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upcycled furniture: bespoke ‘dandelion’ child’s writing desk

bespoke dandelion desk

Australian furniture maker Old School Industries creates fine furniture they deem a  “collision of bespoke detail and cutting edge design” — the result is furniture imbued with old world charm, handcrafted detail and a subtle modern sensibility.

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The Dandelion writing desk feature above, has at its foundation a ubiquitous 1950’s student desk. The upcycled desk has been totally deconstructed and rebuilt into a unique piece of contemporary art furniture. A delicate dandelion graphic is featured on the desktop. An entire new leg structure has been created, giving this desk a contemporary feel while still preserving its’ retro appeal.

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Bring the Outdoors In with Sustainable (and Stylish) Décor

mango wood tray

Spring’s officially sprung. And if you haven’t already, now is the time to freshen up your home décor while sticking with sustainable—and stylish—pieces. To easily update the look and feel of your most lived-in rooms, aim to bring a bit of the outside in. Online store Verde Lifestyles offers a wide variety of natural home elements, from bamboo rugs that cover the floor to rich, mango wood dining accessories that cover the table.

To determine which area of your home could most use an inspired décor infusion, scope out your space and make note of the shapes (linear vs. organic), colors (monochromatic vs. neutral hues) and textures (sleek and glossy vs. rugged and natural). Consider adding an organic element to the areas of your home that don’t currently feature any natural pieces. Whether your budget allows for an accent like the Mango Wood Curry Leaf Tray ($45), shown above, or the smooth, modern lines of the Wood Balance Table ($601), shown below, there are options for any level of improvement. Even the entryway can get an affordable makeover with the light, springtime tones in a Tortoise Bamboo Rug — for less than $25.

wood balance table

By incorporating organic shapes and natural textures into your everyday home décor, you’ll subtly bring the outdoors in, creating a more inviting and comfortable atmosphere for friends and family. So what are you waiting for? Open a window and usher in some fresh air.

Special offer: Verde Lifestyles is offering a site-wide 30% discount through April 22nd. Visit to see limited-time adjusted product pricing.

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phone booth in wilderness

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