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Damaskly
An interior design blog out of Ontario, Canada.

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DIY: Wall Hangings
2010-10-23 03:51:00
Here's a full tutorial for something similar to the wall hangings I described in the Temporary Wall Coverings for Renters entry. Exactly what I was thinking! Happily discovered at Make It and Love It.
Natural Swimming Pools (NSPs)
2010-06-16 00:24:00
I love swimming. It's basically all I ever want to do, and I would do it a lot more if the chlorine didn't frick with my hair. So how amazed was I to read about NSPs, or Natural Swimming Pools?Not bad at all...Aquatic plants and gravel act as the filter, with a little plankton thrown in for good measure. It's super attractive, clean, and won't corrode every piece of organic tissue that enters its general vicinity. They're even cheaper than regular pools. What?A natural filtration mechanism.I would happily install one of these, leeches be damned. Who doesn't love the occasional algae fight, after all?Looks cold.Being into the sustainable living deal doesn't mean that you have to deprive yourself of a pool, right? There are a couple of these in Europe now, yet there are absolutely none in the US. Get on that, everyone! To learn more and for more nice pictures, go to Woodhouse Natural Pools and Clear Water Revival. All photos via greenlineblog.com. 
Inspiration 004: Hardware Hacking Fail, Win on the side
2010-06-14 22:16:00
I regret that I did not inherit the technological prowess that my paternal grandparents clearly possess.Behold their hacked laptop, discarded by my father and generously donated to them (intact) some years ago:Nana insists that she has never dropped it. The source of the laptop's punkery remains a grand mystery."But I swear, ever since it broke, it's worked like a charm." Sometimes, violence against electronics is the answer. Still, my grandparents' design sense graciously eclipses their less-than-enviable technological skills, so this probably won't be the last you hear of them.Of course, this wouldn't be a post I could be proud of if it didn't contain its fair share of win. So direct your attention to this project, which is full of it. The Steampunked Victorian home of Bruce and Melanie Rosenbaum, in Massachusetts:These are just some of my favourite photos, but you can read the full article here. I can't handle myself with things as amazing as this. The restored stove is a ...
More About: Hardware , Inspiration , Side
Layout Trouble
2010-06-13 09:13:00
Screwing around with the CSS isn't as easy now as it was when I was a basement-dwelling young'un. Is there a direct inverse relationship between how many friends you have and how good you are at such things? So in the meantime, while I lean me some old time web design (over again), please don't mind the hideousness and confusion that I may or may not subject you to during this difficult time.Sorry... :(
Whimsy Alert: the "Domestic Transformer"
2010-06-01 23:36:00
Hong Kong architect Gary Chang grew up in crowded Hong Kong, where space is a valuable commodity. He and his large family lived in an apartment that was so tiny, he had to sleep in the hallway.Chang creates an ingenious solution to the space issues that many residents face with what he calls the "Domestic Transformer": a 300 square foot apartment with storage and amenities that move to create different, collapsible rooms with up to 24 different possible arrangements. Warm window tints, a sliding guest bed that rests atop the bathtub and an indoor hammock are just some of the elements that Chang employs to create a cozy, very inhabitable living space.In effect, this designer has seamlessly combined two of my favourite things: architecture and stuff that transforms into other stuff. Am I in love?
More About: Alert , Whimsy
Renovations!
2010-05-30 18:04:00
Not the good kind... I know I've been gone for a while, but now I'm going to have to try my hand at some site renovations that will be going on over the next week. So be excited to see how that turns out!
Whimsy Alert: Moonlight Cushion
2010-05-04 04:20:00
Though not quite as elegant as its name suggests, the Moonlight Cushion is a neat little gadget that I hope is more comfortable than experience suggests it would be.Masquerading as an ordinary, furry pillow by day, a source of soft mood lighting at night, the Moonlight Cushion uses LEDs for safe illumination. They go for $37US a pop on Thumbs up.It's a novelty item that I can't see myself featuring in my home, however it could be a great addition to a kids' room as the most badass night light ever.It's like being in a gimmicky lit hot tub, but without the price tag or potential drunk drowning misdemeanors. Sounds good to me.
