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Field Guide: Cork

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This week’s Field Guide is all about cork.

Cork has a great texture, is versatile, and is unexpected. To top it off, if you harvest it correctly you don’t harm the tree itself, making it sustainable. Here are a few ways to incorporate cork into your home. I’m especially loving the cork wall in Matt and Kathy’s home.

Field Guide: Paper

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This week’s Field Guide is about Paper.

Paper is a great medium for sculptural art. You can do almost anything with it, and there are endless varieties. Generally, it is pretty cheap so you can do something large scale without spending too much. Here is some inspiration.

Field Guide: Felt

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This week’s Field Guide is all about felt.

Felt has a tendency to be a little crafty which makes it an ideal material for, well, children’s crafts. It doesn’t have to be just for kids, though some of the objects I picked (like the cute sheep garland) would be great in a nursery. Felt can be pliable or rigid which lends itself to many unusual uses like litter boxes, vases, and lampshades. If you do it right, it has the potential to be really modern. Here are just a few ways it could work in your home.

Recent Projects: Lighting, Blinds, and Shelving

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Ok, so there is actually only one recent project on this post. Among the other two, one is a not so recent project, and the other is recent, but not really a project. First up is the non-project project, a new light fixture in the living room. The glass dome on the old fixture spontaneously fell off the ceiling one night— talk about startling. It was replaced with some inexpensive Ikea lighting.

When we picked up the light fixture from Ikea, we also picked up some venetian blinds for our back door. We had to use some wood shims to keep the blinds away from the knob and lock, which made for an unsightly mess in addition to the bulky metal hardware. We made a simple valence out of some left over wood, and I painted it and the slats a nice neutral color (Krylon, River Rock). Now all we have to do is hang some curtains.

The last project was one we actually did last year. I finally took some photos of the pipe shelving and put it up on the projects page. Click here for more photos and details.

Field Guide: Concrete

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This week’s Field Guide is all about concrete.

I think almost anything can be made out of concrete. It’s a cheap material, easy to work with, and depending on the type you use (and buffing you do), the end result can be rough or smooth. You can use concrete to make a big statement piece like shelving, or use it subtly as a plater or votive. Either way, it is a great way to bring a new element into your home. I also think it’s safe to say that, after putting together this post, I really feel the need to make something out of concrete.