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Wednesday October 31st, 2012

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DIY Project: Copper + Branch Floor Lamp

We have this very annoying tree right outside our apartment that blocks all light from our windows, thwarting the sun’s attempts to warm us with its golden rays of energy. Damn you, tree! Recently I begged our landlord to at least consider trimming it back, and he finally relented, which left me with both a…

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Wednesday July 18th, 2012

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diy project: woven balsa wood lampshade

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Balsa is one of my all-time favorite materials: It’s cheap and lightweight and easily handles bending, cutting, staining, painting, glueing and pretty much every other technique that comes to mind. It’s also a great resource for creating professional-quality results with few tools, as you can see in this awesome balsa lampshade project from Jamie Samples…

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Wednesday June 13th, 2012

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diy project: fish scale pendant lamp

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This is the second project we’ve shared from designer Kara Paslay in recent weeks, and again she’s managed to reintroduce me to a cool technique I had long forgotten about. Inspired by the ocean, Kara decided to transform a simple paper globe into a beautiful sculptural pendant lamp. By dyeing and dipping cut paper rounds into…

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Wednesday May 2nd, 2012

Wednesday March 21st, 2012

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diy project: sculptural paper orb lights

It’s wonderful to see so many DIY projects that take advantage of the humble paper globe light. Just when I think I’ve seen them all, I come across a new one that I love, like this version created by Heather Jennings of Poppy Haus. While browsing her local Anthropologie store, Heather was inspired by two…

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Wednesday March 14th, 2012

Wednesday July 6th, 2011

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diy project: woven rope pendant lamp

Not that long ago, I replaced a standard light fixture in my home with a custom pendant. It wasn’t until that moment that I realized how significantly great light fixtures can change a room. The initial intimidation of working with electricity is starting to lessen with some great pointers from my dad, and now I…

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Wednesday June 8th, 2011

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diy project: droog-style hanger lamp

While working on today’s Treasure Hunting hangers post, I realized that one of my favorite ideas was the very simple clothes hanger lamp from Droog. Designed by Hector Serrano, the clothes hanger lamp is a plastic hanger with a very low-watt bulb attached, allowing you to create a light fixture out of your own wardrobe….

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Wednesday April 6th, 2011

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diy project: paper marquee letter lamp

diy project: paper marquee letter lamp

I’ve always had a love of fonts. I have a collection of magazine pages torn out for their interesting fonts. I have books about fonts, bookmarks on my computer for font-dedicated websites, not to mention the hundreds of fonts I’ve downloaded. I want to be surrounded by gorgeously shaped letters. What better reason to make…

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Friday March 18th, 2011

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weekly wrap up + paper scrap light

It’s a whopping 70 degrees in Brooklyn right now, so I’m going to get out from under the pile of packing boxes in our house and get some fresh air. Before I head out, I wanted to share this beautiful (and totally genius) DIY light project that graphic designer Gabrielle Guy created for a friend….

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Wednesday March 16th, 2011

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DIY best of: lighting projects

Lighting has to be one of our all-time favorite topics — we’ve recently held crafting events in honor of lighting, picked out our favorite chandeliers in homes and even delved into the history of chandeliers. You might call it a little obsessive. But if you’re a renter, updating lighting — whether an overhead fixture or ambient…

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Wednesday November 3rd, 2010

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Wednesday October 6th, 2010

Wednesday September 22nd, 2010

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diy project: polli knitters’ cozy lamp shade

diy project: polli knitters’ cozy lamp shade

I believe I’ve compiled enough anecdotal evidence to prove that all artists and designers share a love of discovering new materials; I can say from personal experience that I enjoy dabbling in other artistic fields to fuel my creativity. So it doesn’t surprise me that Maja and Tess, the ladies behind Polli handmade jewelry, are…

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