Photo Credit: Rare DeviceCarving one's initials and those of one's beau/lady into a tree, a school desk top, or an ancient coliseum wall is a tradition that dates back to, well, the first iteration of gladiator sandals. Minneapolis-based Rust Designs' "Custom Birch Tree Platter," newly available at San Francisco design outpost Rare Device, is a modern, beautiful, and still charmingly romantic way to profess your love and dedication. (Side note: It would also make a great wedding gift.) The 11 1/2 x 15 1/2-inch platter runs $110, but if you're feeling a little tight on cash, there's also a four-piece mug set that's only $45, and each mug design varies slightly to represent one of the seasons. (No, I know it's not as cheap as a set of plain Ikea coffee cups, but neither is your heart.) One final argument: should the relationship go sour, no painful laser tattoo removal process will be required. Can't argue with that!
Photo Credit: Rare DeviceBecause each piece is custom made, you'll need to wait 2-3 weeks for delivery.
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Photo Credit: Rare DeviceCarving one's initials and those of one's beau/lady into a tree, a school desk top, or an ancient coliseum wall is a tradition that dates back to, well, the first iteration of gladiator sandals. Minneapolis-based Rust Designs' "Custom Birch Tree Platter," newly available at San Francisco design outpost Rare Device, is a modern, beautiful, and still charmingly romantic way to profess your love and dedication. (Side note: It would also make a great wedding gift.) The 11 1/2 x 15 1/2-inch platter runs $110, but if you're feeling a little tight on cash, there's also a four-piece mug set that's only $45, and each mug design varies slightly to represent one of the seasons. (No, I know it's not as cheap as a set of plain Ikea coffee cups, but neither is your heart.) One final argument: should the relationship go sour, no painful laser tattoo removal process will be required. Can't argue with that!Read More »from Custom Work: "carved"-initial tree plates
Thoroughly down-to-earth interior designer Chloe Warner recently gave Domino a video tour of her feminine and just-a-little-bit funky San Francisco home, and now we're sharing it with you. In the 3-minute clip, Chloe shows off her taxidermy collection, shares tips for mixing (lots and lots of) patterns, and doesn't even try to hide the life-size cardboard cut-out of her husband that she hasn't found a good place to store. Watch it here.Read More »from Designer home tour: Chloe Warner
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Photo Credit: Terrence Moore/Chronicle BooksHaving spent many a childhood Spring Break riding in the back of a van for 12-16 hours in order to reach the ski slopes of New Mexico and Colorado, I have fond associations with the adobe structures that often marked the end point of such an arduous journey. That said, they're not always considered the most modern or versatile in a design sense. The new book Living Homes: Sustainable Architecture and Design (Chronicle Books, $29.95), by Suzi McGregor and Nora Burba Trulsson, with photographs by Terrence Moore and an introduction by sustainable-design expert and Cradle to Cradle author William McDonough, may just change all that. The book's mission is to increase awareness of and inspire the exploration of some of the oldest (and most environmentally sound and efficient) building materials-adobe, rammed earth, straw bale, and recycled materials-and to show them in a variety of stylistic iterations. The 22 homes photographed for the book range from the traditional Nuevo Pueblo to theRead More »from Adobe: not just for Kokopelli fans
Photo Credit: D. SharpAlthough my heart remains with the industrial-looking Wisteria model, D.Sharp's bookcase post last Friday may have made room somewhere near my left ventricle for this honeycomb-with-a-hangover shaped unit by designer Sean Woo. I love the haphazard shapes and sizes of the compartments, and how it would make it easy to lump your books into categories like, "Would definitely read again," "Just keeping it around to look smart," and "Borrowed titles I need to return to friends": So much more fun than arranging them by color. The recyclable, stackable Opus Incertum unit measures 39.4" x 13.8" x 39.4", is made from expanded polypropylene, and can be had (with a little waiting time) for $467 (for the black or white versions; additional charges apply for gray or orange) from Unica Home. [via D.Sharp]Read More »from Inspirational Office Moment: off-kilter bookcase
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Photo Credit: Julie Haslam via Remodelista...For great product round-ups, surprising design finds (like the grocery-list inspired napkins here), for inspiring our wooden-box debate and for following up with the backstory. We salute you, Remodelista. Scroll down for more pretty pictures from their site.Read More »from Blog Crush of the Week: Remodelista
Photo Credit: Ochre via RemodelistaA London loft designed by the Ochre group
Photo Credit: Paul Loebach via RemodelistaA Paul Loebach chair with sexy curves
Photo Credit: Koizumi Studio via Dwell.com via RemodelistaBeautiful, weightless-looking stairs by Koizumi Studio plucked from Dwell magazine
