We wish there was a better name for this amazing DIY project we stumbled upon this weekend from Boing Boing, but sadly nothing seems to do it justice. This is a bowl made out of melted, plastic army men and it is something you can create all by yourself (or buy from artist Dominic Wilcox, but where’s the fun in that?) Think of it as reliving your favorite childhood pastime of melting them down with a magnifying glass (because everyone did that, right?), but for an actual purpose. The finished product looks amazing and is functional, too. You just need roughly a company of plastic army men, a pyrex bowl, a working oven and a little patience for some hand melting action. To read the full directions visit the website here. At ease.
Firefly Living invites you and all your cool friends to an open house Tuesday, April 10 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m at 30 W. Vernon, in the historic Willow District. Joe’s Food Truck will be there as well as a cocktail bar inside the renovated home for sale.
Visit the FireFly Living blog for some interesting articles by Taz Loomans. We love the “Why I’d Rather Live in Phoenix Than Barcelona.” We know, seems a rather silly concept. But if you’re looking for some inspiration at how great Phoenix is and can be, especially as the summer heat is creeping up, take a peek at the article here.
Sitting in a cubicle day after day can seriously take its toll on the average person. If someone has ever uttered the phrase, “Excuse me, that’s my stapler” you know it’s time to make a change to ensure that your space is one you’ll want to sit in until the apocalypse. Daily Candy recently rounded up the best office accessories filled with adorable trinkets, like a duck shaped tape dispenser, and useful gadgets, like chalkboard file holders, that’ll make you smile. Short of bedazzling your stapler, these will personalize your space and have everyone walk by with envy. Check out our favorites after the jump.
Look in the dictionary under the word “rustic” and you will find a picture of this picnic table. The classic wooden planked backyard eating surface has been a staple for what could be centuries, but when you remove a plank of wood (from the middle or where have you) and add in a section of rain gutter, you can use the groove as a bar to house all of your party spirits. Boom. Instant update. Fill the gutter with ice, plop in your beverages of choice and then tip the table to drain the water when you’re finished. This photo was found on Tumblr, but there are some pro tips out there on how to make it happen, like how you should screw it in from the bottom to remove the appearance with the mounts. Party at your house this weekend? Yeah, we’re so there.
Architectural enthusiasts are gearing up for the Modern Phoenix Expo tomorrow from 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Over 20 exhibitors will gather to share their goods and services related to modernism, including interior design, home renovation, services and even jewelry. Tickets to the home tour on Sunday are sold out. The free schedule of the days expo lectures include:
11:00 a.m.: Researching your Midcentury Modern home.
12:30 p.m.: Sustainable choices for your Midcentury remodel.
1:30 p.m.: Becoming Beadle: How Al Beadle became one of Arizona’s greatest Modernist architects.
2:30 p.m.: The architecture of Reginald Sydnor.
4:00 p.m.: Building the Pauson house: Frank Lloyd Wright and Rose Pauson.
For more information, click here to ModernPhoenix.net.
Image via ModernPhoenix.net
Tired of March Madness yet? Only the basketball kind! Get into another kind of spring craziness at FOUND, the design specialists of the East Valley, who is having a March Madness Basement Sale and Store Event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31. The sale will feature lots of bargain basement items as well as clearance items from Domestic Bliss. With this gorgeous spring weather we’re having, DLT can think of nothing better to do than, well…bargain shop and redecorate!
Since spring cleaning, shopping and redecorating are officially in full swing, stylish finds for budget-conscious shoppers like us has become a top priority. Courtesy of Apartment Therapy, the following is a list of exactly that: 10 stylish housewares found around town that will curb your design fix but won’t break the bank.
• Flat Weave Rug: from West Elm for $12.99
• Panel Set: from $20 each from West Elm
• Hand Painted Bowls: for $12 from Sprout Home
• Striped Tablecloth: for $13 from Unison
• Marimekko Shower Curtain: from Crate and Barrel for $19.95
• Ring Vases: from CB2 for $14.95
• Diamond Back Pillow: from House 8810 for $8.
• Clover Pillow: from CB2 for $19.95
• Milk Bottle Drinking Set: from House 8810 for $9.
• Acton Vases: for $4.89 from Z Gallerie
Each week, Desert Living Today will bring you a ‘Dwelling of the Week’, a unique and modern living space. Check back weekly on Tuesdays for our pick of architectural eye-candy. This week’s listing is Modern Ralph Haver renovation from AZArchitecture. A Jarson & Jarson listing with 2082+ square feet and an asking price of $489,000, this original Haver home was thoughtfully re-crafted by celebrated Valley Architect John Douglas in 2008.
This award-winning abode has 3 bedrooms and 4.5 baths with one exterior bedroom marking a separate entrance for guest quarters or an office. The property not only boasts a large dining area, great room and office niche complete the interior spaces, but also a lavish patio outside that wraps a heated and cooled lap pool. A custom steel covered patio/ramada makes a comforting and playful respite from the sun; an outdoor shower allows for complete interaction with the yard. The landscape is superb and has been featured in publication. The enjoyment and day-to-day livability of this signature mid-century modern home was dramatically increased with a modest expansion and thoughtful changes to the interior, while detailed development of outdoor living allows the home to embrace and use every aspect of the site. Illuminated color resin panels transform the surroundings from a secluded and contemplative desert garden in the day and into a lively social space at night. This inspired design speaks volumes about the potential of these very special and sustainable urban homes.
From his own modern designs to the stunning restoration of historic homes and buildings, Architect John Douglas has completed a treasure of lasting designs that enhance our valley. This work by this award winning architect is well published and is certainly one of his most inspired renovations.
We’ve waxed poetic about modern furniture purveyorsModern Manor before, but since then, we have discovered that Arizona is actually quite a hot destination for one-of-a-kind modern furniture finds. From state-of-the-art custom pieces to contemporary vintage one-offs, below is DLT’s list of the top ten modern and mid-century furniture shops in Phoenix. Whether you’re revamping the living room or just love the thrill of the hunt, take note after the jump:
1. Modern Manor, Phoenix: Owners Ryan and Kylie Durkin travel all over for the most avant-garde furniture, décor, storage and lighting pieces around.
2. Design Within Reach, Scottsdale: Our favorite modern chain is currently having their famous semi-annual sale, so you better get there before we do!
3. 2b Mod in Scottsdale is an eco-friendly, family owned and operated Phoenix treasure with hard-to-find items from designers like Nursery Works and Magis.
4. Loft a GoGo: A funky Tempe retailer with hip new furniture, art and accessories both for you andyour home.
5. WestHill Designs in Scottsdale not only sells original, handcrafted furniture but will help style your home and will provide delivery and installation, as well.
6. Red Modern Furniture in Phoenix: Their current featured item is a pair of leather lion ottomans ca. 1940’s. Doesn’t get any more awesome than that.
7. Copenhagen Furniture, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe: With other locations in Tucson and Texas, Phoenix was the first home of the chic-yet-comfortable design of this high-quality furniture source.
8. Phoenix Metro Retro focuses on Scandinavian designs from the 1950’s-70’s but also sells a considerable selection of one-offs from designers all over the world – at prices to beat.
9. Now and Then, Phoenix: The Valley’s newest hidden treasure is not so secret anymore. Opened last month, Now and Then brings Central Phoenix a stylish, expertly-curated selection of vintage modern furnishings.
10. Retro Ranch, Phoenix: Boasting more than furniture, Retro Ranch is a favorite stop for groovy, once-in-a-lifetime rarities.
We’ve waxed poetic about modern furniture purveyors Modern Manor before, but since then, we have discovered that Arizona is actually quite a hot destination for one-of-a-kind modern furniture finds. From state-of-the-art custom pieces to contemporary vintage one-offs, below is DLT’s list of the top ten modern and mid-century furniture shops in Phoenix. Whether you’re revamping the living room or just love the thrill of the hunt, take note after the jump:
Going somewhere? While travel is exciting and full of promise, nothing can suck the romance out of it then staring at the endless line of black luggage on a conveyor belt. Shake up your suitcase with your very own luggage tag, made by you and totally original courtesy of BLDG 25. You can use scraps of leftover fabric or leather to create your unique tag and adorn it with whatever you choose. We love the idea of a sturdy leather tag with hand painted adornments like the one on the blog, but along with the step-by-step instructions, you can also find inspiration on how to go your own way with this.
Frank Lloyd Wright is primarily known for his revolution in art and architecture, that dominated much of the last century. His buildings, designs, and techniques can be seen all around the world and especially here in the Valley. Not only did Wright have a passion in conventional architecture, he also had a soft-spot for our canine friends.
In the early 1950s little 12 year-old Jim Berger wanted a home for his beloved black lab, Eddie. You see, Jim, was the son of Robert Berger. Robert built their home in 1951 from the plans of Wright himself. The house is now known as the Robert Berger House and is located in San Anselmo, California. Jimmy wrote several letters to Wright requesting plans for a personalized dog house. He even offered to cover all expenses with his paper route money (ah the 1950s). His only stipulation: it would be have to be easy to build and would go well with the house.
At first, Wright being the busy man he was, declined the request. That did not matter to Jim, he kept on writing. Finally in 1956, the boy received a special delivery. He had finally got his plans, affectionately named “canis domus.” If you want to check out the actual plans, click here. Frank Lloyd: a good guy, Wright?
Shawn Beaird from Dwell Arizona is back this week with “Energizing Taliesin West,” a look into solar powering the famous North Scottsdale Landmark.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural landmark Taliesin West just celebrated its 75th anniversary and will also be going green, aiming to turn the development into a net-zero site by producing as much energy as it consumes. Parterships with First Solar Inc. and energy consultant Big Green Zero (both companies in Phoenix…keeping it local!) are making this effort possible, through the generation of on site energy with the installation of a 250 kilowatt solar array system with 4,000 panels, and reducing existing energy use by replacing 5,000 lightbulbs with more energy efficient models, new HVAC systems, and better insulation for roofing and other areas. The project will take three years and will hopefully put in a big dent or even eliminate the $200,000 energy bills the foundation sees every year.
For the creatively motivated, Pinterest is a great site to visit to fuel those fires of do-it-yourselfyness that we celebrate here. For the rest of us, it’s a great place to go to waste time and pine over such motivation. When we do find something cool and easy to create, we want to share it which is why this Pottery Barn inspired scripted lampshade is here on your screen right now. We love the idea of having your favorite words literally light your way and this project has many different options on how to go about it. The Shabby Creek Cottage recommends buying a new lampshade (obviously) and printing our your words and taping them on the inside of the shade to trace before painting, but the idea of free handing it could add just the ‘write’ amount of personality to make your room unique. Visit the site to get the full details.
Each week, Desert Living Today will bring you a ‘Dwelling of the Week’, a unique and modern living space. Check back weekly on Tuesdays for our pick of architectural eye-candy. This week’s listing provided by DwellArizona.com
The acclaimed Meadowbrook Residence is a collaborative effort of designers Jay Atherton and Cy Keener. The 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2,200 square foot home is currently for sale and listed by Greg Kilroy of The Velocity Group. Recently, the price of this stunning home was posted at $340,000. For more information on MLS# 4631415, click here.
1205 E MEADOWBROOK Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85014
Listing description: Featured on Dec/Jan 2011 cover of Dwell Magazine, the Meadowbrook Residence is an example of pure architectural design. Atherton|Keener has taken a rather typical infill lot in Phoenix and through the careful use of a palette of materials – mainly concrete block, cement, drywall, & wood – have created a home with minimal distractions. Located on an oleander lined lot in Canal North neighborhood, the home’s design shows a strong relationship between inside and out. Windows on the north and south side allow natural light to flow into bedrooms while unique curved walls capture and disperse light. Custom Ferrari shade sails on a steel frame, shade the home from the Arizona sun. A long hallway provides the unique separation between a wall of glass on one side, and custom cabinetry on the other.
Images via Listing Agent
This little DIY project from P.S. I Made This really struck us as something neat. Matchbooks are something we may all take for granted, but they can act as little tokens from faraway lands, favorite restaurants or a fabulous flea markets that take you back to another place and time. Now you can display your collection in the form of wall art. All you need is a shadow box (or multiple if you want to expand your collection) and push pins. Shove the pins through the matchbooks directly into the shadow box and cover when complete. It makes a great conversation piece so you can tell all of your house guests how well traveled you are. Check out the full post here.
Shawn Beaird of Dwell Arizona, realtor with Pascale Group of HomeSmart Elite specializing in modern and contemporary homes, mid-century modern homes, historic districts, and urban high-rises is back with a tribute to the architecture of Arizona of the past 100 years.
As some around the world were celebrating Valentine’s Day, in Arizona we were commemorating our state’s 100th anniversary of becoming a state. Yes, Arizona is relatively young compared to the rest of the U.S., but there’s still a good deal of history that can be celebrated making it interesting to look back on how thing’s have changed. In honor of Arizona turning the ripe old age of 100, here’s a look at some beautiful homes for sale on the market either representative of their era or unique in style, with the age in which they were built spanning a full 100 years and 2 homes showcasing each decade.
Do you have a couch straight out of the 80’s? Are the trials of vacuuming shag carpet something you are all-too familiar with? Then the Arizona North Chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers, the oldest and largest professional organization for Interior Designers) has come to your rescue. During the months of March and April, you can meet with an ASID Interior Designer in your home or business for up to two hours at a reduced rate. Whether you just need help choosing the right color for your walls or some major changes are needed (first things first: get rid of that carpet!), this is your opportunity to get the project started. Plus, hiring a professional interior designer can save you time and money and prevent costly mistakes.
After registering, you will be put in touch with a designer who specializes in your design needs. The designer will contact you to set up a to meet. Appointments are limited. Registration ends March 31 and initial designer consultation must be completed by May 15.
To register or for more info, click here.
Image via Furniture Seen
Using more f-bombs than a drunken sailer, FYNCT is our favorite NSFW interior design blog. Click here to check the potty-mouthed design blog for f*ckin’ awesome interior design inspiration and ideas or to say a polite piss off in the comments to those with nicer homes than yours.
A eco-friendly and super easy way to add a little life to your home is the Woolly Pocket Living Wall Planter. Made from 100% recycled plastic water bottles here in the United States, the soft-sided pockets are breathable, brightly colored, modular and a fun way to grow indoors. Used for a single garden or hanging out with a crowd, the Woolly Pocket makes a great gift for all, even the garden-impaired.
Perhaps “craft table” is too specific of a term, but this do it yourself table from the Thrifty Decor Chick would be pretty handy for all your crafting tools…if that’s your thing. We also think it would be handy for shot glasses and bottles of alcoholic beverages so you could create a nice little bar storage for whatever room in your house could use a little sprucing, but it’s really up to you. By using cube shelves and a slab of whatever wood or laminate you happen to have lying around, you could have a shmancy table in hours. Just follow the directions from Thrifty Decor Chic here and DIY-away.
Greatest idea ever: finger-painting, but for adults…with entire bodies. Confused yet? Then swing on by your local Fascinations, pick up their “Love is Art” kit and try it out for yourself (just not by yourself, which doesn’t sound as fun). While you may have already stopped by the love-megastore to stock up on goods for the upcoming holiday, this unique kit is something you don’t want to miss. It features a blank art canvas, specially-formulated paint, brushes and of course, a plastic sheet to protect your floor. After pouring the paint out on the canvas, couples use their bodies to move the paint around and create a funky abstract image. The kit is complete with disposable slippers to use as you walk to the bath and *ahem*…wash off.
Naturally, the love purveyors didn’t stop there; they are also featuring a delicious Shunga-Chocolate Paint for Valentine’s Day. But who says we have to wait till February 14? We’re showing our hunnies some sugar tonight.
No matter how you look at it, there are never enough outlets for everything that needs to be plugged in…or at least they’re not in the right place. So when your phone/iPod/camera can all be charged by a USB, it makes sense that you can use a wall plug in for such important devices and double (quadruple) up on the functionality. That’s why this DIY project from Apartment Therapy is practical. We’re not going to give you electrical advice, but we are going to direct you to the website to read the important steps to making your living space USB friendly and functional.