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Bookshelves + Staircase = Bookstairs

Bookshelves + Staircase = Bookstairs
I am so enthralled by these that I just might build some bookstairs that lead to nothing in my pad. This beauty belongs to London-based Veronika and Sebastian. My only addition would be a space to keep a pillow or two so I can sit and read on the stairs if I feel so inclined. P.S. Here are 19 other unique bookshelf ideas. {Images via Creative Cloud}

Color - Live Like You & Marmalade Interiors If you have followed this blog for a while you might be familiar with my line “Life is too Short for White walls”. Well ironically, or perhaps to test myself (?) the bungalow rental we are in for the next few months has…yes…only WHITE walls. After living with a kaleidoscope of colors in our old house it felt at first refreshing with stark white walls. That’s not t say you can’t create some some cheerful spaces with an all white backdrop. Interior design by Emily Henderson. A great starting point add a– BOLD COLORED COUCH. Via Belle Maison. Add CONTRASTING FURNITURE AND PATTERNS. Adding COLORFUL ART and PILLOWS and BOOKS is another way to bring color and life in to the space. Interior Design by Emily Henderson Hmm…there is something be said about white walls. Let the FLOWERS and SMALL ACCESSORIES add the punch. Interior design by Amber Lewis. This cool dining room is framed by white, but nothing a bright kilim can’t slam dunk. (Can’t wait for my vintage kilims to arrive next month.)

5 Things Our Kids Won't Have In School #2. Valedictorians and Other Honors Getty The best part of having a valedictorian was that, like the Highlander and that one kid who insisted on wearing a fedora and a cape every day, every school could only have one. For most kids, the whole valedictorian thing was a non-issue. Getty"I've had four breakdowns, but it's worth it because for 10 whole minutes I'm better than all of you." Going Away Because ... It's that fierce competition that's the problem. GettyMaterial for graduation gowns. Better yet, why not just name anyone with an A+ average valedictorian? Getty"Better get used to it, 'cause this is how they're deciding job applicants now." In other words, you could mentally just strike this one from the list. So what's next, getting rid of failing grades? #1. Everyone remembers their first F. GettyWhole generations will grow to adulthood unable to forge their parents' signatures. Failure makes students feel bad. Which is why programs like Zeros Aren't Permitted (ZAP!) No pressure.

Stunning Realism in Oil Paintings by Pedro Campos. 46-year-old Pedro Campos – artist from Madrid. Using oil paints, he re-creates an incredibly realistic still lifes, which are very easily mistaken for photographs. He works in a variety of areas – from design and interior illustrations (in advertising) to the restoration of furniture, paintings and sculptures. A painting he generally began only 30 years old. “I think the development of my own drawing style strongly influenced the process of restoring paintings – said by the Spanish artist. – Restoration of the ancient art forces you to look for a solution in color: any personal contribution of the artist to remain unnoticed. ” While many compare Campos with other masters of realism, he admires artists such as Lucien Freud, Richard Estes, Francis Bacon, Antonio Lopez and Anish Kapoor for the specifics of their work. Below you will find a small selection of the incredible work of Pedro Campos.

desire to inspire - jo's page A small room off the dining room serves as my husband's office. Originally a bedroom, it is a strange "landlocked" room with windows opening onto other rooms, a consequence of alterations over the years. We think it was the maid's room when the house was first built. After we painted it a couple of years ago (Murabond Faraway, same as the dining room) it basically became a dumping room for Kelvin's computer and any other electrical equipment. Years passed and nothing happened. Kelvin loves to collect as much as I do and some of his special objects found their way into the room. Femme fatale Convicted spyMata Hari made her name synonymous with femme fatale during WWI. A femme fatale (/ˌfæm fəˈtɑːl/ or /ˌfɛm fəˈtɑːl/; French: [fam fatal]) is a stock character of a mysterious and seductive woman whose charms ensnare her lovers, often leading them into compromising, dangerous, and deadly situations. She is an archetype of literature and art. Her ability to entrance and hypnotise her victim with a spell was in the earliest stories seen as being literally supernatural; hence, the femme fatale today is still often described as having a power akin to an enchantress, seductress, vampire, witch, or demon, having power over men. The phrase is French for "fatal woman". Although typically villainous, if not morally ambiguous, and always associated with a sense of mystification and unease,[1] femmes fatales have also appeared as antiheroines in some stories, and some even repent and become true heroines by the end of the tale. History[edit] Ancient archetypes[edit] Sociological views[edit]

Ultra-Realistic Portrait Paintings by Rubén Belloso Prepare to get stunned, because in today’s showcase we will meet Rubén Belloso, a young and extremely talented painter. He has won several awards and his work is shocking realistic. Along the way, we will have a little chat with Rubén and learn more about him and how he does it. Enjoy the detail and the beauty of life that he exposes, not through youth and perfection, but by mirroring the soul of the people. “Velazquez Reflection in Eyes” Q: Hello Rubén and welcome to community. A: My name is Rubén Belloso and I was born in Seville in 1986. “1 de 400″ Q: Your artwork is extremely realistic and detailed. A: Since I was a kid I liked drawing but it was not until the age of 17 when I really started painting. “Maurizio” Q: What kind of materials do you use? A: I always use pastel. “Jesus Gavira” Q: Do you work with models or out of your imagination? A: For my artwork I take photographs of other people and then draw them. “Exhibition1″ A: I think the practice is everything. Aurora D. D.

design for kids and the home Some paradoxes - an anthology Creative Colorful Installations As Street Art A lonely gray road, an empty street, a concrete wall and dirty manhole covers can all be so much more fun when decorated with colorful art. That was exactly on the French street artist OakoAk’s mind when he started this street art project. He places humorous and clever installations at the most surprising places out in the streets. They are certainly eye catching and fun to spot when your out taking a walk. Another bad-ass street artist that is really killing it as well, is the famous MTO and his awesome graffiti.

Charming Apartment with Surprising Design Elements Have a look at this fascinating apartment in case you are curious how 64 square meters can be turned into a spacious, chic living space. The hall that welcomes you is wide, featuring high ceilings and light walls, introducing you to the typical 20′s style with tight stucco and decorative parquet. The living room is large enough to accommodate a large sofa, a coffee table, a reading corner and a few lockers for storage. The open floor plan allows the light to flow freely in the apartment. We are certain your attention was caught by the highly original wall drawing, which gives the room a dynamic, yet stylish touch.

25 clever ideas to make life easier Via: Why didn’t I think of that?! We guarantee you’ll be uttering those words more than once at these ingenious little tips, tricks and ideas that solve everyday problems … some you never knew you had! (Above: hull strawberries easily using a straw). Via: Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes. Via: Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or computer screen with WD40 (also works on walls). Via: Stop cut apples browning in your child’s lunch box by securing with a rubber band. Via: Overhaul your linen cupboard – store bedlinen sets inside one of their own pillowcases and there will be no more hunting through piles for a match. Via: Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone / iPod in a bowl – the concave shape amplifies the music. Via: Re-use a wet-wipes container to store plastic bags. Via: