When it comes to seasonal home decoration, Halloween is the second most popular holiday behind Christmas in the US. While some people just put out a few carved pumpkins, others like to go all out and these 14 horrific Halloween decorations on Homes and Hues are a great source of inspiration for those who really want to scare.
The article covers everything from massive props (like a haunted tree with faces coming out of the bark) to small details (like multiple ways to make your store-bought skeleton look like a real decomposing body).
Tired of dirty-tasting tap water but don't want to put an ugly water filter on your faucet or store a giant jug with an ugly filter on top? Then you'll love the new KOR Water Fall that not only filters watr, but looks great while doing it. The uniquely scientific-looking filtration set up can be left on your counter and the one liter carafes come with lids so they can be stored in your refrigerator or on your table. Best of all, the filters are natural (they're made from coconut shells) and they last twice as long as most water filters, making them a much more eco-friendly alternative to standard water filters.
If you haven't checked out our This Is Halloween Pinterest board, you're missing out. This one-stop-shop for all things Halloween is filled with great ideas for costumes, pumpkins, snacks, decorations and more. That's both because Halloween is awesome and also because just by pinning to the board, you're entering our Halloween Scream Time contest.
As a reminder, if you want to participate in the contest, you just need to follow the board and then send us a private message on Pinterest, leave a comment on the board or leave a comment here with your pinerest account name. We'll then send you an invite so you can start pinning.
If you're on Pinterest and don't feel like entering the contest, you can help pick our popular votes winner by repinning your favorite items on the board. The pic with the most repins will win, along with one pic chosen by the Neatorama team.
How about one just for rolling edamame beans from their shell?
Or maybe a fork designed just for eating spaghetti? They're all humorously single-purpose, but that's kind of the point. Designer Lee Ben David wanted to make a statement about the disconnect people have with their food and how rarely we actually touch our meals with our bare hands.
The beautiful Thao Dien House was recently rennovated by MM++ and the end result is a beautiful blend of minimalism, greenery and rich natural lighting. The remodel opened the entire floor up, turning it into one open plan room with massive glass walls and sliding doors.
A corner of the upperfloor was turned into a terrace protected by a living wall. Outside, the pool area is filled with lush greenery that provides a wonderfully colorful contrast to the stark white walls of the structure.
Whether you love dark children's stories, are obsessed with stop motion or classic underdog stories, chances are you'll love The Boxtrolls. Whether you've seen it already or are planning to go soon, these fun little bits of trivia can only make you help appreciate the film even more.
It's directed by two n00bs. The film is a directorial movie debut for co-director Graham Annable (though he has directed video games) and is only the second picture directed by co-director Anthony Stacchi, who previously directed Open Season. Of course, that's not to say that the directors don't have any experience in the industry. Annable's resume includes credits on Star Wars: Episode III, Paranorman, Sam and Max and Coraline, while Stacchi has worked on such big name films as Back to the Future, Hook, The Rocketeer, Ghost, James and the Giant Peach and Antz.
The voices might sound pretty familiar. The voice acting cast includes some of the most famous British actors around, including Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Sir Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead-Wright (who plays Bran Stark on Game of Thrones), Jared Harris (who was Lane Pryce in Mad Men) and Richard Ayoade (who plays Moss on The IT crowd). Other names you may recognize Tracy Morgan and Elle Fanning (who played Aurora in Maleficent.
The characters always look on the bright side of life. Well, they at least sing like that. Despite the characters looking almost Tim Burton-esque, the songs sound distinctly Monty Python. That's because they were written by Eric Idle himself.
Where do Boxtrolls get names like Fish, Shoe and Eggs? From the labels on the boxes they wear as clothes, of course.
Why does Eggs (the main character) speak English instead of regular Boxtroll language like his adopted family? Because he has a speech impediment, of course.
Boston airport helped produce backup sounds. Aside from the voices and songs, there are a lot of other noises in the film. Since the Boxtrolls are tinkerers who make all kinds of crazy gadgets and gizmos from stuff they steal from the humans above ground, the film needed some distinctly gadget-like noise. They found the source for their sound in some public art on display at the Boston airport that basically consists of metal machines that do nothing functional.
