You Can Order a Stunningly Detailed LEGO Replica of Your House on Etsy

Shari Austrian
Shari Austrian

LEGO blocks can be used to construct fictional starships and works of abstract art, but there's something comforting in replicating what's familiar to you. That's the concept behind Little Brick Lane, an Etsy shop that promises to custom-build detailed LEGO models of real homes.

Designer Shari Austrian tells Apartment Therapy that the idea came to her when her family was building their real-life house. Her twin boys had recently gotten her interested in LEGO, so she decided to construct a scaled-down, blocky replica to match their new home. She enjoyed the project enough to launch a business around LEGO architecture on Etsy at the end of 2017.

Austrian bases her designs off interior and exterior photos of each house, and if they're available, architectural plans. Over eight to 10 weeks, she constructs the model using LEGO pieces she orders to match the building design perfectly, recreating both the inside and outside of the house in the utmost detail.

To request a custom LEGO abode of your own, you can reach out to Austrian through her Etsy shop, but warning: It won't come cheap. A full model will cost you at least $2500 (the exact price is based on the square footage of your home). That price covers the cost of the materials Austrian invests in each house, which can add up quick. "The average LEGO piece costs approximately 10 cents," she tells Mental Floss, and her models are made up of tens of thousands of pieces. But if you're looking for something slightly cheaper, she also offers exterior-only models for $1500 and up.

For your money, you can be confident that Austrian won't skimp on any details. As you can see in the images below, every feature of your house—from the appliances in your kitchen to the flowers in your yard—will be immortalized in carefully chosen plastic bricks.

A bedroom made of LEGO

A kitchen model made of LEGO

The exterior of a house made of LEGO

[h/t Apartment Therapy]

All images courtesy of Shari Austrian.

This Is What the Rooms From Famous Paintings Look Like in Real Life


If you're looking for interior design inspiration, check out the work of famous artists. Some of the most memorable pieces from painters like Vincent Van Gogh, Grant Wood, and Roy Lichtenstein depict ordinary rooms in colorful styles. Now, the digital home improvement marketplace HomeAdvisor has made recreating these scenes in your own home as easy as possible: The images below translate six rooms from iconic paintings into real life.

To bring these artworks in the real world, HomeAdvisor created computer-generated models, taking liberties with some details to make the spaces feel more convincing. In the recreation of Van Gogh's The Bedroom—originally inspired the painter's room in Arles, France—the colors have been toned down slightly, but the cozy, peaceful atmosphere remains. Roy Lichtenstein’s Interior With Restful Paintings has been transformed from a pop art painting to a mod living room with splashes of color.

There's a painting for every design style, from Konstantin Korovin's rustic kitchen to Eduard Petrovich Hau's lavish sitting room fit for royalty. You can check out every artwork and the digital model it inspired by watching the GIFs below.

Want more ways to bring an artistic touch to your living space? Here are some suggestions for using color in your home.

Real-life version of Konstantin Korovin’s ‘Interior’

Real-life version of Kandinsky’s ‘My Dining Room’

Real-life version of Grant Wood’s ‘The Sun Shine on the Corner’

Real-life version of Roy Lichtenstein’s ‘Interior with restful paintings’

Real-life version of Vincent Van Gogh's painting.

Real-life version of Eduard Petrovich Hau’s ‘Empress Alexandra Feodorovna’s Sitting Room, Cottage Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia’

The Reason Why Wine Bottles Have Dents in the Bottom

ForsterForest, iStock via Getty Images
ForsterForest, iStock via Getty Images

A lot of what you think you know about wine may actually be a myth, and that includes the purpose of the dent in the bottom of a bottle. While it served an important function centuries ago, the design feature today is cosmetic at best—and deceitful at worst.

According to Wine Spectator, the dimple raising up the floor of your wine bottle is actually called a punt. Prior to the Industrial Revolution, all wine bottles were handmade by glassblowers, and these punts were added to ensure they could stand upright. Today, most wine bottles are made by machines, and it would be easier to manufacture them with even bottoms that lay flat than it was 200 years ago. But because of tradition, the punt has endured.

The wine industry has found alternate uses for the archaic dent over the years. It creates a natural place to hold a wine bottle, and when pouring a glass, the proper technique is to rest your thumb in the bottle's indent. The punt can also be exploited to trick customers into thinking they're getting more than what they paid for. Two wine bottles stored next to each other on a shelf may appear to be the same size, but if one has a deeper dent, it actually contains less liquid.

The depth of a bottle's punt also used to be a marker of value, and some wine manufacturers continue to exaggerate the indents at the bottom of the glass to pass it off as high-quality. But as is the case with the heft or the color of your wine bottle, these cosmetic features have nothing to do with the caliber of the product inside.

The wine world feels a lot less intimidating when you realize a lot of its conventions are meaningless, like the rules that reds must be served with meat or that corks are better than twist caps. Here are some more wine myths to look out for.

[h/t Wine Spectator]