Not Exactly Friday Wrap-up

I’m afraid the week go the better of me, and I never got around to putting together a Friday Wrap-up for today’s posting.  However, I did manage to get sucked into the amazing world of Pinterest a few days ago, which I confess accounts for a little of my blog negligence this week. I’ll try to make up for it next Friday.  Meanwhile…

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!



Friday Wrap-up – 4/22/11

Happy Earth Day everyone.  Let’s hope this is the year people stop looking at the Earth as something to pay attention to only 1/365th of the time.

Meanwhile, here are some interesting things that caught my eye this week…

1. Love the way this couple “down dated” their contemporary house’s interior so it would feel like a home that had been there for a long time.  It doesn’t fight the architecture, but it also doesn’t feel like a tract home anymore. (Etsy)

2. On the opposite end, this garage door in a Victorian home makes me uncomfortable.  I understand there are parking issues there, but I don’t think preserving a historic neighborhood should only be about how it looks from the street. It’s clever, but is it respectful? (BoingBoing)

3. One of these years I will be able to go to the Salone Internazionale de Mobile (oh how I want to go!), but meanwhile I can look at other blogs for a peek at some of the great new talent and design coming out of Europe. (Apartment Therapy)

4. Love this elegant solution for how to house chickens.  A giant egg, just in time for Easter! (design*sponge)

5. Must read post if you want to update your kitchen, but don’t have the funds, or the desire, to rip out your existing cabinetry.  Here are 10 easy ways to spruce up your kitchen cabinets (could work for bathroom too!). (re-nest)

6. Beautiful gift to give, that also gives to a fund to clean-up the Gulf via the Bird Project (what? BP isn’t paying for everything???).  These lovely black, bird shaped soaps slowly wash away to reveal a beautiful, white ceramic bird made of Louisiana clay.  (reMade USA)

7. And finally, here’s an Easter egg that really puts the ones from Peter Cottontail to shame. Dang! (Craft)

Have a wonderful Easter weekend everyone!

Friday Wrap-up – 4/15/11

Happy Friday everyone!  I have a young son on Spring Break who swears he will die of boredom if I don’t go and read to him.  This from a kid who can read through an entire Harry Potter book in a day.   In any case, I promised to write my wrap-up quickly so I can rescue him from his fate.

So here are things I thought you might find interesting this week:

1.  Coming to a living room near you – anti-gravity furniture! (PhotoShop Disasters)

2.  I kid you not – Jersey Shore’s “The Situation” is going green.  Well, at least his re-usable laundry bags are. (Inhabitat)

3.  And speaking of bags, this “living” art installation almost makes me like plastic garbage bags – ALMOST. (Green Bag Lady)

4.  This may or may not be green, but it is definitely the best and most attractive design I’ve ever seen for a pool side lounger. (Trendir)

5.  Crazy but beautiful effect achieved from painting a herringbone parquet floor in a variety of colors.  (re-nest)

6.  Saw this chair made of coat hangers all over the internets this week, but in case you haven’t seen it, it’s worth a looksee. (re-nest)

7.  Not sure if I think this light fixture is a clever re-use, or a scary monster coming to get me. (Standard)

8.  Great article on how we have abandoned so many activities that have traditionally taken place in the community, and replaced them with activities in our homes, thus necessitating larger and larger houses.  Short and worth reading.  (Treehugger)

9.  Finally, the great folks at Lonny have teamed with Traditional Home to create a new online magazine – TRADhome, and it looks terrific! (2Modern)

I already want that amazing chandelier on the cover.  Of course, I also want an iPad so I can slouch in a chair while leafing through all these great new online mags coming out, but that’s a whine for another day.  Sigh.

See you next week!

Friday Wrap-up – 4/8/11

I am so looking forward to this weekend!  Why you ask?  Because this is where I am going to be on Saturday…

I’m absolutely giddy about it, which I’m sure leaves some of you wondering about my sanity.  For those of you who share in my enthusiasm for all things “woady” I promise will give you all a full report next week.

And don’t forget!  We are giving away a great Adesso Reach LED desk lamp this week!  You have until Saturday at midnight to enter.

Meanwhile, here are some of the things that caught my eye this week:

1. This tutorial for recycling porch light fixtures into terrariums is so brilliant. I’m definitely adding this to my list of things to incorporate into my new office space. (design*sponge)

2. Here’s another great giveaway, this one for some lovely Amy Butler organic bedding. (Green Bag Lady)

3. We are all so used to the idea of flatpack furniture, what with IKEA and all, but when designer Kem Weber pioneered the idea with his Airline Chair, people thought it was weird and he only managed to sell about 200 of them. Man, what I wouldn’t do to own one of those amazing chairs. (Boing Boing)

4. And speaking of IKEA, they recently made a pledge to transition to 100% “better cotton”. It looks to be a step in the right direction, but is it really enough? (Inhabitat)

5. I’ve always liked cheery yellow in a traditional kitchen, but never figured it would look right in a modern one. Here is a super sleek, modern kitchen with bright glossy yellow cabinets, and I have to admit, it looks great! (Trendir)

6. Wood is becoming an increasingly popular element in many interiors. This lovely home takes that idea to the nth degree. (2Modern blog)

7. And now I’ll leave you with two fascinating videos. The first is an interview with a woman who lives in a 90 sf “apartment” in New York. She’s managed to make it quite livable, although I could never sleep in a bed like that!

