Archive for April, 2012

April 29, 2012

Original and Captivating Plate Paintings by Molly Hatch

Ceramics artist Molly Hatch recently presented her latest plate paintings at Sofa New York 2012, on behalf of Ferrin Gallery. Her projects are “based on historic source imagery from the print and drawing departments of the MFA Boston and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC“. Each composition is captivating and fun to decrypt. If you look carefully at the photos, you will observe how every plate is thoroughly and elegantly worked on, and how it acts as an artful puzzle piece for the entire “painting”. We decided to feature Molly’s work on Freshome, as a tribute to her original idea and talent. But we also believe her projects are suited for any modern decor with a personality.Would you consider having these unconventional paintings in your home? And where would you place them?

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April 27, 2012

Trolley Filing Cabinet By Jan En Randoald For Labt

Fun and functiual filing cabinet designed by Jan en Randoald for Labt, a furniture design studio in Belgium.

“No medium is as efficient as graphic work, because in it everything can be combined. For the printer graphic is crossover: printing on an earlier print. Take for example the trunk of a tree. First there is the veneer lathe: it reveals the interior of the tree as a pattern on a wooden sheet. Like the pages of a book these sheets are stacked together to form a board of plywood. On this book we printed a cover”.

More information available on Labt site.

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April 27, 2012

The Exotic African Interior From Kenya

What is the most exotic continent in the world? Nowadays, when Japanese sushi-bars are in every town of Europe and America we can say that it is Africa. The house you are seeing is in Kenya. But if you really want to create your own Africa at home, you can do it wherever you are!

The important feature of real Afro-style is the contrast of light and dark. Sandy floor, whitewashed walls, dark doors, and décor elements such as masks and imitated game heads. These masks are original and made in Tanzania and Zaire, so decorating your dwelling you can use any souvenirs brought from voyages or bought in a shop. Sure, the last ones won`t be certainly made in Africa, but it might not matter to you at all. Perhaps, you will like the ceiling boarded with halves of logs.
April 27, 2012

Ceramic Designer’s Residence Looks Like Modern Barn

Different tints and shades of white play an awesome game here. Does this have anything that gives a clue that this is a ceramic designers’ house? Why anything, in fact, everything implies to the same in one way or the other. Let’s take a tour through Norwegian-based ceramic designerSilje Aune Eriksen’s beautiful residence.

To complement the light tone of the rooms, contrasting accessories have been used. If you notice, every room has stuff ranging from lighter tomes to dark colors like jet black. The animal and bird figures and motifs also form part of the rooms. Even the kitchen is not spared. The arrangement of the rooms in certain angles put forward a messed up look, bringing in some funny charm.

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April 27, 2012

Decorating with Bright, Modern White

In a complex design world, we have a tendency to overdo it – to see negative space as the enemy and cover every square inch of a room in colors, patterns, knick knacks, artwork and other elements. We’re often taught that when it comes to design, a room is a blank slate to be filled with items that reflect your own personal tastes in every corner. However, all too often, it is easy to forget the power of white. Simple and pure, using white as the primary principle of your design can make a louder statement than even the boldest patterns in the world.

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April 23, 2012

Quirky Chair Design by 56th Studio

 

Wether you like this quirky chair design by 56th Studio or not, you can’t deny that it stirs some sort of emotional reaction. In that sense, they could be equated to art that can be sat upon. 56th Studio is a multidisciplinary design studio, involved in graphic, product, prop and set design, to name a few. They describe their style as “luxe-personified yet kitschy, neo-ethnic, eclectically bold and youthful”. We like these chair designs because they are surprising and different. Given that most of the chairs seem to have somewhat of a face, it seems they have their own personalities. The goal at 56th Studio is to create designs that are not only functional but that also communicate something. What are these chairs saying to you? Visit 56th Studio for more fun.

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April 23, 2012

DIY Clothespin Planter and Candle Holder

Here is a really smart idea for making stylish planters and candle holders from very simple things. Besides it’s also a recycling project. To make one planter or one candle holder you’ll need a used fish can, several clothespins, construction paper and a small plant or a candle.

All you need to do is to clip clothespins all the way around the rim of the can. Place your plant or candle inside and decorate the planter or the candle holder with something you cut from the construction paper. For example you can cut hearts and tuck them in between clothespins. Depending on the time of the year you can change these decorations.

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April 23, 2012

Luxurious Living Room Concepts: 25 Amazing Decorating Ideas

Throughout the years, the living room has transformed from a formal parlor-esque space designed for entertaining guests to a cozy and relaxing everyday place for friends and family to kick back in front of the television or share stories about their day. Today, the purpose of your living room depends greatly on the size of your home. In larger houses, a living room may still be dedicated only to hosting company, but in most cases a living room may fulfill multiple functions – from a home theater or makeshift office to a party space for your children’s sleepovers.

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April 23, 2012

DIY Vintage Photo Frame

Vintage things are very fashionable and look cool. Such a photo frame with black and white photos would raise your spirits every day. The supplies are: a bare wood frame, two 8×10 black and white photos, DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint in Snow (Titanium) White, a sponge brush, steel wool, Sticky Tak and some Washi Tape. The crafting is rather simple, don’t forget to dry-brush the frame before starting the work. Such a frame would save your memories for a long time and, of course, would be a great addition to any interior. A detailed instruction of crafting and how to give such a look to the frame is here.

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April 23, 2012

Courtyard Furniture & Decoration Inspiration: Be Creative When Dealing with Open Spaces

These are some different, yet finest, examples of how beautiful you can make your courtyard, backyard or any open space catchier and even more functional. You can definitely draw inspiration and follow the styles that many a designer or a creative housewife has tried and perfected.

Some open spaces we found exist as a separate entity and in certain cases it is an extension of any room or space indoor. Some work out the magic by existing as a link between the indoors and the outdoors.

Bridges or switchbacks can be used instead of pathways or normal pavements to bring in a unique outlook. Open air living rooms serve the purpose both an open as well as space in a house. You can also experiment with different styles and periods here as well, by using decks, benches and other furniture and accessories.

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