Furniture

These are amazing designs! Top Inspiration has a roundup of 12 furniture designs that are absolutely fabulous. I don’t even know where to begin with them. They are incredibly functional and would be a great addition to any living space. They would be especially useful in a small space such as in a tiny home I write about so often on this sight.

A few of my favorites…. I love love love the sofa that turns into a set of bunk beds. What amazing ingenuity. Just spectacular! The wooden table/bench is incredible also. It is just so functional. I think that it belongs in my yard under the willow tree for all those afternoon blogging sessions on gorgeous summer days. I like the capstan table too. It is a modern take on the add-a-leaf table we have all seen but this one slides out in wedges.

I have run out of words to describe all of these amazing, spectacular, original works of art and engineering featured in this roundup. How is it possible that such creative pieces can just be furniture?! Maybe these pieces are the start of ‘furniture of the future.’

Here’s the link to all 12 designs…

TopInspirations: 12 Absolutely Genius Furniture Design Ideas

Coffee Table

Wunderbar! That’s what this whisky barrel coffee table from DIY Projects with Pete is. 100% wonderful. This is a fabulous videos that show the transformation of an old whiskey barrel into a beautiful coffee table. It shows start to finish the project and I am just blown away at how amazing the finished project is. I really like the half barrel on it’s base. I would want to leave it like that and make it a…something. I don’t know what, but it looks really cool that way. Now if I only knew where to find a barrel…any suggestions?

Do you remember Hope Chests? My grandmother had one. Historically, a hope chest is a dowery chest. An unmarried woman would start storing things for marriage, like table clothes, dresses, and things that were homemade. Now they are more used for treasures and things you want to pass on to the next generation. This barrel table/chest reminds me of one.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Chair

Ok. Here’s the thing… I have a love hate relationship with the internet. (Especially Pinterest.) I see the most fabulous DIY projects and fall in love with them only to have my hopes dashed to pieces when the instructions are incomplete, are missing completely, or are just downright miserable. Anyone with me? Here is a DIY that Won’t disappoint; it has it all!

The tutorial for this bookshelf chair, featured by Instructables, has detailed steps, pictures, and lists of materials needed. I love this chair and I love that there is a DIY version! Have you seen chairs like this? They are quite spendy when bought but affordable (and fabulous) when made!

Eeeek! Etsy has one that sells for around $3000! Oh my lanta! They are made to order and look amazing but I’m gonna go with the DIY version. In case you feel like dropping a few thousand dollars follow this link the store.

Here’s the link for the full DIY tutorial…

Instructables: Bookshelf Chair Build Plans

Hammock Chair

I love porch swinging and backyard sitting. Basically I love everything relaxing and this Macrame Hammock chair looks like the most relaxing of all. Macrame isn’t crocheting but a form of weaving or knotting. (So don’t stress if you don’t have knitting needles.) It’s durable and beautiful and sailors used it a lot back in the day to decorate everything from their shoes to their ships. I think the designs are lovely, especially the ones on this chair. I’m itching to try my hand at this! And you will be too after seeing the tutorial from eHow. Be sure not to skip any steps or rush through the weaving. The last thing you want is to break your chair or fall on your tushy.

I don’t have a macrame hammock but I do have swinging chairs on the porch. They are Zupapa chairs and they are brilliant. They are the ultimate in store-bought comfort; they have foot and arm rests, a drink holder, and a pillow for your head. Give me a mint julep and a good book on a hot day and I’ll be happy as a clam. I’m not sure where we got ours but Amazon has them.

Here’s the link to the full build instructions…

eHow: How To Make A Macrame Hammock

Furniture

Waste not, want not. Wimp has a fun roundup that shows how old furniture, that has outlived it’s usefulness, can be put to good use in the garden. Some of these ideas are brilliant and others are just downright creepy!

Many of these won’t stand the test of time but they are fun to look at for the time being. I love all of the beds that are grown over (numbers 2, 6, 7, and 14). Although the one covered in grass reminds me of Rip Van Winkle and his 20 year nap. Numbers 1 and 3 are gorgeous but I’m sad that these instruments are no longer being played. Lol. The abandoned tea party (number 12) gives me the creeps! It’s very haunting. Would you try any of these? Do you have any of them decorating your garden right now? Let me know! I’m so curious!

Just in case you don’t know it…here is the tale of Mr. Van Winkle. Be sure to set the alarm next time you take a snooze!