The second video I’ve included just because it’s so darn peaceful, even if it is a commercial.

Wishing all of you a wonderful weekend!

Friday Wrap-up – 4/1/11

Happy Friday everyone! And happy April Fools’ Day too. Last year, I went all out and posted what I thought was a funny, and pretty obvious, April Fool’s “product”. I’m not sure whether it was too good, or not good enough, but despite the date on the calendar, people took me seriously. So this year, I decided to skip it. Luckily, Inhabitat stepped up to the plate.

So here’s what I was looking at this week:

1. This History of Curtains is a lot more interesting than you might think at first. (design sponge)

2. You should really take a look at these beautiful prints made from pieces of discarded maps. I particularly love the Japanese Crane, especially because part of the proceeds go to Japan disaster relief. (design sponge)

3. You have to check out this crazy collection of taxidermy antiques in London. (Craft)

4. Est is a new online magazine about “global living with an Australian twist”. (desire to inspire)

5. Here’s a store that really takes sustainable living seriously. All of the products in their store are sourced and crafted in the United States from sustainable materials. (Re-nest)

6. I’m in love with this amazing bench crafted from 5000 recycled New York City Metro cards. (Yanko Design)

7. If you’re short on space, one of these 10 convertible dining tables might just help you squeeze in a little more functionality. (Tree hugger)

That’s it for now.  Happy weekend everyone!

Friday Wrap-up – 3/25/11

After a very rainy morning, the sun is out and the birds are arguing over turf singing.  It’s Spring!

So, here are some things I thought you might find interesting to look at this week:

1. If you like the midcentury mod look, you wouldn’t go wrong getting one of these great upcycled clocks from Etsy. (re-nest)

2. This is the sort of question I love to see asked, “is a timeless kitchen possible?” (Shelterrific)

3. Here’s a DIY project I’d love to try. It’s a woven leather stool and it looks pretty sharp. (Craft)

4. Here’s another DIY project that looks much better than you think it would from the description. It’s an egg carton pendant light, and the purple color is what really makes it. Trust me. (re-nest)

5. Speaking of color, here’s another blog post celebrating the beauty of gray, just like my post earlier today. (Wayside Violet)

6. A friend alerted me to this article on a crazy amazing desert homestead. It’s green living at its wildest, in more ways than one, but it’s Benita the Texas longhorn cow that really captured my heart. I couldn’t live there, but I sure would love to scratch her behind the ears just once. (The New York Times)

7. This article asks the question, “Was Frank Lloyd Wright’s Visionary Architecture Sustainable?” (ARTINFO on the Huffington Post)

8. Now I ask the question, “is this new Proto Home really just a modern re-examination of Rietveld’s iconic 1924 Schroder House?”

9. And finally, this Lucky Cat T-shirt is not only adorable, but part of the proceeds from its sale benefit Architecture for Humanity’s Japan relief fund. That’s a win-win in my book!  So go ahead and buy one.  You know you want to.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Friday Wrap-up – 3/18/11

Well, it’s been a wonderful week here at The interioREvolution, in no small part because it was my birthday yesterday! My husband took me out for a lovely dinner and then to a play set in an Irish pub, and what could be a better way to spend a St. Patrick’s Day birthday than that?

Meanwhile, as usual there is plenty of fascinating stuff going on in sustainable design that I thought you might be interested in. Here’s what I’ve been reading about this week:

1. The process of dying silk fabric uses an awful lot of water. What if you could dye the silk before it is even spun by the silkworm? That’s what researchers are working on right now, by feeding fluorescent dye to silkworms. (Treehugger)

2. One of the biggest obstacles to using LED lighting is the initial cost. New research may be able to lower that cost by 75%, making LEDs comparable in cost to the much more popular CFL and incandescent bulbs. (Treehugger)

3. A big factor to consider in creating a sustainable product is the efficient use of material. This hardwood flooring company reduces waste by using a computerized analysis to calculate the curves and irregularities of uncut logs in order to create flooring using no straight lines. The curved edges of the pieces fit together like a puzzle. (Boing Boing)

4. Here’s an interesting look at some DIY lighting projects. (Design Sponge)

5. I don’t know what this midcentury modern wall sculpture is actually made from, but it reminds me of dried slices of citrus fruit. What do you think those funky circles are? (Standard)

6. Here are four good sources for paraffin free candles. (re-nest)

7. In this interview, furniture designer Leon Wong discusses why he encourages people to buy modern wood furniture for Earth Day. (Maneuvering Life With Style)

8. I thought I would close with this video interview with Architecture for Humanity founder Cameron Sinclair talking about how they are already helping  Japan rebuild. If there is anybody who can inspire architects and designers to go out and save the world, it’s him. (seen on Inhabitat)

Friday Wrap-up – 2/18/11

We’re supposed to have a storm arriving tonight, but for now it is all blue skies and fluffy clouds.  Perfect weather to pull together a little Friday Wrap-up for you.  Enjoy!

1.  Cute, simple DIY clip art rail made from an old yardstick and some cheerfully painted wooden clothes pins.  Perfect for a kids room.  (re-nest)

2.  Is it a chair that looks like a sweater, or the other way around?  You decide.  Either way, it’s an amazing piece of knitting! (Craft)

3.  I’m really surprised at how great looking these re-purposed 50 gallon metal barrels are.  I love that someone thought “hey, with some glossy paint, that would make a terrific cabinet”.  And they were right!  (re-nest)

4.  Buy one, give one – that’s the concept behind this bedding company’s new program.  What a great way to reach out and help a homeless child stay warm.  (Green Your Decor)

5.  Thinking of attempting a green remodel?  Here are some really useful tips from “The Not So Big Remodeling” author Sarah Susanka. (Inhabitat)

6.  A designer writes about rustic wooden walls and why they make spaces feel so cozy to her, even though she is a modernist at heart.  I’ll be writing more about the trend in reclaimed wood walls later, but the two images she uses to ilustrate her post are well worth taking a look-see at.  (The Design Confidential)

7.  And lastly, another cat thing (see Metronome Kitty from last Friday).  This time someone simply, and cleverly, took a few old wine crates and make a pretty good looking cat “bunk bed”.  Being that my husband is in the wine business, AND we have two cats, this is so going to be my weekend project!  (Shelteriffic)

Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday Wrap-up – 2/11/11

So nice to be doing a Friday Wrap-up again, even if it is a bit late in the day.  Although I could only spend a limited amount of time on the computer while I continue to recuperate, I still managed to find some interesting things you might like to take a look at.

1.  A simple, but elegant solution for “where do we put the trash cans?” in a kitchen design. (re-nest)

2.  Have white linens with stains that seem permanent?  Try giving them a little time in the sun.  (Homegrown Evolution)

3.  So come on now.  Confess.  Will you miss incandescent bulbs? (shelterrific)

4.  Stunning sculptures of faces, using discarded books, magazines and newspapers. (Lloyd’s Blog)

5.  Terrific DIY headboard design!  You really have to see this one, especially if you have a daughter between 6 & 16.  Aw heck, I’d still love to have a headboard like this one, and I’m… older. (desire to inspire)

6.  This has been posted on a lot of blogs this week, but in case you missed it, take a look at this beautiful locksmith’s storefront, covered in a swirling mosaic of keys.

7.  And finally, I couldn’t help sharing this video of a poor cat and his very rhythmic attempts to defeat the evil metronome.  Love how nonchalant the other cat is!

Wishing all of you a lovely weekend!

Friday Wrap-up – 1/21/11

It’s Friday!!!  And we are in the middle of the nominating process for Apartment Therapy’s The Homies 2011!  Want to help us reach the final cut?  Click here, and then leave the following comment:

Name: theinteriorevolution

We’d love to be in the final 6 blogs for voting.  It’s a great way to reach new readers, so we can keep getting the word out that green interiors are the way to go!

OK, now that that little bit of business is taken care of, on to some of the fun stuff I’ve been clicking on this week:

1.  Non-toxic dyes from agricultural waste seem to be the next new thing.  Here is a program developing in Argentina.  (Treehugger)

2.  Inhabitat is launching a Green Home Expert series.  Sigh.  They didn’t ask me… (LOL)  However, they do seem to have a roster of amazing talented people!  Definitely something to watch.  (Inhabitat)

3.  I love the concept behind this uber modular shelving.  Constantly convertible, and a lovely organic form as well. (Yanko Design)

4.  This tiny house built of pallets is so charming!  And only costs about $500 to build. (Lloyd’s Blog)

5.  I die for this beautiful upcycled doily lamp.  Seriously, you have to look at this thing.  Makes me want to run out and invest in doilies (did I just type that???) (reMade USA)

6.  These gorgeous, modern glass and cork vases and lamps are reason #1,378,632 for why I wish I could attend Maison&Objet in Paris right now. (Dezeen)

7.  These adorable, organic cotton pillows are, well,… adorable.  They remind me of the Richard Scarry books I had as a child.  So sweet.  (Green Your Decor)

Well, that’s it for now.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!!