25+ Amazing Room Makeovers Showing What A Great Designers Can Do!

It doesn’t take an interior decorator to know that a nice rug can really tie a room together. Sometimes some creativity and a little elbow grease can go a long way in making even the most hopeless of rooms into something beautiful.

The guys at Bored Panda have created a list of stunning home makeovers that will inspire you to try some renovation for yourself. Roll up your sleeves and start picking out paint as you’re getting some inspiration from the gallery below!

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#1 Bathroom

Image source: JENNIFER FERNANDEZ

#2 Remolded My Master Bath

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#3 Outdoor Space

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#4 A Dark Co-Op Interior Redesign Into An Urban Retreat

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#5 First Time Made Over My Friend’s Studio Apartment. Here’s A Before And After. It’s Also The First Time Anyone Asked Me To Design Their Home

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#6 An Airstream Trailer Makeover

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#7 Remodeled Fifth Wheel Camper

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#8 Five Stark Apartments Became A Breathtaking Manhattan Triplex

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#9 Makeover

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#10 Living Room Transformation

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Reddit User Turns His Living Room Into A Home Office And It Looks Amazing

A Reddit user named RajenK (Rajen Kishna) has recently shared his DIY project where he turned their formal living room into a home office. He provided many images and detailed descriptions that will surely inspire you to tackle a project of your own!

Rajen says the plans were to eventually convert the unused formal living space in the front of the house to a home office down the road. “When we found out we were going to have a baby, I figured this would be a good time to tackle this project,” said the author. He also says the project took him over 4 months to complete, working mostly on the weekends and evenings. It seems that Rajen is quite the handyman: “In between, I tackled other projects like building a patio dining set and a greenhouse, so I definitely took my time with it.”

Check out the amazing living room conversion in the gallery below!

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I used blue painters tape to mark off the space to get a sense of the size. The ceilings are 9.5 feet, but notice the slope in the front (that turned out to be an interesting challenge)

Since I’ve never done anything like this before, I took my time to model out everything in Autodesk Fusion 360. This was incredibly useful, as I knew all measurements beforehand

I bought 2×4 lumber at a local lumberyard in 8, 10, and 14 foot sizes. I also purchased the plywood I needed for the desks and upper cabinets (the latter which I still have to build)

After cutting everything on my new miter saw, I laid out the large wall on the floor before facing my fears and use a framing nailer to fasten it all

This is where math comes in. Thanks to the Pythagorean theorem, I couldn’t get the wall upright after framing. So I took off the top plate and clamped it off to the side and hoisted the wall up

Getting the wall in place was quite a chore, and my friendly neighbor helped me out. Took a lot of brute force, but we got it in place eventually and then squared it up

The smaller wall was much more manageable in size, but the sloped ceiling took a lot of measurements and trial/error to get perfect

After the framing, I bought 8 sheets of drywall at a local lumber yard (of which I only needed 5) and cut it up before screwing it in place

Drywall was another first for me, so I probably cut it into smaller pieces than I should have

After recutting the top piece at the sloped ceiling to go the full height, everything looked very clean…

…But then the drywall mudding began and everything turned into a huge mess again. A friend helped out with the taping and first layer, which is probably why it looks decent in the end

Drywall was definitely my least favorite part of this project. A lot of sanding and layering on the mud made a huge mess. Lesson learned for next time: cover the floor first

This is after a few days and 4 layers. Everything was smooth and square

The little wall was a bit more of a challenge to mud completely smooth, as the existing wall wasn’t 100% square to the exterior wall. I had to compensate with more mud. Next up, the door in the background!

Installing the door was quite easy, except for pushing it in place. We went with 8 foot high french doors, which are super heavy

The drywall cleaned up nicely with just some warm water and rags. Starting to look more and more like a room!

