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Cristie’s is auctioning off parts of Dunsborough Park in England. If you put your flight on your charge card, you might get enough points to buy a door knob.

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New bluetooth sound box that has a 10 hour battery and a speaker phone. By Rocksteady.

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3D printer used to fabricate a cast.

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The ability to obtain “big name designs” at big box retailers continues as indicated in this article at apartment therapy.

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Clearly a “first world problem solution” but Orvis is now offering a stink free dog color that will not harbor germs and bacteria after it gets wet or sweaty.

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Pretty good article on Feng Shui. Even if you embrace a small part of it, it is still pretty good stuff.

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I just want to tip my hat to our friends at the Container Store who are celebrating 35 years in the business. Not only do I enjoy their stores but if you follow their blog you will discover that 98% of the content is about their people and/or the good they do in the community. Great work you guys.

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Some interesting ways to re-use old books. dwell.

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These are just simple kid’s hangers from IKEA but I like the graphics of this image. It’s from an article on treating yourself to more than just wire hangers found at The Designer’s Pad.

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The Hooper Table with shade…only $11,000 from Janus et Cie.

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The site Seeds, has done a great job of tying a color range into an image that links to our memories and emotions. Very easy way to enable understanding of colors and making them relatable.

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Tribute to the human spirit as documented with GoPro camera’s.

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Carbon fiber bathtub.

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Tiny mobile shelter. Only 200 square feet.

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Check this site out. They have all sorts of cool things to make your pets life and thus your’s better.

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For those of us that still actually buy DVDs, this storage rack design was inspired by the bouncing bars of sound waves on AV equipment.

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Self leveling wall shelf. It is pictured with books but I’m sure it would be cool with baseball gloves, purses, bike helmets and a whole host of other things too. Perhaps not a gold-fish bowl.

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So simple. Easy to store. Could be carved out of sheets of recycled product too.

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Wavegarden found in Spain. Fantastic idea highlighted at Cool Hunting.

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New tool for brainstorming. Perhaps now we can finally quit using the term “think outside the box”.

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Proof (no pun intended) that a good matrix always makes things more clear. But it might not matter after a few samplings of this new vodka. Not that I am promoting this product…I just want you to be aware of whats new…but it does happen to be Friday and I am getting thirsty.

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Flexible and easy to clean. I wonder how much more per ounce the pre-shredded cheese is over buying a block and doing it yourself?

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Remember when all our stuff had a wood element to it? Great article on the history and the trend at Co.Design.

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From BH&G. I am starting to see this more and more… the planking expressed as a wall treatment. Very nice ether painted or rustic.

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Maybe its just the lake in the background or the dog in the foreground… but this is a good example of “warm modern”.

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Industrial Studio’s new system for Herman Miller.

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Laser tattoo on your fruit. No more sticky labels to deal with. How cool is that?

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A guy I work with said he found something that is applicable to our industry in the SkyMall catalog during his last flight. I went to check it out but couldn’t get past this must have for any home. As far as I know it is not designed by Phillipe Stark.

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TrueCar did a gender preference study on who likes what car. Interesting results found here.

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Photos of a sports arena in Spain, 1935 and designed by Carlos Arniches. A testament to pushing material to its greatest ability, incorporating historic queues while blending in new elements. The roof on this structure is concrete…in 1935?

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Nice travel (camera) bag from Kellymoorbag.com.

Wireless outdoor speakers…but not theft proof.

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Plug and play patio ponds…so simple.

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Got $18.5 million lying around? This could be yours but note I live next door or it would coast $22.75 million.

msl-good-things-tools-016-mld109975_vertI’ve always loved these classic, simple wooden tools…now Martha can show you how to paint the handles.

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Automatic grill cleaner. Just in time for Father’s Day, I mean really?

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Architectural Digest is featuring this little get away on Long Island. From the Jazz era.

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Roll up mud guard. Another Kickstarter concept.

