A cup of tea is supposed to be calm and relaxing, but not when you spend half the time fishing your tea bag out of the cup only to tie a wet string around the handle (which inevitably comes undone, too). Try this instead: the Tie Tea Cup by George Lee, which features a simple (but so well-thought-out) design that allows you to securely anchor your tea string to the lip of your mug. So much more relaxing.
How adorable are these tree ornaments from Urban Outfitters? I don’t even celebrate Christmas and they make me want to decorate a tree. Choose from cutesy food designs of cupcakes, sushi rolls, TV dinners, or a sparkling pickle (this one’s for you, Snooki). Other cheeky items to spruce up your tree include unicorns, beer cans, owls, and mustaches (to each their own, we suppose). [$8-20, Urban Outfitters] Keep reading »
Combine history, design, and romance, and of course you get a winner: Originally fashioned as a hair restraint for samurai warriors, Mizuhiki grew into a Japanese cord-tying art form used as decorative symbolism. Playing with table design, Japanese company Oey combines Mizuhiki with chopsticks, binding them together with brightly colored twine. In the end, this symbolizes the act of enjoying a meal with a loved one and the wish of “being together forever.” (Aww!) Put these on the list for cute anniversary presents and wedding favors.
Out of all the crazy fan products out there, this “Twilight” toilet decal is among the more deranged we’ve seen. (Seriously, the bathroom is a place where you leave all relationships at the door.) But, for “New Moon” die-hards, they can now go pee with Robert Pattinson staring them right in the ass (or, if you stick him on the inside of the lid, guys will go full-frontal).
We were going to end this post by making a joke about how people who deck out their toilet might as well just make their bathrooms completely “Twilight”-themed. Until we realized that, yup, you can get shower curtains, hand towels, and even toilet paper in the drama’s theme. Images after the jump. [GalleyCat/Mediabistro] Keep reading »
In The Girl Who Plays With Fire, the second book in the Stieg Larsson series, off-kilter heroine Lisbeth Salander blows major cash in an Ikea shopping spree (it is Sweden after all). Apartment Therapy has compiled (nearly) all of her purchases into this handy image based on the product details revealed in the book. The only thing we would have done differently is throw in a Billy’s Pan Pizza for fun (even though you can’t buy Lisbeth’s favorite frozen food at Ikea). [Apartment Therapy] Keep reading »
Our motto is “Happy homes make happy people.” But do happy jail cells make happy inmates? Now, we’ve heard that Century Regional Detention Facility inmates aren’t allowed to decorate their cells — a lesson Paris Hilton learned the hard way during her stint there in 2007, when her family photos were ripped off the wall by a guard. But since the “Pimp My Cell” online game lets players add everything from photos of Perez Hilton to a bouquet of flowers to an imaginary cell, we thought we’d do some armchair decorating for Lindsay.
Like any good decorator, we’ll start by identifying the challenges with the space: Small size, no natural light (there’s only one six-inch window) and blah walls. And consulting our archive of designer advice and product reviews, we’ll take it all on. Read more … Keep reading »
A couple months ago, I started reading The Pioneer Woman blog. It’s run by a woman named Ree Drummond, who has a cowboy for a husband, and a crew of kids, and lives on a ranch in Oklahoma. She’s like Dooce, but not so cranky. She writes about her life, and posts photographs, and blogs about cooking. By doing this, she’s gotten famous and successful. Currently, her life is being turned into a movie starring Reese Witherspoon, and she’s written a cookbook. Supposedly, her blog gets in the neighborhood of 13 million page views a month. So I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised when, recently, she wrote a post in which she was giving away three candy apple red Kitchen Aid mixers. It retails for up to $400. To enter to win, all you had to do was a post a comment in which you stated your level of happiness on a scale of one to 10. That give-away post got nearly 43,000 comments. I don’t know how many comments the most commented-on post on The Frisky has gotten, but I know it’s not 43,000 (although we haven’t started giving away mixers — yet). That that many people wanted a free mixer has boggled my mind. It just seems strange to me. A mixer? Really? Enlighten me, girls. [The Pioneer Woman] Keep reading »
What sometimes controversial tell-it-like-it-is television talk show host owns a behemoth Beverly Hills mansion that includes this garish (or, some might say, opulent), funhouse-like breakfast room lined with dizzying, beveled mirrors? Find out … Keep reading »
British artist Jessica Harrison’s figurines kind of scare the crap out of me. Can you imagine your guest’s reaction if you just casually placed the Maria figurine, a woman pulling out her guts, in your curio cabinet. Arrrggggghhhhh! After the jump, a few more of Jessica’s frightening figurines. [Jessica Harrison] Keep reading »
Just a few years ago, Stefani Germanotta was living in a small apartment in New York City while working hard to make it in the music business. These days, she’s headlining Madison Square Garden, capriciously writing on Birkin bags with Sharpies, and strutting around in Alexander McQueen heels. But that’s not all. When Lady Gaga isn’t on the road entertaining her little monsters, she’s chilling in some majorly spacious digs — her six-bedroom, eight-bathroom mansion in Bel-Air! Talk about a lifestyle change. And though she’s experienced some money issues in the past, having already reported losses of about $3 million dollars, Gaga clearly can’t put a lock on her expenses, and is shelling out $25,000 a month for her brand-new house. The gorgeous property spans about 6,143 square feet, boasts a gate, marble floors, curved staircase, huge pool and a gourmet kitchen. Hopefully, her good luck and fame continues in order to keep up with the spending habit she’s acquired. Check out another photo, after the jump … [Real Estalker] Keep reading »