16 Brilliant Moving Hacks

Moving is never easy, but it's just one of those things in life that has to be done sometimes. With these simple tricks though you can at least make the process as painless as possible.

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Get Good Boxes

Wine and liquor stores are great place to find boxes that have dividers for glasses and you can often get free boxes on Craigslist from other people who just moved. If you can't find good ones for free though, just head to Home Depot or Lowes where you can buy packs of clean, sturdy boxes for barely anything -it's a lot better than dealing with soiled boxes that are ready to rip at any second.

When you're done moving, don't forget to store your boxes away for your next move or put them on Craigslist to help other people about to move.

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Stop Grocery Shopping

The less food you have when you move, the less you'll have to transport or toss. So make your last shopping trip two weeks before you move and make an effort to eat everything you can from your freezer and fridge before cleaning and defrosting it the day before the big move.

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Change Your Address Early

Assuming you can start receiving mail before you move, change your address at least two weeks prior to the big day. A lot of places require processing time, not to mention that it will give you time to get mail from places you would have otherwise forgot about.

Use Your Existing Suitcases, Baskets, Etc. as Boxes

You're already going to be taking them with you, so why not make them useful. Rolling suitcases are particularly handy for heavy items like books.

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Get Rid of Stuff

Both while packing and unpacking, keep an eye out for stuff you don't use, don't need and don't want. Offer it up to friends or donate it to thrift store -just get it out of your house.

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Use Your Clothing, Towels and Sheets as Padding

Your tees, sheets, towels and sweaters can make great padding in boxes with fragile items. You might need to use some bubble wrap and paper to pad things, but these make great padding and you have to pack them either way. Socks even make great padding for glasses.

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Protect Makeup With a Cotton Ball

No one wants their foundation or eye shadows to crack during a move, but it's all too common during a move. A cotton ball or pad in the packaging will stop things from breaking when they get banged around.

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Plastic Wrap Dresser Drawers

Light dresser drawers can be taped or plastic wrapped in place so you don't need to unpack them. Heavier drawers can be pulled out, wrapped up with the contents inside and then moved without an extra box.

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Slide Your Clothes On Hangers Right Into Garbage Bags

It not only saves you a box, but also makes unpacking as easy as hanging them back up and pulling off the bag.

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Store Your Screws and Bolts in Plastic Bags

When you take apart furniture for the move, store the bolts, screws and other parts in a sandwich bag and then tape them to the pieces of furniture. You may also want to label the bags with a felt pen, just in case they are separated.

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Prep Your Bathroom Ahead of Time

If it hasn't been cleaned in advance, clean it before you move in because you're hardly going to want to scrub toilets after carrying a bunch of boxes in. Additionally, make sure you have a shower curtain, towels, soap and toilet paper ready because you'll want to be able to take a shower and use the toilet when you move in -not have to search around to find these things after you move.

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Pack an Overnight Bag for Your First Night

Put together a bag with a few days worth of clothes, toiletries, medications, cell phone chargers, laptops and paper towels so you don't need to search through all of your boxes to find what you'll need for your first few nights. Also, make a file folder with your insurance documents, birth certificates and other important documents and bring that with you just in case you run into trouble.

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Keep Your Valuables Safe

If you're moving a long distance or hiring movers, protect your smaller valuables like jewelry by packing them separately (maybe even in a lockbox) so you know they're safe. Be sure to keep this box in the car with you.

Take Photos If You Rent

Shoot images of your new place before you move in and your old place after you move out. It's important to document the condition of your rental in case there are any issues while dealing with your deposit.

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Throw A Housewarming Party ASAP

Even if you aren't big on housewarming parties, it's a great way to force you to move in, unpack and clean up quickly. Otherwise you may find yourself still unpacking boxes months later.

Need a little help cleaning up before or after a move? Then don't miss these 16 wonderful cleaning tricks.


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10 Crazy Cool Clock Designs

There's never a bad time for cool clock designs and these are some off the most impressive time-telling tools we could find.

Eyeclock

This whimsical clock by Mike Mak looks in the direction of the time -the hour on the left and the minutes on the right.