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No keys…just a smart phone. Another design by Yves Behar and Jason Johnson.

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Umbra introduces a wooden spoon that doubles as a stylus.

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Need a visual clue as to where you left your keys?

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Fast Company’s codesign.com is featuring this strainer-b0wl. This would be great for spinach or mac & cheese.

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What once was an WWII air base

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At age 70, IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad has resigned. Read the whole article here at dezeen. Where is his yellow shirt?

I had not heard of this company. But the offer some wonderful outdoor furnishings: Kingsley-Bate.

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New twist on the skylight.

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New sink from Blancoamerica.

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A solution called Walhub by upwell design.

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A fun new textile named “Bavaria” available through maharam.

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Tempting. The Pick camera for $60.

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Crab door knockers…and many other hard to find items at this location.

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Nice blend of materials, forms and colors…this line called “acrobat” is by Eva Craenhals.

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Bird house for cubist. This would look striking in your backyard given that nothing in nature is truly flat, or square.

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Great for the backyard where you don’t want caps lying around for bare feet to discover.

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The Bella Diamonds series available at JCP.com. I don’t know how easy these would be to clean, if the are thermal so bread bags don’t melt if they tough them, if there is any semantic function being hinted at or what…but there was something refreshing about this product line.

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We witnessed a lot of these in our local parade of homes…the sliding barn door (not the little Lego home).

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Good article on the importance of well placed lighting in kitchens.

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Remember the childhood song “there’s a frog on a bump on a log in the hole of the bottom of the sea…”

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Just in from the land of dreams…Porsche, built to order.

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And in almost complete opposition, consider the simplicity of these product from farmhousepottery.com. Do you know how hard it is to make something complex, simple?

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From the “why didn’t I think of that file”. The doughnut float, with sprinkles.

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Backyard watering system…hydro-robotics.

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The new MacBook Air with a new Intel process called the “Haswell” and 12 hours of battery life.

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New theater-hotel by BCHO Architects.

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New Lego blocks enable addition of iPhones to your favorite stories.

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A candle in the dark. Balance Associates, Seattle.

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ku-xlargeMini iron for those on the run… and it’s not an app.

ku-xlargeJust a bunch of dots right?… the power of your mind and it ability to connect what it is seeing with what it has seen before.

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BarcodeVilla-MVRDV-02The garage to a architecturally controversial house designed by MVRDV.

robernbathroomcloseFaux wood is getting more and more believable. And in some applications it makes good sense as indicated here at BHG.

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dezeen_Poundbury-in-Dorset-photo-by-MarilynJaneEven Prince Charles takes some heat when getting involved in residential development.

Studio-Mumbai-openair-indoor-water-garden-complete-with-resident-fishHomes with indoor ponds. I love this idea be we have cats.

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KooKoo-Letterbox-Playso-1The mail box and the bird house. Ether provide a safe place to explore design options but in this instance they are combined.

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I just ordered one of these from OfficeMax.

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wholesetIf you think about the things in your office you are most “intimate with” you will probably conclude its your chair, and the organizers. I have been waiting for someone to design and offer a nice, warm wood collection of these. My day has come.

mini-donutNo wonder Krispy-Kreme sales are down and the average American weight is up.

cn_image.size.amelia-handegan-01-exterior-h670Architectural Digest has this article on a true American Revival found in Virgina.

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1672539-slide-1fl-02Proof that age is just an attitude. These parents built a slide into their library for their kids.

Inglenooks-tallbenchThanks to this article at homedit.com I now know this special space in a home is called an “inglenook”.

Dezeen_Bureau-Nota-by-Elisabeth-Lux-for-e15_1sqThe e15 Bureau. Nice balance of mass, volume, weight and color.

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dezeen_Tjirp-by-Cas-Moor_3Wonderful little item. Notice the tiny little tail feather detail?

sea-view-workspace-600x450I don’t know if this is a good thing or bad…offices with a view.

