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Spend the Night Hidden In the Trees With the Mirrorcube

With the Mirrorcube designed by architects Tham & Videgard though, you no longer have that problem as the mirrors lining the aluminum tree house help it blend in with the natural scenery, leaving the building out of sight and out of mind, until you want to get out of the cold. The interior is lined with plywood, providing the cabin with style while still making you feel right at home in the woodsy setting.

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Giddy Up With Lanzavecchia + Wai's Rocking Seat

Like a rocking horse with style, this beautiful piece of furniture sits accents your living room until you take a seat in the center and start rocking back and forth into a sensation of pure relaxation. If anyone says you're too old for such activities, remind them that grandparents have been enjoying rocking chairs for centuries -yours just happens to look a lot cooler.

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10 Fantastic Ideas for Disney-Inspired Children’s Rooms

From princesses to pirates and from talking animals to toys that come to life, Disney has fascinated children of the world for almost a century. While most kids are content to have a few Disney-inspired toys and maybe a Buzz Lightyear lamp or a princess wall paper border, some parents really go the extra mile and decorate their children’s room in over-the-top Disney style. Here are a few amazing Disney rooms that pretty much any child would be thrilled to sleep in.

In the Tiki-Tiki-Tiki Tiki Room

A Disney room doesn’t need to be inspired by one of their films; this great Tiki Room designed by HGTV Design Star winner David Bromstad is proof of that. In fact, it’s this room that landed the designer a spot on the reality competition. Unfortunately, animatronic birds aren’t included in the design.

Of course his Finding Nemo room, designed while he was on the program, isn’t too bad either –especially considering the small budget and time allotment he was given to complete the project.

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Playing On the Stairs Has Never Been So Fun

As a kid, a long flight of stairs can look like an exciting playground, but up until now, playing on them has been pretty risky. With the three-story musical stairs in London by David Blair Ross and Leander Angerer though, stairs are fun and safe. 

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MVRDV's Fantastical Glass Barn

But the Glass Barn is very real and we have design firm MVRDV to thank for making it look so fantastically unreal. The secret to the surreal look is that while the building exterior is made of glass, the surface has been printed with pictures that make it look like a traditional barn -only much larger.

Artist Frank van der Salm photographed a number of historic buildings in the area to work with MVRDV to develop a sort of building collage of a typical farm. This image was blown up to fit the massive market that the firm was hired to construct. The structure is drastically larger than most barns; the printed doors appear to be about 13 feet tall, which helps makes adults of the area feel nostalgic as they remember their childhood trips to local farms with buildings that seemed larger-than-life at the time.

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Shirazeh Houshiary's Warped Window In London

It's hard for a building to stand out in a city like London that has architecture dating from the Middle Ages all the way through today all designed by some of the most prominent architects of their time. But you don't have to make a whole building strikingly different just to attract attention. In fact, sometimes just a window is enough to catch the eye of those passing by.

For proof, just look to artist Shirazeh Houshiary, who designed this stunning window for the Church of St. Martin in the Fields in Trafalgar Square, London. The beautiful work features a unique shape right in the center of the window that serves as an optical illusion of some type of wormhole into another demension.

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10 Easy Pieces of Holiday Décor You Can Make With Your Kids

Christmastime is fun for adults, but it is a magic time for children. If you’re looking to have a little holiday fun with your little one and want your house to look fantastic in time for the big day, then why not combine the two and make fun decorations with your kiddo? Here are a few great décor ideas that you and your child can enjoy making together.

1. Frozen Tree Ornaments

You can learn to make your own at Red Ted Art.

2. Multi-Colored Ice Spheres

While process is pretty simple, you still should check out Queen Vanna Creations for tips on making these as easily as possible.

3. Ice Lanterns

You can even add food coloring to make brightly colored lanterns to light up your winter walkway.

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The Natural Beauty of Floris Wubben's Striped Standing Lamp

Wish you could bring a sense of nature into your home while still maintaining a cultured, classy look? Ordinarily combining a rugged, natural look with a modern, clean style is pretty impossible, but Dutch designer Floris Wubben managed to find a way and it is as eye catching as it is simply beautiful.

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The Mysterious Lawn Home of Frohnleiten, Austria

There are so many strikingly strange details in this home, designed by Reinhold Weichlbauer and Albert Josef Ortis of Weichlbauer Ortis Architects, that it actually takes a while to notice them all. The first thing your eye sees, of course, is the bright green artificial grass laid out along the entire side of the structure.

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Make Your Books Into A Decorative Display

What happens when you combine a loom and a bookshelf? Something surprisingly lovely and amazing, as evidenced by Bloom, a loom-inspired bookcase created by a Tel Aviv design team Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay of Raw Edges

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