Decor, fashion, good prices, sustainability: Viva Terra dress’s up abode & body

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Decor fun using LEGO style for inspiration: Create furnishings for the abode

Just about everyone knows what a LEGO brick is; the colorful block that comes in various sizes geared to get kids to use their imagination as they create. The LEGO company was started in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, but it was in 1958 that the now famous LEGO brick was patented beginning a limitless trip to the many roads of boundless creativity using the simple bricks even into the busy technological age of today.

photo by Lisbet Sporndly
photo by Lisbet Sporndly

The first Lego bricks were developed in the 1940’s

In 1949 the first plastic LEGO Automatic Binding Brick in four colors with four and eight studs was born. Packaging created to build specific LEGO play structures came in the 1950’s and by 1958 the LEGO brick was perfected into a more stable product that is what is still being sold and used today.

LEGO fans have grown up to create home decor and furnishings out of the fun bricks.

Lego Wall project by Npire
Lego Wall project by Npire

LEGO bricks have been embraced by all ages, using them to create unique furnishings and even an entire house, inside and out. Imagine a home filled with color and imagination to invite conversation and creativity. Color invites happiness so what would promote happy living more than interesting and functional decor intricately fashioned out of the simplicity of LEGO bricks.



LEGO desk

Eric Harshbarger built desk
Eric Harshbarger built desk

With about 35,000 LEGO bricks the approximate 120 pound LEGO desk was created by Eric C. Harshbarger. Following a typical size desk the finished dimensions are 60 inches wide by 29.5 inches high and 30 inches deep. The colorful desk is fully functioning with seven drawers and even has a lid on top to open for a hole to accommodate cables to drop through.



LEGO Grandfather Clock

Eric Harshbarger with his clock
Eric Harshbarger with his clock

Eric C. Harshbarger steps out of the LEGO box creating life size and fully usable furnishings and mosaic art pieces. The amazing grandfather clock is set to tell time and stands tall in its colorful glory of red bricks with yellow brick accents.







recycled art
recycled art

Light up the home with colorful beauty repurposing LEGO bricks into a lamp that not only adds beauty to the decor’s furnishings but also makes its own unique statement as the light shines through the aligned LEGO brickwork.




LEGO Vases

Nathan Sawaya vases, Avant Gallery
Nathan Sawaya vases, Avant Gallery

Although the LEGO bricks are square, the vases showcase a curved silhouette that is pleasing to the eye as well as to the decor. Nathan Sawaya continues to wow fans with his amazing works of art created from LEGO bricks as a brick artist.





LEGO Housemanolohome james May lego house

James May inside his Lego House
James May inside his Lego House

Imagine stepping inside of a life size LEGO house one fantasized about building as a child. James May made it a reality when he accomplished building a full size, two floor high house out of LEGO bricks inside and out complete with a working shower and toilet in the bathroom.





LEGO Cello

Nathan Sawaya
Nathan Sawaya

Once the decor is complete add some soothing music playing a musical instrument crafted out of LEGO bricks. Brick artist Nathan Sawaya designed and built an actual sized cello that really plays music. Watch the cool video that takes you through his creative process of building the cello.





Perhaps one of the core reasons that LEGO has survived through generations of fun is that the company continues to stay in the Kristiansen family and is now run by the founders grandchild. LEGO thrives simply by one using their mind to have fun thinking and improvising in order to use their hands to creatively invent and build unique LEGO designs and structures.

Never stop thinking and using imagination and never be afraid to dance!

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Transformer tables turn dining into billiard and ping-pong fun: Creative decor for the abode

Not every home has the space to fit an ultimate game room so being creative when entertaining and having fun indoors can be a fun challenge. Utilizing underused areas in the home can be key in creating a fun and decorative space that will wow guests. When one steps outside the norm entire new opportunities come into play.

Get the best of dining as well as playing a favorite table game neatly fitted into a beautiful decor.montageToys and board games are easy to store away in a closet or chest. Often though the fun table games like ping-pong and billiards are reserved for homes with larger spaces. Now with some ingenuity and amazing designs, the ordinary dining table transforms itself from serving up food at meal time to table game fun for desert.

