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18 Gorgeous Steampunk Machine Age Lamps
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Shawn Carling grew up on a farm. One day, he wanted to get his father something unique for Christmas and remembered that his grandfather used a Farmall 560 tractor. So, when Carling found a Farmall dash, he decided to turn it into a unique lamp. The gift was a big hit, and Carling started to make tractor dash lamps for other farmers who heard about his unique creations through word of mouth. One thing led to another and Carling found himself in the business of making lamps out of salvaged parts.

Carling called his steampunk-inspired creations Machine Age Lamps - and it's easy to see why. These handmade one-of-a-kind lamps are made from industrial and machine salvaged parts - steam gauges, antique gears, and iron pipes - and would look great in any room. These lamps come in many varieties, including farm-, aviation-, nautical-inspired desk and floor lamps. Vintage Edison lightbulbs complete the look.

Visit Machine Age Lamps official website and Facebook page to take a look at the complete selection of Carling's creations.

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Apple Spaceship Campus or Fish Market?
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As you may know, Apple is building a new circular campus as its headquarters in Cupertino, California. The new campus, dubbed the "Apple Spaceship Campus" and designed by architecture firm Foster + Partners, is a massive 2.8 million square feet (260,000+ m2) office and research facilities project. It has a 1,000-seat flying saucer-shaped auditorium, and even an electric power plant that will serve as the campus' primary source of electricity.


Apple Spaceship Campus - via Cupertino City Website

But you don't have to be a behemoth tech company to have a cutting edge, circular (okay, oval in this case) building that fits right at home in a sci-fi movie set in the future. Take, for example, this fish market in Turkey.

A fish market?

Yes, you read that right. The Bursa Wholesale Greengrocers and Fishmongers Market in the city of Bursa in northwestern Turkey (once the capital of the Ottoman Empire, no less), was designed in 2010 by Tuncer Çakmakli Architects.

The modern facility focuses on wholesale trade of fruits and vegetables, with a separate space for fish and other seafoods. The building's design take into account the high volume trade activity which involves a lot of vehicle, material, and pedestrian movements. The elliptical shape is designed to facilitate easy exchange and routing of foodstuffs from suppliers to retailers and restaurateurs - in one central location.

Architecturally, the Bursa wholesale market is very similar to a sports stadium. Its high ceiling utilizes steel spanned arched roof. The building itself is a steel structure with prefabricated reinforced concrete, with glass and brick walls. The roof utilizes trapeze, galvanized and dyed sheet metal. Steel, wood and aluminum are used throughout for doors and other structures within the modern marketplace.

Images: Tuncer Çakmakli, Aziz Safi, Seyfetting Bal and Gürkan Akay - via Architizer


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8 Spooktacularly Easy Last-Minute Halloween Decorations
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Halloween is only a couple of days away, but that's no reason to panic! Even if you haven't spent a minute making Halloween decorations, there's still plenty of time with these 8 Spooktacularly Easy Last-Minute Halloween Decoration Ideas:

1. Halloween Window Silhouettes

Chelsey Andrews of The Paper Mama blog shared her easy DIY horror-themed paper silhouettes that you can print out and hang on your windows. All you need are a printer, sheets of paper, clear tape, twine and about 30 minutes.

2. Milk Jug Ghosts

It doesn't get any easier than this: Milk jug "ghosts" made from empty gallon-sized plastic milk jugs with faces drawn with permanent markers. Drop in a few glow sticks or battery-operated flameless candles to add an eerie glow. Jamie, Jodie and Jennifer of eighteen25 has the step-by-step instructions.

(Top image: Family Fun Magazine - via Spoonful)

3. Soda Bottle Bell Jar

You don't have to spend hundreds of dollars to create your own collection of gruesome cabinet-of-curiosities specimen in bell jars - all you need are clear soda bottles and a few supplies. Marilyn J. Girling of Seeing Things That Aren't Really There blog has the step-by-step guide on how to make your own bell jar out of an empty soda bottle.

4. Mummy Door

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Lilyfield Warehouse by Virginia Kerridge
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Australian architect Virginia Kerridge takes an old brick industrial warehouse and turned it into a wonderful family home.

The warehouse, located in the Sydney, Australia, suburb of Lilyfield, was built in the 1900s. It had been used as a furniture warehouse and before that, a warehouse for the "Oh Boy Candy Company."

Kerridge preserved the original exposed brick wall as well as the old growth timber roof trusses, and opened one side of the house to create a central garden that's visible from most areas of the house. In addition of letting in the sunlight and affording the view of the skies from the kitchen, living room, and bedroom, the garden provides a safe space for the children to explore and play.

