This Halloween, Let Your Porch Play Dress Up

These are the geeky porch light covers you're looking for. Well, if you've been looking for a Star Wars porch light, then it is at least. These cool 16" light covers can be fitted on any 17" or smaller porch light, giving it a little nerdy flair to cheer you up when you come home after a hard day feeling like a member of a clone army.

While the covers probably won't work well for all-year use as they are just plastic fittings that attach to the front of your lights, they are a great way to spruce up your house for Halloween. Trick or treaters and their parents will enjoy the accent, and everyone will be pleasantly surprised to see decorations that aren't spooky and gory.

With both Darth Vader and storm trooper designs available, you can even cover up twin porch lights, each with a different geek icon. Let the electicity Force a smile on your friend's and visitor's faces for only $9 a light cover.



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The Spellbinding Tropical House Made From Reclaimed Telegraph Poles

Timber is the most common housing material in Malaysia, but wood is most certainly a finite resource, especially on the islands. That's why WHBC Architects opted to build the Telegraph House with reclaimed wood, largely pulled from old telegraph poles once used in the islands.

WHBC designed the home for a retired British couple who wanted a traditional Malaysian-style home constructed on a hill surrounded by rice paddies. The structural columns for the house are formed by putting four wooden poles next to each other on raised steel bases. These four poles then support beams that stretch between the columns and provide enough support for the roof.

Of course, because they decided to work with solely reclaimed timber, the first step for the builders was to source enough wood to construct a house by making visits to recycling yards around the country. The telegraph poles proved to be a particularly useful building material as they are both strong enough to pass structural performance tests, but old enough to develop a thick patina that gives each piece its own unique characteristics.

The flooring was not made from telegraph poles, but instead from a former jetty in Penang. The roof shingles were pulled from the roof of an old airport also in Penang. To provide an industrial, modern counterpart, the raised steel bases, fasteners, window frames and other accents feature dark steel.

The use of an open floor plan allows for cool hilltop breezes to naturally ventilate and chill the home, minimizing the need for air conditioning in the warm tropical climate. The living space is entirely open to the elements, which seems like a fitting second life for the telegraph poles. The kitchen area can be closed off at one end to prevent wildlife from wandering in.

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The Old and New Fuse Together Wonderfully In This Turkish Apartment

When Atelye70 was commissioned to renovate the 19th century Gabriel Apartment, it was obvious the architect needed to modernize the abode while still maintaining the original beauty, adorned with accents inspired by traditional Ottoman style. The firm responsible for the modernization is well known for their work updating historic structures, and this project was no exemption. Originally designed by Italian architect Guglielmo Semprini, the historic structure has always been impressive and the remodel maintained that timeless integrity while modernizing the space to maximize resident comfort.

The apartment didn't start out as such. Instead, it was designed as a servants' quarters in the top floor of a palace. Even the servants were treated to luxury in this residence -their living quarters were adorned with beautiful, decorative frescoes. Atelye70 started the renovation with a focus on the flooring. The original frescoes and wooden flooring were preserved while the original white plaster was removed, allowing more light to flow into the structure.

The roof was completely redone, exposing the wooden beams, resulting a modern, yet rustic effect that seems well-suited to a home that was once a servants' quarters. In the bedroom, the frescoes are further maintained with the help of sliding closet spaces. The use of natural wood, black, white and dark granite all create an elegant, yet neutral color palette that further reflects the original purpose of the property.

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Ikea Creates A Climbable, Vertical Apartment

It's true that each person wants a little something different in their dream home, but it's also a little doubtful that anyone will clamoring to move into Ikea's newest apartment in France. Not only does the space lack a roof and four walls to protect you from the elements, it is also built on a bit of a tilt. Well, maybe that's a slight understatement, as building something at a full 90 angel is a more than a tilt.

But that's exactly how Ikea built this great apartment to advertise their new store in Clermont-Ferrand, with a little help from communication agency Ubi Bene.  The result is a climbable apartment installed with dozens of furniture products, including beds, carpets, couches, and tables, as well as a few well-placed climbing holds. Of course, given the who gravity thing, half of the furniture items had to be placed rightside up while others were installed sideways -meaning that the adult bed serves as little more than a padded backstop while the sofa and shelving units could be used the way they were intended.

Participants who agreed to climb the vibrantly-colored apartment could use the chairs and dressers as climbing holds or choose to rest up on the top of living room or bedroom furniture. For those who needed a break before they reached the top, a swinging chair offered a relaxing space to take a rest. Naturally, everything installed on the billboard beside the hand holds is available for purchase in the new store.

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11 Tree Houses Adults Will Absolutely Adore

Tree houses aren't just for kids any more. These days, plenty of adults choose to play, stay, eat and live in homes supported by big beautiful boughs. Here are a few of the many impressive modern tree houses built for adults.

Tree House Lodge

When you visit the rain forest of Costa Rica, the Tree House Lodge is perhaps the best place to feel at-one with nature while still enjoying the creature comforts of a full kitchen and bathroom. The tree house is split into two levels, offering a small half-bathroom and a king size bed upstairs and a double bed, a single bed and a kitchen downstairs. The in-tree structures let you feel like you are truly living inside the forest, while screens will make sure you're sheltered from bugs while you sleep. With a space this open, you never know who might stop by for breakfast -perhaps even a local sloth.

The furniture and structures are all made from sustainable wood culled from local trees that have naturally fallen.

Tree House Point

As you may be able to guess from the name, Tree House Point is a forest retreat that features a number of tree houses for rent. Cabins range from snug and cozy to spacious and private and each one is as unique as the trees they are built upon. The two-story Trillium is particularly impressive with massive windows lining the top and bottom florrs.

Lantern House

Roderick Romero is one of the biggest names in tree house design and his website's gallery is evidence not only of his versatility and skill, but also his popularity as his incredible projects are scattered throughout the globe thanks to clients who insist on working only with Romero. Perhaps his most famous work though is the Lantern House of Santa Monica, CA, which was constructed with 99% salvaged lumber and is fitted with recycled stained glass.

Minister's Tree House

Also called Horace Burgess' House, this crazily-constructed tree house was built by one man, Minister Horace Burgess, who claims God told him to create the church/house. Horace managed to build a combined house and ministry for only $12,000 thanks to his clever use of recycled materials.

The 100-foot structure is over ten-stories tall, features a bell tower and a basketball court, and it holds the Guinness World Record for the largest tree house. Unfortunately, the fame that arrived with the title also brought the structure unwanted attention and the tree house has been shut down by the Tennessee Fire Marshall's Office for the last two years. While supporters have worked to bring the structure up to code and petitioned to get the building exempted from the law, the popular roadside attraction is now viewable from the outside only.

Images courtesy of Frank Kehren's Flickr

Takasugi-an

We have already featured one of Terunobu Fujimori's fairytale-like tree houses, and his Takasugi-an tea house in Chino, Japan is equally impressive and magical. The beautiful structure is supported by two chestnut trees and can only be accessed by climbing the free-standing ladders perched against one of the trees. The interior is lined with plaster and bamboo mats, providing for a simple, but comfortable place to serenely sip tea and enjoy the impressive views.

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4Treehouse

Glowing and hovering like a Japanese lantern caught in the wind, the 4Treehouse is the epitome of stylish, modern tree house design. In an effort to protect the pristine, natural setting of the property, Four-O-Nine chose two wrap a three-story structure around four established trees. Working with both arborists and builders, the team developed a balloon frame that would hang from the four trees without damaging them.

Steampunk Tree House

Can something really be called a tree house if it's not constructed on an actual tree? The people behind the Steampunk Tree House certainly think so, as they constructed their whimsical structure atop a manmade structure built from reclaimed wood. Of course, there are upsides to building a tree house on an artificial tree -you can move this one wherever you please, for example.

Redwoods Treehouse

Perhaps more of a "tree venue" than a traditional tree house, the Redwoods Treehouse of New Zealand is a one-of-kind event space available for rent. Whether used for a corporate event, a private dinner or a small wedding, there's no way guests will soon forget the unique, seashell-like sanctuary any time soon.

Alnwick Garden Treehouse

England's Alnwick Garden Treehouse is one of those fantastic places where adults may find themselves playing just as much as their children. With wobbly rope bridges, an educational center and more, the tree house has more than enough activities to entertain children and the restaurant located in the heart of the tree house, as well as the bar on the terrace, will make sure adults also leave with a smile on their face.

Free Spirit Spheres

Sometimes you want to get away from it all and really feel at one with nature. But why settle for a boring tent on the ground when you could stay in a Free Spirit Sphere that allows you to feel the slight sway of the trees and enjoy an improved view of the natural scenery? Available on Vancouver Island, Canada, these hand-carved, tree-house spheres are tethered to the forest trees by a web of ropes. Each sphere features a heating unit, a bed, speakers and a space to make coffee or tea.

The Studebaker Family Tree House

When we move into a home, most of us have plans for what we can do with the property after we settle in. It's pretty common for those goals to get pushed back again and again as life gets in the way, and that's just what happened to the Studebaker family in Burlingame, California. When they moved into their home in 1994, they planned to add a tree house to the beautiful, 100-year-old oak in the back yard. But it took them ten years to get around to actually building it.

While it took a while for the project to come together, this beautiful space was worth the wait as it provided a beautiful and comfortable guest house to visitors. Eventually, friends and neighbors became so fond of the structure that the Studebakers started renting out the space to travelers from around the globe. It goes to show that a great tree house doesn't require a big name architect, just a little inspiration and elbow grease.

If you still haven't gotten enough gorgeous tree houses, be sure to catch Blue Forest's Living the Highlife, Baumraun's Treehouse Solling, Terunobu Fujimori's cherry blossom viewing tower and Mithun's Sustainability Treehouse.


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The New Dyson 360 Robot Vacuum

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Sir James Dyson has been the biggest name in vacuum products for years, which is why it only makes sense for him to challenge the Roomba's domination of the robotic vacuum industry. Dyson isn't one to release a half-baked product though, which is why it took sixteen years to perfect a robotic vacuum.

The new Dyson 360 Eye seeks to leave the Roomba in its own unsucked up dust. It offers the powerful Dyson cyclone technology and an improved, incredible navigation system. Rather than bumping into walls before changing directions, the Dyson 360 Eye uses a 360-degree camera system that allows the device to see where it has and hasn't cleaned and where barriers will block its path.

Aside from a drastically improved navigation, the vacuum also steps up the game when it comes to suction power. Roombas and other robotic vacuums aren't known for their cleaning power, but the 360 Eye hopes to be. With two types of bristles and a digital motor capable of creating up to 104,000 rpm of suction power, it is designed to clean well on both carpeting and hard flooring, providing a true level of clean that has so far been impossible with other robo-vacs. 

As if all this wasn't a big enough improvement over existing products, the vacuum offers the Dyson Link app that allows the 360 Eye to be controlled by iOS and Android devices. Users can schedule cleainging and review the device's cleaning maps.

The 360 Eye will go on sale in Japan next spring and become available worldwide soon afterward. Pricing information has yet to be made public.

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LA Hally Architect Renews A Beautiful Bauhaus Masterpiece

The timeless simplicity of Bauhaus architecture has held strong over the years, but individual houses themselves sometimes need a little improvement here and there. England's House in Hamble-le-Rice is one such house. 

The property, part of the 1930's Crowsport Estate, was originally commissioned by Sir Thomas Lipton (of tea notoriety) and designed by architect Robert Cromie. After almost a century, the home had become run down after it went through a number of alterations that took away from the original Bauhaus style. That's why the owners hired LA Hally Architect to renovate the home, modernize it and add an extension.

While the team sought to modernize the home, they also sought to maintain the original style and beauty of the home. The home owners needed a larger kitchen and living room, so LA Hally Architect transformed the space into an open floor plan. They also added a music room, an office and and a rooftop terrace that provides an impressive view of the marina outside. The terrace incorporates glass railings in order to give the home a clean modern feel and to provide an unobstructed view.

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The Apron Guide Helps You Cook and Keep Clean

Just because you feel comfortable behind the stove doesn't mean you know all the basics of cooking. Fortunately, this great Apron Guide from Suck UK operates as a cheat sheet for all those need-to-know basics. 

Available in full and half apron sizes, the apron provides conversion charts for liquid, weight and temperature. It also offers tips on cooking times for poultry, vegetables and eggs, as well as tips on freezing goods and defrosting poultry. Additionally, there is a cooking glossary, a portion guide for spaghetti, a basic finger guide for testing your steak and more.

The full size version also has a helpful pocket so you can hold onto tasting spoons, recipes, small ingredients, your cell phone or any other handy things you might want easy access to while cooking.

The cool design is a great way to keep your clothes clean while helping you keep track of all those simple, yet easy-to-forget facts that you need to know in the kitchen. The full-sized version can be yours for only $25 while the half-sized one is even more affordable at $20.

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The House In Yasugatake Shows the Beauty of the Mountains

Cantilevering homes could easily be the best way to enjoy a scenic peak and when you build a home at the foot of Japan's Yatsugatake Mountains, you want to make the most of the view. This particular home by Kidosaki Architects Studio is on the ridge of a sloping mountain at the bottom of the range and it offers an incredible views over the striking Japanese landscape. The cantilevered design is perfectly oriented to ensure the best possible view of the mountains throughout the length of the house, which is supported by two thin steel cylinders.

The house is entered through the center of the lengthy side. If you keep heading the same direction, you'll wander down the corridor until you arrive in the incredible living room that features floor-to-ceiling windows along three walls -providing an unbelievable view of the mountain scenery. Attched to the living room, you'll see the expansive, open plan kitchen. If you continue walking towards the other end of the house, you'll find the master bedroom, the master bathroom and the two additional bedrooms.

Each bedroom has its own view with a unique perspective of the mountain range. All of these views can also be enjoyed from the wooden deck surrounding the property, providing a relaxing outdoor space to enjoy the fresh air and scenery.

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16 Helpful Solutions to Hide the Eyesores in Your Home

From thermostat controls to dog crates and from terrible tile to cord pile-ups, everyone has some horrible eyesores in their home. But you don't have to just accept these ugly accents -you can do something about them and here are a few handy ideas to make your space look as presentable as possible.

Charging Spaces

Nothing can instantly make a counter or tabletop look more cluttered like setting a few electronics on it to charge. So how can you give your goodies the juice they need while keeping the wire mess out of the way? Set aside a drawer with a power strip on the inside just for charging. Just remember to shorten the back of the drawer to give the power strip cord enough space in the back. This specific drawer decor was done by LGB Interiors.

Computer Cords

Speaking of cord disasters, it can be a serious nightmare to deal with all those cords and cables in the back of your desk. Rather than letting them hang around all over, try installing some short shelves and hooks under your desk, like Andrea Dekker did, to get rid of the clutter.

Alternatively, as Life Hacker points out, attaching a peg board to the back or bottom of your desk can offer a great way to wire or zip tie all your power strips and cables away. Depending on your layout, you can even hide your modem and router this way.

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