Category: Art + Decor

Cushy pillows bring new fun to old-school cameras

My dad gave me his old Canon SLR many moons ago. It was a thing of beauty. But then I got dazzled by digital and the old-school steel horse was handed down to my little sister … and then got stolen from her college dorm. That camera deserved better. Which is why I’m thinking about getting one of these fun vintage camera pillows, you know, as a plush tribute.     The custom cushions are handmade by Brooklyn-based photo lover and designer Ronda J. Smith, and these cotton-twills look as comfy as they are cute. The vintage camera pillows are available at Uncommon...

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There’s no place like home because WiFi.

Click your heels three times if it makes you happy, but otherwise, just walk in the door, flip open that laptop, and get surfing. And don’t take it for granted; after a weekend spent in a conference basement with absolutely no signal, it was a true joy for me to return home and connect without a single click, curse word, or waving of cell phone. It was great to see my family, too. So dig the simple, graphic pop of this Home is where your WiFi connects automatically print because we love… um… the simplicity of automatic WiFi connection. The techy...

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Relics of technology: Super cool, especially now that you don’t have to use them.

Long live my Grandpa’s reel-to-reel, symbol of long, boring vacation films we were forced to sit through for hours on end as children. And now–yeah, I feel a sort of nostalgic longing for that kind of simplicity, pulling down the giant projector screen and gathering around the living room in the dark,  instead of cramming around a 13.3″ laptop screen like we do today. If you don’t know his work, Portland photographer Jim Golden is an exquisite photographer doing very cool, very modern things with still life, particularly vintage tech like the reel-to-reel above. You thought you couldn’t do anything...

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Cool printable WiFi password signs. DIY alternatives to answering the question, What’s your password again?

When friends or family (or babysitters or playdate parents) visit, it’s not long before someone asks what your Wi-Fi password is. These cool printable WiFi password signs an an easier alternative to having to remember a password like mine–a super long combo of letters and numbers that our Internet installer created and I haven’t yet gotten a chance to change. Print any of these, frame them, and set them up in your guest room or kitchen. It’s kind of nice to not have to drop everything and go looking for that little piece of paper with the password scratched on...

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nousDECOR: The new interior design site that does way more than let you amass pretty pictures

Ever walk into a friend’s finely decorated home and think: Yeah, I’m not leaving this place. Nope. Moving. In. Or, if you’re not working the stowaway angle, you basically press them for intel on how you, too, can get skilled at creating inviting, gorgeous, impossibly stylish living spaces?  Well, thanks to the brand new interior design site nousDECOR, which hopes to be a major new home decor destination,  you can ease up on hounding your friends for furnishing tips and start cultivating some of your own. The new site offers soup-to-nuts solutions for nearly all of your interior design demands. First (as...

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All your robots are belong to us… in poster form.

From Artoo to Voltron, Johnny Five to Johnny Cab, and BMO to Wall-E, this robot poster basically a Most Wanted poster for all your favorite sci-fi cyborgs, computers, and holograms. Except the reason they’re wanted is because they’re so adorable. Illustrator Scott Parks has lovingly captured sixty-six of the most celebrated synthetic characters in vibrant, mod form, and you can buy his Synthespians poster as a framed or unframed poster, or get fancy with stretched canvas. Prices start at $17 for a mini poster and top out at $150 for a large stretched canvas, with tons of options in between to...

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Geek decor levels up with awesome video game propaganda posters.

It sometimes appears that my kids’ devotion to Minecraft borders on fanatical. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was their screentime of choice tonight even over the Super Bowl. Rather than fight the love, I’m choosing to embrace it with these awesome video game propaganda posters from Cool Mom Picks fave Aaron Wood, creator of the social media propaganda posters we discovered a while ago. From Minecraft to Halo, and even old school favorites like Zelda, Pac Man, and Tetris, Wood’s designs distill the mission down to a single word or two, brought to life with authentic...

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We wish you a merry Pinterest and a happy Facebook

We’ve always thought of social media as more than ornamental, but with these cheeky Social Media Christmas Ornaments you can actually trim your tree with Twitter and deck the halls with Instagram. What a fabulous gift for your pal the Pinterest maven or your favorite Facebook friend. And as a bonus, maybe she’ll Instagram a shot of her tree all dolled up. Each of the five ornaments is hand-assembled from acrylic and ready to hang on their white satin ribbons. Sorry Tumblr fans, none here for you this year. Find the Social Media Ornaments at UI Stencils for $10 each or...

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I’ve got a picture pinned to my wall

If you’re old enough (or cool enough, ahem) to recognize a good Thompson Twins lyrical reference you’re also probably old enough to have a nostalgic longing for the Polaroid cameras of yore. This Polaroid poster from the Handz Etsy shop (makers of one of our very favorite Star Wars prints of all time) pays lovely homage to six cool, now vintage cameras including a Holga and Rolleiflex. It’s a nifty little gift for a photographer in your life, or hang it over your own desk. –Liz Find the Polaroid poster and more beautiful design at the Handz Etsy...

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Viewmasters: They never get old.

If you remember the days that a Viewmaster was the ultimate in high-tech toys, you’ll probably love this retro inspired poster as much as I do.   The Viewmaster print from the Handz Etsy shop (makers of one of our very favorite Star Wars prints of all time) manages to blend an inspirational quote, great design and a wink pretty seamlessly. It would be so neat in a kid’s room of course, but frankly, I think I’d like it in my own. –Liz Find the Viewmaster print from Handz on...

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