Having a small and concrete outdoor space doesn’t mean you can’t grow some greenery around your home. In fact, with a little creativity, you can even create something that’s quite unique and remarkable.
This is what Jason Hodges just did at their home. He created something at their concrete backyard that took the internet by storm. Mr. Hodges transformed a barren concrete courtyard into a comfy and cozy day bed out of green grass. And by the looks of it, it’s so perfect for a simple backyard picnic or even for an afternoon relaxing nap. Amazing right?
Here’s the video of the Grass Day Bed courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens YouTube channel.
In the above video, Hodges details how he created his masterpiece by transforming a barren courtyard into a comfy pad made out of real grass. First, he constructs the base of a futon and dresses it with a headboard. He then constructed the top frame where the grass will grow. To finish his project, Hodges used some charcoal stain in the wood for that elegant look.
The type of grass that Jason used was the soft leaf buffalo turf – a low maintenance type of grass that can grow beautifully and has a soft touch. Speaking of maintenance, Jason mentioned that you only need a good pair of sheers and a watering can to keep the Grass Day Bed beautiful at all times.
What do you think of Jason Hodges’ project?
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There are lots of amazing houses and historic buildings around Michigan. There are also gorgeous castles and mansions that are truly extra-ordinary and magical.
If you are a fan of amazing architectures, you will surely love Michigan. And if you are planning to have a quick tour around The Mitten State, here are few of the historic homes that you might want to check out.
Initially designed for a prominent Grand Rapids clothier, the Meyer May House was purchased and meticulously restored by Steelcase and opened to the public in 1987. Today, complete with original furnishings and faithfully executed reproductions, the Meyer May house provides the rare opportunity to experience a Prairie house exactly as Frank Lloyd Wright intended. – meyermayhouse.steelcase.com
The Honolulu House Museum stands in the heart of Marshall’s National Historic Landmark District and is listed on the Historic American Buildings Survey. The house was built in 1860 by the first U.S. consul to the Sandwich Islands. For the next century it served as the residence of four Marshall families, until the Marshall Historical Society was formed in 1961 to purchase it and turn it into a musem. Constructed of Marshall sandstone, the Museum is a wonderful blend of Italianate, Gothic Revival, and Polynesian architecture. The Honolulu House is the headquarters of the Marshall Historical Society. – marshallhistoricalsociety.org
Saarinen House is Eliel Saarinen’s Art Deco masterwork and the jewel of Cranbrook’s architectural treasures. Designed in the late 1920s and located at the heart of Cranbrook Academy of Art, Saarinen House served as the home and studio of the Finnish-American designer Eliel Saarinen (Cranbrook’s first resident architect and the Academy’s first president and head of the Architecture Department) and Loja Saarinen (the Academy’s first head of the Weaving Department) from 1930 through 1950. The extraordinary interior, now impeccably restored, features the Saarinens’ original furnishings, including Eliel’s delicately-veneered furniture and Loja’s sumptuous textiles, as well as early furniture designs by their son Eero Saarinen. cranbrook.edu
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House tells the story of the home life of a prominent American family. The Fords were cultural, social and economic leaders in an era of great optimism, as well as a turbulent time of economic depression and world war. They were nationally prominent and they owned more than one house, but Southeast Michigan was their home. Here they built their final residence along the shores of Lake St. Clair, at a place known locally as Gaukler Pointe. Their impressive yet unpretentious home is where they raised and nurtured their four children – Henry II, Benson, Josephine and William – in a safe and loving environment. It reflects their love of family as well as their mutual passion for art and quality design. – fordhouse.org
The David Whitney Jr. House was built by successful lumber baron David Whitney Jr., one of Michigan’s wealthiest citizens and the wealthiest man in Detroit. He was worth more than $15 million at the time of his death in 1900.
The Whitney mansion is now world famous for upscale dining in Detroit. Completed in 1894, the Motor City landmark retains the exquisite charm of Detroit’s early upper echelon as a venue for all to enjoy.
