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How To Decorate With Brown – 10 Simple And Inspiring Ideas

Brown is a color that we’re very familiar with. It’s the color of the earth and of the tree trunks and we associate it with warmth and comfort. Basically every home has shades of brown in its interior design, whether it’s a faint ivory on the walls, dark brown on the floors or beige on furniture. It’s actually hard to imagine a home without brown in its decor. A lot of times we use this color without even realizing it. But what about intentionally adding brown to a space? How would you do it?

Sometimes the answer to this question is simple: wood furniture. An elegant dining table with a wooden top would be perfect for just about any dining room. You can pair it with matching chairs. A wooden floor would be too much in this case so try to keep it as simple and as neutral as possible. You can do that with an area rug or the floor itself.

A cool thing about decorating with brown is that you can take advantage of the fact that so many iconic things are brown, like chocolate. Doesn’t this sofa bed look delicious? Its design is not outstanding but the color suits it perfectly. It looks just like a chocolate tablet and it also appears to be super comfortable. The combination couldn’t be any better

If you like brown as a color and you want to use it in your interior decor you can take advantage of that and furnish the space with natural wood pieces like a sleek cabinet, a set of elegant dining chairs, a stylish coffee table or even something smaller like the frame of a mirror.

You also have the option of using wood in the form of large panels for a more dramatic and powerful impact on the overall decor of a room. For example,  a wood-paneled accent wall can make a living room look super cozy and welcoming.

Let’s not forget about basic things like shelving units and bookcases. These are almost always made of wood or plywood and brown is a color that suits them and since they’re so versatile, you can add them to any room of the house.

Brown is also a common color when it also comes to upholstered furniture. You can easily find a brown sofa, ottoman or armchair in pretty much any store so it shouldn’t be difficult to use this strategy when you’re furnishing or remodeling your place.

You can pair brown with a lot of different other colors to create all sorts of gorgeous combinations. A particularly great mix is the one between brown and blue. These two colors complement each other. One is warm and one is cool and they both reference elements from nature. It’s like the earth and the sky are brought together.

Although wood is the material most commonly associated with the color brown, that’s not your only option. In fact, there are many other materials you can successfully use such as certain types or marble, stone, leather and obviously also fabric which comes in every color imaginable.

If you decide to put natural wood furniture in your home, you might as well make the most of it and emphasize this material’s natural beauty. For example, a live-edge table would definitely be a cool idea. It would also be great to have furniture with visible knots.

Leather-upholstered furniture is almost always brown. This sectional sofa features a nice tan color which makes it stand out and contrast with the rest of the colors and also with the materials which surround it.

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How To Build a Storage Ottoman from Wood

Seating and storage – there never seems to be enough of either! Solve both problems with this ottoman container that you can make using basic tools. Start with a square board 40 cm by 40 cm. Using glue, attach a square of foam padding the same size. Place the square, foam side down, onto the fabric of your choice. Turn in the sides of the fabric and staple into place as shown.

Next, take two boards, 48 cm by 44 cm, stained the color of your choice and glue the padded piece to one of them. Make an open box using four boards measuring 44 cm x 44 cm, gluing each joint before it securely. Attach the remaining board that is 48 cm x 44 cm to form the bottom of the box, gluing and nailing this as well. Stain the entire piece and let it dry. Finally, attach four sturdy casters to bottom of the box, one near each corner. Turn it over and place the padded section on top with the plain side up, but do not nail it down. The ottoman is now ready to be used as a storage table. Flip the top board over with the padded side facing up and you have a convenient seat for extra family or friends!

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The Sawmill, A Remote Home In Perfect Sync With Its Surroundings

With a name like Sawmill, you’d expect this to be a conversion project but, surprisingly, this is a newly-built home and the name is actually a metaphor. The house was designed and built by the architects at Olson Kundig in 2014. It serves as a cozy family retreat, being beautifully embedded into the landscape. The site on which it stands has been the subject of exploitation in the past so its current owners wanted now to give back to the land.

