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Tuesday, 09 October

01:00

Austin, TXs Wild Chix & Waffles Design*Sponge

Austin, TX's Wild Chix & Waffles, Design*Sponge

Austin, TX's Wild Chix & Waffles, Design*Sponge

The interior of Austin, TXs Wild Chix & Waffles, the caf Wendy Wu owns, represents all of the European, Asian and North American design styles Wendy loves most. The look is casual, laid-back and uncomplicated. At least now it is. The process of infusing the fried chicken joint with this global charm wasnt quite as easy as she had hoped when she first set out to open shop. In fact, after running the numbers on a few of the decorative elements Wendy wanted to implement, some initially seemed downright impossible to pull off.

Instead of compromising her creative vision for the southern-style caf, Wendy decided to take on some of the more artistic elements herself. Over the course of a year she hand-painted a collage of American artists above the register, installed a traditional Japanese tatami den for kids to lounge in, and even gave the space some Parisian flair. The last of which, also painted by Wendy, comes courtesy of a larger-than-life mural of a demure girl enjoying a cup of coffee.

If you had asked Wendy on day one of the project if this much of the restaurants style would be brought to life by her own hand, shed have emphatically replied, No! Looking back, though, she says taking the reins has taught her an extremely vital lesson: To stop underestimating herself. Wendy tells us, I learned that as long [as] you put your heart into something you really love, anything is possible. Even things that you never thought you would be able to do. Scroll dow...

Monday, 08 October

12:50

Twin Sleeper Chair

Our guest room is really coming along! 

We've DIYed it all - the Farmhouse bed, the nightstands, the sign, the end of bed benches that look like luggage racks.

But every guest room needs a side chair.  And since I dread sewing so much, my plan had been to buy a chair for our guest room. But then I had this wild idea .... what if I built a chair that flipped forward in half, and became a bed?

Soooo.... here's how it all went down -

We love our new chair!  It's quite sturdy and comfortable as a chair, and just right for an extra guest in our guest room.  

The chair has a very modern look (but you could use the same idea but different style to create a more tradditional twin sleeper chair).

To convert to a bed, simply set the cushions aside and pull back of chair forward (so you don't even have to move the chair when converting it to a bed)

Then just bring the front fl...

04:35

An Earthbag Privacy Wall

Wayne Talbot, a reader from South Africa, sent me these photos and description of an earthbag privacy wall that he just completed. I think that is very nicely done! Inspired by Owens earthbag building resources, I recently completed the construction of an earthbag boundary wall. 11m L x 2.5m high. Bags filled with building sand and 6% Portland cement.

Bags filled with building sand and 6% Portland cement.Chicken mesh attached to bags using roof nails....

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