Check out the following beautiful works of artful tables available to double the dining and gaming excitement.

table-and-tennis, Douglas Ljungkvist
table-and-tennis, Douglas Ljungkvist

Table & Tennis was created to merge a beautiful conference, dining, or other use table, & build it to the specs of a table tennis table.” Have a bite to eat with friends, clean off the dishes, and it’s time to play. Open up a hidden drawer in the beautiful polished stainless steel base to take out the stored paddles and net, pop up the net and get ready for a game on a regulation sized ping-pong table.

Brian David Johnson
Brian David Johnson

Enjoy an evening of entertaining around a beautiful walnut parsons table custom designed and built by a true artisan, Brian David Johnson. This is a truly unique piece with a net designed from solid walnut to blend with the table creating a sculpture like appearance. “The solid walnut net was designed to double as a centerpiece for the table when in dining mode and the fitted hand blown glass drop ins function as small flower vases or candle holders.”

Pingtuated Equilibripong: A blend of art and function

pingtuated equilibripong, axel yberg
pingtuated equilibripong, axel yberg

Designed and built by an amazing artist, Axel Yberg has created a fun and spirited steam punk fashioned table.  Built from “mulberry, Chinese chestnut, black walnut, sycamore, red oak, black locust, cherry, holly, sassafras, and ash, reclaimed plumbing pipes and fittings, glass, mirror, steel, aircraft cable, and Edison reproduction light bulbs” this amazing piece of art playfully works equally for dining and ping pong pleasure. The regulation-size table is designed to easily “convert to a dining table, for up to twelve, by removing the net”.

Billiards and elegant dining all in onembm billiard mbm billiard 2 mbm billiard 3

MBM Billiard is known for their billiard tables. They now have used their knowledge for building beautiful regulation pool tables and added new beautiful designs to create two in one tables. The tables appear as if ready for elegant dining when concealed. Simply remove the table top and the tables are geared up for billiard action and enjoyment.

Billiard table designs ready for dining

Manhattan, billards breton
Manhattan, Billiards Breton

Billiards Breton has designed several models of billiard tables that are ready for double use for dining and a game of pool. The tables are available in two sizes and six finishes including three beechwood colors (natural, tinted, dark), white, black or a grey satin finish. A full set of of balls, 4 cues, 1 triangle, chalk, cue holder is include as well.

Fusion tables ready to serve food or billiardsfusioninterieur4 fusion table

“The Fusion table’s sleek design uses a rigid massive brushed stainless Space – Frame to accommodate the strength and stability required to hold the single piece slate playing surface in place. All of the pool accessories will fit on the table without anyone ever knowing what lies under the table leaves.” Fusion tables are designed in different finishes to accommodate any decor. Purchase coordinating chairs and sideboards to finish off a perfectly complemented decor.

Get the pool sticks out and rack up the billiard balls or pop up the net and hand out the paddles because now you are allowed to play where you eat!

Play, have fun and never be afraid to dance.

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How to create a beautiful headboard for the abode’s bedroom

The bedroom should be a room filled with décor to promote tranquility and comfort. It is the place that we can shut out the worries of the outside world. Parents seek peace by closing the door and instructing the family to give them some quiet if only for a few moments. The children’s bedrooms are where they can use their imagination to create an exciting world in which to read, play and study.

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The bedroom’s décor should mirror the personalities of the people seeking a refuge of comfort.

The bed is the centerpiece of the bedroom. A headboard frames the head of the bed and becomes a major focus for the room’s decor. Instead of purchasing an ordinary headboard that is not unique to your personality create a surround for your pillows that will assist in taking you off to dream land.

Create a custom designer headboard easily by repurposing objects, using fabrics and pain. 

  • Old wooden doors or shutters are perfect to repurpose and use behind the bed. Paint them and attach to wall or stand a few vertically on the floor to be used as a headboard.

