Modern Architecture Worth Moving For

Modern architecture is determinably minimalist, with open, light-filled living areas, and bold angles.

With a philosophy of form following function, modern architecture expresses itself through simplicity. Often using elements of wood, glass, and steel, the contemporary style of architecture emphasizes the structure and materials used in the building as opposed to embellishing them up with ornate designs. You will often see vaulted ceilings, exposed structural elements, and unique linear elements.

Take a look at some extraordinary designs in our selection!

Bold Shape and Structure

Bold Shape and Structure

Modern Forest Haven

Dutch Modern
Dutch Modern
Glass Box Corridor
Glass Box Corridor
Seaside Contemporary
Seaside Contemporary
Rustic Modern
Rustic Modern
Courtyard Paradise
Courtyard Paradise 

Modernist Homes Designed for Beach Sites

Oceanside Living. Blissful, salty breezes blowing continually, rich breaths of humid air, the rushing resonance of waves crashing, and endless horizons full of sun-kissed pigments.

Designing your modern home alongside the oceanfront with ensure you pave your way to a blissful existence. Amidst peaceful elements, you are creating a lifestyle of tranquility and simplicity. Away from the noise of urban zones, you will embrace the sounds, smells, and sensations of nature.

Explore with us these exquisite modern homes, designed to welcome all of the natural beauty of the surrounding seascapes.

 

Rockledge Residence, Laguna Beach

Exterior Lounge with Detached Guest House
Exterior Lounge with Detached Guest House

Photographs Courtesy of Trendir

Relaxed, Modern, Sleek
Relaxed, Modern, Sleek

Photographs Courtesy of Trendir

Walls of Windows
Walls of Windows

Photographs Courtesy of Trendir

Paradise Views
Paradise Views

Photographs Courtesy of Trendir

Modern Seaside Living
Modern Seaside Living

Photographs Courtesy of Trendir

Balconies Over Beaches
Balconies Over Beaches

Photographs Courtesy of Trendir

Blissful Bedroom
Blissful Bedroom

Photographs Courtesy of Trendir

Luxury Lounge Bath
Luxury Lounge Bath

Photographs Courtesy of Trendir

 

La Jolla Estate by Fredman Design Group, San Diego

Rich Colors and Textures
Rich Colors and Textures

Photographs Courtesy of One Kind Design

Height and Depth
Height and Depth

Photographs Courtesy of One Kind Design

Sharp Angles, Soft Palettes
Sharp Angles, Soft Palettes

Photographs Courtesy of One Kind Design

Sharp Angles, Soft Palettes
Crescent Moon Lounge

Photographs Courtesy of One Kind Design

Desert Plant Life
Desert Plant Life

Photographs Courtesy of One Kind Design

Built In Modern Shelves
Built In Modern Shelves

Photographs Courtesy of One Kind Design

Soft Blush Bedroom
Soft Blush Bedroom

Photographs Courtesy of One Kind Design

Lush Covered Lounge
Lush Covered Lounge

Photographs Courtesy of One Kind Design

Oceanside Luxury
Oceanside Luxury

Photographs Courtesy of One Kind Design

 

Checkout our Bunglo Poolside Collection for inspiration to decorate your aquatic settings!

Wanderlust Destination: Chandigarh, India

Chandigarh, India is a time capsule of Mid-Century Modern architecture nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas.

In 2016, the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, making these incredible modern buildings an unmissable wonder. In Chandigarh, India, you won’t find an ancient city, or any British colonial buildings. Chandigarh was one of India’s first planned cities, created by the Chandigarh Capital Project Team, and led by Swiss architect, Charles Edouard Corbusier (Le Corbusier). As a marvelous result, Chandigarh is a urban zone that feels both futuristic and retro.  The flawless geometrical outline mirrors the engineering virtuoso of the organizers of the city, Albert Mayer and Mathew Novicki. Chandigarh is a vacation destination with a modern business focus.

In India, most of the cities are planned and created solely for automobiles, so a sidewalk is an immense luxury. In Chandigarh, there are plentiful pedestrian walkways where you may safely stroll, a perfect means to pleasantly meander local streets by foot. Take a quick walk with us through this modernist haven!

