Famous Irish garden designer Diarmuid Gavin created a magical garden at last years RHS Chelsea Garden Show, the Westland Magical Garden. The garden features something for everyone, with a 5 storey slide, waterfalls, herbs and flowers on each level as well as a gentleman’s club on the 2nd floor.
Chica & Jo have a wonderfully easy to follow tutorial on how to make your own home-made copper wind chimes. Depending on what you have available, you can either use copper pipes from the hardware stores, used pipes or mismatched silver cutlery from a second hand store.
If you are using copper pipes, make sure to get your hardware store to cut the pipe before you bring it home.
* The full tutorial can be found on Chica & Jo and is easy enough to adjust for older kids on snow days
The V4 House is a beautifully designed house in Sao Paulo. The public areas are completely exposed to the front garden while the private bedrooms are enclosed in a box that shields them from direct sunlight and makes them easier to keep cool.
On our journey into winter and the less flashy time in our gardens life span, it’s time for maintenance and cleaning, making sure your garden will look its best when Spring and Summer roll around next year.
Jason Fitzpatrick from Lifehacker shows us how to use wine bottles to make sure your borders are kept nice and neat. By using wine bottles you keep them out of the rubbish dump and lessens your impact on an already strained environment.
*So stock up on wine bottles and follow the instructions on Lifehacker, image via Grow Where You’re Planted
When you are living in the forest and only the best luxury axe in the world will do, you need the Carbon fibre axe from ECAL graduate Kacper Hamilton. The Carbon fibre axe has inter-changeable heads, one that can be used to fell trees and the other to chop wood, both made from high-carbon steel fibre. [Read more...]
With this hack its almost worth going out searching for an old trampoline. I found it on Emily Summer‘s Design and Nonsense and it is an old trampoline that has been converted into a teepee.
It looks so comfortable and perfect for lazing outside after a day at the pool.
*Design & Nonsense has more information on the trampoline teepee
A great way to light pathways without breaking the bank is to use strip lighting instead of individual lights along the paths.
The rope lights burn for around 30,000 hours and would cost way less to replace once they do burn out.
*I found the idea on the Ozzu Webmaster forum
This lamp by Suzanna Malinowski is a delightful fusion of pot plant and table lamp. The base of the lamp acts as the pot from which a plant grows, the plant then influences the light that is emitted, simulating the dappled shade of a forest glade inside your home.
*More images of the Green Lamp can be found on Suzanna’s website
Sagaform has designed a trio of herb pots where you can grow 3 different herbs at once. Made from stoneware, the pot has 3 hollows where you can plant herbs, vegetables or even small flowers to brighten up your kitchen. There is a small opening on the one side of the pot to make watering simple and quick. Sagaform has a single and a duo version of the same stoneware posts available as part of the range.
Woolly Pockets are pockets of felt that you attach to your wall to turn it into a living wall. The Woolly Pockets were designed by Miguel Nelson and his brother Rodney, they both formed WoollyPocket.com to teach students around the world about proper nutrition and growing your own fresh produce. The woolly pockets are made from recycled plastic bottles which is great for the environment too.