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PICK YOUR POISON: DESIGN INSPIRATION

I’m particularly fond of the strange and unusual.

With furniture, that means I like it to ‘pop’. When I walk into a room, I’d like it tell me a story. The genre of story, doesn’t necessarily have to be specific, but  knowing a story exists …now that’s the holy grail of design.

My usual method of inspiration (being the age of technology), is the internet. Specifically, the image selection on the search engine. When I need a muse, I surf!

Today’s search started off with #coffee furniture.

 


This of course led into retro, contemporary and future furniture. Some of these designs are still in the ‘concept’ mode.

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For the designs that are still stuck in concept mode, I’d like to think a little hard-work, determination and a credit line at Home Depot will correct the issue at hand.

The issue being: I want said furniture. Solution: Make my own. (Or at least get close to it).

Of course if I make my own, I can’t sell it. The concept wouldn’t mine. But I’m not a furniture dealer…so who cares? And the futuristic items are just that…in the future. I can’t buy them!  But the overall design or theme, already exists.

Hmmmm….where will I go from here?

Who knows?! It could all just be wishful thinking.

But damn…it sure is fun to dream!

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BASEMENT FINISHING IDEAS

 

Yep…more remodeling. (Scroll to the bottom for ‘image inspiration’ and useful links.)

This is a project I’m just not that thrilled about tackling. I’m not spending a dime for a while. I need to use what I have first.

I’ve taken stock and discovered I’ve got about:

10 gallons of assorted paints..diluted it will stretch, then seal with a clear basement sealer.

20 ceiling panels

6 tubes of caulking

10 or so assorted baseboards

3 rolls of wiring

10 outlets and boxes

1 large bucket of ceiling paint…I can get creative with this.

1 roll of tape

2 gallons of deck stain

Drywall scraps

Copper wire

PVC piping

A majority of the stuff is leftover from previous remodels. So I’ve got quite a bit. The pic below is the main portion of the basement, already done.

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It’s randomly changed based on who’s hanging out down there…

But it’s still a little bland. And as much as I’d love to spruce it up, my oldest son prefers minimal decor. Currently, it’s his coveted cocoon.

The back storage room, however, is free territory. And right now, we’re testing paints. The intention is a lounge/studio and bathroom.

 

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Future Bathroom

 

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Future Lounge/Studio

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One thing I learned from past experience, is if I don’t want drywall on the whole section, I will need an accent wall. It’s a nightmare hanging pics on the cement and I’m not putting in those basement hooks. Nothing to compromise the integrity of the walls. And I’ll finish it with a clear basement sealer.
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These are all of the items with no spot. Mostly holiday decor. The plan is shelving units. Sort of like these…..

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There’s plenty of space for something insanely creative here.
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I’m not entirely sure what the end game is for the floor.
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And this overall area will be mostly shelving and organized…Seriously…organized units!

I’m trying to keep myself sane, by remembering how the other section looked. During the nightmare remodel….it was a wreck….

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But eventually….

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It worked out.

For my own inspiration, I’m using this post to hold photos of images found on Google. I need a ‘muse’ portfolio to remind me of what  the finished product can look like….with a little hard work.

SCROLL BELOW FOR FANTASTIC BASEMENT IDEAS


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LINKS ON DIY BASEMENT REMODELING


How to Apply Basement Floor Epoxy

DIY STEPS FOR INSTALLING AN INSULATED BASEMENT FLOOR

DIY Basement Waterproofing Tips

How to Finish a Basement: Framing and Insulating


 

And a few more ideas…

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Art And Empathy On The Younger Generations

 

I’ve used a lot of art mediums throughout my life’s journey. Honestly, I’ve scribbled…painted…glued…carved…molded…well, basically I’ve done it all. And I’ve come to the realization that my obsession isn’t with art, but more the freedom that it grants.

In any other avenue of life, there are rules and parameters.

How dull is that?

Rules and parameters mean…it’s been done before. Someone has claimed it. It’s theirs. They have shaped it to their liking, slapped a patent on it and now if you wish to re-create it…you are ‘borrowing’ an idea.

But with art there are no rules, regulations, parameters. Instead of a process void of thought and critical thinking, it’s the exact opposite.