 

Chandigarh India High Court
Chandigarh India High Court

Photograph Courtesy of Google

Technicolor
Technicolor

Photograph Courtesy of Aqqindex

Modern Columns
Modern Columns

Photograph Courtesy of Arch Daily

Brutalist Modern
Brutalist Modern

Photograph Courtesy of Grego Vivi Asia

Labyrinthine Grid
Labyrinthine Grid

Photograph Courtesy of de zeen

Space Age Columns
Space Age Columns

Photograph Courtesy of Acaixanegra

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Photograph Courtesy of Acaixanegra

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Photograph Courtesy of Acaixanegra

Futurist Palette
Futurist Palette

Photograph Courtesy of Acaixanegra

Grand Auditorium
Grand Auditorium

Photograph Courtesy of Acaixanegra

Assembly Palace
Assembly Palace

Photograph Courtesy of Acaixanegra

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Photograph Courtesy of Acaixanegra
Mid-Century Sea Palette

Mid-Century Sea Palette

Photograph Courtesy of de zeen

Minimalist Meeting Area
Minimalist Meeting Area

Photograph Courtesy of Jousse Enterprise

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Photograph Courtesy of de zeen

The Hand

Photograph Courtesy of Grego Vivi Asia

Hovering Terrace
Hovering Terrace

Photograph Courtesy of Baobab Developments

Smooth Brutalist
Smooth Brutalist

Photograph Courtesy of Acaixanegra

Punjabi Modern
Punjabi Modern

Photograph Courtesy of Acaixanegra

Modern Halls
Modern Halls

Photograph Courtesy of Acaixanegra

Auditorium Panorama
Auditorium Panorama

Photograph Courtesy of Acaixanegra

Neelam Cinema
Neelam Cinema

Photograph Courtesy of de zeen

The Icon of the City
The Icon of the City

Photograph Courtesy of de zeen

Aditya Prakash Architecture
Aditya Prakash Architecture

Photograph Courtesy of de zeen

Edmund Sumner Photography
Edmund Sumner Photography

Photograph Courtesy of de zeen

Teal and Gray
Teal and Gray

Photograph Courtesy of de zeen

Modernist Lines
Modernist Lines

Photograph Courtesy of de zeen

Chandigarh Brutalist Modern
Chandigarh Brutalist Modern

Photograph Courtesy of Faena

Chandigarh Gardens
Chandigarh Gardens

Photograph Courtesy of VRBO

Punjabi Pinks
Punjabi Pinks

Photograph Courtesy of Archi Digest

Chandigarh Rock Gardens
Chandigarh Rock Gardens

Photograph Courtesy of Talk Geo

High Court, Lucien Herve, 1955
High Court, Lucien Herve, 1955

Photograph Courtesy of Artemis Dreaming

 

If you enjoyed your virtual wanderings through Chandigarh, check out our Wanderlust Destination in Chiang Mai, Thailand!

Wanderlust Destination: Marfa, Texas

In the vast and mystical Chihuahuan desert, Marfa, Texas is an oasis of alluring mystery and transcendental experience.

Located between the Davis Mountains and Big Bend National Park, Marfa was originally founded as a railroad water stop. Now one of the minimalist art and design meccas of the nation, Marfa attracts creatives and adventurers from far and wide.

During the 1920s, the community in Marfa began to grow. By the 1950s, it was nationally famous for its mysterious Ghost Lights. The source of the Fata Mortgana has long been rumored to be anything from UFOs, to wandering spirits. This mysterious phenomena has also been attributed to atmospheric reflections of campfires and headlights, although the first recorded sighting was in 1883, before automobiles were on the market. In modern times, atmospheric scientists hypothesize that the lights are a sort of mirage caused by sharp temperature gradients between cold and warm layers of air.

Marfa Army Airfield was the training grounds for several thousand pilots during World War II. In the 1970s, the army base lands were bought by Donald Judd, an acclaimed visual artist from New York City.  In 1979, Judd began transforming the fort’s buildings into art spaces with a vision to house large collections of individual artists’ work on permanent display. Though Judd birthed the contemporary art movement in Marfa, when he died in 1994, Marfa quite literally became a ghost town.  Tumbleweeds the size of shopping carts could be seen blowing down the road, and storefronts were completely baron and overlaid with dust. In the early 2000s, Marfa was resurrected, and thus began a kind of renaissance. Artists and Artisans opened new galleries and chic hotels, and the Texas government decided to make a roadside viewing post for the Marfa Mystery Lights.