The house is situated on a remote site with a fairly rugged structure
The house is situated on a remote site with a fairly rugged structure
A large overhang on the deck helps to seamlessly connect the indoor and outdoor spaces
A large overhang on the deck helps to seamlessly connect the indoor and outdoor spaces
The desert landscape and harsh climate inspired the architects to use durable materials throughout the project
The desert landscape and harsh climate inspired the architects to use durable materials throughout the project

The Sawmill house has a sustainable design and is completely off-the-grid. It’s one of the most charming Olson Kundig projects because it tells a beautiful story and sends a powerful message. The architects managed to minimize the disturbance to the environment while at the same time maximizing the connection between the house and the nature which surrounds it. It’s organized into three wings connected at the center where they form a common living area. A large glass wall can be opened up by turning a wheel which is a really cool feature.

The flat roof is slightly angled and looks like it's hovering in mid air
The flat roof is slightly angled and looks like it’s hovering in mid air
The house is organized into three wings which intersect and form a central living area
The house is organized into three wings which intersect and form a central living area
Large windows and glass walls open the interior spaces to the outdoors and maximize this connection
Large windows and glass walls open the interior spaces to the outdoors and maximize this connection
The architects used reclaimed materials throughout the project whenever possible
The architects used reclaimed materials throughout the project whenever possible
The living room is a large, open space which can be connected to the outdoors by opening a glass wall
The living room is a large, open space which can be connected to the outdoors by opening a huge window
The window wall can be opened and closed by turning a large metal wheel
The window wall can be opened and closed by turning a large metal wheel
A glass-enclosed fireplace is embedded into the concrete divider between the lounge space and the dining area
A glass-enclosed fireplace is embedded into the concrete divider between the lounge space and the dining area
This is a net-zero home, completely off-the-grid but you wouldn't guess that just by looking at it
This is a net-zero home, completely off-the-grid but you wouldn’t guess that just by looking at it
The hearth is one of our favorite features. It brings everything together and it creates a very warm and comfortable ambiance
The hearth is one of our favorite features. It brings everything together and it creates a very warm and comfortable ambiance
The central social area has high ceilings and huge windows which give it a very airy look and feel
The central social area has high ceilings and huge windows which give it a very airy look and feel
The colors, finishes and materials are simple and neutral, helping the house better connect to its surroundings
The colors, finishes and materials are simple and neutral, helping the house better connect to its surroundings
The interior design as a whole is eclectic, combining elements from several styles and aesthetics
The interior design as a whole is eclectic, combining elements from several styles and aesthetics

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The Most Unusual and Original Contemporary Floor Lamps

Their designs, styles, proportions and structures may have changed and evolved over the years but floor lamps still play more or less the same role that they had decades and even centuries ago. Of course, they’ve been refined and today they come in an infinite array of shapes and sizes. There are a lot of cool lamps to choose from so picking our favorites wasn’t easy but we managed to narrow it down to eleven contemporary floor lamps that we find most exquisite.

Have you ever seen a banana tree in real life? It has these huge leaves and it’s quite impressive. No wonder someone felt inspired enough to create a Bananas lamp. It has a circular marble base and hand-turned brass leaves. Each leaf is connected to a separate lighting tube and has an orientation slightly different than the other, allowing the light to be reflected in all directions in a subtle and diffuse manner.

Inaho is a magical floor lamp and you’ll understand why in a second. It was designed by Hideki Yoshimoto and Yoshinaka Ono and it’s inspired by golden ears of rice gently swaying in the wind. It has these LED lights inside perforated tubes attached to narrow stems. Sensors detect when someone is passing by, causing the stems to sway.

This is Duke, a floor lamp which pays tribute to the iconic jazz musician Duke Ellington. It has a retro and elegant design with three cone lampshades attached to brass arms. The shades have matte black exteriors and white interiors  and can be adjusted vertically and horizontally to provide the perfect lighting at the perfect angle.

The Tulip lamp is a sculptural and artistic interpretation of the beautiful and delicate flower bud which also inspired its name. The lamp has a cocoon-like form with swirling leafs which create a gorgeous lighting effect. The lamp is designed by Alex MacMaster and showcases a wonderful combination of beauty and functionality.

The North floor lamp is definitely not your everyday light fixture and we say that for several reasons. First of all, it’s pretty huge. Long arms protrude from the base and can be positioned at different angles allowing the user to focus the light exactly where needed. The lamp can have between two and four arms, depending on the model and comes in several different finishes.

Speaking of huge floor lamps, checks out the BuzziShade. This is actually not just a lamp but a privacy feature too. The lamp’s extra large, super wide shade forms a sort of privacy cone around the user, reducing external noise and also preventing others from hearing their private conversations. This makes the BuzziShade a perfect lamp for offices and workspaces but also for cozy reading corners.

With the Lovers lights you don’t have to choose between a hanging pendant, a table lamp or a floor lamp because this fixture is actually super versatile and can serve as either one of these options. The lamp has an inner and an outer shade which create a beautiful visual effect. The light is soft and subtle but at the same time bright. You can get the lamp is a variety of colors and two different sizes.

The Shift floor lamp is another example of how something very simple can also be very practical and very stylish at the same time. The lamp features a very simplified structure made out of three wooden rods which intersect at the center and which hold a cylindrical shade. You can find this lamp in three different sizes and with either a white or a black shade.

This is the Cupola floor lamp. It combines a hand-patinated steel twisted frame and a hand turned spalted beech shade. This juxtaposition is unusual and eye-catching but also surprisingly harmonious. The frame has a graphical and angular design which contrasts with the sinuous rounded shape of the wooden shade. The collection includes tables lamps with similar designs and varying dimensions.

Inspired by the look of audiophile sound systems, the Horn lamp is a very special accessory. Its lampshades are hand-made of the finest Tiffany glass and joined with tin. They’re attached to a sinuous, organically-shaped wood base and frame which gives the lamp a sculptural appearance. The design is very expressive but not as versatile as others. However, that only makes it more special.

Versatility is not a problem for the Amphora floor lamp. In fact, that’s one of its signature characteristics. You can use this gorgeous lamp to decorate indoor as well as outdoor spaces. Its simple and sculptural shape is reminiscent of the terracotta amphora once used in gardens and on terraces. Its shade is made of synthetic wicker, the same kind used for handmade baskets. Inside there’s a soft-glowing light inside a polyethylene ellipse which complements the lamp in the most exquisite way.

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DIY Sharpie and Baked Insect Plates

Want to have some fun with your dinner guests this Halloween season? Old or young, they’re sure to love these creepy insect plates no matter what else is being served. This is an incredibly fast and simple Halloween DIY project. It’s appetizing score is significantly less, however. Enjoy!

Materials Needed:

  • Oven-safe plate(s)
  • Oil-based permanent markers
  • Fake insects of your choice

These oversized rubber flies were found at the dollar store. I was looking for spiders to be more Halloween-y, but I actually love the flies more. Unique.

To get your oil marker working for the first time, gently but completely depress the tip with your finger.

With the pen facing upward, let go. The tip will spring back out.

Place the cap on the pen. Shake it vigorously for 30 seconds to a minute.

On your plate (or a practice surface, if you’d rather), depress the point onto the plate surface and release it.

Do this multiple times, like 10 or 20 times, until the ink starts flowing down into the tip. When you see the ink reach the point of the tip, it’s ready to use.

Keeping your rubber or plastic insects nearby as your guide, begin drawing the bug’s silhouette on the edge of your plate. Keep your drawing proportional to the actual fake insect to make things more fun.

Fill in the insect outline and add legs.

Continue drawing insects in a line around the outside edge of your plate, entering on one side of the plate and exiting at another point. It should be stated here that Sharpie oil-based markers are listed as non-toxic, but they are not recommended for coming into contact with food. Because of this, it’s best to keep your line of insects around the perimeter of the plate, where they can march along without touching the plate’s edible contents.

It’s a good idea to keep a model bug close for each drawing so you maintain the right size and silhouette without getting progressively larger or smaller.

With your bugs marching across your plate, it’s time to repeat the process for other plates. When all the plates are complete, it’s time to make the bugs’ journey permanently creepy.

Place your plate(s) in your room-temperature oven.

Set the oven to 350 degrees F.

