ArchTriumph is a competition in Paris that asks entrants to submit creative ways to cross the Seine River. Design firm Atelier Zündel Cristea came up with the idea of a fun, bouncy bridge. Though they only placed third in the competition, the idea takes top prize in my book.
Some naysayers think the bridge is a terrible idea (even dangerous). It probably is, but I can’t get bogged down in those details. I just want to bounce!
Canstruction® is an annual design competition and food charity in New York City. Over 25 teams of architects, engineers and contractors compete to build enormous structures made entirely out of unopened cans of food. They are then on view to the public until dismantled and donated to City Harvest. Admission is free, but visitors are asked to bring a can of high quality food.
If you’re in the NYC area, check out the exhibit November 2 – 14 at the World Financial Center Complex.
2011 sneaker that weighed more than a ton
2011 replica of Alexander McQueen’s Lady Gaga high heels (made from 3,600 cans)
Yes, Design Happens is taking on politics (well, kinda). Whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, everyone can appreciate this adorable 3D puzzle.
Who said politics couldn’t be cute?
Recently, we have noticed that readers (you) are searching HGTV.com for “Spanish-style” decor ideas. Is it because this is Hispanic Heritage Month, perhaps? Whatever the reason, what better time than now to highlight these stunning handmade plates from Spain?!
Made from enamels and 24k gold, these plates come in a variety of sizes from just over three inches to over 13 inches in diameter. Que bonita!
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Spanish-Inspired Outdoor Spaces
Spanish-Inspired Design Ideas
I don’t mean to brag, but I have an amazing dress sock collection. Ah-may-zing! I get the biggest rush when I am able to match wild and fun socks with whatever I’m wearing to the office that day. My motto is: “All business upstairs, but a party downstairs!”
For my recent birthday, I received some spectacular socks (thanks, Mom). Just look!
Jealous of my collection? Don’t be! You too can have some fun socks! My go-to sock spots are: The Joy of Socks, Sock it to Me, Absolute Socks and Bold Socks.
And if you’re curious — yes, I every now and then must go boring and wear ho-hum blue, black or brown socks. I was in a wedding recently and wore the standard black — I feared my socks may take attention off the bride.
What say you? Guys, are you bold enough to throw some flair on your feet? Ladies, think the man in your life would appreciate a pair of wild socks?
Featuring 8,000 hand-blown glass pumpkins crafted by more than 30 artisans, The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch in Palo Alto, California recently held its 17th annual fall event and sale. These glass pumpkins are perfect for Halloween or Thanksgiving (yet beautiful enough to display year-round).
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Designer Raffaele Darra gives the traditional cuckoo clock a bold contemporary makeover.
Cuckoo, cuckoo! Happy Friday, everyone!
This new colorful lighting series called “Daydream” from Tomomi Sayuda is made of Japanese hand woven paper.
Pretty dreamy, yes?
If you haven’t heard, just this week I Love Lucy was voted the best television show of all time — beating out finalists Seinfeld, M*A*S*H, All in the Family and Cheers. Everyone clearly still loves Lucy!
In honor of the incomparable Lucille Ball, I’m showcasing this duct tape art piece of the comedienne (that’s right, this is all duct tape) from Etsy shop LivingColored.
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What’s your favorite Lucy episode? Tell me in the comments below!
If you’ve been checking out the other photos of my house (here, here and here), then you’ve noticed that my style is pretty traditional. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but it suits me to, well, a T.
For years, as I hit estate sales, flea markets and thrift stores looking for traditional items to fill my first home, a classical bust was at the top of my wishlist, but their high price tags meant I always went home bust-less. So I was thrilled to find this one at an estate sale for the bargain-basement price of….wait for it….50 cents! Yep, that’s right, it was tagged $1 and, as this was the sale’s last day, they had marked everything half price. Best of all, she represents my favorite Greco/Roman deity: Artemis (aka Diana), mythology’s original wild woman — goddess of the hunt, chastity, childbirth, the moon and protector of women.
My bust is plaster and therefore very fragile, hence the long (character-adding) crack across her cheek:
A plaster bust is the least expensive option. My friend and fellow traditionalist, Grant, one-upped me last weekend and scored this lovely pair of bisque (or unglazed) porcelain busts at an estate sale for only $20: