As the daughter of an oil painter, I grew up being told that there are no mistakes in art, only opportunities to add a little more paint. The same creative optimism transfers well to the decorating realm too. There really are very few decor dilemmas that can't be solved with well-placed curtains, toss pillows, or art arrangements.
Remember when we used to sit inside cardboard boxes as kids, and pretend they were planes, trains or automobiles? Israeli designer (and cycling enthusiast) Izhar Gafni takes that whimsical idea one step further by making a bicycle almost entirely out of cardboard — and riding it through the streets!
One man's trash is another man's treasure — we've all heard the old adage, but Nelson Molina, a longtime sanitation worker in Manhattan, takes the saying to an entirely new level: a self-curated, full-fledged art gallery — from other people's trash.
If you're bemoaning the fact that we live in such a throwaway society, head on over to Superuse, an online community of designers, architects, and creative folks who find new and inventive ways of reusing old and abandoned materials.
Although we would guess many of you do your best to always bring along your own reusable shopping bags to the grocery store, we are willing to bet that you still manage to accumulate plastic ones. And they in turn manage to multiply like rabbits. Here is a way to thin the herd a bit that will have your kids (and maybe you, too) jumping for joy.
Afraid to fly? Can't get enough of planes? No matter your feelings about aviation, these retired jets make for a unique hotel experience. Rather than abandon out of work airplanes, these innovative hoteliers have transformed them from a means of transportation, into a destination in their own right.
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Specialty: Furniture restoration and upholstery sales
Price Range: ($$) Mid-Range
Have you ever experienced insane jealousy over a furniture before and after post? Some people have the skills and patience to transform a battered old chair or sofa. Some people just want someone else to do it. For those of us who respect the work but want to be a little more hands-off, there's MOD Restoration.
Before you ditch those beat-up dining chairs with the broken seats, consider turning them into a bench! Here are four great DIY repurposing projects in which old chairs (already owned or purchased at a thrift store) have been upcycled into charming — and functional! — benches.
We've seen some clever repurposing of old cribs and baby gates in the home and bringing them outside makes perfect sense. The framework of both crib slats and gates is very similar to garden trellises that you can buy, so why not use what you have instead.