Set the timer for 30 minutes. Allow the oven to heat up with the plate inside, allow the plate to bake, and then turn the oven off without removing the plate. Leave the plate in the oven until it has cooled completely.

Remove the plate when you can do so with your bare hands.

Set the table with your fake insects and your permanent insect plate.

I love the creepiness of insects walking over utensils toward the plate as well.

So gross! A perfect Halloween meal setup.

You could choose ceramic paints to achieve the same result (if they’re non-toxic, you could even eat off the insects’ painted backs) or for a finer touch, but these fake flies were so big and markers so easy to use, this quick project was preferable for my family.

Enjoy your DIY baked insect plates this Halloween!

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How To Use Decorative Candles To Reinvent Your Home Decor

Candles are such versatile and timeless decorations, there’s barely any situation when they can’t make a space look charming and beautiful. They come in an infinite number of styles, shapes, sizes, colors and with all sorts of delicious and exquisite fragrances. Decorative candles are at the heart of numerous charming centerpiece designs and homely decors, like the ones we’re about to show you. Check them out and see for yourself how easy and rewarding decorating with candles can be.

Before anything else, we just want to suggest that you make your own candles instead of buying them. This way you can put them in custom containers and give them any fragrance or color you want. An easy project can be to make glass bottle candles. You can offer them as Christmas gifts or keep them for yourself.

Another idea is to make some of these Citronella candles which would make cute gifts but which would also make your own home smell fresh and beautiful. Here’s what you’ll need: a pretty container, some candle wax, Citronella essential, cotton twine, a metal wick base, a wooden skewer and a saucepan. You can also add other essential oils if you want to.

If you like to mix and match colors and fragrances, how about some striped multi-scented candles? You can put them in small jars with lids so you can preserve them. To color the wax you can use crayon bits. You can make each layer have a different color and a different scent.

The candles themselves don’t have to be special…in fact you can use basic battery-operated candles for this project because the focus is on the leaf bowl votive candle holders. This is the perfect DIY project to welcome autumn with. All you need for this is a small bowl, artificial leaves, Mod Podge and plastic wrap.

You can also welcome autumn (and Halloween) with some cute cinnamon pumpkin candles. Because you’ll be using real pumpkins and not the faux kind, you won’t be able to preserve these candles for a very long time. However, the pumpkins will make the candles smell lovely and that’s the whole point of the project.

Check out these cute Jack-O-Lantern and cauldron candle holders. They’re perfect for Halloween and they’re pretty easy and fun to make too. It all starts with some round glass candle holders or other similar containers. To make the lantern you’ll need some tape, orange tape and a sharpie and for the cauldron you’ll need black paint, black string and a hot glue gun.

Another nice idea for Halloween can be to make black candle holders which you can pair with matching black candles. Painting some candles black is not big deal and, as far as the candle holders are concerned, you can make some out of wooden furniture legs and hardware fittings. It’s easier than you think.

As fun as themed projects can be, sometimes it’s just nice to make some everyday decorative candles which you can always keep on your mantle or shelf. The design can match the surrounding interior decor and can be a bit neutral as far as the colors and finishes are concerned. For example, these metal candle holders can look stylish in pretty much any setting.

Decorative candles make great centerpieces and can be included in a lot of cool and creative designs, like that of this branch candle holder for example. To make something like this you need a few supplies including a thick tree branch, some sandpaper, a drill, a 1 1/2” drill bit, paint, lacquer and tea lights. It can be a great weekend project.

Candles in general make spaces feel extra warm and cozy and if you want to put an emphasis on that, perhaps these wool candle holders can inspire you. They look really cute and cozy and they’re actually super easy to make. Just a glass container like a small jar, wrap some double-sided tape around it and then wrap wool around the entire jar.

You’d be surprised just how many things you can use to decorate a candle, including some rather unexpected items like for example cane reed. You can use to make this lovely wooden strip candle votive which looks super artistic, modern and chic.

If you want some decorative candle holders which you can reuse in the future and which are sturdy and durable, consider using concrete as your main material. You can make concrete candle holders in no time and with very little effort. All you need is some concrete mix, a plastic cup of a container, tea light candles and some water. You can spray paint the candle holders at the end if you want to.

