I still remember the first ManMade-ish project I ever made: a hollow book safe. I was about eight, and my buddy Nick had this awesome "how to be a secret spy"-style book to inspire us, and we snagged two big hardbacks from his parents' library and used a utility knife to carve away the pages. I remember thinking we probably shouldn't be cutting up books off the shelf, nor should we likely be using a utility knife without supervision, but - hey - we were spies, and spies don't ask permission.
Halloween decor and projects are a pretty mixed bag, but one thing is certainly true: during the month of October, you can find some pretty unique novelty goods at discount store, craft shops, and those short-term Halloween stores that pop-up in old Border's and Pier One storefronts. You know, stuff like
These super cool yarn lights by LLOT LLOV are a modern way to add a cozy touch to your space. The long cord allows you to install them anyway you want, hang them, place them by your books or have them near your desk. Mood lighting (for lack of a better term) does wonders for your place, especially now that fall and winter are totally creeping in - you want to create a comfy atmosphere without having harsh lights, right?
This is a cool, rustic way to store your magazine racks without taking too much space, and it doubles as a side table too. Score!
The best kinds of creative inspiration are always born out a specific need. "Leftmusing" found herself looking for a very special solution for her apartment: "a table in my oddly shaped kitchen that could act as additional counter space, a place to eat, store kitchen stools and general spot to put stuff on, all while being 16"x52".