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Be The King of Nerderos With This Game of Thrones Bean Bag Chair

Game of Thrones fans know the importance of the Iron Throne and the thousand swords used to make it. But putting a replica of the throne in your home is expensive and impractical. The real Iron Throne (and its replica) aren't exactly comfortable and they take up a ton of space.

For those with a budget and a desire for something a little more comfortable, this homemade Iron Throne bean bag is a much better option. Of course, that does mean that you'll have to either convince Isabell Kiko of Nerd By Night to make you a replica of the one she made or just use her design as inspiration to craft your own comfy version of the iconic seat of power.

For those who seek to attempt the project on their own, the creator has even been kind enough to include directions to create the throne yourself, including printing the fabric, sewing the design together and stuffing the creation.

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A Stylish Bench and Chess Set In One

There are a lot of benches, tables and other pieces of furniture that incorporate chess boards, but without the pieces, the boards are a bit useless. Some of them may offer storage for the game pieces, but even then, that's valuable storage space that could be used on other knicknacks and the collection still hardly feels like a cohesive set.

The Congo Quares Bench by Atelier Astúa is a different story as the bench offers a self-contained chess set. When you want to use the item as an ordinary bench, it is just that -a bench, with nothing more than a few black, tan and brown squares providing a lovely visual element.

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It's Easy to Fall in Love With Big Sur's Fall House

Big Sur is one of the most legendary coastal destinations in California, and if you're going to live just off the coast of one of the country's most naturally stunning locales, you really should make the most out of the unbelievable views. The Fall House by Fougeron Architects does precisely this.

The single family residence is snuggled tightly against a cliff darting up from the Pacific Ocean in an almost impossible-looking configuration that lets it gently dangle off the quickly dropping slope of the cliff. It seems as though standing in the wrong place could trigger the whole hope to plummet down the 250-foot drop onto the small strip of beach below, but the perfectly cantilevered design ensure the structure remains secure despite the harsh environment where it stands.

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20 Easy Ways to Make Your Home More Green

With Earth Day taking place on Tuesday and today being Arbor Day, it seems there’s no better time to discuss how you can make you home a little more eco-friendly.

Image via Ram Reddy [Flickr]

Do An Energy Audit

A DIY energy audit can help you understand where you can improve the energy use of your home. This audit checklist can walk you through insulation, air leaks, heating and cooling, lighting, appliances and electronics.

Switch Out Your Old Light Bulbs

LED and Compact Florescent Lights (CFL) both use way less electricity, produce less heat, and are more long-lasting than old incandescent. Switching just one old bulb for a CFL prevents 400 pounds of greenhouse gases over the course of the bulb’s life. Even more impressive, six LED lights still use less energy than just one incandescent. The bulbs are all cooler as well, meaning you won’t need to crank up that air conditioning as much over the summer.

If you don’t like the cold look of CFLs, LEDs have a more traditional, warmer feel. But if you have migraines or some other condition that limits your use of these eco-friendly alternatives, you can at least switch them out in hallways, closets or other areas where you don’t use the light frequently.

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The Architecture Building At Bond University Can Inspire Any Design Student

Bond University of Queensland, Australia needed a new home for the Abedian School of Architecture on the school's Gold Coast campus, so they contracted Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham's CRAB Studio. The resulting structure is sure to not only inspire young architects, but also recruit new students into the department after they see just how beautiful architecture can be.

The entire interior of the structure is arranged around a massive corridor that progressively rises from one side of the building to the next. Curving concrete walls create secluded meeting rooms just along the main walkway. 

The curving staircases are suspended from the external walls, leading to more studios and offices as well as a large lecture space, a reading room and a reception area.

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Roman Artifacts Inspired These Delightful Tableware Designs

They say you need to know history or you are doomed to repeat it, but sometimes a knowledge of history also serves as inspiration for our future -or, in Jaime Hayon's case, inspiration for his newest designs. 

The Spanish designer based his New Roman collection on the pottery and architecture of ancient Rome. "Inspired by the vessels of the Roman Empire, this collection transforms antique references into a celebration of contemporary craft," said Hayon Studio.

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This Bookcase Is Like A Tree In Your Living Room

Books don't grow on trees, but the paper used to make them once did. That's why it seems so fitting to store your books on a case inspired by the boughs and branches of the very things that helped to create them.

This bookshelf by Poltrona Frau provides a stunning centerpiece for any room and could also be used to store sculptures, knickknacks and other small decorations. The freestanding Albero resembles a tree, with the slender frame supporting the weight like a trunk and the rectangular storage cubes filling in for branches.

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This Balloon Furniture Can Help Lift Your Spirits

Director Satoshi Itasaka of Japanese studio h220430 created what might just be the ultimate furniture for the house from Up! The lighthearted furniture appears to be suspended in the air by a bundle of balloons -the bench by one cluster on each side and the chair by one bundle in the center.

As you might imagine, the balloons aren't really filled with helium, but they are actually what holds the chair up. That's because they are made from fiber-reinforced plastic and attached to the ceiling with hidden anchors. They are then attached to the seating area with visible wires to help sell the idea that the chair or bench is ready to float away.

As for the chairs and benches, they are made from fiber-reinforced plastic, leather, steel and urethane, but they look like something so much more magical than that and is certain to brighten up any room where they are placed. As the Japanese designer explains, "if you sit on this chair, you'll be able to think positive thoughts even if you are feeling down." 

While Americans might think of the recent Pixar film when they see the designs, the designer actually found inspiration from the 1956 movie Le Balloon Rouge.

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16 Easy and Fun Easter Decorations You Can Make Last Minute

This year, Easter seems too early and too late all at once. It’s no wonder so few of us have started decorating yet. But it’s not too late. Here are 16 simple decorations you can make yourself to spruce up your home before the big day.

Spring Greetings

A bright bouquet, a cookie jar and some colorful eggs make for a great centerpiece that’s sure to bring cheer to your dinner table as Midwest Living shows us.

Spring Centerpieces

A glass apothecary jar and some elegant colored eggs can make for a simple, yet stunning centerpiece, especially when accompanied by a few other similar jars or when set in the middle of a nest of birch branches as Camie of Home is Where They Love You demonstrates here.

Basket of Bulbs

You see plenty of Easter baskets this time of year, but most are designed for kids and too cutesy to work as a good centerpiece. This version by Martha Stewart though looks more like a natural forest scene that just happens to come in the shape of a basket. With festive bulbs, eggs and bunnies (or pom pom chicks), it’s a perfect way to get a touch of the holiday without making your table look too kiddy.

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That's No Rock: That's A Vacation Home

If someone tells you to go crawl under a rock, they're just being rude. But if they tell you to go crawl into a rock, they either don't understand the expression or they're trying to tell you that you need a vacation -and quite a luxurious one at that.

That's because this vacation home, built inside a rock, is nothing but beautiful. While the property is a bit small (as you might imagine) with only 270 feet of space, the minimalist layout makes for a perfect vacation home right on the beach -and with a location this wonderful, you don't need to spend much time inside anyway.

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