Decorative candles are not just for indoor spaces. In fact, they’re great accessories for the outdoors as well. For example, this hanging mason jar candle holder can be your new favorite accessory for the balcony, terrace, deck, patio or garden. You can take it with you whenever you go outside and you can hang it pretty much anywhere.

Fall candle decor can be very inspiring and we have a few nice ideas that you might enjoy. One involves a simple glass container, a pillar candle and things like beans, popcorn kernels, candy, cinnamon sticks, pine cones or even rope. All of these can be used to give your decorative candles character.

Since we’re talking about fall DIY projects, we can’t ignore the most versatile and common resource: fallen leaves. You can use them in so many wonderful ways and you can truly capture their beauty in projects like this one. These autumn leaf votive candle holders and fun and easy to make so give them a try. You won’t regret it.

This golden candle holder looks pretty epic, sort like a dragon egg. Actually, it’s made out of plastic spoons. Isn’t this one of the most creative and ingenious DIY projects you’ve ever seen? It definitely is one of our top favorite ones. If you’d like to make your own candle holder out of plastic spoons keep in mind that in addition to the spoons and the candle you’ll also need a glass container, a glue gun and some spray paint.

If you want to add a bit of rustic charm to your home decor, how about this twig candle holder? It’s really easy to make using just a plain votive holder, a glue gun and a bunch of twigs. You can cut them or simply break them so they have different lengths for a more natural and authentic look.

When it comes to decorative candles and basically any type of decoration in general, a useful tip is to look for ways to repurpose and upcycle items that you already have and to find new uses for old or broken things. For example, you can make a stylish candle holder from old picture frames.

Another cool idea can be to make a clothespin candle holder. It’s a very quick and easy project. You need an empty can, a bunch of clothespins (wooden ones) and a tea light candle in a glass votive holder. You can stain or paint the clothespins if you want to.

A modern candle ornament can make a super cute and stylish accent piece which you can display on the mantel, on a shelf or on your desk. This DIY wood candelabra is a pretty nice example. To make something like this you need a few pieces of wood and some basic DIY skills. We like its raw, natural look but you have the option to paint or to stain the wood if you want it to match your home’s color palette and existing decor.

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Beautiful Polished Concrete Floors In The Context Of Extraordinary Houses

You’re probably aware that a lot of modern and contemporary home interiors feature polished concrete floors. Perhaps this can be your source of inspiration for giving your own home concrete floors that you can be proud of. But before you do that, take some time to consider all the pros and cons so you can make an informed decision. We’ll give you some tips along the way as we have a look together at some stylish concrete floor interiors.

Polished concrete floors offer many advantages, one of the most important one being durability. This is especially helpful for spaces such as the kitchen or high-traffic hallways and entryways. This stylish house designed by Studio Gil exemplifies how easy it is to incorporate concrete flooring into a modern kitchen and how you can coordinate it with matching concrete countertops for a cohesive effect. 

Another great advantage of concrete flooring in general is the easy maintenance which makes it a perfect option for summer homes or holiday retreats like this house designed by Luciano kruk Arquitectos in Valeria del Mar, Argentina. Keep in mind however that concrete floors need to be properly sealed in order to resist moisture and to actually last and maintain their beauty over time. You should periodically reseal them. This applies to concrete countertops as well.

You might think that concrete flooring is cold and not suitable for spaces that should be warm and cozy such as a bedroom. However, that’s not necessarily true and can defintiely be avoided. Soft rugs can ensure a warm and comfortable feeling, as shown in this contemporary house designed by Pedra Líquida

It’s also important to take into consideration the cost associated with polished concrete flooring. That’s when you’ll discover yet another advantage. Concrete flooring is very cost-effective so you’d actually make a bold design statement while also staying within budget. This can also inspire you to use concrete for other surfaces, like BAK Arquitectos did here. 

Architect Henri Cleinge designed a very beautiful house which takes full advantage of every aspect associated with polished concrete flooring. You can see here how the cold and hard nature of the concrete is balanced by the warmth and unique texture of the wood. 

