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The Coffee Table and Couch In One

Why clutter your house with two pieces of furniture when just one will work just as well? That's the reigning philosophy behind this couch from Note Design Studio. It's all part of their new Rise collection, which was designed for Swedish furniture brand Fogia

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Keep That Light A Rollin' With the Marfa Tumbleweed Light

Tumbleweeds might not exactly fit under most people's classification of beauty, which is why you might think a chandelier made from a tumbleweed sounds like something you'd expect to see in a trashy, touristy, cowboy-themed bar and grill. But Jean Landry shows that the ruggedness of the wild west can easily be incorporated into the most civilized home decor with just a little finesse. 

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Living in the Trees Doesn't Mean Sacrificing Luxury

We already took a look at the Mirror Cube and how a reflective surface can really make a building hidden in the forrest blend in seamlessly while still providing the resident with a wonderful view and a comfortable place to stay. But while the Mirror Cube was only a hotel room in the trees, Gluck+'s Tower House is a luxurious multi-story home suspended above the trees. 

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ReTech Steampunk Lamps
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ReTech lamps are the perfect example of that age old expression "one man's trash is another man's treasure." These steampunk lamps look like they belong in a mad scientist's laboratory, but they're actually made from reclaimed machine parts.

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The Chandelier of Lost Earrings Gives Lonely Earrings A Purpose

Like socks, most earrings are only useful when they come in pairs. Also just like socks, it's all too easy to accidently lose one, leaving you with one essentially useless fashion accessory. So what's a lady to do with a poor lonely earring without a mate? She can always take inspiration from architectural artists Lauren Sagar and Sharon Campbell and make it part of a future Chandelier of Lost Earrings.

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10 Stunning Pieces of Nature-Inspired Home Decor

The great outdoors are intrinsically relaxing, but most of us can’t make it out to the wilderness on a daily basis. But if you can’t find time to go out and enjoy nature, you can always bring a little nature into your home instead. Here are a few great designs that can make you feel more at one with the great big blue sphere we call Earth.

Forms in Nature

At first glance, this lamp by Hilden & Diaz looks like a giant ball of ceramic thorns delicately hung from the ceiling, but take a step back and you’ll notice the chandelier manages to convert any room where it is placed into a forest of shadows. Like something pulled from the twisted, barren trees of a Tim Burton film, branches stretch and curl across the walls, creating a creepy, but somehow still inviting, natural setting in even the most sterile and dull room.

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The Urban Green House Emphasizes the Beauty of Natural Wood

There's something about the natural, rich look of wood that just makes a home feel warm and cozy. If you live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, even the feeling of warmth can make a huge difference in these cold winter months -which is why this Urban Green House by Eric Odor with Chris Meyer of SALA Architects immediately seems so homey, while still appearing incredibly modern.

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Canes and Functional Furniture In One

Lanzavecchia + Wai certainly are intrested in fun style, as they showed with their delightful Rocking Bench and Seat, but it turns out the designers are also concerned with function as well. Their Together Canes are a clever way to make canes a little more useful than just helping people balance while standing and walking. 

While you wouldn't want to leave the house with a Together Cane as it would just become cumbersome and awkward to carry around through a store or park, they are a great way to make a cane a little more helpful around the house. And don't worry about grandmothers having to drag around a bunch of heavy stuff on their canes, the designs all feature wheels that are stiff enough to provide stability for the person using the cane, but loose enough to allow the canes to move around even with cups of liquid on them without spilling a drop.

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The Living Light Combines Nature and Lighting

Stufio Florris Wubben has a gift when it comes to creating lamps that bring a touch of nature into the home. We previously covered Studio Floris Wubben's fantastic Striped Standing Lamp that was made from one solid piece of wood. Now, with the Living Light you can use any flower with a hollow stem, like a lily or daffodil, to light up your space while still providing the flower with water in the attractive and simple vase.

Since the stems are hollow, they allow light to travel up the base of the flower, creating a psychedelic and beautiful glow that seems to emit from the inside of the flower stem itself. The light doesn't hurt the flower, but it certainly adds an extra element of beauty to the blossom.

If for one reason or another the Crown Vase we covered last week wouldn't work for you, it's another modern and stylish alternative to hold your flowers outside of a traditional vase.


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The Kochinsel Converts Any Space Into A Home

If there's anything to be learned from the people who convert old barns, churches and warehouses into houses, it's that any space can be a home if you just add in the right components. But while it's easy to add some furniture for a bedroom and a living room, making a kitchen can often be a bit more of a chore. If you don't have much space, the problem is compound even more. 

Thanks to Remo Zimmerli's Kochinsel, which translates to Kitchen Island, you can now bring a kitchen into any space and manage to take up as little space as possible at the same time. That's because the Koschinsel is a mobile kitchen on wheels that can roll wherever you need it and be rolled into a corner when you don't need it. 

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