Is your closet just a collection area for mounds of clothes and shoes in seemingly random piles? Then get organized with these great tips from Homes and Hues!
The article not only covers how to clean out, organize and maintain a clean closet, but also how to store some of those awkward items. For example, folding up your sheet sets and storing them in a pillow case from the set.
It even covers what to do with all your jewelry and accessories -like using bathroom accessories to hang up bracelets and necklaces.
There's nothing better than chilling out and listening to some tunes while you hang out with your friends. Now your mode of transportation and your phone can provide all you need to get to your destination, to listen to your music and to keep your device going for as long as you plan to hang out.
That's because the board collects kinetic energy as you travel, storing it up into a cell. One hour of skateboarding provides enough power to charge eight average mobile devices. The board isn't in production yet, but we can sure hope it will be soon.
There are plenty of beach shacks out there, but the Window House is pretty unlike anything you've ever seen. This one-person getaway is super cozy -measuring only 10 by 26 feet, so it's not ideal for regular living, but makes a great weekend surf spot. Best of all, the tiny home looks great but doesn't block the view from their neighbors and passersby thanks to the huge windows on each side of the tiny space.
Plenty of us have wreath forms lying around in storage, just waiting for Christmas time to roll around again, but why only have a wreath for winter? This cool Halloween wreath is a great way to celebrate autumn and put something just a little creepy onto your door.
Best of all, it's pretty easy to put together. Just attach moss to the wreath with wire then arrange your craft birds according to your preferences and use hot glue to secure them. You can find a template for the banner over at Live Craft Love and once you've put that together, just glue that on across the front.
Most home Halloween decorations go the spooky route, but if you can dress up like Frodo, John Travolta or Spock, then why can't your house dress up as something little different too? This year, let your home reflect your geeky interests by covering your porch light up with these fun Star Wars light covers.
The Darth and storm trooper designs are only $9 a pop and can fit on any light up to 17".
Malaysia's telegraph poles have been torn down in recent years, which provided WHBC Architects with a delightful option when their British clients requested their new Malaysian home be constructed with reclaimed wood.
Aside from offering the perfect strength and size for the home's support structures, they also provide a unique look as the aged wood has developed a thick patina after being exposed to the elements over the years.
The open plan home allows for ample natural ventilation, allowing the home to remain comfortably cool without any air conditioner use.
The Wonderful World of Disney is beloved by children around the globe and many of those kids continue to adore the company and its films as they grow into adults, and some of them even show that adoration in the form of tattoos.
One man is behind the entire Disney franchise, and this tattoo by Aldona Reyman is a lovely tribute to the man who made it all possible, Walt Disney.
Sleeping Beauty's Castle
The castle at the heart of Disneyland is more than just an attraction, it's ultimately an icon for the entire world of Disney and all the magic moments they helped create over the years. This castle was inked by Tom Tait Tattoos and belongs to Kristen Brumpton.
Mickey & Minnie
Mickey might be the most famous animated character on earth now, but that was hard to imagine when he first appeared in Steamboat Willie back in 1928. Here's a tribute to the mouse that made it all possible courtesy of Lucky Dice Tattoo.
Here's a fun Disney fact: the first people who did the voices for Mickey and Minnie ended up getting married in real life. This adorable tattoo of the animated couple was done by Dean Denney.
Princesses are some of the most popular stars in the entire Disney lineup. This unfinished piece by Miss Mae La Roux is a fantastic dedication to those royal ladies.
The Gabriel Apartment is a palace servants' quarter that has been converted into a private residence. While the traditional 19th century Ottoman style of the unit is lovely, the residents needed the property to be fixed up and modernized for their newest lifestyle.
One of the central accents of the apartment were the historical frescoes, which the architect managed to enhance by removing the white plaster of the apartment to reveal more natural lighting. The architects also maintained the original wooden floors, though they cleared out the ceiling so all that remained was the wooden support beams.
