Archive for the ‘Green’ Category

Amy’s Annual FOBOTS Sale Monday

Amy’s Annual FOBOTS Sale Monday A Quick Announcement:

I just heard from our friend and Senior Fobotologist, Amy Flynn, about her

Annual Year-End FOBOT Sale, happening:

This Monday, November 1

Starting at Noon Eastern Time

At ifobot.com

You’ll recall Amy’s fun and funky FOBOTS (Found Object Robots) from our Artist Profile back in May.

Amy will be uploading about 50+ new bots for sale Monday at ifobot.com. Rumors are, you should be speedy if you want [...] Read more »

Patio Chairs Metamorphosis

Patio Chairs Metamorphosis Some makeovers are pure genius. Like this pair of forlorn patio chairs that Jen at Fresh Crush transformed. Take a peek.

Before:

After:

Is fan-tab-u-loso a word???

This project is a lesson in looking at a piece of furniture with the attitude of

‘What can it be?’ rather than focusing on ‘What is it?’

Jen looked beyond the patio persona, and made her chairs living-room worthy.

And many DIY’s hit [...] Read more »

10 DIY Window Treatments — Quick & Inexpensive

10 DIY Window Treatments — Quick & Inexpensive Now that we are spending more of our days indoors, it’s time to focus on DIY projects to freshen our decor, like these quick and fun, DIY window treatments that I rounded up for you. These are simple, low-cost ideas, many featuring creative reuse or recycling. Enjoy!

1. A Beautiful Scarf—yours, your Grandma’s or one you pick up from the thrift store—can make a graceful window [...] Read more »

Recycled Art and Cubism

Recycled Art and Cubism Artist Profile — Enno de Kroon

The next two artists you’ll meet here at HomeWorkshop.com, transform recycled materials into stellar artwork.

Click on images to see more detail.

All images used with permission of, and Copyright Enno de Kroon.

Today, it’s artist Enno de Kroon from The Netherlands, whose Eggcubism is—in a word—brilliant. By painting on the challenging canvas of recycled egg crates, he plays with perspective, and forces [...] Read more »

Recycled & Reused Objects Lighting

Recycled & Reused Objects Lighting At the heart of reuse, is looking at everyday objects with a new eye. Some brilliant examples? These creative chandeliers.

En Pieza’s ‘Volivik’ Chandelier, Crafted from Scads of Bic Balpoint Pens.

Tweelink’s ‘Madame Eiffel’ – Made from Pocketfuls of Tour Eiffel Keychains.

Stuart Haygarth’s Extraordinary ‘Spectacle’, a Vision

in Thousands of Pairs of Discarded Eyeglasses!

Detail of Stuart Haygarth’s ‘Spectacle’

(via Core77, Very Very Fun.)

 

Inspired? What could you remake into a [...] Read more »

Designers Earth-Friendly Share-a-Thon

Designers Earth-Friendly Share-a-Thon In addition to passionate design hobbyists, incredibly talented design and home professionals follow HomeWorkshop.com. This includes many interior designers, architects, set designers, contractors, home stagers — the list goes on.

And I know from visiting, talking and tweeting with you all, that a major focus in the Trade right now is making choices that are better for this Earth.

You use greener materials, finishes and furnishings that [...] Read more »

Home Accessories Swap a Fun, Green Event

Home Accessories Swap a Fun, Green Event You know that one friend you have that leaves a trail of merriment wherever she goes? You know the one who can somehow smile and laugh when she’s stuck for an hour on a stalled subway train?

I just met two of those people.

Seattle-area Interior Designers Piper Salooga and Sara Eizen have fun with what they do. At their latest Home Accessories Swap they scanned [...] Read more »

New Year’s Resolution: Be More Green and Save Green!

New Year’s Resolution: Be More Green and Save Green! Design Expert: Kelly Van Patter

An awarding-winning Production Designer for television shows such as Survivor and The Apprentice, Kelly Van Patter is passionate about making smart choices for our planet and our pocketbooks.

Kelly is focusing her efforts on green design for the entertainment industry, residential construction and interior design; she shares her knowledge and advice with us in Be More Green and Save Green.

Click the arrow [...] Read more »

Recycled Sweater Wreath

Recycled Sweater Wreath Inspiration from two creative women converged for this DIY winter decoration. Our makeover maven, Diana Durkes and her Recycled Sweater Rug, and my Mom—wreath-maker extraordinaire.

I knew I’d design a wreath this year. I grew up watching Mom wire all variety dried flora to round metal frames. I remember a year in New Hampshire when she had Dad drilling tiny holes through walnuts and chestnuts. [...] Read more »

Makeover — Recycled Sweater Rug

Makeover — Recycled Sweater Rug by Diana Durkes

Today let’s work some DIY magic with our furniture and accessories makeover specialist, Contributor Diana Durkes. Diana gives “New Life to the Tossed and Found” at her blog, Fine Diving in Chicago.

Not that anybody asked me, but in my opinion, crafters are geniuses. They take often overlooked bits of things, parts big and small, and put them together in the most practical and [...] Read more »

The Accidental Recycler

The Accidental Recycler You know when your computer hard drive melts down and steam comes out your ears and you want to smash the whole thing up with a hammer? When it happened to Allan Young of Charlottesville, Virginia, he was mad, but then he did something different.

“One day at work I had a hard drive crash and lost a lot of work. Very devastating,”

said Allan.

“I have been [...] Read more »

Solar Tiles with a Twist

Solar Tiles with a Twist I came across this promising new solar product and just had to share.

Solar technology = Good.

Solar panels on your roof = Not so good looking. Until now.

SRS Energy has created a solar solution with

curb appeal.

Its Solé Power Tile™ is shaped to mimic clay tiles, and designed to integrate with existing clay tile from US Tile, the leading manufacturer of clay roof tiles in [...] Read more »

The Sparkle of Reuse

The Sparkle of Reuse Wish I’d thought of it. The creative peeps over at Organelle Design took ordinary clothes hangers and plastic bottles, applied their reuse wizardry and made these wonderful light fixtures.

I just adore the “Hangeliers.” Here’s the wooden version.

You can buy the gorgeous fixtures over at Organelle’s Etsy Shop

(via 2Modern.)

 

Which of the fixtures would look best in your space? Read more »

Makeover — Yard Sale Mirror Two Ways

Makeover — Yard Sale Mirror Two Ways by Diana Durkes

Get your DIY on as our furniture and accessories makeover specialist, Contributor Diana Durkes joins us again today. Diana gives “New Life to the Tossed and Found” at her blog, Fine Diving in Chicago.

I was excited to find this framed mirror at a yard sale last weekend. The square shape was friendly, though its industrial grey paint color gave a mixed message. I [...] Read more »

Makeover — Lamp with Decorative Paper Shade

Makeover — Lamp with Decorative Paper Shade by Diana Durkes

Get your DIY on as furniture makeover and upcycler specialist, Contributor Diana Durkes joins us again today. Diana gives “New Life to the Tossed and Found” at her blog, Fine Diving in Chicago.

This month’s makeover is a favorite of mine for adding fresh color or a new layer of pattern to a room. It’s also a great way to use the beautiful printed [...] Read more »

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