Have too much cleaning stuff under your sink? Tired of the massive block of paper towel rolls filling up your shelves? Invest in a hanging shoe organizer. Use the wall-pocket version to hold under-the-sink cleaners, pantry snacks or kid's school supplies, and use the stacked-shoe-box style to hold your paper towel and toilet paper rolls.
This tutorial on Imperfect Homemaking can even show you how to make your own wall-pocket style organizer if you don't want to buy a pre-made one.
Install Spinning Tables in Your Pantry
Searching through all the jars and cans in the corner of a pantry can be a pain, but with a lazy Susan in each corner, you can just rotate through the items until you find the one you're looking for. Decor Chick shows how easy it is to do.
Use Bungee Cords to Store Sports Balls
Take advantage of the wooden walls in your garage by adding a few U-shaped wood pieces and some bungee cords -now you have a ball-holder just like the ones featured at all the toy stores. Some plain wooden boards can also be added to store fishing rods, paddles and other toys. Designed to Dwell can show you how.
Add A Wire Shelf To Your Garage Ceiling
Similar to storing your gaming balls, this Family Handyman trick takes advantage of the unfinished walls of your garage. Just install a wire shelf under the wooden boards on the ceiling and you have some great out-of-the-way storage that was just going to waste before.
Hang and Label Your Jeans
Let's face it -jeans tend to look alike until you pull them out. But if you hang them up and then label them with a simple tag like Love Bug Living uses, you can immediately identify the right pair of jeans and grab them in only a minute. You can also do this with tees and other pants. It's a great way to cut down on your time getting ready.
Carve a Toothbrush Holder in Your Medicine Cabinet
If you have wooden shelves in your medicine cabinet, why take up extra counter space with a toothbrush holder when you can hang them right behind the door? This Family Handyman tutorial is so simple you'll wonder why you haven't done it yet.
Hang Your Wrapping Paper on the Ceiling
Install a few anchor hooks and galvanized wire in your closet ceiling and you'll be able to hang your wrapping paper out of sight and out of mind until you need it.
Store Board Games on Their Side
Board games are meant to be stored flat, which is fine when you only own a couple, but when you start to get more and more games, they start to stack upon each other and eventually it becomes a nightmare to access any one particular game. As Imperfect Homemaking shows though, wrapping a large rubber band around the box makes storing games on their side simple, which makes grabbing your favorite game worlds easier.
If you still haven't satisfied your need for clean, then don't miss the all of our fascinating storage solutions in our organization category.
We've previously featured some amazing swimming pools that would make anyone's summer a lot cooler, but with so many beautiful pools out there, it's impossible to limit the selection to just fifteen. Here are ten more absolutely gorgeous pools to day dream about.
The Human Watering Hole
There aren't many place where you can take a dip and watch elephants roam the savannah at the same time, but the "human watering hole" at Four Seasons Safari Lodge in Tanzania allows you to do just that.
The Perivolas Pool
Sanding high above the Aegean Sea, the white infinity pool at Perivolas provides incredible views that seem to be at one with the horizon.
The Many Theme Park Pools of Atlantis
With not just one pool but almost a dozen of them, the Atlantis on Paradise Island is certain to please children and adults alike. Don't miss the clear-tunnel waterslide that sends you through a whole tank of sharks!
The Luxurious Pools of Oberoi Udaivias
Whether you prefer the labyrinth-like main pool, the spa pool adorned with gentle arches or the semi-private pool that is only accessible by those who stay in the rooms closest to the lake, you'll be sure to fall in love with the pools of Oberoi Udaivias.
There are plenty of amazing beaches around Fiji's Laucala Island Resort, but their lap pool built right inside the stunning main pool isn't to be missed.
The Fiber Optic Pool
With a resort that's surrounded by pristine white sand beaches, Huvafen Fushi had to do something truly amazing to make their pool stand out. The addition of more than 1000 small fiber optic lights managed to make the mineral pool truly memorable.
Dreaming of wealth and a life of leisure? Then you may want to take a nap in the golden pool at the St. Regis Lhasa Resort. Kept at a cozy 90 degrees Fahrenheit, this pool is a great place to rejuvenate and relax.
The Cantilevered Pool
Hong Kong’s Hotel Indigo provides a one-of-a-kind view from their rooftop pool that overlooks the city not only from the side of the pool, but through the bottom of it as well.