The end result is sleek and beautiful, yet rustic and traditional.
You may like to hang out, but you've probably never hung out quite like this. The madness you see before you is a clever idea by Ikea and communication agency Ubi Bene to advertise the newest Ikea in Clermont-Ferrand, France.
Aside from the hand holds, everything in the apartment is furnished byt the famous furniture store and the vertical apartment is entirely furnished, featuring everything from a kid's bed to a coffee pot in the kitchen area.
If you ever dreamed of living in the world of Inception, this might be the closest you'll ever get to sitting in a vertical living room.
Halloween is our favorite holiday and we know we're not alone. If you're ready to celebrate then head over to our This is Halloween Pinterest group board and check out all the amazing content related to spooky foods, costumes, decor and more. Best of all, you can even join the board and add your own pins for other fans to enjoy -and by doing so, you can even win some amazing prizes.
To get added to the board, follow it with your Pinterest account and then send us a message through Pinterst, leave a comment on the board or leave a comment on this post with your Pinterest user name. We'll then send you an invite so you can go crazy.
We'll be choosing two top pins, one that gets the most repins and one voted on by our editors, the people who shared these with the board will win a messenger bag, a tee shirt and any other NeatoShop item valued at up to $25. All pins added to the This is Halloween board between September 15 and October 15 will be counted as an entry as long as they are posted by someone over 18, who lives in one of the countries that the NeatoShop ships to.
We'll notify all winners before October 20. Anyone who fails to respond within a week will be disqualified and we will have to choose an alternate winner -so check your Pinterest messages and any social media accounts connected to it so you will know if you win.
These days, tree houses aren't just for kids. People from all age groups can enjoy sleeping, eating and playing up in the trees. Over at Homes and Hues, we rounded up 11 tree houses that are filled with luxuries.
Many of the houses are available for rent throughout the year, allowing you to stay right in the forest you're exploring while still offering you a comfortable bed and other creature comforts.
Of course, some of them are more wild than others. In fact, while the bedrooms of this Costa Rica tree house are screened in, the kitchen and other spaces are totally open to the elements -and the sloths!
Roombas are a great idea in theory, but having a vacuum that doesn't work all that well bump around the walls isn't as great as the idea of a robotic vacuum. That's why Dyson has been working on their own robotic vacuum for over 16 years. The Dyson 360 Eye uses the pattented Dyson cyclone technology to really step up the cleaning power of the device. It also has a 360 degree camera that records where the device has already cleaned and where there are obstacles to block its path. The result is a better, more efficient robotic vacuum -exactly what you'd expect from the Dyson company.
Bauhaus style has held up well, but all homes need a little touch up here and there. England's House in Hamble-le-Rice was a little rundown after a few mediocre alterations. That's why the owners commissioned LA Hally Architect to rennovate the house, bringing it back to its classic style while also modernizing the interior and adding space, including a rooftop terrace.
The fantastic remodel included a change to an open plan kitchen and living space that open up to the grassy backyard that lines the marina.
Everyone needs a little help in the kitchen sometimes and this handy apron is there for you. Aside from providing you with a pocket and a way to keep clean from spills and splashes the apron also provides numeric conversions, cooking times, freezing instructions, defrosting times, a cooking glossary and more. It's available in both half and full sizes to accommodate all types of aspiring chefs.
Cantilevering a house is a great way to extend your viewing platform and make the most of an already impressive view. This is particularly true in this sleek Japanese home by Kidosaki Architects Studio. Balanced on two thin steel beams, the exterior of the home is surrounded by a wooden deck so you can enjoy the views while taking in the fresh air.
The living room is particularly impressive with the three walls worth of floor-to-ceiling windows that provide an impressive 360 degree view of the Yatsugatake Mountains.
Have an old, beat up refrigerator or dish washer that still works just fine? How about tile you can't stand to look at, but can't afford to replace? I am certain many of you have a clutterfest of cables somewhere in your home.
But you don't have to look at these eyesores day in and day out. Our newest Homes and Hues article can show you how to hide a number of unsightly distractions in your home decor.
These ideas are a great way to make your home look a lot less cluttered and more attractive and all for a relatively small amount of money.
With windows gallore, the Marcus Beach House is airy, spacious and well-lit. The home takes advantage of these window openings and large awnings to keep the home nice and comfortable, as well as naturally lit, even without an air conditioning. Aside from that, the house itself is absolutely gorgeous, built around a 50 year old Morton Bay ash tree, it consists of two major wings attached by a narrow two-story walkway.
Custom Spotlights make cool spotlights and you can buy many of their premade designs right now. Or you can have one custom made in any design you choose. While the service will ordinarily cost £95, you can win one for free through our newest Homes and Hues contest! Plus, you will also receive two NeatoShop tees of your choice. We're even giving away two free tees to a runner up!
If you're filming a scifi show any time soon, you might want to head to Korra's website and check out this cool K-1083 tub. With translucent, blue acrylic fitted inside a white plastic base all fitted with chrome fixtures, the entire tub looks like something from the future.
But this tub isn't all about looks. It is also all about wonderful massage-powers and comfort, making it entirely comfortable and great for soaking sore bodies.
From the beginning, video games have been weird -you have to admit, it does seem strange that a plumber would have to fight a gorilla named "Donkey" or that a weird yellow thing is murdered by ghosts until he eats a pill that turns them blue and suddenly lets him eat the ghosts. That being said, some games are far, far weirder than others. These 14 titles show just how strange gaming can get.
Have you ever wished you were a proctologist, but didn't want to go through the years of extensive training to become a doctor? Then Boong-Ga Boong-Ga is the game for you! In this seriously strange arcade game, you spank a rubber butt until it's time for kancho -that is, jamming the foam finger into the anus. Perhaps even stranger is the mere fact that kancho isn't something these game designers made up, but an actual bullying game popular in Korea and Japan.
In Boong-Ga Boong-Ga you can at least direct your punishment to someone specific. Victims in the game include an ex-girlfriend, a gold-digger, a mother-in-law and, perhaps the only worthy victim, a child molester. I guess if you insist on jamming a finger into an unsuspecting victim's behind, at least you could limit it to virtual characters.
There are plenty of dating simulators in Japan, but only one involves pigeons. The basic premise is that you are attending a posh school, flirting with classmates, making friends all while solving a mystery. Oh, and you're the only human in the school, as the rest of the characters are pigeons. If you've just been dying to live life as a pigeon-lover, you're in luck -the PC game is available in English.
Don't want to live life as a pigeon? How about a mosquito? This sucky game lets you bug a suburban family, trying to drink their blood from specific body parts so you can prepare for the upcoming winter. The challenge? If you're spotted, the humans might just swat you and squish you.
Are you already dreading the upcoming holiday season and all that family time that comes with it? If so, you might enjoy Super Table Flip. This strange arcade game basically involves pounding on your dinner table in frustration and eventually flipping over the table after you hear distressing news. The game is a great way to relieve stress -especially if you have to deal with a particularly frustrating family.
Of course, if you get stressed by weddings, your co-workers and stupid bar patrons, you may prefer the other scenarios available in the game.
This brave little kitty made headlines across the world after she fought off a dog that attacked her four year-old owner, Jeremy Triantafilo. Jeremy was on a bike in front of his home when a neighbor's dog attacked him, pulling him off the bike and dragging him along the sidewalk. Tara immediately attacked the dog in return, scaring it and chasing it away from the family's house. Security footage of the attack went viral, getting five million views within only two days.
Amy Jung headed down to her local Humane Society one day to play with the cats. While she didn't plan to adopt any new pets that day, she ended up bringing home two cats, Pudding and Wimsy. That very night, Amy went into a diabetic seizure during her sleep. Pudding then jumped on her and woke her up so she could call out to her son, Ethan, but he didn't hear her cries as he too was sleeping. Amazingly, Pudding then ran into Ethan's room and jumped on his chest to wake him up. Because of Pudding's efforts, Ethan was able to get his mother medical attention before she slipped into a diabetic coma. All this is more incredible when you keep in mind that this was still her first night at Amy's house.
