This remarkable cabin on the Swedish West coast is designed by Torsten Ottesjö. With a keen sense of scale, Ottesjö has thoughtfully laid out distinct areas for food prep, eating, and sleeping in 25 square meters. The thinking behind such a project is explained on Ottesjö’s website, with more photos showing the unique curved construction and building details.


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View HUS-1 here


Paint Pen

This is one of those no-brainer products that probably should have been invented a long time ago. When you finish painting a room, load up the Paint Pen and it will be in reserve for any quick touch-ups in the future.  Great for small apartments and condos where you can’t afford the room to store paint cans. I haven’t seen these in person, but it seems like these could be a great tool for artists as well.

Set of 2, $19.99

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Price: $20.00
Availability: Buy Paint Pen here

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If your house facade needs new numbers, be sure to check out these options from Canadian company numbermyhouse*. Best of all, no drilling is required, as they have a super strong peel-and-stick adhesive backing. If you happen to have rockwork or another tricky surface, you’ll need to add some stand-off kits ($5 per letter) to accommodate the unevenness. You can also customize lowercase letters or a special font, just email them for a quote. Pick any size from 6″ to 16″ tall.


Purchase Information:

Price: $18.00
Available from: numbermyhouse

Art Gallery Inspiration

Finding inspiration for a specific project can take up tons of time, especially as it’s easy to get sucked into the vortex of Tumblr, Pinterest, etc. I recently have been rethinking hanging some existing art in a new random way, and just in case you were too, here are some of the images I’ve bookmarked as favorites. (Most of the images we’ve bookmarked via Tumblr have unlisted sources, which is a shame, but luckily some are linked correctly. If you know more info, please comment and/or email us and we’ll add it in.)

Warez Rose Wallpaper

Nice job, Erich Ginder. This floral wallpaper is created from ASCII symbols. From far away, you see a dot-like floral motif; close up, you see a bunch of characters. Handmade in the United States.

Purchase Information:

Price: $140.00
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IdeaPaint Clear

Whiteboards need not be white. IdeaPaint is a clear paint-on coating that can be applied to any smooth surface for dry erase functionality. The basic kit at $225 covers 50 square feet and includes roller, stir stick, can opener, and wet paint sign. It looks especially good on woodgrain, and would work great in the office or kids’ room.

Purchase Information:

Price: $225.00
Available from: IdeaPaint

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The Shed by Richard Peters Associates

This 800-square-foot sustainable home in Sydney started out as a humble industrial shed. If you always see potential in old buildings, it’ll probably whet your appetite for your own remodel, so be careful.

inLove Custom Hardwood Flooring

If you’re looking for a hardwood flooring in a custom color, you’ll be more than happy to see the options from this particular collection. However, have a long hard think about the more adventurous colors, as it would be a very sad thing to have them installed and paid for only to find out that the color is really wrong for the space. For instance, this Blossom Red wouldn’t work everywhere; perhaps err on the side of caution with a more subtle or deeper shade of the color you prefer. Also, ‘custom’ usually means a bit more money out of pocket, so you might even want to get a design pro’s advice before making your selection.

Purchase Information:

Price: $Price on request
Available from: PID Floors

Kitchen Remodel

If you’ve never completed a kitchen remodel, you and I had something in common 7 weeks ago. Fast forward to last week, to my mostly new kitchen (shown above) which sports white shiny cabinets, an almost white Silestone countertop and an off white porcelain backsplash. White, white, white. If you’re curious as to how the project progressed, you’ll find more pictures and commentary below.


The Backyard House

If you’ve not seen Megan Lea’s Backyard House, you’re in for a treat. Intended as an extra space for an office or as a guest room, the 154 square foot house was built in a small corner of her vegetable garden in less than six months using salvaged barn lumber and a salvaged copper roof. Natural plaster walls and a wood stove keep it cozy while a small loft provides extra space for seating. All photos below ©Rise over Run.

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View The Backyard House here

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Scenic Wallpaper: Forêt Noire

How about some expensive wallpaper to start off your Monday morning? The Forêt Noire Scenic Wallpaper might be a tad high in price, but keep in mind you get a lot: 372 x 300 cm is just about 12′ x 10′, so it would take care of one large wall or a smaller room quite easily. Plus, you’ll have all sorts of woodland creatures to keep you company.

Purchase Information:

Price: €480.00
Available from: Store Without a Home

I See You Wallpaper

Give credence to your paranoia by putting up this googly-eyed wallpaper from Cavern Home. Now when you whisper “there are eyes everywhere!” whilst rocking back and forth on the floor, you can point to the wallpaper and everyone will understand.

Purchase Information:

Price: $155.00

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Available from: Design Public

ModKnobs Modern Door Knobs

“Down with lame door knobs” is the motto Mary & Jeff of ModKnobs go by. They couldn’t find any suitable ones on the market when remodeling their home, so they decided to release their own line. Four styles are available — puck, matte, walnut, oak — in a handful of materials: vulcanized rubber, PaperStone (a pressed material made from recycled cardboard), and of course; walnut and oak. If you’re going for sleek and modern interior you really can’t go wrong with one of these door knobs.  Prices range from $95 to $125, depending on style and material.

Purchase Information:

Price: $95.00
Available from: ModKnobs

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Thermostatic Freestanding Shower

I’m in the midst of remodeling a 100 year old craftsman home, which means I’m pouring through several hundred design retailers in search of craftsman appropriate fixtures. Which also means I find fixtures that I love but are definitely not craftsman appropriate. This makes me cry a little inside. Here’s a modern fixture that I would love to put in a home one day. It won’t be this current one…but hopefully I’ll be living in an anthracite box where this freestanding shower would fit perfectly.


Purchase Information:

Price: $749.00
Available from: Signature Hardware

White Panelling wallpaper

Occasionally, panelling can add a nice architectural feel to a room. To be specific, I’m not talking of the dark vertical wood panelling that was popular in mid 60s-70s that you see everyone ripping out or painting over. I’m talking about white panelling done in a Georgian architectural style, as shown in the above photo. It adds a traditional element, and gives a nice contrast to modern furnishings and treatments.

Now, what’s special about the above photo is it’s wallpaper that appears to be panelling, which is just fantastic. While it’s not cheap (somewhere around £70 per roll), it most likely costs less than installing actual wood panelling, and it has the whole trompe l’oeil trickiness that us modern home owners love. Also, if you prefer a more ornate renaissance feel, Mineheart has a Stone Angels Wallpaper that mimics stone architectural details (shown below).


Purchase Information:

Price: £70.00 - 99.00
Available from: Mineheart