While it still looks like a toy race track to me, it seems this week’s What the…? was a bit too easy because everyone else guessed correctly. We’ll give it to Kate for not only answering first, but also using the exact words. (That makes two weeks in a row that our first guesser was right.)
This funky-looking wood chaise longue is the signature piece of UK artist Tom Raffield who’s a master at bending wood using steam. For almost all of his furniture and lighting fixtures, Raffield incorporates the low energy method of manipulating wood known as steam bending, ”a traditional process steeped in history and culture.” If you’d like to learn more about his work and his commitment to sustainability, check out his gallery, online store and blog.
And remember, if you see an odd object, send it on in at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For some, doing something “green” on Earth Day feels forced. But what could be more natural, rewarding and eco-friendly for design types like us than repurposing old furniture, fixtures and architectural relics into chic new pieces for our homes. (And you can save money!) I consider myself a pretty creative person, but I would never have thought to turn an old headboard into a coat rack or a salvaged sink into a bird bath. Luckily, there are plenty of experts in the design world coming up with cool step-by-step projects that are good for the planet. Here are my favorite repurposed design ideas, five easy DIYs from HGTV.com that give tired and unused items a stylish new lease on life.
HGTV.com: Paint Eclectic Chairs for a Cohesive Look
Way too often when I’m scouring Craigslist, I see a random dining room chair for sale and think, “What the heck would I do with one chair?!” Well, Brian Patrick Flynn suggests choosing an eclectic mix of chairs, painting them a unified color and reupholstering them in matching fabric for a fabulous we-belong-together look.
Finally, the time has come. HGTV Green Home 2011 is now open for entries. This Denver, Colorado eco-beauty is setting a new standard in green living.
You can enter twice per day — once on HGTV.com and once on FrontDoor.com — for your chance to win the eco-fabulous HGTV Green Home 2011, located in the Stapleton community in Denver, Colo., plus a new 2011 GMC Terrain and $100,000!
I love St. Patrick’s Day not only because everyone is proudly wearing my all-time favorite color, but also because it gives me an excuse to eat traditional Irish corned beef and cabbage and drink green beer. How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Are you throwing a last-minute party for the leprechauns in your life? Here are some easy and fun decorating ideas packed with free downloads and plenty of shamrocks for good luck!
Dress up simple white- or green-frosted cupcakes with festive toppers for an easy-to-make dessert everyone will love (and quickly devour).
Surround Yourself in Green
Even though honeysuckle is Pantone’s color of the year for 2011, have you noticed how green is popping up in home decor? When I was at Maison & Objet earlier this year, I saw green everywhere. It’s always been a difficult color for me to decorate with; there are so many varying shades that I get lost when it comes to a green color palette. But these rooms by some of my favorite designers show how stunning a green room can be.
Pal + Smith
From Grass to Mint to Apple
King cake is so evocative of Mardi Gras for me, that I thought I’d use it as design inspiration today.
The New Orleans-style dessert cake is topped with the three traditional colors of Mardi Gras: green, yellow and purple. So in honor of this delicious galette des Rois, here are some of my favorite Mardi Gras-colored rooms.
Simple yet sustainable furniture projects are designer Dan Faires’ specialty, and in case you missed any of projects, we’ve pulled them all together for you.
Watch Dan show you how to build each project and get detailed step-by-steps at DanMade.
For our final episode of DanMade, Dan Faires builds an innovative yet simple wine rack made from reclaimed lumber and wooden dowels.
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This week, Dan Faires upcycles old books by turning them into a one-of-kind lamp.
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This week, Dan Faires builds a rugged coffee table with a touch of industrial chic.
For this simple DIY project, all you’ll need is reclaimed wood, casters and L-brackets.
Dan Shows You How