Create an Intriguing Centerpiece with Magnetic Vases

March 19, 2009 by Gwen  

Some vases are meant to hold flowers while other vases have the dual purpose of holding flowers and being pieces of art. These Magnetic Vases fall into the second category with their sleek, clean lines and unique design.

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Shahar Peleg is the creator of these magnificent vases and the owner of Peleg Design. Shahar takes ordinary products and makes them extraordinary. His interesting perspective allows him to create fresh and smart designs that encourage a second look.

These gorgeous aluminum vases hold one flower stem each and can be used on their own to create a beautiful single centerpiece or can be grouped together to form a unique visual arrangement.

The vase’s stability is achieved by Shahar’s use of a strong magnet on the bottom of each vase. The vase is then kept upright by a thin metal base that is placed underneath the tablecloth. A simple and yet brilliant design.

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12 Man-tastic Man Caves

March 10, 2009 by Gwen  

Men are not your “typical’ decorators. They don’t care about the drapes, whether you use lemon, maize or tangerine yellow paint for the kitchen and they don’t care if you get a throw for the sofa. But if you give them their own turf, they’ve got ideas galore, many of which involve the latest hi-tech gadgets, comfy leather chairs and a beer fridge.

A “Man Cave” is a roomman-cave-with-stripper-pole-300x171 12 Man-tastic Man Caves in the house (although some men have been known to renovate sheds), where a man can get away from the pressures of daily family life. It is his personal refuge full of his favorite things. Man Caves come in all shapes, sizes and themes but one thing they all have in common is loads of testosterone.

The “Man Cave” is no longer an elusive dream. According to a recent survey by, 40% of homeowners say that their home already has a man cave and another 13% said a man cave is either in the planning stage or in the process of being built.

“These aren’t ordinary recreation rooms,” said David Lupberger, a home improvement specialist with “These are rooms that fall solely under the jurisdiction of the man of the house.”

So what goes into the typical Man Cave?

  • Flat screen TV (75%)
  • Recliner (69%)
  • Stereo (68%)
  • Refrigerator (67%)
  • DVD player (67%)
  • Computer (65%)
  • Bar (64%)

However, men need not limit their dream room to just these items. Many hobbies and collections have taken center stage when creating a personal Manctuary. Themes cover the gamut, ranging from favorite sports teams to favorite hobbies.  There always seems to be room for just one more piece of memorabilia… well maybe not.

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Man Caves are so popular now; they even have their own TV show, called Man Caves, of course. The Man Caves team has renovated and built some spectacular Caves and any guy would drool at the prospect of getting these guys into their basement or garage.

Not all “Man Caves” are created equal. They start at one end of spectrum, displaying massive hi-tech, home theater glory, to the fantastically creative and less expensive but equally enjoyable DIY version. They span the ingenious depths of drinking, debauchery and self-indulgence. And some include such Man-tastic features that you will have to see them to believe them.

Golf Garage

With the help of Man Caves team, Tony Siragusa and Jason Cameron, this former garage has become a high-end golf practice area and lounge.

Key Features:
A media center featuring a beautiful flat screen
Sports Storage
Comfy seating

Man-tastic Feature:
An indoor virtual-reality driving range with a curved wall

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Shea Stadium-theme

What major Mets fan doesn’t want to create a Shea Stadium-themed Man Cave in his basement?

Key Features:
2 side-by-side flat-screen TVs
A huge cutout of the Mets Apple and various other Mets memorabilia
A signed jersey

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Man-tastic Feature:
Custom-made stand-alone bar complete with a built-in beer tap, hot dog machine and a glass-top display case full of baseballs.

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Pool Hall

This enormous man cave is like a pool hall and lounge area all in one.

Key Features:
Leather couch
Entertainment cabinet
50-inch LCD TV
Pool table
Pool table lighting
Built-in bench seat along the back wall

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Man-tastic Feature:
Recycled rubber tile flooring - no stray billiard balls are going to damage this spongy flooring.

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Built-In MAME

This unique home bar is an arcade gamers dream.

Key Features:
Stand alone arcade game
Slot Machine
Touch screen jukebox
Custom Bar
Flat panel TV
Games table and chairs

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Man-tastic Features:
The custom bar comes complete with built-in MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator - an emulator application that lets you play older arcade games) and a 4-player flip-out control panel. The control panel was designed to flip up into the bar to keep the controls safe from spillage when the game is not being used.

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Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg’s old Man Cave was a shed with plastic chairs. So to get back his rep he enlisted the Man Caves team to help him build a new hang-out, more befitting of his Hip-Hop mogul status.

