Improvised Life » floors http://www.improvisedlife.com If you can't hunt with a dog, hunt with a cat... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:00:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Painted Oriented Strand Board Floors http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/14/painted-oriented-strand-board-floors/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/14/painted-oriented-strand-board-floors/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:01:24 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45904

Lisa Van Damme

Remodelista recently featured the clever redesign of a 430-square foot-apartment in a century-old row house in Antwerp, the work of Belgian architecture firm Komaan! —translation, “Come on!”

It’s full of good ideas, including clever layout that creates a fluid space with lots of storage, and interesting use of plywood,  but our favorite is the floors: sheets of Oriented Strand Board, known as OSB, painted high-gloss white. (more…)

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Contest: Solve the Vibrating Bed Mystery http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/19/bed-shock-absorbers/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/19/bed-shock-absorbers/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:00:25 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45046

Holton Rower

A few months ago, after a mysterious vibration coming through the floor started shaking our bed, and us, awake at night, we wrote about the improvised bed legs I’d made using yoga blocks and special thick rubber we’d researched. It worked for a while, but we are still plagued by the mysterious vibration that is keeping us sleep-deprived. (From surfing the internet we realize that THOUSANDS of people suffer from this problem). We have read endless technical papers on the vagueries of how sound and vibration travel. We’ve lost count of our attempts at damping the vibration, including the sculptural “bed shocks, above, my friend Holton Rower devised.

So we’re issuing a challenge to Improvised Life’s clever readers: help us devise a solution to keep the bed from being shaken by the vibration coming through the floor. The winner will receive a lifetime subscription to Improvised Life. Here’s what we’ve tried already (call us crazy but we can’t sleep): (more…)

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Surprising Painted Patterns on Floors, Walls, Ceilings http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/17/simply-paint-spartan-sublime/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/17/simply-paint-spartan-sublime/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:59:28 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45388

Jerome Galland via myscandinavianhome

Why buy rugs to roll out on your floors, when you can paint them? Why collect art when you can decorate walls, floors and ceiling, with found materials?

I’m smitten by these two wildly different, improvisational ways that artists have used paint to mimic and displace art in such disparate places as a house on the Cycladic island of Serifos in Greece, and a classroom in Bihar, east India. In Greece, the floors get the spartan treatment; in India, on walls and ceilings, the sublimely ornate and colored with suprising materials. Both are divine. (more…)

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Permanent Hopscotch for Spontaneous Skip + Jump http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/15/permanent-hopscotch-spontaneous-skip-jump/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/15/permanent-hopscotch-spontaneous-skip-jump/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:30:17 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45441

Virginia del Giudice

Photographer Virginia del Giudice has been sending us sightings from her travels in Amsterdam of random brilliant “everyday” improvisations the Dutch have come up with. Here’s a favorite: numbered tiles formed into a hopscotch grid and placed permanently on the sidewalk, for a quick spontaneous skip and jump on your way to do an errand or go to work.  Totally charming and do-able.

 

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Sidewalk Mandala http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/08/sidewalk-mandala/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/08/sidewalk-mandala/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:10:01 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=43912

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Is it chalk, or spray paint or regular paint? Whatever…we wish more sidewalks looked like this.

Thanks Holton!

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Stained or Painted Wood Decking http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/01/stained-painted-wood-decking/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/01/stained-painted-wood-decking/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:09:47 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=43204

Studio Weave for London College of Fashion

Looking for ways to jazz up wood decking?  Studio Weave  has designed a new roof terrace for London College of Fashion’s gallery space, adding brightly coloured decking and seats.

Says Studio Weave’s Eddie Blake:

The whole thing was done with reference to basket weave – trying to make timber look as if it’s woven. The timber is just low-cost off-the-shelf larch decking. The idea was to find a super quick way of making something beautiful and colourful.