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Overade’s folding bike helmet…a crowd sourced project from France.

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The NanoLeaf LED light bulb.

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The Stilo hand shower by Gingers.com. A unique shape for a shower head…more like a wand.

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The  new blender-do-all chef machine from Kenwood that can also cook while it does the other stuff.

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From the Lindal Cedar Home site. Not often to you see this color combo…in this order right? Usually it’s the cabinets that are wood and the walls white. Pleasant change and nice warm feeling.

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This…is a cake stand from Williams-Sonoma.

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You may have heard about this on NPR, a team at Harvard has developed micro robots. Dezeen picked up the article and has video footage of them in flight.

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KBIS what’s hot in kitchen and bath report.

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Yanko Design is featuring a stroller they claim you will love. Did you ever see the movie Boy in the Bubble?

35rtlbSherlock Holmes must have left this one behind…a new “time machine”.

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At a time when there is so much hard to hear news in the world, this article on our most colorful cities is a nice change.

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To further blur the distinction between furniture and architecture…and form vs. function. This dwelling could fuel a long debate.

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Fish Creek Studio; Jackson Hole, Wyoming by JLF Architects.

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The Dragonfly…according to Architectural Digest, will be available for charter starting this summer. Sorry, I have it the first week of August.

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Undeniably stable…apartment therapy has this cohesive collection of stools for you to check out.

tA new eco-tooth brush that allows you to keep the handle and toss the top. Much like a shaver. I have read about mountain climbers and backpackers who are perhaps a bit fanatical but would cut their tooth brushes off to save weight…now it’s a marketable trend.

SF_Anton_Honeycomb_2011_grandeYes…even a humidifier can be a thing of wonder.

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Cork and cork screw side table from Goncalo Campos Studio.

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impactful. Color saturation used to define space. The Designer Pad has more on this dwelling.

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Pine…the commodity wood…used here so tastefully. Proof again that it’s how the material is applied, not always the material that makes the difference.

zaa30020I didn’t know this, and just found out thanks to the Kohler Blog…but March 22nd is “world water day”. Being one who grew up in an area so dependent on the Great Lakes I thought this was worth mention.

2-teracrea-recover-umbrella-coat-stand-600x900You have some dripping rain wear?…design milk found the impressive coat rack for you.

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And yet another pine ceiling…this must be the post for it…found at FreshHome.com in an article about island get a way’s.

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The updated porch swing from Paola Lenti (price available upon request…)

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I had guessed the plumber ran out of material but apparently I was wrong…this is available at a store in Miami.

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Keep an eye out for this light…I bet you will start to see it in a lot of “sets”. The Zeppelin light by FLOS.

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The “Weave” cupboard by Lukas Dahlen…the Danish continue to do wonderful things with wood.

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The Schoolhouse extension cord…this site is full of wonderful period pieces.

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The new Mercedes-SLS AMG GT Coupe…the gull-wing is back. I saw one of these the other night the dealership in our area…the picture does not do it justice, but it still isn’t a BMW Z8 or an Aston Martin 007.

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Michael Graves Design toaster. I was not that long ago he did a whole line for Target…but now this is available at JCP. Nice blend of semantics, architecture and some of his signature details.

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The Kohler Tresham line… the offering actually includes what they call “furniture”.

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The updated Whirlpool Duet… the original updated… with “adaptive technology” that senses the type of clothing it is cleaning.

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HGTV is featuring this home that contrary to how it looks is jam-packed with “smart” technology.

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Hillary Farr… “designer to know something about”.

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Kind of interesting… Airwicks is now offering a line that smells like your favorite National Park?

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Destijle inspired tables at designboom.

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A nice collection of bike accessories.

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From Germany of course.

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Proof they are growing in popularity… the omnipresent hedgehog.

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“Bouy” floating dog toys.

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Until now you may have always associated simplehuman with stainless steel.