Today in Marfa, you can expect to find modern art galleries, bohemian boutique hotels and restaurants, eclectic campgrounds, funky bars, and far-out festivals with the ever-ethereal backdrops of reverent desert tones. Take a dive with us through the dreamy high desert..

 

Do Your Thing
Words to Live By

Photograph Courtesy of Design Love Fest

Marfa Beer Garden

Photograph Courtesy of Design Love Fest

Miles of Horizon
Miles of Horizon

Photograph Courtesy of Design Love Fest

Marfa Lights

Photograph Courtesy of Design Love Fest

El Cosmico Airstream
El Cosmico Airstream

Photograph Courtesy of Dwell

Sky Nature Teepee
El Cosmico Teepee

Photograph Courtesy of Dwell

Glamping Teepee
Glamping Teepee

Photograph Courtesy of Camille Styles

 

Blue Texas Trailer
Blue Texas Trailer

Photograph Courtesy of Dwell

Luxury Bedouin Tent
Luxury Bedouin Tent

Photograph Courtesy of Dwell

Eclectic Lavender Trailer
Eclectic Lavender Trailer

Photograph Courtesy of Dwell

Blue + Birch
Blue + Birchwood

Photograph Courtesy of Dwell

Tangerine Trailer
Tangerine Trailer

Photograph Courtesy of Dwell

West Texas Style
West Texas Style

Photograph Courtesy of Dwell

Vibrant Pink
Vibrant Pink

Photograph Courtesy of Dwell

Yurt Patio
Yurt Patio

Photograph Courtesy of Dwell

Luxury Yurt
Luxury Yurt

Photograph Courtesy of Dwell

"Pop Architectural Land Art"
“Pop Architectural Land Art”

Photograph Courtesy of Domino

Relaxation Station
Relaxation Station

Photograph Courtesy of Birch and Goldberry

Elizabeth Taylor in Marfa
Elizabeth Taylor in Marfa

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Stardust Motel
Stardust Motel

Photograph Courtesy of Jason Weingart

Nearby McDonald Observatory
Nearby McDonald Observatory

Photograph Courtesy of The University of Texas

Desert Modern
High Desert Decor

Photograph Courtesy of Sugar and Cloth

Minimalist Style
Minimalist Style

Photograph Courtesy of Sugar and Cloth

Desert Marvels
Marfa Marvels

Photograph Courtesy of NPR

Hote Paisano
Hote Paisano

Photograph Courtesy of NPR

UFO Hunting
UFO Hunting

Photograph Courtesy of Camille Styles

Marfa Ghost Lights
Marfa Ghost Lights

Photograph Courtesy of The Art of Yoga School

 

 

Check out some of our other favorite Wanderlust Destinations!

 

Backyard DIY Projects: Glass Bottles

Upcycling, or creative repurposing, is the process of transforming used and discarded materials into products or projects for better environmental use and better quality.

By upcycling, you prevent wasting potentially useful materials, therefore reducing the consumption of new raw materials when creating new products. Reducing the use of new raw materials can result in a reduction of energy usage, air pollution, water pollution and even greenhouse gas emissions. The major environmental impact of glass production is the atmospheric emissions from melting activities. The combustion of natural gas or fuel oil, and the decomposition of raw materials during the melting, lead to the emission of carbon dioxide.

Glass bottles are already a brilliantly constructed work of art. Both their smooth, oblong shape, and array of colors make them a prime candidate for upcycling in your own home. When they go in the recycling bin, or often the trash, it is common for them to shatter and become useless for anything other than being melted down. It’s a shame to let such a beautiful sculpture go to waste! Imagine the possibilities of using beautiful blue hues of glass, or serene greens to create a privacy wall, outdoor shower, garden bed, or simple a lantern to hang a candle.

Check out these immensely creative and extraordinay applications of glass upcycling. Some are more complex and require a bit more knowledge of construction, and some that can be simply constructed in a weekend!

