How To Clean and Care For Your Leather Boots in WinterDaily Interior Design Ideas

How To Clean and Care For Your Leather Boots in Winter (click through for tips)As someone who has never, ever said, “Hooray, it’s winter!” I have to say that one of the only redeeming qualities of the season are a few of the wearable categories appropriate for this time of year. Boots happen to be pretty high on that list for me, and I always want to take the bestcare of my boots to prolong their wearability. Whether your issue is salt stains from harsh winter conditions or just your average amount of dirt from muddy puddles, cleaning and protecting your leather boots is a way to ensure they will be around (and in good condition) from one season to the next. Here’s what you’ll want to keep in mind when it comes to leather boot care:

How To Clean and Care For Your Leather Boots in Winter (click through for tips) 1. Cleaning. Whether you have a salt ring, dried cracks of salt around the bottom of your boot, or just dirty marks from day to day living, your firststep is to clean your boots of all debris. For salt stains, use a soft cloth and mix of whitevinegar and water (equal parts) to remove the stains. Allow the boot to dry, and buff with a soft cloth when finished. Try to remove salt stains as soon as they happen, and if you can get to them before they dry, a quick wipe with a damp cloth should do the trick. For general dirt, use a saddle soap that will also help condition and waterproof your boot. Wipe off dirt with a damp rag, rub the wet rag into the saddle soap to create a lather, rub the soap into the boot, and wipe off the lather with a damp cloth after a few minutes. If you feel like there’s too much saddle soap on your boots, you can always add a little more water to create more lather.

How To Clean and Care For Your Leather Boots in Winter (click through for tips) 2. Erase scuffs. You have all you need to erase scuffs in your pantry closet! Just dab a soft cloth into water, then into bakingsoda, and rub the scuffs gently until they disappear. Wipe the boot clean and allow the boot to dry before giving it a final buff.

How To Clean and Care For Your Leather Boots in Winter (click through for tips)

3. Prevent future damage. Always try to give your boots a proper protective barrier at the beginning and end of each season (and in between too after any cleanings). Spray clean, dry boots with a waterproofing spray to prevent salt stains before they start. It’s a good idea to line all your boots up at once and do them all in one sitting.

4. Storing. Any time you are letting boots dry out (either from cleaning or wet conditions outside), leave the boots in a warmarea but not a spot that is directly next to heat (like next to a radiator). If the heat is too harsh, it can make the leather more brittle and create cracks later on. Don’t store leather boots in plastic bags as the leather needs to breathe and a lack of air can cause the boot to dry out or even mold. If you don’t leave your boots out year round, choose a box with a loose lid or a fabric bag for storage instead. And before you store your boots, make sure they are clean and dry so you don’t have salt eating away at the leather for months during the off season.

How To Clean and Care For Your Leather Boots in Winter (click through for tips) But what if I have suede boots?OK, suede boots are a totally differentthing, and you can’t clean them the same way you would with smooth leather or you risk losing the suede quality and texture. Instead of getting the boot wet to spot clean, rub off dirt with a kneaded eraser or grab an emery board from your makeup drawer and sand off any marks. If those actions flatten the suede too much, you can bring the texture back by scrubbing the area with a clean toothbrush or terry cloth towel. For more heavy-duty matted stains, hold the boot over the steam from a steaming teakettle for a few moments, and then brush against the grain of the suede to loosen the dirt (and make a cup of tea since the water’s ready!).

Test your product first! No matter what kind of boots you have or what product you are using, make sure to test a small area of the boot first when using a product. You can also check with the boot manufacturer to see what items they recommend for cleaning and care of certain boots.

How To Clean and Care For Your Leather Boots in Winter (click through for tips) So remember, try and wipe off any dirt or salt soon after it makes contact with your boot to cut down on the the amount of time you’ll spend cleaning them later. Taking care of your leather boots properly will not only allow you to keep them around longer, but they will look better over their lifetime too. Now get out there and give your boots the care they deserve! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

As someone who has never, ever said, “Hooray, it’s winter!” I have to say that one of the only redeeming qualities of the season are a few of the wearable categories appropriate for this time of year. Boots happen to be pretty high on that list for me, and I always want to take the best care of my boots to prolong their wearability. Whether your issue is salt stains from harsh winter conditions or just your average amount of dirt from muddy puddles, cleaning and protecting your leather boots is a way to ensure they will be around (and in good condition) from one season to the next. Here’s what you’ll want to keep in mind when it comes to leather boot care:

1. Cleaning. Whether you have a salt ring, dried cracks of salt around the bottom of your boot, or just dirty marks from day to day living, your first step is to clean your boots of all debris. For salt stains, use a soft cloth and mix of white vinegar and water (equal parts) to remove the stains. Allow the boot to dry, and buff with a soft cloth when finished. Try to remove salt stains as soon as they happen, and if you can get to them before they dry, a quick wipe with a damp cloth should do the trick. For general dirt, use a saddle soap that will also help condition and waterproof your boot. Wipe off dirt with a damp rag, rub the wet rag into the saddle soap to create a lather, rub the soap into the boot, and wipe off the lather with a damp cloth after a few minutes. If you feel like there’s too much saddle soap on your boots, you can always add a little more water to create more lather.

2. Erase scuffs. You have all you need to erase scuffs in your pantry closet! Just dab a soft cloth into water, then into baking soda, and rub the scuffs gently until they disappear. Wipe the boot clean and allow the boot to dry before giving it a final buff.

3. Prevent future damage. Always try to give your boots a proper protective barrier at the beginning and end of each season (and in between too after any cleanings). Spray clean, dry boots with a waterproofing spray to prevent salt stains before they start. It’s a good idea to line all your boots up at once and do them all in one sitting.

4. Storing. Any time you are letting boots dry out (either from cleaning or wet conditions outside), leave the boots in a warm area but not a spot that is directly next to heat (like next to a radiator). If the heat is too harsh, it can make the leather more brittle and create cracks later on. Don’t store leather boots in plastic bags as the leather needs to breathe and a lack of air can cause the boot to dry out or even mold. If you don’t leave your boots out year round, choose a box with a loose lid or a fabric bag for storage instead. And before you store your boots, make sure they are clean and dry so you don’t have salt eating away at the leather for months during the off season.

But what if I have suede boots? OK, suede boots are a totally different thing, and you can’t clean them the same way you would with smooth leather or you risk losing the suede quality and texture. Instead of getting the boot wet to spot clean, rub off dirt with a kneaded eraser or grab an emery board from your makeup drawer and sand off any marks. If those actions flatten the suede too much, you can bring the texture back by scrubbing the area with a clean toothbrush or terry cloth towel. For more heavy-duty matted stains, hold the boot over the steam from a steaming teakettle for a few moments, and then brush against the grain of the suede to loosen the dirt (and make a cup of tea since the water’s ready!).

Test your product first! No matter what kind of boots you have or what product you are using, make sure to test a small area of the boot first when using a product. You can also check with the boot manufacturer to see what items they recommend for cleaning and care of certain boots.

So remember, try and wipe off any dirt or salt soon after it makes contact with your boot to cut down on the the amount of time you’ll spend cleaning them later. Taking care of your leather boots properly will not only allow you to keep them around longer, but they will look better over their lifetime too. Now get out there and give your boots the care they deserve! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Stay Practical Using Laundry Baskets On WheelsDaily Interior Design Ideas

Call them laundry hampers, baskets or however else you want. Thesethings are extremely practical, especially if they’re on wheels. Thissimple detail makes laundry day a pleasure when you can just push the basketaround, fill it with dirty clothes and then transfer them into the washer.

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This simple chrome basket is practical and versatile, allowing you to customize it and being able to look equally good in a variety of environments. It has plastic swiveling casters and a chrome-plated finish plus a cotton canvas liner which you can replace with something else if you prefer a different look.Available for $ 119.

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If you’d like to add a bit of Frenchcharm to your laundry room, have a look at this steel basket with an oxidized finish just so it can look bohemian. It includes a cotton liner with drawstring enclosure and it folds flat for convenient storage.Available for $ 159.

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Haven’t found the right size or shape yet? No worries, this collectionshould do the trick. It includes two trucks, a basket and a hamper, all practical, simple and almost all of them on wheels so you can easily push them around the house and gather clothes, toys and other things.Available for $ 79.

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What we enjoy most about these laundry baskets on wheels is that they’re so practical and easy to use and they can also be easily stored in the laundry room. You can have a special place for them under the counter.

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Most are made of metal and they do have a certain industrialappeal but they can also fit well in other types of decors. A traditional laundry room would be a lovely environment for a pair of such hampers/ baskets.

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Other types of designs and materials are also available so, if you think a wicker basket would look lovely in your home, go for it. You can either try to find one that has attached casters or you can add them yourself.{found on inmyownstyle}.

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The tricky part is finding a basket that has the right shape and size. This also has casters and handles so you can easily pick it up when needed or push around when it’s too heavy.Available from $ 235.

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Can’t find a laundry basket that suits your needs or preferences? Then just make one yourself. You need a round piece of wood for the bottom and some welded wire. Secure the wire by wrapping the excess around the other side and then clip the wire into squares after you bend it over.{found on thepicketfenceprojects}.

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Or, if you prefer an industrial-style laundry basket, you can just repurpose a metal garbage can. You just have to attach four casters to make it more practical. You should reinforce the bottom with some wood so you don’tdamage the metal when adding the casters.{found on theshabbycreekcottage}.

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Marbled Clay Ring DishDaily Interior Design Ideas

So pretty! easy marbled ring dish (click through for tutorial) I’ve come to a realization, and I have a confession to make—I am a litterer. A ring litterer that is. Ever since I started doing the multi-ring stacking trend, they are scattered all over my house, as I take them off to work outside, do the dishes, or hop in the shower. So far I’ve been lucky, and I haven’t had any mysteriously disappear, but I thought it might be a good idea to keep some ring dishes throughout the house to insure it stays that way. And what’s an easy and cheap way to make a ring dish? Why, out of clay of course!

So pretty! easy marbled ring dish (click through for tutorial)
Supplies:
-white, black, and colored oven bake clay
-X-Acto knife or plastic clay knife
-small bowl that is oven safe
-gold liquid gilding and small paintbrush
-rolling pin or large round jar
-large can or jar to trace around

So pretty! easy marbled ring dish (click through for tutorial) 1. Roll each color of clay that you want to use into a snake about 5″ long. I usually make two larger rolls of white, a medium roll of grey, a small roll of any color I am using, and then an extra small roll of black.

2. Combine the smaller rolls into one big roll and twist together.

3. Roll the large twist into a snake about twice the original length to combine the colors. Twist the ends opposite waysafter every few motions to give the colors more of a candy cane look. Once it’s twice the length, fold the snake in half and twist the two ends together, as pictured above. Repeat the rolling, folding, twisting, and rolling again process 2-3 times.

4. Smoosh all the clay into a ball. You want to see most of your colors on the surface of the ball, so pull the ball in half and re-smoosh together if you don’t.

5. Use a rolling pin or glass jar to roll out your marbled ball. I like to use a glass jar so I can see what is happening as I roll harder or softer over certain colors. The colors should blend together and create a marbled pattern as you roll over it. Try rolling different directions, from the edge, from the center, etc. to push the clay from different angles. Roll to 1/4″ thick.

6. Use a round item about 6″ wide as a template and cut out your dish circle with an X-Acto or clay knife.

7. Place your circle gently into a oven-safe bowl that is a little smaller than your circle so it will sag a little in the center and give you more of a dish shape. Bake the bowl according to the temperature on the clay package (mine was 15 minutes at 275°F). Remove the bowl from the oven and allow the clay to coolbefore turning the larger bowl upside down and tapping lightly until the clay dish falls out.

8. Use a small brush to paint the rim of the dish and allow the paint to dry.

So pretty! easy marbled ring dish (click through for tutorial) So pretty! easy marbled ring dish (click through for tutorial) While the color combinations are endless, my favorites were made with white, grey, black, and two bright colors that make a pretty third color when mixed. I would definitely suggest using a oven-bake clay like Sculpey that is already soft to start with. It will save you a lot of time and finger strength than if you use the clay that requires a lot of kneading to get it to that softness.

Thesebowls turned out even better than I hoped they would, and you can see I was able to make quite a few of them, so I’ll definitely be giving a few away as gifts. How cute would one of these be as a present with a piece of jewelry already in it? xo. Laura

Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman. Photography: Laura Gummerman and Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with Stella from A BeautifulMess actions.

I’ve come to a realization, and I have a confession to make—I am a litterer. A ring litterer that is. Ever since I started doing the multi-ring stacking trend, they are scattered all over my house, as I take them off to work outside, do the dishes, or hop in the shower. So far I’ve been lucky, and I haven’t had any mysteriously disappear, but I thought it might be a good idea to keep some ring dishes throughout the house to insure it stays that way. And what’s an easy and cheap way to make a ring dish? Why, out of clay of course!

Supplies:
-white, black, and colored oven bake clay
-X-Acto knife or plastic clay knife
-small bowl that is oven safe
-gold liquid gilding and small paintbrush
-rolling pin or large round jar
-large can or jar to trace around

1. Roll each color of clay that you want to use into a snake about 5″ long. I usually make two larger rolls of white, a medium roll of grey, a small roll of any color I am using, and then an extra small roll of black.

2. Combine the smaller rolls into one big roll and twist together.

3. Roll the large twist into a snake about twice the original length to combine the colors. Twist the ends opposite ways after every few motions to give the colors more of a candy cane look. Once it’s twice the length, fold the snake in half and twist the two ends together, as pictured above. Repeat the rolling, folding, twisting, and rolling again process 2-3 times.

4. Smoosh all the clay into a ball. You want to see most of your colors on the surface of the ball, so pull the ball in half and re-smoosh together if you don’t.

5. Use a rolling pin or glass jar to roll out your marbled ball. I like to use a glass jar so I can see what is happening as I roll harder or softer over certain colors. The colors should blend together and create a marbled pattern as you roll over it. Try rolling different directions, from the edge, from the center, etc. to push the clay from different angles. Roll to 1/4″ thick.

6. Use a round item about 6″ wide as a template and cut out your dish circle with an X-Acto or clay knife.

7. Place your circle gently into a oven-safe bowl that is a little smaller than your circle so it will sag a little in the center and give you more of a dish shape. Bake the bowl according to the temperature on the clay package (mine was 15 minutes at 275°F). Remove the bowl from the oven and allow the clay to cool before turning the larger bowl upside down and tapping lightly until the clay dish falls out.

8. Use a small brush to paint the rim of the dish and allow the paint to dry.

While the color combinations are endless, my favorites were made with white, grey, black, and two bright colors that make a pretty third color when mixed. I would definitely suggest using a oven-bake clay like Sculpey that is already soft to start with. It will save you a lot of time and finger strength than if you use the clay that requires a lot of kneading to get it to that softness.

These bowls turned out even better than I hoped they would, and you can see I was able to make quite a few of them, so I’ll definitely be giving a few away as gifts. How cute would one of these be as a present with a piece of jewelry already in it? xo. Laura

Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman. Photography: Laura Gummerman and Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with Stella from A Beautiful Mess actions.

Project Restyle: Gold-Marbled Entryway TableDaily Interior Design Ideas

c0936  6a00d8358081ff69e201b8d0da62a4970c 800wi Project Restyle: Gold Marbled Entryway TableSometimes I think the entrywayarea of a house gets the short end of the decor stick (so to speak). This seems to be especially true if you don’t have a very large entryway. We have a short hallway that brings people into our house, and I was never really sure if I had enough room to do anything with the area, but I decided to give it a shot and see what I could do with the bit of space we have. I’d seen those really skinny consoletablesaround and I thought one of those would be good for the space and give us a place to drop off our keys and what not by the door. I found a console table at a local store for a good price, but it was lacking the personality that I wanted for the only piece of furniture that can fit in that space, so I thought a makeover was definitely in order!

ef929  6a00d8358081ff69e201bb07f4b5ff970d 800wi Project Restyle: Gold Marbled Entryway TableOK, before someone in the audience yells out, “I liked the table better before!” let me say that this wasn’t a bad table to begin with. I mean, I’m really not a big fan of glass topped furniture personally, but goldlegs can definitely be cool. However, the gold finish on this table was actually a weathered antiqued gold (it’s hard to see in the photo above), so even if I kept the legs that color, I would have wanted to repaint them a solid gold anyway.

I had just bought a big brassmirror for the entryway at a local flea market and I really wanted the gold color of the mirror to be the star of the space. So, instead of gold, I thought a white table base would better suit the space. One can of semi-gloss spray paint later and the base of the table was done.

1d4a5  6a00d8358081ff69e201b8d0d9c530970c 800wi Project Restyle: Gold Marbled Entryway TableThe top of the table was a bit trickier to decide on than the legs. I cut a 3/4″ thick board to be just bigger than the current top of the table, and I wanted to do a faux Carrara marbling technique on the board. I say “wanted to” because it didn’t quite work out that way…I tried a couple of times to get the technique down (using this tutorial), but my brush wasn’t quite right for the job, my paint was drying too fast, and I just couldn’t get the hang of it. I’m still resolved to figure out that technique and I’m going to keep trying until I get it, but I thought I should think of a different solution for the table in the meantime so I didn’t have a half-finished piece of furniture in my entryway for the next few months. I still liked the idea of marbling, so I bought this gorgeous gold marbledpaper to use for the table top instead.

1072b  6a00d8358081ff69e201bb07f41b8a970d 800wi Project Restyle: Gold Marbled Entryway TableI cut the marbled paper to be just slightly bigger than the top of my board and used a satin finish decoupage to adhere it to the wood board. Once it was totally dry, I did two more coats of finish on top to make sure the top was adequately sealed. I have to say though, every time I decoupage paper and put on a top coat of finish, I freak out when the wet paper bubbles until they eventually calm down and flatten out as it dries. I also cut a few pieces of wood trim and painted them white to be a frame around the board to give it more of a finished look.

bf175  6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c750fa41970b 800wi Project Restyle: Gold Marbled Entryway TableOnce the paint was dry, I used small finishing nails to attach the trim around the edges and painted over the nail holes. I attached the new table top to the base with a strong epoxy glue and my new entryway table was ready for action!

9e012  6a00d8358081ff69e201bb07f4b53f970d 800wi Project Restyle: Gold Marbled Entryway Table0d68a  6a00d8358081ff69e201bb07f4b54b970d 800wi Project Restyle: Gold Marbled Entryway Table2d9ff  6a00d8358081ff69e201bb07f4b555970d 800wi Project Restyle: Gold Marbled Entryway Table31096  6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c7510518970b 800wi Project Restyle: Gold Marbled Entryway TableI am seriously over the moon with how this table came out. I love it! The white looks fresh and clean and the pop of the gold marbling perfectly compliments the brass mirror above. It’s also great to finally have a spot next to the door to set keys, sunnies, and mail so that doesn’t all pile up on the kitchen counter instead. I would say that this makeover was a success indeed! xo. Laura

Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman, Photography: Laura Gummerman + Todd Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Sometimes I think the entryway area of a house gets the short end of the decor stick (so to speak). This seems to be especially true if you don’t have a very large entryway. We have a short hallway that brings people into our house, and I was never really sure if I had enough room to do anything with the area, but I decided to give it a shot and see what I could do with the bit of space we have. I’d seen those really skinny console tables around and I thought one of those would be good for the space and give us a place to drop off our keys and what not by the door. I found a console table at a local store for a good price, but it was lacking the personality that I wanted for the only piece of furniture that can fit in that space, so I thought a makeover was definitely in order!

OK, before someone in the audience yells out, “I liked the table better before!” let me say that this wasn’t a bad table to begin with. I mean, I’m really not a big fan of glass topped furniture personally, but gold legs can definitely be cool. However, the gold finish on this table was actually a weathered antiqued gold (it’s hard to see in the photo above), so even if I kept the legs that color, I would have wanted to repaint them a solid gold anyway.

I had just bought a big brass mirror for the entryway at a local flea market and I really wanted the gold color of the mirror to be the star of the space. So, instead of gold, I thought a white table base would better suit the space. One can of semi-gloss spray paint later and the base of the table was done.

The top of the table was a bit trickier to decide on than the legs. I cut a 3/4″ thick board to be just bigger than the current top of the table, and I wanted to do a faux Carrara marbling technique on the board. I say “wanted to” because it didn’t quite work out that way…I tried a couple of times to get the technique down (using this tutorial), but my brush wasn’t quite right for the job, my paint was drying too fast, and I just couldn’t get the hang of it. I’m still resolved to figure out that technique and I’m going to keep trying until I get it, but I thought I should think of a different solution for the table in the meantime so I didn’t have a half-finished piece of furniture in my entryway for the next few months. I still liked the idea of marbling, so I bought this gorgeous gold marbled paper to use for the table top instead.

I cut the marbled paper to be just slightly bigger than the top of my board and used a satin finish decoupage to adhere it to the wood board. Once it was totally dry, I did two more coats of finish on top to make sure the top was adequately sealed. I have to say though, every time I decoupage paper and put on a top coat of finish, I freak out when the wet paper bubbles until they eventually calm down and flatten out as it dries. I also cut a few pieces of wood trim and painted them white to be a frame around the board to give it more of a finished look.

Once the paint was dry, I used small finishing nails to attach the trim around the edges and painted over the nail holes. I attached the new table top to the base with a strong epoxy glue and my new entryway table was ready for action!

I am seriously over the moon with how this table came out. I love it! The white looks fresh and clean and the pop of the gold marbling perfectly compliments the brass mirror above. It’s also great to finally have a spot next to the door to set keys, sunnies, and mail so that doesn’t all pile up on the kitchen counter instead. I would say that this makeover was a success indeed! xo. Laura

Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman, Photography: Laura Gummerman + Todd Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Lego-Inspired Furniture And Designs With Nostalgic FlairDaily Interior Design Ideas

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You don’t have to be a kid to play with Legos although it is a little strange to see an adult doing it. But if you want to rediscover your inner child without looking like a lunatic there’s a really great solution: use your creativity to createunique Lego furniture and other themed crafts. You can have fun and play while also creating something useful for your home.

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This Lego wall took several weeks to design and build but it was a ton of fun. One of the few ways in which you can actually build something for your home and enjoy yourself at the same time. Having a staircase built out of tons of tiny Lego pieces is definitely unusual. It’s the type of long-term DIY project that completely transforms the house.{found on beamdesign}.

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I bet your livingroomcould use a little bit of color. Why not design a coffee table with the top surfacemade of tiny brick blocks? That shouldkeep you busy for a while.

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And speaking of tables, how about something on a bigger scale? Can you imagine designing a tabletop for your dining table made entirely of Lego blocks? Or maybe a table for the meeting room. It would be a wonderful team building project.{found on tisztaszoba}.

