Category: Art + Decor

These rad prints celebrate badass women in STEM through art. Yeah, we said badass.

We are pretty freaking thrilled that women in STEM are getting much-deserved attention finally, from fantastic story books to card games, and yes, amazing Oscar-nominated movies. Now add these amazing art prints for a cause to the ever-growing list. Related: The ultimate girls in STEM book of kickbutt women in science Beyond Curie is a series of art prints by former neuroscientist now designer Amanda Phingbodhipack featuring 16 female winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics, Chemistry, and Medicine/Physiology, as well as 16 other amazing women in STEM you might not know. Through these pieces, Phingbodhipack hopes to give...

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NES nerds, this chart’s for you.

If you were hoping to gift that amazing mini NES Classic Edition that everyone’s drooling over and won’t get it in time for the holidays, here’s a fun idea: wrap this super cool Nebula of NES Games poster as preview of what’s to come in a few months when these consoles become available again. Created by Pop Chart Labs (we love these guys), this amazing poster features all the NES games released between 1984 and 1993 — that’s over 700, by the way — in an awesome visual. They’re broken down based on release date and genre, with over 100...

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This little light of mine

I’ve actively spent the week looking for simple photos and items to share that make me happy. After a tough week, I’m sure a lot of us could use more smiles in our day, and one standout to me is the brand new BRIGHT IDEA Lamp from French graphic artist Jean Jullien. You may recognize his name from his now infamous Paris Peace Sign artwork that went viral after the Paris attacks this past November. So in a way, it’s a sadly ironic, but perfectly fitting (if unintentional) time for the launch of a product that’s so joyful. The lamp itself was created by...

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Can this clock give you more hours in your day?

I was compelled right away by the new Today clock by designer Scott Thrift, which is on its way to a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign. Right away you may notice a few things are missing from traditional clocks — like minute and second hands. The designer’s aim was to create a clock that simplifies your day, breaking it down by hours and reminding you of the relative speed of time, all with the aim of subtly inspired you to make more of each hour. Or as he puts it, stretching your perception of time to make space for all of the things in life that cannot...

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Your iPhone flashlight just got a whole new use.

There are times when the brightness of my iPhone flashlight is helpful — like, when I’m helping my kids look for their forgotten shoes outside in the dark, or I can’t read a darn menu in a restaurant. Then, there are times when a little bit of diffused light would be nice, instead of a blinding glare. That’s where Italian designer Nazzareno Ruspolini’s adorable Ibat-Jour iPhone lamps come in. These tiny translucent lamps clamp to the side of your phone and give off a soft glow when your flashlight is on. Brilliant in every sense. Sure, this could be really useful for reading at...

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Bitmap blankets are cozy geek chic.

If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for the tech geek in your life who also happens to love stylish, modern home decor (in other words, they love 8-bit Pac Man but don’t need a wall mural of it) then we’ve got your back. I found these incredibly luxurious merino wool throws by Zuzanaga that I think make the perfect gift for the nostalgic tech-lover in all of us. Each of these bitmap blankets are actually real maps of cities including New York (just below), Tokyo, Shanghai, and Barcelona. Only each one is zoomed in hundreds of times to create the cool pixelated patterns. These blankets are knit in...

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A 2016 photo calendar that will make you happy all year long

Considering how much I love photo wall decals, it’s no surprise that I’m digging these cool photo calendar decals from Pinhole Press that let you turn your favorite 2015 photos into a fabulous 2016 wall calendar, no hammer and nails required. This is such a perfect idea for a kitchen or office, with an entire year of dates and photos  at a glance. And they’re super easy to make, too. Just upload photos directly from your Instagram account or your photo library to Pinhole Press, then make edits right on their site. It’s such a fun, useful way to get all those photos...

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Build your own bookends for all those back to school books

With all the amazing books for tweens and helpful book recommendation websites we’ve been sharing on Cool Mom Picks and here on Cool Mom Tech, I’m swimming in books. Which, you know, it could be worse. But that’s why I need these build on brick bookends.   They’re an exclusive creation by the folks at Think Geek, and work with lots of different kinds of building bricks. So, if you’ve got big Lego fans (or K’NEX, or Mega Bloks) at your house like mine, your kids can actually design them on their own. Even better, I’m thinking this is a...

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Snapbox Peel and Stick Fabric Posters: A cool new way to display favorite pics without that toxic vinyl smell.

When you have some favorite photos — and with five of us taking photos, you can bet we have lots — we’ve got a great new way to turn them into wall decor. You might know SnapBox as the company that started by turning your Instagram photos into professionally printed, framed canvas artwork in just a few clicks. And now they’ve expanded with SnapBox Peel & Stick Fabric Posters, making it even easier to make massive photo artwork that’s not only very affordable, it can be hung in minutes. Oh, and it doesn’t stink to the high heavens like some of the vinyl...

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Cool night lights for kids: Because anything to help them sleep better, right?

If your house is anything like mine, then a night light is as much of a bedtime essential as your kid’s blankie and cup of water. So, I’m not sure why purchasing one has always been an afterthought for me! Well, now that I’m settling into my new home, I’m making it a priority, which I why I was thrilled to stumble upon these cool night lights for kids at Land of Nod.   Related: The popular Cloud B night light embraces the octopus and the fox. No narwhals just yet.    I love that they’re vastly different than the traditional plug-in-the-wall night...

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