The Whitney now provides several unique features within the historical property: the fine dining restaurant, The Katherine McGregor Dessert Parlor, The Ghostbar and Gardens. Each has its own unique appeal that guests come specifically to enjoy and sometimes find themselves wandering, spending hours frolicking in the enchantments of the estate. – thewhitney.com
Cranbrook House was the family home of Cranbrook’s founders, George and Ellen Booth, from 1908 until 1949. Today, the estate serves a dual purpose: Its gardens, works of art and first-floor treasures are preserved as a testament to the Booths’ gracious lifestyle, their interest in landscape gardening and their involvement in the American Arts and Crafts movement. Its upper floors house the executive offices of Cranbrook Educational Community, the world renowned National Historic Landmark cultural center the couple created on the grounds of their country estate. – housegardens.cranbrook.edu
The year was 1908 and all over the Keweenaw Peninsula mansions were being built by the wealthy copper mine owners. But here in Laurium the largest and most opulent of them all was just being completed. Built for Thomas H. & Cornelia Hoatson, owner of Calumet & Arizona Mining Co., no expense was spared building this 45 room mansion. At a time when miners were making 25 cents per hour, this house was built at a cost of $50,000 and $35,000 of furnishings were added. The Hoatson’s owned this home until 1949. From 1949-1979 it was owned by Maynard & Jane Hurlburt. After the Hurlburt’s it went through a period vacancy with owners that stripped the mansion of light fixtures, furniture and stained glass windows. In 1989 Julie & Dave Sprenger purchased the vacant mansion and began the repairs and restoration need to open it as the Laurium Manor Inn. Since then we have continued to restore the mansion back into the spectacular home it was back in 1908 when the Hoatson’s moved into their new home. – laurium.info
W.K. Kellogg Manor House is the former estate of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg and his wife, Dr. Carrie Staines Kellogg. Restored to its original grandeur in 2000, the home is rich with history and elegance with natural gardens around a lovely lakeside setting, making the Manor House truly a destination for all. The grounds include a carriage house with chauffeur’s residence, greenhouse with potting shed, caretaker’s cottage, boathouse, an authentic Dutch windmill, and a lakeside pagoda. We welcome tour groups small and large all year-round. Between Chicago and Detroit, the Kellogg Manor House is a wonderful day trip for those interested in history and historic homes. Spend the whole day on KBS property with so many things to do! In addition to touring the inside of the Manor visitors can walk along the lake shore using our historical walking guide to see each of the original structures. Just minutes away guests can visit the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary and Dairy observation barn. – conference.kbs.msu.edu
Fair Lane was much more than a simple domestic haven. It was a private laboratory space for Henry’s tinkering and discoveries, a canvas for Clara’s love of gardens, a retreat to discuss ideas with friends like Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone and John Burrows, a hall for favorite pastimes like music and dance, and a place to gather the grandchildren to share their passions and dreams.
Built on 1,300 acres of farmland, just miles from Henry and Clara’s birth places, most of the estate’s original structures stand today, including the main residence, the powerhouse that supplied energy to the estate, the greenhouse for Clara’s extensive gardens, the boathouse and the stables
The home, one of the first historic sites to be designated a National Historic Landmark, has an eclectic mix of English castle and prairie style, mixing European grandeur and Midwestern charm. The grounds and gardens were designed by esteemed landscape architect Jens Jensen. – henryfordestate.org
Meadow Brook Hall is the historic home built by Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of auto pioneer John Dodge, and her second husband, Alfred Wilson. Constructed between 1926 and 1929, it was the center of a country estate that included 1,500 acres, numerous farm buildings, recreational facilities, several residences and formal gardens. The rich Meadow Brook history spans from its origins with the Dodge and Wilson families to the founding of Meadow Brook Hall and Oakland University today. – meadowbrookhall.org
Now tell me, which ones of these historic homes and buildings are your favorites?
Michiganders are known for loyalty for their sports team. Their love, fascination and undying support for their sports team is simply outstanding.
This kind of sports team obsession is nothing new anymore for most Michiganders. In the series of old footage below, you’ll witness how much they enjoy watching and supporting their favorite sports teams and icons back in the 1920s.
Players practice at the University of Michigan. Mid 1920s. The video shows University of Michigan Wolverines warming up and doing some routines. Cool right?
At the new stadium in Lansing, the Michigan State known as the Michigan Agricultural College (MAC) back then, play rival University of Michigan Wolverines. The U of M defeats M.A.C when varsities clash after dedication of stadium at Lansing. Illinois vs. U of M game also displayed. This video was recorded in 1923.
This video simply shows how deep the rivalry is between Michigan and the Ohio State. In this video that was record in 1926, the Wolverines defeated the Buckeyes.
This video shows the extreme excitement of fans as they watch the Detroit Tigers play against the Yankees back in 1926. The video also captured Mrs. Babe Ruth and Mrs. Earl Whitehall watching the game.
Amazing right? Now we know why MICHIGANDERS are so obsessed (in positive way) with their sports teams and athletes.
Note: The featured image shows Michigan Wolverines football team of 1899.
Michigan is rich with natural wonders such as rivers, lakes, waterfalls, caves, mountains and forest. Each and every city in Michigan is blessed with wonders of nature that are truly amazing and beautiful.
Aside from the breathtaking gifts of nature, The Great Lakes State is also known for world-class man-made attractions. You can find one of those attractions in Traverse City – The Fairy Trails.
