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Today we’re taking inspiration in Henry David Thoreau’s words on libraries, via Brain Pickings.

“The Library is a wilderness of books. The volumes of the Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth Centuries, which lie so near on the shelf, are rarely opened, are effectually forgotten and not implied by our literature and newspapers. When I looked into Purchas’s Pilgrims, it affected me like looking into an impassable swamp, ten feet deep with sphagnum, where the monarchs of the forest, covered with mosses and stretched along the ground, were making haste to become peat. Those old books suggested a certain fertility, an Ohio soil, as if they were making a humus for new literatures to spring in. I heard the bellowing of bullfrogs and the hum of mosquitoes reverberating through the thick embossed covers when I had closed the book. Decayed literature makes the richest of all soils.”

These wise words, combined with a bit of cooler spring weather in the Pacific Northwest over the past few days has us dreaming of curling up with a book in one of these cozy personal libraries featured on Apartment Therapy. Get comfy and enjoy.

Source: Brain Pickings and Apartment Therapy

Of course you are familiar with the basic process of making traditional wooden furniture: grow tree, cut down tree, use wood to build furniture. The problem with this method, according to furniture designer Gavin Munro, is that there is too much energy spent on the process, meaning it is not at all eco-friendly.

And herein lies the inspiration for the British designer’s Full Grown furniture company, whose process utilizes “specially designed plastic frames to mold young willow, oak, ash and sycamore trees into the shape of chairs, tables, frames, or lamps as they’re growing. Once they’ve matured, each tree has morphed into a fully functional furniture item made from a single piece of wood, no sawing or assembling necessary.”

This is all an attempt to get people to “rethink our relationship with trees and time,” and the creator likened the process to “a kind of organic 3D printing that uses air, soil and sunshine as its source material.”

We love the idea behind the furniture, and we think it would be a beautiful addition to any home. See what you think of the results in the pictures below, and find out more on Full Grown’s website.

Source: Fast Company 

We spend so much of our lives at home, so the importance of feeling happy and enjoying our time there as much as possible cannot be overstated in terms of its impact on our overall wellbeing. That’s what Apartment Therapy says in this post they’ve shared in honor of the International Day of Happiness. And we couldn’t agree more. Helping people find happiness at home is the whole reason Househappy exists!

Easiest way to get started? Make your bed. Every single day, no matter what. It sounds simple enough, but author and happiness expert Gretchen Rubin says it’s one of the quickest habits you can adopt to increase your happiness at home. Start today, and click here to read the rest of their tips.

Source: Apartment Therapy

What is home? It can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people, and animals. An igloo, a nest, a house, a hive—all variations on “home.”

Portland-based artist Carson Ellis recently released a book called Home, that contains a series of illustrations on the idea of “home” and how much it can vary. Ellis is also married to The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy, and the two collaborated on the hugely-popular Wildwood series.

At Househappy, helping people find home is our whole reason for being, so this book really struck a chord with us. We love these sweet drawings. Take a look.

Source: Brain Pickings

We LOVE this invention. Pon is a pushpin that holds up your artwork using the same tension functionality of a paperclip, without puncturing the paper. Its inventors call it “preventing picture puncture.” Its clever design allows you to display and preserve your favorite items and artwork, then switch them out when you’re ready.

Pon is currently available through their Kickstarter.

Source: Pon

 

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