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feeling groovy: ikea brings back a limited edition, retro series

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We got a press announcement yesterday that stopped us in our tracks. Ikea is reissuing some of its classic designs from the 50s and 60s in a new collection celebrating its 70th anniversary. The ÅRGÅNG is the sort of pieces that makes modernists swoon: Clean lines, bright colors, butterfly chairs, sturdy tables on skinny legs. Some if it will look familiar to you, like the Strandmon chair with its curvy wings (originally issued in 1951 under the James Bond-ish name, MK). If you don’t need to kit out a whole living room, consider the Gardskar pendant or perhaps a set of Matedel plates which would be lovely on your mod holiday table. The ÅRGÅNG collection is only available in select stores, for a limited time only — so clear your weekend schedule and hit up your local Ikea for a gander.

See more about the ÅRGÅNG collection on Gizmodo.

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holiday themed pillows: must have or too much?

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The holiday themed catalogs have been steadily landing in our mailbox the past few weeks. This year, in addition to all the wreaths, doormats and mantle-gear, I am finding myself drawn to Christmasy throw pillows — especially the Nordic looking ones at Crate & Barrel. But how could I possibly rationalize buying a pillow that we will use for six weeks? Could I keep one that sported a polar bear on display through February? Tell me the truth people. Save me from myself.

Do you rotate your throw pillows with the season? Spill the decorating beans, please. No judgements!

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painting gourds: colorful, metallic or creepy?

As tempting as it may be, we don’t put up any Halloween decorations before October 1st, otherwise our home is likely to become a spooktacular playground before school even starts. Fall is just the best time of year when it comes to seasonal decorating.

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To things started this year, we’re going to buy a few dried out gourds and attempt this easy D.I.Y. from Inspired by Charm. Turns out that you can buy dried gourds for next to nothing: Curious Country Creations sells ten for $10. While Michael at Inspired by Charm opted for a multi-hued gourds, I think we may go the metallic route (like you can see on Dream on a Little Bigger) and create something we can sprinkle on the mantle or dining room table until Thanksgiving. All you need is spray paint and some imagination.

Or, perhaps we’ll turn one or two into a spooky lantern, like the ones from Meadowbrook Gourds.

Got any other gourd decorating ideas? Let us know.

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back to school groove with grovemade wooden desk accessories

Admit it. You feel pangs of jealousy as watching kids go back to school. No, not about the anxiety of grades or making new friends, but of the gear. Why don’t they make a freshly sharpened pencil room freshener? Just thinking about it is enough to make you feel like studying.

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Well, we’ve found some grown up desk accessories that will spruce up your office and inspire your next great great project. Grovemade – the company that makes exceedingly cool device cases — has expanded into making more traditional gadgets sing with their new desk collection. Made with materials that beg to touched, like smooth walnut and handcrafted leather, the items are both gorgeous and practical. The monitor stand raises your work up higher and prevents slouching. The keyboard tray has matching wrist and mouse pads. And since we still appreciate the tactile, there’s a pen and paperclip holder and groovy succulent planter.

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Finish things off with a walnut desk lamp, $99, a modern take on an Edison bulb.

Visit Grovemade to see the whole desk collection.

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etsy find: this showercurtain makes every day a day at the beach!

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I’ve yet to feel the sand between the toes (thanks to a little renovation project that is sucking up our free time) this summer. I am yearning to lie back and listen to the sounds of the shore — splashing waves, distant gulls, far off kids laughing. Hopefully me and my beach towel will have some quality time before summer closes, but if not, this shower curtain from Wanderlustography should help. It’s made by photographer Catherine McDonald, who brings her camera skills to shower curtains, pillows, and prints that are available on Etsy.
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Not a beach person? Perhaps a mountain scene would inspire your mornings… a quick trip to the Hollywood Hills. Each shower curtain is printed on to woven polyester fabric and costs $60 at Etsy.

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