Spotted over at Make, these upcycled guitars are made from wood reclaimed from abandoned homes in Detroit.

Building on the city’s musical legacy, Wallace Detroit Guitars builds each instrument with high-quality hardware. (Prototypes were finished this summer, with sales beginning this fall.)

Turning tossed flooring into a gorgeous guitar? Music to our ears.

Photos: Wallace Detroit Guitars

Word Up: Book Shelf

Househappy —  August 25, 2014 — Leave a comment

If you’ve ever judged a book by its cover, then you’ll enjoy these clever storage boxes that use hardcover books as a sliding trapdoor.

Designed by Aust & Amelung, the Book Box shelving system allows you to easily remove the book if you want to read it, while still making it easy to enjoy the jacket art as an artistic focal point.

Source: Fast Company

Photos: © Merlin Laumert

We love paper arts—especially when they take a turn toward architecture.

This gabled house made of expertly trimmed paper is a standout. The shapes vary slightly, smaller the farther they go so that a small “window” appears at the end. Designed by Japanese architect Kotaro Horiuchi, it’s a wonderful play on the permanence of a building.

Source: Dezeen

Leg Up: The Floyd

Househappy —  August 14, 2014 — Leave a comment

The measure of a clever idea? When it’s so good your first reaction is, “I wish I had thought of that!”

We feel exactly that way about The Floyd Leg. The simple yet brilliant design features a simple clamp mechanism that can adjust to fit any size surface, with powder-coated steel legs in a variety of colors. Made in Detroit, the leg is a perfect solution for those who live in homes with small or unusual floorplans, or those who move frequently.

(Plus, we’re in love with the company’s lust-worthy Instagram account.) 

Images: Floyd

H/T: SwissMiss

What’s more perfect than something that’s slightly imperfect?

That’s the underlying ethos behind the Japanese design principle of wabi-sabi. Dutch designer Marianne Smink took those concepts of simplicity, irregularity, and nature’s own imperfections to heart and translated the aesthetic in her line of tiles. Although the tiles are screen-printed, each one offers the unique feel of a hand-stamped or painted tile.

Perfectly imperfect. (Just the way we like it.)

Source: Remodelista 

It seems there’s still room for innovation in the DIY department after all.

We found this fantastic projects over at A Beautiful Mess. A combination outdoor coffee table/herb garden, this project only costs about $75. (You can find the full instructions and materials list here.)

So next time you’re relaxing on your patio, you can freshen up your cocktail with home-grown herbs—plucked from the coffee table.

Source: A Beautiful Mess

Images: Joshua Rhodes and Sarah Rhodes

What’s old is new again. Especially if you’re talking about this new collection from venerable Japanese ceramics house Kutani Choeman.

For more than 130 years, the family-run company has been making tea sets and ceremonial accessories—but their newest collection adds technology (boom boxes) and contemporary activities (skateboarding) to the classic tea vessels.

Modern motifs with a traditional form? We’ll drink to that.

Source: Colossal