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A Drawer for Every Mood from Renata Brazil

For Friday, how about this cute and lighthearted furniture by Helena Bueno and Heinz Muller of Brazil for Renata?









I would LOVE this for my own bedroom!

Space Invaders, Three Ways

Hopefully, when you read the title of this post, your first reaction wasn’t “Huh?” because that would make me feel extra old. And I don’t want to feel old at the moment. But in case you are entirely unfamiliar with Space Invaders, let’s just say it’s a classic arcade game whose alien enemies have become iconic in certain circles. You might say it’s a nerd chic thing. And I, being a nerd, have been encountering a lot of these guys as of late. Here are three examples:

From Michael Siney Designs, Space invaders mirrors are a playful way to invite aliens into your home. At about $60 each, they’re not exactly cheap, but if you’re a fan of the video game then maybe it’s worth the price.

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NtB Loves Corita Rose of Dorset, England

And how could I not? Corita Rose designs amazing cotton and velvet fabrics full of bright colors and striking patterns that look as great on a couch as they do when they become a curtain.









I can’t get enough of their heraldic and folk-inspired imagery, and you can even see something of classic tattoo art in Corita Rose’s designs. If, like me, you love color and iconic patterns, then you should definitely cruise by their web site!

Sometimes You Need a Little Reminder

So as first posts of the new year go, yesterdays was a little tongue-in-cheek. Not that I have anything against New Year’s resolutions… but as it turns out, science has determined that people who fail to meet their new year goals are no less happy than those who succeed. My resolution? To keep finding beautiful and fun furniture and accessories to share here, along with some lifestyle tips and the occasional oddity. But since I was so snarky yesterday, I thought I’d make it up by offering up something a little sweeter from various shops around the net.


via Barn Owl Primitives

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Could Slightly Uncomfortable Chairs Lead to a More Productive Year?

For the new year, a time when everyone’s hopes are high, I thought what better way to get all those resolution makers off their butts than some slightly uncomfortable chairs. The Slightly Uncomfortable Chair Collection was designed by the Sid Lee Collective, part of the notable Sid Lee advertising agency, and features seating designed to promote shorter, more efficient business meetings. I’d add shorter procrastination sessions, less time spent in front of the computer, and more time spent on one’s feet.







Happy New Year Wishes from Manolo for the Home!

Here’s wishing you and yours a most delightful New Year’s Eve and a happy, prosperous, and beautiful 2011!

Soup and a Sandwich? Yes, Please!

There’s not much that’s more comforting on a cold winter’s day than a bowl of piping hot tomato soup and a warm grilled cheese sandwich. But if you’re like me, figuring out how to serve it – or at least get it to a location that is strategically chosen for movie viewing – is a big pain. A plate and a bowl, and two trips? Or a small bowl on a big plate, where the bowl is sliding around everywhere, threatening to spill soup? I know, I know, I sound like one of those cheesy, inept people on an infomercial… “Opening jars, what a hassle! And it’s so hard!” Still, I do like this soup and sandwich plate from Uncommon Goods for its ability to keep my soup where it belongs.

Great Ideas: A Curtain to Hide an Ugly Wall

Curtains don’t always have to cover windows, you know. Let’s say you’re a renter and are facing the prospect of living or sleeping in a room with one or more very ugly walls. Why not take the curtain concept and apply it to your eyesore of a wall? A few brackets here and there, some hardware, and a beautiful curtain will mean no more suffering ugliness in your personal space.