Why Don’t You…?

… transform your headboard into one giant bedtime story?

Vancouver-based graphic designer/photographer Kassandra recently crafted this fantastic book headboard and my mind has been blown to pieces ever since. How great would this be in a kid’s bedroom, filled to the brim with faraway tales and action-packed adventures? Or wouldn’t this make the perfect photo backdrop for a family of bookworms? Such a lovely idea to tackle on a quiet afternoon.

What do you think, friends? Would you fall asleep under your favorite reads?

Image Credit: Design Every Day

p.s. For more headboard inspiration, check out tapestry headboards, painted cross-stitch headboards, and – gasp – a headboard under $100!

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IKEA’s New Baking Book

I have a funny feeling that IKEA is attempting to take over the world. First, well-designed and incredibly well-priced home furnishings, and now they’re chartering publishing territory? Say it ain’t so?

Friends, it is so so. And with beautiful photography and styling (from Evelina Bratell, no less!), it is also so incredibly desirable. And free! If you live in Sweden. If you don’t, I suppose you can live vicariously through the lovely photos online. Have you ever seen a row of ingredients look quite as beautiful as these?:

A: What are these the ingredients for?

Titled ‘Hembakat är Bäst (Homemade Is Best)’, IKEA’s new book (available in the kitchen section of Sweden’s IKEA stores) is a must for food and design lovers of all ages. And just to introduce the book in a fun manner, Grub Street New York has a guessing game going on. I failed miserably, because I don’t bake, but then again, all the more reason to take an impromptu trip to Sweden, yes?

Thanks, IKEA, for making baking pretty. Also, please make Homemade is Best available to us poor souls in the states. And maybe a sample of your shortbread cookies. Thank you and good night!

Image Credit: Carl Kleiner, Ikea

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Subject: books

Just piles and piles of books… and sometimes, massive amounts of them. How do you tackle them all? Or do you really want to? For me, it's part organizational, part visual challenge. It can become a huge mess so very quickly. I usually group my books by subject and content, hence, the organizational theory. But they don't always look good together to be honest. And I have to admit, I often wonder if I could (or would) go the color coded route. It sure looks pretty great when they all sorted out, but will I be able to find the one book that I need desperately when the time comes?

Making a wall of books look good is quite a task, but not impossible I suppose. But what I do love is "accessorizing" with books. A pile of them stacked up on a bench is a favorite of mine, what about yours? Whether it's displaying hundreds of books at one time or just a few favorites by your bedside, it tells a pretty great literary story of our everyday lives. And as I am writing this, an image came to my head: vintage library carts lined up against a long narrow hallway. Wouldn't that be a great alternative to decorating with bookshelves?

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Design Solutions: Get Organized!

If you're anything like me, you love to make lists. I keep lists of movies I'd like to watch, books I'd love to read… and lists I want to make when I'm finished reading through those lists. It's a horrid habit, but I can honestly say I've nearly perfe about us cted my penmanship as a result!

Naturally, my desk can be quite cluttered. In fact, I spent the bulk of my day yesterday transferring Post-It note scribbles onto notebook paper in an attempt to gather my thoughts into one handy binder. Of course, life doesn't always fit within 500 pages, so it's important for me to compartmentalize my thoughts, feelings and various cheese lists.

Thus, my July resolution has been to conquer the paper clutter for all (with these handy notebooks, binders and tools!):

1. Formaticum Cheese Binder, $10
2. Wine Tasting Notebook, $7
3. Things I'd Like To Tweet Pad, $5
4. Restaurants To Check Out, $9
5. Music To Listen To, $8
6. Ticket Stub Diary, $10
7. Funny Things Kids Say, $10
8. Chores and Household Things To Do, $13
9. Menus To Order Takeout From, $22

…and of course, the Ultimate Notebook for people like me? My Listography: My Amazing Life in Lists ($10). Someone grab a #2 pencil; I'm ready to go!

p.s. I may be organized, but I'm certainly not rich. Therefore, my birthday's coming up in August should anyone be feeling extra generous. ;)

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