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Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

It’s Modern Playhouse Time!


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This Lichtenstein house in The High Museum of Art’s front yard got me thinking about modern playhouses the other day:

Doesn’t it look fantastic with the building’s gridded white facade behind it? Depending on where you’re standing, its lines and perspective change.

A lot of my all-time favorite playhouses have been posted over at the fabulous blog created by vintage mavens Alix and Dottie, Modern Kiddo. They brought back many of their readers’ happy memories of The Nut Tree destination rest stop in Vacaville, California in this delightful post. Here’s a peek at just two of the amazing, kid-friendly and colorful designs that were part of The Nut Tree back in the day  (according to their post, it closed in 1996 and some of it was demolished, but re-opened in 2009). How awesome is the graphic design on this funhouse?

I love the modern spirit behind these three modern playhouses. All are made with certified sustainable wood and are pretty easy to assemble. This is the Circle House with Furniture Set from Modern Playhouse:

I love its simple lines and whimsical circle cut-outs. The house is made of plywood and was inspired by Scandinavian fishing shacks. It’s the perfect spot for a tea party.

Next, we have the MD-20 from TrueModern:

This house was designed by Edgar Blazona, is made of eco-friendly sustainable birch plywood and coated in non-toxic finishes. It also has wall-mounted paper tablets that turn it into a little one’s own private art studio.

Finally, we have the Puzzle Playhouse and Furniture Set from Modern Playhouse. It can be stored flat and easily assembled and disassembled on a daily basis, but honestly, it’s so cute, you’ll want to find a special spot to keep it on display all the time.

Do you have happy memories of your playhouse, or have you built one for your kiddos? Please tell us about it in the comments section!


Monday, January 2nd, 2012

2012: Resolve to Stay Inspired


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Ugh. I’m old enough to know I’m never going to stick to any hard and fast resolutions, like losing weight or giving up vices, so I’m not going to sit here and tell you how to clean your closet or reorganize your shoes. However, one thing that keeps me inspired to complete some projects around the house is an ant infestation.

Another thing is looking at beautiful pictures of other peoples’ much more clean and organized homes. So here are a few from Flickr. Thanks to everyone who continues to add their pictures to our Fresh New Spaces Group. Whenever I want a nice little escape from whatever I’m working on, I head over there to get my creative juices flowing.

Love this clean white kitchen from Flickr member aindizain. My kitchen island has NEVER looked so good, but maybe after admiring this picture I will make it look like this.

As for the bedroom, it is NOT that hard to make up your bed everyday. If you find that it is, consider sleeping European-style, with only a bottom sheet and duvet with cover. Rooms like this make me want to get out that weird vacuum cleaner attachment and get those bunnies underneath the bed. Image from Flickr member Tomas Pearce Interior Design Consulting Inc.

Of course, an entryway is the spot where your interior will make it’s first impression, so I like to look at this one with the cool map for inspiration. Posted by Flickr member photo.OP.

Finally, thank you to Danielle over at The Style Files for continuing to collect some of the most beautiful images out there! This living room will help you resolve to have more fun with your décor this year.

If you make one rezzie this year, resolve to stay inspired. When you feel that inspiration waning, seek some out.


Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Ice Cube and Charles and Ray


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I could make that title rhyme with NWA…

This video made my day. While my favorite ep of MTV Cribs is Ice-T showing off his retractable roof (no wait, that’s a lie, my all-time fave Cribs was when Redman showed off his de la casa “bachelor’s crib, don’t even have a coffee table” with the screen-less screen door, his dollah box and his cousin asleep on the floor), I think Ice Cube explaining Charles and Ray Eames’ house is a new favorite house tour classic:

Erika’s favorite line is “this is going green, 1949 style, bitch.” I think mine is “they was doin’ mash-ups before mash-ups even existed.”

I love the way Cube gets to the point, doing an excellent job of describing this iconic mid-century modern house with such eloquence.

To take a run down memory lane and see how Redman was living, check this out. The dollar box does come in handy, and you should have one in the house.


Monday, December 5th, 2011

David Weeks Cubebot: In Action


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Allow me to introduce the David Weeks Cubebot.

Doesn’t he look friendly? He’s a bit of a transformer for architects, though. When you first meet Cubebot, he looks like this:

If you grew up creating all sorts of fun scenarios for G.I. Joe, or if you’re the type of person who gets a laugh from seeing pictures of sock monkeys doing crazy things, you’ll have a lot of fun with Cubebot and all of the crazy hijinks he gets himself into. I’m loving the pictures taken by Ben —– that someone kindly forwarded me last week. Here’s Cubebot living large:

He can build a heck of a blazing fire:

Here Cubebot toasts some marshmallows for ‘Smores:

Ever polite, Cubebot always brings a nice holiday gift for the hostess:

Always conscious of hygiene, Cubebot makes sure to set a good example for the kids and wash his hands before every meal:

Cubebot also likes to take good care of his body, so that you can fit him back into his original cube form:

Someday he’s going to enter the Mr. Universe bodybuilding contest and win; right now he’s working on his pose:

There are several Cubebots to choose from, including small Cubebot, medium Cubebot, and extra large Cubebot, as well as his cousins Julien Cubebot and Guthrie Cubebot. David Weeks makes all kinds of cool wooden toys that are great for tots and grown-ups alike. We love toys that are NOT made out of plastic. He also makes hilarious gorilla shaped ashtrays. Check out all of designer David Weeks’ products here.


Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

The Cooper Hewitt Design Awards


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I just received this email from Cooper Hewitt, urging me to vote for the People’s Design Award this year. It’s a very democratic way of anointing good design with the kudos it deserves:

Every year, the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum confers the National Design Awards, which are chosen by a jury of distinguished design gurus. But do you agree with the experts? Whether it’s handmade or mass-produced, high-end or low brow, if it’s well-designed, we want to hear about it!

Cast your vote on your favorite design from product design to architecture and from graphic design to fashion design.

Well, here at DP we’re a bit biased, because we super-duper love Bow Bins by Cordula Kehrer for Areaware, which are new to our site! So to vote for them, click here.

We also adore the David Weeks Guthrie Cubebot, also up for the award:

Vote for Guthrie here.

Oh, and we love that the Jonas Damon Alarm Clock is one you don’t feel like you need to hide on your nightstand. An ugly digital alarm clock can really wreck a tablescape.

Vote for this gorgeous alarm clock here.

Finally, the classic Kartell Ghost Chair has become a classic icon in its short life:

Click here to show some Louis love.

Finally, for all of you jumping on the ping pong bandwagon, try this handle-less version by Alfred Brodmann.

Vote for the Brodmann Blades PingPong Set here

To see all the other nominees and vote, click here.