More About: Alert , Whimsy
Balcony "Gardens" Done Right
2010-04-30 18:36:00
I'm usually not a fan of more than one (non-flowered) houseplant in the same general area, let alone a balcony. I don't think I'm the only one who thinks it looks messy, cluttered and/or tacky (am I?). But I had to comment on these shots from Apartment Therapy's Small Cool competition. They are inspiring examples of how greenery can tastefully be brought to a balcony or patio.Can't go wrong with a teensy, pretty flower box... On the other hand, I'm surprised that I like the overgrown look of this one: Also loving this entry as well as the architecture of the complex itself, it gives a sense of tropical warmth and calm, whether it's in a tropical location or not, and I think it would make me feel as though I were living in a Mediterranean mansion:I'm trying to figure out if that is a light fixture hanging from the ceiling or not.Makes me wish I had a balcony more than I already do (wish)...A happy spring to you all!
More About: Gardens
Design Tools: Color Scheme Designer 3
2010-04-20 01:04:00
This'll be a short post since I have an exam to go still, but it's something awesome I found during my pre-exam procrasti-stumbling. The online tool Color Scheme Design er allows for quick generation of schemes with 1-4 color families in complementary shades. It provides hex codes and page previews for web design, but I wish I'd had it while devising colour schemes for my rooms.Screenshot taken 19/04/2010 - click thumbnail to enlargeGo check it out!
More About: Tools , Designer
Exams!
2010-04-11 23:04:00
Taking a break for exams!
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Architecture: Thin Japanese Buildings
2010-04-08 19:37:00
Unknown location, if this is your picture, tell me and I will link.If you've got to buy two airplane seats on your way to Japan, you're going to have a hard time navigating. Despite the attacks of claustrophobia that I know I would have in one of these buildings, I think they're really ingenious. They provide the most living space on as little land as possible. Where would I fit my cats? Photo from http://nomadinasia.wordpress.com Pho to from http://nomadinasia.wordpress.comReminds me of Tokyo's capsule hotels. I guess the Japanese don't have a problem with claustrophobia: Looking forward to my (eventual) journey to Tokyo!
More About: Architecture , Buildings
A Cheery Bathroom!
2010-04-05 05:42:00
I am moving in five days and couldn't be more excited. The apartment is in a rather old quadruplex, and the bathroom is extremely small and lacks windows. So I'm thinking of ways to make it bright and cheery, without contributing too much to clutter (it really is the size of a closet).Tentative plans:I really never consider yellow as an option- like ever- no real reason why, it just happens that way. But I can't think of any better way to forcefully project cheer onto bathroom-users than yellow towels and rugs from pretty much anywhere. And how useful is a suction cup shower clock? I'll tell you: very.Originally I wanted to plaster what little wall space there is in the bathroom with posters and the like, but now I figure that the moisture buildup will likely ruin them. So I'm really set on this shower curtain from UO. In case you can't see my crappy PNG image, it's a clear shower curtain with pockets for pictures, cards, etc etc. So, so cool. Not for the die-hard sophisticat...
More About: Bathroom
Inspiration 003: Offices
2010-03-28 20:31:00
Ladies and gentlemen, post your battle stations!I found the above somewhere along the interwebs and I couldn't possibly love it more. It could use a little less taxidermy, but otherwise... what more could a lazy, messy student want?Not an office necessarily but I love the idea. (above)How super and simple is the fantabulous office of Swiss miss? I should have kept the stool from my sister's drum set, it is definitely a no-nonsense approach to office seating. No one plays tetris for three hours while sitting on a swivel stool.
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Inspiration 001: Entryways
2010-03-26 18:51:00
I'm moving in a month and I don't have the entire design scheme planned out yet. The apartment doesn't have much of an entryway, so I'm going to have to improvise. As always, I've been looking to the internet for inspiration. This entrance is both warm and grand. I really enjoy the architectural elements in this space, but I can't imagine that I'd be able to mimic it in any way. I'll have to keep the warm tones in mind. I like the storage and pattens in this one. Also as my apartment is and must remain all white I should consider entryways with white walls most helpful.I love mirrors with embellishments and the light fixture is simple but interesting. The rug freaks me out, but it's a nice splash of color for a mostly pale space.I'm considering a wall of framed photos like this for my own apartment. I especially like the look of several larger frames surrounded by small ones. Hopefully I'll have the funds to manage it!
