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Friday, March 29th, 2013

Enjoy Bright Color Inspired by Easter Eggs

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via PAAS on Pinterest

For lots of folks, this will be a big weekend of hunting for hidden eggs, kids posing with big bunnies, chowing down on peeps and chocolate and brunch with family friends. Whether you celebrate Easter or not, it’s a great time to consider the holiday’s signature color palette. After all (if you’re not currently buried in snow), you may be seeing yellow daffodils, purple crocuses (croci? it’s been awhile since Latin class) and pink tulips emerging from underground bulbs and blooming. Easter egg hues fit right in.

OFFI Tiki Stools

Perhaps some classic PAAS egg dye can inspire the color palette of a playroom? A Tiki Stool in every color around a play table will add vibrance to playroom.

Easter also means lots of Peeps! Get the recipe for this crazy Peep Cake over at marshmallowpeeps.com

OFFI My Pet Lamp Dachshund

These playful pet lamps come in Dachshund, Piggy, Pup, Siamese and TerriBear in yellow, hot pink, blue, orange, green and white.

Jonas Damon Alarm Dock for iPhone 5

Wake up to your favorite tunes and some bold Easter egg color with this stylish alarm clock. It made me do a double-take; check out the way the iPhone fits into the dock and becomes the clock’s face!

Kartell’s La Marie Chairs

Kartells La Marie Chairs have modern lines and are crafted of a contemporary material, but their bright colors are playful and fun.

We love this room full of brightly colored classic mid-century modern furniture from Knoll

Finally, you could go super-literal all year long with the Fauna Bunny Pillow inPink on Natural. This little guy will cheer up any nursery glider, bedscape or sofa.

Happy Easter Everyone!

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Friday, December 21st, 2012

Holiday Cheer

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Hey All! We’ve been having fun playing around with all the fun Holiday stuff on Pinterest and finding a range of images for our Holiday Board. My personal favorite is this holiday bouffant, topped with a star that looks like it’s made out of meringue. I wish I knew more about it and the lovely lady who is rocking it but unfortunately as is so often the case on Pinterest,  the links lead to nowhere:

I’m also loving this vintage magazine cover art from the 1950s; it makes me nostalgic for a time … when I wasn’t even alive … whatever, it’s super and I love that font!

I also admired  this sweet gold-dusted pinecone garland from The Sweetest Occasion blog, to make your own, see the full instructions here.

Photo by Alice G. Patterson

This snowy green trailer-scape is one of the cutest holiday pics around the Pin Boards this season. It makes me want to put on my snow pants and plop myself down into that foot of snow on the Adirondack chairs!

For a list of stunning trees, check out Peachy Green’s 15 Most Beautiful Christmas Trees in the World. This one is my favorite:

Finally, if you are feeling more bah humbug, just watch this video of the most powerful bridge in the world, crank up the Rocky tunes in the background, laugh and maybe even start running in place. It will do you good, I promise! I extra love it when the trucks just keep on going, oblivious to the fact that they have just lost their top layer!

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Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Christmas Trees for Tree Huggers

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Recently, a friend posted this on Facebook:

just curious to know why environmentally conscious people buy real Christmas trees? am i missing something?

I think she was; surely the carbon footprint of manufacturing, shipping and eventually disposing of fake trees is worse for the environment than tree farms, where trees are grown as crops, right? It’s ain’t exactly clear-cropping trees off a mountain (the one complaint I found about these farms is that some use pesticides, otherwise, what’s not to love about them?). Give us your two cents in the comments section.

However, there are some other solutions that should really satisfy the tree-hugging crowd either way; those that upcycle materials like bottles, cans and even over in Belgium, those throwaway extra pieces of china that no longer match anything. Here’s a peek at some very clever tree reuse projects.

1. Design Boom recently posted a 30′ -high tree in Brussels, Belgium, composed of  over 5,000 donated pieces of blue and white china. The tree is by the design firm mooz and it is super cool:

2. Over on Flickr, another lovely tree is made of bottles was beautifully shot by Flickr member gdanny:

found via rubyreusable

3. Here’s a living room tree made out of just-the-right shade of green glass bottles:

4. This outdoor beer can version could bring in a pretty penny at the metal scrap yard:

3 and 4 have been labeled “redneck Christmas trees.” I think we can come up with a much nicer name than that, though it’s eluding me at the moment, because “beer hugger tree” is not a great tagline. Let me know if you come up with a better name for them in the comments section!

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Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Gift Guide for Her

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So far we’ve looked at Gifts for the Office, Gifts for Kids and Gifts for Dudes. Here’s a look at some ideas for the ladies.

First, we’ll take a look at scarves from pom pom trimmed to adorned with jungle animals. We have all shapes and sizes, see the whole selection here. In the meantime, here’s a sampling:

Scaves at Design Public

Design Public Jewelry
Gifts for Her - Bits and Bobs
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Friday, November 30th, 2012

Around the Web This Week

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Hey all! Has this been the world’s longest week or what? I am so excited that it’s finally Friday! There haven’t been many minutes to spare for web surfing (do people still say that, or is it totally 1995?), but we’ve been having fun playing around with our formerly semi-dormant Pinterest account.

1. Pinteresting. If I dive into Jonathan Boivin’s pins, I may never get another post written, so I’m just dipping in a toe. If your eyes need to rest on a lot of cool stuff, check out his Architecture Board. I love a house perched in the woods, especially photographed in snow. Thanks for leading us to the Delta Shelter by Olson Kundig Architects Jonathan!

2. More ethereal architecture. Jonathan’s pins led me over to Gis Van Vaerenbergh’s site, which led me to this amazing project, Reading Between the Lines. A vernacular church reimagined in the landscape, rendered in concrete and steel:

photo by Filip Dujardin

3. Art Basel and shoes. Alright, going in a vastly different direction, I was catching up on a little Neiman Marcus blog action and came across these handpainted Charlotte Olympia Lichtenstein-inspired shoes. In honor of all the Art Basel festivities, Ms. Olympia will be in the Bal Harbour Neiman’s store December 4, hand-painting her Dolly platform pump in the shoe salon. There’s some private event buying and pre-ordering involved. While I wouldn’t dare teeter around on such a platform, I’d put them in a lucite box and admire them:

image via NMDaily

Speaking of Art Basel, I’m in love with this piece, from Spain’s galería elba benítez:

image from Art Basel via galería elba benítez

4. Christmas tunes. What else is going on this week besides trying to avoid bad holiday music? My favorite Christmas song will always be Joan Jett’s version of Little Drummer Boy, with Christmas In Hollis by Run-DMC running a close second, which can be found on the first A Very Special Christmas album with the awesome cover art by the late Keith Haring.

For an entire album that makes for some nice tree-trimming background music, you really can’t go wrong with A Charlie Brown Christmas by the Vince Guaraldi Trio.

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