Cottage House is a project designed by Noreststudio of a house on Sucha Beskidzka suburbs, in Poland.
“We designed modern house taking in mind character of this place. To get effect which we proposed, we created simply form and used natural regional materials, stone and wood. Whole garden was leaved almost the same as we found it, thanks to that, building not affects on landscape in this area. Interior was designed with the same idea. We used a lot of warm wood and put it in a simple form. As an effect we get cosy simple interior with cottage house ‘feeling”. SPACE : 240 sq m.” Photohtaphy by Noreststudio
Baby Food Jars These hanging jars are perfect in your office, kitchen, or bedroom. Use them to organize seasonings, office supplies, craft supplies, or even jewelery. You can use labels to keep them extra organized!
Superglue flat magnets to the lids of empty baby food jars (or similar jars). Next, attach a metal plate or other magnets to the bottom of a shelf. You can then hang the jars from the shelf to keep your supplies organized.
It’s your usual Cutthroat Kitchen tournament-style episodic cook-off…with a catch: the contestants - pretentious, self-important chefs from around the country - are judged not by top-of-the-line famous cooks, but by normal people.
And not just normal people, but normal people with everyday limitations that the chefs must adhere to. Each episode is a new competition that challenges the chefs with a new limitation or change based on various people’s food realities.
Here are some possible episodes:
Create a dessert (pastry/cake in one episode, ice cream-type dessert in another) for Diabetic people
Make a traditionally spicy dish for people with Sensory Processing Disorder
Cook for a kids’ birthday party, bearing in mind that children have very simple tastes and will be put off by “gourmet” ingredients
Again with SPD, make a meal that normally has too many mixed textures for the judges to comfortably eat
Catering for elderly judges who both cannot chew/crunch very well (and are sick of soup/oatmeal)
Catering for elderly judges with a combo of “can’t taste unless the flavors are very strong” and “aging body can’t handle too many spices”
“We surveyed 100 low-income families to see what their most common ingredients/spices/brands are and you may ONLY use those. Now make Thanksgiving dinner.”
Traditionally cheese- or milk-heavy recipes for people who are lactose intolerant
“We surveyed 100 college students and– look, just make really good ramen out of these $0.99 noodles from CVS and some cheap spices.”
Various religious restrictions
Each of these will be judged by people who are really in the given situation. The low-income competition is judged by people who have those budget limitations every Thanksgiving. Their judges for the SPD episode are all Autistic (or have other SPD-inclusive disorders). The kids probably aren’t actually having a birthday party but they ARE all actually young children giving their honest opinion of what the contestants cook.
Most chefs, when faced with making, say, a non-spicy hollandaise sauce will panic and say “the dish is ruined!” because all they did was make the sauce minus cayenne. Those chefs would soon be eliminated, leaving only adaptable, accepting contestants who know how to work inside the box to improve a given dish. Add, not just take away. Chefs who are ready to take classic meals in a new direction are the ones who win.
The ultimate moral of this show is that given dishes can be made many ways, not just the traditional ways.
Audiences in the mentioned demographics will both love seeing themselves represented on TV and learn new recipes invented under pressure/on the fly that they can copy at home.
Feel free to add episode ideas to this!! I’m sure I missed a lot of people.
Have you got tree stumps lying around outside? why not paint the tops of them and you’ve got yourself some pretty handy side tables.
On a similar theme to the stump side tables what about using birch off cuts to create shelving units.
Have you got some salad servers that are looking a bit bland? Head to the hardware store and choose some colourful wood stain and dip the ends of the servers into the stain. The longer you hold the servers in the stain the deeper the colour will be so to create an ombre effect hold it on the stain less each time.
Not a fan of ugly electrical cords? no neither am I wrap your cords in some twine rope. Much more pleasant!
Another great DIY shelving idea. Use old crate boxes or even dresser drawers, paint and add wallpaper to the inside and hang at different levels.
In need of some bookends? Here’s a few suggestions. Find some rocks outside and good quality spray paint and you’ve got yourself some organic looking bookends. Have a piece of wood cut and paint sections of the wood. Get a cement mix kit from your hardware store choose a mould (a plastic container from home in a shape you like is perfect) wait for your concrete to set (this can take 24 hours) knock it out of the mould and you’ve got yourself some pretty cool industrial looking book ends.
Choose a container to be the mould for your candleholder this can be anything sturdy and that you like the shape of. Pour in your concrete wait for it to set (approx 24 hours) and after it’s set but before it’s gone hard drill a hole for your candlestick. Gorgeous!
I’m a big fan of washi tape it has so many awesome uses! and here’s another! Cover your washer and dryer in it to make doing the laundry more fun!
Make your own art
Find a gorgeous frame you can spray it a particular colour if you like, head outside and find some skinny tree branches arrange them on your frame and secure either using a staple gun or hot glue gun.
Hang some barn doors to add a touch of country to your entrance.
Want a new set of coffee mugs? How about spraying your old ones!
Similar to the wooden salad servers this time paint your set of utensils in different shades.
Hopefully these DIY projects will keep you busy and give your home a fresh new look without the expensive price tag!