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14 Fantastic Windows We Long to Look Through

Generally speaking, the beauty of a window is that it allows you to look outside into the big, wonderful world. But there are some windows that are simply stunning all on their own and over on Homes and Hues, we compiled a list of some of them, including the one above by Antoni Gaudi.

These windows come in all shapes and sizes, and they are in all number of rooms, but everyone of them has something absolutely eye-catching and marvelous.

Whether you're looking to renovate, want to get ideas for the future or just love good design, you won't want to miss this great article: 14 Stunning Home Windows


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A Modular Cat Playground For Your Favorite Kitty

No matter how much space you have for your kitty, the CatsPlay Modular Playground is a perfect  fit for your little furball. That's because this cat-friendly creation is modular by the true definition of the word, allowing you unlimited options as to the layout of the design. 

There are a number of different sets you can buy to start out with and from there, you can buy a number of extra parts to really customize your kitty's playground. This is also beneficial as it means you can replace any worn out parts your feline friend has shredded up too much.

See more pictures of the creation over at Homes and Hues: A Modular Cat Playground That Looks Great

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

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60+ Costumes From The 2014 San Diego Comic Con

If you've been on the internet at all over the last week, you know the San Diego Comic Con was last weekend. If you are a regular Neatorama reader, then you know that Zeon and I go to Comic Con every year to collect the greatest cosplay we can find at the convention. This year was no exception, and despite losing my badge on Saturday night, I am happy to bring you some of my favorite cosplay photos from the convention.

You'd be forgiven for thinking this crazy street display wasn't cosplay -but there was, in fact, someone inside this massive suit, operating it almost like a puppet. It even had conversations with the giant crowd surrounding it!

This Ice King costume was also massive. It was so big, I'm pretty sure he never even set foot on the convention floor that day.

Young Marceline here, on the other hand, had only her large prop to worry about.

There were a lot of great costumes this year, especially from Adventure Time, but of all the hundreds of cosplay characters I saw this year, I think this warrior Fionna was by far my favorite.

As far as bad-assed, yet adorable cosplays go, there were a surprisingly large number of them. This Rocket Raccoon costume was a particularly good example. Oddly, with all the buzz about Guardians of the Galaxy coming out, I only saw two cosplays based on the franchise.

Two costume trends I did see plenty of were Harley Quinn and Deadpool. This tutued Harley and Avengers Deadpool at least put a fun spin on the costumes.

This punk rock Harley Quinn was a delightfully unique twist on the character.

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Geek Furniture That's Great For Gamers

A lot of games require a lot of space and many tables just don't cut it for the really elaborate table games. Over at Geek Chic though, you can be sure to find something just right for your favorite games. The tables all feature a "game vault" playing area and most offer a rail system along the side of the table where you can hook in accessories like cup holders, writing spaces and areas for you to roll your dice. Many of them also offer storage spacce for your games when they aren't in use. 

We've got a lot more details about the tables and tons more pictures of them over at Homes and Hues: Game in Great Style With Geek Chic


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Hide Your Conditioner Like A Pro -Literally

Central air conditioning is pretty much amazing -but the compressor units are one of the biggest eyesores on the backside of your house. That's why, over at Homes and Hues, we compiled two new solutions to hide those ugly units while still providing them with enough air flow to keep them running at maximum capacity.

While these are both professional designs, the top one looks easy enough for a particularly handy person to replicate, while the lower design could be great inspiration for a professional back yard redesign.

Check out more pictures over at Homes and Hues: Two More Alternatives For Hiding Your Air Conditioner


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15 Stunning Doors We Wish We Could Open

Beautiful doors are more than just home decor -they are also an inviting icon that promises adventures to come. Over at Homes and Hues, we compiled a collection of 15 absolutely amazing and beautiful doors.

From contemporary to classic, these doors are sure to make a statement wherever they're installed -and guaranteed to intrigue visitors to your home.

There's even a great door specially created for kids of all sizes to feel like they better fit into their home space.

Don't miss the full list: 15 Beautiful Doors That Are Entirely Inviting


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The Best Use of A Clear Sink Ever

The Motif Basin might just be the most beautiful sink I've ever seen. With its clear glass bottom, you can see the stunning pattern not just in the basin itself, but along the counter too.

The hand-etched basin comes in three patterns, pebble, forest and kaleidoscope -all of which are stunning. The creator, OMVIVO also sells a white pedestal to go along with the design, although you could install the basin on any counter style of your choosing.

See more great photos over at Homes and Hues: The Motif Basin Makes Your Bathroom Sink A Work of Art


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A Natural, Cheap and Adorable Way to Heat Your Pool

These pool-top lily pads don't just look cute, they also help warm the pool with their polyethylene film. Best of all, this natural heating solution is far, far cheaper than just about any other heating option since you just need to get a few hula hoops and some film and then use a heat source to attach together. 

Find out how to make your own natural heaters over at Homes and Hues: Heat Your Pool Naturally With These Lily Pads


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14 Cool Mirrors to Reflect Your Inner Style

Any mirror can show what you look like on the outside, but it takes a special one to reflect who you actually are inside. Over at Homes and Hues, we collected 14 cool designer mirrors that are perfect for showing off who you are deep down. 

From fancy to cutesy, from chic to downright practical, these mirrors are a perfect way to accentuate your house in a way best suited to your needs.

Don't miss the full list: 14 Unique Mirror Designs That Reflect Your Personality


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Enjoy Four Seasonings With These Fun Four Seasoning Shakers

Salt and pepper is great and all, but why settle for two flavors -especially when doubling your spices also means getting to spruce up your table with these delightful Four Seasons Seasoning Shakers. 

Each plastic dome holds a plastic tree (or succulent) that represents a different season and you can even choose spices that accentuate the theme -by using salt in the winter dome, for example. 

You can buy the set at Fancy and read more about them at Homes and Hues: Use the Four Seasons to Season Your Food


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Living With Nature In South Africa

If you live somewhere as beautiful as the Eye of Africa Estate, you want to take advantage of the area's natural beauty as much as possible. That's why W design architecture set out to create a home that would enhance the experience of living in such a setting. 

The home both blends in and stands out from the African scenery surrounding it with its concrete and steel materials, green roof and underground courtyard.

Check out more pictures of the lovely design over at Homes and Hues: A Home That Really Fits In With Its Surroundings


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A Standing Desk You Can Walk Around With

Standing desks are all the rage right now, but generally speaking, they aren't exactly portable. The StorkStand changes all that -letting you carry around your desk so you can use it on the back of any chair. Just set the height position, strapping it to the chair's back and then you're ready to go. 

The desk can hold up to 50 pounds and weighs a little over four pounds, so it's quite portable.

Read more about the cool device (including where you can your hands on it) over at Homes and Hues: Finally A Portable Standing Desk You Can Bring Anywhere


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Living the Highlife is As Great As it Sounds

Here at Neatorama we love treehouses and British design firm Blue Forest's Living the Highlife is certainly no exception. This cool dwelling featues two different buildings, one for adults and one for kids.

The adult's structure features a kitchen, bathroom, living room and dining area, which makes it perfect for entertaining guests. As for the kid's area, it has a secret trap door that leads up to a gaming room and it has a zip line that leads to an assault course in the forest outside.

See more pictures of the awesome structures over at Homes and Hues: Living the Highlife: A Castle In the Trees


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18 Fantastically Geeky Comforters and Duvet Covers

Do you miss the Star Wars or superhero sheets you had when you were a kiddo? While you might be a bit too grown up for those designs (and they probably don't make them big enough for your adult-sized bed), there are plenty of great geeky bed sets out there for adults these days.

Over at Homes and Hues, we rounded up some of the best nerdy designs from science, gaming, sci-fi and more so you can finally sleep in with the things you love most. 

Best of all, most of these designs are a lot more chic than your standard children's bedspreads so you can show off your geek side while still showing a little style.

Don't miss the full list over at Homes and Hues: 18 Geek Chic Bedspreads, Comforters and Duvet Covers


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The Nineties Are Back In Every Way

I don't know about you guys, but I can't stand nineties fashion and seeing it come back into style makes me simultaneously feel bad for and laugh at the teens wearing it. That being said, those stupid inflatable chairs that became so popular back then still hold a special place in my heart.

And I can't be the only one, seeing as how designer Fabrice Berrix just made an inflatable version of his classic Mayflower chair. Presumably it will hold up a lot better than those cheap ones that were sold everywhere back in the nineties, but either way, the cute flower design already makes it look nicer.

Find out more about the chairs at Homes and Hues: Inflatable Furniture Is Back And Cuter Than Ever


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Qwocktwo Is A Clock Perfect for Typography Nerds

What time is it? Time for some great design inspiration! And here it is in the form of a clever typography-based clock. The face comes in two colors -natural rust and gold leafing and the face is removable so you can even change out the battery and set the time easily.

The clock spells out the time for the viewer in plain English (and other languages too)  in a variety of fun phrases like "A Quarter Past Ten" or "It Is Five O'Clock."

See more cool pictures and read more about the limited edition design at Homes and Hues: The Qlocktwo Tells Time In Style


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The WokMon Can Make Your Stir Fry Seriously Wok

If you love stir frys, you've probably noticed that it's practically impossible to make a restaurant-quality one at home even if you have all the right ingredients and a wok. While some people claim it's the MSG (and it sometimes is), the real lacking element is the heat.

