blogwatch: where we’ve been clicking this week

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Goodness. The breathtaking work of desert sculptor Alma Allen at the Brick House. We WANT those DIY copper countertops.

Black contact paper makes a great no-paint chalkboard surface, like this DIY wall calendar at Say Yes to Hoboken.

Sometimes the littlest touches can really make a home special, like these gilded wood beams Casa Sugar spotted in the second installment of Anthology magazine.

Online antique super-store IstDibs opens a brick and mortar showroom in NYC, and it’s huge! Thanks, Apartment Therapy!

This baked Crab Mac-n-cheese at Eating on the Cheap sounds almost too good to be true. Via Tastespotting.

We love the look of these rustic flour and grain sack pillows we spied at the Style Files.

A modern log cabin — better than bad, it’s good! At a Daily Dose of Architecture.

Carbonate your own fruit thanks to this awesome tutorial at Evil Mad Scientist. Sounds like a food revolution to us…

Images courtesy of Alma Allen

craziest, creepiest party game ever? zombie pinata

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It’s a little early (or late) for Halloween, but perhaps you need a pinata for an Oscar party? (Were any zombie movies nominated?) Or maybe you just want to own this disturbingly lifelike — I mean, undeadlike — zombie pinata by Etsy seller Tom Deadstuff. I saw it on this Etsy blog post, and was stunned by how amazing Tom Deadstuff’s zombies are — and only $45! That may be a lot for something you intend to destroy, but as an art piece, that’s a shockingly low price. See all of Tom Deadstuff’s demented offerings here. (Angela, is this on your wishlist yet?) — Mary T. You know you want to see it! Click to see: (more…)

five things we learned last week

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1) Edible spray paint is an awesome idea in theory, but in practice? We’re not sure. Sarah C. shared this edible food spray and you’re willing to try it but have to wonder about the aftertaste and mouth stain potential. Julie says: “Incredible effect, but it 100% depends on the aftertaste. I can’t stand the gross flavor that certain “edible” elements leave behind. My secondary question is, would it stain your teeth/lips/tongue? Because let’s be honest, that would be hilarious at a swanky party!”

2) Factory tours are a forgotten source of fun. This week we toured Rejuvenation and Heath Ceramics and put factory tours back on your mental map. Stephanie says: “How fun! I’ve never thought of touring a factory like this. This post reminds me of the good ‘ol days when Mr. Rodgers would take us on a tour of the Crayon or peanut butter or stamp factory. Love.” How fun! I’ve never thought of touring a factory like this. This post reminds me of the good ‘ol days when Mr. Rodgers would take us on a tour of the Crayon or peanut butter or stamp factory. Love.”

3) We like aviation-inspired furniture…in moderation. Restoration Hardware’s Aviator Collection makes quite a statement, probably too much for one room, but we like it. Jilliana says: “I actually really like these pieces, but the desk is do large and graphic that it would need a very large office to avoid feeling like something that crash-landed into the house. I don’t think most people have the space to carry it off.”

4) Popcorn kernels are a cure-all. Rebecca F. is at it again with her kernel fixes! First we used them to clean out narrow-necked vases. This week they’re solving our knife block problems. DJ says: “What do I think? I think you are brilliant! I purchased something similar from Viva Terra, a rectangular box of brightly painted wood filled with upright bamboo skewers, only to be disappointed because the skewers are loose and pull out whenever I remove a knife. Your popcorn kernel idea is MUCH better!”

5) The Butter Bell is a small gadget with big results. And everyone has an opinion about it! Megan B. employs one in pursuit of the perfect grilled cheese and many of you also appreciate the luxury of having creamy, spreadable butter at a moment’s notice. Carol says: “I have one and cannot imagining NOT owning one now! Butter is perfect and does not oxidize… my mom loved it and I had to get her one for Christmas. Nothing worse than tearing bread with rock hard butter. Worth every penny.”

blogwatch: where we’ve been clicking this week

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The most hideous apartment ever? Maybe… but this Chelsea eyesore complete with a living room swimming hole is only $11 million — and it can be yours, thanks to Casa Sugar. Don’t every one bid at once now.

And now for something completely different. Minimalist living at it’s most beautiful — via swiss miss.

Ooh! This handheld Presso espresso maker spotted over at Cool Tools looks like a java-shooting dream machine.

Added to the Netflix queue: a documentary about the fanatically-labeled-yet-awesome Dr Bronner’s Soap — an intriguing sounding story at Readymade.

Curbly’s got 10 DIY dresser makeovers to die for, inspiration for those of us whose bureaus could use a facelift.

The Nest chair by Markus Johansson at CONTEMPORIST. LOVE.

Here’s a great last minute Valentine’s craft from Eddie Ross: 5 easy ways to frame a special photo.

And if you’d like to celebrate your beloved with a toast, might we suggest the salmon-hued Pamplemousse, made with Aperol — courtesy of the ever-amazing Molly at Orangette.

and another one: high gloss joins the online shelter mag party

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Hot on the heels of Matchbook comes High Gloss, the latest online shelter title to hit our digital bookshelves. In an interview with Shelterpop last week, Founder and Editor-in-Chief Paloma Contreras noted that the title has a broad focus that includes interiors, fashion, travel and entertaining and the proof is in the pudding: the inaugural issue boasts 181 glorious pages! Why Domino ever went to the big magazine bin in the sky will forever be beyond me, but I’m thankful for the growing list of digital titles in its absence and am anxiously awaiting the day when the staffs of all these projects storm the castle of big publishing and convince someone, somewhere to let them combine their talents and print one massive magazine that will give my peepers a much needed break from this computer! –Sarah C.

On our shelf:
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Matchbook
Rue
Lonny
Sweet Paul

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