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Month: February 2016

Outdoor fire pit areas

Outdoor fire pit areas

The perfect focal point for afternoon drinks or late-night soirées, a fire pit recreatesthe best bits of camping in your own back garden. Plus, it costs next to nothing to build your own. You’ll first need to ensure that you don’t live in an area that bans wood-burning fires. Also, consider the direction that the smoke will blow in and watch out for trees, fences or buildings that could catch alight. Once your safety checks are complete, dig a circular…

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The painted palace

The painted palace

  Ditte Lamptey’s Copenhagen home is far from typical of Danish apartments. The ornate ceilings – a different design in every room – are worthy of Versailles, while the elaborate doorframes and dark wood paneling wouldn’t look out of place in a Tudor palace. To add a finishing flourish, Ditte, who owns socially conscious clothing brands Solidary People and Skin, has painted the walls in shades of everything from the palest green to the brightest red. This is a home…

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Two quick and effective ways to add pattern using paint

Two quick and effective ways to add pattern using paint

Stencils. Stencilling is a simple method of decorating your walls. The beauty of this technique lies in the handmade effects that you can create. For a faded-wallpaper effect, opt for a repeat pattern, varying the paint coats. Use a small amount of emulsion – a little goes a long way – and apply gently over the stencil using a sponge roller. Start stencilling in the middle of the wall and work outwards.  Patterned rollers. This is a form of \”speed…

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How to play with patterns

How to play with patterns

Layer contrasting patterns or mix traditional and modern prints to make endless combinations. Instinct and impulse play big parts in pulling this off, but you can create order by using similar tones to link everything together. Larger spaces can be overwhelming, but they give you the freedom to play with scale. This can make it easier to incorporate bigger items of furniture and introduce bolder shades and patterns. Don’t be afraid to use color. Start by injecting it subtly in…

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Scrabble-style tiling

Scrabble-style tiling

This Scrabble-style tiling is an ingenious idea for a bathroom wall or kitchen splash back. Simply choose words that suit the mood of your space, then arrange them in a crossword pattern.  

Chalkboard ceiling

Chalkboard ceiling

In this Berlin apartment, the ceiling is coated in blackboard paint and used as a canvas for drawings and quotes. A chalkboard surface can be so much more than a foil for shopping lists: it’s a chance to be bold and artistic. 

Pallet wood ceiling

Pallet wood ceiling

The ceiling of this Copenhagen restaurant is made from repurposed wooden pallets. \”Normally, you have a rendered ceiling and wooden floors: we wanted to turn this idea upside down,\” says Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen of Norm Architects, the studio behind the design. The timber was treated with a fireproofing fluid to preserve its original patina. If you plan to use reclaimed wood to clad the ceiling in your own home, don’t forget about your acoustics. Here, the boards have been mounted with…

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The houndstooth-style ceiling

The houndstooth-style ceiling

The houndstooth-style ceiling in this unique New Zealand home was designed to evoke a traditional Maori cloak. It’s a warm, woven canopy that shelters the house and family. Chevrons of red cedarwood are complemented by paler kauri-wood wall cladding. For the ceiling were used an incredible carpenter who cut the cedar by \”feeling”, not measuring. If you want to create a similar effect in your home, you’ll need to commission a skilled woodworker to cut and install the design.

Illusion of extra space – Expand your horizons

Illusion of extra space – Expand your horizons

Create the illusion of extra space in a narrow hallway by placing a mirror opposite a window or exterior door to maximize the available sunlight. To compound the effect, use a tall looking glass with a frame that’s painted in the same color as the wall so that it blends into its surroundings, giving the impression that it is a doorway to another room.

Can you pour concrete over concrete?

Can you pour concrete over concrete?

Over time, concrete hardens and becomes less porous. Hardening can cause imperfections. Additionally, concrete can sink into the underlying ground. Hardening or sinking can make a concrete slab unlevel, in which case water may puddle on concrete. A common method of resolving this issue is to pour concrete over concrete over the top of the current surface. If you are experiencing an unlevel concrete patio, driveway, or sidewalk, you may wonder how to add concrete to existing concrete. For a…

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