Key Features:
Hardwood floors
Two 50-inch flat screen TVs
Media storage system
An art homage to himself and his friends (including a custom painting of himself)
Security system with video surveillance cameras
Plush leather couch
Direct phone line to Denny’s, his favorite restaurant

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Man-tastic Feature:
The Cadillac Couch - custom made from the bumper of a 1961 Cadillac.

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Harley Bar

This converted garage is a great hang-out after a long ride on your Hog.

Key Features:
Beer Fridge
46” LCD TV
Gaming System
Custom Bar with glass top

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Man-tastic Feature:
Harley Davidson parked right next to you.

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Rock-climbing Room

Not all Man Caves are built completely for relaxation.

Key Features:
Leather Theater Seating
Retractable Projector Screen
Dart Board

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Man-tastic Feature:
Rock climbing handholds all over the place.

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Stripper’s Pole

You just never know when your own personal stage and stripper’s pole are going to come in handy.

Key Features:
Flat screen TV
Leather Seating
Guitars and Amp

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Man-tastic Feature:
6’ x 6’ Stage with Stripper Pole and Spotlight.

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Who doesn’t need a sauna after expending all of that energy watching the game on the big screen?

Key Features:
50” Plasma TV
Bose speakers
xbox360, WII and PS2
Red leather stadium seating
Gamepod chair
Popcorn popper
Poker table
Air hockey table
Stand alone video arcade

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Man-tastic Features:
Hottub and sauna

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Media Wall

Some people are sure that you can never have enough TVs.

Key Features:
72-inch Samsung DLP HDTV
Two 32-inch Samsung LCDs
Onkyo receiver
CD player
DVD player
All three TVs are on separate satellite receivers so you can watch three games at once.
42” Samsung Plasma TV in Poker Nook
Poker Table

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Man-tastic Feature:
Urinal with Polaroid TV above it so you don’t miss a minute of the game.

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The Earnhardt Room

Some collectors just love their collections.

Key Features:
50” Samsung DLP HDTV
Yamaha Amp and DVD
PSB Image Series speakers (5) with a 12” sub
Wall to wall Diamond Plate Flooring by
(43) 1/24 diecast cars featuring legends of yesterday and famous paint schemes on the Daytona Track
(195) Dale Sr. and Dale Jr. 1/24 scale diecast
Converted Craftsmen Workbench into a bar
Beer Fridge
6 Bottle Shot Steward
Race Fan Furniture
APX Home Security System

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Man-tastic Feature:
Custom built 16ft 1/24 scale front stretch section of the Daytona Superspeedway.

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Secret Man Cave

Some Man Caves are too good to share, so it’s best to keep them under lock and key to keep the riffraff out.

Key Features:
Video cameras to watch where the kids are
Projector and a giant screen that doubles as a virtual shooting range and a movie theater
Theater seating
Sound-proof walls
Mini bar
A hidden door that leads to the all-important, never out-dated workshop

Man-tastic Feature:
The hidden keypad which opens the hidden entrance.

How To Build Your Own Man Cave

With all this talk of Man Caves, you must be wondering how you can build your own. It’s important to plan your project first and a great way to start is by following these tips on building the ultimate man cave.

For more Man Cave Inspiration:

RUF Cinema Bed Is A Sleep-In Movie Theater

March 9, 2009 by Natalie  

Often when I’m perusing the internet searching for cool home products, I find myself saying “I want one!”. But I have to admit, I don’t think I’ve been so serious about my product lust until I saw Ruf-Betten’s RUF Cinema Bed. This retro bed houses an entire home theater system complete with fold-out screen and projector giving you a drive-in movie theater feeling without having to get out of your jammies.

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The Ruf Cinema bed has a home cinema rack between the two headboards that offers you enough room for a DVD player, subwoofers, gaming console of choice and even conduits for all the cables so you won’t get your feet tangled. When the movie is over, simply touch a button and the screen disappears inside the foot section. This bed is the ultimate in intelligent media design – allowing you to enjoy your media entertainment of choice from the comforts of your bed.

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Lamp Art

March 4, 2009 by Gwen  

Gilles Eichenbaum, also known as Garbage, believes that “Your dustbins have talent”.

Garbage creates fantastical lamps made out of recycled household items. The results are nothing short of spectacular and each lamp is more like a work of art then a functioning piece of furniture. Garbage sees himself as a craftsman first, but I believe that you will see that he is much more than that.

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More fabulous lamps.

Bring The Outdoors In With Sculptured Wood Furniture

February 26, 2009 by Natalie  

Looking to add a bit of nature to your home? Do you prefer a natural, earthy look instead of a sleek, modern design?

Homeowners looking to decorate their home with elements of the outdoors can sometimes find it frustrating to find unique pieces that will reflect their creativity and style without looking too contemporary.

If you’re having trouble finding the right pieces, check out the amazing sculpted furniture by David Delthony. Meticulously crafted from wood, these beautiful and polished pieces of furniture will add an organic and breathtaking element to any room in your home. Check out his website for more information.

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7 Awesome Steampunk Appliances

February 25, 2009 by David  

Of course you want to outfit your home with nice appliances –  everyone wants that. But what if you want more than what Home Depot can offer? What if you want your appliances to look like they came straight from a science-fiction subgenre of post-gothic speculative fantasy?

Well, kind squires and ladies, allow our automaton butler to take your top hat and cashmere rag-cloak. Affix your mechanized monocles so you can more closely examine our list of the 7 awesome Steampunk appliances that we’ve found online.

7.  The News Brews

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Steaming hot java and the morning newspaper seem like the last refuge before starting the daily grind. However few get to partake in this domesticated bliss in today’s time-crunch culture.

What if you could combine the two luxuries in your travel-mug as you head out the door?

The News Brews percolates your coffee from beans grown in the regions that are mentioned in today’s news feeds and it adjusts the beans proportions based on the frequency of mentions. The news has never been so “infolicious”.

6.  Victorian All-in-One PC

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Made of new and old parts (including some from the dump), this fully-functional machine has everything you’d expect from a PC, but with more soldered copper, bronze, brass, and aluminum gears than may actually be necessary.

The keyboard was repainted and the keys were plucked out to accommodate vintage typewriter keys.

We’re guessing a shiny tangle of cogs wired to the machine was built in the same fashion. See more at the Steampunk Workshop.

5.  Copper Pipe Fixtures Lamp

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Professor Fzz is an Aethernet engineer and spends his free time doodling and dreaming about steam locomotives. He’s created several copper pipe lighting mechanisms, as well as, egg cannons and rockets. Ste-amazing!

4.  Blood Transfusion Device

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This odd contraption, looking like a sanguine-filled music box, was a prop blood transfusion device built by for the cult classic Vampyr, produced by Red Scream. An ornate hand-crank moves the gears that pump blood through the tubes to the taps.

3.  Trash Boiler

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Built by inventor (and Flickr user) Boilermonster, this is the only garbage incinerator we’ve ever seen that wasn’t completely offensive. Here’s Boilermonster running down the specs: “This is a Lamont style boiler, having about 150′ of 3/8 tubing. I have hydro tested it to 125lbs and run it at about 50lb. This was designed to process grey water at B-man so we would have fresh water for our steam car and other uses.”

2.  Concertina Adjustable Reading Lamp

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These reading lamps, from The Antique Lighting Company, will add a Victorian veneer to any nightstand, ensuring sweet Steampunk dreams after the lights are switched off.

1.  Edison-lit Vanity Mirror

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Via the indispensable Steampunk Home, this sink/vanity mirror combo is the best way to apply your eyeliner in the morning. Note the eerily accurate Edison-bulb lighting to add a perfectly pasty burnt-orange glow to your skin.

For more cool Steampunk DIYs, check out the Steampunk Gear Flickr group. Or else just go to Boing Boing, which needs to just admit that it’s basically a Steampunk fan-fiction site.

Deco Tip #19 - Light Up Your Lamp

February 20, 2009 by Natalie  

Are your lamps looking outdated and worn? Have they gone from a once stark white to a dark, butter cream? Give those tired looking lamps a mini makeover and a new lease on life with just a few craft supplies and a little creativity. lampshade3-1 Deco Tip #19 - Light Up Your Lamp

For a funky look, use beads and string to create a fun fringe around your lampshade.

Or use scrapbooking appliqués to create your own unique pattern.

You could also opt to purchase your own fabric like this animal print to cover the shade entirely and then paint the base for a total 360 makeover.

Get creative with ribbon, jewels, buttons, stamps, stencils, paper, seashells, bows, fur, paint and more.

You can also get the kids involved in creating special lamps for their bedrooms!

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Your lamps will never be the same again! This is a great idea for old lamps picked up at yard sales or an inexpensive way to update your lamps after redecorating a room.

Design Pick - Concealed Doors from Space San Diego

February 16, 2009 by Natalie  

Surfing the web, day after day, I come across a lot of very creative and space-efficient home designs. While many are worthy of talking about, one in particular got me really excited. It’s the ‘concealed door’ from Space San Diego, a space planning and interior design company.

