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We like these psychologically challenging Psycho Diagnostik coasters from Atypyk that feature a Rorschach test on each one. At your house party, your guests are sure to have fun puzzling over whether what they’re looking at is a mongoose, a mother, or the Virgin Mary. One can assume your guests’ interpretations will get more puzzling the more Riesling they enjoy. Self-psychoanalysis: it’s the new party favor. $18 for a set of 10. [The Cut] Keep reading »
IKEA has helped many young college students and families get their homes furnished on the cheap. It’s also helped us organize our offices, furnish our bedrooms, stock our kitchens and prepare for the real world. IKEA’s catalog is a wonderland of visual inspiration and, for me, little Post-it bookmarks! Oh yeah, they also make great meatballs.
But IKEA — and its loyal fans — probably didn’t expect that the brand would become so popular that it would become the catalyst for a number of websites and businesses. The spawn of IKEA, so to speak. Here are some of my favorite sites and products inspired by the Swedish furniture giant. Read more … Keep reading »
A pretty crystal vase is all well and good, but something a little more fun is often in order. These homme/femme vases are both cute and cheeky, turning the classic man and woman bathroom symbols on their heads by associating them with something pretty and lovely-smelling instead of, well, toilets. You can buy them separately or together to create a pretty little flower couple.
When lustful shopping trips through Crate & Barrel leave me fantasizing about redecorating, winning the lottery, or going back to school for interior design, I have to get creative. Now I have a new store to stalk online, Huset, a website devoted to modern Scandinavian design for the home. Huset, which means “the house,” sells tons of products, along the lines of Anthropologie or Urban Outfitters with a more modern twist. From coat racks in the shape of tiny birds to patterned seat cushions, I’m ready to redecorate every room in my apartment, and the festive colored dishes and tea towels make me want to have a dinner party … and I don’t even know how to cook. Aside from goodies for home decorating, there are lots of adorable fashion items. Check out the totes and messenger bags in funky patterns, or the oversized watches, braided jewelry, and loose-fitting pants. Oh, and don’t forget the Swedish clogs. All in all, I’m sold. [Huset] Keep reading »
Take a look at the photo and read through the clues. Can you figure out which celebrity lives here?
What Grammy award-winning rap world royal owns this Hollywood Hills home office that includes works by art stars Russell Young and Takashi Murakami? He’s become as famous — if not more famous — for his out-sized ego and award show antics as he is for his music. Read the hints … Keep reading »
Beyonce and mom Tina Knowles are bringing their luxe style to a department store near you. Their home decor lines, House of Dereon and Dereon, feature bedding influenced by Europe, bohemian chic, and dressmaking. Both lines will offer sheet sets, coverlets, comforters, pillow shams, and decorative pillows, but the embroidery-oriented House of Dereon caters to the more adult and sophisticated consumer, whereas the more print-oriented Dereon collection is for the 15 to 30 year olds. Think of it this way: House of Dereon is for the master bedroom and Dereon is for student or recent grad’s bedroom.
If you’ve outgrown thrift store couches and dollar store home decor but don’t want to pay full price for fancy furnishings, today’s your lucky day. Gilt Groupe, the wonderfully addictive shopping site, is expanding its Gilt Home offerings to 15 sales per week from more than 200 brands, including Cuisinart, Ligne Roset, and Missoni Home. Prices will be low — up to 70 percent off retail — but since everything, from furniture to art, is for sale, you’ll probably end up spending more than you would on a trip to Ikea. For those of us who don’t have room for another armchair, smaller accessories and gourmet food are for sale, too, and I can attest that this stuff makes for great gifts — my mom got a set of candles from Gilt for Mother’s Day. [Gilt Home] Keep reading »
It can be hard to get creative with your decor in shoebox-sized apartments. (Unless, of course, you count using half of your bed for shoe storage “creative” instead of plain sad.) Those of us who’ve grown accustomed to the tiny space, however, have learned to jump on every opportunity for adorableness that can be had without making tight quarters even tighter. When we saw these staggered mini-shelves, we got excited. They’re a cute, easy-to-install way to say make shelves a little more visually interesting than they’d normally be. Though the mini-shelves are used for sunglasses here, they’d work great for displaying any collection you’ve got, from sparkly jewelry to that epic action figure collection. [Apartment Therapy] Keep reading »