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Inspiration 002: White Walls
2010-03-26 18:43:00
These are my favourite examples of schemes working with white walls instead of against them.Images from apartment therapy and luxxury livving.
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Temporary Wall Coverings for Renters
2010-03-26 03:08:00
I have been renting for quite a while and I find that the most difficult part of decorating is finding a way of working with off-white walls. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way. This year, I opted for cheap wall decals from the Home Depot:Here, have an awful picture....but it's not a look that I really want to go for in my new apartment, so I think I might just stick these in the bathroom, maybe on the toilet tank or on the fridge. I still haven't decided if I want to keep them. You can find better decals than the ones I have on Blik. They also offer custom-made decals.Anyway, I am moving in April, and I'm still trying to decide how I'll work with this off-white business. Helpful guides on the internet are scarce as far as I know, so here's my own list of different ways to work with white walls:1. Temporary Wall paper  Maybe I am behind, but I only discovered this recently. I was ecstatic. I just hope that I can show my landlord how easily it peels off.These...
Decor-Friendly Pet Accessories
2010-03-24 23:22:00
I am a great fan of animals and, as a result, I tend to accumulate a good amount of pets. I am always looking for pet products and accessories that are functional and attractive, so I compiled a list of some of my favourite things.HQ Bird CagesHQ cages are powder-coated with safe paint, which was a problem I had finding while looking for cages for my parrotlet. They come in a variety of colours that should suit almost every scheme.I got mine from Hello Bird because it is one of the few HQ sites that ship to Canada. They also carry King's cages, which are also attractive and just as safe, I'm told. The official HQ site and source of the above picture is MyBirdCage.com.Egg-Shaped Climb TowerI saw this on Moderncat.com. How cool is it? I want one for my cats.I'd paint it white and add some happy kitties. Voila!Katty SaksThese are the greatest things I have ever seen. Shame they can't do anything about the smell, but then, who cares? Look at it.You can get them from kattysaks.com, w...
More About: Accessories , Decor , Friendly
Sick!
2010-03-24 16:58:00
I have been bedridden over the past couple of days and unable to post. Ugggghhh. Expect me to make up for it!
Chairs!
2010-03-22 01:04:00
Man, have I been seeing a lot of interesting chairs around lately. Here are some of the most original.Netbook Lounge ChairSpin and browse facebook at once.  A modern spin on the one-armed desk, the netbook lounge chair may prove to be a much less annoying installation for lefties. Looks neat, but I wonder how comfortable it is? I would definitely buy this one.Crusoe Sofa Doubles as a buoy.I don't know what to think about this. If I lean back, will I slip through the back? Definitely not a couch that I could have a guest sleep on.Chair/Desk  Pull up a chair/deskNot my style, but interesting nonetheless. Capelli Stool   Like a wafflemaker for your butt.I think that this design goes as far as a stool can. It could be an integrative part of any decorating scheme, depending on the color. I'd put it in the garden or under a bar as a functional art piece.Wiggle Side Chair  As sturdy as my small intestine.The wiggle side chair was invented by Frank Gehry...
More About: Chairs
Sweet Home 3D Review
2010-03-21 23:41:00
I have been looking for something like this for a very long time, and was excited when I found it. I've been screwing around on it for a time and I think I finally have the hang of it.  If you know the dimensions, you can draw your room's floor plan, add furniture and view it in 3D. It is relatively easy to add architectural elements like doors and windows. The colors and textures of walls, floors, ceilings and furniture are completely customizable. The best part is that it is free to download.The interface wasn't as easy to manage as I had anticipated, and the library of furniture and textures that comes with it upon download is a little lacking. However, there are plenty of additional models to download. I am told that importing a floor plan before drawing your walls makes the whole thing a lot easier, but I haven't had a chance to try it out yet.I would love to try any other interior design programs out there. Though I love the 3D visitor option (with customizable height...
More About: Review , Home , Sweet
Welcome!
2010-03-19 04:58:00
I've been collecting interior design ideas and concepts for years. Damaskly should serve as a virtual scrapbook that I hope others will enjoy sharing with me.I think that interior design and architecture are the most accessible forms of artistic expression. The way that an abstract concept can be communicated to visitors through the construction of one's environment is inspiring to me. Since my dreams of being an architect were dashed early and efficiently, I am resigned to amateur status.So welcome.
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