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Minwax now has a wipe-on water based stain in a tube…perfect eco solution for the small projects.

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Great source for drum lights… but a bit pricy.

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And if drum lights are not your thing… how about these solar mason jar lights?

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The team at FLOR’s blog Musing, has this article on adding greenery to your room to make it more livable… and the pet doesn’t hurt… well done.

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BHG and Pantone team up to propose the “spring hues” of the year.

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Yanko Design is featuring this new concept for the Dolli Camera.

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Talk about a room with a view… this apartment is overlooking Newport Beach.

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Simplicity that could not have been simple to do.

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Accurately labeled “blissfully cottage bedroom”… proof that it doesn’t take much to pull off a very comfortable and successful space.

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Even Huggies is getting into the design thing… these are being promoted in a “designer tub” but note that I found this in a Canadian magazine so I don’t know if they are available in America.

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This is a pretty cool idea… a threat whistle case for you iPhone 5…glad it isn’t just another app.

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So… my daughter pointed this out… Target seems to be chasing Anthropology with its Threshold line, and JC Penny’s is chasing Target.

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The do all table trick.

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Some of these are a repeat…but follow this link to view some simple and clever shelving.

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Yes…this could be your back yard…but if you want to dream of others romantic places…check this out.

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I am opting to broaden the vernacular with this blog to include more than “modern”…in reality there are great things going on regardless of which style is your favorite. So…with that in mind, how about this classic French home’s pool?…coming home after a long day at the desk and diving in would be a complete day restart.

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All right…so maybe this one is only relevent if you live in Michigan…but here are some DIY projects that emphasis the use of “raw birch”.

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Wood in bathrooms is always a spooky proposition…but the effect is so inviting…see more here.

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Need some custom stickers?…try this site.

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I am not familiar with the Frank Lloyd Wright house but it’s on the market.

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Trend Hunter has collected images of several battery-powered scooters…so long blue smoke.

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Of course…tired of you spoon sliding around the rim or leaving a stain on your whatever?…lock it into place with this nice detail…like a fly-fisher’s drift boat provides a place to stand…so does this mug.

daily-essentialsNice collection of, and celebration of the simple things.

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Rebirth of the leather suite case.

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New (to me?) watch company…Void.

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Amazing before and after.

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The Dolphins get re branded…I guess I never knew the original had such an attitude…but I like the new one too.

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I was told not to play with my food…but maybe if I had I would have been an architect…or perhaps a city planner.

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The extra room upstairs…the attic. Remember the forts we had has kids? And the intimate spaces that attics create, you wonder why anyone would build a house with 10′ ceilings. This article at FLOR’s Musing has several other images.

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Home Design Ideas has a nice collection of kids play rooms…one of the common themes is a lot of natural light. Truth and youth.

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Some wonderfully crafted elements from a studio in London.

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Fritz Hansen’s site.

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A new natural option for breath spray…“hello” products.

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Amazingly cleaver…a bathtub that articulates just to save water.

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A different way to look at skateboards…trendhunter.com.

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To be honest…I’m not sure how to say the name of the country this building is in but it reminds me of all the aged white birch trees I have come across while traversing through the northern woods.

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Large impression…small footprint…house in Japan.

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Interior Design Magazine “find”…the Diana Collection?

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Hidden secrets…a “cupboard” by Jean-Michel Frank for Hermes.

1681433-slide-1671728-slide-method-1Rethink the packing…make it part of the product. An article one of my fellow bloggers at EasyClosets forwarded onto me (Thank You).

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New tables…“blush” by Spell.

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The Blastmaster…let it rock and let it roll.

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On the border between the land of super simple and why didn’t I think of that…this idea from homedit.com.

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An exercise in truly understanding your materials…this “low rider” is discussed at designboom.

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Dwell just posted some very nice reminders that spring…is in fact on it’s way.

Note to the readers…I am experimenting with some alternate news feeds. Google is shutting it’s down so bear with me as we make the transition.

