Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Dwell on Design

Ok so I live in LA and I feel like I'm always finding out about cool shows and things to do after they happen.  So last week I found out about the Dwell on Design show that was this past weekend in LA, I decided I'm going.  I love the Dwell magazine.  If you aren't familiar with it you should be it's awesome.

So we went to check out the PreFab Home Builders and saw a few.  They were awesome by far our favorite was BluHomes.  And they are opening a model right here in Agoura down  on Kanan Rd.  The model we love too.  Here is a picture and link.

Then I heard about this Passport to Design competition they were having and decided it would be so fun to enter.  After having just completed a design project for a Green Room which was so cool.  I'll post some finished photo's of that later.  But back to Dwell on Design (#dod2013)... Here are a few highlights of what we enjoyed...

I don't know how I missed this on the way in, but when we left the show we snapped this of the kids.

 There was a great booth with cool art.  Like these ones.  Which we goofed around with..

Wouldn't this be so cool.... to replace chalkboards and whiteboards with this lightboard.  I love it!

 I so love these lights.  I even pinned how to make your own on pinterest... but they are made of paper.

 Silly shot of Faith.

 Then we found these live art murals happening and they even had a spot of kids to draw!

Had to take this shot with Kelsey.... she's thrilled can't you tell.

Oh and back to the Passport to Design.  In the program they was this page where you collect "passport" stickers from participating vendors.  I thought you had to get them all but later I found out you only have to get 3.    Anyway this is the amazing part.  I WON!  I designed a room and I won.  I loved the VividAR™ software  I have to say it was a bit challenging for me in that I'm use to drawing a design.... but I loved it and could so get use to doing up designs this way.  So fun and cool to see it in a photo of the actual space.    Here is a link to the Dwell on Design announcing the winners page.  I still can't believe it PINCH ME!  Oh this is the winning design I did.  I choose oranges because it's Kelsey favorite color.  Click the photo to go to the link.

Friday, June 14, 2013

DIY Industrial Coffee Table

So I came across this picture (below) on Pinterest and loved it!  I was working on the design for a Green Room (A room in a theater or studio in which performers can relax when they are not performing.)   I included the definition mainly cause when I tell people about it they say oh so it's all green....

Anyway.... I really wanted the space to have the edgy industrial look and this table was perfect!  So the blog I found had a supply list, but there were no instructions which was ok by me.   I love to figure things out but I thought it might be nice to do a full DIY tutorial on how you could create this yourself.  The best part is you can vary the sizes, or make it a bench.  The possiblities on this basic foundation are great.  So here it is I hope you enjoy!

A -1 - 2 x 8 x 15 cedar (or pine) plank cut into 5 feet lengths (Home Depot did it for me!)
     So you'll have 3 - 2 x 8 x 5 (this is your table top)
B - 8 - flanges (1 inch diameter)
C - 8 - 5" length pipe (1 inch diameter) (This is what you can adjust to make it taller or shorter)
D - 4 - T shaped connectors (1 inch diameter)
E - 4 - 2" threaded pipe connectors (1 inch diameter)
F - 4 - 1 to 3/4 inch pipe reducer
G - 4 - 3" length pipe (3/4 inch diameter) (This is what you can adjust to make it wider or narrower)
H - 2 - 3/4 inch T connectors
I - 1 - custom cut 51" long pipe (1 inch diameter) (If you adjust the length here you need to make sure you do it with the wood pieced too!)

3 Metal brackets.. I don't have a picture of them... sorry but they are long flat pieced of metal that I screwed into the bottom and they go across all three boards. 
Ok so yes my ABC labeling and the photo leave ALOT to be desired but it works so I'm moving forward and trying not to judge myself.

So the pipe is all greasy and I suggest gloves or wipe them down or something that works for you.

SO the first thing I did was screw the metal brackets to the bottom of the wood planks.  I had long clamps that I used to hold them together.

Then I assembled all the pipe.

LEGS - goes together like this; flanges into the 5"pipe then a 1in T-Shapped connector, into another 5in pipe and another flange.

SUPPORT BRACE - between the legs... 1in T-Shapped connector (from leg) into 2" threaded pipe connector into the pipe reducer into the 3" pipe into the 3/4 T-Connector.

MIDDLE BRACE - Insert the long 51" long pipe into both 3/4 T-Connetor (from the support brace)

So then I screwed the flanges into the wood top. Then I stained it.

Wallla!! Finished Industrial Coffee Table.  I hope you enjoy and make fun pieces!

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