The colours were created using a combination of wood stain and decking paint. We might have chosen a different color palette but think it’s a swell idea, with lots (more...)]]> http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/01/stained-painted-wood-decking/feed/ 0 Stylish Affordable DIY End Grain Block Flooring http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/17/log-end-flooring/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/17/log-end-flooring/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:48:53 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=41722

naturalbuildingblog.com

When we were hunting for a affordable flooring solutions for the Laboratory, we came across a wood floor we had never seen before in a store in Soho: it was made from tiles cut across the grain of hard wood beams: end cuts placed in a grid to make an unexpectedly beautiful pattern. The lighting in the store was so poor that our snapshots were too vague to publish. Recently, we came across some fine images of what we now know to be Log End or End Grain flooring, and info about how to do it. We found some great info and a how-to at Design Sponge:  (more…)

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Kilim Patchwork Rug to Buy or Maybe DIY http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/03/diy-buy-patchwork-rug/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/06/03/diy-buy-patchwork-rug/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:00:45 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=41968

Lina Ostling

Just as we’re on the verge of buying a sewing machine so we can actually MAKE some of the things we imagine, we’ve been seeing images of beautiful patchwork rugs made out of vintage kilim remnants. Wondering if it would be possible to DIY them ourselves, we went hunting for kilim remnants. 
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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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DIY Cross-Cut Tree Slice Floors, Outdoors or In http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/05/22/tree-slice-outdoor-floor/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/05/22/tree-slice-outdoor-floor/#comments Thu, 22 May 2014 17:52:25 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=41696

Purdy Devis House photographed by Lisa Romerein

One of our most popular diy posts is an outdoor floor made of wood “bricks”, the sawed-off ends of boards placed in a brick-like pattern. Recently, we saw a very cool variation on that theme: an outdoor floor made of cross-cut tree trunk slices, which make for a wonderfully graphical floor of circles. (more…)

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Deirdre Newman’s Faux Parquet Floors (DIY?) http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/05/13/deirdre-newmans-faux-parquet-floors-diy/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/05/13/deirdre-newmans-faux-parquet-floors-diy/#comments Tue, 13 May 2014 17:02:25 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=41231

Deirdre Newman

We discovered decorative painter Deirdre Newman when she reached out on Facebook to say “I can paint a lot (all) of the painted floors and walls you suggest! Would love to execute some of your amazing ideas!”.  We poked around her huge portfolio of projects and found a trove of clever, meticulously-executed ideas. We especially like her faux parquet stained floors which could be a great solution to chic-ing up inexpensive short-cut oak flooring that is in so many spaces these days.   (more…)

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Taking Rugs Outdoors to Make Comfortable, Colorful “Rooms” http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/04/23/taking-rugs-outdoors/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/04/23/taking-rugs-outdoors/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:00:59 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=40040

moontomoon.blogspot.com

Spring is finally here and we’re turning our attention to getting our patio ready for hanging out. We’re inspired by this charming image we found on From Moon to Moon of a Moroccan-style garden ladened with brightly colored rugs. The rugs define and soften the space, and create an outdoor “room”, perfect for hanging out with friends. The idea of an outdoor room is not new. Constantino Nivola created lovely outdoor rooms by building seating and a fireplace, below. But simple use of rugs is an even easier way to go. (more…)

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The Unexpected Histories and Care of Kilims http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/04/15/unexpected-histories-care-kilims/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/04/15/unexpected-histories-care-kilims/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:34:43 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=40147

style-files.com

Then we saw the image of a charming kid’s room, above features kilim rugs and pillows — the colorfully patterned flat-woven rug traditionally made from the Balkans to Pakistan, most famously Turkey —inviting play on the floor. They are one of MANY images we’ve seen lately. Kilims are in the air, appearing on many design blogs lately for their curiously modern designs that work well in many home styles. They remind me of an unexpected adventure I had when I had my vintage kilims cleaned.

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Purposely Askew Tiles on Floors and Walls http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/03/19/purposely-askew-tiles-floors-walls/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/03/19/purposely-askew-tiles-floors-walls/#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:00:08 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=38983

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We love the purposely askew bathroom tiles in this image we found at aqqindex with the notation: French Interior Circa 1983. It’s an ongoing theme of “breaking the expected pattern” that is threaded throughout Improvised Life, in all aspects of our lives. It tends to show most concretely in interiors, (more…)

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