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The Most Adorable Christmas Crafts For Kids And Adults Alike

One of my favorite activities every year around Christmas is to craft all sorts of cute ornaments and decorations and yes, I know most of these are crafts for kids, but how could anyone resist when they’re so adorable? I mean just look at them…This year we have some awesome projects to share with you and they’re extra adorable so get ready to shop for supplies because you’ll want to craft all of them.

These colorful Merry letters are so fun an easy to craft even kids can do it so perhaps you should let them help this year. The supplies needed for this lovely project include wood letters, craft paint, washi tape, scissors and sponge brushes (one for each paint color). Details and instructions can be found on whitehousecrafts. Feel free to pick other color combinations if you prefer something different.

These lovely felt Christmas trees require some sewing so they’re a bit more time-consuming but they’re still pretty easy to make. Still, you’ll probably only have the patience to make one or two of these things before it gets frustrating. These are the supplies you’re going to need: felt fabric, a needle, thread, Christmas tree template, cotton balls, ribbon and a pencil or a pen. Check out all the details on sugarspiceandglitter. Instead of felt circles you could use small buttons as ornaments.

These Christmas trees featured on craftifymylove are fun and easy to make by kids and adults alike and they look quite stylish so you can confidently display them around your home or even offer them as gifts. To make them you need cardboard, yarn, glitter stars, double-sided tape, a hot glue gun, an x-acto knife, a pencil and a ruler.

If by any chance you have an old gumball machine just lying around, this Christmas you could turn it into a snow globe. It’s a project that requires a few special supplies such as miniature homes, trees and snowmen plus some fake snow but once you have everything ready the transformation is simple. Surely kids would love a gumball machine snow globe and the project is so cool that adults would find it awesome too. Everyone is happy.

Aren’t these ornaments adorable? They look like colorful mini wreaths which you can hang in the Christmas tree and they’re also super easy to make which makes a perfect Christmas project for the kids. You can either use simple wood beads and paint them each using craft paints or you can look for already-colored beads. Apart from that you’re also going to need pipe cleaners, scissors and satin ribbons. Check out whitehousecrafts for extra details.

Did you know you can make cute Christmas ornaments out of pasta? That’s right, this is a pasta reindeer. It’s a very easy project which makes it suitable for kids. The supplies needed include penne pasta, brown pipe cleaners, googly eyes, red pom-poms, twine or ribbon, brown paint, a paintbrush and glue. The process is pretty straight-forward but you can check out thejoysharing for more details if you want to.

Some of the coolest DIY Christmas crafts are the ones that involve unusual and unexpected materials such paper rolls for example. These cute characters are made out of toilet paper rolls but paper towel rolls can be just as good if you cut them in half. You’ll also need paint, glitter paper, buttons, pom-poms, cotton balls, googly eyes, pipe cleaners and a black Sharpie. You can find detailed instructions on thebestideasforkids.

Another cool and at the same time very cute idea is to turn dinosaur toys into planters and to combine them with bottlebrush Christmas trees and ornaments for a festive look. You’ll have to make a hole in your dinosaur so that’s irreversible but once Christmas is over you’ll be able to use as a tiny planter for small succulents or cacti so it’s not exactly a strictly seasonal craft. Check out the list of supplies and instructions on jenniferperkins.

Just look how cute this little fox is. It’s so tiny it fits in a baby sock. Actually, you could repurpose a real baby sock if you have any. If not, just make one out of felt. The fox is made of felt too. You can find all the details on how to assemble this ornament on theheatherednest. You can use any colors you want and even replace the fox with something else if you want to.

I’ve seen this adorable little Christmas gnomes is stores and they really are incredibly cute so I was very happy to find out I could actually craft them myself. They’re not the easiest Christmas craft so the kids will probably need your help with this project. This is what you should prepare first: red felt, grey felt, wool (or faux fur), a swing needle, embroidery thread (red and black), scissors, a hot glue gun, pins and polyester filling. Everything else you need to know can be found on makefilmplay.

If you’re not really in the mood for complicated crafts that’s understandable so we also have a bunch of easy ones that you and the kids will love. For example, this snowman hat ornament featured on firefliesandmudpies is one of them. Each hat requires the following: 5 mini craft sticks, 2 regular ones, 3 red buttons, green felt, pinking sheers, craft glue, string, red and black acrylic paint and paintbrushes. You can actually replace the button and felt ornament with something else if you’d rather not copy this design entirely as it is.

These cute reindeer ornaments are also super easy to make. Each reindeer is made out of a slice of wood painted brown with googly eyes and a red pom-pom nose and antlers made of brown pipe cleaners. If you want to you can also draw a little mouth too. Before you let the kids have fun with this craft, drill a small hole in each wood slice so you can hang the ornament in the tree when it’s done. You can find additional details on dearcrissy.

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Cool Micro Hotels That Prove Less Is Actually More

Like everything else, large hotel buildings are linked to both a series of advantages and disadvantages. For example, you might find more amenities in a large hotel compared to a small one or to a private villa but you’d have less privacy and the whole experience would be less personal and less…friendly. Some hotels offer an alternative. They’re micro hotels which place their guests into individual suits, cabins or pods, offering them a greater sense of intimacy and a unique experience. Let’s check out some of these micro hotels.

TuboHotel


TuboHotel is located in Tepoztlán, Mexico and was designed by T3arc. The inspiration came from another hotel which was designed by architect Andreas Strauss in 2006 and which features rooms made out of concrete pipes. This project is based on the same principle. It takes advantage of how fast and easy it is to repurpose the giant concrete pipes and also of the low cost of doing it. The hotel offers 20 rooms organized into sets of three. 

Rolling Huts

The Rolling Huts represent a set of simple, low-tech structures situated in Mazama, US. They were designed by the architects from Olson Kundig for a client who wished to accommodate visiting friends and family and to offer them a comfortable and pleasant experience. Special consideration was given to the landscape, the client expressing a desire to allow the site to return to its natural beauty, hence the unusual design of the huts which have wheels. Each hut is oriented toward a different view and this also helps to ensure a high level of privacy. This project could inspire some wonderful micro hotel designs in the future.

