Archive for the ‘Functional’ Category

Cloches (aka Bell Jars)

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Cloches, which are also known as bell jars or bell glasses (“cloche” is French for “bell”), were originally invented to help hold in moisture and protect tender plants from harsh weather, insects and other potential hazards. In gardening literature, they were first mentioned around 1630, and they are listed among mandatory garden tools and equipment […]

5 Creative Coat Hook Designs

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

With a little bit of creativity and effort, everything functional can be made into a unique design feature (as we have seen before in the Warming metal wall decor, Wooden shelves and Wall lamp posts for example) – even something as utilitarian as coat hooks. Here are some favorite finds: Knives What looks like the […]

Adorable Wooden Shelves From Ferm Living

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Just the other day, I came across these adorable little house-shaped wall wooden shelves from Ferm Living (which happens to be one of my favorite stores for funky wallpaper designs, tea towels, vinyl wall art and decor in general – everything they sell is fabulous!). The shelves are made from oak (smoked oak, no less) […]

Nails Art

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Art can be created from any medium really, and as we all become more aware of our wasteful ways and the impact is has on the environment, more and more artists of all disciplines are re-using and recycling a variety of materials. In today’s post, we are focusing on art made from something so seemingly […]

Fabulous Fireplace Mantels

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Winter may be on its last breath, but where I live, the days are still chilly and the nights even more so. Cuddling up under a blanket with a glass of wine next to a crackling fire is still the perfect evening activity. So today’s post is about unique, stunning and creative fireplace mantels. Converted […]

Classic And Contemporary Wall Lights

Monday, February 21st, 2011

While it may seem like they are mostly there for utilitarian purposes, light fixtures can have a huge impact. We just had a new ceiling pendant lamp put up in our bedroom the other day, and it completely changed the look and feel of the room. It went from being a space we never spent […]

Awesome Metal Art For The Walls

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Metal wall art can be so many things – purely ornamental wall decor, illuminating, informative, reflective, warming, functional, etc. Today’s post has a little bit of everything and incorporates vintage, functional and solely decorative pieces, and without further ado, here they are: Raindrops First out are these great vintage mid-century modern pieces by Curtis Jere. […]

Warming Metal Wall Decor

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Winter is in full swing and it’s starting to get pretty chilly around here. No more shorts and flip flops for a while. The heat is on day and night, and that got me thinking: must radiators be so bland-looking? We have the old classic water radiators, and they’re not hideously ugly, but not very […]

Interesting Wall Lamp Designs

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Wall lamps definitely fall under the category “functional wall decor”, but that doesn’t mean they have to be plain and boring (as we saw in my wall sconces post). Thanks to creative designers all over the world, there are tons of fun, unique, innovative and gorgeous lamps to choose from. Here are some of my […]

5 Unusual Wallpaper Designs

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Wallpaper is making a huge comeback and no wonder – it’s an easy way to dress up a room, a focal wall, or even just a wall panel. And the leftovers can be used as framed art, wall decor collages, wrapping paper, greeting cards – any creative paper craft you can think of. In any […]

Unusual Wall Tiles

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Wall tiles is a pretty broad category – they come in all shapes, sizes, materials and colors, and can take a room from blah to wow in an afternoon (especially if you’re using the small tiles that come in big sheets). I have written about them before on this blog in my Kitchen Tiles and […]

Citrusy Kitchen Clocks

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Citrus fruits are some of my favorite treats. So juicy and colorful and refreshing. The scent of an orange, lime or lemon makes me happy, and research shows that they actually do have a positive effect on your mood, helping to reduce anxiety and depression. So for today’s post, I went looking for a collection […]

Fabulous And Functional Vinyl Wall Art

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

When vinyl wall art decals first appeared on the market, they were an instant hit, and the popularity just continues to grow. New designs are popping up on a regular basis, and you can find everything from cute to very clever to rather disturbing – how about a huge sticker from the Shining, or a […]

Using Curtain Fabric On The Walls

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

As I mentioned in my upholstery fabric post, putting fabric on the walls helps to soften up the feel of a room, and also helps with echo and chilly walls. Just because it’s sold as “curtain” or “drapery fabric” does not mean it has to go on a window. There are tons of fun ways […]

6 Fun Wall Art Stickers

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Our motto here at WDS is “nobody likes staring at a blank wall” and that rings true for most people. However, there are times when you want to jazz up the wall decor, or create a new look but don’t want to bother with wallpaper, spend a weekend painting, or damage your walls with nails […]

Baby Nursery Decor Inspiration

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

This post is not only about wall decor but decorating in general, and decorating nurseries in particular. It’s one of the most fun types of rooms to design, and you have free reins to use items, materials and colors you normally wouldn’t. Having said that, I have to confess that I prefer nurseries with a […]

Using Upholstery Fabric As Wall Decor

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

So you’re bored with your old white painted walls, or perhaps they’re not so fresh-looking anymore, but you don’t want to bother with wallpaper or prefer not to put nails in them to hang art. Or maybe you’re renting, or living in a dorm room, where you’re not allowed to make any permanent changes. Using […]

Metal Wall Art

Monday, July 26th, 2010
Swirly flower metal wall art

People have enjoyed decorating their walls since ancient times. Just look at all the cave paintings, dating tens of thousands of years back, found around the world, and the hieroglyphs in Egyptian pyramids. Although back then, the drawings were not just for decorative purposes – some scientists think cave paintings were ways to tell a […]

Wall Clocks – My Favorite Finds

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010
Karlsson Big Swing Time Pendulum Clock

Functional and decorative, wall clocks come in all shapes, materials and sizes these days. Regardless of if you’re looking for a classic pendulum model or an ultra-modern wall sticker kind, there are tons of options available. And many are so fun, inventive and chic that they can double as wall decor. Here are some favorite […]

Unusual Functional Wall Decor

Monday, May 10th, 2010

What comes to mind when you think of functional wall décor? A coat rack or medicine cabinet, perhaps? Those items certainly fall under that description, but we have found some that are a little bit more out of ordinary: 1. The Pocket Wall by Maja Ganszyniec This elastic wallpaper by Polish designer Maja Ganszyniec has […]

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