We should also mention the fact that concrete flooring can feature a variety of different color and texture effect so you won’t really be stuck with a common and boring design feature. A good example is this house in Joplin, US designed by Hufft Projects

Of course, it’s equally important to acknowledge the cons of having concrete floors in a home. One of them has to do with the fact that concrete flooring is cold and can give out a rugged, harsh look. This can actually work if your favor if you’re planning on adopting a modern-industrial style. Perhaps this design by Mathew and Ghosh Architects can serve as inspiration. 

Another disadvantage can be the fact that concrete floors are hard. You can actually solve this issue along with the one related to the cold nature of the floor by using rugs. They don’t have to contrast with the floor or hide it completely. Perhaps you can choose something with a color and look similar to concrete, like this area rug. This is an interior designed by S-AR and Comunidad Vivex

As you can see, deciding whether the pros outweigh the cons or not is not easy and if you’re having trouble making a definite decision, we suggest a compromise. You can have concrete flooring and wooden flooring together in your home. You can use concrete in some areas and wood or tile or other material in other areas. The idea is inspired by this amazing house from Japan designed by FORM Kouichi Kimura Architects

We mentioned before that polished concrete floors and countertops go well together but have you even considered the possibility of combining these two functions into one single fluid surface? The architects and designers at EZZO did and this is what they came up with. 

Concrete and wood make a lovely pair and complement each other wonderfully, the result being a balanced design with lots of character. Of course, wood isn’t the only material which can tone down the cold and hard nature of polished concrete floors. Check out these beautiful brick walls which Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners preserved when they renovated this old, historic house from Düsseldorf, in Germany. 

Because polished concrete flooring is often very simple and neutral, this gives interior designers the opportunity to add color and texture to a space in other forms and to use the floor as a sort of blank canvas. A lovely example is this stylish living room of a house from Bulgaria designed by I/O Architects

It’s not just polished concrete floors that are trendy right now but also exposed concrete walls. These can make an interesting pair with plenty of potential when it comes to interior design. An example could be this large atrium inside a concrete art gallery/ studio from Bangkok, designed by ASWA Architects.

We love the way the black sofa sits directly onto the polished concrete floor of this house from Melbourne. It really grounds the space and it looks great in combination with the custom wooden furniture features throughout the space. That and the fact that the space is large, airy and open make this living area look very welcoming while also allowing it to look elegant and to maintain a very simple character. The space was designed by studio Ritz&Ghougassian.

There are a lot of details which can influence the way polished concrete flooring looks, such as the lighting, the colors and textures of the furniture and all the accessories and even the views outside the windows. It’s important to take into consideration all these elements and to see the big picture, putting everything in context. We think that this house located in Wyoming could serve as a source of inspiration. It was a project by studio Abramson Teiger.

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How To Melt Crayons And Make Unique And Beautiful Decorations

A while ago we came across the idea of melting crayons to decorate Halloween pumpkins and we immediately fell in love with it. There’s something very satisfying and mesmerizing about seeing the crayons melt and drip all over so we thought we’d now show you how to use this technique to create cool decorations you can display all year round. As it turns out, there are a lot of great ideas out there. You just have to know what to look for.

Melting crayons can be super fun and you can create some pretty pieces of artwork in the process. Take a canvas or a piece of cardboard. Glue some crayons at the top and then start melting them with a blow dryer. They’ll start to drip, creating a unique and pretty pattern. You can then display the canvas on a wall in your home or office. This is such an easy project that even kids can do it. If you need more tips or details, check out stressure for the full description of the project.

Plain white candles can look classy in certain contexts but more often than not they’re just boring. No worries though because you can jazz them up with a little bit of color and you can actually use crayons to make than happen. Combine a few crayons with some plain wax. Melt them and stir to get a uniform color. You can use a small pot or an empty can placed in simmering water. When the colored wax is ready, dip the bottom of your white candle into the wax and then let it dry. So there you have it, a simple and safe way to jazz up white candles using crayons.