When visiting you should expect the unexpected so don’t be surprised to find out that you can stay in a micro hotel called It’s actually a combination between a sauna and a capsule hotel. As a guest, you check-in, you leave your stuff in a locker and then you go to the sauna where you can throw mint-scented water on the hot rocks and enjoy a controlled room temperature of 90℃. After that you retreat into your sleeping pod or you continue your journey. This unusual micro hotel was designed by Schemata.

inBox Capsule


Capsule hotels have made their way into Europe as well, after first being introduced in Japan. One example is the inBox Capsule Hotel located in St. Petersburg, Russia. Visitors can choose from three types of capsules. One type comes with a private toilet, another with a private bathroom (with a shower) and there’s also a simple option with a shared bathroom. All types have privacy curtains, reading lights, ventilation and lockers.

The Skylodge Adventure Suites

If you’re an experience hiker you’ve probably seen some amazing sceneries in your lifetime and you may have imagined how cool it would be to just spend the night in that particular spot, at the top of the mountain, enjoying the view but also feeling save and comfortable at the same time. This is now actually possible thanks to project like the Skylodge Adventure Suites in Cusco, Peru. This unconventional hotel features a series of transparent pods which hang on the edge of the mountain and which can only be reached by climbing, hiking or zip-lining. They offer 300 degree views of the Sacred Valley and the experience is unique and memorable to say the least.

Drop Box

Speaking of amazing views and great locations for a hotel, there’s also another great project which we’d like to present to you. It’s the Drop Box Portable Hotel Suite designed by studio In-Tenta. Each of these suites is a modular wooden shelter which can be transported to pretty much any location, even remote sites. This allows visitors to explore unique settings and to admire wonderful views all within the comfort of a hotel suite. There are two types of shelters to choose from, a two-bedroom one with a bathroom and an outdoor terrace and one with a single bedroom.

Arlo Hotels

The Arlo Hotels in New York introduces an interesting concept. All the suites of this hotel measure less than 200 square feet and there’s more than 300 of them in total. Given how small they are, there’s not a lot that guests can do in them except relax and maybe get some work done. That’s actually what the hotel is counting on, encouraging its guests to enjoy the common spaces which are spacious, well-designed and very stylish.

Guest House

As  you can see, there are many different ways to look at a micro hotel and a lot of interesting interpretations of the concept. A particularly interesting one comes from Koyasan, in Japan. Here, Alphaville Architects designed a Guest House on a UNESCO world heritage site. It’s a combination between a capsule-style hotel and a dormitory. The rooms are small and each one faces a hall which connects it to other guests. It’s an interesting way of bringing people together while also protecting their privacy. 

Yotel Schiphol Airport

The concept of a micro hotel is well-suited for structures such as airports or train stations where travelers often need a place to sleep or stay at while they’re waiting around. Examples such as Yotel Schiphol Airport from Amsterdam will hopefully inspire the world to adopt similar solutions. This micro hotel offers 57 rooms where guests can enjoy complimentary wi-fi, climate control, showers and which include a safe, a dressing room and a writing table. They’re small but they’re packed with functionality.

Snoozebox

Another really cool micro hotel concept is Snoozebox. This hotel is not linked to any particular location since it can be easily relocated to any destination by road, rail, air or sea. It’s a collection of portable shipping container modules, each similar to a cabin. The modules can be organized in groups, they can be stacked and they can be up and running within 48 hours or arriving at their new destination. The groups can range between 40 and 400 modules and each individual module features climate control and includes a double bed, a flat screen TV, power sockets, wi-fi, a safe and a wet room. Various different configurations can be created, based on the topography of the site or other specificities.

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10 Ways to Use Chartreuse In Your Modern Home

Modern decor is the perfect way to simplify the style in your home and clear your mind in the process. But some find difficulty transitioning to modern decor while keeping their unique style. Rather than cluttering up shelves and tables with knick knacks, many modern decorators prefer to add a bold pop of color to bring personality to their space.

Chartreuse kitchen backsplashChartreuse curved velvet sofaChartreuse accent day bedModern living room with fireplace and accent chartreuse chair

If you’re in that tight spot, searching for that element that is uniquely yours, you might consider chartreuse. This bright yellow green hugh is bolder than hot pink, brighter than orange and certain to be a memorable part of your home to whoever comes to visit. Take a look at these 10 ways to use the chartreuse color in your modern home.

As we know very well, the easiest way to update your home’s decor is in the details. Beginning with the pillows on your sofa, add chartreuse in a pattern you enjoy. This simple touch will brighten up your living room instantly and provide much needed comfort to your book reading.

If you have a little more money to spend, consider a chartreuse accent chair for your living room. Accent chairs are a great way to make a statement in a living room so such a bright color will be inviting in your modern space. Especially when surrounded by the usual neutral shades in modern homes.

Thinking about getting a new sofa for this new modern living room of yours? Now you can get sofas made to your unique specifications which means there might be a chartreuse sofa in your future. Just envision walking into your living room and sitting on a velvet chartreuse sofa. You know that nobody else you know will have one.

Living rooms aren’t the only place for chartreuse accent furniture. Put a chartreuse fabric covered stool in your bathroom. Or a chartreuse chaise in your bedroom. These places will benefit just as much from the pop of color as your living room will.

Dining room chairs? Sure, why not! Chartreuse dining chairs is a great way to bring a little style and personality to a room that, in a modern home, is probably pretty bare. After all, you don’t want to cover your wall with plates or your table with candles when you’re aiming for the sleek and modern look.

When a room has curtains that kiss the floor, you can’t help but stare and feel like you’re in some completely luxurious space. Deck out your bedroom in chartreuse curtains that boast silk or velvet fabric. You won’t regret the extra expense because it will save you having to add details elsewhere.

The artwork you find in modern homes is usually minimal but large. So it only makes sense that you would find some chartreuse artwork to add to your home. Cover that space above your sofa or the corner by the dresser or even that empty wall in the kitchen. Whether it’s a big chartreuse line or a couple chartreuse circles… or even just a splatter of chartreuse paint that you made yourself, you’ll be glad of the color.

Speaking of chartreuse paint, you can totally get away with a chartreuse wall in a modern home. Choose a smaller area like a bathroom, hallway or closet so it won’t be as overwhelming to the eyes and get to brushing on that bright shade. You’ll find it will help the space speak for itself without any extra fluffing.

Did you know there is such a thing as chartreuse wallpaper? Absolutely. Even if the pattern strikes you as rather traditional, put next to sleek surfaces and clean lines, it will be as modern as you please. Large pattern won’t be as heavy looking but if your space is very small, go for a smaller pattern that you’ll see more of.

One way to really cement chartreuse into your home is to tile it in. Think kitchen backsplash or that inset shelf in the shower. If you’re really into the shade, don’t be afraid to go all out and make it a permanent fixture in your modern home.

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How Bathroom Wallpaper Can Help You Reinvent This Boring Space

Of all the great ways to make a bathroom look personal and quirky, covering the walls with wallpaper is our favorite. Wallpapered bathrooms are super charming but a bit controversial. There are definitely some pros and cons to consider before changing the entire look of this room but we think you’ll agree with us that solutions can be found for any downside that this design option may be linked to. Check out these gorgeous bathrooms. Aren’t they irresistible?

Wallpaper makes it easy to give the bathroom a feminine and charming look. There’s a ton of lovely designs and patterns that are simply adorable, like this one. We absolutely love these butterflies. They bring out the beauty in this bathroom and they coordinate nicely with striped, pastel rug.{found on athomearkansas}.

Geometric and graphical wallpaper patterns can be very powerful and designer Jenn Feldman definitely known how to take advantage of that. Whether it’s a timeless black and white design or a glamorous gold-infused pattern, wallpapered walls can really make a bathroom pop.

One of the coolest things about wallpapered bathroom walls is that they can be reflected into the mirrors and this makes the pattern and the colors stand out even more. Check out these three gorgeous examples of glamorous wallpapered bathrooms designed by Studio Gild.

Large wallpaper prints can have a stunning effect on a bathroom. In this case, a wallpapered wall is similar to a mural. We absolutely love these abstract, artistic designs created by Mad Cow Interiors, especially the combination of a dark background and soft pastels. It’s a cool look for an eclectic bathroom.

Wallpaper is a very practical alternative to paint and even to tiles. Installation is easy and fast and if done well can last for 10 to 15 years. Of course, special precautions are needed since the bathroom is a high-moisture space. However, it’s nothing that some special primer and glue and some waterproof sealant can’t solve. It’s definitely worth the effort seeing how beautiful and charming this design done by Shauna Glenn is.

Not all wallpaper has intricate and complex patterns and colorful designs. If you prefer something simple and classic, check out this striped black and white accent wall. It complements the bathroom quite nicely and gives it plenty of character without being too complicated.

A repetitive pattern like this one can make a wallpapered wall look pretty similar to a tiled wall. Obviously, because wallpaper is not very resistant to water and moisture in general, you can’t use it to decorate the shower walls but you can use it on other walls to create a fresh and edgy bathroom decor. Find more cool ideas like this one on pinterest.

Thanks to all the different patterns and designs that wallpaper comes in you can give your bathroom a tropical look no matter where you’re located. It’s not as powerful as a panoramic view of the jungle but the effect is awesome nonetheless.

Not all wallpaper is bold, colorful or very eye-catching. There are also plenty of simple, less eye-capturing designs to choose from if you prefer a more toned-down look. This contemporary bathroom decorated by Amit Apel Design is a lovely example.

We find wallpaper to be a very great idea for small bathroom or powder rooms. A bathroom without a shower or a tub doesn’t really present any challenges when it comes to excessive moisture. This means you could even skip the varnish and just install the wallpaper as you would in any other room.

Wallpaper is able to give a small bathroom a modern and edgy look, taking the attention away from its reduced size and directing towards the positive elements of the design. You can pick a funky color, an eye-catching pattern or a combination of both to make a small bathroom stand out.

Of course, it’s not just the wallpaper that matters in a bathroom. If you want to truly capture the beauty and uniqueness of a particular theme you’ll have to add a few extra details. You can customize the space even more with a particular type of fixtures, a certain color palette or with accessories and decorations such as plants or scented candles.

You can also use wallpaper to tell a story and to create a particular kind of ambiance in the bathroom. For example you could infuse the space with coastal, beach-inspired beauty.

The motif on the wallpaper can also help you achieve the desired visual effect and atmosphere. For example, the bathroom on the left looks very delicate, bright and feminine while the one on the right is quite masculine but not without its own charm.

Floral wallpaper is a particularly nice option. In addition to adding color to the decor, it also gives the space a feminine look. You can emphasize it or tone it down, depending on what you’re trying to achieve.

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Christmas Mantel Decorations And Ideas For Extra Charming Holidays

You can’t have a fireplace mantel and not decorate it on Christmas. With that in mind, we’ve prepared a bunch of charming Christmas mantels for you to take a look at. Who knows, maybe one of these projects will give you an idea of how to make your own mantel look festive and charming this year. We hope you’ll find these ideas as charming and as inspiring as we do.

Before we get into details we’d like to share with you some advice that we found on thedesigntwins: just because you have a huge collection of Christmas ornaments gathered over the years doesn’t mean you have to actually use them all. As it turns out, simplifying things can be very rewarding. Check out how gorgeous this mantel look with that simple bead garland, the bunting and the themed sign on top. You can simplify things even more if you’d like to try a minimalist Christmas this year.

One way of simplifying your Christmas decor this year is if you reduce the color palette to only a few neutrals such as white, beige and brown, as a way to give the decor a natural vibe. You could make a pinecone garland for the mantel  and you could hang a simple boxwood wreath just above the fireplace. Find more lovely ideas like this one on placeofmytaste.

