Improvised Life » blogs + sites (material) http://www.improvisedlife.com If you can't hunt with a dog, hunt with a cat... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:00:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Plywood Swirls via Jigsaw Make Surprising Tables and… http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/08/06/plywood-swirls-via-jigsaw-make-surprising-tables/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/08/06/plywood-swirls-via-jigsaw-make-surprising-tables/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 17:00:16 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44832

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We stumbled on this lovely side table at the ever-illuminating Aqqindex. “Paint and parchment side table” was the only info. We instantly envisioned plywood, one of our favorite materials for its possibility and accessibility. You could make a table like this with three rectangles and two flat sides cut with whimsical swirls. (more…)

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Stylish Repurposed Tables from RioEtc http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/30/stylish-repurposed-tables-rioetc/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/30/stylish-repurposed-tables-rioetc/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:00:59 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44701

rioetc.com

When we start poking around the google translate version of rioetc.com.br, a site meant to show the stylish side of Rio, we found, over several separate posts some compelling mashups of tables. The first, the coffee table, above, which appears to be made of mismatched crates, some with wheels, some not, and a cubist hunk of…is it foam rubber…with a glass top; curiously works.

Then we spotted this table made out of painted boards that had been stripped and affixed to the wall by what appears to be black pipe, (more…)

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Go DIY and Fly a Kite! http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/29/go-diy-fly-kite/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/29/go-diy-fly-kite/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:00:49 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44621

Fredericks & Mae

Fredericks & Mae‘s beautiful Floralia – Fighter kite is meant to hang a wall to IMAGINE flying in air. Made of bamboo, rice paper, pressed flowers, waxed cord, and gold thread, it’s a “ceremonial kite…in honor of the ancient Roman holiday Floralia…a predecessor to May Day, a festival in honor of the titan Flora…goddess of flowers and the season of spring.”

But for us, it is inspiration for diy kites you can fly, like the one we saw the other day being flown from a Harlem rooftop.

Made by Joel has a great tutorial, one of many kite plans available online. (more…)

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Rough-stitched Ripped Linen Pillow Covers http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/23/rough-stitched-ripped-linen-pillow-covers/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/23/rough-stitched-ripped-linen-pillow-covers/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:00:11 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44375

IKEA

Just as we were wrapping our head around learning to use our new sewing machine, we noticed these big pillow covers on IKEA’S blog Livet Hemma

…which sent us hunting around Ikea USA to discover that it is selling 100% linen by the yard for 7.99 a 59″ yard in white and gray.

We’ve long been fans of washed, shrunk, ripped linen and these couldn’t be easier: (more…)

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Holton Rower’s Money Art (Art Takes Money) http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/16/money-energy-creativity-imagination/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/16/money-energy-creativity-imagination/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 08:00:10 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44144

Holton Rower

One of the many unexpected materials artist Holton Rower uses to make his art is money —physical paper money— rolled, folded and fashioned into all manner of unexpected scuptures. His concrete block filled with tightly-rolled bills resonates strongly with us, LOVING concrete block as we do for both their look and inherent possibilities, (more…)

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Kitchen Repertoire’s Charming, Doable, Delish Recipes http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/27/kitchen-repertoires-charming-doable-delish-recipes/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/27/kitchen-repertoires-charming-doable-delish-recipes/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:19:19 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=43545

Dana Gallagher

Our old friends from the food world Frances Boswell and Dana Gallagher have teamed up to create a lovely labor-of-love blog called Kitchen Repertoire. Their simple mandate is a breath of fresh air:

We are 20 year veterans of the magazine industry; a food editor and a photographer. We live real lives with kids and families and careers.

Time is short and finding inspiration in the little things makes the day easier.

We hope having a repertoire to pull from will help you find more joy in your day.

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Constantino Nivola’s Open Air Solarium http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/18/constantino-nivolas-open-air-solarium/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/18/constantino-nivolas-open-air-solarium/#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2014 17:00:35 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=43189

c. 1952

We’ve written before about Constantino Nivola’s inspiring outdoor garden rooms at his home in the Hamptons in the 50’s. Recently enjoying Mondo-blogo’s stupendous visual riff on the sculptor, we came across his open air “solarium”, which was often mistaken for a pool.

