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Stuff that catches my fancy and random, sorted thoughts from the inner scrambles of my mind.

What you may expect to find here are what I consider good taste and some of the best in photography, philosophy, humor, art, architecture, food, music, poetry, literature and dance. I hope you like some of the things I enjoy.

I like anything to do with good design such as interior design, architecture, photography, and art. I enjoy philosophy and psychology. I love to figure out what makes individuals tick. Music of most all types but particularly classical, world, pop, acoustic guitar is a big part of my life and add some dance to the music and my day is great! I like to write and occasionally I will write poetry and I really love to read it out loud and I even record it sometimes.

I'm a Myers-Briggs type ENFJ which means I love people and have a great interest in them.

I guess you could say I'm a humanities kind of person. :)







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    Recycled Pallet Home Movie Theater.

    Recycled Pallet Home Movie Theater.

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    This was built with reclaimed wood!

    This was built with reclaimed wood!

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    Almáa Sintra Hostel Is An Idyllic Eco-Retreat in a Historic 12th Century House

    The serene Almáa Sintra Hostel in Portugal is an eco hostel set amidst 8.6 acres of forest and gardens. Not far from Lisbon, the hostel is built in and around a historic home dating from the 12th Century. Guests can wander the lush grounds, hike on its trails, swim in an Olympic-sized irrigation tank, or visit the nearby Pena National Palace which dates from the 18th Century.

    The hostel is set on the idyllic grounds of an ancient fresh water spring, for which it is named (Almáa means water in Portuguese). The spring supplies water to the hostel, irrigates the landscaped gardens and waters the organic vegetable field, which supplies fresh veggies for breakfast for the hostel’s guests.

    Almáa operates with sustainability and ethical principles where possible. The original 12th Century house has been almost entirely renovated from reclaimed materials. Much of the furniture is either second hand, or made from recycled materials in the main living area and the rooms.  The hostel has also enlisted local artists to create works from recycled materials, which decorate the interior. Each of the beds are custom made from recycled shipping pallets, in sturdy individual beds to bunks.

    The hotel offers 35 beds, in dorm-style and private rooms, for enjoying the beautiful Portuguese countryside high in the Sintra Mountain Range. The historic and culturally rich area was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and continues to attract tourists seeking an ecological and archeological getaway.

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    LOT-EK Recycles Doors Into a Clever Storefront for Van Alen Books
Who said print was dead? Van Alen Books, specializing in both architecture and design, opened earlier this week, proclaiming the revival of the architectural bookstore. The project was commissioned by the Van Alen Institute and headed by Inhabitat favorite LOT-EK, a New York based architectural firm known for their combination of artful aesthetics with a “gritty,” industrial style. Although the space certainly does sell a great variety of architectural books and other diverse topics of interest (they even have a first edition reproduction of Bram Stoker’s Dracula for sale), the main idea was to create a space for conversation.












“We are not reinventing the wheel,” said Director Olympia Kazi. “We are addressing a need. We have received so much love, so much excitement, about books.”
What makes Van Alen Books so special however, is that it isn’t just a storefront — it’s an art installation that serves as a powerful social statement on the nature of books and public meeting spaces. It has long been a standing belief, especially in the 21st century, that because print sales are going down, bookstores are no longer needed. But not only is Van Alen Books a cool place for those looking for information on architecture and design, but it also serves as a nod to those who long for more stores of its kind.
LOT-EK created an interesting green design, using recycled doors from Build it Green NYC! to make a long, layered staircase in the center of the space. The stairs are used for seating, but also double as more shelving. LOT-EK implemented their signature style of having one half of their work finished and beautifully designed, while the other half is left to look more rough and gritty. LOT-EK states that:

Van Alen Books serves more as a statement in support of the public meeting space. Van Alen Books addresses the point that despite the fact that print book sales are slowly dwindling down, especially with the rise of the Kindle, public spaces where people can meet and discuss is what makes book stores relevant.

And indeed, bookstores are still relevant. Being that human beings are inherently social creatures, the need for a forum to meet and discuss is still desired. The purpose and design of this space might be unusual, and rather risky, but it definitely serves its purpose.
Van Alen Books 30 West 22nd Street Open Monday-Saturday, 11am – 7pm

    LOT-EK Recycles Doors Into a Clever Storefront for Van Alen Books

    Who said print was dead? Van Alen Books, specializing in both architecture and design, opened earlier this week, proclaiming the revival of the architectural bookstore. The project was commissioned by the Van Alen Institute and headed by Inhabitat favorite LOT-EK, a New York based architectural firm known for their combination of artful aesthetics with a “gritty,” industrial style. Although the space certainly does sell a great variety of architectural books and other diverse topics of interest (they even have a first edition reproduction of Bram Stoker’s Dracula for sale), the main idea was to create a space for conversation.

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    “We are not reinventing the wheel,” said Director Olympia Kazi. “We are addressing a need. We have received so much love, so much excitement, about books.”

    What makes Van Alen Books so special however, is that it isn’t just a storefront — it’s an art installation that serves as a powerful social statement on the nature of books and public meeting spaces. It has long been a standing belief, especially in the 21st century, that because print sales are going down, bookstores are no longer needed. But not only is Van Alen Books a cool place for those looking for information on architecture and design, but it also serves as a nod to those who long for more stores of its kind.

    LOT-EK created an interesting green design, using recycled doors from Build it Green NYC! to make a long, layered staircase in the center of the space. The stairs are used for seating, but also double as more shelving. LOT-EK implemented their signature style of having one half of their work finished and beautifully designed, while the other half is left to look more rough and gritty. LOT-EK states that:

    Van Alen Books serves more as a statement in support of the public meeting space. Van Alen Books addresses the point that despite the fact that print book sales are slowly dwindling down, especially with the rise of the Kindle, public spaces where people can meet and discuss is what makes book stores relevant.

    And indeed, bookstores are still relevant. Being that human beings are inherently social creatures, the need for a forum to meet and discuss is still desired. The purpose and design of this space might be unusual, and rather risky, but it definitely serves its purpose.

    Van Alen Books
    30 West 22nd Street
    Open Monday-Saturday, 11am – 7pm

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    Resourceful Recycling
Recycle a collection of glass bottles into an eye-catching mantel display. Gather interesting greenery from outdoors and place each piece in a different jar. Stagger jars according to shape and height, then place a mirror behind the collection to reflect light.

    Resourceful Recycling

    Recycle a collection of glass bottles into an eye-catching mantel display. Gather interesting greenery from outdoors and place each piece in a different jar. Stagger jars according to shape and height, then place a mirror behind the collection to reflect light.

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AluMosaics is an art form that transforms aluminum cans into stunning works of art. Founded by artist Jeff Ivanhoe, AluMosaics combines recycling and reuse with creativity and imagination.

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    AluMosaics is an art form that transforms aluminum cans into stunning works of art. Founded by artist Jeff Ivanhoe, AluMosaics combines recycling and reuse with creativity and imagination.

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    Here’s a very beautiful chandelier, with an architectural look and a very simple history. In the beginning this chandelier was a a simple, undesired wooden pallet. Someone found it and decided to turn it into something more beautiful. After cutting the pallet and selecting pieces that has different sizes, they were put together and secured n a very artistic way. The result was a very beautiful and functional chandelier.

    Here’s a very beautiful chandelier, with an architectural look and a very simple history. In the beginning this chandelier was a a simple, undesired wooden pallet. Someone found it and decided to turn it into something more beautiful. After cutting the pallet and selecting pieces that has different sizes, they were put together and secured n a very artistic way. The result was a very beautiful and functional chandelier.