Be sure to check back with us, because we will absolutely be following up on this topic with even more wonderful pools.
Sometimes a man needs a place to get away from the world -whether to spend some time alone or some time with his buddies. The man cave is a perfect refuge from work, family and life in general and these man caves are just about as removed from the everyday world as you could hope for.
Comic book artist Tyler Kirkham created the ultimate in geeky man caves when he spent over $50,000 creating this truly magnificent tribute to Skyrim and the rest of the Elder Scroll series. His space includes a kitchen, a bathroom, an alchemy lab, a secret door hidden behind a bookcase, a waterfall, a suit of armor, a $20,000 home theater system and over $8,000 worth of stone masonry.
This home in Forest Hill, North Carolina is an ultimate shrine to the Toronto Maple Leafs, featuring not only a collection of photos, equipment and uniforms from team members -but even a turnstile from the Maple Leaf Gardens. The main seating area features a drop down screen and projector to create one impressive viewing area, as well as peripheral televisions on each side.
One Great Garage
If you ask many men what they'd want in their dream man cave, they'll tell you they want a gorgeous car. This ultimate garage hangout by tdSwansburg Design Studio is the epitome of car collector fantasies. The space not only includes the owner's prized collection of Mustangs and Shelby Cobras, but also a full bar and entertainment center.
Wooden & Rustic
Just a fraction of the space of this $11.5 million waterfront home in Orcas Island, Washington makes up the beautiful game room, but it's enough to make you dream of long nights spent sipping scotch, shooting pool and reading anything by Ernest Hemmingway.
If you're of the opinion that a man cave should be its own separate structure, then you'll love this beautiful, rustic design by Heritage Restorations. With a wet bar, a pool table, a ping pong table and an entertainment center it's the perfect home-away-from-home that's still next door to home.
Wood & Stone
This wonderful basement man cave by CHC Creative Remodeling features wooden walls and flooring, stone accents and a stunning ceiling inspired by the night sky. Entertainment options include vintage video games, pinball machines, a foosball table, a full bar, slot machines, a pool table. The basement is even equipped with its own gym and a half bathroom.
Sporty & Sleek
With a home theater, a basketball court, a full bar and a shuffleboard table, this great space by Kaufman Construction Design and Build functions as both a man cave and a great place for the whole family to get together and enjoy each other's company.
Covering All Bases
With an awesome baseball-themed home theater room, an indoor basketball court and a game room equipped with pinball, video games, pool and a card table, this basement renovation by BOWA may be designed for a family, but it has all the makings of a magnificent man cave.
Simple & Modern
With three tvs, a comfy couch, shelves of helmets and an air hockey table, this great space by KDS Interiors shows that man caves don't need to be massive to be brilliant.
For those looking for a man cave focused around audio and video entertainment, don't miss our great collection of amazing home theaters.
Libraries have traditionally been a central attraction for those gaining knowledge and their detailed, stunning architecture often reflect that fact. In modern times though, libraries have been losing influence in their communities. But there are some designers working to keep interest in our book depositories alive.
Beeby & Babka did a marvelous job of combining old and new design touches in their beautiful, modern neoclassical library. The red brick contrasts strikingly with the dark glass rooftop while still managing to fit in well with the surrounding Chicago architecture.
Taking obvious influence from the Roman Coliseum, Vancouver's central library is one of the city's most famous icons. The beautiful and influential structure was designed by DA Architects and Moshe Safdie and fills up an entire city block and features shops, restaurants, a parking lot, office buildings and a rooftop garden.
Stuttgart City Library, Germany
Designed by Yi Architects, Germany's Stuttgart City Library has a striking cube-like shape covered in a unique pattern of doors lined up nine by nine on the exterior. Inside, the pure white color scheme makes the structure look like a library from heaven. The library is actually just the first completed structure in a much larger development that will be built around it, so these amazing views of the building are only going to be around for a short period.
Halmstad City Library, Sweden
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Set in a park near the Nissan River, the Halmstad Library overlooks the city's historic center with floor-to-ceiling windows stretching across the entire building's exterior, providing natural light and a completely green heat source. The structure, design by Schmidt, Hammer and Lassen, extends beyond the walkway along the river and into the Nissan itself like an enclosed pier.
