nyigf 2010: place pillows from cat studio

ny pillow

New Jersey. The Adirondacks. Transylvania. We all have places we pay homage to in our hearts. But I’m considering taking the love to the couch with one of these bold, embroidered pillows from Cat Studio. Each one highlights the defining features of a location through pictures and places hand-sewn with such detail that creating just one demands a full week! Available for all 50 states, many cities, national parks, international locales and resorts, there’s a pillow for every place you want to remember fondly. That includes you, North Pole. — Sarah C.

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sponsored post: show the selby your space you could win a $10,000 cb2 spree!


Just the other day we were gushing about our favorite new interiors site, theselby.com, from photographer Todd Selby. His curated photo blog provides an inside peek into some amazing creative spaces, including the homes and work spaces of artists, writers, designers and more. Now the folks over at CB2 are teaming up with Todd Selby on an amazing new contest that gives you the chance to show off your real life creative spaces — and we know how creative you are! By entering your photos into this contest, you have the chance to win up to $10,000 worth of CB2 affordable modern merch and a private shoot of your place with The Selby himself. Here’s how to enter the contest:

1. Submit three photos of your most inspired living space and then hustle to get all the votes you can
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So what are you waiting for?! Go find that fabulous JPG of your home, and enter the contest at www.cb2.com/TheSelby now! Deadline is September 15th!


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nyigf 2010: new for fall at dwellstudio

stacked headboard

ornate headboard

This weekend we swung by the New York International Gift Fair for a first look at fall, and as usual it did not disappoint. One highlight? The many new product lines from DwellStudio. Back in June, they announced their residential fabric collaboration with Robert Allen, and we got our first peek at the collection with the impeccably-upholstered headboards pictured above. The brand’s first foray into furniture, the “stacked” and “ornate” versions will hit the market in about a month. Love it? Click for more from DwellStudio! (more…)

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weekend diy: pop-up photo diorama

pop up photo diaroma

I love this DIY from Photojojo detailing how to make a 3-D photo diorama! It worked well enough for ‘Avatar’, why not your photo album, too? With a few printed photos, a pair of scissors and some glue, you can make a sweet, creative gift for someone or a fun rainy day project — especially if you take their suggestion and decide to “impress friends with a photo of you and Justin Bieber in front of Niagara Falls!” I have to go get working on my pop-up photo project: Lady Gaga and me at Disney World. — Katie D.

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strangely appealing: inanimate character stickers

inanimate stickers 1 copy
inanimate stickers 3

I never had that clawing want to be a Disney princess when I was younger but I did wish (upon a star) that my clocks and feather duster would come to life to sing and dance for me a la ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (or maybe, at least, my pen could come to life and finish my homework). That dormant need still lingers and, thanks to the good folks at Think Geek, can be (sort of) realized. The Inanimate Character Stickers anthropomorphize your home and office by adding eyes, mouths, and adorable expressions to your boring desktop staples. I love that there are both good and evil options in the sticker pack ($4.99) in case your water bottle and coffee mug get in a turf war. Check out the loads of hilarious customer action shots for inspiration! — Katie D.

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