According to Weekend Utopia, Alastair Gordon’s classic guide to modernist beach houses in the Hamptons, it wasn’t a pool, but a (more…)

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Wine Wise Guy Anthony Giglio Answers Your Questions About Wine http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/12/questions-wine-wine-wise-guy-anthony-giglio-answers/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/12/questions-wine-wine-wise-guy-anthony-giglio-answers/#comments Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:30:24 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=43054

EVERYONE we know has questions about wine and the best person we know for answers is Anthony Giglio, aka The Wine Wise Guy, an Improvised Life contributor and of late, wine blogger for Details. Anthony is the guy who pioneered using wine-friendly frozen grapes to chill a glass of wine without diluting the flavor. We excerpted a key fast-chill method for a whole bottle, below. His weekly Details column answers such perplexing questions as Do Those Wine-Aerator Gadgets Really Work?(more…)

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Annals of Paint: Bold Polka Dots + A Yellow Optical Illusion http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/03/bold-polka-dot-walls-yellow-paint-optica-illusion/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/03/bold-polka-dot-walls-yellow-paint-optica-illusion/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 17:00:39 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=41972

amandinejules.com

Eagle eyed Susan Dworski spotted this polka dot wall and floor in the portfolio of the write/stylie + photographer couple Amandine and Jules. We love the idea of a graphic element flowing from one to the other, softening angles, and make the space seem more…fluid.

Here’s another example of using paint to define a space in an unexpected way, without walls… (more…)

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Cheap, Portable Lightweight Laptop Stand (Kickstarter) http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/05/28/diy-buy-portable-laptop-stand/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/05/28/diy-buy-portable-laptop-stand/#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 20:00:26 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=41944

(Video link HERE.) When we first saw this cardboard laptop stand by Icelandic Designer Sruli Recht of Foald Studio, we thought: Who needs that? We can just rig a stack of books to raise our laptop. Then we saw it in action and thought of all the places it would be useful. (more…)

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We Launch! Become a Friend with Benefits http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/05/28/fly-fear/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/05/28/fly-fear/#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 12:32:26 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=41393

Susan Dworski

Today’s the day! We’re throwing our baby up in the air, and we hope you’ll help us catch her!

Today we start our Friends with Benefits subscriptions. If you subscribe, you continue to receive all Improvised Life posts and full access to our vast archive. If not, you’ll be able to read ten posts per month for free.

We desperately need subscriptions to survive without ads. But we’ve made the cost very tiny, hoping to get a big number of Friends. You can subscribe for $1.99 a month if you pay monthly. Or you can pay $18 per year, which works out to only $1.50 per month. That’s less than the cost of a pack of gum for membership in a worldwide online community full of breathtaking ideas and insightful visions.

This starts right now, right here. Please visit our Friends with Benefits page, and make sure our baby lands safely! (more…)

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Help Improvised Life Leap…Tomorrow http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/05/27/never-try-never-know/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/05/27/never-try-never-know/#comments Tue, 27 May 2014 22:00:17 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=38830

For the past 4+ years, Improvised Life has published 5 days a week, upwards of 2500 articles and 8000 images. It has been a labor of love, full of pleasures and rewards and, for the past while, serious challenges and demands. Our “reality sandwiches” include 60+ hours a week of Sally’s reporting, writing, and editing original stories, and curating and developing content from over 150 websites… finding, taking and processing photos …paying a part-time assistant, rent, a web programmer, rising server costs: a very long list that doesn’t even include all the ideas waiting to be developed.

Improvised Life is at a crossroads now. For us to continue, we need to pay the bills. We’ve come up with a plan

(more…)

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Soften an Angular Modern Space with Rounds http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/05/27/softening-angular-space-rounds/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/05/27/softening-angular-space-rounds/#comments Tue, 27 May 2014 17:00:14 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=41856

bohemianhomes.tumblr.com

Many modern spaces, including our own Laboratory, suffer from having so many right angles, rectangles, linearity, that they can be a bit harsh. The simple solution is to shake them up with rounds, patterns, art.

We love the solution in this image found at Bohemian Homes: (more…)

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How to DIY Black or Copper Pipe Housewares http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/05/14/diy-black-copper-pipe/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/05/14/diy-black-copper-pipe/#comments Wed, 14 May 2014 17:00:43 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=41254

desiretoinspire.net

Over the years, we posted a good number of stylish housewares made from copper or black pipe, from closet fittings to faucets to table bases and pot racks, all diy-able. But we realize that sometimes we don’t diy because we don’t really have a sense of the essential workings of the process: how do we actually do it?  Recently, Izabella Simmons over at Remodelista took some photos that convey the gist clearly: essential “maps” of diy fittings that immediately made us get how easy it is. (more…)

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