In Houzz's extensive article about our friend Laura Handler's Harlem renovation, our favorite idea among MANY is Laura's solution to the problem of "headboard".
Ann Richardson emailed us her selection for inclusion in our ever-growing Annals of Bad Design: Blu Dot's $499 Cat's Pajama Chair. Her thoughtful commentary that made us laugh, as good dishing of bad design does. (This $39 Ikea chair blows it out of the water).
School of Life’s How to Live More Wisely with Our Phones is a remarkable essay about how we can gently balance our relationship to our smart phones. Here are the most useful and view-shifting hunks.
Artist Arnold Drake World transforms paper napkins and towels into botanically correct flowers. It's an art he's mastered through thousands of iterations, study of materials, and a strong sense of mission. In this lovely short video, he tells his formula for success.
Although I can't verify that this wonderful tweet came from the REAL Bill Murray's twitter feed, I don't care. I've been mulling the idea for days, surprised where it took me...
In the bathroom of the Van de Weghe gallery, where we saw Devir, Enrique Oliveira's massive tree sculpture, we were struck by the strange, very sculptural toilet paper holder with its bold statement of HERE I AM. Then we looked more closely...
We were blown away by Enrique Oliveira's massive tree sculpture that seems to grow in all directions out of and through the walls, floor and ceiling of the gallery: ordinary materials turned into something palpably alive.
The great Marc Johns' sign NAILS Improvised Life's essential message and practice. We learn by example...(and poetry).
I’ve long collected examples of artist’s works based on splotches, spots, drips and splatters, with the idea of applying the patterns to walls, floors, fridge, clothes, shoes. Here’s how.
This 2-minute video tells the story of one of the most inspiring leaps we've seen of late. Complete with the perfect mantra for change.
July 4th was Improvised Life's birthday, the day, eight years ago I pressed PUBLISH and took the site live in what seemed like a giant leap. How the 4,000 articles in its archive has come remains something of a mystery...
On July 4, 2010, poet Mary Oliver found a whale bone on the beach and wrote a poem about it. She forged just the right poem for this summer day, as always giving it a bigger view...(as do these fireworks envisioned by artists.)
When I was invited to share my favorite sandwich on Your Favorite Sandwich podcast, my personal history of sandwiches flew through my head. Then I landed on a doozy.
The day a friend remarked that “Books are the closest humans have come to making seashells”, we read about the library ISIS burned in Mosul, and a blogger’s defiant declaration and challenge.
We've been collecting examples of shelf headboards that double as picture/object displays to inspire the one we are designing in our head. Looking closely we realize they are really only a plywood box...
We can only imagine the process of making this strangely-compelling foam-wrapped sofa...It made us think of British architect Richard MacCormac's useful insight...