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This is a Lego chairdesigned by Alessandro Jordão and it really gets you thinking. All those fun things you used to build as a kid while playing with Legos can be made on a much larger scale and adapted to your home where they can serve as furniture.

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Of course, you have to keep in mind that Lego furniture may seem like a fun and great idea but it also needs to be comfortable and functional. This Lego couch doesn’t really scream comfort but it would definitely make a cool display piece.{found on flickr}.

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If you’ve somehow decided that a Lego kitchen island would look awesome in your home, here’s something you should know: It’s best to get a basic and plain kitchen island and then cover it with Lego pieces. It will take about a week or so and you’ll need around 20,000 pieces for an island of this size.{found on flickr}.

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And if they need more than one, just go for it and build as many as they need. Maybe they can lend you a hand with that.{found on gravelandgold}.

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Still haven’t found the perfect headboard? Why don’t you build one yourself using Lego blocks. Use a hot glue gun to make themstay put. A really fun idea for the kids’ room but also for a master bedroom.{found on etsy}.

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The bed, dresser and those stairs may not be made of actual Lego blocks but they definitely look super fun. This is a great example of how you can create a Lego-themed room for your kids.{found on site}.

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The Lego-inspired collection designed by Spanish Company LolaGlamourincorporate these nostalgic Lego bricksintomodern and unique pieces of furniture for the children’s rooms. The collection includes a bed with Lego brick pull-out drawers underneath, a dresser and a cabinet as well as matching wall-mounted shelves.

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colorful mirror design Colorful Hand Braided Mirror Frames for Artistic Modern Decorating SchemesThe New Craftsmen recently unveiled Colour Wheels, a series of hand-braided mirrors that add an artistictouch to moderninteriors. The project is a result of a collaboration with textilesdesigner Aimee Betts and JohnJones Art Conservation Studio. The new mirrors combine brassmetal frames developed by John Jones, with cords developed by Aimee Betts on a circular knitting machine, inspired by the diverse metal finishes and process of patination realized at the John Jones workshop.

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The process of taking a raw material and transforming it through oxidization was the starting point of my design, and the beautiful patination effect created by the John Jones craftsmen provided me with a colour palette to draw into my textiles practice”, explained Aimee Betts. From there the design was developed into a continuous flow of colours to create a visually stunning ombre fading effect referencing the complementary relationship of colors on a color wheel.

At the John Jones workshop, using rolled brass strips, the frame was formed into a loop and braised at the ends, finished in John Jones’ unique Jax finish which has a deep brassy brown hue. The mirrors come in two sizes, (1600mm diameter & 800mm diameter), and can also be commissioned to new sizes and color palettes. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by The New Craftsmen]

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MaisonObjet is in complete swing for one more12 months showcasing an everinspiringassortment of design and stylefrom both established and emerging designers. A certain assortment that caught our eye was Tom Dixon’s AccessoriesCollection created from semi-precious components.

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Dixon&#8216s newest variety is inspired by the industrial qualities of engineering with a gorgeous perform on industrial machine parts, with threerange’s that function accessories manufactured from semi-precious supplies like brass, copper and glass.

‘Cog’ is the initial of the 3collections, showing his intrigue with the concepts behind engineering. The assortment functions candleholders and containers that display and adaptation of the industrial characteristics of the ‘cog’. The second assortment ‘Arc’ was inspired by science fiction with special tabletop utensils such as a trivet, bottle opener and corkscrew, all produced from sound brass. The final of the 3 collections is ‘Plum’, which introduces functional bar equipment to a modern context, which is as significantly sculptural as it is perform.

Famed for his preceding assortment of furnishings, lighting and equipment, Dixon’s new selection exhibits his continued talent to generate modern and intriguing style that offers with each day objects and the pursuit to reinvent them in a really beautifully resolved style. To top off the achievement of his new collection, Dixon was also named Designer of the 12 months, 2014.

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