Breathtaking Structures

 

Garden Portal
Garden Portal

Photograph Courtesy of Pinterest

Backyard Pagoda Lounge
Backyard Pagoda Lounge

Photograph Courtesy of Architecture and Design

Earth Ship Wall
Earth Ship Wall

Photograph Courtesy of Wilder Publications

Glass Bottle Gabion Wall
Glass Bottle Gabion Wall

Photograph Courtesy of Pinterest

Backyard Art Studio, New Zealand
Backyard Art Studio, New Zealand

Photograph Courtesy of Architecture and Design

Cottage Bathroom Inspiration
Cottage Bathroom Inspiration

Photograph Courtesy of The Art of Upcycling

Portal to the Backyard
Portal to the Backyard

Stunning Covered Patio Ceiling
Stunning Covered Patio Ceiling

Photograph Courtesy of Architecture and Design

Glass Bottle Backyard Oasis
Glass Bottle Backyard Oasis in Deep Ellum, Texas

Glass Bottle Greenhouse
Glass Bottle Greenhouse

Photograph Courtesy of Milkwood
Bottle Cottage

Bottle Cottage

Photograph Courtesy of The Art of Upcycling

Backyard Shower Dome
Backyard Shower Dome

Photograph Courtesy of Marks Veg Plot

Outdoor Shower Dreams
Outdoor Shower Dreams

Stained Glass Effect
Stained Glass Effect

Photograph Courtesy of Marks Veg Plot

Earthy Glass Bottle Wall
Earthy Glass Bottle Wall

Photograph Courtesy of Insteading

Market Hall Altenrhein Switzerland, designed by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
Market Hall Altenrhein Switzerland, designed by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser

Photograph Courtesy of Insteading

Creative Patterns
Creative Patterns

Photograph Courtesy of Offay Design Studio Blog

An Array of Shapes and Colors
An Array of Shapes and Colors

Photograph Courtesy of Lushome

Outdoor Bar
Outdoor Bar

Photograph Courtesy of Architecture and Design

Bottle Temple in Eastern Thailand
Bottle Temple in Eastern Thailand

Photograph Courtesy of Insteading

Simpler Designs

How to Begin
How to Begin

Photograph Courtesy of Pinterest

Ocean Shades
Ocean Shades

Photograph Courtesy of Flickr

Bottle Garden Bed
Bottle Garden Bed

Photograph Courtesy of Pinterest

Ornate Doorways
Ornate Doorways

Photograph Courtesy of Plant Care Today

Colorful Decorative Wall
Colorful Decorative Wall

Simple Wine Bottle Shelf
Simple Wine Bottle Shelf

Photograph Courtesy of Bob Vila

Hanging Lantern Inspiration
Hanging Lantern Inspiration

Photograph Courtesy of Architecture and Design

Suspended Candles
Suspended Candles

Photograph Courtesy of Architecture and Design

Wine Bottle Chair
Wine Bottle Chair

Photograph Courtesy of Insteading

Glass Bottle Cutting Tutorial!

 

Check out another awesome Backyard DIY using Cinder Blocks or Reclaimed Lumber!

Poolside Collection by Bunglo

Just in time for summer, our luxurious Poolside Collection was inspired by long, lavish days spent by the pool at the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles.

The dreamy “Pink Palace” is the ultimate beacon of timeless allure in Los Angeles, and has been the place to see and be seen for over a century. With an unforgettable fusion of vintage glamour and modern luxury, we hope to sweep you away with the same soft hues.  Adorn your outdoor spaces with elegance and style, make every area of your environment inviting. Surround yourself with fresh fruit and flowers, modern bohemian patterns, and a dreamy summer color palette. Setting your table and outdoor spaces with intention will ensure you’re sent into the season with panache.

Enjoy taking a tour through our new summer collection, and feel inspired to create your outdoor oasis this summer!

Nakuru

Brunch Dreams
Brunch Dreams

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Nakuru Table Setting
Nakuru Table Setting

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Nakuru Napkins
Nakuru Napkins

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Soft Blush Hues
Soft Blush Hues

Shop Bunglo

Beverly Hills Style
Beverly Hills Style

Shop Bunglo

Nakuru Outdoor Pillow
Nakuru Outdoor Pillow

Shop Bunglo

 

Merlo

Merlo Table Setting
Merlo Table Setting

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Merlo Linens
Merlo Linens

Shop Bunglo

Merlo Brunch
Merlo Brunch

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Merlo Organic Placemats
Merlo Organic Placemats

Shop Bunglo

Merlo Outdoor Pillow
Merlo Outdoor Pillow

Shop Bunglo

 

Emerald

Emerald Table Setting
Emerald Table Setting

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Emerald Organic Napkins
Emerald Organic Napkins

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Emerald Brunch
Emerald Brunch

Shop Bunglo

Emerald Organic Table Settings
Emerald Organic Table Settings

Shop Bunglo

Emerald Organic Placemats
Emerald Organic Placemats

Shop Bunglo

Emerald Outdoor Pillow
Emerald Outdoor Pillow

Shop Bunglo

 

Poolside Dreams

Dreamy Blush Poolside
Dreamy Blush Poolside

Shop Bunglo

Nakuru, Merlo, and Emerald
Nakuru, Merlo, and Emerald

Shop Bunglo

Poolside Collection Tabletop
Poolside Collection Organic Tabletop

Shop Bunglo Poolside Collection Tabletop

 

Check out some of our other Summer Favorites!

