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A Modular Cat Playground That Looks Great

Kitties love their cat trees, but it seems that designers of these monstrosities rarely love good home design. With the CatsPlay Modular Playground, now your little furball can enjoy climbing, crawling, jumping and more while you enjoy the simple style of this modular unit.

While many cat condo sellers use the word modular to mean you put it together yourself, this design is modular by the true definition and can be built in any configuration you choose. You can even take pieces off to wash them or rearrange the design to give your kitty some more enrichment in his life.

Depending on the size of your living room, your budget and your kitty's activity level, you could choose to start with the Starter Kit, the Kitty Hawk or the Stairway to Cat Haven -each of which is larger than the last (and more expensive). The prices range from $119 to $299 and there are plenty of additional parts you can use to expand or customize your unit, ranging from spring toy attachments to kitty condos.

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Game in Great Style With Geek Chic

If you're a tabletop gamer, whether you play elaborate board games, card games or miniature games, you've undoubtedly had difficulty finding space for all the components of your game before. Geek Chic aims to solve that problem with geek-friendly tables that are seriously stunning. 

Most of their dinner and coffee tables look like simple, heritage furniture, but with a few flips and folds, the designs are converted into the ultimate gaming tabletop. Each one has some type of quality gaming surface, which the company calls the Game Vault, that offers games and maps a safe, flat, spill-resistant surface. 

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Two More Alternatives For Hiding Your Air Conditioner

We already covered one way to cover up your air conditioner so you don't have to look at the eyesore while you still enjoy all the benefits of a cool, comfortable home. Now we've found two more solutions to handle this solution. Though these two options were created by professional design companies, a skilled craftsman could take inspiration from the ideas to incorporate them into your home.

The first, and more simple, solution provides you not only with a stylish air condition cover, but also a handy garden tools storage space. Art Harrison Interiors & Collection constructed the obelisk in a unique, vintage style with plenty of air vents for the unit. If you are particularly handy, you may even be able to copy the concept (albeit in a much simpler style) for your own backyard.

Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design's South End Courtyard is much more complex, though harder to mimick in your own home. Nonetheless, the concept is elegant and a good source of inspiration for someone looking for a more complex air conditioning and storage solution. 

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15 Beautiful Doors That Are Entirely Inviting

We’ve seen some brilliant home lighting options, breathtaking bathtubs and some delightful mirrors, but it’s time to pay tribute to the oft-overlooked door. While most people stick with plain, rectangular doors that match the rest of their paint scheme, there’s something about a door that stands out from the rest that invites people in –if only to find out what could possibly be hidden behind such a stunning door.

Curtain Door

Fitted with hidden pulleys, ball bearings, ropes and counter weights, the Curtain Door by Matharoo Associates gently curves out to resemble its namesake. Constructed from 40 sections of thick Burma wood and stretching 17 feet tall, you probably won’t be able to install your own Curtain Door any time soon, but that certainly doesn’t take away from the design’s appeal.

Via Design Milk

Lake Travis Retreat

Here’s a door that brings its own dramatic flair –a steel-framed, pivoting door that features glowing honey onyx tiles. The tiles are backlit with gentle LED lights and provide an unforgettable entryway to the breathtaking Lake Travis Retreat by Dick Clark & Associates.

Sunset House

This stunning glass pivoting door by Allen Bianchi is certain to attract attention, making your interior appear more like a gallery space than a mere residence. Open or closed it lets in ample natural light and makes the interior feel a lot more connected with the exterior of the home.

The only problem? You probably won’t want this as your front door unless you have a gated entry since it doesn’t offer much privacy.

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The Motif Basin Makes Your Bathroom Sink A Work of Art

Tired of your boring old in-counter sink and thinking about upgrading to a vessel sink? Well, if you really want to make the most of the style, consider this stunning Motif Basin by OMVIVO.

The Motif Basin comes in three finishes (forest, kaleidoscope and pebble), each of which reveals a unique pattern on the counter underneath the basin. Not only do the basins look fantastic from the top, where you can see the designs directly, but as the light passes through the glass and shines onto your counter, you'll discover stunning patterns glowing below the sink.

Each basin is hand etched and comes with the chrome spacer, a crome waste pop up, rubber seals and a chrome locknut. OMVIVO also sells a number of coresponding pedestals to match their basins, including a white one specially designed for the Motif.


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A Home That Really Fits In With Its Surroundings

The Eye of Africa Estate is a golf and residential estate in South Africa. As the name might indicate, it is quite beautiul, luciously landscaped with some of the many stunning plants native to the country. To really emphasize the striking natural setting, W design architecture studio designed their Light House to fit in seamlessly with its location. The goal was to create a home that would enhance the experience of living amongst African nature, allowing the clients to be connected to their surroundings throughout the home.

The home itself is made from steel and concrete, creating a drastic contrast to the lush follage outside while still not conflicting with the natural forms. The metal alloy roof let the designers to reduce the overall roof of the house to keep it nice and low, allowing the structure to blend into the treetops when viewed from a distance. The concrete section provides space for a green roof to help further camouflage the house, also providing a lush lawn for the floor-level space. 

The floor set below ground level features a small pond with a rock-laden courtyard inside, allowing even the underground level to experience a beautiful view of the native plants.

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Heat Your Pool Naturally With These Lily Pads

If you have a pool and don't live in the desert, chances are the temperature is a bit too low if you aren't running a heater. But gas heaters are expensive and bad for the environment and solar heaters are also expensive and quite an eyesore. What other option do you have? How about a few adorable lily pads that are inexpensive and heat your pool totally naturally? 

The process is simple, as explained by Edward Hujsak in this tutorial and Daniel Busby in the video above. While the tutorials are slightly different in that Edward suggests using a soldering iron and Daniel recomends using an ordinary iron. It's quite possible that the soldering iron is more sturdy and effective, but the regular iron is a lot easier.

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14 Unique Mirror Designs That Reflect Your Personality

Everyone needs a mirror in the home –even if just to check there’s no more toothpaste on your face after brushing. While most of them are pretty basic rectangles and ovals, there’s no reason to limit yourself to these boring shapes. These cool mirrors can do a lot more than reflect things, they can also show off a bit of your personality.

Perito Moreno Vanity Circle

Light up your room with this strikingly lovely Perito Moreno Vanity Circle by Iris Design Studio. The entire outer edge of the mirror features Pyrex glass shaped like half of a standard light bulb. Inside the mirror, a light source provides power for these faux bulbs that reflect off the mirror, creating a striking light source for the whole room.

The design can be used to decorate any room, but it is particularly well-suited to the bathroom, where optimal light is needed for applying makeup and shaving.

Vous

Some people say daily affirmations into the mirror while others writer positive messages to themselves on the mirror. For a simpler, yet more permanent positive message every time you look in the mirror, just grab this Vous mirror from the Art Lebedev Studio.

Alternatively, if you just can’t enough negativity in your life, just try flipping it over instead.

Keep Calm

If you really like writing on the mirror, the Keep Calm Board by SOPDS is a great way to put your own spin on the classic British slogan. Just grab a dry erase pen and Keep Calm and…

Who Tall Are You

Kiddie growth charts are so boring after a while. Once your little one grows to about 4’6”, he or she is bound to give you attitude when you want to record his or her height. Switch them over to Suck UK’s Who Tall Are You Mirror though and you might just catch them measuring themselves every time they think they may have grown a centimeter. Plus, you and your adult guests will also enjoy getting to know which celebrities share their stature.

The mirror is measured in centimeters rather than the US-standard Imperial units, but on the upside, this means you get that many more celebrities to compare yourself to.

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Use the Four Seasons to Season Your Food

Salt and pepper shakers are a familiar sight on the dinner table, but with so many more flavorful seasonings out there, why limit your tabletop spices to just two? And for that matter, why not spice up your table decor with something a little more playful?

The Four Seasons Seasoning Shaker set is a delightfulway to add a little flavor to your tabletop design. The shakers look like classic snowglobes each with a plastic plant inside to represent the different seasons. You can even accentuate the globes with the spices you choose -filling the winter one (with the pine tree) with salt to represent snow or the summer one with white pepper to give your cactus a little sandy-colored soil. 

The set is not only a great way to double your tabletop spice collection, but also to remind yourself that any hardships you are going through are only temporary and as seasons change, so will your current situation.

Via Trend Hunter


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Finally A Portable Standing Desk You Can Bring Anywhere

Research has shown that our bodies were not made to sit all day and doing so is terrible for us. That's why standing desks have caught on so much over the last few years. But when you travel, or even try to move around the office, you can't exactly take your standing desk with you -until now. The StorkStand is a recently funded Kickstarter project that offers portability, comfort and convenience all at once.

The beauty of the StorkStand is that you can make a sitting and standing desk from the back of practically any chair. Just set the bar into the correct setting for your height, strap the device on a chair back and you're ready to go.

The StorkStand can hold up to 50 pounds and it only weighs 4.2 pounds. The desk even has a convenient cellphone nook so that has space for a charger to attach through the bottom of the desk. You can preorder yours today for $199.

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