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DIY Paper Flower Tabletop Display + Materially Crafted Book

Good afternoon everyone! My name is Victoria Hudgins and I’m here today as a guest to share a DIY that I made just for decor8 readers in celebration of my new book, Materially Crafted, which released today! I will show you in this post how to easily make some paper flowers that you can use as a […]

Casa Redux: A Stunning Architectural Tribute to Stark Modernism

Completed in 2013, Casa Redux – or “Redux House” – is a truly breathtaking contribution to modern residential architecture. Studio mk27, a São Paola architecture and design firm headed by Marcio Kogan, created this home from start to finish. The resulting structure is a textbook study in clean lines and stark, modern detail from its […]

Incredibly Small Apartment in Paris Reduces Functions to Minimum

Can you imagine an 8 square meter apartment? You might think this compact space can probably fit your wardrobe. Yet this apartment design relies on functionality cleverly hidden behind simplicity. This small apartment in Paris was designed by Kitoko Studio for an au pair taking care of the kids. Show More Summary

"That's What's Up" by Lennon & Maisie — Maxwell's Daily Find 10.27.14

"That's What's Up" by Lennon & Maisie • Priceless • You Tube To jumpstart your Monday, here's an absolute favorite find from the last few musical months. The song is by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and performed by these two Canadian sisters, 15 and 10, with wonderful rhythm and harmony. Show More Summary

Stunning Desert Abode Fit For A James Bond Villain

When most of us dream of a luxury home of our own, our mind may wander to a penthouse in Manhattan, a villa in the South of France, or a private tropical cabana. But it takes a special kind of person to find their own sense of luxury in the solitude of the desert. For […]

In Memory Of Inga Lorig

You know when something happens that rips out your heart? Tragic, confused, your tears won’t stop pouring down your face? All in a span of seconds, this just happened to me. I was playing with my baby and decided to step away for a moment to check my email. And there I found the most painful news. […]

Perfect for Stylish Language Lovers: Grammatically Speaking — Etsy Finds

A parody on pop culture and bad grammar, Weird Al's video for "Word Crimes" has gone viral on social media. With the catchy tune fresh in our minds, here are our favorite grammatically inspired Etsy finds this week. READ MORE »

Discount Furniture Ads Finally Get a Sense of Humor

Advertising for discount furniture companies hasn't changed much in the past few decades and is typically a variation of what AdWeek describes as "Come on Down!" ads. Low production quality, usually shot on a showroom floor with a Crazy Eddie mentality. Show More Summary

Inspired by Ancient Celtic Forts: MIKA 350 Pendant Lamp [Video]

MIKA 350 is a pendant lamp inspired by the “Pallozas”, the houses of the ancient Celtic forts that were built in Galicia from 6th century BC. A\STUDIO chose granite and wood as main materials for this project, being representative in the Galician architectural tradition. Show More Summary

Liberty Heritage Fabrics

You know how something comes out and you’re like, “Oh yeah, I want that NOW”, but then you think that maybe you should wait a bit because it’s expensive and you fear that in 6-12 months time you just won’t be into it the same. And then you wait and you’re all like, “Yeah I […]

25 Unique Kitchen Countertops

This article offers up an array of amazing kitchen countertops, but many of these surfaces aren’t just your typical culinary worktops, we also explore integrated interactive Smart kitchen systems built-in right under your fingertips....Show More Summary

Eco-Tourism Merged With Sustainable Design: DROP XL by In-tenta [Video]

The DROP XL modules by Barcelona-based design studio In-tenta… are part of the large emerging trend in the field of modular micro-architecture, suitable for being placed wherever the heart desires and the land permits. The aim of DROP...Show More Summary

Making The Most Out Of Small Apartments Using Transformable Spaces

We’re exploring the ideas behind some refreshingly handy transformable spaces, from BosaSPACE™ homes, where a whole host of slide-away and fold-away furniture solutions seem to secretly fill every nook and cranny. The collection of cunningly thought-out pieces allow small open plan spaces to be utilized in several different ways, to suit the ever-changing living and […]

Turn a Washing Machine Drum Into a Backyard Fire Pit in Just 1 Hour for $10 — House & Fig

Apparently, this is totally a thing. The size and shape of the drum inside a basic washing machine lends itself perfectly to being upcycled into a fire pit (quickly and cheaply, to boot!). I have to thank Sarah and Joe of House & Fig for introducing me to this idea, and for doing it so much better than anyone else I've seen since. READ MORE »

10 Hottest Fresh Architecture Trends in 2014

In this article we’ll bring to you ten heavy hitting architectural trends and give reasons why they’ll continue to grow in strength in 2014. 1.  Passive Homes One of the most prevalent trends in the architectural world today is the shift towards a reduction in the consumption of energy; a reduction in carbon emissions, a focus on green principles. Show More Summary

Toy Fair Favorites: Haba, Sassafrass, Janod, Automoblox, P'kolino — Toy Fair 2014

The annual Toy Fair wrapped up last week and it was its usual high energy, sensory overload, wheeling and dealing atmosphere. As usual, I skipped the licensed characters, collectibles and tv/movie/video-game tie-ins (I even resisted a stop at the Grumpy Cat booth) to visit some of the smaller booths showcasing the quieter toys. Show More Summary

Tara's Cure: Off to Goodwill — Liveblogging the January Cure 2014

Today's the day! The outbox gets emptied! I'm so thrilled to get rid of all this extra stuff, and glad it can go to raise money for a great cause. You know, just one of the things Beyoncé and I have in common. READ MORE »

Marco & Ilse's Gothic Industrial Loft — House Tour

Name: Marco Pecota & Ilse Gudino Location: Toronto, Canada Size: 2,700 square feet Years lived in: 5 years, owned Imagining what the combined efforts of an industrial furniture designer/horror magazine publisher/film maker and a professional...Show More Summary

The Wing House, Australia

A stunning example of form meets function, designed by Peter Stutchbury, The Wing House in New South Wales, Australia, is perched over Wategos Beach and backed by the beautiful Byron Bay Lighthouse Reserve. This culmination of engineering and architectural genius, listed on Unique Estates for a cool $7,000,000, is a combination of steel, timber, concrete […]

Wow! The Design Files Open House

Good morning friends! Can you believe it’s nearly Christmas? I feel like Autumn totally flew by, don’t you? Our baby boy will arrive in just five weeks (eeeeee!!!!) so I’m over-the-moon excited about it and busy prepping his room and getting massive butterflies as I think about how much we have to look forward to. […]

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