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Love Nest: The Coolest Wallpaper We’ve Ever Seen

Attention decorating aficionados! If you’ve never used some really cool-looking wallpaper to add some life to any and all rooms in your house, you have to get with the program. (Never will I forget the pink and green peacock-printed dining room I once had, or the trees-in-a-forest walled living room that made everything seem so cozy.) I just had the privilege of meeting super-cool artist Este Lewis who has taken the concept of kitsch wall accents to the next level by capturing everyday objects, like Saltines, candy dots, pencils, colorful fuses and so much more, on digitally printed wallpaper that’s made for you and your guests to drool over. An entire room might be a bit much, but to make a kitchen panel pop or for slapping your favorite objects on a bedroom wall, the look is divine. Plus, all of her creations are made to order. Check her website for details. [Soy Este] Keep reading »

OMFG, Finally—Lonny Launches Today!

So we warned you it was coming, but after four months (it feels like way longer than that!) of waiting, the digital mag, Lonny, headed up by Rubie Green founder Michelle Adams and photographer Patrick Cline, is finally here—sweet Jesus, thank the Lord! (Can you tell I’ve been reading and re-reading and re-re-reading my old collection of Dominos every day since its demise?) You must check it out here. They’ve got sweetly chic bathrooms, rustically elegant table settings (by former “Top Design” contestant Eddie Ross), and a peek inside Deborah Needleman’s (former editor-in-chief of the magazine) country retreat, above. It feels a lot like Domino, especially all the product pages upfront, and with reason—loads of former staffers have helped in the creation of Lonny. Click over there now. It’s complete eye candy yumminess! [Lonny] Keep reading »

Crave: Names And Notes Napkin Rings

Back-to-school blues? Satisfy your nostalgia with something both classic and reusable like these Names and Notes napkin rings, which are like mini-chalkboard place cards. Outfitted with a layer of black matte paint, the set of four comes with a white pencil for writing the names of your dinner party guests and an eraser sponge (clean slate, clean plate?). Or, you could use these doodads to discreetly pass notes (“Do you like me? Circle one: Yes, No”). We’d try decorating our table with white and black plates to match. [$58 for four, Gessato.com]
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Are You Happy?

We love this flowchart poster that reminds us if we’re not happy, we can do something about it, and if we are, well, we can keep right on doing what we’re doing. It was created by designers Alex of Headup and David Meiklejohn. Alex calls the chart a “simple process for evaluating what may be the most important question one could ever want to answer.” Who thought something so complicated could be so easy? A poster and postcards will be available for sale soon. [via Julia Allison] Keep reading »

Crave: Louise Bourgeois Je T’aime Pillowcase

Sometimes, pillow talk needs no words. At least not the ones you speak out loud. Perhaps that’s the view of artist Louise Bourgeois, who recently presented an installation at London’s Tate Modern, which featured a wood-paneled bedroom. The bed sported a red duvet and a pillowcase with the French words “Je t’aime.” The Tate then created saleable pillowcases based on the work, using beautiful cream cotton to embroider the red phrase where you lay your head. Another variety has “Je t’aime” screen-printed in repetition. In short: we aime it. [$40.37, Tate Modern]
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D-Vision Natural Plates For Natural Shapes

For those who like to see things as they are, D-Vision, a design collective, has invented these wonderful dishes which take a literal interpretation of they food they hold. For apples, a bowl with a space to put your core, or the Bubblicious container made of spherical shapes, allowing it to sit different ways. A BBQ tray lets bloody juices of raw meat to trickle into vein imprints, although animal-lovers would probably prefer the bird feeder-themed bread boards. Realists do have a point—you are what you eat. [D-Vision.co.il via Irresistable.fr] Keep reading »

Missed Connections Art By Sophie Blackall

Admit it. From time to time, you browse Craigslist’s Missed Connections, secretly hoping that you’ll recognize a description and realize you are the “girl on the A train.” What could be more romantic than someone experiencing love at first sight? Artist Sophie Blackall brings these moments to life. Using striking “New York Missed Connections” posts, she creates whimsical and colorful illustrations based on the words and scenario. Some are poignant—in one, a waitress at a diner stares longingly at a boy drinking a strawberry milkshake along with the script, “I bought you that milkshake, you just didn’t realize it.” Others are hilarious, like the man looking for a hipster chick who passed gas: “You passed wind rather loudly and started chuckling. I’d like to see you again. The flatulence wasn’t a turn-off.” Check out the fun blog, or purchase a print on Etsy. You never know … you might find something familiar. [Missed Connections] Keep reading »

Porcelain Planters Depict Parks And (True) Recreation

Some artists choose to see life through rose-colored glasses. Then there are those who see gritty reality, and still try to make something pretty out of it. Take Tristan Zimmermann, a designer who created these bonsai planters (pretty) and incorporated the concept of what parks are really like (reality). The white porcelain pottery depicts disturbing scenes of what goes on after dark—two men having sex in a corner, a pervert flashing an unsuspecting lady. Then there are also the just-plain-sad scenarios of a man getting mugged or a lonely fellow who has lost his way. In a way, these pieces are a poignant metaphor—not even the youngest, most innocent sapling is immune to the dark realities of the world. Or they’re just totally hilarious. Depends how you see things. [$100, CharlesAndMarie.com] Keep reading »

Etsy Find Of The Week: Wonting Notebooks And Prints

The inevitable nostalgic itch to start buying school supplies–even if you graduated long ago–is starting right about now. Then again, you’re probably not going to become enamored by the offerings at Office Max. These notebooks from Etsy seller Wonting NYC are the perfect compromise. Simple yet cute designs adorn the kraft paper covers. Inside, you’ll find blank perforated pages and a pocket for keeping receipts and scrap paper. If you love the designer’s style, check out the stationery, featuring seals on the front of cards, or the selection of affordable graphic prints of kiddie-like animals and trees done up in hip colors and shapes. [$15, Etsy.com] Keep reading »

Now Teens Can Sit On It When They Need An Attitude Adjustment

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Enough with trying to reform teenagers. Here’s a design by Deger Cengiz called the “Attitude Chair,” which he says, “is developed for teens with attitude; prevents falling when the chair is tipped back.” Someone’s gotta watch out for those punks. [swissmiss] Keep reading »

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