Melting Clock

Whether you're into the concept that time is fluid and relative to the observer or just like the look of Dali's melting clocks, there's a lot to love about this awesome surreal clock sold at ThinkGeek.

Recycled Goodies

Etsy seller Pixelthis has a particular set of skills -making ordinary objects into funky wall clocks. A few of our personal favorites include this iBook, turntable, Kodak Brownie and magnetic tape.

Moon Clock

We love a full moon and now you can have one in your room every night with this cool moon clock that glows in the dark. This clock is great for perfectionists as it actually is a composite image of real photographs of the moon, making it a highly accurate replica of the Earth's favorite nightlight.

Bike Parts Sunburst

For a classic sunburst wall clock with a twist, you could do a lot worse than this gorgeous design by DreamGreatDreams that's made from recycled bicycle spokes and a chain.

Word Clock

It's strange how we describe the time compared to how it is displayed. Cold hard numbers leave no room for our verbal flourishments like "o'clock" or "half past." This fun word clock takes full advantage of our verbal quirks to make a unique and attractive display piece.

Mhin Clock

Some people just love to see their numbers visualized in graph form. With this cool Mhin Clock by James Tobin, your time is displayed as a bar graph rather than in digits.

Origami Clock

Giftedpapers cleverly markets their paper clocks as perfect first anniversary gifts -which they are, but the impressive origami designs are also great for anyone who loves beautiful crafty creations.

Big Gears

A perfect clock for steampunk, mechanical or bicycling fans alike, this cool clock chugs along the large gear to tell you the time in a kinetic, modernist manor.

3P

This cool clock by Robocut Studio makes it look like you have a 3D cube hanging on your wall -emphasizing the idea that time is merely an illusion itself.

Of course, if you have a great clock, you'll need a nice light to be able to read it, so don't miss some of our lists of great lights.


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8 Amazing Isolated Lodges, Homes and Monasteries

We all need a little time to ourselves, but some people would rather live like a hermit than see anyone enter their home. These lodges, homes and monasteries are sure to guarantee all the alone time you can handle -and some nice scenery along with it.

The House On Ellidaey Island

Technically a hunting lodge and not a home, this structure was constructed by a local hunting club to offer members a place to stay while stalking the puffins that inhabit Iceland's Ellidaey Island. Even so, it did provide shelter and even features a sauna so it's close enough to a house for us. Of course, you probably wouldn't want to move into this amazingly beautiful building yourself as the remote location means that the structure still lacks electricity and indoor plumbing.

It's worth noting that you may occasionally see websites claiming the home belongs to Icelandic singer Bjork, but the pop star happens to live on a completely different island in Iceland also named Ellidaey -hence the confusion.

Solvay Hut

Like the house on Ellidaey Island, the Solvay Hut isn't a home, but it still offers shelter to those traveling this isolated path. The hut is the highest hut on the Matterhorn summit, squeezed onto a ledge over 13,000 feet up and is intended only as an emergency refuge for climbers who need temporary shelter on their way to the peak (though many hikers take a break outside to admire the view). The small space was constructed in only five days back in 1915, though it was rebuilt in 1966, and features ten beds and an emergency telephone.

Wordie House

Constructed as a research base all the way back in 1947, the Wordie House is located on the Argentine Islands just off the west coast of Graham Land, Antarctica. As you might imagine, the station (that features little more than thin wooden walls and an uninsullated roof) is far from comfortable -particularly during the seemingly unending winters of Antarctica.

Even so, multiple groups of brave men and women (in groups of four or five) spent numerous winters in the uncomfortable structure that served as one of the first research stations in the world's least visited continent. The building still stands in place and even serves as a time capsule of the work performed in the research station.

Eremo di San Colombano

Built out of a cliffside cave, construction on this outlandish monastery began all the way back in 753. When the monks discontinued the use of the structure, townspeople took over care of the monastery and in 1996, it was restored and opened to the public. Of course, those visiting still have to brave the 102 steps carved right into the rock leading up to the church.

Xuankong Temple

Built right into the cliffs near China's Mount Heng, the Xuankong Temple sits an impressive 250 above the ground, seemingly supported by little more than thin wooden pillars (though the main structural support actually comes from beams fitted into the cliffs and careful use of cantilevering). Construction on the temple began all the way back in the 6th century, making the end result a marvel of ancient construction techniques.

