It’s the last day of 2015 – a time to reflect on all of the happenings of the last year, from the biggest news stories to pop-culture phenomena. In the latter category, Star Wars: The Force Awakens took over movie theaters everywhere – and home design sites and bloggers took notice. That’s why we’re dedicating part of this week’s link roundup to some of the creative Star Wars-themed ideas seen around the web.
From a disco-ball Death Star to a windchime featuring Jabba the Hutt cutouts, bloggers Kat and Cam provide their readers with plenty of budget-friendly, DIY Star Wars home design ideas on Our Nerd Home. If your children are obsessed with the latest flick, check out Addicted to DIY blogger Katie’s tutorial on recreating the Star Wars art she made for her son’s room. And if you’re looking for something a little more subdued, Offbeat Home & Life has plenty of ideas on how to create a “sexy” Star Wars-themed bathroom (just try not to love those Han and Leia hand towels). If you’re after something even subtler, Design Daily News has the scoop on beautiful Star Wars-inspired lighting designs by DelightFULL, and Buzzfeed has a roundup of 21 different products that fans of the film are sure to love.
In non-Star Wars home design news, one Israeli designer is giving iconic world leaders a hipster-style makeover, with prints sure to liven up your walls. Amit Shimoni’s “hipstory” prints and home goods are exceptionally creative, with the Dalai Lama in a hoodie, JFK rocking a hairdo that would put Justin Bieber’s stylist to shame, and Gandhi in tie-dye.
If you’re looking for lighting instead of whimsical wall art, Portland, Ore., based designer Kayla Burke may have just the right piece for your room. Her black walnut pendants, mantle lights, and glow boxes provide beautiful focal points and add a touch of nature to any space (and if you’re wondering how to create a stunning lighting design for your own home, we’ve got you covered with expert tips).
From home goods to homes people love to hate, Curbed New Orleans recently rounded up all of the homes that had commenters running hot in 2015. From renovations gone awry to bathtubs in bedrooms, this look back on featured homes of the last year includes comments from those who loved the abodes, and those that had not-so-nice things to say.
If your 2016 to-do list includes selling your home, Realty Biz News recently confirmed a popularly held idea – that your kitchen is a huge factor in getting top-dollar for your home. The good news is that we spoke with a top real estate agent and got his tips for maximizing your return on investment on your kitchen renovation. Check out what Ivan Estrada had to say about kitchen overhauls, and get started on that new year’s resolution.