Yesterday morning, while browsing on my laptop at a local coffee shop, I discovered this frat house turned humble home. The owners did everything from plastering their own walls to ridding the place of graffiti and animals of all sorts. Everything was beautifully done, but the one thing that stood out wasn't high end. It was from IKEA, but it looks like a million bucks.
IKEA hackers have come up with ingenious ways to transform and redesign the Swedish mega-store's products. But for those of us without the time, energy, skills or resourcefulness needed for an involved DIY project there are a few other ways to customize your favorite IKEA pieces.
Add a little va va voom to your bedroom by incorporating a few red pieces. The ones shown here increase the bedroom's function as well as add mood. Don't be afraid to spice it up! Red is as handsome as is it beautiful and neither overly feminine or masculine.
This product is the perfect thing for the person who loves both books and cycling, like Albert Einstein, the cycling professor. Whether you want to store books or simply store bike gear, like a helmet or basket, the Bookbike by Byografia makes bike storage more attractive, functional and easier to integrate into your home decor.
While I'm not quite ready to trade in my growing collection of books and magazines for a tablet, I am always interested in finding unique and convenient ways to store my piles of unfinished novels and dog-eared shelter mags. And if that place is right where I sit and read, all the better! Here are a few clever designs, including a potential DIY stool, that might get you to read more and be asked to put away your mess — less!
Brian David Johnson is a custom furniture and cabinet maker located in Austin, Texas. Under the business name BDJ Craft Works, Brian has been creating custom wood pieces for happy customers since 2009.
Corner shelves are great for eliminating dead pockets of space in the corners of walls or counters. In addition to showing off decorative accessories, plants and memorabilia, they keep commonly used items handy, like a go-to cookbook, a telephone or the latest book or magazine.
There are many of us out there who hear voices. They usually speak to us while at a tag sale or thrift store just after discovering a unique piece of something that we have no immediate use for but is just too good to pass up. We're sure we'll use it somehow, someday. Like when building a bookcase, for example.
I'll admit that I was a little late jumping onto the Etsy bandwagon. For me, the term "handmade" brings to mind crocheted toilet paper roll cozies and hot glued seashell frames. And while you will still find a wealth of, um, amateurish items on Etsy — many of which are curated for the aptly named Regretsy — Etsy remains the world's largest marketplace of goods crafted by both fledgling hobbyists and skilled artisans. Here is my pick of the best handcrafted items currently available for your home.