Speaking of simplified Christmas mantels, check out how beautiful this decor featured on frenchcountrycottage is. We absolutely love the white and green color combo. The wreath is lovely and so is everything else around it, including the magical Christmas trees. That’s right, you can. have more than just one Christmas tree in your home (or you can use a mirror to create a magical effect).

Your mantel can look magical and charming even if there’s no Christmas tree nearby. In fact, consider this an opportunity to try something special this year, something simple and classy. You could frame a few holiday-themed cards or signs and display them on the mantel along with a garland made from old book pages. That’s an idea we got from houseofhargrove.

You can use greens in all sorts of creative ways this Christmas, not just to make wreaths but also to make beautiful centerpieces or to decorate the mantel. In fact, you should check out unskinnyboppy to find a bunch of cool ideas, including one for this noel mantel ornament made of boxwood and wire.

Nature-inspired mantel decors are among our favorites so, as soon as we saw this Christmas home tour on craftberrybush we knew we just had to share it with you. We particularly love the mantel setup with those branches, the greens, the Christmas stockings and the fairy lights.

Planning a white Christmas? That’s a perfect idea if your home already has a minimalist, Scandinavian-inspired decor. You could decorate the mantel with a few boxwood or pine branches and some white candles and you could also make some of these charming Christmas tree-shaped decorations out of cardboard. Check out craftberrybush for more inspiring ideas.

We love green garlands like this one from craftberrybush and we think they look awesome on mantels, especially when you also add fairy lights. In this particular setup the grapevine wreath is a great touch as well. It completes the decor in the best possible way.

Christmas lights and mantel garlands go hand in hand, as proven once more by this lovely setup featured on littleredbrickhouse. The black and white stockings look lovely too, especially since they match the Christmas tree skirt. And look at those cute mantel decorations too. Aren’t they adorable?

You can actually have a mantel without a fireplace. That’s right, this is an option, a very creative and original one that we first encountered on littleredbrickhouse. You can install the mantel on one of your living room walls, like you would any other shelf. Then, on Christmas, you can turn it into a focal point for the room by decorating it with all sorts of festive ornaments.

It could be pretty cool to decorate the mantel using things from your own garden like greenery, maybe some pinecones and fallen branches too. If you have more than enough for the mantel, take the extras and put them in a box next to the fireplace. Head over to craftberrybush for more inspiration.

Another idea is to make a sign and to display it on the mantel. We find chalkboard signs to be some of the most versatile and interesting ones. You can customize them with festive Christmas wishes and you can later reuse them on other occasions. Check out beneathmyheart to see how such a sign can enhance your Christmas mantel decor.

When decorate the mantel for Christmas think about not only the ornaments but also the general ambiance and decor that you want to create. Aim for a balanced and cozy atmosphere. We really like how this setup from homestoriesatoz turned out. The sign on the mantel, the candlesticks, the Christmas stockings and the comfy chairs are all part of the plan.

Incorporate already existing mantel decorations into your Christmas setup. For example, if there’s a mirror on that wall just leave it there and place Christmas ornaments around it or if you already have ornaments on the shelf just give them a festive makeover. Perhaps you can add a few green branches here and there, some candles or some string lights. Of course, the Christmas stockings can be added as well. This particular decor is shared on thesunnysideupblog.

Speaking of mirrors and everyday mantel decor, a cool idea can be to find inspiration in the existing mantel setup and to use it to create a custom Christmas mantel decor. For example, this mirror is already shaped like a wreath which is pretty cool. The rest of the mantel ornaments are either white or silver with only a few touches of green and everything combined looks stylish and sufficiently festive. You can find more details and ideas on settingforfour.

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Painted Floors – A Quirky Way Of Adding Color To A Room

Whenever we want to add color to a space we immediately think of painting the wall or getting a rug or colored furniture but the idea of a painted floor almost never comes to mind. It’s pretty unusual to say the least but, when you think about, this is a very effective way of adding character to a room, not just color. Imagine all the different possibilities. You could do a lot of cool things with paint. Let’s check out some of the options.

Before we get into details we should cover a few of the basic tips for painting floors. They’re all explained on thriftyandchic. First, it’s important to scrape the floor and to get rid of the dirt and dust. After the floor is clean and dry you can start painting. Paint along the edges first and when you’re done paint the middle too. Make sure you’re starting from the side of the room opposite to the door so you can get out at the end. After that, apply a coat of protective finish.

It’s not mandatory to paint the whole floor, at least not if you want to decorate it using a stencil. It’s a cool and original way of making the floor look more interesting and eye-catching without having to rely on rugs. You can make your own stencil out of cardboard. There’s a nice tutorial on remodelista which can offer a few helpful tips. For example, laminate the stencil using tape so the paint doesn’t get absorbed into the cardboard.

Maybe you’ve seen these images before. This is the interior of the rainbow house, a very cool home with slides instead of stairs and rooms decorated with different color palettes. One of the coolest details in each room is the painted floor. There are quite a few awesome examples of patterns which could inspire you if you want to one day paint your own home’s floors. Find more details about this house on desiretoinspire.

Another idea is to paint the floor using a repetitive geometric pattern. That can be done using tape. Choose the colors carefully. Two bring colors such as green and turquoise can look pretty awesome together, as demonstrated in this design created by architect  Joan Swartz. However, if you want something less eye-catching, you can always choose the timeless black and white combo or something a bit more neutral.

You can paint the floor to match the color scheme of the interior. In the kitchen, the floor can match the backsplash or the walls and you can use two colors if you don’t want the decor to be monotonous.

It’s pretty amazing how much painting the floor can change the look and ambiance of a room. Furthermore, the technique is also very useful for creating a specific theme. For instance, a beach home or coastal-themed house might have light blue floors, like the ones designed here by Andra Birkerts.

Since wood flooring only comes in so many colors, there’s aren’t that many options. However, if you take into consideration the possibility of painting the floor after the boards have been installed, this gives you the opportunity to customize the color scheme in an infinite number of ways. The colors and the pattern don’t have to be unconventional to look cool. A white and blue checkerboard floor can look cool anytime.

Painted floors are awesome because they completely transform spaces. They’re also cool alternatives to colored walls. By painting the floor and leaving the walls plain and white you can create a simple but at the same time eye-catching decor. For an even more interesting and original look you could also decorate the ceiling.

Painted floors don’t necessarily have to be colorful. You can for example paint the floor white in order to make a room look more open and spacious or to give it a Scandinavian-inspired look. Check out this farmhouse-style bedroom as an example.

When in doubt about which colors of paint to choose for your floors, consider the timeless and always elegant black and white combo. You can create stripes or a checkerboard pattern and the combo looks nice when painted with pretty much any other nuance. This bedroom designed by Das Studio could be a good source of inspiration.

A colored floor can cheer up a room in a way that nothing else can. It’s a fun idea if you don’t want to add a rug but it’s just as great if you actually put a rug on top of your painted floor. Either way, it will look charming. We think it’s an especially great idea for small rooms.

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Remote Family Home in Cape Town Glows Like A Lightbox Among Trees

Perched on a hill in one of the most beautiful regions of Cape Town, South Africa, this extraordinary residence is one of the most recent and most amazing projects completed by the architects at SAOTA. It’s a family home unlike any other you’ve seen not just because of its rather odd appearance but also because of its wonderful connection with nature. One of the ways in which this is achieved is very obvious and has everything to do with the inverted pyramid roof. This design allowed the architects to frame the top floor of the house in glass, creating a clerestory window around the volume.

The glazed upper floor glows at night, being the only exposed part of the house
The glazed upper floor glows at night, being the only exposed part of the house
Although the house looks very contained and simple on the street side, at the back it unfolds and embraces its surroundings
Although the house looks very contained and simple on the street side, at the back it unfolds and embraces its surroundings
The rear of the house opens towards the garden, featuring large sliding glass doors
The rear of the house opens towards the garden, featuring large sliding glass doors

The building is organized on three floors. The lower level contains a guest room, a cinema room, a gym and the garage. The one in the middle houses the bedrooms and the work spaces while the one at the top holds most of the social areas: an open plan kitchen, a dining space and a lounge area. What very interesting is the fact not the upper floor is one the only one which has a close relationship with the outdoors. Each level is in fact connected to its own set of gardens and courtyard spaces.

A stone wall conceals most of the house on the street side, offering privacy for the bottom floors
A stone wall conceals most of the house on the street side, offering privacy for the bottom floors
The front door is large and made of metal and it has a pivoting system
The front door is large and made of metal and it has a pivoting system
The entrance lobby is visibly connected to the outdoors through a large window facing the courtyard
The entrance lobby is visibly connected to the outdoors through a large window facing the courtyard
The clerestory windows which frame the upper floor allow natural light and views of the sky and the nearby mountains inside the house
The clerestory windows which frame the upper floor allow natural light and views of the sky and the nearby mountains inside the house
It's quite amazing and also a bit curious how the spaces manage to feel so open and so intimate and cozy at the same time
It’s quite amazing and also a bit curious how the spaces manage to feel so open and so intimate and cozy at the same time
The living spaces clustered on the top floor enjoy panoramic views of the city and the wonderful landscape surrounding the house
The living spaces clustered on the top floor enjoy panoramic views of the city and the wonderful landscape surrounding the house
The kitchen, in spite of having an open floor plan, looks and feels like a separate, cozy nook
The kitchen, in spite of having an open floor plan, looks and feels like a separate, cozy nook
A secret courtyard is contained between the house and the stone wall. It's the link between the internal areas and the outside world
A secret courtyard is contained between the house and the stone wall. It’s the link between the internal areas and the outside world
The spectacular, uninterrupted view of the city is the living room's main focal point
The spectacular, uninterrupted view of the city is the living room’s main focal point
In order to allow the focus to remain of the views and the connection between the house and its surroundings, the color palette is kept simple
In order to allow the focus to remain of the views and the connection between the house and its surroundings, the color palette is kept simple
The lounge area is framed by seamless, panoramic views and features two eye-catching and comfy armchairs
The lounge area is framed by seamless, panoramic views and features two eye-catching and comfy armchairs
The house also featuring this amazing infinity edge pool and a small wooden deck
The house also featuring this amazing infinity edge pool and a small wooden deck
The infinity edge swimming pool stands between the living space and the city skyline
The infinity edge swimming pool stands between the living space and the city skyline
The artwork and decorations in general are minimal throughout the house
The artwork and decorations in general are minimal throughout the house
A large and sophisticated home office occupies a section of the middle floor and features an entire wall of bookshelves
A large and sophisticated home office occupies a section of the middle floor and features an entire wall of bookshelves
The interior courtyard is fully exposed and can be admired from the areas of the house that frame it
The interior courtyard is fully exposed and can be admired from the areas of the house that frame it
Each of the three levels is connected to its own set of garden and courtyard spaces
Each of the three levels is connected to its own set of garden and courtyard spaces
The bathrooms are as stylish as the rest of the house, featuring white marble walls and glass enclosures
The bathrooms are as stylish as the rest of the house, featuring white marble walls and glass enclosures
The palette of materials and finishes used throughout is reduced to only a few natural ones
The palette of materials and finishes used throughout is reduced to only a few natural ones
The lighting throughout the house is perfectly on point, highlight the best design features in every space
The lighting throughout the house is perfectly on point, highlight the best design features in every space

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DIY Christmas Gift Ideas That People Will Actually Like

Most people would agree that the best part of Christmas is the giving and receiving of gifts. The entire process is fun and exciting and we especially enjoy searching for DIY Christmas gift ideas that can be personalized to suit each unique individual. Handmade gifts are always charming because they’re made with love and care. You don’t have to be craftiest person in the world in order to pull off such a project. There are plenty of simple ideas that don’t require any special skills. Here’s some of them:

Know anyone that loves growing succulents and cacti? We have the perfect homemade gift idea for them: custom little planters decorated with wooden clothespins. The pots can be recycled tin cans. Clean them, then take a bunch of plain clothespins and take them all apart. Then glue the clothespins pieces all around each can, with the flat side against the metal and the grooves on the outside. When you’re done, take a piece of string or ribbon and tie it around the planter. Fill it with soil and plants.

Another thoughtful Christmas gift could be this copper pipe jewelry stand. It’s a practical gift and it’s also quite original, plus it’s handmade and that makes it special. You’ll be happy to know that putting all this together is very simple. You only need some copper pipe pieces (or a long pipe which you cut into sections), T pipe fittings, a pipe cutter, a drill, a wood block, some glue and some varnish, stain or paint. You can give the stand any shape and size you want.

A magnetic knife holder is one of those things that a lot of us want but never seem to get around to buying or crafting because of other distractions or priorities. That’s why offering someone one of these things as a Christmas gift is such a great idea. To make the gift even more thoughtful, you could make the knife holder yourself. You only need a wooden block, a drill, some glue and a few round heavy duty magnets. You can go one step further and also provide the mounting hardware.

For that particular friend who still hasn’t gotten around to getting a lamp and still has the light bulb dangling from the ceiling, you could make a charming cloud lamp and offer it as a Christmas gift. The lamp is perfect for the bedroom because the light is diffuse and ambiental. To make it you need a paper lantern, polyester pillow batting and a hot glue gun. If you want to make it even more impressive and magical, add a color-changing LED lightbulb.

Baths can be incredibly relaxing, especially when you also take a book with you. Of course, books and water don’t get along at all and the solution to make this combo work is simple: a bathtub caddy tray. You can make one for yourself and you can also offer one as a gift to someone who enjoys taking baths as much as you do. The project is very simple and only requires a piece of wood, an old leather belt and some nails. It’s important for the wood to be a bit wider than the tub so be sure to take some measurements before you cut it.

This DIY Christmas gift idea is so awesome you’ll want to keep it for yourself. You can definitely do that but it’s much more rewarding to share good ideas with others. This is wine glass holder that lets you carry a bottle and four glasses without needing a tray and without worrying you’re going to slip, fall and break everything. The best part is that all you need in order to make this is a piece of wood, a drill and jigsaw.

Another cute idea for a gift could be a handy organizer made out of upcycled plastic bottles. To make one you need two plastic bottles or the same size and shape. You’ll be cutting off the tops on both bottles and you’ll only use the bottom section from one of them. The pieces will be connected with a zipper which will have to be glued onto the edges of the bottle sections.

Pets should get Christmas gifts too. After all, they’re part of the family. If you have a cat or you know someone who has one, check out this awesome cat window perch. It’s great because, as you may know, cats really love to sit in front of a window and to look outside and they also love to be cozy and to sleep a lot. This perch lets them enjoy all those things at the same time. Here’s what you need for this craft: a sturdy wooden tray, four eye hooks, a drill, rope, suction cups (bit, strong ones) and a cushion.

Sisal bowls and other similar accessories and very trendy right now but they’re also pretty costly so you might think they’re not really worth the investment. Other might too so they’ll be very happy when then unwrap your Christmas present and discover a sisal rope bowl made by you with love. Curious how this is made? It’s quite simple actually. You take a bowl, you place on top of a flat disk made of rope (and glue) and then you continue to wind the rope around the bowl, gluing each layer onto the one below it.

Before you throw out a wine cork next time, consider keeping it and turning it into a cute gift instead. The idea is to carve a small hole into the cork using a knife (at least halfway through the cork) and then to put a bit of soil inside and to add a tiny succulent plant. You can use faux succulents or air plants too. Either way, these wine cork planters will look adorable.

Another cute DIY Christmas gift idea is a clothespin picture holder. It’s both useful and pretty and you can even accessorize it with fun pics that the recipient of the gift would love. Maybe you can find old photos and memories or make some new ones. In any case, this project is extremely simple doesn’t require any glue or special tools. You just cut out a circle out of cardboard, cut out the middle to make a ring and then you clip the clothespins over it with the gripping end facing outward.

Speaking of pictures and cool ways to display them, you might also enjoy making one of these photo frames with no glass. They’re pretty stylish and casual-looking and they let you swap out the picture whenever you want to change the decor. To make one of these cool frames you need two lightweight boards and two holders from acetate report covers. Glue the covers onto the edges of the boards and then attach two eye hooks to one of the boards.

Nobody can really say no to a few extra wall hooks, especially when they have so much character. These copper hooks have a lovely modern-industrial look and are great for all sorts of spaces like the kitchen, the entryway, the pantry, etc. This is how they’re made: first you gather your supplies: a long board, some copper pipe elbows, a dowel that fits in the pipe, a drill, a few screws and a hot glue gun. You fit the pipe over the dowel and you cut the excess, creating dowel pieces for each pipe section. Then you screw the dowel pieces into the board and glue the pipe elbows over each one.

You can frame a lot of things, including succulents. That’s right, it’s possible and a frame planter would actually be a really cool Christmas gift for someone that could use a bit of greenery on their desk or windowsill. You can build a custom frame/ box out of scrap pieces of wood. Cut a piece of plywood as big as the box and nail the elements together. Then will the box with potting mix, cut a piece of decorate wide mesh and attach with to the frame with a staple gun. Then make a wood frame and attach it to the box with nails.

Sometimes the best gift you can offer someone is a basic and simple thing which they lack. Sometimes that’s an entryway coat rack. Think of a way to turn this basic accessory into something special, something unique. One way to do is if you craft the rack yourself and use coat hangers instead of regular hooks. That’s actually quite clever.

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10 Glamorous Ways To Make A Foyer Pop

The foyer is by definition an entrance hall in a public building such as a hotel or a theater but the term is often used to describe residential entrance halls as well. In this case, you might wonder what the difference is between a foyer and an entryway. Well, there might be a difference in terms of overall ambiance between the two in the sense that  a foyer is more open and welcoming in certain cases. Let’s see how you can achieve this effect in your own home.

