Whether they remind you of Chicago speakeasies, medieval assassination plots or Cold-War precautions, secret rooms and passages have an undeniable mystique and appeal to them. Here are 20 secret rooms created with safety, work or play in mind. Secret rooms today can provide you and your family with a safe haven or store room in the case of an emergency. Or a fun and cozy hidden nook to hide away from the outside world. Whatever the case may be, it is their secrecy and mystique that makes them so appealing to us.
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While we did write recently about furniture and home design for pets, we never had any idea that anyone would take it this far: an unidentified homeowner in California has spent $35,000 turning his home into a feline paradise. It’s not clear who this home is better for, the owner or the 18 cats he lives with. Spiral ramps, walkways, scratching posts, miniature stairways, crawlspaces and other awesome details designed specifically with his 18 fluffy roommates in mind.
When we furnish our apartments or homes, it’s easy to forget our animal companions. Getting furniture just for your cat or dog might be a bit extreme, but most of these pieces of animal furniture are useful for both people and their pets. Some of these pieces of animal furniture serve dual purposes. Others are probably more useful/fun for pets rather than people. However all will make your pets happier by making their home environment more dynamic.
There’s basic Ikea furniture, there’s fancy furniture, and then there’s these creative and surreal artist furniture pieces by Lila Jang, a sculptor from South Korea who created twisted and bloated versions of 18th-century French furniture.
In 1942, a young Parisian woman fearing Nazi persecution fled to Southern France, leaving behind a lavish apartment in Paris that she would never return to. 70 years later, its hidden trove of artwork has finally been exposed for the first time. One piece, however, stood out from the rest of the artistic and historic relics – 19th-century Italian painter Giovanni Boldini’s portrait of his muse, Marthe de Florian. The painting itself has been valued at roughly $3.4 million.
These copper pipes, gears and steel railings are not from the interior of an ironclad battleship or WWI factory – they‘re part of the brilliant interior steampunk design of Truth Coffee‘s cafe in Cape Town. The cafe features authentic elements and accents like old bookcases, candlestick telephones, vintage typewriters, gas-masks and other gizmos and gadgets.
We’ve all got some sort of idea of how our dream home might look. No matter what it is that makes your dream home unique, here are a few examples of homes where people have been able to realize some of their greatest home design fantasies. Warning – viewing some of these images may make you feel dissatisfied with your current home!
Atop One Main Street in Brooklyn, New York, an iconic clock tower was transformed into a stunning triplex penthouse, located in the trendy DUMBO (down under the Manhattan bridge overpass) neighborhood. The penthouse entered the market in 2009 as the most expensive condo in Brooklyn, listed for $25 million – till then, the most expensive apartment on record had cost a mere $11 million. The realtors, however, have been unsuccessful in selling the Clock Tower penthouse, and it’s now down to $18 million. Well, what are you waiting for?
Decorating your room can either be a really fun project or a complete nightmare – and if you lack ideas and time, photographic wall murals by Eazy Wallz may be your answer. I have to confess, I haven’t tried them myself, but the examples on Eazy Wallz website look absolutely incredible. They can instantly teleport you to any place in the world, be it Africa or Paris, or lift you up to the clouds to see the panorama of New York. The lightly textured Eazy Wallz murals not only are as thin canvas, they also don’t rip, wrinkle, tear or stretch. According to their website, they’re also easy to install.
If you feel like you could use some inspiration to design your future home – or just like checking out the weird ideas some people have – this post is just for you! Would you choose to live in a former church, or a renovated water tower? Or how about a completely transparent house, or one that is a spitting image of the Flintstones’ cave? Check out our selection of world’s weirdest houses and share your thoughts in the comments!
If you liked the marker-drawn murals by Charlotte Mann as a way to decorate your room, you’ll also love this like-minded German artist Heike Weber. Based in Cologne, she uses permanent markers to create mesmerizing floor and wall drawings which sometimes cover up to 5000 square ft. By carefully planning and controlling the white spaces between each line, Heike gives her drawings a 3D feeling. The space around the viewer may seem to be constantly swirling and floating, and you might find yourself losing the ground under your feet.
Architecture firm Because We Can, led by interior designer Jillian Northrup and her husband architect Jeffrey McGrew, had to turn an under utilized room in a private residence into a highly functional and inspirational place to work from home. Besides turning the room into a splendid mad science lair, they also made what Northrup calls “the fist step to greater cat mobility throughout the room”. The Cat Tube stretches around the room and gives the cat access to the top of the armoire. There’s even a couple of small windows that let you see where your cat is going. Just take my money already!