  • Folding screens are perfect to use as headboards. Simply open up a screen flat and attach it to the wall for lovely décor to rest the pillows on.
  • Repurpose Grandma’s old tri-fold vanity mirror; paint the frame and attach it to the wall as a headboard to make your own designer piece to be envied.
  • Scour the estate sales for a beautiful large fireplace surround that can be repurposed and fashioned to use as a headboard when attached to the wall behind the bed.
  • Turn a plain piece of cheap plywood into a sleek, contemporary headboard. Sand it, stain it, seal it, and place it behind the bed.
  • Group ribboned fabric bulletin boards in a horizontal row attached to the wall behind the bed to make a lovely headboard and serves as a place to place notes and photos.
  • Attach tall wood wainscot on the wall behind the bed and trim it with molding and paint or stain it.
  • Use a quilt or pretty area rug to hang on the wall behind the bed.
  • Create your own easy upholstered headboard look by simply attaching upholstered square sections to the wall.

Create the illusion of a headboard on the wall behind the bed.

  • Paint a picture of a headboard or use a stencil on the wall where the head of the bed resides.wall stencil, thirtyduo.blogspot
  • Frame fabric or wall paper on the wall inside molding to present the bed.

Take delight in creating a fun headboard with kids for their own rooms.

  • Buy a section of picket fence, paint or stain it, and use it for your headboard. This looks great in a child’s room.
  • Is your young one a sports buff; use baseball bats or hockey sticks glued together to create a headboard.

Give the prince or princess or King and Queen a dream canopy bed

  • Simply hang some fabric, tapestry, or sheet draped from ceiling nailed in at all four corners of bed.
  • Run fabric on the wall behind the bed to the ceiling. Place a rod to hold fabric where ceiling meets the wall then drape the fabric over the bed finishing it attached to another rod.
  • Attach curtain rods to the ceiling around all four sides of the bed. Hang curtains draped in each corner.
  • Be creative; try draping fabric in different ways to create your own canopy design.

Have a great time viewing me as I discuss great decorating tips in the other videos in my eHow series “Ideas for Home Decorating

Sink into your bed surrounded by the beautiful decor. Take a moment to let the day’s stresses melt away and drift off into dreamland. Never be afraid to dance!

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Decorating the man cave: An abode fit for a super hero

The super hero of the home needs his décor as much as the abode’s super heroine. For a woman a posh walk-in closet or a huge master suite and spa bathroom of her own is often an ultimate dream décor, but more times than not, when men are questioned about what their fantasy abode is, they wish for a décor that will emulate a masculine appointed secret haven to escape to.  Whether a single’s pad or a garage, basement, attic, outdoor patio or the corner of a room, any space can be imagined into the décor fitting for a man to get in touch with his super hero identity.real cave, modernmancave

The first step to achieving a perfect man cave is to have a plan in place.

Prepare a floor plan of the room(s) or area that will be set aside for the private cave for the male to call home. With a measuring tape, graph paper, and a pencil one can easily measure and place on paper a scaled layout of the space or spaces that are to be allocated for the man cave. Once the walls are in place the decor can be decided upon and furnishings can be chosen to be positioned perfectly to scale into the drawn space.

Decide on a decor theme that will make up a comfortable dream cave.

Favorite hobbies are an ideal theme for designing the ultimate cave decor in which to call home.  The man cave’s décor should encompass the hero of the home’s hidden secret powers to make the cave a showcase of his dreams.

  • Sports centralmultiple tvs, swflcalclosets.wordpress
  • Recording studio.records, game room,
  • Artist hideaway.
  • Car
  • Game room.basementfininshingohio
  • Master chef de cuisine.
  • Graffiti master.
  • To complete the ideal man abode one should choose the furnishings that will perfectly fit the space.

    Furnishings are meant to add comfort to the abode’s inhabitants. A list of dream decor items should be easy to come by since they have probably been floating in one’s head every time one drifts off into dream land or buys a lottery ticket.