The Fairy Trails of Traverse City opened on May 1st 2016. It’s located along the Cedar Cathedral Trail at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. The trailhead is located near the water tower right outside of ELF | Eat Learn Frolic, 1371 Gray Drive, Suite 400, Traverse City, MI 49684.
This magical place is open for kids of all ages (even parents and adults are allowed) to explore, discover and build their very own fairy houses using all natural materials. Pinecones, shells, branches and flowers are the most commonly used items in building a fairy house.
Exploring the Fairy Trails is a fun filled adventure! You can discover lots of tiny houses and buildings that are inspired by fairy tale fantasies and wild imaginations. This could be a great family activity this season of fall!
For more information about The Fairy Trails, visit this webpage from LifeandWhim.com
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This almost 2 minute video will give you a glimpse of few of the many wrecked ships that lie dormant beneath the surface of Lake Michigan. It’s quite an amazing sight to see specially if you are a fan of old shipwrecks. Watch it now!
Deep beneath the surface of Lake Michigan, hundreds of wrecked ships lie dormant, teeming with undiscovered artifacts. It’s up to Caitlin Zant, a maritime archaeologist with the Wisconsin Historical Society, to venture underwater and unearth the secrets buried in the Lake’s cold waters. Get ready for a plunge hundreds of years in the making.
Cleaning the house and keeping it dirt-free all the time is probably one of the most tiring and annoying tasks ever! The time it will take and the effort you have to make just to make sure your house is clean day and night is always at its highest, right?
If you are dead tired of cleaning up the mess and you wish there are some ways to speed up the cleaning process, you are in great luck right now. Below is a video that gives you clever ideas and tips to clean everything at your house quicker than ever.
So, what do you think of the above mentioned tips and tricks?
If you have kids at home, this video can potentially save them from great danger. This video offers real life and practical advice in child-proofing furniture and appliances.
Too frequently, the results of children climbing unsecured furniture and appliances have been tragic when they were crushed or trapped under the weight of the things that toppled over.
For example, a TV falling from an average sized dresser can strike a child with the force of thousands of pounds. On average, one child dies every two weeks when a TV, furniture or appliance falls onto them. Don’t let your kids suffer this kind of fate. Watch this video and start securing and childproofing your home.
If you are into tiny homes and mobile living, you will surely love this!
The video below shows John and his very own House Truck. John retired from the construction industry at age 45 to pursue his dream of nomadic lifestyle. Now age 75, he and his family (wife and two kids) still enjoys travelling almost around the globe with his very own tiny house truck.
John’s house truck have two water tanks, an outdoor shower, solar panels, propane appliances and ample storage.
John is no stranger to building tiny homes, house trucks, expedition vehicles and DIY campers. In fact, he has designed and built twelve mobile alternative dwellings in the last 35 years!
For more of John and his tiny homes and house trucks, visit the following posts.
At first look, this lovely home of Charles Sacilotto and Marie Granmar looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. The house is fully wrapped with glass enclosure making it “mysterious” from the outside. But the thing is, from the inside, this home is just like any other regular home you regularly see around.
So, why did they or what makes them decide to have their house encased in glass? The answer is below.
Instead of building a new house, the couple decided to purchase this small home located at Stockholm archipelago and construct the greenhouse around it.
“Originally Sacilotto looked for an empty lot to build an entirely new Naturhus, but he eventually settled on an old summer house on the Stockholm archipelago. Using Warne’s design, he covered the small summer house, plus an addition, in 4 millimeter glass. The footprint of the greenhouse is nearly double that of the home, leaving plenty of room for a wrap-around garden, and since inside the bubble it’s a Mediterranean climate, the couple now grow produce atypical for Sweden (e.g. figs, tomatoes, cucumbers).”
The greenhouse glass is built out of 4 millimeters thick security glass. It is designed to withstand outside elements and temperature making it really helpful during cold weather.
“The average temperature in Stockholm in January is -3°C (27°F). For Marie Granmar and Charles Sacilotto it can be much warmer thanks to the greenhouse that blankets their home. For example at the end of January it can be -2°C outside and it can be 15 to 20°C upstairs,” explains Sacilotto.”
The favorite spot and beloved feature of this house is the glass-covered roof deck. Since there’s no longer need for a roof, the couple removed it and now have a large space for sunbathing, reading or playing with their son on swings and bikes.
The couple also maintains fruit and vegetable gardens, grape trees, and even a small goldfish pond – all within the greenhouse walls. Sacilotto and Granmar water their plants with rainwater collected from underground cisterns and have even installed their own sustainable independent sewage system.
Get a tour inside of this awesome house. Watch the video below.
Would you want to have a house a like this?
Living, visiting and traveling in Michigan is one of the best life experience you can ever have. If you are thinking about spending some time at The Mitten State, this video can surely convince you to do it at the soonest time possible. Enjoy!