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Photo Credit: Chronicle BooksAbout a month ago, I was knee-deep in planning a semi-surprise 30th-birthday party and simultaneously neck-deep in planning the launch of this site. The conditions were far from ideal for pulling off a once-in-a-lifetime affair with handmade decorations and party favors (although I did manage to pull off homemade cupcakes). Anyway, as I was frantically scouring the racks of the local party-supply shop just before the big day, I absentmindedly picked up a shiny-lettered Happy Birthday banner, only to find out when I got home that it was actually a make-your-own whatever-you-want-it-to-say banner. Now, perhaps I am easily excited, but I think this is just the kind of detail that is even more fun to mess with because it flies under the radar. You expect the shiny letters to say "Happy Birthday", and then when they say, "You're a real dinosaur now," or "Hope you wore some butt pads because you're about to get spanked," it's even more subversive. Wait, you already knew about this? Okay,Read More »from Party Favorites: customizable banners
Photo Credit: Shelterrific/Met HomeNormally I don't buy into the pink-products-for-ladies marketing strategy-particularly when it comes to things you're spending a lot of money on, like digital cameras or appliances-but I was sort of enchanted by this pink water hose by Cynthia Rowley for Target that Shelterrific blogged this morning. It could actually look sort of simple and graphic looped against a plain wall on the back of your house (or shed), and you could also pair it with Pink of Perfection's d.i.y. gardening boots and be the picture of an eccentric (but loveable) movie character all summer long.Read More »from Would you buy a pink garden hose?
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Photo Credit: NightwoodIn case you missed it the first time, Nightwood is an awesome new furniture and design company based in Brooklyn that works with salvaged wood, fabric scraps, and other rough-but-pretty materials. The founders of the company, Myriah Scruggs and Nadia Yaron, also have a pretty sweet house, of which they've graciously let us have a photo tour (and for which they've given commentary). Prepare to swoon.Read More »from Real Homes, Real Inspiration: Nightwood edition
From Myriah: "[This] was our first apartment after moving back from Los Angeles last June (2007). It is in Clinton Hill [Brooklyn] and we both love this neighborhood so much. We have been in this neighborhood (aside from the brief and terrible stint in Los Angeles) for four years. The apartment itself was a large source of inspiration to do many of the things we've begun. It basically started here. We were on a budget and needed furniture fast. We left everything in LA, so we got creative. The apartment was a godsend and I will never stop being grateful to my landlord for picking us out
Far be it from me to tell you what to buy your dear mom for her special day-or how much to spend-but if your inspiration well has run dry (or your bank account has), here are a few affordable places to start:Read More »from 5 thoughtful Mother's Day gifts under $40
Photo Credit: Chronicle BooksExhibit A: If your mom is anything like mine, she sends birthday cards to family members you couldn't even pick out of a lineup. This is a beautiful tradition that deserves to be upheld. Pay tribute with a perpetual birthday book to which she can add new family members as they come into the picture, and check the list year after year. Full-color illustrations of Japanese flowers make it even more inspiring. $9.95, chroniclebooks.com
Photo Credit: Weego HomeExhibit B: This Porcelain Arbor Votive is bigger than it looks, at 4.5 inches in diameter and ten inches high, and is so sweetly springy. She could use it to hold tea lights or as a catch-all for jewelry. $24, weegohome.com
Photo Credit: 20x200Exhibit C: Ky Anderson's "Many Mountains" 8.5"x11" archival pigment print is gorgeous, seasonless, and modern (without being
Photo Credit: 5.5 designers/http://www.domestic.frIf you've ever found yourself on the receiving end of several deliveries of, say 30th birthday flower bouquets, first of all, lucky you. Second, that means you know that feeling of looking around at new collection of perfectly serviceable vases that you nevertheless don't need and would never have purchased for yourself. And there they go, off to the dark recesses of your hardest-to-reach kitchen cabinets-or to the Salvation Army, if storage space is really at a premium. Still, you don't have to purge your whole vase aggregation (or toss out your stemware collection to make room for it). Instead, why not save one or two of the florist-issue models and dress them up with what I like to call, "outfits", and then round out the bunch with a couple of vases that collapse to roughly the size of a dinner napkin when not in use. Both strategies will give you lots more ways to display spring's newest arrivals, and neither will encroach on your precious cabinet square footage.Read More »from Small Space Solution: collapsible vases
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