    • A large flat screen TV.
    • The ultimate audio system.
    • A fully stocked bar.
    • Billiard table.
    • Card table.

    In addition to the media surround sound, bar or game tables, other furnishings are necessary to make the space complete for comfort and entertaining the male pals visiting with envy. Furnishings that are easily cleanable should be considered in order to not worry about spillage and instead be able to concentrate on enjoyment.


    • Concrete floors

    Floors in basements and garages can be painted with a fun color or pattern in high gloss enamel and a polyurethane top coat. Consider painting the floor in a design that follows the theme of the decor like a baseball diamond or a race track.

    • Tile floors will work well in any room.

    Tiles come in arrays of sizes, patterns, materials and colors that can fit any decor theme.

    • Laminate floors can look wonderful.

    Make sure laminate flooring is not placed anywhere that moisture may be an issue, such as a basement.

    • Engineered wood.

    The engineered manufactured wood creates a rich look and is hardy to work in most locations.

    • Use an area rug to place in the seating area.

    Rugs can easily be picked up, cleaned, or replaced when needed. For a garage, roll the rug up when you need to move the car in. Rugs made specifically for the outdoor elements can be left outside for the outdoor decorated man escape space.

    Seating and accent pieces. garage, xaxor

    Use imagination to create a wonderful decor with seating and decor centered around a favorite theme. Ultra creative souls may want to build their own furnishings or find unique items that have been crafted specifically for special interests making them not only usable furnishings but also wonderful art statements as well.

    • Skateboarders can design a wall or tabletop crafted from tiles by Art of Board that have been made from recycled skateboards.huntvalley
    • Avid bikers and bicyclists can shop at Bike Furniture Design for amazing chairs and tables built from actual parts of bicycles and motorcycles.loveseat07_52wt
    • Car fanciers can find sofas and chairs that are actually designed and built out of recycled car seats and an automobile’s body. Auto wheels and engines can be used as table bases. Build a table yourself by polishing or painting them first and then use glass for the table top. Vehicles can be used to build an interesting bar as well. Tool cabinets are perfect to be repurposed for car bar, ballerhouse
    • Sports fans will enjoy watching a game sitting in an old rescued stadium seat. Chairs and sofas can be made using baseball bats, hockey sticks, or skis for the surround and adding upholstery for comfortable seating.old theater seats, flickr
    • Studious sorts may enjoy a sofa surround or bar crafted from books with books also repurposed to be used as shelves floating on the desk, cubeme
    • Hair enthusiasts will find that antique barber chairs can make for comfortable seating and old fashioned male gossip.barber chairs, blog.blinds

    Comfortable seating pieces come together when using the right upholstery fabric choices.

    Leather comes in many colors other than black and also works well when used as a mate with another fabric. Make sure that the leather is not hard and stiff and that you will be able to sink into the seat. Animal skins can be fun for benches or rugs as well. Use an animal hide as a throw on a sofa.

    Crypton fabrics are perfect for super hero abodes being impervious to most spills and will last through almost anything. These fabrics are a great choice and come in many patterns and types of fabric including plush chenille.

    Fashion fabrics make good choices. When deciding on a fabric one can simply choose a fabric that a man commonly wears, such as wools, tweeds and denim.

    Be artistic and think outside of the ordinary by using a Native American woven blanket for upholstery or an interesting rug.

    No room to allocate, then decorate a small corner to call one’s own mini cave.

    Choose a massage chair that will give one soothing personal attention. Add a privacy screen that when in place everyone understands that you are not to be disturbed. Use an end table with built in hidden refrigerator next to the chair and keep a pair of personal earphones close by to plug in and close out the world around to enjoy a moment of man cave peace.

    Whether one lives alone or with a gaggle of family or roommates, most dream of having the perfect decorated space to escape to in their home. Women might tend to opt for the dream shoe closet, but men speak about having their fantasy cave, much like Batman’s cool abode, when questioned about their choice of what their perfectly appointed desired room would be.

    Have fun creating the cave of your dreams and never be afraid to dance!

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