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    This particular shelving system is probably the easiest one to make. You don’t need to know anything about the process because there really isn’t anything to know. Just hang the pallet on the wall and you’re done. Use it to store pictures or other decorative items. You can also sand or paint the pallet for a more appealing look.{amandacarverdesigns}

    This particular shelving system is probably the easiest one to make. You don’t need to know anything about the process because there really isn’t anything to know. Just hang the pallet on the wall and you’re done. Use it to store pictures or other decorative items. You can also sand or paint the pallet for a more appealing look.{amandacarverdesigns}

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    Pallet Bookshelf and Bike Rack
Because of their structure, pallets can be easily used to create bookshelves. You don’t even have to make a lot of modifications. Just place the pallet along the wall, secure it and maybe add some shelves here and there and you’re done. Paint it in a vibrant color if you want and you’re free to add the books. Moreover, you can also use the structure as a bike rack, as shown in the picture.{found on flickr}

    Pallet Bookshelf and Bike Rack

    Because of their structure, pallets can be easily used to create bookshelves. You don’t even have to make a lot of modifications. Just place the pallet along the wall, secure it and maybe add some shelves here and there and you’re done. Paint it in a vibrant color if you want and you’re free to add the books. Moreover, you can also use the structure as a bike rack, as shown in the picture.{found on flickr}

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    Do you sometimes need a quiet place where you can go and read a book or clear your mind? You can build it by yourself without even asking anyone for help. All you need are two pallets and some power tools. Cut the pallets in the shape that you want, reinforce them and add some back structure. Add a comfy pillow and you’re done.{found on kojodesigns}

    Do you sometimes need a quiet place where you can go and read a book or clear your mind? You can build it by yourself without even asking anyone for help. All you need are two pallets and some power tools. Cut the pallets in the shape that you want, reinforce them and add some back structure. Add a comfy pillow and you’re done.{found on kojodesigns}

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    Budget Ideas and DIY crafts

    Budget ideas and recycling items are HOT these days with our bad economic times.  Check out some cute and practical ideas with things you can do with tin cans, wooden pallets, old suitcases/luggage, recycled furniture, test tubes, a gumball machine, vintage licene plates, old ladders, and even an iMac at my Pinterest album:  

    You aren’t in the swing if you’re not recycling!!!

    http://pinterest.com/ahmelody/budget-ideas-do-it-yourself-crafts/

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    If you don’t need an extra bed for yourself, then you can use the pallets to build one for your pet that I’m sure will be appreciate. They are very easy to make and they don’t cost much. Just cut a pallet in a way that allows you to obtain a rectangular structure. Add a comfy pillow and some decorations if you want and your project is over.{found on etsy}

    (Source: homedit.com)

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    Pallet sofa with built-in storage space
Here’s a more elaborate project that required 6 wooden pallets. They were painted and covered with upholstered foam pillows. Because the base was made of two pallet levels, this provides a lot of very useful storage space for all sorts of things like books and magazines and other items.{found on cuartoderecha}

    Pallet sofa with built-in storage space

    Here’s a more elaborate project that required 6 wooden pallets. They were painted and covered with upholstered foam pillows. Because the base was made of two pallet levels, this provides a lot of very useful storage space for all sorts of things like books and magazines and other items.{found on cuartoderecha}

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    Shipping pallet daybeds

    If you need an extra bed just make one using pallets. It’s easy and much cheaper. For example, take a look at these ones. They look safe and quite comfortable. These daybeds were made using shipping pallets. However, they are not meant to be used by adults so it’s best to let the children enjoy it just to be sure. Just stack some pallets on top of each other, secure them and add a comfy mattress on top. It’s that simple.{found on ashleyannphotography and norskeinteriorblogger}

    (Source: homedit.com)

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    Mud Room Shoe Rack
Nobody likes a muddy room and you can avoid that by creating a very practical show rack. This one is made from a discarded pallet and it seems to do the trick. Just clean the pallet a little and secure it vertically on a wall for example and here you go, your very own pallet shoe rack. You can even paint it to make it more attractive.

    Mud Room Shoe Rack

    Nobody likes a muddy room and you can avoid that by creating a very practical show rack. This one is made from a discarded pallet and it seems to do the trick. Just clean the pallet a little and secure it vertically on a wall for example and here you go, your very own pallet shoe rack. You can even paint it to make it more attractive.

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