Giveaway: 2 Developer Subscriptions of Monarch Social Sharing Plugin
Giveaways, elegant themes, free, Giveaway, monarch, plugin, social sharing
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:53:40 +0000
Today we are pleased to announce another great giveaway courtesy of Elegant Themes. Two people will have a chance to win a developer subscription to their brand new social sharing plugin called Monarch. What is Monarch you ask? Monarch will give your readers the ability to share and follow anywhere on your site. It’s a plugin that effectively encourages visitors to share your content without sacrificing your website’s beautiful design. Whether it’s through a sticky sidebar, an inline content block, widget area, or a pop-up, Monarch is designed to get you more shares. Monarch also has a beautiful dashboard which allows you to add new sharing or following icons to your website, configure them, and even obtain stats about how well Monarch is effecting your website’s social media presence. This new backend options panel will serve as a framework for even more great plugins in the future. For more information, check out this video: The Prize: 2 Developer subscriptions. How to Win: Enter using the widget below. Winners will be contacted via email, so be sure to use a valid email when entering. We wish everybody the best of luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway
10 Extravagant Bachelor Pads From Around the World
Advertising, Architecture, bachelor pads, beautiful, locations, world
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:31:53 +0000
It’s one of the world’s most poorly kept secrets that inside even the most domesticated of men there is a furtive longing for a bachelor pad. A place of refuge in the wildest of locations, where he can live (or relive) his youth with just his best mates, the ultimate in gadgets and, perhaps most importantly, decorated in whatever outlandish style he wants. For some men, this dream has become a reality. 1. The Sheats Goldstein Residence Designed by the legendary architect John Lautner, it’s no wonder the 50 year old Sheats Goldstein residence is still any bachelor’s dream come true. The space age design includes 750 tiny skylights made from actual drinking glasses, motorized sliding glass panels between rooms and a hot tub with stunning views overlooking Los Angeles. 2. The NBK Residence The NBK Residence is industrial, masculine and incredibly spacious. The 5 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms make it capable of hosting the ultimate boys weekend, with the 4,000 square foot floor plan ensuring there is plenty of room for everyone. Floor to ceiling windows illuminate the massive living area which is circled by towering bookshelves and a steel grating bridge that provides the ultimate vantage point. To top it off, the rooftop has a swimming pool and entertaining area with the city of Beirut as its backdrop. 3. The Contemporary Concrete Residence Minimalist. Luxurious. Breathtaking. For the ultimate Mediterranean bachelor pad, you can’t go past the Contemporary Concrete Residence on Aegina Island. The windows in this masterpiece can be slid back to open up the entire home to the surrounding views of the mountains and the ocean, meaning your guests will never feel cramped, no matter how big the party. When it comes time to cool off, there is a luxurious swimming pool running across the length of the outdoor entertaining area, the bright blue water mirroring the cloudless sky. 4. Casa Till Residence It’s not often a bachelor pad qualifies as both luxurious and ecologically friendly, but the Casa Till house in Los Arcos, Chile manages to do exactly that. A feat of engineering, the extensive sun terrace is supported by stilts as it actually hangs out over the edge of the cliff face. The open plan design is aided by the use of glass walls and a series of sliding panels that lets you customize the floor plan to suit the gathering. As a final indulgence, the floor to ceiling windows let you wake up with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. 5. Hong Kong Residence Everyone knows that bachelor pads are all about the toys that fill them…this one comes with a Ferrari. Hong Kong interior design studio Millimeter has created a haven within this multi-level apartment, with glass panels preventing the box like interior from feeling cramped. As the icing on the cake, the glass wall of the garage turns this bachelor pad into a millionaire’s showroom, with the gleaming red Ferrari always on display. 6. The Pole Residence Overlooking Australia’s famous Great Ocean Road, the Pole House at Fairhaven is all about chilling by the beach. Suspended 131 feet up in the air, the Pole House design brief was always going to be over the top. The house is more of a private getaway than a party destination, but the retracting glass walls let you enjoy the ocean breeze and the house location is the ideal vantage point for monitoring surf conditions. 7. The Naked Residence Named for its exposed floor plan, not the habits of its owner, the Naked house on the island of Koh Samui is the perfect place to retreat to after a long night of partying at Thailand’s famous Full Moon Festival. The infinity edge pool stretches along the full width of the house, providing breathtaking views out over the island, while the recycled timber outdoor swing is the perfect place to relax with a cocktail in hand. 8. The California Desert Residence There’s nothing like a desert setting for a truly futuristic looking piece of architecture. The California Desert house is every Star Wars lover’s dream, with its covering of cast concrete slabs evoking visions of aliens and galactic empires. Inside, the house is a work of art, with sweeping bronze pillars, 800 pieces of sandblasted glass and giant stone boulders doubling as walls. 9. The Contemporary Strand Residence The Strand residence in Orange County is a masterpiece of stone, steel and timber, with panoramic ocean views from every living area. With three separate structures encircling a courtyard, the house is unified by the overlapping reflection ponds and granite stepping stones. 10. The Monaco Mansion Residence No bachelor pad could beat this $250 million penthouse currently under construction in Monaco. Situated on the 49th floor, this multi-level penthouse boasts 6 bedrooms, a 33,000 square foot floor plan and a water slide from the second balcony down into the circular infinity pool!