The dramatic shapes and angles of Belarus' national library have led to the structure quickly becoming one of the most popular attractions in the city. The arhombicuboctahedron structure designed by Victor Kramarenko and Mikhail Vinogradov houses not only the largest collection of Belarusian printed materials, but also the third largest collection of Russian books. Since its opening in 2006, the building has been listed as one of the World's Best Libraries, 100 Most Surprising Acheivements of Modern Architecture and Top 50 Unusual Buildings.
Udeb Arquitectos designed the EPM library to look like an upside down pyramid, with the massive structure stretching over 107,000 square feet. The entrance plaza is adorned by a collection of white columns that stretch into the sky like a white forest and the entire library project was completed along with a major urban renewal plan to revitalize the city of Medellin.
TU Delft Library, The Netherlands
The largest technical scientific library in The Netherlands, Delft University's cone-topped study center is a popular destination for everyone in the area that is seeking to expand their knowledge. The roof of the structure is covered in grass, allowing students a comfortable place to relax and read under the sun, while keeping the library itself well insulated and comfortable. At the same time, Mecanoo's use of an iconic white cone creates a unique focal point that lets natural light flow into the building below.
With tons of irregular angles and a polished black granite exterior, The Black Diamond is a highly appropriate name for the Royal Danish Library. Designed by Schmidt, Hammer and Lassen, the structure is one of the most famous landmarks along the Copenhagen waterfront. The library not only houses space for over 200,000 books, but also scientific institutions, exhibition rooms, a cafe, a bookshop and a restaurant.
Perched on a hill rising above Santo Domingo, the Parque Biblioteca España is an icon of modernist design in South America. The three rock-like buildings are a major contrast to the plain, low-income homes in the area, providing a place for locals to learn and dream. As architect Giancarlo Mazzanti explained, “We wanted to take people from this poor community into another place and change their reality.”
Will Alsop of Alsop & Stormer designed this library was designed to look like no other building in the area in order to inspire curiosity from passersby. After its grand opening in March of 2000, it quickly received numerous awards, including the Stirling Award for architectural innovation, the Civic Trust Award for excellence in public architecture, the Copper Cladding Award and more.
These lovely libraries remind us of the knowledge and magic that hides within the pages on their shelves, reminding us that even in our technological age, there is still plenty of room for good old fashioned books. While this list only features libraries from the Americas and Europe, we fully intend to feature more libraries in future articles from other fantastic locations across the globe.
The Avengers have always been awesome and with Age of Ultron out right now, they've never been more popular. If you're a die-hard fan who would love to bring a touch of Marvel into your home, here are a few awesome home accessories featuring the Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
Movie Prop Desk
This desk by Tom Spina Designs (previously featured in both our Geek Home Theater and Star Wars furniture articles) doesn't just look incredible, it's also loaded with all kinds of hidden compartments to make it totally functional while still efficiently displaying a huge selection of replica props from the films.
Record Wall Clock
Recycled vinyl clocks are always cool to look at and this one featuring the full team of Avengers in incredible detail is a testament to the skills of Etsy seller ASecondLifeForVinyl.
Nothing sets the mood quite like a lamp featuring the newest villain in the Avenger's movie series and this official Marvel product is ideal for offices, living rooms and bedrooms. You can even customize it to match your other decor.
Does it take a team of heroes to help you get dressed in the morning? Then perhaps you could use this cool dresser from Etsy seller CalderonCustoms.
Etsy seller ThemeMyRoom has a great selection of superhero-inspired drawer pulls. While some come in sets, like the adorable growing Hulk fists, many are also sold individually, so you can assemble your own team of Avengers.
At long last, Earth's Mightiest Heroes are here and ready to help you make dinner. Etsy seller HeartwarmingGift will even customize the design for you in case you want to give one of these to a superhero-loving friend of yours.
Light Switch Covers
For only five dollars, Yakamaniac can customize your light switch or outlet cover to feature a real page from an Avengers comic book (or a page from one of the related character's comic stories). If you want to use a specific page or just want to DIY it for fun, this Instructable shows that the process is relatively simple.
Your resident avian population may not understand what's so great about The Avengers, but they'll grow to love the heroic team when they start regularly dining from this birdfeeder by Etsy seller BirdFeederGuy.