Modern Hotels: Austin, Texas

Austin has an international reputation for its rich and vibrant culture. With hundreds of live music venues, thousands of restaurants, and endless adventure destinations in the outdoors, you will never have a day in Austin without excitement and activity!

Ranked as one of the fittest cities in the United States, and with 300+ days of sunshine and an average temperature of 68 degrees, being active in Austin comes naturally. Austin offers an abundance of outdoor activities from cycling, stand-up paddle boarding, hiking, yoga, kayaking, rock climbing, and more!

Austin is known for its creativity and freedom of expression. Home some world-class museums like the Blanton, with the nation’s largest University-owned collection on exhibit, Austin attracts an international appetite for the arts. Austin is a place to explore the work of designers, painters, sculptors, writers, photographers, filmmakers, dancers and musicians, year round, in a variety of venues.

Modern design and decor are now a part of the aesthetic culture in Austin, and there are an array of cafes, restaurants, hotels, and bars so beautiful, that they are a place to see, and be seen. If you have an eye for unique architecture and interior design, you will enjoy these eclectically modern hotels!

The South Congress Hotel

Natural Elements
Natural Elements

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Sleek and Minimalist
Sleek and Minimalist

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Houseplants Galore
Houseplants Galore

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A Touch of Retro
A Touch of Retro

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Cozy Lounges
Cozy Lounges

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Sleek Bathrooms
Sleek Bathrooms

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Rich Palettes
Rich Palettes

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Downtown Views
Downtown Views

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Green Pathways
Green Pathways

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The Austin Motel

Austin Motel
Austin Motel

Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag

South Congress Views
South Congress Views

Photograph Courtesy of Dezeen

Modern Courtyard
Modern Courtyard

Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag

Mid-Century Bedroom
Mid-Century Bedroom

Photograph Courtesy of Dezeen

Retro Pool
Retro Pool

Photograph Courtesy of Dezeen

Modern Lobby
Modern Lobby

Photograph Courtesy of Dezeen

Green Patio
Green Patio

Photograph Courtesy of Dezeen

Double Rooms
Double Rooms

Photograph Courtesy of Dezeen

Let Love In
Let Love In

Photograph Courtesy of Dezeen

Hotel Van Zandt

Lobby with Pizazz
Lobby with Pizazz

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Record Player Birds by Paul Villinski
Record Player Birds by Paul Villinski

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Geraldine's Dining Hall
Geraldine’s Dining Hall

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Lady Bird Lounge
Lady Bird Lounge

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Second Floor Swag
Second Floor Swag

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Geraldine's Restaurant
Geraldine’s Restaurant

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Fireplace Lounge
Fireplace Lounge

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Sleek Pool Deck
Sleek Pool Deck

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Earth Tones
Earth Tones

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King Spa Bedroom with a View
King Spa Bedroom with a View

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King Spa Suite
King Spa Suite

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The Lady Bird Studio
The Lady Bird Studio

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Living Room Music Corner
Living Room Music Corner

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Native Hostel, Bar & Kitchen

East Side Vibes
East Side Vibes

Photograph Courtesy of Dwell

Modern Timber Accents
Modern Timber Accents

Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag

Classic Austin Fusions
Classic Austin Fusions

Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag

Mid-Century Lounge
Mid-Century Lounge

Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag

Rustic Modern
Rustic Modern

Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag

Private Rooms
Private Rooms

Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag

Dorm Beds
Dorm Beds

Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag

Dormitory Lounge
Dormitory Lounge

Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag

Native Lounge
Native Lounge

Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag

Hotel Saint Cecilia

Green Outdoors
Green Outdoors

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Arbor Lounge
Arbor Lounge

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Pool with Soul
Pool with Soul

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Modern Luxury
Modern Luxury

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Color and Shape
Color and Shape

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Saint Cecilia Lounge
Saint Cecilia Lounge

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The W Austin

Ethereal Light Fixtures
Ethereal Light Fixtures

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"Whatever, Whenever"
“Whatever, Whenever”

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Steven Durr Acoustics
Steven Durr Acoustics

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AWAY Spa Treatments
AWAY Spa Treatments

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AWAY Spa Lounge
AWAY Spa Lounge

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"Extreme Wow Bathroom"
“Extreme Wow Bathroom”

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McIntosh Installations
McIntosh Installations

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Trace Dining Hall Seating
Trace Dining Hall Seating

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Extreme Wow Suite
Extreme Wow Suite

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"Fantastic Suite"
“Fantastic Suite”

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"Cool Corner Bedroom"
“Cool Corner Bedroom”

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AWAY Spa Nails
AWAY Spa Nails

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Backyard DIY Projects : Reclaimed Lumber

 

Trees are a vital ingredient for supporting life on our planet. They are crucial to our environment as humans, producing oxygen and absorbing climate change-causing carbon dioxide. People cut down 15 billion trees each year, excluding the undocumented millions illegally logged, and the global tree count has fallen by 46% since the beginning of human civilization.

Logging is the greatest determinant of whether trees will survive in a given area. The most dramatic losses to forests are in tropical regions where land is being cleared for agriculture and other commercial purposes. Logging involves the cutting and processing of trees to produce timber and pulp to supply the world’s markets for furniture, construction, paper, and other products. If not managed properly, logging greatly contributes to deforestation and forest degradation. Habitat loss is one of the biggest threats to biodiversity, especially in tropical rainforests where over half of all of the planet’s documented flora and fauna are found. Logging also directly impacts soil and hydrological cycles, as reducing in tree coverage leads to the increase in water runoff and soil erosion.

It is imperative to our survival as a species to preserve our planet’s forests. A way to immensely impact the conservation of trees is to utilize reclaimed timber for the construction of your home, and your home improvement projects.  The vast majority of repurposed wood comes from timbers and decking rescued from old barns, factories and warehouses, though some use wood from structures such as pallets, boxcars, coal mines, and wine barrels.

Here are some amazing projects using pallets that we hope inspire you to utilize reclaimed wood for your future home projects!

 

Backyard Lounge
Backyard Lounge

Photograph Courtesy of Big DIY Ideas

Coffe Table // Firepit
Coffe Table // Firepit

Photograph Courtesy of Alison Coldridge

Succulent Planter
Succulent Planter

 

Geometric Privacy Fence
Geometric Privacy Fence

Photograph Courtesy of Big DIY Ideas

Modern Pallet Garden Shed
Modern Pallet Garden Shed

Photograph Courtesy of Billie Lourd

Back Porch Swing
Back Porch Swing

Photograph Courtesy of Big DIY Ideas

Modern Wood Installation
Modern Wood Installation

Visit Etsy

Plant and Candle Installation
Plant and Candle Installation

Photograph Courtesy of Home Lovr

Palett Palace
Palett Palace

Photograph Courtesy of Pinterest
Pallet Deck Foundation
Pallet Deck Foundation
Photograph Courtesy of Pinterest

Finished Pallet Deck
Finished Pallet Deck

Photograph Courtesy of Pinterest

Extra Wide Chaise
Extra Wide Chaise

Photograph Courtesy of Big DIY Ideas

Dream Treehouse Made from Pallets and Reclaimed Wood!
Dream Treehouse Made from Pallets and Reclaimed Wood!

Cabin Made Completely from Pallets!
Cabin Made Completely from Pallets!

Photograph Courtesy of World Truth

Repurposed Pallet Benche
Repurposed Pallet Benche

Photograph Courtesy of Big DIY Ideas

Simple Yard Tool Holder
Simple Yard Tool Holder

Photograph Courtesy of Flux Decor

The Possibilities are Endless
The Possibilities are Endless

Photograph Courtesy of Pinterest

 

Check out another Backyard DIY using Cinder Blocks!

Midweek Wanderlust, Destination: Austin Texas

Austin, the capital of Texas since 1839, is the fasted growing city in the United States.  An urban zone immersed in natural beauty, Austin sits amidst lush rolling hills, and numerous lakes and rivers. The culture is thriving with a diverse range of music, performing arts, film, technology, fine foods, and athleticism.