Feast for the Eyes: 40 Visually Stimulating Street Artworks
Photography, art, creative, Inspiration, Street, urban
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:21:41 +0000
Most people assosiate street art with graffiti and vandalism. But in reality, it can be a lot of things. Technically speaking, street art is visual art created in public locations. It can be a stencil, chalk art, mural, graffiti, wheatpaste poster, street installation, or sculpture. The artists behind these pieces choose the streets to serve as their art gallery. Street artists tend to travel around the world to reach a broader audience. They do this to communicate their designs or message directly to the public at large. One famous street artist you may already know goes by the name of Banksy. Like many other street artists, he tends to create socially relevant art mostly focusing on political and social issues in our modern day society. His work has gained cult-following, media, and art world attention. Today we collected some outstanding pieces that are bound to inspire you. You don’t need to be an art critic to appreciate their beauty. Enjoy!
15 Creative Bike Rack Designs
Industrial, bike, cool, design, Inspiration, rack
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 05:19:17 +0000
With a mounting focus on the environment, coupled with rising gas prices and a need for exercise, an increasing number of likeminded people are turning to a means of transport that is almost 200 years old and yet the height of modernisation: the bicycle. While bikes solve all of the above problems, they do come with their own set of obstacles. Chief amongst them, particularly amongst the inner city crowd, is the matter of storage. Now, bikes certainly take up less space than a car, but unless you have a garage or are content to leave your bike parked in your front hallway, you’re going to need a bike rack of some description. This is where things get exciting. Gone are the days of ugly metal contraptions suspended from the ceiling. The modern and artistic take on the bike rack can turn your 2-wheeler into a design feature. For instance: • An Australian based designer has come up with an interesting take on the typical bike rack. As part of his Picasso inspired “Upcycle Fetish” range, he has designed a range of bike racks resembling hunting trophies and constructed entirely from recycled bike parts. • For those really short on space, a Swiss designer has created a piece of furniture that will store more than just your bike. The storage arrangement includes a space for your bike, as well as books, shoes or whatever else you can think of. • Finally, for those fortunate enough to have a staircase, you can utilise the wasted space beneath by mounting bike racks on the underside of the stair treads and hanging your bike from there – apparently a standard staircase has room to hang 2 bikes. Whatever your style, the following list of creative bike racks should be enough to both inspire and motivate…even if you don’t own a bike yet!
30 Inspiring Examples of Knolling Photography
Photography, art, beautiful, creative, Examples, Inspiration
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:27:24 +0000
In 1987, a janitor named Andrew Kromelow was working in a fabrication shop that produced furniture for Knoll. Inspired by the angular design of the furniture, Andrew started arranging displaced shop tools at right angles. Eventually, he began to describe this routine as “knolling”. What Andrew was unaware of was that he had started a global art craze that would be popularised by his fellow employee, American sculptor Tom Sachs, who held as his mantra: “Always be knolling.” These days, knolling is becoming increasingly popular across various art forms. Many people may be unfamiliar with the term, but would recognise the execution: arranging similar objects at 90-degree angles as a way of organisation. The purpose of this art form is to grab the attention of the viewer, while at the same time presenting a vast array of subject matter. But knolling is about more than just tidying up a space with precision organisation. Although neatness plays a huge part in knolling, the space should also be an improvement of functionality – this is why similar objects are grouped together. The overall design of knolling is very 3 dimensional, so it has to be crafted with this in mind. Knolling photography can be inspiring in its artistic ability, creating portraits and patterns with the use of simple everyday objects. It’s an art form based on precision and the master “knollers” have a superb eye for detail, turning the ordinary into the extraordinary.