Chinese restaurants cook on incredibly high heat stoves that you can't get at home -until now. The WokMon is a great new design that can focus your stove's flames so you can get the high temperatures you need to make real Chinese dishes. Best of all, you don't even need to change out your existing stove. Just put the small piece over your burner and the large part on the grate to hold your wok for you and you're ready to go.

You can read more about the WokMon, including where to get your own over at Homes and Hues: Wok N' Roll At Home With the WokMon

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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This Origami House Is As Sharp As It Is Chic

Ever put a crease in the corner of a piece of paper and think? This would look awesome as a house? Well maybe you should because that's exactly what Yukio Hashimoto's F-House looks like and it is totally stunning.

The crisp exterior may be totally modern, but the interior follows many traditional Japanese design practices, making the home all too attractive for those who have a modern edge and traditional values. 

Of course, even if you know nothing about Japanese design, it's still easy to appreciate the simple beauty in this great house: A Home Inspired By A Folded Over Sheet of Paper


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10 Adorably Tiny Houses

When it comes to housing, most people live by the "bigger is better" mentality, but there are those who feel the exact opposite is true. While these tiny houses may not be for everyone, we can all appreciate the cozy, cute look of these minimalist residences.

Over at Homes and Hues, we've compiled a list of some of the coolest and most beautiful tiny houses around so you can see what you are missing with your spacious property. 

View the whole list at the link: 10 Tiny Homes That Are Filled With Serious Comforts


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The Views From the Sunshine Canyon Residence

Boulder, Colorado is known for its amazing scenery and this gorgeous house only seven miles out of town really takes advantage of these views. The home on the slope has floor-to-ceiling windows to really help frame the natural setting and it uses a number of eco-friendly techniques so it has a near-zero energy usage, even in the chilly Colorado winters. 

Check out more pictures of the beautiful house over at Homes and Hues: Amazing Views and Sleek Design In the Sunshine Canyon Residence


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This Shelving System Is So Square

Well, square, rectagle, circular, etc. Really, it's just pretty geometric. The modular system comes with 25 pieces you can mix and match however you see fit and each piece is designed for a different purpose. Designers Erik Olovsson and Kyuhyung Cho based the shapes in each block so they could provide a home for specific objects -a triangle to house an open book, for example. 

The end result is a cool-looking shelving system that is totally customizable. See more pictures of the ROOM Collection at Homes and Hues: A Delightful Geometric Modular Shelving System


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An Indoor Swimming Pool And Functional Floor Space

Indoor pools are awesome, but they also are a huge waste of space when you don't want to go swimming. If you have a mansion, that's no big deal, but for most people, space is a precious commodity. 

With the Hydrofloor though, any pool can be closed to look like a regular concrete or stone floor with just the push of a button. You can even stop the rising floor part of the way up to just make the pool more shallow -perfect for those who have children.

Check out more cool pictures of the design over at Homes and Hues: Don't Let Your Pool Take Up All Your Space -Try Hydrofloors Instead


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The 11 Weirdest Pieces of Celebrity Memorabilia

Some fans are content with a signed photo, a prop from their favorite TV show, or, at most, a lock of their favorite celebrity’s hair, others want something a little more personal –and often a lot creepier. Here are some of the weirdest pieces of celebrity memorabilia ever sold.

Michael Jackson’s Burnt Hair

Remember back in the 80s, when Michael Jackson, still the reigning King of Pop, had his hair catch fire while filming a Pepsi ad? Well, little did you know that the ad’s executive producer, Ralph Cohen, held on to a handful of those singed locks only to sell them to a collector for $1845 just after Jackson’s 2009 death.

A Lamp That Almost Burned Down Ozzy Osbourne’s House

In 2006, there was a small fire in the home of Ozzy Osbourne. The cause of the blaze was believed to be a bronze lamp that looks like a nude woman. In 2007, that very lamp went up for auction and sold for $2,500.

Suge Knight’s Underwear

The famous Death Row Records filed for bankruptcy in 2009, the company liquidated its assets, which, for some reason, included a pair of executive Suge Knight’s boxer-briefs. The auction neglected to say whether or not they were washed since he last wore them, but it’s unlikely that would have affected the purchase price, seeing as how they were listed at $5 and only sold for $1.

Illustrative image by Dancingwombatsrule [Wikipedia]

Justin Timberlake’s French Toast

Justin Timberlake may have brought sexy back, but I somehow doubt it rubbed off onto his half-eaten French toast, but apparently one fan disagrees, given that she was more than happy to spend $1,024 on his leftovers.

