A backyard suit of armor, a Hello Kitty house, and a Portal cake platter #Reader Round-up#geeky#video games May 16 2011 | Cat Rocketship Come with me this Monday and tiptoe through the Offbeat Home Flickr Group to enjoy uploads from our readers. Y'all did us PROUD this week! Another appearance of whoisjaja's outdoor day bed. I'm continuing to fantasize about my dream afternoon there. (And psst: there's a link to a tour of a fort she built for her kiddo in the Clicky Links!) Amanda, of No Tengo Miedo Clay, tweeted her successful Portal cake stand. Psychojunglerat's suit of armor, negotiated for in her house's purchase contract. Beth took dreamy smartphone photos on a rainy Seattle afternoon. Elka's kiddo Uli makes good use of what looks like a very pleasant and secluded backyard garden. Nice start to the summer! Ariel primped her table for a tea party! And I am intrigued by Allison's brick interiors, eclectic STUFF, and... is that a stainless steel countertop? Enough with the decor porn! Let's see those Clicky Links Hey Sanrio fans, here's a new fantasy vacation: this is a Hello Kitty holiday home available for rent in China. Check out a few additional photos here. Thanks, Leslie! Weird house of the week: a crop circle house in Australia. Decorating ideas to steal from Game of Thrones from Casa Sugar. Hot! I haven't seen this show yet, but my nerds keep gushing about it. Go NOW to Offbeat Mama for the full-on tour of Claudia's backyard kidlet fort. You might remember catching a glimpse of this a few weeks back. Dude-Craft indeed: furniture built from road signs. Yay! Alicia Beck's balloon rugs! And, all y'all geeky crocheters, get on this pattern for a Portal companion cube. Offbeat Home wants your shots! Upload your photographs to our Flickr pool and we'll alllllll look at them. If you want a nudge, take a look at these tips for photographing your home. You can also submit stories, tours, how-tos, questions, and clicky links. Check out the submissions page for all the information. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Cat Rocketship I was the Managing Editor of Offbeat Home for a year and a half. I have a rich Internet life and also a pretty good real life. Hobbies include D&D, Twitter, and working on making our household more self-reliant. I also draw things. PREVIOUS Sanctimommy vs. Discombobumom NEXT Bright yellow, book-filled living room accented with art and religious iconography Show/Hide comments [ 9 ] I am in LOVE with the outdoor day bed. But I have so many questions! What if it rains? How do you deal with the dust/pollen/other detritus that must get all over it? Reply hi victoria, the part above the bed is roofed, so i don't need to get in panic if it rains. the bed consists of selfmade benches, which can be arranged as sitting options or like a daybed. i didn't have problems with the polen or foliage so far, we're not allergic to them. i think in fall the benches will go under the other terrace that have a firplace and is also completely roofed without plants. here is a picture of the same place as sitting corner. http://www.flickr.com/photos/whosjaja/5560895772/in/photostream/ let me know if you have more questions xoxo claudia Reply That's my stainless steel countertop! My guy housemates found it buried in the ground and when they pulled it out it was full of bees. Totally worth it though… 1 agrees Reply That is crazy. But worth it. 🙂 Reply That would have scared me to bits. I would have dubbed it the "Bee counter", constantly quoted Eric Idle, and always been just a teensy bit scared to use it. I'd have the irrational fear that a stray super-bee would be left behind to seek revenge. Bravo to you for being more rational than I am. 1 agrees Reply Hey, that's my suit of armor! It makes me very happy to see it here! And I also need more logistical information about the outdoor bed! Reply hi jenny, cute armor suit! 🙂 to the daybed i just answered it to victoria, so i will just copy if you don't mind: the part above the bed is roofed, so i don't need to get in panic if it rains. the bed consists of selfmade benches, which can be arranged as sitting options or like a daybed. i didn't have problems with the polen or foliage so far, we're not allergic to them. i think in fall the benches will go under the other terrace that have a firplace and is also completely roofed without plants. here is a picture of the same place as sitting corner. http://www.flickr.com/photos/whosjaja/5560895772/in/photostream/ xoxo claudia/whosjaja Reply I'd love an outdoor bed but down here in Australia we get some pretty funky spiders that i'm sure would enjoy the bed too! 1 agrees Reply I really love the look of stainless counters/things with more rustic looking kitchens. We have a 70's-ish kitchen, and really like the way that our stainless appliances make it look modern but loved-in, and can't wait to get our stainless island to complete the look. Thanks for posting some inspiration for us! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.