The Lilyfield Warehouse project won 2013 RAIA Interior Architecture Award, 2013 Australian Timber Design Award for Residential Best Innovation, as well as the 2013 Houses Award for Outdoor Award as well as Alterations and Additions over 200 sqm Award.

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The Chatsworth House: A Hollywood Classics-Inspired Modern Home
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Kri:eit associates, an interior design firm in Singapore, specializes in luxurious bespoke design projects, like this one for the Chatsworth House private residence.

Designer Roy Teo, a creative partner at kri:eit associates, told Billionaire magazine, "It's not just about being pretty. It's about being really suited for the occasion, fully customizing the space to suit the client." And when the client wanted to live in a luxurious home straight out of a Hollywood classic of the 1920s, the firm delivered.

Take a look at the Chatsworth House, featuring bold and masculine handcrafted designs with Baker furniture, Ralph Lauren's collection furnishings, and accent pieces.

Images: The Mill Singapore/Flickr


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STARPATH: Glow-in-the-Dark Pathways
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Ever wanted to walk on stars? It's easier than you think, with this new sun-powered glow-in-the-dark pathway. It's a new surfacing material called STARPATH by UK company Pro-Teq Surfacing that can easily be applied to paved pathways.

Pathways are a central part of many garden and parks, but they're often the most neglected. Paved pathways are common - partly because they're much cheaper to install than brick ones - but they're visually quite drab and unappealing. Lighting a pathway is often an expensive proposition - the cost of burying electrical conduits, electrical works, and the lights or streetlamps themselves can bust the budget of any project (not to count the ongoing electrical bills!)

Pro-Teq's new STARPATH surfacing material can change all that: it's luminous particles that can be spread on a standard pathway without removing the original surface, and then sprayed with a protective seal. The luminous particles absorb and store energy from sunlight during the day, then glows at night to create a glowing blue "fields of stars" that you can walk on.

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Overflow Bathtubs by Kasch
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Archimedes would've approved of these overflow bathtubs!

These whirlpool overflow bathtubs by German manufacturer Käsch is unusual for two main reasons. First, they are set level on the floor. Second, they are designed so that the water level is right to the rim of the tubs. These units have a surrounding outer ring that captures water as it overflows, and circulates it back to the tub.

Käsch has created its overflow whirlpool bathtub series in round, oval, square and rectangular shapes to fit your bathroom.


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10 Staircases That Really Take It To The Next Level
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Technically speaking, stairs are a means to get from one level to another - and indeed, most staircases are quite plain and practical. But thankfully, some architects and homebuilders have managed to combine form and function in creating spectacular staircases that really take it to the next level.

Take a look at these 10 wonderful examples of gorgeous staircases from around the world:

Striking Concrete Spiral Staircase in Oyonnax, France

Journalist Tony Allen-Mills, who writes at the Wit Over Ignorance blog, noted that amongst the stark Le Corbusier-inspired blockish and fortress-like Brutalist buildings in the French town of Oyonnax (famous for having the Museum of Comb, by the way) there is this striking concrete spiral staircase set in front of a vibrant yellow wall and set of red doors.

Allen-Mills found the "glorious concrete staircase tucked almost embarrassedly behind a box-like municipal structure." He noted that it's a suprising moment of modernist inspiration that flowered amid the dour Socialist (architectural) carnage.

Photo: Tony Allen-Mills (Tampen/Flickr)

Casa Do Staircase

The zen-like combination of warm wood and industrial concrete work wonders in this gorgeous spiral staircase. The minimalist staircase was designed in 2001 by renowned Chilean architect Cazú Zegers for the Casa Do in Los Vilos, Chile.

Image: Carlos Eguiguren - via Platforma Arquitectura

Elegant Black Cast-Iron Staircase

HofmanDujardin Architects created this dramatic black cast-iron spiral staircase for the law office of law and notary firm BarentsKrants in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Photo: Matthijs van Roon - via Contemporist

Steel Ribbon Stairs of Büro.Loft F27

Black and white is the theme of this modern office/residential loft Büro.Loft F27 in northern Graz, Austria. Architectural firm Schlosser + Partner designed these cantilevered stairs that look like a zig zag ribbon of steel.

Photo: Croce&Wir - view more at Architonic

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Welcome to Homes & Hues
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Hello and welcome!

We're excited to introduce Homes & Hues, a new website by your friends over at Neatorama.

Homes & Hues is a website for people who want to improve, organize, beautify and decorate their homes to fit their needs. We aim to inspire by giving examples of the best of architecture, home remodel, and interior design. From kitchen to bedroom, garden to swimming pool, and luxurious houses to cozy apartments, you'll find articles, photos, and resources that will help inspire and spark your creativity.

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Alex Santoso, 2013

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