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Non-handed table…wait…aren’t most?…this one is part of a series found at trendhunter.com.

nail_aotwThe new ad from BMW for it’s new run-flat tires…found at adsoftheworld.com. Wonder if they make flip-flops for kids too.

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A new house in The Hampton’s designed by Abiboo Architects was inspired by the pivotal motion of a Swiss Army Knife.

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Airberg…a new line of sofa’s that were inspired by iceberg’s for Jean-Massaud…how often does one actually see a iceberg?

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The REK bookshelf…by Reiner de Jong.

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Designmilk is featuring this article that presents several nice spaces with just enough “accent” color to not dominate and allow the occupants to still have a voice…well done.

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Surprise…this is a Capital One office…so much for the gladiator thing.

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Not Chicago’s “chrome bean”…but equally as fascinating. This reflective pool of ideas is in France and designed by Fostner + Partners.

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Cordless water heater concept…if the cord were not coming out below the handle, this unit would be disguised well on your counter. Designed by Di Tao.

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From an article on “tiny houses” at gizmodo.com. Some…no way…some so sweet.

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Limited edition Maharam sofa by Hella Jongerius for Vitra. Designed to mimic the landscape of the Dutch Netherlands. It looks even better in the bigger photo.

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Pininfarina introduced this concept car at Geneva…no windshield…but it does come with crash helmets. It’s name sake Sergio Pininfarina has designed many, many cars that you would recognize, including many Fiat’s and Ferrari’s. This is about the close as you can get to riding a motorcycle with 4 wheels…and what it would feel like to be a dog with your head out the window.

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New location for rental units…this one called “the balancing barn”…I thought you were suppose to get comfortable and relax when on vacation?

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Meile (appliances) is introducing a new line of “bright white” to contend with the classic stainless steel…this is a sweet line of solutions.

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Put your pet to work…no batteries needed.

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The new Jaguar F-Type…the first 2-seater they have introduced in a long time.

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The internally illuminated sink…why not?

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A new line of clothing called Yosemite by James Perse of Los Angeles.

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Looking more like a weapon…the “citrus reamer” from neatlysmart.com.

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The Fridge Locker…as seen on TV!

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According to the Sherwin-Williams newsletter “Stir”…pastels are making a come back…just in time for Easter.

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Archidose is giving you the chance to voice an opinion on modern vs. traditional vernacular.

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Even the smallest of details…the strike zone on these match boxes by Shane Schneck becomes the element of beauty.

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New “lapel lamp” from Snow Peak…great for reading, fly-fishing or dining in the dark.

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Wonderful building designed by Carney Logan Burke Architects. This is the headquarters for the Rockefeller Preserve in Moose Wyoming. More here at designboom.

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Just when several of us are feeling the first desires for spring gurgle up within our sole…the team at FLOR’s Musings blog finds this resort to share with us…in any weather this would be a great view to wake up under.

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“Bead lights”…by Marz…something you could fashion with the kid’s toys now that they are off to school.

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Nike uses 3D printing to protoype it’s new football shoe…seen here at codesign.com.

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New calendars by Block Design.

Ceramic_dog_shaped_table_lamp_01Ceramic dog lamp…found at Dog Milk…it might be haunting to have this on your nightstand staring at you all the time but at least it is one terrier that doesn’t bark.

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Wonderfull series of simple architectural graphics by Andre Chiote.

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Fasinating traffic circle by Llublijana’s Enota. It also incorporates a water feature.

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Nice, warm and modern interior…I love the use of the little white figures through out the space. I found this artice at Home Designing.com but this design is by  Steve Leung Designers.

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More on the iWatch…this take is by Tolga Tuncer.

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Having a bed shapped like a rocket is one thing but this duvet takes it to the next level…outer space?

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Super simple “black desk”…maybe to simple…by Sigurd Larsen.

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The National Journal has some incredible photos of our White House.

