Thursday, October 27, 2011

How Haunted is your House?

So I can't believe it but Halloween is right around the corner!
If you haven't decked your halls with ghosts and ghouls yet you are running out of time, but to those who have creatively taken the initiative to transform their house into the haunted mansion on the street...Kudos to you!
As I was driving the other day I came across this awesome house which inspired this blog. I love the attention to detail from the wooden fence, the hearses, and overall theme!

For your enjoyment and maybe inspiration for next year, here are some "Haunted Houses" that are absolutely spook-tacular! :)

This idea is so ingenious and totally CREEPY! The huge spiders and their web cover this entire building!

"Nature is a Haunted House - 
but Art - a House that tries to be haunted." 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Reclaimed Wood Flooring

If you're looking to add some charm into your home installing a reclaimed wood floor is definitely the way to go.  This awesome little beauty is being installed in my clients home today.

Flooring sample of the finished reclaimed walnut wood
 I'm currently designing a full kitchen remodel and I'm so glad my clients agreed to these gorgeous reclaimed walnut floors to go throughout the main level of their home.  Reclaimed wood floors come from lumber that has been rescued from old buildings like barns and warehouses.  On top of being beautiful antique wood they are an excellent way to stay "green" and recycle.  I just swung by to take a peek at the first day of installation and couldn't have been more pleased and my clients as well! I specified three varied widths: a 4", 6", and 8" wide plank to be randomly installed.  By doing this it adds even more character to the space which adds to that "reclaimed" look..  Here are the pictures I took today of the install. 

Future Kitchen Space

I just love this floor

Fun little knots showing the character
I absolutely love the look of  walnut with the light and dark variations due to the light sapwood and dark heart wood.  And because it is softer than say red oak, I chose a wood that was circle-sawn.  This is the distressing grooves on the top surface of the wood that you can see easiest in the sample picture up top.  By choosing the circle-sawn effect it allows those nicks and dings caused from everyday life to add warmth and age to this gorgeous wood and blend right in with the reclaimed holes and knots. 

After the wood is laid, the holes will be filled and then it will be sanded and finished with a top coat which will pull out the gorgeous brown coffee and caramel tones and look like the sample picture above.

This will definitely be a one of a kind floor and I can't wait for the remodel to be done with all of the other elements so I can show you the "After" pictures, stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Architecture and Shoe Laces?

Architect group, Kadawittfeldarchitektur, brought these two elements together with the Research and Development building for Adidas.

The new research facility for Adidas appropriately named "Adidas Laces" is the final building addition to the shoe brand's sprawling corporate headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany.
It is designed to accommodate 1,700 designers, developers, scientists, etc. The offices are arranged around the ring of a skewed, pinched rectangle.

In the middle there is an incredible atrium, employees get tons of natural light whether their desks face the outdoors or the atrium.
The only issue with the design is the long walk you would have to take to get to one side of the building to the other; this is where the "laces" come in.

Throughout the atrium, employees can travel quickly and easily by use of waving skywalks, the appearance of these skywalks are like strung shoe laces that "tie the built volume together" to quote the architects' press release.  What a genius concept for the design.

Monday, October 3, 2011

“Truly Smashing Pumpkins” from Country Living Magazine

I absolutely love Fall and there's nothing better than getting togethr with some friends and having craft night.  If you haven’t seen the October issue for Country Living I suggest that you pick one up. It has the most fabulous idea for tuning up the classic pumpkin décor using fabrics, patterns, words and images that fit your style.

I love this look and how it classes up the typically jack-o-lantern.  If you want to use this decoration year after year then buy a faux pumpkin (aka “Funkin”). The basic steps for creating these awesome little  pumpkins are:

Pick your design that you want to use, have is scaled and printed to fit around your Funkin perfectly. If using fabric or scrapbook paper color copy it on regular paper and it will be much easier to decoupage it on the pumpkin.

One you have your pattern, cut it out using a ¼” edge around the image.

Paint your Funkin with flat acrylic paint that matches the background color of your image. Let it dry.

Using Matte Mod Podge spread an even coat on the back of the image and press it onto your Funkin smoothing out the edges.

Once all images are applied, use a foam brush to spread a thin coat of Mod Podge on the entire Funkin. To make it easier do one half at a time.

Let it dry and Voilà a beautiful, fall decoration.

Step by step instructions and examples are in the article along with lots of other great Halloween ideas.  Go buy the magazine and get crafting!

Photo's courtesy of Country Living