A large mirrors can really open up a foyer. You can strategically position the mirror on the wall so it reflects the living area or the adjacent spaces. The mirror can actually be a grand and glamorous accessory for the foyer and an awesome focal point, as shown in this eclectic Paris apartment.

A console table is often a must-have but not all foyers have layouts and proportions able to accommodate it. Still, there are plenty of ways in which to improvise. For example, this London home has this big radiator in the foyer and a stylish marble shelf mounted on the wall, just above.

A bench is a great feature for a foyer. It helps create a welcoming and comfortable ambiance and it also serves a practical role. Check out this stylish bench which perfectly complements this tall and open foyer.

If the foyer is small and narrow like this hallway, use light colors in order to maintain an open and bright decor and avoid large, bulky furniture pieces. This slender console table is a lovely choice. We also like the rug which puts en emphasis on the length of the foyer.

You can also make a foyer look welcoming and glamorous by putting an emphasis on the walls. Wallpaper can make that pretty easy. This is a very harmonious foyer. The lampshades match the wallpaper and the golden accents bring everything together in a very elegant way.

This is indeed closer to a foyer than to a typical entryway. The space is open and bright and it really looks and feels like a part of a cozy home, especially with that colorful area rug and the wall decorations.

Not all foyers are bright and open but that doesn’t mean they’re any less elegant and welcoming. In fact, the dark neutrals and mood lighting really make this space pop. We love how the light emphasizes the wooden floor and the grooves on the walls and doors.

A small foyer can look super charming too. You should however avoid any large furniture pieces. Check out this clear acrylic console. It’s hardly noticeable. The colorful area rug is the real focal point of the space. Of course, the patterned wall decor shouldn’t be ignored since it too makes this foyer stand out.

Foyers with staircases are pretty grand and usually offer plenty of flexibility in terms of interior design and decor strategies. A fresh and eye-catching wall color can really make the space pop and a comfortable bench can complete the decor in a very charming way. Some artwork and other decorations can also play important roles and the same can be said about the staircase railings and the front door.

Most foyers and entryways look similar to this space. They’re pretty small, somewhat narrow and not very bright. Still, if decorated and furnished in a sensible manner, they can look lovely and be functional at the same time. This of the foyer as a reflection of your style, a compact version of your entire home.

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20 New Home Products to Make Everyday Life Stylish

It’s not uncommon to see a great new design in a hotel, restaurant or public space while you’re out and about in your daily life. So of courses, Homedit always heads to New York for Boutique Design NY, which is the leading trade fair for the hospitality industry. There’s inspiration aplenty and most of the vendors also work with residential designers or customers. Every year, we find all sorts of great new decor ideas you can use to spruce up your home.

Colors and details are spectacular in the Houtique display.
Colors and details are spectacular in the Houtique display.

The booth by Houtique of Spain was so great we could not possibly pick one item to highlight. From the fringey pink “Wink” pendants to the unusual armchair that looks like a short wall wrapped around a large stool, they all have a little something extra.  The striped pendants are candy-colored pops of brightness and the metal framed chair is elegant but still fun. The lamps and other pieces are the fruit of a collab with Ana Palacios and Christophe Penasse of Masquespacio. We can’t wait to see more from this brand!

Seating

The design of this chair is lithe and regal, especially with its metallic finish.
The design of this chair is lithe and regal, especially with its metallic finish.

McGuire’s Butterfly Chair is as grand as it is graceful. The flowing rattan frame sweeps out to each side in a symmetrical design that both curved and geometric. Designed by Edward Tuttle, it is accented by curved details even in the base. This particular chair is done in silver and gold leaf, which helps add even more of a regal flair. Of course, it’s also available in a wide array of non-metallic colors.

A print that includes flora and fauna adds extra interest to an already stylish chair,
A print that includes flora and fauna adds extra interest to an already stylish chair,

Moroso has decked out the small armchair version of the Ariel by Edward Van Vliet in vibrant red, which really highlights the print on the seat. The colorful bird and bug printed on the seat stand out against the vivid chair. The pillow — with a butterfly pictured in the center strip — also coordinates perfectly. This is an exceptionally comfortable chair that gets added interest from the critters printed on the seat cushion.

Polart has commission Mexican artist M.ontiel to create one-of-a-kind pieces.
Polart has commission Mexican artist M.ontiel to create one-of-a-kind pieces.

You can always count on Polart to brighten a room with its vividly colored Victorian style pieces and now they have teamed up with Mexican artist M.ontiel on some special pieces that feature his artwork. From children’s chairs, an embellished bookcase and this triple settee, each piece is done in equally colorful and funky designs that are more like street art.

Nanimarquina has trasnformed natural rug desings into poufs.
Nanimarquina has trasnformed natural rug desings into poufs.

Nanimarquina, a company known for its stylishly designed, high-quality handcrafted rugs, has used the same natural wovens to create these poufs. Ideal for any space, we love the neutral palette and the different stripe patterns. The company has also created a woven textile that looks and feels like their wool rugs but is made from plastic. In all cases, it’s a modern fusion of traditional rug techniques with contemporary design and now new materials.

Lighting

These are NOT pendants, but rather a flat screen display.
These are NOT pendants, but rather a flat screen display.

Simply including these “pendants” in a section about lighting is sort of shortchanging this innovative design. What looks to be a collection of black wire pendants is actually a printed sheet of material that is placed over a lightbox. This is a completely flat display — no hanging fixtures at all! Applelec is a sign trade supplier that developed the innovative lighting unit called the LED Light Sheet. While it was made for commercial purposes, the possibilities in residential settings are also endless. It would be great for adding dimension and depth to small spaces where there isn’t room to hang an array of fixtures like this. Oh, the possibilities.

Original BLC's ceramic fixtures are warm and design forward.
Original BLC’s ceramic fixtures are warm and design forward.

We see lighting fixtures made from all sorts of materials, but some of the warmest and softest light is emitted from ceramic fixtures created by Original BTC, a British lighting manufacturer. The company pushes the boundaries of what’s possible with ceramic, yielding fixtures that range from traditional to flowing to quilted, like the one above. Regardless of the style, the quality of light they put out is warm and wonderful.

