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chico & dog’s beds: a love story


With Valentine’s day right around the corner, we’re thinking of all the ways to show how much we love you to those in our lives that deserve it most. That’s right, we’re talking about our pets. Who else looks at us with such pure devotion? Warms our feet on cold nights or sits by our side all day when we are sick? Muddy foot prints forgiven, there are few things more sweet than our pooches.

Karina and Carlos Mendez, a couple of doggy parents behind the new store Chico & Dog, feel the same way. A nurse and an industrial designer, they put the kind of attention into products that makes our hearts swell: attention to detail plus smart nurturing. Their dog beds are so stylish and comfy — complete with washable bed covers, pillows and even mini pillows — not only will you not mind looking at them every day, but your dog will instinctively appreciate them as well. Starting at $107, they are only slight more expensive than the traditional Dr Fosters variety, but way, way cooler. Also available for those pet parents blessed with more than one pooch: the MultiLeash which helps you walk up to four dogs at once.

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decor slueth: we hunted down the land of nod london wallpaper

I wish catalogs would credit everything in a photograph the way that magazines do. Why do they tease with perfect, real-life settings for their products and not fully arm us with the how-tos on creating the look ourselves. Case in point: This insanely adorable room from Land of Nod, above. Yes, I know how to get the gorgeous red Jenny Lind bed and the vibrant black-and-white storage trunk, but what I have really been obsessed with is that wallpaper! Not only am I leaning towards a black-and-white pattern for our bedroom wall, I’m hopeless romantic about the London skyline. I lived there on and off through the years, and my heart always swells a bit when I see the Eye, Big Ben, or even the Gherkin. I’m pleased to report that after some Googling I found the source — Graham & Brown. I should have known that the makers of the hippest, prettiest wallpapers were behind this one. It’s called Londinium and it was made to commemorate the Olympics last summer. Wallpaper is not a light a commitment, so I ordered a sample to look at.

Are you on the hunt for anything you’ve seen uncredited in a catalog, magazine or tv show? Let us know and we’ll help you track it down!

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quick ikea hack: a cut-to-fit hallway rug

We had a potentially dangerous situation brewing on our upstairs landing. The no-slip rug pad under our colorful cotton rag rug was no longer no-slip. In fact, it was quite the opposite. It seemed to be pro-slip, especially when playing fetch with a clumsy laboradoodle. One day, I feared, some one was skid right off and down the stairs. We spotted the Ikea PS 2012 wool felt rug and decided to take it home and make it ours. Larger than the space, we rolled out and carefully customized it so it would fill the floor, and bleed a bit into the rooms that it led to. This part of our old wooden floor is especially creaky, so having a run is essential. With a firm rubber backing, this baby is not budging a lift, so puppy and kid can freely skip across. At $99, it was certainly cheaper than achieving a similar effect with Flor tiles, which I found never stay in place. Plus, it is super cheery! In honor of its design, Isadora decided to wear all polka dots today. How wonderful is that?

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there’s no wallpaper like gnome: in hunt of “being human” decor

I’ve just finished watching the first few seasons of the original UK version of Being Human. I love the show, I love the characters, and I really love the great wallpaper in nearly every room of the house the main characters share in season one. Most notable is the totally incongruous gnome wallpaper in the room where George sleeps. It’s obviously using images Rien Poortvliet created for Wil Huygen‘s very popular 1970s and ’80s series of books on gnomes. After some obsessive seplaceing  trying to figure out if it was created for the show or produced for sale at some point (I even contacted the agent of the series’ set decorator, Andrew Purcell, but have yet to receive a response), I finally found evidence that gnome wallpaper existed for sale. Unfortunately, Retro Villa had already sold its stock (but there are certainly lots of other drool-worthy items still for sale there). Oh well, on to season three. Hmm, who makes that DNA-esque wallpaper in the B&B “honeymoon suite”?

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ready for take off: mod new air enhancers

Here at Shelterrific, we’re always on the lookout for beautiful design solutions to traditionally ugly things, like humidifiers or water filters. When we spotted this futuristic air purifier at Designer Pages, we immediately fell in love. Made by AirMineral, this ingenious little device is called The Island, and it distributes a “a natural marine bio spray.” No, that’s not a fishy smell that gets squirted into your home, but rather a “mineral serum” that contains micro particles that help your body retain moisture and fight off toxins, reinforcing your whole immune system. We haven’t tested it so we can say whether that’s true or not, but anything looks this good and helps you breath smarter, cleaner air can’t be a bad thing, right? So new it’s not yet for sale online, but you can read more information about it at airmineral.com

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