Here’s the link to all 15 ideas…

Wimp: 15 Ways To Use Old Furniture In Unexpected Places (photos)


Dining Room

I love creative and innovative people! I may not follow in their footsteps (not all of us are so talented) but they provide unteen amounts of inspiration. Thanks guys! Someday I will reach your skill level and my DIYs will we be the envy of all. Lol. One such exceptional and inspirational individual is Reddit user Midnight XII.

He took his dining nook and completely transformed it. It was boring, only sat six, and looked average. You won’t believe the transformation. The new table and benches are lovely! They can fit 12-15 people and the table now maximizes the space to it’s full potential. I love the paint too! Grey/blue and white are my favorite color schemes right now. Well done! Real Simple has some other remodel before and afters that should keep your creative juices flowing. These ones include living rooms too, just in case your dining room is already perfect.

Here’s the link to full project details…

Diply: Amazing Dining Room Transformation (photos)


lace drawers

I found a whole bolt of lace a few years ago at Goodwill and it has ended up being one of the best purchases ever! I’m sure it wasn’t a full bolt (40-100 yards) but it was a lot and only cost me $5.00. I’ve used it for so many DIYs and I highly recommend picking some up if you ever have the chance! You can make window treatments, votives, use it to fancy up your clothes, or decorate your furniture.

Kelsey Johnson, with Design Innovate Create, decided to use some lace and paint to transform an an old piece of furniture that needed a remodel. She turned an average dresser into something vintage in just a few easy steps. I love this idea! I have the dresser. I have the lace. I have the tutorial. So now I need to head to the paint store. Lol. So excited! Brit and Co has a fancy roundup with 30 lacy DIYs. It’s fabulous! I’m really keen on the eye glasses. Find all the fun ideas here.

Here’s the link to the full tutorial and more photos…

Little Things: She Pulled Out Her Dresser Drawers For One Adorable DIY Project

diagrams to decorate your home

Home decorating is not a one time thing, it’s something we tackle over and over again as our tastes and preferences change over time. After all there is always something that you can find to improve upon, isn’t there? But in order to lessen the indecisiveness and changing your mind too often one needs to plan ahead. Planning is extremely crucial and can save you boat loads of time and money!

Now not everybody is great at planning, so we thought this article containing decorating diagrams would be super useful! They are a wonderful place for anyone to get started with. Once you take a look you’ll realize they are just what you need to identify what direction to take your decorating.

Here’s the link to all 24 diagrams that will get you that much closer to being a professional designer! Have fun…

Cinder Blocks

Cinder blocks are just one more thing that proves concrete is awesome and here to stay. Concrete is durable, affordable, and can be make into the most stylish DIYs. The same can be said for cinderblocks! These versatile blocks don’t cost pennies like a bag of cement but they are considerably cheaper that other building materials out there. Keep you eyes peeled for cheap or used blocks so you can make awesome DIYs, like the ones featured at Brit And Co!

We had cinder block furniture in my college dorm room but a little less classy than these. Lol. I’m glad to see that it’s coming back around and that I can claim credit for being a trendsetter. These ideas are so fun! I love all the outdoor seating ideas. Numbers 5, 9, and 12 are such creative couches and benches. I really like number 10 too. What an adorable little vase. Just imaging stubbing your toes on any one of those! Yikes! That wouldn’t keep me from making them though. Hehe.

You can use cinder blocks to make big things too. Like buildings. That’s what they were intended for anyways, to be a larger masonry block than a standard brick. This YouTube Video, from user Rahgsa0509, gives a brief overview on how to make a shed. Sweet!

See all 13 ideas here…

Brit+Co: 13 Creative Ways To Use Cinder Blocks

decorate small spaces

It can be fun decorating large spaces where you have a lot of room to spread your wings. But small spaces need attention as well, and can sometimes pose a challenge. You need to change the way you think about decorating when dealing with small spaces. The rules are totally different! Think combining style and decor with storage and functionality.

In small spaces you need to think outside of the box a lot more, and consider how to save space. This could mean looking at unique pieces of furniture that utilize the walls or at least alleviate floor space. Small spaces do not need to be intimidating either. Once you get some ideas to spur your creativity, you will be well on your way to becoming a decorating diva! Go check out the super secret furniture art frame, one of our favorites.

Here’s the link to all 12 ideas…