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12 Awesome Bookcases for Kids

We’ve shown you some great geeky nursery ideas, homemade kids furniture ideas and some wonderful bookcases and bookshelves, but when your little geek grows up to need somewhere to put his or her book collection, these twelve designs are a perfect way to encourage your child to keep reading.

PinPres

We all played with pin art sculptures during the 80’s and 90’s, but now you can bring that joy and creativity to a whole new generation with the PinPres kid’s shelving system by Ooo My Design. Kids can push and pull the pins according to their storage needs, making cleaning up into a game and offering them a great way to customize the look of their room without making a mess. The design comes in five colors and can be made to any sizing specifications.

Urokoya

Igloos are fascinating structures to most kids, who find the idea of a warm shelter being built from ice blocks to be utterly fascinating. Unfortunately, unless you live in the Arctic Circle, you probably won’t be able to build your child an authentic igloo anytime soon. This Igloo-shaped bookcase by Point Design Studio is a great alternative though –providing your kids with a cozy, private nook for their bed and ample storage space for their keepsakes and books. It even comes equipped with a dainty side table that can provide a perfect place to read, color or do homework.

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The Pole House Is Up In The Clouds & Away From It All

Beachside property is known for having impressive views, but The Pole House by F2 Architects brings this concept to an all new level -quite literally. That's because the Fairhaven Beach home is elevated off the cliff where it is situated, letting guests see far beyond the immediate scenery and ensuring the road between the home and the beach is entirely out of view.

The view isn't the only amazing thing about this incredible home. The fact that the home is perched so high off the ground creates the illusion that the structure is floating in midair when viewed from the pathway leading to the house.

The decor inside matches the striking look of the home's exterior -including a floating fireplace; simple, modernist decor; marble and wooden textures throughout the home; and wall-to-ceiling windows ensuring the view is as incredible as you would expect. For those who like to get a little wind in their hair, the walkway leading around the entire home provides a perfect place to sit and enjoy the view while reflecting on the beauty of nature.

If you simply love this house and desperately wish you could stay here, then you'll be happy to know it's a rental property available for about $2500 a week.

Via Inthralld


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Need A Quiet Place to Study or Work? Try the Cozy Room

Working at home (and studying there for that matter) is quite convenient, but it can also result in your suffering from a myriad of distractions that make it impossible to get things done. If people, noise, pets and more make it impossible for you to focus, a quiet space that takes you away from everything can help -and the Cozy Room could be just the ticket.

Dubbed the "Forever Alone" pod by Design Taxi,  the Cozy Room offers just enough space for you, your media, your computer and a few of your favorite things. The chair of the mini office pulls right into the pod via a set of rollers on a track, letting you totally shut off from any nearby distractions. 

The company promotes their concept as a "relaxation room for men and women," but while they suggest using it as a space to dive into your favorite distractions like gaming and movies, it could also be used as in incredible workspace that shuts you off from outside distractions. The drawers, shelves and computer space are just enough to help you work with a clear head and ample focus.

While tiny, the small space is big enough to pull in your chair and comfortably focus on your work regardless of the chaos outside. 


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Vitra Encourages Designers With A Cool New Slide

Vitra is a German design firm that, like many innovative companies, tries to keep its creatives inspired and happy. To that end, the Weil am Rhein campus recently had a new building installed...well, more of a sculpture than a building.

That's because the new installation, designed by artist Carsten Höller, is actually a 100-foot, giant slide with an impressive staircase and a massive clock at the top. The artist was commissioned to create something that would both fit into the overall plan of the campus and still stand out among the other unique and artistic buildings located there. 

The interactive sculpture features three supportive bases that meet at a 55-foot-high, glass observation tower -as two of the columns connect to display the six-foot-tall minimalist sculptural clock at the top. When visitors are done enjoying the view of the campus, they can either climb down the long staircase or jump on the slide for a quick, spiraling ride to the ground.

The tilted clock forms the Vitra logo for a few seconds twice a day as it rotates around the axis, allowing those who work anywhere across the campus to read the clock at some point.

Via Design Boom


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A Simply Gorgeous Tiny Beach Shack

Houses don't need to be big to be beautiful -especially when they're intended as perfect summer beach houses. WMR Architects' Casa Till in Los Arcos, Chile is a perfect example.

Like the Fall House in Big Sur, this glass-filled beach house is perched just atop a cliff overlooking the home's amazing views of surf and sky. The single-story, solar-powered residence blends in seamlessly with its surroundings with a locally-sourced pine roof and flooring, and glass walls. The open floor plan includes an array of sliding walls to allow for additional privacy inside the glass walls along ith changing room sizes based on the user's needs.

While the home may not be big, the flexible room sizes and wall-to-ceiling glass panels make the 700 square-foot structure seem drastically larger than its modest size would otherwise allow.

Attached to the home is a simple staircase that allows residents to travel all the way down the cliffs to access the beautiful beach below. Amazingly, not only is the home difficult to see along the cliffside, but it's practically invisible from the road, which was a specific request of the clients who commissioned the design.