Before painting, I actually took the time to lay down plastic drop cloth. This is after the coat of primer

Two coats of white paint later, everything was neat again. It turns out we didn’t have any of the existing ceiling paint, so I improvised with something that was close enough

I looked at the existing trim and figured it was simple to recreate. A quick trip to the hardware store and some standard MDF trim later, I got everything to match

Now that the wall is done, on to the desks. As per the design, I made 3 cabinets underneath each desk out of 3/4 inch plywood

Here you can see all 6 cabinets. The one without the middle shelf is the cabinet for my full tower PC

For the top, I laminated a 3/4 inch sheet of walnut plywood to a cheaper one to create a 1-1/2 inch sturdy desk top

I applied iron-on walnut edge banding to hide the plywood edges. The notches in each top are so the curtains can hang down without bending around the desk top

I applied 4 coats of satin polyurethane to the tops (1 coat on the bottom) with some light sanding in between each coat for a super smooth and durable finish

I primed and painted the cabinets white. I used an enamel paint, which was self-leveling. The end result is a very smooth and hard surface, but it took about a week to fully cure

Here is my wife’s desk installed. I retro-fitted some toe-kicks underneath to raise her desk a bit, as the initial height was too low for her

At this point we started moving everything down. One problem remained: not being able to close off the space

I cut some 3/4 by 1/2 inch strips from left over 2x4s to become the window trim. Here you see the difference between big-box 2×4 (right) and the quality 2×4 from the lumber yard

After cutting everything to length and mitering the corners, everything was ready for paint (after more sanding)

I bought an HVLP sprayer, as I had more things to spray for the nursery in the end. This saved a lot of time and got a very smooth coat on everything. Here you see the primer on the framing strips

I glued and nailed in the strips on 3 sides and then cut the 4th strip to exact length to fit in snugly

Here you see the 4th strip installed, and nail holes filled with wood putty

And after the 1/4 inch glass panes were in, this project was a wrap! My wife just had her baby shower and I’m excited about finishing this before the baby arrives

There’s a lot of light from the big window in the home office and all the interior windows and french doors really let that light through to the dining space

I added RGB LED strips to the back of each desk for some subtle lighting while in the office

Here’s how it looks

Here you can see my wife’s smaller PC allowing for more storage. I also swapped the chair casters with rollerblade style rubber ones to preserve the floor

While the walls are not insulated, the thick glass and strips underneath the doors isolate the room plenty for our purposes

Ta-da!

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Starbucks Opens Their First Location In Italy And The Inside Is Even More Amazing Than The Outside

On September 6th, Starbucks has opened their first location in Italy. It is called the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and is located in Milan, inside the historic Poste building in Piazza Cordusio. The cafe is designed as a homage to the Italian espresso culture that inspired former Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz, to create the Starbucks Experience 35 years ago.

It is the third Starbucks Reserve Roastery in the world and the gigantic 25,000 sq. ft. (2,300-square-meter) location will offer small-lot Arabica coffee sourced from all over the world, freshly baked bread by local baker Rocco Princi and will showcase the theatre of coffee roasting, brewing, and mixology. Another unique thing located inside the newly opened cafe is something called the ‘Dancing Lady’ –  a 22 ft. bronze roasting cask, that periodically opens, giving the visitors a view of the degassing phase of coffee bean roasting.

The location’s interior is also unique – the interior is exploding with colors, features white marble countertops, mosaic marble floors, and a floor-to-ceiling story of Starbucks engraved in brass. Outside, the customers will find a beautiful terrace with giant bronze bird cages and a hand-crafted marble statue of the siren by sculptor Giovanni Balderi.

Starbucks says the new location created nearly 300 jobs in Italy, so if you’re Italian and always wanted to work for the company – you just might be in luck. Check out the pictures of Italy’s first Starbucks location in the gallery below!

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On September 6th, Starbucks has opened their first location in Italy

It is called the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and is located in Milan, inside the historic Poste building in Piazza Cordusio

It is the third Starbucks Reserve Roastery in the world and the gigantic location will offer small-lot Arabica coffee sourced from all over the world

The interior features white marble countertops and mosaic floors

And is full of bright colors

You can even buy freshly baked bread by local baker Rocco Princi!

Another unique thing inside is the ‘Dancing Lady’, a 22 ft. bronze roasting cask, that periodically opens, giving the visitors a view of the degassing phase of coffee bean roasting

Outside, the customers will find a beautiful terrace with giant bronze bird cages and a hand-crafted marble statue of the siren by sculptor Giovanni Balderi

Starbucks says the new location created nearly 300 jobs in Italy, so if you’re Italian and always wanted to work for the company – you just might be in luck!

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20+ Times Designers Proved That Less Is More

There’s nothing better than a simple minimalist design that brings you a clean, free feeling.  But attaining this minimalist aesthetic is not as easy, sometimes designers need to put a lot of effort and thinking into their designs to make the result look as simple as they do. This list compiled by Bored Panda proves just that, and it’s an inspiration to all of us what a good product looks like. From a genius minimalist business cards to creative book covers, this list proves that you don’t need anything extra to create a good design!

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#1 This Business Card Shows All Contact Info Using Only An Email Address

Image source: HeyBuddy_

#2 Awesome Beer Cans Show The Pantone Color Of The Brew That’s Inside

Image source: txaber.net

#3 The Cover Of 1984

Image source: Adronauts Berlin

#4 This LED Clock

Image source: kibardindesign.com

#5 Really Smart And Also Minimalist Design

Image source: Ozyman_Diaz

#6 Simple And Clever Milk Branding Concept That Features A UFO Space Ship Lid

Image source: Kan Salt, Marcel Sheishenov and I-Media Creative Bureau

#7 Pop-Outlet

Image source: thisiswhyimbroke.com

#8 Cover Illustrations For Each Harry Potter Book

Image source: Kincső Nagy

#9 Oddly Satisfying Knife Set From Delgon

#10 A Silly Light

Image source: Kosho Tsuboi

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These Soundproof Tiles Will Make Any Music Studio Look Cool

Design studio Form Us With Love has created unique wall tiles using a material called wood wool. This material, also known as excelsior, is usually used for such things as packaging, cushioning and even toy stuffing. Now it is turned into an interior design that not only looks good but is also sound absorbent moisture and fire resistant.

Creating beautiful visual patterns on walls, this product can be used in music studios for its sound dampening qualities and the product is also eco-friendly! Scroll down to see how it looks yourself!

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Design studio Form Us With Love has created unique wall tiles using a material called wood wool

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This material is usually used for such things as packaging, cushioning and even toy stuffing

It not only creates beautiful patterns on the walls but it is also fire and moisture resistant

This product can be used in music studios for its sound dampening qualities

And the product is also eco-friendly!

See the whole process captured in a video!

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This Amazing 2D Cafe In Japan Looks Like It’s Straight Out Of A Comic Book (18 Pics)

The newly-opened “2D Cafe” in Tokyo, Japan is exactly what it sounds like – a cafe where everything appears to be in 2D! As soon as you walk in through the front door, you’ll instantly feel like you’re a comic book character. Neat, huh?

The coffee shop is located in the Shin Okubo district of Tokyo and it’s every Instagrammer’s dream. Everything inside – from the tables and chairs to the curtains and wallpapers – is made to resemble a black and white comic book or a cartoon.

More info: twitter.com | Instagram

Image credits: 2_dcafe

Come in, grab some bubble tea and a piece of pie and enjoy the comic book experience.

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After spending some time inside, you might get confused with what’s real and what’s merely drawn on the wall. So make sure to double-check before trying to walk through the door – it just might be a drawing!

Image credits: 2_dcafe

Image credits: 2_dcafe

The “2D Cafe” has all sorts of treats for everyone with a sweet tooth, ranging from bubble teas to patbingsu – a Korean-style shaved ice dessert that comes in a variety of flavors, like strawberry and banana.

See more pictures from this amazing cafe in the gallery below and don’t forget to check out the amazing Yeonnam-dong 239-20 Cafe in Seoul here!

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25 Terrible Interior Design Choices Captured By Real Estate Agents

Designing a nice interior for your home is quite the art form – every little mistake you make, you’ll be seeing every day, meaning everything has to be perfect. Yet sometimes these mistakes are unavoidable and all that’s left is to learn to live with them and hope that none of your guests notice them. Now, this could work – until it comes the time to sell your house. Believe us when we say that real estate agents notice everything – and we mean everything.

Recently, real estate agent Venessa Van Winkle shared a collection of the craziest home designs her fellow real estate agents captured at work and most of them are so bad, they’re hilarious. From carpet-lined bathrooms to claustrophobia-inducing toilets, check out the most terrible interior design choices captured by real estate agents in the gallery below!