People talk of the vanishing art programs. Education is slowly becoming strictly math, science, language arts and social studies. Such a strict focus on the ideas of others. Sadly, this is a mistake that will one day create a pit of regret.

The assumption is made that math creates a critical thinker. I propose that art creates critical thinking, enabling to use of math. It’s the reason why often time music=math minded individuals. It’s the ability the see the beauty in the numbers. Minus emotion, void of desire…who the hell actually wants to do all of those repetitive assignments created by minds past. If you love math…that’s an emotion. It’s a desire. Desire drives the art process. As well as the ability to calculate. These things take a sharpness. An ability to figure it out. As an artist can look at a blank sheet and envision a vast multitude of ways to give the paper a life of it’s own…So can too a mathematician, who views a series of random numbers and attempts to make sense of them.

Language arts, while teaching the works of others,  goes on the inclination that this will teach you how to create your own. True…Language arts does teach the necessary tools of the trade. But your creation comes from emotion. To grab the entire spectrum of emotion, you need to find the emotions first. You need empathy.

You need a trigger.

Triggers can be visual, heard, tasted, touched and smelled. And some people seem to feel an entirely new sense. A 6th sense. And in order to utilize these crucial senses, you must have an ‘artistic vision’. You need to become skilled at exploring your own mind. Unbutton the top button, so to speak. Basically…broaden your horizons. Be OF the world, don’t sit on the sidelines.

One of my most…if not the most, important lessons I’ve tried to instill in my kids is to keep an open mind. Experience the issue at hand, prior to casting judgement. And in some instances, it may not be possible to experience an event. Some events we truly wish to avoid! But we can relate out of empathy. Empathy can be awoken with art. It can bring tears and an understanding, as in these works by Bansky. His attempt to cast a light on the darkness that war brings to children, was sadly and  completely accomplished.

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While some argue that the photos are too graphic for children, I would argue that closing their eyes to history creates a path to repetition. Social Studies classes of today, are watered down ‘incomplete sentences’.  How about throw in some Bansky?  

Throw in truth…

Allow the future generation to visualize the consequences of their future actions. Allow them to empathize. It’s like the child who asks “Is the stove hot?” You say “Yes. Don’t touch it.” And of course, just to see if you’re jerking their chain, they touch it <—Insert screaming child here. 

They need to personally experience the sensation. Verbal or physical…they need a trigger.

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You know… if I were a government hell bent on creating a generation of  loyal, non-empathetic and  unquestioning followers….I’d remove the art….

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DIY CHAMOMILE BODY BUTTER

Completely organic body butter, is actually insanely simple to make.

Three Ingredients:

1 Cup Water

3 TBS Chamomile (Fresh or Dried )

1 Cup Coconut Oil (Unrefined, Cold Pressed, Organic)


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Step 1 : Bring to a boil chamomile (about 3 TBS), with about 1  Cup water. It doesn’t have to be exact. The idea is to boil the chamomile to rapidly infuse it with the water.  Then sift it using a few paper towels or cheese cloth. You’re not eating it, so use what you can to strain. It MUST be a fine strainer.

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Hold onto the brown/yellow water. You’ll need about 3 TBS of the newly infused water.

Then add you infused water to your coconut oil. Simmer gently until the oil is melted.

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Mix well. Freeze for 10 minutes. (Some people skip this step and just blend. However, I like the chamomile to be completely infused with the oil. Flavored, so to speak.)

During the freezing process, prepare your jar. I went with a simple DIY beaded jar. Once your butter is back to it’s ‘cold pressed’ state; whip it, mash or simply spoon it in the jar. This part is all about consistency preference.

I prefer it thick. And it’s amazing on the legs and feet!

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Enjoy!

 


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Avocado Sugar Scrub

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Ingredients:

1 Avocado

1 Cup Sugar

1 Large TBS…heaping…Coconut Oil ‘Unrefined, Cold Pressed, Organic’


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Peel, dice and mash the avocado. Add sugar and coconut oil. Mix into a paste. Set to chill 10 minutes in the freezer.

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And viola!

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Here’s my daughter trying it out…

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Sugar Scrub can be just about anything you can create. Strawberry? Banana? Green Tea? Mint?  What ideas can you come up with?

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