Lovely functionality

I never knew! Apartment Therapy brings to our attention this post about balustrade boot scrapers. I might never have noticed this subtle addition to the iron railings of outdoor stairs, but then again most of the buildings here on the west coast are newer than this and have benefitted from paved streets and sidewalks.

Check out the whole article at Curator of S** …and don’t be scared off by the name!

Tiny cottage in the Catskills

This article came out earlier this year, but I would be remiss if I didn’t share it here.

Sandra Foster renovated and furnished this 9-by-14-foot hunting cabin herself at a cost of $3,000. It’s a great story of something beautiful coming out of frustration. And look at that porch! Those windows!

Read the New York Times article here and be sure to click on the slideshow.

Master in miniature

Mike Doyle is a New York artist who has constructed an incredible run-down Victorian mansion made entirely of Lego blocks. This sculpture is as tall as I am and took approximately 130,000 Legos to build.

“Victorian on Mud Heap” (pictured above) is the third in Mike’s series of Victorians, and took him nearly 600 hours to build.

Check out Mike’s other houses here and here.