A Whole Apartment
If you really want your space to show your love for The Avengers though, then you may want to contact Singapore’s Absolook Interior Design, the company that put together this gorgeous apartment dedicated to Marvel's legendary team of heroes.
Few things offer quite as many uses as a mason jar and practically nothing offers that same level of quaint country charm. Whether you're looking for an excuse to buy more jars or have a collection lying around from your canning experiments phase, mason jar lovers everywhere will love these great household uses for their favorite containers.
Chalkboard Spice Jars
It's hard to keep a good spice collection organized and accessible, but if you have a spare drawer and some small mason jars, you may want to consider this brilliant idea from Raising Up Rubies that puts all of your spices and measuring tools front and center.
A hammer, nail and mason jar are also all you need to prep up a simple toilet bowl cleaner that just requires a little vinegar. Just pop some holes in the lid, fill the jar with vinegar and set the jar upside down in your toilet tank. A little vinegar will escape every time you flush, keeping your bowl sparkling clean.
Skinny Meg found a $2 pallet-style wood shelf at Ikea. With a little ingenuity and elbow grease, she turned it into this beautiful, rustic bathroom organizer. If you like the look but aren't quite that handy, you can buy a similar one from Etsy seller RichAccents.
Under-shelf space often goes unutilized, but with this handy hack from Poofy Cheeks, you can keep your stuff organized and out of the way by simply sticking it in mason jars under a shelf.
Looking for some unique lighting for your next outdoor gathering? Then invest in some tiki torch fuel, tiki torch wicks and mason jars. A small hole through the lid for the wick is all it takes to convert your jars into torches and The Frugal Homemaker can show you how.
There are a lot of ways to turn your mason jar into a centerpiece, but if you like the idea of making one that will last for years to come, try this cool moss terrarium by Parent Pretty. Best of all, it's a great project to do with your kids.
A mason jar doesn't have to look like a mason jar to be functional. Garden Mama proves that a few branches and hot glue can turn a basic mason jar vase into something surprising.
If you ever break your blender jar or want a smaller container, Real Simple points out that most blender blades will attach to a small-mouth mason jar. It's also a great option if you want to blend something and store it for later.
Twine and Ribbon Holders
Have a pile of crafting supplies that seem to be taking over your space? Then check out this handy tutorial on A Cassarella for making a twine holder with a long bolt and a mason jar. While the writer only suggests using this for twine, it's easy to see that it would also be a great way to organize ribbons -just make sure the mouth of the jar is large enough to fit your spools.
Speaking of crafts, here's a simple storage solution for your sewing kit that's even a copy of a $48 Anthropologie product. It All Started With Paint can show you how to make your own (or one as a gift) for practically nothing.
We've already featured some great tricks for deep spring cleaning and simple ways to spruce up your home, but there are some chores you need to do all year round. Fortunately, cleaning your bathroom, kitchen and bedroom doesn't need to be a nightmare. These great tricks can make your regular cleaning routine go by in no time.
Clean your showerhead overnight.
As Real-Life Housewife demonstrates simply pour vinegar into a plastic bag, secure the bag over your showerhead with a rubber band and leave it overnight. When you remove the bag in the morning, you'll be able to wipe off the hard water deposits and soap scum with little to no effort.
Get rid of nasty water stains around your sink.
Since you can't wrap your whole sink with a bag filled with vinegar, do what The Thrifty Home recomends and clean your faucets and sink with paper towels soaked in vinegar. Just wrap them around the affected area and spray with a little more vinegar every 10 minutes to keep them moist. After an hour or so, you should be able to easily scrub away the nasty deposits that caused the stains.
(Note: do not use vinegar on marble or stone as it can corrode these materials.)
Leave bleach-soaked cotton balls to remove mold from caulking.
This one's pretty basic -just soak cotton balls in bleach and then stick them along corners and crevasses where mold has started growing in your caulking.
Mix a combination of 50% vinegar and 50% dish soap. Put the mixture in a dish scrubber that holds soap and spread the concoction around your tub using minimal elbow grease. This alone should get rid of most of your grime, but for anything left over, try putting kosher salt on half of a lemon and scrubbing the tub with it. The citrus should clear off any of the other cleanser's residue, provide an extra level of cleanser and make your tub smell good, while the salt will scrub any stubborn grime.
Disinfect wood and bamboo cutting boards with lemon.
Just like the tub trick, use salt and lemon to scrub your cutting board, only this time, put the salt over the entire surface of a wet cutting board before scrubbing away residue with the lemon. All Kinds of Yumm has the full details.
Ammonia the filth out of our cooking space.
Two of the hardest to clean surfaces in a kitchen are the stove burners and the inside of the oven. Amazingly, ammonia can make both of these chores much less tedious. For the burners, do what The V Spot suggests and fill a plastic bag with 1/4 cup ammonia and seal a burner inside. A Real-Life Housewife says for the oven, put a glass bowl with 1/2 ammonia on a rack in the oven and seal the door closed. Leave both overnight, then open up all your windows and doors. Open your oven to release the fumes and leave the room for 10 minutes. Then remove your burners from the bag and wipe the burners and your oven with a wet sponge -they should both wipe clean with little to no effort.
Pre-treat your microwave.
Spraying chemicals all over your microwave and scrubbing your fingers to the bone is the worst possible way to clean this appliance. Instead, fill a glass with water and a few lemon halves or with vinegar -which is what The Craft Patch used in the image. Zap things for two minutes (the liquid should start boiling), let cool for a minute and then open and wipe away the filth with a sponge. You'll be amazed how quick the cleaning process is once you try it.
Clean your refrigerator in a jiff.
Don't sit and scrub your fridge. Just move things around so you can wash one shelf at a time in your dishwasher (along with other dishes). A few cycles and re-organizations later and things are clean without wasting power leaving the fridge door open and without scrubbing nasty, mysterious food spills.
Blenders are just one of those appliances that are a pain to clean. While you still might want to run it in the dishwasher here and there, skip the majority of scrubbing by throwing dish soap and water in the pitcher right after you use it. Run the motor for a few seconds, then rinse the pitcher and dry it -it's ready to go again.
You can't really wash your coffee grinder with water, but you can still clean it. Just throw some uncooked rice or some white bread into the device and run it for a minute. Dump out the chopped food, then grind a tablespoon baking soda and use a wet rag or sponge until clean.
Dirt, insects and dust can leave light fixtures looking nasty. A quick trip through the dishwasher will leave them looking like new though. You can also remove light switch and outlet covers the same way.
And not just stuffed animals. Many plastic toys, including action figures, Legos and bath toys can be thrown in the washing machine. Just tie them up inside a pillow case, run a short cold cycle and voila -your kid's toys are clean in a jiffy. Plastic and metal toys can also go in the dishwasher on a low temperature as long as you can secure them in the utensil box or a mesh laundry bag.
Washing air vents is often a pain in the butt, it doesn't have to be though. Either try wrapping a clean towel around a butter knife and using regular cleanser to slice away grime between the slots, or simply remove the vents, put them in your dishwasher and replace when dry.
Put your hand in a sock, put it in a mixture of white vinegar and water. Use the sock like a sock puppet to run down the length of your blinds in one quick motion. Keep Home Simple shows how easy it is.
Disinfect your mattress.
You may clean your sheets regularly, but what about the bed itself? Do what WikiHow demonstrates and fill a spray bottle with vodka and spray a little across your whole mattress. Let the vodka air dry and you'll have a smell-free, sanitized mattress in no time.
Rub dirty paintings with bread.
Admittedly, this sounds a little crazy, but even professional painting specialists will use white bread to remove dust and grime from old paintings. Just rub the painting with bread until clean, then use a soft-bristle brush to sweep away any crumbs. The Brick House does it with bagels, but you can also use white bread.
We'd like to offer a special thank you to Jennifer of The Craft Patch Blog, who has gone above and beyond when it comes to testing many of the cleaning tricks floating around on Pinterest. Remember, don't believe everything you read (unless you see it here).
If great art makes you think then these wonderful optical illusion designs are examples of art at its finest. From wall paper that looks like your walls are alive and moving to flooring that looks like you're walking on water, these amazing illusions will make you think a little more about the possibilities of your ordinary home decor.
Based on the famous Cafe Wall illusion, this fantastic table by Etsy seller Exotic Tiles doesn't show a spiral, but simply a set of circles adorned with black and white tiles. While the tiles look to be of different, flocculating sizes, they are all actually the same.
You may not be able to install a waterfall in your bedroom, an aquarium in your entry way, a beach in your bathroom or a dolphin tank in your living room, but with these amazing 3D epoxy artworks by Imperial Interiors, you can at least get the next best thing. Just don't be surprised when drunk guests refuse to step foot in your living room swimming pool.
Small and inconspicuous, Yoy Idea's Extend bookshelf is designed to clamp on to the edge of a desk or counter and then be extended outward so your books look like they are floating in midair.
Psychedelic Illusion Pattern Wallpaper
Some people want their rooms to seem bigger, which is often easy to do with a few extra mirrors. But if you don't want your room to seem bigger so much as immeasurable, you might prefer this fantastic psychedelic wallpaper by Etsy seller Livettes.
The entire interior of this home by Kazuyasu Kochi is a living optical illusion. The structure started as an apartment building with eight units, but in the process of renovating it into one single family home, Kazuyasu Kochi also transformed the space into a mind-bending illusion that looks more at home in a psychedelic cartoon than in the real world.
These odd 3D-looking lights by Tel Aviv's Studio Cheha are actually flat acrylic sheets placed above a light box. The creations were initially funded on Kickstarter, where they made close to 1000% of their original goal. The designs are interchangeable and energy efficient, so they're even cool beyond the illusion aspect.
Designers from Eos México made history when the introduced the first hand-knotted illusion rug in history. The piece was made with 3000 year-old hand-made Tibetan knot methods and, when viewed from the right angle, gives the illusion that the middle of the rug is sinking into the ground.
The Black Door
Design studio UXUS wanted their workplace to reflect the sense of wonderment a well-designed space can inspire. To that end, their entire headquarters looks fantastic enough to enamor any hesitant clients, but we're particularly impressed with the mysterious black door that seems to be free standing in the middle of a large, white room thanks to the use of a mirrored wall.
If you're looking to get your mom a little something beyond the standard bouquet this Mother's Day, you may consider a beautiful vase that she can hold onto long after her flowers have wilted away. No matter what kind of mom you are lucky enough to have, there is certain to be one piece in this list that will fit right in with her home decor.
Simple and elegant, this Loop Vase is graceful and eye-catching. It's a perfect statement piece for any mother into minimalism.
This unique vase looks different from every angle. With sweeping wood shapes flowing around a standard glass form, nature-lovers are sure to love this creation by TheRusticNature.
This elderflower liquor might still only be a few years old, but it already has a legion of fans. If your mother has joined the cult of St. Germain, she'll love this stunning vase made from one of the brand's iconic and crystal-like bottles.
With blown glass colors and shapes resembling an iris, this vase by Trish Dalto is almost like a flower in itself.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this personalized vase that can be filled of images that show Mom what she means to you is absolutely priceless. Etsy seller Jenny Gaynor will also leave a note and a special date on the base of the vase to add even more significance to the piece.
This striking test tub vase set by Etsy seller AnSquared is perfect for those who simply love science, as well as those who want to display their blooms in an all new way.
Etsy seller Braggingbags customizes her lovely wood vases so you can engrave them with your mother's initials, you and your siblings initials or a message that reads "ILU."
Is your mom more of a Morticia Addams than a Martha Stewart? Then rather than going with something pretty, make her go batty over one of these fascinating anatomical heart vases by Etsy seller Dellamorteco. Available in red, black, pewter or transparent with veins, they're the perfect way to say "I love you even just the bloody way you are."
Was your mom a retro gamer before it was cool? Then she'll probably love ThinkGeek's great 8-bit vase that even comes with matching flowers. It might not hold water, but it will keep these smiling flowers alive for years to come.
If your mother is more of a 2D fan than an 8-bit lover then she just might prefer this great illusionary vase from the MOMA store that looks like a drawing made real.
A perfect fit for any puzzle-fanatics, this cool 3D Puzzle Vase can be completely taken apart and reassembled, but it is fitted with an interior water cup so it can still be used as a functional vase.
Why settle for one bouquet when you can share many? The Caterpillar Bud Vase displays four or six different bundles of blooms at a time in a fun, bubbly line.
