Lego Creations For The Home You Wish You Had Created!

I recently stumbled across an article in the Daily Mail from 2009 where James May created an entire house from Lego! Completely crazy but completely genius at the same time. It made me wonder whether people do actually have functional items in their home made out of Lego. So off I went to scour the internet and here is what I found…

Source: http://www.dwell.com/articles/lego-island.html

Who would have thought to make a kitchen island out of Lego? Not me, that’s for sure but I would not mind one like this. That is if I had a bigger kitchen.

Source: http://walyou.com/lego-house/

For those of you that have a small kitchen, how about putting a Lego table in your dining room?

Source: http://www.hgtv.com/designers-portfolio/room/eclectic/kids-rooms/7974/index.html

You could then light up your dining room with your matching Lego lamp.

Source: http://randommization.com/2012/06/25/artist-makes-stair-rail-for-home-out-of-20k-lego-bricks/

Want a unique conversation starter in your hallway? This Lego stair-case bannister could be just what you are looking for.

Source: http://www.homedsgn.com/tag/wall-divider/

If you are looking for something spectacular in the office to wow you clients then you could do what this office did and use Lego as a room divider. Pretty amazing! In fact you can see the images from the big build here.

Source: http://www.geekologie.com/2012/07/functional-wheelchair-built-entirely-out.php

How about a fully functioning electronic wheelchair?

Source: http://www.homeanddecor.net/lego-bookshelf

This Lego shelving might be something that I could use in my home office/craft room. I could even colour co-ordinate the Lego brick to match the colour scheme.

Believe it or not this is a fully working radiator made to look like Lego.

I think it is official…Lego is cool!

 

Stop, Look, Listen: Things to do with used magazines

I regularly look at my coffee table and feel guilty about the sheer number of magazines I buy, although I do assure you that they are not all trashy women’s gossip mags. Every time I take my latest stack over to the recycling bin I can’t help thinking that there MUST be some way of reusing them. So this week I decided to be pro-active and did a search on the internet for magazine uses.

This is such a clever idea from DIYLife and something I would never have thought of. This is definitely on my future project to do list. I can just see it in my craft room/home office now…

The Buff and Blue has a tutorial showing how to make this mirror frame made from old magazines. The different colour papers makes for a really effective, colourful and unique mirror.

Along similar lines Craft bits has a tutorial to help us turn ordinary and boring wall clocks into works of art using old magazines.

These are a very clever idea. Saved By Love Creations has a tutorial about how to make these coasters.

If you are wanting some Christmas craft inspiration you can pop over to Earth911 to learn how to make Christmas tree from magazines.

Office/Craft Room Colour Scheme

The aim of this game is to create a bright and airy craft room/home office but at the same time create a colourful and creative space. After a good few days of trying to figure out what colour or colours I wanted to use I finally found my inspiration…drum roll please…

MY RED AND WHITE MONKEY DOORSTOP!

My Inspiration

As soon as it hit me I felt shocked that I hadn’t thought of it before! As soon as I knew that I wanted the colour scheme to be red and white I knew that I wanted to have 3 bright white painted walls (or plain wallpaper depending on the condition of the walls) and 1 feature wall with some sort of red patterned paper. So off I went in search of THE wallpaper that would fill my craft room/home office with the personality and colour I so craved. Finally after much search and many ‘debates’ with Mr H I think I have finally found THE wallpaper…

Wallpaper

…that is until another THE wallpaper comes along :-p

Now it is a case of deciding how many rolls we need…

Light It Up With Paper

I cannot believe how crazy expensive some of the more unique and statement light shades are. So I have been scouring the internet for  tutorials for alternative ideas. The thing most shocking of all is that most of them are made from paper! Here are just a selection of what I have found.

You can find the very simple but effective tutorial for this light shade on Scrap Hacker .

Be the envy of everyone you know with this cute lamp. You can find the tutorial for it on Make: Craft.

I cannot believe how simple this light shade is to create, especially because all you need to create it is some chicken wire and paper. You too can create this beauty by looking at Craftster.

Another great light shade idea from The Craft Dept on the Martha Stewart site.

Over on Cut Out And Keep they have made this stunning light shade using paper cups!

Although this one does not use paper I just had to include it because I LOVE IT! It uses doilies and the pattern they create on the wall is lovely. You can find this light shade on Emmmy Lizzzy.

Statement Staircases

The best thing about owning your own house is that you have full say on how it is decorated. It can be as sensible or as crazy as you want it to be. This has changed the way I have begun to find inspiration when thinking about how I could decorate a room. For example, on Saturday when out shopping I came across this staircase…

Tiled staircase

The photo isn’t great as it was taken on my phone. I just couldn’t lose the opportunity to take a photo to keep as a reminder for when I come to decorate the hallway. I suppose to some people it might have been obvious to use bright or vintage tiles to make the staircase more interesting, but for me I had always assumed the stairs would be carpeted. I had never really thought about doing anything else. In fact I can’t believe I have never thought about it before! I love that each tile is different but that they all tie in due to the colour scheme.

Tiles are not the only way to make a statement staircase. Look at these…

design-ties.blogspot.co.uk

How about using brightly coloured glass?

Or words?

enpundit.com/dream-staircase/

Ever dreamed about sliding down stairs to breakfast? I know I have.

daddytypes.com/2010/01/13/spiral_staircase_slide.php

Wood shavings inside the steps anyone?

How about brightly coloured painted stripes?

 

design-ties.blogspot.co.uk

Or a mosaic? I think this looks absolutely stunning although it’s a little bit too much for our 1930’s house.

blog.the-dot.co.uk/tag/mosaic-staircase/

Now it is just a case of answering this question: how brave am I?

 

 

 

 

Who knew you could do so much with a jam jar?

Make do and mend is taking over and more people are wanting to re-use and up-date things they already own. As I go through the house and start to try and turn it into a home I am beginning to see even the most mundane and ordinary items as opportunities. This weeks house hold item is…jam jars! There are so  many possibilities.

Makedo-and-mend.blogspot.com

I love the effect of a group of them on a table and think this would be great for an evening bbq or even to create a lovely atmosphere at a wedding. Simply stunning (although I would want to take off the sticky marks).

Mollie Makes

If a plain jar is not quite to your liking how about using fabric (and battery powered candles) like Mollie Makes to make your jam jar votives more interesting.

Laurenelisecrafted.com

Laurenelisecrafted.com has a lovely idea of using silhouettes to create beautiful jars that could be made into votives.

Jam Jar Light

A search on Etsy and I came across this imaginative use of jam jars to create a unique light. This is guaranteed to be a real talking point with any visitors and with a bit of electrical know-how I couldn’t see why this couldn’t be done at home.

House to Home

House to Home use them in a very creative way to store those annoying little items that never seem to have a proper place and just get in the way. This is definitely an idea I may have to borrow…

Shabbychictreasures.blogspot.com

Olivia’s Romantic Home has a tutorial for how to combine photos and jars to make a unique storage solution or a cute display.

If after doing all of this you still have spare jam jars you could even use them to store your homemade jam!

Saturday Sum Up – My favourite posts this week

Here are some posts that are just so good that I just had to share them. They are definitely ideas that I will be trying out.

I love this idea over at All Things Thrifty. It is such an easy but effective way of sprucing up an old lamp and so from this point on I will be looking out for thin metal lamp stands to try it on. I do wonder what it would look like with some funky glittery baubles that weren’t painted. Combine it with a cool lampshade and you will have a ‘brand new’ funky lamp.

Lamp made from baubles

The Bow Tie Butterfly has been gathering various tutorials on how to make paper wreaths. Personally wreaths remind me a little of funerals, however, I do love the idea of putting a mirror tile in the middle on one and mounting on the wall for a unique looking mirror that would cost next to nothing.

Paper wreath

Paper wreath

Hayley Made has been very busy using wooden window frames creatively. One of her latest creations is this amazing chalkboard. It has ensured that I will never again look at window frames in the same way.

Window frame chalkboard

I hope you feel as inspired by these posts as I am. I am now off to find window frames to make chalkboards from, magazine/newspapers,old book and interesting printed papers to make wreaths from and also a tired thin metal bar lamp stand to re-energise.

‘What?? I Can Make That For A Fraction Of The Price!!!’

A couple of days ago myself and my hubby-to-be were on our way to a family wedding reception in Derby when we happened across a few small boutique type shops mingled with random charity shops. To be honest it was a good job it was an evening reception otherwise I would have been tempted to have a good nosy around and in all of our wedding finery…well…lets just say it’s better they were closed. But it did mean that I was desperate to find out just what type of shops they were and whether they had any interesting bits and bobs in them.

So on Saturday we decided to take a trip back to these little shops. Unfortunately most of them were too expensive, however, it was a great source of inspiration for future projects.

We went into a lovely little cafe for some lunch. It was decorated in a very shabby chic style and I just couldn’t help but take a few inspirational photos.

Up-cycled Bucket and Syrup Jar

I took a photo of the table number container as I not only like the idea of re-using something that would ordinarily go into the bin but also as possible way of putting table numbers on my wedding tables. Maybe with a plant inside??? Just yet another thought going around my head.

The bucket was particularly lovely as all the flowers were 3d and you could see all the brushstrokes in the paint. I am not completely sure what I would use the bucket for (desk tidy maybe??) but I do love the idea.

Painted and Distressed Wall Unit

I just love the ruggedness of this shelving unit. I like the idea of first painting it an unusual colour, such as blue, before painting it white to give it an added aspect to interest once it has been sanded back.

Quirky Blackboard

I think it would be nice to have something written on a whiteboard to make people smile as they enter the kitchen.

These are just a small selection of the things they had. I would have loved to take pictures of all of it, unfortunately I thought people wouldn’t appreciate me moving and climbing over them to get to the things I want to photograph.

We also went into one of those little shops that sell the painted furniture and accessories that have already had a ‘shabby chic’ makeover and then sell them on for an absolute fortune. I always look at them and wonder who buys this stuff? Surely they can see how easy it is to create? I can’t help but go around the shop telling my partner ‘I can do that myself for a fraction of the price’ over and over again to which he always nods his head to show he’s listening all the while probably thinking ‘You have said this all before’. I still like a good look around these shops as it’s a good way of getting inspiration. Here are just a small selection of the things I liked.

Driftwood Mirror

Just seeing this makes me want to go straight to the seaside to start collecting driftwood together.

Outdoor Tealight Holders

I think I could make this by putting glass paint into jars to colour the glass and decorating wire with beads and shaped around the jar to create the handle. I do think they are really pretty and add a lovely touch to any garden party or bbq.

Multiple Photo Frames on a Wooden Stand

I think this is a brilliant idea to add an interesting detail to any shelf or window sill. It will definitely be something I will be trying once I have scoured charity shops looking for some chunky wooden photo frames.

Chopping Board

I think this is awesome and I wonder whether I would be able to make one if I found a slice of wood (if that is even possible) and sanded and varnished it up.

It would be good to hear you thoughts. How would you go about re-creating some of these things? Where do you get your inspiration from? What have you created recently?

Dream Office/Craft Room Inspiration

So the fun and games are beginning as we are clearing out the boxes from the second bedroom to begin to turn it into our dream home office/craft room. In preparation for starting to look for decorating materials and furniture I need to decide how I actually want the room to look. The key things are I want it to be clean, organised with possibly white walls and splashes of colour. It also has to function as both a craft room and a home office, so all of my craft stuff has to have a place away from the desk to be stored.

Here is what is looks like. We have done absolutely nothing to it since moving in. Even the curtains we left from the previous owners.

Before: Alcove wall

Before: Wall to the left of the door

Before: Wall to the right of the door

Before: Window wall

Before: Ceiling

They aren’t the best photos because although the room is a decent size it is really tricky to angle the camera to make sure that you get the whole wall. But they give you an idea of what it is like at the moment.

As you can see its really drab, uninspiring and frankly boring. I really hate that there is a rectangle on the floor and wall where they must have had a wardrobe and decided to paint and carpet around it. It isn’t the best space to create the masterpieces in my head.

House To Home

I love the idea of putting shelving into the alcove to create extra storage space. I can imagine it looking lovely with a block of colour or patterned wallpaper inside the alcove to contrast with white walls.

When I saw this home office/craft room I almost drooled. It is amazing and so organised. I love how there are separate workstations for the home office area and the craft room area, with plenty of space around them for storage.

(Pottery Barn)

Whilst browsing storage solutions I came across this little beauty. All of my ribbons, buttons and all of my other paraphernalia that I have seemed to accumulate could be hidden behind lovely clean doors. Oh the possibilities.

Style At Home

Seeing this image made me instantly want to start hunting all second hand shops for a drawer unit of some kind to paint a funky monkey colour and store all of my lovely fabric in. I’m getting excited just thinking about it.

Quant Handmade

This image caught my eye because of the clean white walls and then the splashes of colour in the furniture.

House To Home

I have a lot of jars of ribbons, buttons and more and love the idea of them being close at hand on shelving. I also love the idea of having the ribbon stored on that specially made unit. Something like that would put an end to my ribbon unraveling days for good.

So there we are. Let’s just hope that with a little bit of determination, hard work and little bit of creativity the dream can become a reality.

To see more of my craft room inspiration head on over to my Pinterest  Craft Room Inspiration page.