Despite widespread stereotypes of Texas, Austin is in the heart of the hill country, with rich landscapes of forests and waterways. Downtown Austin is perched alongside Lady Bird Lake, a reservoir on the Colorado River that runs through Central Texas.  There is a 15 mile hike and bike trail that traces the lengths of the reservoir and some adjacent roads and parks, inspiring an athletically abundant culture of jogging, biking, and dog walking throughout each day. With delightful weather most of the year, you will not often see Lady Bird lake empty of kayakers, paddle boarders, and the local rowing club. You can even catch local bands playing a concert atop the water from rafts, canoes, or tubes for the Midsummer Serenade Series.

You will find natural monuments such as the renowned Barton Springs Pool, an enclosed bit of natural spring that attracts thousands each week. The 3-acre lake is spring fed, and the water averages 68 degrees Fahrenheit year round. There is an 8 mile stretch of protected land along Barton Creek with hiking trails, waterfalls, swimming holes, rock climbing routes, and pristine wilderness that begins in Zilker Park near downtown, heading into Westlake Hills.

Lady Bird Lake
Lady Bird Lake

Photograph Courtesy of The Crazy Tourist

Barton Springs Pool
Barton Springs Pool

Photograph Courtesy of The Crazy Tourist

Hamilton Pool
Hamilton Pool

Photograph Courtesy of Travis County Parks

Lost Creek Waterfalls, Barton Creek Greenbelt
Lost Creek Waterfalls, Barton Creek Greenbelt

Photograph by Caitlin Tracy

 Austin is home to a large population of musicians, some known around the world. With an international reputation for being the “Live Music Capital of the World,” there wont be a day or night in Austin without a vast number concerts in an array of genres. Most restaurants and nearly all the bars in Austin have the capacity to be a live music venue at some capacity.

There are now a good number of Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Austin, and since the influx of technology and developmental companies in the 1990s, this high-tech town has been recently nicknamed the “Silicon Hills.” Conventions and festivals such as South by Southwest bring millions of techies to Austin for events and seminars each year.

 

There is a rapidly growing foodie culture in Austin that has made it a hotspot for innovative and delectable selections of cuisine. Chefs from every corner of the world have created their dream kitchens that attract appetites from far and wide.

A long standing local motto, “Keep Austin Weird,” refers to the movement and desire to protect small, unique, and local businesses from being overrun by large corporations. The eclectic aesthetic of Austin manifests in its restaurants, cafes, and hotels. From the classically eccentric old-Austin flavor, to the newer sleek and modern tastes, you wont find a corner of Austin that doesn’t catch your eye.

Check out some of our favorite selections of places to stay, and spots to eat!

Austin Skyline
Austin Skyline

Photograph by Caitlin Tracy

WHERE TO STAY

The Austin Motel

Austin Motel
Austin Motel

Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag

South Congress Views
South Congress Views

Photograph Courtesy of Dezeen

Modern Courtyard
Modern Courtyard

Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag

Mid-Century Bedroom
Mid-Century Bedroom

Photograph Courtesy of Dezeen

Retro Pool
Retro Pool

Photograph Courtesy of Dezeen

Modern Lobby
Modern Lobby

Photograph Courtesy of Dezeen

Green Patio
Green Patio

Photograph Courtesy of Dezeen

Double Rooms
Double Rooms

Photograph Courtesy of Dezeen

Let Love In
Let Love In

Photograph Courtesy of Dezeen

 

Native Hostel, Bar & Kitchen

East Side Vibes
East Side Vibes

Photograph Courtesy of Dwell

Modern Timber Accents
Modern Timber Accents

Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag

Classic Austin Fusions
Classic Austin Fusions

Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag

Mid-Century Lounge
Mid-Century Lounge

Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag

Rustic Modern
Rustic Modern

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Private Rooms
Private Rooms

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Dorm Beds
Dorm Beds

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Dormitory Lounge
Dormitory Lounge

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Native Lounge
Native Lounge

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Hotel Saint Cecilia

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WHERE TO EAT

 

Sway

Modern Thai Cuisine
Modern Thai Cuisine

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Garden Patio
Garden Patio

Photograph Courtesy of Pinterest

Ornate Graphics
Ornate Graphics

Photograph Courtesy of Identity Design

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Family Style Dining

Photograph Courtesy of KUT

Austin Style
Austin Style

Photograph Courtesy of AIA Los Angeles

 