Floor Coverings

Spruce up a neutral interior with a spectacular rug,
Spruce up a neutral interior with a spectacular rug,

Neutral and natural is always a good choice for rugs, but sometimes you want to make a bold flooring statement. This large, abstract rug from Couristan certainly fits the bill. The bright background hues are tempered by the brash black lines that slash across the face of the pattern. This would be ideal for anchoring a room done in the modern or minimalist styles.

Try using a distinctive tile style to elevate your decor.
Try using a distinctive tile style to elevate your decor.

TileBar presented a wide range of new, globally inspired tile designs, including large format Italian tiles, but we couldn’t resist this mixed animal-print tile. Yes, it’s trendy, but it’s also vibrant and different. Definitely a statement pattern ideal for a wall area or small floor, used in moderation the tile is stylish and bold.

For the Outdoors

Ratana's bar chair is ideal for outdoors as well as indoors.
Ratana’s bar chair is ideal for outdoors as well as indoors.

Is it for indoors or out? How about both? Besides being super comfortable, Ratana’s bar chair is designed for outdoor wear but is so stylish it can do double duty inside. It is inspired by the chunky knitwear that’s so popular right now and is made of materials that are durable and dry quickly. The thick woven strands are actually made from an outdoor grade rubber and covered with a proprietary material that speeds drying after wet weather.

Outdoor lovers will want this heated seat.
Outdoor lovers will want this heated seat.

Just a few short years ago, we fell in love with the concept of heated outdoor furniture from Galanter and Jones. Now, the quickly growing company has added another design to its offerings. The new chair with winged armrests has a new shape but the technology you expect with this brand: toasty warm and dry seating, thanks to the internal mechanism and the drain hole in the bottom of the seat.

Wireless and dimmable lanterns are very useful and stylish.
Wireless and dimmable lanterns are very useful and stylish.

From outdoor furniture company Gloster come these portable, rechargeable lights. Tall and shapely, these extra tall floor lanterns have a great glow and are very useful outside since they can be moved around at will, without care of where the outlet is. Moreover, they come with a remote control so that you can dim them at will, from wherever you are sitting and chilling.

Virtually indestructible outdoor pieces can be hosed down for cleaning.
Virtually indestructible outdoor pieces can be hosed down for cleaning.

Anyone who’s had Little Tykes products for their small children, like slides and playhouses, knows how indestructible the material actually is.  So it makes sense that this type of plastic has been stylishly transformed into outdoor furniture that can stand up to a lot of use as well as the elements. From the Swizzle table and planter to the Jigger stool, Tonik has a full range of outdoor seating and accessories that come in vibrant, fade-resistant hues that will serve you for countless seasons.

Havwoods new outdoor decking is far better than lumber for a deck.
Havwoods new outdoor decking is far better than lumber for a deck.

Long-established flooring company Havwoods presented a wide range of new lighter shades — including plenty of greys and a unique white color — along with a new range of outdoor decking. The new line of composite decking is long-lasting and durable like some of its competitors, but it also has a difference: A special edge that laps underneath the adjoining pieces so that nothing can fall through the cracks. Spiky high heels are safe with this decking as well. The company’s forts foray into outdoor products also includes style options that are more contemporary and don’t feature a faux wood gram pattern.

Bathrooms

Trendy shelving has been transformed into a vanity.
Trendy shelving has been transformed into a vanity.

This style of shelving has been popular for so long now, it’s natural that it has been transformed into a vanity that is perfect for a guest bathroom or powder room. Jeff Martin Vanities has added a towel bar underneath the rectangular sink, as well as a bottom shelf. The round mirror with a matching frame is ample and fits within the frame of the vanity, meaning its ideal for smaller spaces too.

A red hot matte black finish is paired with rich brass.
A red hot matte black finish is paired with rich brass.

Newport Brass presented a wide range of finishes for all of its bathroom fixtures and we immediately fell in love with this particular two-tone model. With matte black all the rage in interior design, the combination with rich brass accents is sure to be a popular choice. The models of hardware are customizable with the different finishes and styles run the gamut from retro to contemporary and everything in between.

Kohler's toilet is chock full of the latest technology.
Kohler’s toilet is chock full of the latest technology.

The first thing you notice about Kohler’s Numi toilet is the modern styling and lack of a dominant water tank. This toilet, however, is one of the most technologically advanced. Personalized settings for controlling everything from cleansing options to a heated seat and foot warmer, along with Bluetooth music syncing capabilities are just a few of the features. A touchscreen remote and emergency flush during power outages are also high-end features.

Bedrooms

Clean and uncluttered is a popular bedroom style.
Clean and uncluttered is a popular bedroom style.

Rich cobalt blue and shades of gray come together in this sleek and clean bedroom design. Although it is designed for the hospitality industry, the uncluttered look with bedside sconces built into the extended headboard is a popular look in modern residential design as well. Created by the M Group, it’s a design many people will want to emulate in their own homes.

Rustic decor creates a very homey bedroom.
Rustic decor creates a very homey bedroom.

Fans of the rustic look will love this bedroom from Old Hickory. With products to add a natural flair to modern and traditional rooms, the company can create a rustic getaway in any home. Everything from the major furnishings to the accessories are ideal for interior decor schemes that need a touch — or a big dose — of rustic style. Solid wood elements like the lounge frame and the bed also mean they’re sturdy and durable too.

Storage

Versatile storage can make any room more functional.
Versatile storage can make any room more functional.

We’re always on the hunt for the latest and greatest storage pieces and this one from Paradigm Trends fits the bill. Ideal for the bedroom, bathroom or laundry, it has shelf space, a contained wire shelf section underneath and moveable hooks. It’s done in a clean and neutral design, which means it goes with just about any style of decor.

These are just a few of the great products we found that can make your home more functional and stylish. We love when trends from the hospitality industry come into the home because you know the products will stand up to plenty of use.

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