You can also make your own colored candles from scratch if you want to. Once again, the secret to getting these beautiful, bright colors featured on brit is to melt crayons. Wondering how this beautiful color block design was achieved? It’s actually easy once you understand the process. Here’s what you need for the whole project: wax, crayons, wicks, votives, popsicle sticks for stirring and a microwave oven.

You can use crayons to color pretty much anything, even rocks. In fact, we found this really idea on notimeforflashcards that we really want to share with you. The project is simple: you select a few pretty rocks and you put them in the oven until they’re nice and hot. Then you take them out and you start painting them. The crayons will melt, creating these really cool patterns.

You can also use crayons to decorate plain Christmas ornaments. The technique is this case is a bit different than what we showed you so far and you can learn all about it from theheatherednest. First you remove the labels from the crayons, then you use a peeler to make lots and lots of slivers, you pour some into the ornament, you can shake and mix them up and then you start melting the crayons slivers using a blow dryer.

While browsing kimspireddiy we found out that you can put crayons in a hot glue gun and then drip them to decorate candles. It’s a very practical way of doing this which creates minimal mess. You can use this technique to decorate plain white candles and to create all sorts of colorful and eye-catching designs.

Sea shells can look pretty but they’re generally quite boring. However, they might be meaningful in other ways so you want to display them but at the same time make them look interesting and special. You can do that by melting a few crayons and using them to color the interiors of the shells. It’s an idea which we found on artfulparent.

Now let’s also check out the idea that inspired this article: the melted crayon pumpkin. You can find a detailed tutorial for this project on theheatherednest although not much explanation is needed. You take a pumpkin and you spray paint it white (or not, if you like its natural color), then you glue crayons onto the pumpkin, at the top. When the glue is dry, you melt the crayons with a hairdryer.

Another cute thing you can make out of melted crayons is a pretty pencil topper. Actually you can make several in different colors. There’s a tutorial describing the whole process in detail which you can find on skiptomylou. You need crayons, molds (the ones you use when making hard candy) plastic pencil pops and an oven. Depending on what shape you choose for the toppers, you can then pick the colors you want to use.

Instead of repurposing crayons you can choose to reincarnate into…crayons. Well, they’d be more fun crayons with interesting shapes and mixed colors. The idea comes from sheknows and the project is very simple. You take bits of crayons and you put them in an ice cube mold. Then you put the mold in the oven for a few minutes, just until the crayons are melted. You take them out, you let them harden and then you taken the new crayons out.

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Awesome Front Yard Landscape Ideas With Increased Curb Appeal

The curb appeal of a house is defined by a lot of things but most importantly by the front yard landscape. That being said, that’s what we’re going to focus on today. We’re ready to show you some of our favorite landscape ideas and to suggest a few tips that could really make your front yard stand out. You can also check out our list of dos and don’ts related to this very subject. You may already have a few of these things in place and in that case a simple makeover or a few additions would truly bring out the beauty in your front yard landscape.

A water feature is a great option and there are a ton of various different designs and ideas to choose from. One of our favorites is this shallow metal container which looks like a small pond.

Sometimes during the construction of a house you may come across large boulders and rocks which you can choose to preserve and then to use to shape the landscape of the site. In the yard you could create an awesome sitting area with benches made of rocks arranged around a fire pit.

Another idea is to focus on the greenery and to plant beautiful flowers which bloom to reveal gorgeous and vibrant colors. You can also have climbing plants which you can train to grow on custom-made trellises or ladders.

Potted plants can be an option too. They’re great because you can move them around and rearrange and reorganize your front yard landscape whenever and however you want. The pots are just as important as the plants so pick them carefully.

Garden sculptures could cheer up your front yard as well. There are always the usual things like garden gnomes but you could be a bit more original and pick a different theme. For example, you could display a few birds and maybe hang a cute little birdhouse up on a tree too.

It would definitely be nice to have a small river going through your garden or front yard but that’s pretty rare so instead you could shape your front yard landscape in other ways. For instance, you can use rocks and pebbles to create an undulating river-like feature.

You can shape the landscape without actually creating artificial hills, rivers and other features in your front yard just by planning the pathways and walkways accordingly. An undulating pathway with stone stepping stones could make all the difference.