Licha’s Cantina

East Side Flare
East Side Flare

Photography Courtesy of 6street

Backyard Dining
Backyard Dining

Photography Courtesy of Social Hub

The Lupita, a Jalapeño and Watermelon Infused Tequila Cocktail
The Lupita, a Jalapeño and Watermelon Infused Tequila Cocktail

Photograph Courtesy of Trip Advisor

Pollo con Mole
Pollo con Mole

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Perla’s

South Congress Flare
South Congress Flare

Photograph Courtesy of 365 Things Austin

Delectable Seafood Platters
Delectable Seafood Platters

Photograph Courtesy of 365 Things Austin

Patio Dining
Patio Dining

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Midweek Wanderlust, Destination: Chiang Mai

Located in the Northern area of Thailand along the Ping River, breathtaking Chiang Mai is situated amongst the highest mountains in the country, surrounded by lush forests. Dubbed the cultural capital of Thailand, Chiang Mai has been awarded the title of Creative City by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and repeatedly received recognition as one of the top destinations in the world.

   The climate of Chiang Mai is that of the tropical savanna; with low latitude and relatively high elevation, the weather is warm to hot year-round. With over 300 Buddhist temples to visit, you will have no shortage of stunning architecture to marvel over. Chiang Mai also has its fair amount of museums, botanical gardens, and street markets full of exquisite local treasures and foods. The surrounding areas are verdant and mountainous, with national parks for trekking, Hill Tribes to visit for cultural immersion, and elephant reserves that you may visit for opportunities to volunteer.

 

WHAT TO PACK

  • Lightweight pants and skirts, sundresses, shorts, yoga pants, tunics
  • Baby wipes, it’s very humid and you might want to keep your face clean!
  • Lightweight scarf or shawl to cover your shoulders inside temples
  • Swimsuit,  hiking shoes, comfortable sandals, and water shoes
  • Comfortable sandals and sneakers for walking around the city
  • Lightweight hiking pants and shirts with long sleeves for mosquito protection
  • Waterproof phone case and waterproof backpack or bag
  • Natural sunscreen and bug repellent

Sights

Doi Inthanon
Doi Inthanon, the Highest Peak in Thailand

Photograph Courtesy of Bernard the Traveller

Street Strolling
Street Strolling

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The Sticky Falls
The Sticky Falls

Photograph Courtesy of Hey Lila Hey

Elephant Nature Park
Elephant Nature Park

Volunteer with Elephants!

Hmong Hill Tribe Women
Hmong Hill Tribe Women

Photograph Courtesy of Colouricious

Doi Suthep
Doi Suthep

Photograph Courtesy of Bernard the Traveller

Loi Krathong Festival of Light
Loi Krathong Festival of Light in November

Photograph Courtesy of Twisted Sifter

Thai Textiles
Thai Textiles in Bac Ha Market

Photograph Courtesy of Haute Culture Fashion

 

Cafes Not to Miss

 

SS1254372 Cafe

Porthole Windows
Porthole Windows

Photograph Courtesy of Bon Traveler

Unique Architecture
Unique Architecture

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Exotic Sauces
Exotic Sauces

Photograph Courtesy of Chill Pai Nai

Inventive Lighting Art
Inventive Lighting Art

Photograph Courtesy of Chill Pai Nai

Woo Cafe

Cozy Tables
Cozy Tables

Photograph Courtesy of Making Thyme for Health

Curries, Noodles, and Juices
Curries, Noodles, and Juices

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Artisan Crafts
Artisan Crafts

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Where to Stay

137 Pillars House

Modern Jungle Pool
Modern Jungle Pool

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Pagodas
Pagodas

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Extraordinary Lounges
Extraordinary Lounges

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Modern Thai Dining
Modern Thai Dining

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Rajah Brooke Suite
Rajah Brooke Suite

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Outdoor Dining
Outdoor Dining

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Fresh Delights
Fresh Delights

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Fish Curry
Fish Curry

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The Dhara Dhevi Resort

Traditional Architecture
Traditional Architecture

Photograph Courtesy of Ohh Couture

Resort Dining
Resort Dining

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Palace Lounge
Palace Lounge

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Poolside Massage
Poolside Massage

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Ornate Archways
Ornate Archways

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Gilded Walls
Gilded Walls

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Zen Soaking Tub
Zen Soaking Tub

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Spacious and Open
Spacious and Open

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