Eeeeee! Five Design Ideas We Love

As we embark on colder months, it's time to plan those indoors renovations to help us ride out the winter. From clever upcycling ideas to unusual furniture creations to fresh ideas for reviving a lackluster space, here are our top picks to help you get inspired this fall.

1. The Birds' Nest
Giant Birds' Nest
Yeah, maybe we've got a soft spot for all things bird. But how can you not love this idea? The "Giant Birds' Nest for Creating New Ideas” was conceived and created by O*GE Architects as a prototype for new and inspiring socializing space, which can be seen as a morph of furniture and playground. Its powerful, yet simple concept and intriguing character needs no explanation or user manual: Ready to to be used, to be played in, and be worked in. With its 4.50 m diameter the big version can host up to 16 people at once, offering a comfortable and sensual soft space, various siting positions, configurations for informal meetings and social exchange. Up to now three different sizes have been developed and can be ordered at demand. Simply jump in and enjoy.
2.  Fresh Idea for a Headboard
Upcycled door as headboard
Saw this door on a room I stayed in at a B&B in Kingston, ON. Brilliant.

3.  Turn Your Bookshelves into Display Cases
Caught sight of these amazing bookcases at Primitive in Chicago. We now have a working idea for the Library!

4.  Headboard-Turned-Bench
This simple design is perfect for a back porch or sunroom.

5. DIY Chalkboard and Bulletin Board
With a little chalkboard paint and free space on a wall in your office, you can take an old, junked door and turn it into a great conversation (and organization) piece.

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Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.