The temple is the only existing monastery that combines religious worship from the three traditional Chinese religions, Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism. While the facade might seem narrow, the caves inside offer ample space for religious practices, including over forty individual rooms.

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Casa do Penedo

High in the Fafe Mountains of Portugal sits a home that looks like it fell right out of The Flintstones. Constructed between four massive boulders found on the site, the two-story home looks rustic but still has plenty of amenities, including a swimming pool carved from a nearby rocks.

Being this far from civilization comes with a cost though and this impressive home still has no electricity or indoor plumbing. Even worse, making a structure this unique attracts visitors even when it was purposely constructed out in the middle of nowhere. In fact,  owner Vitor Rodrigues had to move to escape the constant flow of visitors.

Just Room Enough Island

Like the owner of Casa do Penedo, the Sizemore family discovered that building an isolated house can backfire if it is unique enough to become a tourist destination. In this case, the family purchased a tiny island in the Thousand Island archipelago and thought the tiny home they constructed on what they named "Just Room Enough Island" would make an excellent vacation house to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Instead, the sight of a home built on an island of almost the exact same size was enough to drive visitors past the home on an ongoing basis.

Katshki Pillar

Sitting 130 feet above the ground near the Georgian town of Chiatura is a natural limestone pillar with the ruins of a small church balanced on it. The church originally was constructed in the 9th or 10th century and remained in use until at least the 13th century. After its abandonment, it remained unvisited until researchers scaled the pillar in 1944, discovering the monastery held a wine cellar, a crypt and more. The church has since been restored, but it remains inaccessible to the public.

While you may not realistically be able to live in any of these places, they're certainly fun to daydream about when you desperately need to get away from it all.


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12 Cool Kitchen Tools We Desperately Want But Absolutely Don't Need

There are millions of kitchen gadgets out there, but at least half of them are almost entirely pointless. Of the other half, most are still unnecessary but at least useful on occasion. These twelve items aren't things you actually need to have in even the most well-stocked kitchen -but they still look totally fun to own.

The Imperial Spherificator

The very item that inspired this article, the Imperial Spherificator takes all the guess work out of making those mock-caviar pearls molecular gastronomy fans are crazy about. Just about anything can be turned into caviar-like pearls that pop in your mouth, releasing surprising and delightful flavors. Simply liquefy your ingredients, add them to the Spherificator and then release them into your prepared water solution.

Foam-R

Want a little something extra to spice up your food pearls? How about custom-made foam made of complimentary fresh flavors? The Molecule-R Foam-R can help you make all kinds of foods into light, airy foams.

Sous Vide Temperature Controller

While molecular gastronomy plays with the notion of food science, it's often considered a novelty rather than the future of cooking. Sous Vide on the other hand, is becoming increasingly praised and utilized by chefs around the globe. Unfortunately, most home chefs can't afford a professional sous vide cooker -but this Dorkfood creation allows you to hack a rice cooker, crock pot or any similar appliance into a perfectly temperature-controlled water bath that's ideal for sous vide cooking.

Herb Mill

Dicing herbs is a pain that often takes more time than chopping a pile of vegetables for a dish, but with the Epare Herb Mill, you simply throw the herbs into the mill, twist and enjoy your unbruised, finely-diced herbs.

Spill Stopper

Pan spillovers might be the most frequent cause of stovetop messes and now there's a way to stop them. The KochBlume Spill Stopper is a pretty pot-topper that also stops stovetop spills thanks to its clever inverted design.

Pineapple Slicer

Let's face it, you probably don't eat pineapple often enough to need a special tool in your home dedicated exclusively to preparing it. That being said, these pineapple slicers make coring, peeling and slicing your tropical treats so insanely easy. I actually own one of these and the three times a year or so that I actually use it I am so thrilled to have it. It even leaves you with a good-looking pineapple hull that can be used as a perfectly whimsical cocktail glass.

