Subscription boxes always seem like such a good idea until you end up with six months of molding coffee/wine/mascara in the back of a cupboard. An art delivery service that rocks up once a month to prettify your walls, now that’s more like it. The fact that art isn’t a consumable isn’t the most common reason for it being bought, but then, art is more often not bought, so it’s valid.
Bonsai have never thrilled me. But then, a bonsai has never provoked me to stand up on my chair and scream “Witch!” while batting my computer screen with a fly-swatter. The designer’s behind the Air Bonsai claim that magnets allow it levitate like a damn banshee. Nice try, Japanese designers. Nice try.
You know you want free colouring in pages. So hip, so arty, so damn procrastinnovative (a word I just innovented). Trendy as hell right now, grown-up colouring books are everyone’s new favourite way of not freaking the shit out. According to The New York Times, Buzzfeed and the like, a good hard doodle is the only way to dodge-anxiety for fall 2015. I can attest. My sister bought me a mindfulness colouring book for my birthday (it rocks) which I keep next to my computer; the monitor hasn’t been smacked since.
So, yeah. I made you some. Using Unsplash’s awesome archive of free pics, Snorpey’s image Triangulator and a reserve of Photoshop patience I didn’t know I contained, I created these low-poly pages for your printing and colouring pleasure. Here are the three originals, from the mighty Unsplash;
Be still my beaten, battered and bloodied credit card. Society 6, purveyors of the hottest prints on the interweb (and regular frequenters of my bank statements) have only gone and created a whole new genre of things; floor posters. Except they’re not calling them that, they’re just calling them “rugs”. Which is more descriptive I suppose.
I’ve never been a big fan of rugs, because they’re usually expensive and pretty crap, even when Ikea are misting their buy-everything-serum all over me. But suddenly I’m looking around at my stupid floors thinking how lacklustre they are without witty sayings or thought provoking cartoons. Damn I love Society 6.
And, inkeeping with Society 6‘s usual shenanigans, every artist who sells through the store can offer their fans the option to buy their art as a (machine washable) woven polyester rug. Prices start at around €20 for a 2’ by 3’version. Which I can totally squeeze on to the creddie.
Kickstarter, one of my favourite places to waste time these days, can throw up many a surprising, terrifying and face-slappingly worrying idea from would-be entrepreneurs. Often though, you’ll find a little invention that is close enough to what already exists to make you wonder if some mad scientist hasn’t already light-bulbed it and clever enough to be demand support and encouragement because it turns out, smarty pants, that it’s the first of its kind. Window Pods are one of those inventions. Interior designers are going nuts for all things indoor gardening of late but add some super-hip vertical gardening to the mix and you’ve got an Elle Decor wet-dream.
Create by California-based green finger Ben Shope, the Window Pods are a clever solution for those of you who don’t have the space or light for plant pots. Using a suction pad, the pods stick to the window (let there be light) without taking up any valuable real-estate on your window sill. Having already raised his financial goal, there’s still a month left to back Ben and get on his good side before he turns into the Bill Gates of shrubbery. So far, no word on shipping outside of the U.S. but with the pods coming in at $39 for three (including herbs seeds), you can probably offer some kind of bribe.Visit www.windowpods.org for more.
There’s little in the world as wonderful as a compliment. Empty, backhanded or even genuine, they all work for me. Which is why I’ve bookmarked Emergency Compliment, an ingenious website that spits out some good old fashioned ego-boosting flattery for those moments when everybody sucks. Better yet, you can even buy the one that works for you as an art print. If Google Glasses develop a function that allows me to scroll through compliments from people when I meet them, I’m in. But only then. In the meantime, check out Emergency Compliment’s Society6 shop to get your oh-my-I’m-so-flattered on.
I once painted my rented living room apartment’s walls red. People I know still shiftily comment on it. When you enter a room made for relaxation you don’t want to see red walls, just like when you go into someone’s bathroom you don’t want to see brown walls. I have found myself living in Amsterdam lately in an apartment of white walls. It’s better than red. And it means I don’t have to actually paint (yet).
I’ve been in the apartment coming up on three months now and I have learned two things about white walls. 1. they make all my stuff look nice; 2. the temptation to paint them is almost unbearable at times. I’m not going to scratch that itch and to steel my pre-Lentent resolve here is some white-wall-porn* to enjoy together. Ahhhh….
*My apologies to those of you who found this page searching for “white wall porn”. Perverts.
The Style It sabbatical has come to an end. Normal sporadic posting will commence….now. I won’t bore you with the details of my recent laziness but I will bore you with a little sentimentality; it’s been a year since my sister and I started this motley blog and while Sarah has since left for greener pastures, her spirit is still here, (I can’t get it out of the carpets.) So, it seems fitting to celebrate the anniversary with an update on Sarah and her new adventures with her shop Shady and the Lamp. The blogger becomes the blogee. Not content with designing and hand-making the lamp shades for uber-celebrity chef Marco Pierre White’s new Dublin eaterie, winning all kinds of hardware and fist-bumps for her exhibition at the Ideal Home Show and generally nailing her first year in business like a goddam legend, now she’s gone and designed some of the loveliest wall art I’ve ever had the pleasure to get a discount on (I’m getting a discount, right?). Three words: Oversized. Tweed. Pinwheels. I know. With the largest one (€57) clocking up 14″ these are sizeable enough to make an impact on their own, although I’m getting at least three to line up and float along a bare wall (I am getting three, right?). Check out Shady and the Lamp’s Etsy store and the Facebook page for the (stunning) bricks and mortar store and tell her Niamh misses her, even though she’s a butt-munch.
We mentioned before that the lyrical folks at Paper Jam Press give damn good letterhead. Well, PJP have come up with an ingenious way of allowing all of us to hand out some of their awesomeness to complete strangers; pre-designed business cards. Featuring PJP’s musically inclined inspirational quotes on one side and room for your customisable deets on the other, I can’t think of anything I’d rather be handed at a business meeting. Besides an overflowing hip flask and a spoon to dig my way out.
The best bit is that this is a charitable effort. Moo.com, a rather hip online printing company, launched The Luxe Project last year which sees a different designer every month create a range of stylish business cards with proceeds going to the charity of the designer’s choice. PJP have rather aptly chosen VH1 Save the Music Foundation, so good deeds all round.
A little bit of book love feeds the soul and these clever art prints from Degree are inspired by our ravenous paperback consumption. “We wade through them on beaches, we devour them on picnics, we go forth with them on the road,” or so the blurb goes. Using a vintage suitcase, beach towel and picnic blanket as the settings, these prints evoke classic paperbacks without infringing and that oh so litigious little penguin. The ingenious execution, bang-on tones and lack of text make these the perfect print for book lovers and dodgers alike. Is anyone else hungry? Available from Degree for €35.