Concealed doors convert any existing door in your home into a fully functional built-in bookcase, while still allowing you to access to the room. This idea is not only space-efficient and offers an incredible way to increase storage space, but it’s also really freakin’ cool. It’s like a personal secret passageway right in your own home! Check out more pictures and details at their website.

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Decorating Tip # 5 - DIY Artwork

February 10, 2009 by Natalie  

Gone are the days of dropping $100s of dollars on expensive artwork to decorate our walls. Now we can adorn them with artwork we made with our very own hands and just a few basic tools.

Better Homes and Garden has several tutorials on DIY artwork so easy anyone can be a Picasso - even if you don’t think you’ve got a creative bone in your body.

Check out this stylish artwork made with medium-density fiberboard and paint or this simple, modern piece made using art canvas and foam cups.

It can be as simple as peel stickers, one solid, accent color, your own photography and so much more. Almost anything can become an eye-catching art piece, so show off your personality and style with some homemade art!

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Color Your Home Happy

February 2, 2009 by Natalie  

colorpaintcans Color Your Home Happy Not long ago, I did a post on New Year’s resolutions for your home, where I discussed how to make yourself feel better by making your surroundings happier. I briefly touched on the importance of color and how different hues can make you feel certain emotions.

Since the influence of color is a pretty powerful thing, I thought I’d come back and discuss it a little further.

The symbolism of color can actually be a very complex topic but I’m going to keep it light today and just talk about how color can influence your home.

When picking out a color scheme or palette to decorate with, it’s smart to do a little research and understand what the colors you’re choosing mean.

Color can pretty much be broken down into two categories: cool and warm. Let’s take a look at each of these groups and what affect these colors can have.

Cool Colors

Cool colors tend to be very calming and soothing.

Much like the colors you would find outdoors, like the blue sky and green grass, cool colors also have a strong association with nature. Depending upon the shade, cool colors can also give off a cold, impersonal feeling so you need to be careful when choosing a blue palette to decorate your home.

Try choosing deeper blues with a hint of red, deep navy blues or opt to add dashes of warm colors throughout your palette to keep it from giving you the shivers.

Now let’s take a look at what feelings humans often associate with cool colors:

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Blue – Strong, trustworthy, dependable, calming, cooling.

Purple – Royalty, elegance, power, uplifting, calming, mystery.

Lavender – Graceful, feminine, elegance, uplifting.

Green – Soothing, relaxing, tranquil, refreshing, peaceful.

Turquoise – Refreshing, sophisticated, youthfulness.

Gray - Practical, calm, cool, cloudy, unsettling.

Silver – Playful, modern, expensive, graceful.

White – Purity, cleanliness, innocence, peaceful, simplicity.

Warm Colors

Warm colors have the opposite effect of cool colors.

Warmer tones tend to generate strong feelings of excitement, love or even anger and can over power cooler colors. You can tone down the power of a warm color by opting for a paler shade such as yellow or pink.

Keep in mind that warm colors appear larger when paired with a cool colors, even when used in equal amounts.
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Red – Love, anger, hunger, excitement, energy, confidence.

Pink – Sweetness, love, creativity, purity.

Yellow – Sunshine, warmth, joy, cheerfulness, comfort, liveliness, happiness.

Gold – Rich, extravagant, wealth, cheerful, traditional.

Orange – Energy, warmth, creativity, cheerfulness, hunger.

Brown – Natural, earthy, reliability, neutrality, clarity, freshness, traditional.

Beige – Earthy, relaxing, simplicity, calming.

Black – Powerful, sophistication, elegance, strength, night, depression.

Ivory – Softness, earthy, purity, cleanliness.

If you’d like to use a color like gray or black, where there can be negative associations such as an unsettling feeling, be sure to mix it up with more uplifting or warmer colors to keep it from being too drab and depressing.

Knowing what kind of vibes these colors can give off, you’ll be better able to create the exact feeling you want throughout your home. The best way to make sure you’re using a complimentary color scheme is to use a color wheel.

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Choose a color you would like to work with and then choose one of its complimentary or analogous colors. Complimentary colors are those on the opposite side of each other on the color wheel and make great choices for rooms where you will be entertaining. Analogous colors are those that lay side by side. These colors make more peaceful combinations and are perfect for bedrooms and bathrooms.

As we discussed in my previous post, the way your home is decorated can have a strong influence on you, your family, and any of your guests. Understanding how colors work on you and with each other, you can easily and dramatically create whatever mood you would like throughout your entire home.

For further reading and a little colorful fun, check out:

The Meanings of Color

Symbolism of Color and Colors That Go Together

Color Quiz

What’s Your Personality Color?

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