RENOVATE

Recycled Windshield (Second Glass)

Sure, we’ve all seen some items made from windshields, but actually using the breaks and cracks of damaged windshields as a design element is something slightly new (to me, at least). I really wish they’d come up with better photography, but if you’ve any imagination you can see how this idea would be great as a shower door or, as shown above, as a wall divider or door.

Converting junk or damaged windshields into new glass products is a patent-pending process that we have perfected. While simple in concept it is a complex formula of art and science. We can add color to co-ordinate with other design elements. Second Glass can be framed, lighted, mounted, or hung just as in most glass applications creating attractive and easily maintained walls, dividers, fronts, partitions, and lighting.

Price available upon request. Buy it here.

[via materialicious]

Wall Murals

So, ever since seeing the photo (taken by Debi Treloar) of this bed (in Studio Ilse’s 661 london road project), I’ve been a little obsessed with finding cobalt blue sheets and perhaps taking on the task of adding a wall mural somewhere in my home. While I have had absolutely no luck in finding the sheets (it’s apparently impossible*), there are quite a few wall mural sources online.

Surface View, which is perhaps the most entertaining, has a large image collection along with a snazzy ‘see in room’ option where you get to see your selected image as a mural, window blind or canvas art (see upper right photo). There’s also Murals Your Way which has what looks to be a decent brick wall and some other stuff worth considering. My personal favorite is the Galaxy mural wall paper (shown lower right) from designyourwall.com. They also have a nice bamboo forest wallpaper that could be nice in a powder room or something.

Is that enough to get you started mural-wise? Any other good links, let me know and I’ll add them.

*To the first person who finds a cobalt sheet set in queen size (thread count ~300, available online from a US, Canada, or UK store), I will send you a handmade card as thanks…and maybe something else too.

More information:

View Wall Murals here

Mirrored Fence

When perusing through Carlolina Eclectic’s blog, her photo of a mirrored fence just about jumped out and slapped me. Just put up a mirror all along the perimeter and voilà suddenly your outdoor space seems twice as large. How smart is that (and why haven’t I thought of that for my own postage-stamp patio)?

to see post and more photos, click here.

More information:

View Mirrored Fence here

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Hidden Staircase

Besides being perfectly lovely, this five story house in Tokyo has a hidden staircase(!). I fully recommend looking through the pics.

To see more pics of Long Tall House, click here.

[to read more about the project, visit dezeen]

Martin Swatton Remodel

For anyone who’s in the middle of remodeling, or embarking on a huge remodeling project, it might do you good to see this before and after for inspiration (and hope). It’s pretty amazing how huge the transformation is (I don’t even want to know how much it cost or how long it took)…it’s also for sale in case there are any interested parties out there.

visit martinswatton.com
more photos: livingetc.

Tara. White Edition

Why-oh-why are bathroom fixtures so darn expensive?

Two-hole bath mixer with stand pipes and cross handles: $2,614.00, Buy it here.
Also shown: Single-hole basin mixer with stand pipe and cross handles

[via pointclickhome]

Purchase Information:

Price: $2,614.00
Availability: Buy Tara. White Edition here

Steel Window/Door Resources

The ever resourceful Julie from Remodelista did a great post about steel door and window fabricators. If you’re in the market, I highly suggest checking it out.

Photos shown above:
top two from Bliss Nor-Am (located Syracuse N.Y.)
bottom two from Crittall Windows (UK)

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Polumbo’s Peck Slip loft

So, originally I had planned to post pictures showing Randy Polumbo’s Mojave Desert house, but those photos are hard to get, so you’ll just have to settle for a glimpse of his loft in New York. The way Polumbo has repurposed items is pretty inspiring, and it might just renew your faith in eBay and salvage yards.

Here are a few examples that stand out: the stove was found on eBay for $80, the wood-burning hearth is made out of abandoned lockers, the antique cast-iron and sewage-pipe balustrade pictured on the lower right might have once been in a church (to which Polumbo said, “I have a soft spot for ecclesiastical garbage.”), and the dining table is made from an antique workbench surface.

All in all, if any of it strikes a chord with you, you’ll have to check out the article to see more.

pics & info via New York Magazine’s Trash to Treasure article.
Also, check out his Mojave Desert house too. It’s fun.

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Summerhouse Skåne

Sometimes it’s easy to forget how much paint can change an interior. This renovated farmhouse gets a jolt of bright turquoise to highlight the stairs, bookcase, and door jamb. Also, check out the site for the bright yellowish orange wall/room, which is surprisingly lovely.

LASC Studio

[via remodelista via materialicious]

Mark Giglio Wallpapers

With so many great wallpaper options, it’s hard to pick just one.

design:
Mark Giglio, 2009

“Hand Print” Wallpaper (2 Rolls) $240.00,
Buy it here.
“Kabegami” Wallpaper (2 Rolls) $240.00, Buy it here.

tham and videgard hansson arkitekts

Whoa, check out this apartment with its crazy color-transitional parquet floors. Not sure how much I’d like to live there with that much color all the time, but it’s certainly nice to look at. Visit designboom for bigger/more pics.

they used patterns and colour to order space in previous projects that the occupants had seen.
the overlapping colours transform the layout of the apartment and add a new structure of spaces
linked to each other across the original plan. the parquet floor also function as a uniting system
that offer design possibilities. once they had set up colours in different shades, they developed
each room in relation to the others, every piece of parquet was defined to fit into the right postion,
there was no random factor in the construction process. -designboom

[via designboom]

[posted by katie]

Ting’s Leather Belt Floor Tiles

I remember posting Ting Studio’s Belt Floor Mat back in June of 2007 and it blew me away. But this, this is really spectacular. You can have a whole floor of recycled leather belts. There’s not a whole lot of info on the site (that I could find), but Met Home’s May issue (pg 74) lists the floor tiles at $75 per square foot. It’s expensive, but man, it might just be worth it.

Apartment Therapy has a little more info about the floor tiles too if you’re interested.

$75/sq ft., Buy it here.

(Also, I wonder how easy it would be to replicate this yourself? You’d have to do some hunting at resale shops for the belts, but as far as adhesive I just don’t know…)

Purchase Information:

Price: $75
Availability: Buy Ting’s Leather Belt Floor Tiles here

Upgrade Shower

This shower is super sleek (even the pan’s drain is streamlined), but I guess it better look that way for a total price of $2800.00.

Purchase Information:

Price: $2800
Availability: Buy Upgrade Shower here

Dollahite House

If you’re into the real estate market in Austin, you might be interested to know the Dollahite house is on the market. Featured in Dwell a while back, it’s an excellent example of how a teardown house can be salvaged back to life with impressive results. (Particularly interesting to me is the simple modern landscaping (as shown top right)…mostly how it’s been added to/matured since the first photo was taken.)

To see the listing, go here.

To see Blake Dollahite’s work and the house in detail, go here.
[via materialicious]

Pendulum Door Knocker

Yes, this is more expensive than any door knocker you’ll find at your local hardware store. It’s also an exponentially nicer design and is sure to dress up your entrance a bajillion times more than the others available.

This bronze door knocker brings old world craftsmanship and unadorned utility together to create a minimalist sculpture. The hefty weight of the handle feels good in your hand, and has slightly recessed sides to intuitively grasp. The bronze is a living finish patina, which will naturally wear and color according to use and environment.

1.50″l x 2.00″w x 10.00″h

$275.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $275.00
Availability: Buy Pendulum Door Knocker here