Sunday, October 9, 2011


First off, I want to say THANKS!

This blog gave me a way to build the first part of my portfolio, find some amazingly talented folks online, and spread what I love most. Design. After moving from my apartment in Corpus Christi, I have found that I am not spending the same amount of time reading blogs or writing as I did. My heart is telling me to keep it short and sweet, so I have decided to end "Hoynotmanana"

I have had a great time, and appreciate every one's input. From now on, I will be focusing more on design in my hometown of Austin, TX. Handmadebrokeass is still up, and I will continue to post projects on there!

Thank you everyone, stay inspired!

Luke Hoy

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Handmade Broke-A$$

Considering my current financial situation, I have not had the resources to run out and furnish my apartment with anything I really WANT, actually, I haven't had the resources to buy anything over five dollars.

Now don't think that's going to stop me from having the hottest pad you can fathom. No way.

Introducing "Handmade Broke-A$$"

A blog for people like me, who want a clever, chic and fun apartment for LITTLE to NOTHING. I'm telling you, my living room has cost me a total of

Please check it out, and please follow!


Monday, August 15, 2011

Look, Snap, Repeat.

New Vow: Take my camera with me EVERYWHERE.

I already take my notebook with me at all times, if I don't have it I feel as if I am missing everything. I get much of my inspiration from taking a path I have never gone down on my bike or simply walking into a thrift store. The best part? You don't
have to have the inspiration! Photos are much cheaper!

Stay inspired!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Mystic Visions:Linda's apartment

Linda and her forest animal friends, taken last week.

A few beers and a good, long talk decided the direction of Linda's 1980s townhouse. Think of the most mystic, enchanted dream you have ever had. Think of a thin, light fog rolling over a 1980s, pastel toned pad. Feminine, magical, semi-sparkly and very dramatic.(Yet still livable) This is her new home:

The feeling of the apartment, all in one picture!

Foyer: The lightest, mistiest yellow throughout. Brought in through some kind of pattern(stripes?) Yellow is such a welcoming color and is very well suited for her entryway. There will be some sort of "Drop pad" for her keys, purse, etc. Very practical and welcoming space!

1/2 Bath: This is literally the SMALLEST space I have ever been in, most people would see this as a downfall but personally, I love it. It's not really being used at the moment, but who doesn't love that convenient little room when you don't want to run upstairs? Linda is an avid needle pointer, so I'm thinking of taking some sorta needle point pattern blown up to cover the whole bathroom in a pixelated pastel pattern. Going to the bathroom has never been SO FUN!

Stairwell: Here's the kicker-Literally. Albert is painting a HUGE, dreamy unicorn mural(did I mention Linda collects Unicorns?) The carpeting is a deep blue, so it will go great with the mural. Unicorns are usually associated with rainbows, but this one will be all faded pastels and gradients. No strong colors.

The rest of the apartment? Well, you'll just have to wait! I don't want to give ALL my secrets away!

Stay magical...I mean inspired!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Inspiration: Vintage Sewing Patterns


"A dime a dozen!", "Harder than they look!", "Those things?!"

All things I have heard people say about sewing patterns. The fact of the matter is, they are AWESOME! Just the "Views" on the front are inspiring pictures of past style, color and form.

The best part?

They usually are about a dime a dozen!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

SICK! Hospital Style

I'm not sick, but I have recently become enamored with the hard lines of hospital style and would love to find a way to incorporate it into my new apartment.

Think clean lines and a certain starkness, mix in a little glamour and you have quite the space. I'm not just talking modern but something else, something with a little more of a sinister, menacing beauty. Edge.(and hygienic too!)

Vials, Flowers in test tubes, Crispness, Multiple telephones on one wall. Imagine what a cool space this could make!

Unfortunately, The computer I'm on will only allow me to put up one picture, more when I get home!

Stay inspired and stay healthy!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Getting here

I must apologize for my absence! The last couple of weeks have been filled with job searches, moving in and getting things squared away as well as riding our bikes around and walking Mickey while discovering my new city.

I still have NO furniture, NO plants and a less then blog worthy apartment at the moment, but some pictures with my new pad and some inspirations around Austin(there are so many!) will be up soon!

Stay tuned and stay inspired!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Adiós, Home! Hola, Austin!

I saw you as a diamond in the rough, a sub-tropical fantasy, a 1930's dream home.

I cleaned you up, brought you to life. I made you fresh again.

I tasted the summer grapes from the arbor over the fountain, looked out my sun room window to see giant sunflowers staring back at me. I ran in circles chasing my dog from room to room, napped in your quiet peace and fell in love in your garden.

You will always be my first home, My first project and most importantly my first love.

Farewell, 805 Coleman Avenue.

It was time, I could have worked on my beloved apartment for years before I got the perfection that I desired. So, I have decided to make the move to Austin, Texas. I'm planning to go a lot further in my career here and have a lot more fun as well! Austin is known for its music but I can't wait to dive into it's design world. I cannot express how excited I am.

Things I'm looking forward to in Austin and the look we are leaning towards in the new apartment:
This would make an amazing light fixture.

Distressed mirrors.

Punchy fun.
Align Center

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Chalkboard Paint: Cliché

I apologize. Someone has to blow the whistle.

It's true...I too love the functionality and D.I.Y ease of painting something with chalkboard paint and have taken part in this trend.

Chalkboard paint is wonderful because it adds contrast to a space, is easily changeable and extremely functional for making lists, writing down ideas, leaving love notes...
But come'on!

I hope I'm not the only one who feels like this trend has gone a little overboard(Think birds on everything...that kinda overboard.) It seems like nearly every post on many of the major design blogs(not naming names.) features a chalkboard in the kitchen, on the fridge, anywhere! This trend is no longer surprising, exciting or inspiring. I think it's time to look into new ways of making notes. It can still be easy, it can still be edgy, but please lets not make it chalky.

Stay Inspired!

Monday, June 13, 2011

This song's been stuck in my head all day!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

There Is Magic All Around You

A week ago I turned Twenty years old! For quite awhile now I have promised myself I would buy a sewing machine and learn to sew. Here's my birthday present to myself! I'm excited, Knowing how to sew opens up so many doors in design and makes it much easier to make things the way YOU want them to look!

I love this fixture, Very 70's but it has great shape. Imagine the color scheme changed up a bit.
The best designers of all and always an inspiration. ANTS!
Just plain creepy.

Favorite inspiration of the day. This building makes me want to sit down and watch "Broadcast" I could base a whole look off of this building, seriously.

Looks pretty slummy at the moment but I LOVED this piece of property. Imagine a tropical row-house kinda feel. Not tropical colors but plants of course. Center staircase and the balcony would make this place pop. SO much potential!
Another view, I love how it's connected to two buildings, probably an afterthought.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

June 9th, 2011 Inspirations

Today I went through one of the older, low income neighborhoods in my city on the search for cool color schemes, amazing texture and tones and anything else that would catch my attention and inspire to the fullest. I am always fascinated by what people do to bring beauty and happiness into they're lives. It is inspiring to me that low income or not we all want beauty in our lives. Necessity is the mother of invention!

I love the contrast in styles, beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.

Prickly Pear & Palms=Perfect. Who knew?

I love the pure bolt of joy that Esperanza brings.

Quite an amazing shape, I have no clue what the shadow was coming from!
A beautiful color scheme.
Makes me want a slop sink, so useful!