DIY: Projects Made with Felt!

Posted September 28th, 2010 by design4men and filed in Art & Accessories, DIY, Interior Design
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Felt is another obsession of mine.  Not only do I love the aesthetic but also 100% wool felt is water-resistant, and environmentally friendly, and incredibly durable.  Did you know that wool felt was one of the world’s first textiles?  Yep, goes back to 1500 BC possibly before, when people realized the potential of sheep’s fleece.  The earliest forms were found in Central Asia where felt was used for shelter, flooring, and clothing.  There’s a little history lesson for you.

Anywho, I am a sucker for the charcoal gray but felt comes in any color imaginable.  The following are some of my favorite applications of felt…All of which you can do yourself!

Felt Headboard
Check out this subtle yet effective transformation of this headboard using industrial charcoal grey felt. Simple DIY instructions here.

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Via Apartment Therapy

Felt Pillows Photo from Boston Globe

Love a simple felt pillow and have been seeing the sprout up an many retail stores but you can make them yourself quite simply.  To make you own, click here for basic instructions from Ehow.  Pillows above available for purchase from Filzfelt, a new shop formed by Boston designers Kelly Smith and Traci Roloff.  Also check out CB2 for one of my favorites, a wool blend bold stripe pillow in charcoal grey/oat.

Photo from CB2

Mailing Tube Wine rack
I love cute little felt accessories like this.  This little wine rack is a great for showing off your wine in a small studio apartment.  The components are simple: felt, colored duct tape, and mail tubes…I have so many of these tubes floating around from trace rolls and storing drawings.  Click here for instructions on how to make this rack.

via Design Sponge

Felt Rugs

I have been digging the look of felt rugs, since I found this great zippered grey felt rug by Jim Zivic, click here to view.  Planning a DIY project myself: I am planning on purchasing several large pieces of wool felt and seaming them together using zippers for a custom look.

Another idea is to purchase the rugs from vendors such as FilzFelt (above photo from Apartment Therapy) and Peace Industry (below left).  Not to mention another fave, Flor (below right) where you can create a custom looking rug using Flor tiles.

I think of anything with a custom component as being DIY!

Love the look but just don’t want to spend the time making stuff?  Click here for some great places to buy felt products from the Apartment Therapy Marketplace.  Here a few to get you started:

Book Box by Etcetera Media and Goods

Don’t try these at home…

Felt Wool Stones by Viva Terra

Soft Stone Pouf by Viva Terra

CHEAP LUXURY: Mirrored Headboard

Posted August 26th, 2009 by design4men and filed in Furniture, Interior Design
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Recently I was looking through old magazines for a project and I happened upon fashion designer, Naeem Khan and his wife’s loft in SOHO freatured in Elle Decor, circa 2006.  I am sure they have redesigned or moved since the feature came out.  However, I tore out this image of their bedroom because I was fascinated by the mirrored sculpture Khan designed with interior designer Tom Scheerer.   Recently, I was looking through the CB2 store catalog and noticed their Perspective Mirror (shown in room and detail shot below) which bears a striking resemblance to the Khan and Scheerer sculpture, yet on a much smaller scale and at significantly less cost.  For those not in the know, CB2 is Crate & Barrel 2, a less expensive and more fun spin off of the father company.   Stores are in New York and California, sorry Bostonians.  I am not sure how much that custom mirrored headboard cost to make but I bet probably a pretty penny.  My idea is to mount 3 of the mirrors together on the wall above my bed, they are 24-1/4″ sq and only $150 each, so ($450 total).  If I had the ceiling height, I would do 6 of them which would give more of the effect in the image above.   My bed is the tall wood bed frame from West Elm sans headboard.  I have been waiting to find just the right headboard or the right solution, this could be it.  And it is definitely a good habit, to tear out or tag images that you like and keep them for when you spot a cheaper alternative.   I obsessively keep them organized in binders but you might prefer a cool box or something less anal.


PerspectiveMirrorF8 tallwoodbedframe

Also the bedding situation above is not the most ideal for me…I prefer the bedding shown below from the Modern Metropolis collection by Ralph Lauren home.  And I am in the process of re-bedding to acheive a similar look, so I will let you know how that goes.  An aside, changing your bedding can drastically change the look and feel of your bedroom and it is very inexpensive.  I recommend you shop stores like Marshalls and TJ Maxx.