Watermelon Keg Tap

Sure, you can always carve a watermelon (or pumpkin) into a punch bowl, but why use a ladle out of the top when you can instead turn it into a fun keg? Your guests will be delighted to pour drinks from a festive fruit.

Personal Potato Chip Maker

Wish you could have warm, home-made potato chips on demand? What if they were actually healthy because they didn't require any oil? If you're anything like me, you're probably already falling for the magic of this chip maker which uses the microwave instead of a messy, unhealthy deep fryer.

Sonic Foamer

A good beer just doesn't taste the same at home as it does from the tap of a bar. That's because the keg allows for more heady brews, which brings out the rich aromas of the beer. With this Sonic Foamer, you get that great keg-taste you love right out of the bottle or can at home.

Marinade-Injecting Tenderizer

Using a traditional meat tenderizer flattens out your meat -which is fine in some cases, but not when you want a nice, thick, juicy steak. This incredible tenderizer not only severs tough connective tissue without thinning the meat out, it also allows you to inject your choice of marinade right into the meat itself.

Automatic Food Canning System

Canning at home is a great way to preserve fruits and veggies during their peak season and to discover new and incredible varieties of jams and pickles. Unfortunately, the canning process is slow, hot and messy. With this canning system though, you can have the machine do all the work for you.

Cinnibird

A little sprinkle of cinnamon, coco powder or nutmeg can make a nice garnish for your coffee or dessert, and now you don't have to settle for a random dusting. Instead, use the Cinnibird to draw all kinds of fun shapes on your food with your choice of spice.

Want to buy them all? Then don't miss these clever kitchen storage systems so you can make room for all your new goodies.


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8 Cool and Creative Lamps

We've already featured multiple articles loaded with stunning lighting options, but the truth is, there are just way too many amazing lights out there to ever exhaust the subject. So with that in mind, here are 8 more that are too incredible to ignore.

Wooden Cathedral Puzzle

Love putting puzzles together but hate having to put them away again? Then check out this amazing lamp by 1Man1Garage. It starts out as a 3D puzzle and once you put it together you have an absolutely gorgeous lamp.

Art Deco Cthulhu

Artist Karl Dupere-Richer created this impressive tribute to Lovecraft's most famous creature with materials culled from old patio chairs, flower pots, umbrellas, bicycles, pipe, cars, garden hoses and more. The end result is both impressive and spine-tingling, just like Cthulhu.

Industrial Robot

This adorable little robot light by Joseph Barral not only has a lot of character -he also has a lot of uses thanks to his built-in electrical sockets and USB ports.

Edison Bulb Chandelier

This industrial-looking light by LightwithShade looks like some sort of mechanical spider, but the best part is that you can set the position of each individual bulb so you can ensure that every corner of your room has just the right amount of light.

Xenomorph

Whether you're a big fan of Ridley Scott's Alien series or just can't get enough of the artwork of H.R. Giger, there's a lot to love about this horrifyingly cool lamp Kreatworks made from discarded machine and vehicle parts.

Knight's Helmet

If you can't afford to buy one of the impressive artist creations on this list, don't despair -you can built this one yourself thanks to Instructable user Mr. Hyde's tutorial. Of course, you'll still need to shop around to find a good-looking and affordable helmet and crankshaft.

Coke Can

It's one thing to make a lamp base from a Coke can, but creating an entire lampshade from pull tabs is what sets License to Craft's creation apart from the competition. If you don't like Coke, she has plenty of other similar lamps made from a variety of beverages including Monster, Coors and Mountain Dew.

Boon Glo

The trumpet-like, color-changing design of this lamp already makes it a fun addition to a child's room, but the real brilliance of this design is the fact that your youngster can grab an LED ball and carry it to light his or her way to the restroom and back (or to light up a potentially monster-filled nook in his or her room).

If you still haven't found the perfect lamp for your taste and space, then be sure to check out our lighting category with all kinds of amazing ways to brighten your home.


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14 Ways to Decorate Your Home With LEGO Goodness

For most people, the word "brick" brings to mind brownish-red construction materials, but for a small segment of die-hard LEGO lovers, the word instead invokes images of colorful toys that can be used to make just about anything. If you fall into the later group, here are a few great ideas on how to deck your house out with all kinds of bricktastic goodness.