Illustrative image by Helga's Lobster Stew [Flickr]

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12 Bookcases Perfect for Kiddos

Whether your little one has a full library or just a few favorite books, a bookshelf is always handy for youngsters who like to read.

And over at Homes and Hues, we compiled some of the greatest bookcases for your favorite reader to enjoy in his or her own room.

From animals to artforms to a full over-the-bed igloo, these designs are sure to impress your little bookworm, so don't miss the full list: 12 Awesome Bookcases for Kids

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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Live in the Clouds With the Pole House

This house looks like it's floating over the beach, but it's not. It's actually on a high cliff above the water -even across the street from the ocean. 

With a little clever engineering on behalf of F2 Architects though, the structure not only looks amazing from the ground level, but it also offers utterly amazing views. The floor-to-ceiling windows and pathway around the whole outside of the home ensure that these views aren't wasted either.

Best of all, if you like the pad, you can even rent it out if you happen to be visiting Australia any time soon. Want to learn more? Check out our coverage on Homes and Hues: The Pole House Is Up In The Clouds & Away From It All


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8 Fun Unofficial Disney Days

Disney parks are a great place to celebrate special occasions like anniversaries, birthdays and more, but they’re also a great place to make up an excuse to celebrate some of your favorite things. Whether it’s a subculture, a fashion, a British TV show, an epic wizarding tale or your sexual orientation, there are tons of great excuses to celebrate and meet people with similar interests and here are a few such organized meet ups.

Bats Day

Billing itself as the “largest dark subcultural event on the West Coast,” Bats Day is an annual event where goths, lolitas, rockabilies, steampunks and other subcultures with an interest in the darker things in life meet up at the park. There are three officially sanctioned photo events, one in front of the castle, one in front of the Haunted Mansion (with smaller groups) and one for the goth kiddos in front of the Sword in the Stone.

While originally just a meet up for goths, the event has gained a lot of steam over the years and now includes all number of subcultures and a number of events outside the park during that weekend, including a special dinner, a goth club night, a Black Market and an art show. Bats Day typically takes place in May, so if you want to visit the next one, check in on their website as it gets closer to that time of year.

Lolita Day

For Lolita purists who don’t want to deal with all the goths and other subculture folk there on Bats Day, Lolita Day is a dedicated day for those obsessed with the Japanese harajuku fashion. Scheduled to take place sometime in October, it’s also set during a month that’s much more suitable to wearing elaborate, layered dresses all day in Anaheim.  

It’s A Ska World After All

Do you think of dancing when someone yells “skank?” If so, be sure to dress up in your best two-tone gear and hit the Disneyland Park on September 21 and meet up with fellow rudies in the happiest place on Earth for It's A Ska World After All.  

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The "Forever Alone" Pod Is Exactly What It Should Be

Life is great...except for all those people and realities you have to deal with. That's why we love this new "Forever Alone" pod that allows you a quiet, shut off space to enjoy your movies, video games, internet and other anti-social activities.

On Homes and Hues, we mention that the Cozy Room, as it is officially called, is actually a great place for working or studying at home while being able to shut off any distractions, but let's face it -for a lot of people getting away from other people is recreational in itself.

Read more about the new device at Homes and Hues: Need a Quiet Place to Study or Work? Try the Cozy Room


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Celebrate the NeatoShop's 2000th Facebook Follower With This Great Contest

Good news guys, it's contest time again! This time it's to celebrate the NeatoShop Facebook page getting 2000 fans in only a matter of months. We're offering up eight special Transformer toys from our most recent mystery box and a NeatoShop tee shirt. Each entry method in this contest qualifies you for a tee and toy. The contest ends on Friday, June 27 at 11:59 PM PST. 

Wanna play? Here's how you can qualify to win:

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A Viewing Tower Designed to Inspire

If you couldn't tell already, over at Homes and Hues, we love slides and there's no exception when it comes to this amazing viewing tower/slide/clock combination found at the German campus of design company Vitra. The tower is supported by three columns, two of which meet to hold up the giant clock at the top. The tower has a great viewing platform that allows you to oveerlook the entire campus and when you're done, you can easy slide down the 100-foot-long spiral slide.

Find more pictures at Homes and Hues: Vitra Encourages Designers With A Cool New Slide


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A Beach Shack That Looks Better Than My House

This 700 square foot house might just be the most beautiful beach shack ever created. Its open floor plan and sliding walls allow residents to set up their privacy as they see fit and the glass walls make the guests feel like the tiny home is a lot more spacious as they enjoy unparalleled views of the sky and sea.

You can see more great photos of the beautiful home over at Homes and Hues: A Simply Gorgeous Tiny Beach Shack


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