 

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#12

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#18

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#19

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#20

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#21

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#23

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#24

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#25

Image source: Venessa Van Winkle

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11 Designer and Client Differences That Explain Why They Never Understand Each Other

While they should be on the same team in order to attract the audiences, the client and the designer often have completely different expectations when it comes to the product in the making.

While one of them wants bigger, bolder, and brighter, the other one is fascinated with minimalistic forms, pastel colors and subtle designs. While one of them believes photoshop is magic, the other one knows it’s draining work that requires hours of focus. And, of course, the differences don’t end there. To illustrate the designers’ point of view on this common occurrence ‘Trust Me, I’m A “Designer”‘ used an amusing animation that a lot of creators can relate to.

Scroll down to see the full list of the witty differences.

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Jobs in Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, and Resilience (2019)

July 2019

According to the 2019 U.S. Energy Employment Report (USEER), 611,000 people worked in zero-emission technology industries, including renewables and nuclear in the United States.1 The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) recorded even higher renewable energy employment in the United States at 855,000 direct and indirect jobs in 2018.2

However, the Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) system managed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics does not currently include codes to allow for the comprehensive analysis of employment in these fields. To address the lack of country-wide data, the American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP) has initiated efforts to define and quantify the adaptation and resilience workforce. ASAP’s preliminary analysis found that adaptation and resilience employment is predominantly in government (40 percent), non-governmental organizations (36 percent), and the private sector (16 percent).5 However, ASAP reports that adaptation work is growing fastest in for-profit, private sector companies, including for-profit climate service firms as well as climate-affected firms from a variety of industries across the North American economy. Climate adaptation and resilience jobs cut across a number of different types of work, including communications and outreach, conservation and ecology, economics and finance, education, engineering and design, hazard mitigation, planning, policy, program administration, and project management. Adaptation and resilience work have been both incorporated into existing jobs and resulted in new jobs—one example being the creation of high-level Chief Resilience Officer positions in over 86 cities around the world.6 While it is not currently possible to report on the total number of people employed in the climate adaptation and resilience field in the United States, this is an important area of job growth to track looking forward.

Defining Clean Energy Jobs

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) defines green jobs as either “jobs in businesses that produce goods and provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources” or as “jobs in which workers’ duties involve making their establishment’s production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources.”7 These definitions include employment in 1) renewable energy; 2) energy efficiency; 3) pollution reduction and removal, greenhouse gas reduction, and recycling and reuse; 4) natural resources conservation; and 5) environmental compliance, education and training, and public awareness.7

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This fact sheet focuses on employment in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors in the United States

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and around the world.

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employed 11 million people in 2018, 700,000 more than in 2017.4

Jobs in energy efficiency experienced significant growth—the sector now

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employs more than 3 million people in the United States.3 IRENA reports that, globally, the renewable energy sector

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Climate adaptation and resilience stand out as rapidly emerging areas of employment as a result of climate change impacts. These sectors will be critical to track in tandem with jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency in the

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coming years.

The job figures cited below are sourced from international organizations, national non-profits, think tanks, and national trade associations. Due to the lack of a single body which conducts job surveys, EESI has collected information from a number of sources which employ different research methodologies and different job definitions in their work. Given that, this fact sheet represents a best effort to portray the status of renewable energy and

energy efficiency jobs with the data that is publicly available.

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ASID Interior Design Billings Index 2nd Quarter 2019 Results Webinar


Join the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) for a live webinar that will provide insight on the current business conditions for the interior design industry as determined by the ASID Interior Design Billings Index 2nd Quarter 2019 report. The IDBI is produced by ASID Research and Knowledge Management in partnership with Jack Kleinhenz, Ph.D., and Russ Smith, Ph.D., both of Kleinhenz & Associates. During the webinar, we will provide a rundown and analysis of the market segments and geographic regions that enjoyed a positive second quarter, 2019; look at the key indices from the report and what they suggest for the design industry over the next six months; and evaluate how interior design practitioners interpret the economic climate. The index is compiled from a monthly ASID survey of 300 geographically diverse firms that primarily offer interior design services, or offer interior design services as part of architectural, engineering, and other related practices.Practitioner perspectives on current and future business conditions for the interior design industry are a helpful indicator of changes in the direction of economic activity. The ASID indices are centered on 50 percent: a score above 50 indicates industry expansion, while a score below 50 denotes contraction.

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