• why, hello there

    Welcome to vmac+cheese. Here I'll share with you my love for all things food, interiors, design and style. I like to think of it as musings on a life worth living.
  • CATEGORIES

    eat style design beauty BTS series SF Living things I love



  • the word

  • the fine print

    Unless otherwise specified, all content, recipes and photographs on this site were created by me.

    I do my absolute best to link back to photos found from other sources, both via click-throughs and image credit listings. Feel free to use photos and recipes from this site, but please link back to this blog as your source.

    Copyright 2008-2012, vmac+cheese. All rights reserved.

    Read more about my site and privacy policies here.

    Creative Commons License


    site graphic design by the amazing
    Erika Brechtel, small shop
  • wordpress analytics

Trash Heap

In today’s Times, there was a great story about a man in Huntsville, TX (not too far from Houston!) who’s building affordable homes from recycled materials, all for low income families. Dan Phillips, who the Times reported has been “an intelligence officer in the Army, a college dance instructor, an antiques dealer and a syndicated cryptogram puzzle maker,” began building homes from “trash” about 12 years ago.

I know what you’re thinking. Flimsy, ugly homes made of recycled styrofoam, faded plastic siding, with shredded cardboard for insulation, right? (can they even do that?). But how wrong you would be! Phillips has made some truly amazing homes by getting really creative with unwanted and recyclable materials. A chair made out of cattle bones? A ceiling made from picture frames? Pretty neat. These homes might not be to everyone’s taste, but the way Phillips reuses materials is clever and inspiring. Here are some of my favorite ideas:

cork floor

A floor made entirely of corks. It must feel so great on the feet! And I wonder if the comforting, musty smell of old cork mixed with the faintest hints of wine would perfume your house?

frame ceiling

I don’t know if I could actually live here forever, but I think this is such an ingenious idea. Using frame corner examples that a frame shop was going to toss, Phillips created an artful detail on this home’s ceiling. It lends so much texture to the space, and helps make the room feel tall and grand. Very beautiful in its own way. More great ideas after the jump.

mirror shards

Phillips also pieced together broken mirror shards along an entire wall in one of his home’s living areas. The effect? A stunning art installation, that probably looks great with both daylight and a more subdued nighttime lighting scheme. Here’s another shot of the mirrored wall, as it’s being put together:

mirror2

shingles

It’s not right for every home, but you can’t deny that this “storybook” inspired roof — made from reclaimed shingles that Phillips lined up by color — isn’t totally unique. With the right architecture, this roof would be the ultimate in “wow” factor.

dutch door

If you can find that many corks for a floor, you’re bound to find a few bottles to go along with it, right? Phillips used the bases of wine bottles to create the top part of this Dutch door. I absolutely love the interplay of light and dark greens, with speckles of yellow and rust colored bottles together. This same idea could be applied to any thick slab of wood, then used as a table. It would be especially at home in a garden or on a patio.

To see more of Phillips’ work and to read about his incredible organization that brings beautiful homes to low income families, check out this article. You can also see the full slideshow of Phillips’ homes here.

Write a Comment -- I love hearing from you!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: