Posts Tagged 'home decor'

How to hide a circuit box

I was trolling Apartment Therapy today when I came across a great post about how to hide a circuit box.

We all have that hideous gray box somewhere in our house and although some are lucky and its in a closet or otherwise inconspicuous space, but for many others is just staring you down in a room or hallway. So what do you do? You cant cover it with anything permanent like a bookshelf because you need to be able to access it if it needs resetting. Well, Jason Loper decided on a simple and elegant solution…cover it up with a fabric panel!

Simple and beautiful! Plus because its a fabric painting its super easy to hang and remove when necessary.

Also, you can follow these instructions for making your own fabric panel to match any room in your house!

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Ink Cartridge Chandeliers

Ever wondered what to do with leftover printer cartridges? Probably not, like most people, you probably just disposed of them and went about your day. Well, I bet you never thought of turning them into a chandelier! But, apparently one crafty Etsy seller has!

Check out Boxlightbox’s Etsy store to see all their fun cartridge lamps and chandeliers ranging from $35 to $100.

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Smart solutions for tight spaces

After over 2 years of dating, two of my good friends are taking the next step and moving in together. Of course I couldnt be more happy for them, but immediately my mind began buzzing with solutions for their new cohabitation. You see, the space they are moving into is a studio and albeit a nice size, (in fact its about the same size as the 1 bedroom I share with my boyfriend) it will still require some creative solutions for maximizing their space. Here are some design solutions and neat products that could help anyone trying to make the most of limited space…while still looking chic of course.

Picture Table

Nice normal table which in a very sleek way attaches to the way. Cool huh? Oh it gets better.

Bam! Didnt see that one coming did you? The table/picture frame is designed by IvyDesign and is meant to function as a kitchen table but can easily be folded up to create extra space when needed.

While the concept isnt new, I do applaud the beautiful design of IvyDesign’s Picture Table. If someone wanted they could even make their own by securely hinging a table to the wall and having hinges on the legs.

Craft Pod/Instant Workstation

From the wonderful site, Ikea Hacker comes this great idea for creating a expanding and collapsing craft pod or workstation.

When it comes to living with your partner, you need to make sure both people have a space to call their own. With my friends that are moving in together, he already lives in the apartment and has a desk set up, but his girlfriend will need a space of her own. I love this idea because it can easily fold up and sit against a wall but when she needs to work on her computer or craft, she can pull it out and roll up a chair and shes good to go!

Bookcase Room Divider

Its a common solution but hey, its common for a reason, it works! Studios especially often need to be divided so that if one person is staying up later than the other, they dont have to worry about disturbing them. While you can do some beautiful dividers with curtains, they dont provide much function. When living in a tight space, creating storage is always key, so using a slim bookcase as a room divider is the perfect fix!

Wonder Hangers

Ok I know youve all seen the latenight infomericals for these hangers, but let me tell you these actually work! I use a bunch of these in my closet and its given me twice the space (which I promptly filled up with twice the clothes). Sharing a closet can always be tricky and girls often have a lot of items that need to be hung up, so these can be a real life saver.

My only tip would be to organize your clothes into categories to make it easier to sort. For example, I’ll use one set all for dresses, another for sweaters and another for dress shirts.

You can pick these up online or at Bed Bath and Beyond.

So those are just a few solutions I came up with today. Im going to keep brainstorming ideas for small spaces and posting cool products as I see them. If you have any small space solutions please send them my way!

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seanalyn

Red and Green and NOT Christmasy!

Hello my dear blog! Im sorry I was gone for so long…I promise I’ll never do that again (at least until the next vacation). So I returned earlier this week from Japan but unfortunately my brain was a few days behind so Im just now getting to somewhat coherent status. I brought home with me some awesome goodies and videos of all sorts of domestic wonderfulness from the Land of the Rising Sun so look forward to a blogfest next week. But to hold you over until then I wanted to share this amazing living room I stumbled upon on Apartment Therapy today.

Elizabeth’s Apple of Her Eye

This room caught my attention because I never in my life imagined having a green and red color scheme for a room unless it was Christmas time at my mom’s house. Yet, Elizabeth from South Carolina created this fabulous and chic room in a color scheme she calls “Apples and Sky.” It began when she fell in love with a green couch at a store and from there worked to tie it in with the rest of her red furniture. Her room really inspires me to think of unconventional color schemes and how they can create a unique and hip room.

Elizabeth’s room is entered in Apartment Therapy’s annual Room for Color 2009 so be sure to vote for hers or any of the other amazing entries!

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seanalyn

Tetris Pots

I think its apparent by now that we here at Domestic Geek LOVE Tetris. See Exhibits A, B, C and D. Well now we have another item to add to our growing list of awesomely geeky domestic products.

Tetris Pots

25 year old French artist Stephanie Choplin is an Industrial Design student working on her Master’s degree. Her work is clean and practical with a modern twist. Unfortunately it doesnt look like any of it is for sale as of yet, but hopefully Ms Choplin’s beautiful creations will be gracing store shelves sooner than later. Be sure to check out all of her work on her website.

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Lego Dispatchwork

Got a hole in your wall? Why fill it with plaster when you can fill it with Legos! Because come on, plaster is soooooo last season!

Dispatchwork Berlin

Artist Jan Vormann has been using Legos to patch holes in walls and statues, many of which were leftover from WWII. It creates not only a visually engaging piece but also a comedic one, Legos are modeled after blocks used to build buildings and he is using these mini toy models to repair buildings. Funny eh ;) Also gives me even more ideas for using Legos around the house!

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DIY Floppy Disk Pen Holder

Admit it, youve still got at least half a dozen floppy disks floating around in your storage boxes dont you? Its okay we all do. If you dont then head down to your local thrift store where you are sure to find a bucket load of them so you can make yourself this cute pen holder (or flower pot or just about anything holder!).

Floppy Disk Pen Holder

This quick and easy craft requires only a drill bit and some plastic zip ties to create this chic little geeky box which is sure to liven up your workspace. Personally Id love to do this with some multi-color disks.

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