Cool Websites For Home Remodeling & Redecoration

Home remodeling and decoration has been part of owning a house for as long as there have been houses to own. (Even back in the caveman days we can imagine Mrs. Caveman working to remodel the fire pit area while Mr. Caveman sought to improve his spear storage area.) In today’s real estate market fixing up a current home is an especially desirable option when compared to the difficulties of selling your house and buying a new one.

Here are our favorite websites for finding a contractor, finding home remodeling inspiration and finding new home furnishings:

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The Multimedia Chaise Lounge

On any chaise lounge you can watch television. The Wave Chaise lounge is a television.

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One Lamp. 1,607,045 Options.

Looking for a contemporary lamp but can’t find one with the ideal pattern of colors? Customize your own lamp creation at Inhabit.

The intuitive Inhabit Builtby online lamp builder makes the creation process easy. (See the screen shot after the jump.)

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Wallpaper In 3D

It looks more contemporary than wallpaper. It’s much easier to put up than wallpaper. It has 50% more dimensions than wallpaper. It is the Wall Flat from Inhabit.

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Elastic Bookshelves

As a school kid we used to play with rubber bands when bored in class. We like to imagine the Italian designer who thought of the Elastico Bookcase playing with rubber bands too and then getting a simple, inspired, idea:

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The Modern Murphy Bed Renaissance

Design—and fashion—are circular in nature. Trends come, and go, and then come again.

So it is with the Murphy Bed, that bane of 1970s studio apartments. After a 30 year hiatus we are in the midst of a revival of beds that fold down from a wall. Except now a Murphy Bed is as likely to fold down from a ceiling or emerge from the back of a desk. And instead of the ugly wall monstrosity that reveals a lumpy mattress, today’s Murphy Beds are sleek, elegant and comfortable.

The difference between modern Murphy Beds and those of yesteryear has lead at least one website to call for these hidden beds to be called something else. “Flying beds” it suggests. Whatever moniker you want to use for them, here are some designs that caught Spot Cool Stuff’s eye:

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Fireplace In A Box

When sitting closed on a table the Firebo-x from Schulte looks like an elegant, yet otherwise ordinary, wooden box. Only the box’s metal base hints at what lays within: a miniature fireplace.

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The High Design Fukasawa Humidifier

We remember humidifiers from our childhood as those bulky, loud, ugly things over in the corner. There was perhaps no household appliance more in need of a design makeover. And there is perhaps no designer more up to the task than Naoto Fukasawa, a designer with over 40 awards whose work is widely credited with inspiring the best of Apple’s designs. So now your children can have as their humidifier a piece of elegant artwork on a self or bedside table. The Fukasawa Humidifier runs extremely quietly and has the option of adding aromas to the water vapor. It is sold almost exclusively in Japan, but thanks to the folks at the Japan Trend Shop it is available in Europe and North America too. US$319


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