December 19, 2013

Fireplace for the Holidays?

So, you don’t have a fireplace for the holidays? No way for Santa to get in, huh. Whatever will you do? Well, there’s nothing like the power of imagination. This chalkboard-paint creation is the perfect solution to a festive holiday mantle. Ok, so you might need a space heater handy for warmth, but what a cheerful and fun solution for  hanging those stockings by the chimney with care.

This simple project is made with a painters drop cloth, primed and then painted with chalkboard paint. Sew in a rod pocket, and design away! Happy Holidays.

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November 25, 2013

Why Don’t You…?

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… mirror your headboard?

The headboard is so often the focal point of any bedroom, so why not jazz it up in a big way? Here, a former vanity mirror doubles as a show-stopping headboard in a quirky, unique fashion.

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November 21, 2013

Bright Idea: Repurposed Storage

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Show me a women that has ample space for shoes and I’ll show you the Loch Ness Monster. Still, it’s every gal’s dream to have a perfectly organized closet with plenty of room for new additions – color-coordinated and labeled would be nice, too, yes?

Alas, we live in the reality of cramped storage spaces and tiny dwelling dimensions – and too much stuff to stash. Yet by re-purposing a few smart solutions, our reality might be a touch more inspired, yes? Here’s a trick:

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November 19, 2013

Product of Your Environment

I’ve reached a moment in my life that if I am going to add anything material to it, it has to meet a rigorous set of qualifications.  These include, but are not limited to, does it have purpose?  How much space does it take up?  Will it break easily? Do I really need it?  Will my children ruin it in 15 minutes or less?  Will my husband question it’s necessity ad-nausea until I no longer want it either?

Regardless of those first questions, the real test is if it is designed well for both form and function and is it fun?  That’s why I was so excited to come across British designer, Rebecca Chiddy’s functionally-humorous collection of products available at her website, Product of Your Environment.

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With an intent of injecting humor and surprise into everyday items, Rebecca has created a line of products for the home that are completely functional, but don’t take themselves too seriously.  It is this playfulness while retaining respect for application that draws me into her work.  Whether a pie plate with a pie graphic (above) or a tea set with cocktail hour intentions (below), each piece thoughtfully challenges our ideas of usefulness function and design.
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I especially love the irony of the classic name necklace re-imagined with darker messages (below).  Also available: Neurotic, Frisky, Available and more.

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This playful jigsaw jigsaw puzzle is as beautifully crafted as it is tongue-in-cheek.

 

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And who wouldn’t love a set of these frame-inspired pillow cases adorning their bed?

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Lastly, as a mom of a kid who LOVES the beach and a wife to a man who hates clutter, I just loved this idea of a beach bucket turned planter.  Add to it the über-hip city scape and I’m definitely going to make this a product of MY environment.bucket-vase

Rebecca sells a wide variety of items through her website, Product of Your Environment, and for us US customers, she has also licensed some items to Fred and Friends.

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Images via Product of Your Environment

November 18, 2013

A Tiny Getaway

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What do you get when you cross an inspired architect with a summer getaway that’s just 35 square meters large? The coziest cabin around.

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