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Finally…a bottle opener iPhone case..a app they couldn’t figure out until now.

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Switch…the new bluetooth speaker.

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Traullit Dekor’s new wall tiles…at their site you can even create your own designs.

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Coke Light cans by Marc Jacobs…creative director.

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Simple form to match the simple setting…all leads to a simple life. Nice to come home to. A design by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects…I can’t figure out where this dwelling is but it appears to be somewhere in Europe with a view of the sea and the site I got the image from is ArchDaily.

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“Hillside Sideboard” for Arlex by Claesoon Koivisto Rune.

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A friend of mine at work showed this to me…a very memorable way to illustrate how much water the average person uses…without even knowing it…everylastdrop. Click on the link and watch the numbers add up.

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Yet another cool school…makes you want to be there…which is perhaps the idea. This one was designed by Arkitema Actitects, is located in Fredrikshavn, Denmark and the article on the space is at archdaily.com

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Homedit compiled a nice collection of unforgettable home offices…this one may be application specific but it takes formed plywood to a new level…wonder if it ships in one box?

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New way to conserve water…one of those “why didn’t I think of that” ideas by Kaspars Jursons.

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Wall dresser by Jacob Granat.

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I don’t think the birds care but this is a house with a view. The Pip-Pip bird feeder by SMD-Design.

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Somethings in nature are just so perfect, you shouldn’t even go there. A new height in GM foods.

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The GAF Viewmaster for the current centry. A 3D viewer for your iPhone by donya.

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Presidents Day highlight…your own lovable USB drive found at Gizmodo. Just what you need…a president in your pocket.

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If any of you have ever camped and concluded that there is room for improvement and efficiency…here is an idea that might help. From mycampkitchen.com.

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Great concept for small spaces…like a cottage. Wouldn’t it be cool to be sitting at the breakfast table with a few others at your retreat, and see these doors swing open and the occupant peal out? Pinerest.

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Real Simple magazine has some good ideas for re-purposed common items.

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Designboom…super simple bike lights that are held together magnetically by kibisi.

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Sherwinn-Williams newsletter Stir has an interesting article on questions that help you understand your client.

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Graphically stricking…this building found at archdaily, has a very excentric design story…one that I can’t follow but it does make for interesting photos. Designed by Aires Mateus.

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Design semantics: a giant camera house found at designboom and designed by mA-style.

img_1_1360499375_a32f169879cf77ef1a61a3d904166546A nice alternative for backyard illumination…a nice balance between the old rice paper ball and bare lamps. The Zero light.

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Beautifully geometric glass house…you provide the Windex. Found at Homedit, located in the Netherlands and designed by Hans van Heeswijk Architects. There are some surprisingly nice spaces in this dwelling.

clutter-busters-color-boxesFolded metal boxes…modular and stackable in landscape or portrait fashion. Designed by Henriette W. Leth and available for $100 each at Normann Copenhagen.

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Designboom is featuring this “child’s innovation center” located in Valencia. The interior (although photographed prior to occupation) seems a bit sterile. Designed in a collaborative fashion by M2 distribución.

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Designed to specifically hold a MacBook Pro and an iPad…this new bag is from San Fransisco’s Crumpler.

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Designboom has a nice story and video clips on Porsche‘s 50 year celebration of the iconic “911”. What is so wonderful is that given a choice, I don’t know which of the two above I would choose.

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Pet crash dummy…tested by the people at sleepypod for their pet carriers.

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Swivel chair & desk combo. The designer calls it #006 SideSeat by Studio Makkink & Bey. Available from Proof.

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The team at FLOR’s musing came across this…an alternative to a steep stairs…now fill your arms with a big bale of laundry and give it a go.

sine_cable_standJust think of the aftermarket created to address the popularity of the Apple products…this one is pretty cool. available in several different colors at urban prefer.

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And speaking of Apple…how timely…first photos of the iWatch they are working on. Found at Yanko Design.

By Jon King