Table

Have a boring table you want to spruce up? If it's a rectangle shape, all you need to do is get some LEGOs and a pane of tempered glass in the same size. You can go for random colors for a bright rainbow of hues in your room or be more selective and add your own pattern.

If you don't have the time or patience to make your own LEGO table (or want one with built in LED lighting), then you can always buy a pre-made one on Etsy.

Spice Rack

It would probably be pretty easy to actually build a spice rack with LEGO bricks, but if you really want to make a LEGO creation people will notice from across the kitchen, try using the bottle tops to make a spice rack that looks like a giant LEGO.

Coasters

Again, you could probably make LEGO coasters pretty easily, but these stone coasters with vintage-style LEGO artwork are pretty irresistible in their own right.

Pillow

Here's one case where a thing that just looks like it has LEGO bricks on it is a lot better than having a real LEGO creation -after all, those bricks aren't exactly known for being soft and fluffy.

Shower Curtain

It would be pretty hard to build a functional shower curtain with LEGO bricks, but you still have options out there -this Identity Crisis shower curtain is just one delightfully silly choice available.

Planter

Because LEGO fit together so perfectly tightly, they can easily be used to make a planter. Even more impressively though, you can build a box around your potted plant to make a cool LEGO park scene like The Bob Blog did here.

Key Holder

Always lose your keys the second you walk into the door? Then keep them stored on your LEGO key holder and you'll never lose them again. Best of all, this Instructable shows it's incredibly easy to make one of these on your own.

Gold Magnets

It's easy enough to stick a magnet on the back of your LEGO and use it on the fridge, but if you want it to look chic as well as geek, follow She's Called Claire's example and spray paint them gold first.

Portraits

Why get a poster for the LEGO movie when you could instead make your own poster with practically anything on it. This instructable shows how easy it is to make your own custom mosaic in LEGO.

Soap

What bathroom theme is complete without some matching soaps? When it comes to LEGO soap, you can either buy these cute bar soaps from Etsy or make a simple and adorable liquid soap dispenser brightened up with colorful LEGO blocks inside.

Picture Frame

No home is complete without a few family photos, but if you want to geek yours up, you might want to store it in one of these cute LEGO picture frames.

Kleenex Holder

Perfect for offices, bedrooms and bathrooms, this LEGO Kleenex box holder is a perfect way to add a little touch of LEGO to something you already have anyway.

Phone Docks

There are all kinds of LEGO phone dock designs online, many with instructions to create your own. We're particularly big fans of these designs by designer Augusto Roberto that not only work great, but also maintain a distinctly block-friendly look.

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Business Card Holder

This cute business card holder is a great addition to any geek desk and the magnetized paperclip holder makes it even more functional.

If you still haven't found quite the perfect LEGO home accessory, then don't miss this list that shows you how to use minfigs to hold your cables or this one that features a LEGO Avengers lamp.


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8 More Storage & Organization Hacks

We've already featured two articles detailing how to make the most of your space, but storage and organization is just so critical in to every home that we simply couldn't stop there. Here are 8 more simple ideas to keep your life clutter free and your home feeling spacious.

Use Hanging Shoe Organizers to Store  Everything

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.


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10 More Stunning Pools We'd Love to Visit This Summer

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.

Ceasar's Garden of the Gods

The Garden of the Gods at Ceasar's Palace in Las Vegas offers the choice of up to eight pools in a space that expands an amazing five acres.

Laucala

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.

Nandana's Infinity Pool

The infinity pool at Nandana Villa seems to be at one with the Atlantic Ocean of the Bahamas outside. The pool also serves as a stunning focal point of the villa itself.

The Golden Pool

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.


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9 Epic Man Caves

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.

Skyrim Inspired

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.

Fan Zone

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.

Barn Room

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.


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10 Totally Beautiful Modern Libraries

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.

Harold Washington Library, USA

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.

Central Library of Vancouver, Canada

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

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.

National Library of Belarus

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.

EPM Library, Colombia

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.

The Black Diamond, Denmark

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.

Spanish Park Library, Colombia

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.”

Peckham Library, UK

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.


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