Browsing Archive: January, 2012

Domingos Totora...A Recycle Artist and Genius

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Tuesday, January 31, 2012, In : Art 

My first thought when discovering his work was "impossible...this can't be recycled cardboard!"


But it is...and oh, Domigos Totora's work is incredible.

After studying design in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Domingos returned to his small hometown of Maria Da Fe, a city in the region of Minas Gerais in Brazil and chose cardboard as the source material for his work. The surrounding nature serves as his source of inspiration. 

Starting with recycled cardboard, he creates objects and sculptures where beau...

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I Wound It Through The Grapevine

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Friday, January 27, 2012, In : Lighting 

...the electrical wire, that is.

What can you do with some old grapevine and a little electrical wire? 

Make a unique, modern yet rustic table or mantle light!

All you need is some colorful wire,



a socket for one end of the wire,



a plug for the other end of the wire,

a fabulous old Edison Filament Bulb,

and your in business.

just wind your wire through and/or around the grapevine until you are satisfied with the look, then you attach both your socket and your plug. Electrical wire comes i...

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Time To Make A Statement!

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, In : DIY (Do It Yourself) Projects 
...or two.

Aaron Brothers Art Supply is having their annual one cent sale through January 28th. Now is the time to pick up a HUGE canvas and get the second for ONE CENT!

Franz Klein Painting (Miles Redd interior)

 What can you do with a large canvas you ask? You can make a HUGE statement!

Franz Klein Painting


All you need is a little inspiration,

Gwen Driscoll Design

Mario Uribe Painting (KWID Design) 

2 paint colors and 1 brush.
First paint your background color on the entire canvas and let it...

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Raw Inspiration

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Friday, January 20, 2012, In : DIY (Do It Yourself) Projects 
I've always been attracted to the color and texture of light, raw wood.


Here is an inspiration board for a Family Room that is neutral, comfortable, and elegant all at the same time!

Some of these items you can even make yourself!

Here is the resource list with links and tutorials: 

Oversized Sunburst Mirror - Ballard Designs
Boston Library Wall Light - Circa Lighting
Hayes Sectional - Room and Board 
Hourglass Teak Stool - Pearl River
Souk Rug - West Elm
Grapewood DIY Coffee Table - Tutorial

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Cisco Home

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, In : Sustainable Living Shop 
One of my favorite "go to" spots is right on Hayes Street in San Francisco. Cisco Home carries all of their own uniquely designed furniture, lighting, and accessories.

Everything from their chairs to their lights are hand made in their Los Angeles warehouse with sustainably farmed woods, organic materials, and happily employed craftsman that take pride in what they are creating.

Cisco Pinedo moved from Mexico with his family and began designing and creating furnishings out of his garage until...

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Objets D'Art...Where You Can Find Them

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Friday, January 13, 2012, In : Art 

Art is everywhere around us. Consider a basic industrial tool, or even a piece of driftwood. The design, whether natural or manmade is something to be appreciated and celebrated. 

(Hollister and Porter Hovey Design)

(Joseph Foglia Designs)


(Hollister and Porter Hovey Design)

Be sure to give it some space to will take on a life of its own and everyone can really enjoy it!

You can find many wonderful objects at the Alame...
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Costa Rica's Sustainable Building Material...Bamboo

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Tuesday, January 10, 2012, In : Bamboo 

Among the giant Philodendron leaves, vines, palms, and wildlife in the jungles of Costa Rica, there grows many species of bamboo. Some more giant than others.

Bamboo grows quickly, multiplying exponentially. You can actually hear it growing. So what a perfect resource for building!

They have so much beautiful, tropical and often rustic architecture in Costa Rica...and quite a bit includes bamboo.









Fences and Gates

It's time we did more with bamboo...It i...

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Wasted...Design In The Details

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Friday, January 6, 2012, In : Waste Recepticles 

I've had waste on my mind lately...specifically, where to put the waste if not in a generic basket or plastic container. You know you can make or break your room in the details. 

So here are a few creative options that will definitely do the job and look good too...because of course disguising the waste is what it's all about!

Canvas Bucket (Casual, Chic, and Hip)

Brown Clay Jar (Earthy, Neutral, Rustic, Zen)

Tall Market Bucket (Chic or Rustic or Minimalist)

Galvanized Bucket (Fun, Casual, Rustic...

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New DIY Hidden Cabinet Doors

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, In : DIY (Do It Yourself) Projects 

Happy New Year Everyone!

Remember the old antique mirror that I refinished and limed? That mirror is now in my new bathroom. Here's a sneak peak...more photos to come later.


Traditional medicine cabinets and their designs can be so limiting. I used the mirror as a door for my medicine cabinet above my sink. The cabinet is really just a niche in the wall that I outfitted with glass shelves and hung the mirror with a piano hinge on the right side. Piano hinges can hold a tremendous amount of we...
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