Via High Snobiety and Knstrct


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9 Houses with Slides Inside

For adults, walking up a set of stairs generally means you’ll be walking down those stairs a little while later, but we all remember a time in life when stairs often meant we’d get to do something a lot more fun –take a slide down. A few fun-loving adults still remember the joys of a good slide, which is why a handful of them actually installed slides inside their own homes. Here are a few of our favorite houses with slides inside.

Slide Into Style

Don’t think for a second that just because slides are fun, they can’t be sophisticated. This home sold by a professional poker player in 2012 is a classy residence fit for any New York socialite. The fact that the upstairs and downstairs condos are connected by a steel slide designed by Turrett Collaborative Architects is only a small part of the home’s unique charm. Is it any wonder this gorgeous property sold for a cool $3.3 million?

Via Curbed

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The Tweak Aims to Keep Your Hands Free From Nasty Sink Slime

Washing dishes means having nasty food residue fall into the bottom of your sink. A sink strainer can help prevent the food slime and chunks from going down your drain, but you don't want to wear rubber gloves every time you remove the strainer or get nasty gunk on your hands either. 

The Tweak puts an end to messy hands and clogged drains by serving as a sink strainer with a simple handle that squishes all the sludge to the middle of the silicone device -leaving your hands delightfully clean. The piece even flips out to make sure you can get all the nasty gunk is released without you having to scrape it or tap it out on your trash can edge. The design comes in two sizes so you can keep your bathroom and kitchen sinks clean and it is available in an array of colors as well.

Tel Aviv-based creators Nitzan Shafat and Aviv Rozenfeld received a brief asking them to design something to help deal with kitchen college while the two members of the team were both students at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design. After designing a few concepts, the two agreed on the Tweak design and the peice is now available for $8 on Kickstarter until June 30, where it has already received four times its fundraising goal.

Via Fast Co Design


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Discarded Fans Made Into Home Decor Products by Fantasized

During the summer season, we all know just how important it is to have a good fan around. But eventually the motor will die in your fan. Some people get their broken fans fixed or donate them to a charity where they can be repaired, but others just toss them in the trash since getting a new fan is often cheaper than fixing the old one.

But Belgian designer Sep Verboom hopes to help cut down on the waste from old fans by converting them into something useful. That's why he and partner Hon. Nida Cabrera at Fantasized started working with local craftsmen of the Philippines to turn waste into beautiful home accessories.

The team purchases fan guards from local scrap yards and waste strips of plastic from a local woven chair factory. Then, the local craftsmen then paint them and hand weave the cages into baskets. Some of the baskets are then sold off as they are, while others are used as the base for other pieces such as mirrors, ottomans, tables and light shades.

While the company is the first to admit they won't solve all the world's problems, they are at least taking steps to employ local artisans, support their local economy and reduce waste.

Via Design Milk


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A Treehouse That Springs From A Pond

Treehouses typically are perched up in the trees (as the name would imply), but the Treehouse Solling by Baumraun shows that a treehouse can even be located right in a pond. 

Taking adantage of earth, air and water, the home is suspended out of a pond and accessed by the ground by a bridge supported by two trees. The treehouse is supported by twelve steel posts that jut from the water, while the bridge outside is suspended to the two large spruce trees that make their way through its walkway. By sitting almost 14 feet above the water's surface, the top and bottom storeys provide exquisite views of its forest surroundings, while a giant skylight in the bedroom ceiling offers an amazing glimpse of the night sky.

While small, the cabin is ideal for lengthy stays as it offers plenty of space for sleeping and hanging out with the benches on the both stories and ample storage under the floor and furniture. Of course, when cold weather and other circumstances make staying in a treehouse impractical, this lovely little space is just up a stream-side road from the property owner's main home, which was recently rennovated. 

Via Design Boom


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18 Space Saving Ideas Perfect for Any Small Home

It seems every house could use a little more space, but small homes really need a helping hand when it comes to making the residence feel comfortable and uncluttered. These eighteen products and hacks can help you feel like you finally have some room to stretch out, even if you live in a tiny studio.

Over-the-Sink Cutting Board

This clever design ensures even the smallest kitchen can add on some much needed counter space, but unlike similar over-the-sink designs, this one still lets you take advantage of the sink with the draining bowl perfect for storing cut veggies or rinsing food before you prep it.

Folding Cheese Grater

There’s something about the standing cheese grater that works so much better than the flat ones. Unfortunately, this advantage is negated when you have to put the bulky thing away. But thanks to the Joseph Joseph Fold Flat Space Saving Kitchen Grater, you can enjoy the benefits of a square cheese grater without dealing with the storage headache. In fact, it could fit just perfectly under your folded colander.

Fix Those False-Front Drawers

False front drawers might be installed where a real drawer would be impossible, but that doesn’t mean they have to exist solely for vanity’s sake. With a hinge, you can turn these normally useless additions into a small storage space for sponges, makeup or other under-the-sink goodies. The DIY Club has all the instructions you need to fix up your false fronts.

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