Sometimes a big, messy bouquet says it all, but sometimes it's better to go with something a little more understated. For those occasions, this simple, yet refined 8 Hole Flute Bud Vase is a perfect way to share the elegant beauty of a single variety of blooms.
Ideal for an animal-loving mother, this clever design lets you replace antlers with beautiful floral displays.
Perhaps not the most beautiful of vases, the Efeet is still charming in its own strange and adorable way. It's a great gift for mothers with a sense of humor and a longing to be reminded of the wonderful pitter patter of little feet.
We've also featured two unique vase designs in the past -the Invisible Vase and the Living Light, both of which would make any mother feel special and surprised, so be sure to check those two out.
Whatever you get your mom this holiday, Happy Mother's Day.
When it comes to design, it's great to see stuff that you could actually incorporate into your life, but it's also enthralling to see grandiose works that spark your imagination. These absolutely amazing homes are far out of reach for the average person, but that doesn't make looking at them any less exciting.
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Perhaps one of the most famous residences in the world, Hearst Castle features a whopping 56 bedrooms and 61 bathrooms (as well as some of the most gorgeous swimming pools on earth). But it's not the size of the mansion that lands it a spot on this list, it's the stunning style of the home. Hearst took inspiration from the Spanish Revival style that was gaining popularity at the time, opting to focus his creation on Renaissance and Baroque period buildings of the Iberian Peninsula.
The interior was largely built around Hearst's antiquities collection, with many rooms' dimensions based on the size of antique ceilings Hearst purchased from across Europe.
Often touted as the most luxurious eco-mansion, Frank McKinney's 7 bedroom, 11 bathroom masterpiece features a fire spa, an arched aquarium bar and a glass double-helix staircase. Perhaps most impressive though is the fact that the 15,000 square-foot mansion is completely self-sufficient thanks to the ample solar panels and run-off water collection system.
One of the lesser-known works of famed architect John Lautner, this Malibu home features unparalleled views of the beach through its incredible irregularly-shaped windows that frame the walls like works of art. Of course, the spiral staircase that looks like a delicate strip of paper dangling from a string only adds to the dreaminess of the picture-perfect living room.
It's worth noting that this particular property has recently hit the market as a summer vacation rental and can be yours for the price of $70,000 a month.
If the idea of living in a home carved into the rocks makes you feel claustrophobic, you'll be pleasantly surprised when you see the light and airy Transformation House of Switzerland. With recessed lighting, breathtaking views and wood inlays that dramatically contrast with the concrete and stone building materials, this Wespi de Meuron Romeo creation shows that cave-dwelling is anything but primitive.
With more facets than a well-cut gem, Formwerkz Architects' Diamond House was built with an angular shape not only to make the property visually interesting, but also to maximize the home's square footage while still allowing for ample space for the garden outside. The tinted facade gives the residents ample privacy while still providing plenty of natural light and peaceful views on the inside.
Few houses reflect the interests of their owners as much as Studio 15b's Golf House in Brisbane, Australia and if you love golf as well, you'll wish it was yours. Built for a retired couple, the home not only is single level with no stairs, but also offers a golf course, swimming pool and fireplace to ensure the residents and their guests are entertained and comfortable at all times.
Rock Ockert Design was commissioned to build a beach house that would make the owners feel like they were on vacation every day despite the fact that the property is tightly wedged between the neighboring homes. The Bronte House delivers with massive skylights, floor-to-ceiling windows facing the beach and massive side walls that provide both privacy and a cooling effect on the home's temperature. Thin slot windows along the top of the home tease the ocean view from the front and allow natural light, while the view from the infinity pool makes swimmers feel like they could swim right through the Atlantic. The effect is a property that is totally set apart from the neighboring homes while appearing seamlessly connected to the ocean and sky outside.
Sky Garden House
Like the designers of the Bronte House, Guz Architects were challenged to build a private, luxurious house on a small plot with close neighbors on each side. Their solution was to separate the property from neighboring houses with large walls while still leaving the front and back of the home open to allow light and air in. A central stairwell allows the sea breeze to travel through the heart of the home, while the grass-top roof allows the home to feel like it has a much larger yard as each floor of the home has its own garden.
Not enough architecture porn to satisfy your craving? Then be sure to visit our Dream Homes category for cool designs of every size and shape.