Since the incident, Amy had Pudding registered as a therapy animal so she can always have the cat with her.
No one knows how the cat did it, but when Gary Rosheisen fell out of his wheelchair and couldn't get back up, his cat, Tommy, managed to dial 9-11. Gary didn't have his medical alert necklace on and couldn't reach the cord above his bed that could call the medics or a telephone. When police arrived at the apartment, they saw an orange and tan cat lying beside the telephone that was off the hook on the living room floor. Police couldn't find any other explanation for the emergency call that led them to arrive on the scene other than Tommy dialing the number.
No, you're not having vision problems, nor was this image Photoshopped. That's just the way Krzywy Domek (Polish for "crazy house") looks. And that's only one of the eleven totally strange structures we rounded up for our newest Homes and Hues feature.
If you visited Pisa and weren't all that impressed with their Leaning Tower, perhaps you'd prefer the Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi, that tilts an impressive 18 degrees -that's four times the tilt of Italy's famous tower!
Or, if you prefer something more artistic, you might want to check out the Crazy House in Vietnam that uses artistic paintings instead of blue prints when it comes to directing the construction of the structure.
Glass, stone, cement and steel all come together to make amazing forms in the incredibly modern and elegant House Serengeti of South Africa. Cantilevered windows allow for sun absorption in winter without letting in direct sunlight during the summer. The rocks also provide for great insulation throughout the year.
The outside of the home is shut off from the outside world with a rusted steel wall that can be rolled back to reveal a two-car garage. Yet the inside feels entirely connected to the outside with ample windows and an open floor plan that spreads out ample light.
I don't know about you guys, but I loved my local library when I was a kid. But with all the distractions of mobile devices, games, and more, many kids never even visit the library and when they do, they find it to be boring. That's why some libraries have really made an effort to encourage kids not only to keep reading but also to see just how much fun can be had at the library. Here are a few branches that go above and beyond when it comes to keeping kids entertained.
1. Brentwood Library
Perhaps one of the most visually impressive children's museums in America, the Brentwood Library's children's area features a charming entrance adorned in oversized books and a massive storybook tree. An animatronic owl greets visitors when it is triggered by a motion sensor. Inside the kid's section, the walls are covered in paintings of fairytale forests and between the rows of books are charming artificial trees.
The second Friday of each month means LEGO Mania time and summer reading programs feature musicians, puppets, magicians, live animals and more. During the school year, they have an after-school program that includes snacks, crafts, games and books.
Seeing pre-teen zombies roaming around the library after dark is no big deal at the Laramie County Library, where there are lots of tween activities including an after-hours program that hosts a yearly Zombie Prom.
The library is so popular with the young set that over 3,500 children visit each week and the entire second floor is dedicated to kiddos. The children's space features an oversized chess board, board games, computer stations, story areas and a kid's-size bookmobile to distribute imaginary books. Librarians say parents have a hard time getting children to leave.
Part of the reason the library is so popular with kids is that they can actually volunteer there as long as they are 12 and older. The library even offers a Teen Advisory Board to help decide on what programs would be the most popular with their peers.
A combination effort between the Children's Theatre of Charlotte and Charlotte Mecklengburg Library, ImaginOn offers 102,000 square feet of entertainment and library space for youngsters. The center offers two theater spaces, one that seats 570 and one with occupancy for 250 viewers. Aside from theater performances oriented towards children, ImaginOn's theaters are also used for theater classes and camps oriented for groups of toddlers all the way through teens, as well as puppetry acts and story time sessions.
Upon entering ImaginOn, children first encounter the StoryLab area, an interactive exhibit space designed to get kids interested in literature. Once they get to the actual library section, kids from birth to fifth grade can find books, DVDs, CDs and children's software oriented to their specific age group. The second floor is reserved specifically for tweens and teens and even offers them the chance to use the library's film and recording studio.