, the building uniquely belongs in its landscape.
 
Dezeen has architectural information and photos.
 




Museum Outreach Through Woodworking

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

 

The following video is of Shannon Rogers working on old equipment at the Steppingstone Museum in Havre de Grace, Maryland. Shannon invites museum visitors to try their hand with the tools. If you click over to his article, he’ll tell you about the responses he gets from tourists. In my opinion, showing people what it feels like to work with their hands on something they can smell is worth the effort.
 
Smells like success
 




Creative Contemporary HT Apartment in Hanoi, Vietnam

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

 
In a contemporary apartment, there are many ways to get creative that don’t require you to go bohemian. For example, Landmak Architect brightened up the HT Apartment in Hanoi, Vietnam, by tiling several walls with various printed squares. Other fun touches include “a” coffee table made of four small tables that can be rearranged, and accents that are not all the same bright color.
 
Homedit.com has the scoop.
 




Minimalist Private Desk by Theresa Arns

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

 
Danish architect and designer Theresa Arns’ most recent furniture design, the Private Desk, is meant to improve your intimate moments with yourself. Whether as a dressing table or as a writing desk, the Private Desk has enough storage compartments, some hidden, others removable, to sort the tools you use to commune with your body or mind. The minimalist design has a real Arns feel and helps keep a room fresh looking.
 
Visit the desk
 




Fabrica : Patch of Sky Lamps

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

 
There are lamps that provide functional light with a decorative element, and there are lamps that are almost entirely decorative. The Patch of Sky lamps from Fabrica are made to convey weather patterns using colors and different flashing signatures. What’s even greater is that you can hook them up to the internet so they can look up the weather wherever in the world your loved ones may be. Grab the explanation and demonstrative GIFs at Flodeau.
 
It’s a cool invention… Oh, I guess it’s hot this summer.
 




Insect-Inspired Armoire Brings the Beauty of Nature Indoors

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

 
This bug does not make me uncomfortable. In fact, Janis Straupe’s BUG armoire is an attractive and functional piece of wood furniture that I love open or closed. The Latvian designer is a member of TRUE Latvia. She created the armoire after meeting a real beetle outside.
 
Dornob has more.
 




Travel Takeaways: Design Inspiration From Japan (18 photos)

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

 

Houzz contributor and interior designer Becky Dietrich has put together Japanese images exemplifying the aesthetic and design principles she learned while teaching English in Sendai years ago. Visit this article if you want more ideas for making the most of small spaces, for natural minimalism, or for mixing daring elements into minimalist atmospheres.
 
Excellent room photos
 




DIY Wood Camp Chair With Fabric Back

Monday, June 30th, 2014

 
Over at The Merrythought there are plans and instructions for a new wooden beach chair. The chair has a simple design and comfy fabric for a back. I love how contemporary and natural the wooden panels and flat parts look. The chair can even be disassembled for easy storage.
 
This one’s from Merrythought contributor Manda.
 




The Old St Martin’s Church of Martindale

Monday, June 30th, 2014

 
This weekend I discovered Paul Steele, the Bald Hiker. Steele travels the world and of the many wonders he finds, there are buildings that I would be inspired to furnish, although they are perfect the way they are. I’ll send you to his photo tour of Saint Martin’s Church in Martindale, Cumbria, England. The beautifully cared for church is safe to enter with solid wood ceiling supports, panel benches, and an antique altar. Outside is not just any yew tree, but one which has seen all of Great Britain’s history; I think Doug Stowe would love to visit if he hasn’t already. As for me, I am grateful to see wood used and left alone in such beautiful ways.
 
Hike on over.