Speaking of pathways and stones, a more linear and modern design could look lovely too. You could let some grass or small plants grow between the grooves and spaces for a nice color contrast.

Another cool idea can be to create a large flower bed by actually shaping the front yard landscape. We really love this one. It’s so organic, simple and natural but also so obviously artificial. It’s a nice balance.

Instead of a common garden gnome you could spice up your front yard landscape with a cute and colorful dog ornament or, if you’re a cat lover, a cat ornament. You can probably find something at your local stores but you could also craft something yourself if you think you’re up to the challenge.

Everybody likes swings and you can never be too old to find them fun. Look around and maybe you can a tree in your front yard which could support a swing. If not, you can hang the swing on the porch or use a freestanding frame. Either way, adding a swing to your front yard (or back yard) would be an awesome idea.

If possible, find a peaceful little spot in your front yard and turn it into a cozy seating area. You can go these either alone or accompanied by guests to relax, meditate and unwind, surrounded by greenery and fresh air.

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Zaha Hadid’s Miami Apartment Tells A Wonderful Design Story

Late architect Zaha Hadid is an iconic name in the world of interior design, being the mastermind behind some of the most exquisite and most amazing furniture pieces the world has ever seen. She revolutionized the way we perceive not just our furniture but also our homes in general, taking elements we usually take for granted to the rank of art. We found ourselves on several occasions contemplating the idea of a home designed and furnished with some of these amazing pieces by the architect herself. We can have a glimpse at this world if we look at the apartment that Zaha Hadid designed for herself in Miami Beach.

The apartment features a large, open plan social area with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean
The apartment features a large, open plan social area with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean
The iconic Zephyr sofa is the focal point of the lounge area, being complemented by a clear glass Liquid Glacial table
The iconic Zephyr sofa is the focal point of the lounge area, being complemented by a clear glass Liquid Glacial table
The lounge and dining spaces are visually delineated by a thick metallic band which forms a loop around the room, from floor to ceiling
The lounge and dining spaces are visually delineated by a thick metallic band which forms a loop around the room, from floor to ceiling

The property is a three-bedroom, four-bathroom apartment in the W Hotel tower on Collins Avenue and recently sold for $5.75 million, this making it one of the most expensive houses in America. The 236 square meter (2.541 sq ft) apartment is oriented towards the south-East and overlooks and Atlantic Ocean, featuring spectacular views and a large balcony to enjoy them from. The interior design is a perfect reflection of the architect’s unique and recognizable style. Several of her own furniture pieces can be identified throughout the apartment, including the Liquid Glacial tables, the Zephyr sofa and the Aria and Avia chandeliers.

The kitchen is a separate room and is an almost entirely white space
The kitchen is a separate room and is an almost entirely white space
The bedrooms are exposed to wonderful views as well and their interior designs are simple and welcoming
The bedrooms are exposed to wonderful views as well and their interior designs are simple and welcoming
The spaciousness of the apartment and the panoramic views are emphasized through a simple and bright palette of colors and materials
The spaciousness of the apartment and the panoramic views are emphasized through a simple and bright palette of colors and materials
The minimalist, linear ceiling lights featured in some of the bedrooms and the living area create an architectural look throughout
The minimalist, linear ceiling lights featured in some of the bedrooms and the living area create an architectural look throughout
The bathrooms are lined with striated stone and feature glass shower enclosures
The bathrooms are lined with striated stone and feature glass shower enclosures
The whole apartment is infused with delicate curves, sculptural forms and a wonderful fluidity between spaces
The whole apartment is infused with delicate curves, sculptural forms and a wonderful fluidity between spaces
The apartment also has a great location in addition to a unique and spectacular interior design
The apartment also has a great location in addition to a unique and spectacular interior design
It's wonderful how smooth and delicate lines and curves are combines with clean, straight lines throughout the apartment
It’s wonderful how smooth and delicate lines and curves are combines with clean, straight lines throughout the apartment
The secondary, transitional spaces are kept very simple and neutral, allowing the focus to be on the main areas
The secondary, transitional spaces are kept very simple and neutral, allowing the focus to be on the main areas

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