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Saturday
Jan152011

It's All in The Label

It takes a great deal to be a fantastic salesperson, especially when doing it on Craigslist, as it can be somewhat of a challenge. But don't worry, with the help of this amusing chart I found through Core77, you'll become a pro in no time — and better yet, you'll add some cachet to your offerings. So don't waste any time and start going through your unwanted treasures and start labeling. Happy selling!

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Friday
Jan142011

Another Tally Of Two Cities

THE FASHION

Do these look familiar? They probably do, since they're the latest creations from Vahram Muratyan's, co-founder of ViiiZ art direction and graphic design studio. Back in November, I dedicated a post to his magnificent and witty series Paris vs. New York. Since then, he has come up with new and brilliant graphics illustrating parallels between the two metropolis — they're all so great that I find it hard to pick a favorite. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next. If you're crazy about his work, you're in luck. Some of his genius prints are available for your walls here. And soon you'll be able to enjoy his work on T-shirts, hoodies, iPhone cases and iPad/laptop skins. How cool is that?

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Thursday
Jan132011

My top 10: Coin Banks

We're living in times when every penny counts, so why have them scattered all over your pad when you can save them in one of these fun coin banks? They're not your traditional piggy bank. Each one is special in its own cool way. Some you can personalize, while others are just beautiful accessories for your home. There's one for every taste and budget.  To buy one of them, in particular, you might have to save looooots of change, but I just had to include it in my list because it's a nifty concept... I so want it!

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Wednesday
Jan122011

Art Imitating Life

For us bloggers, inspiration is key. We look for it nonstop everywhere around us to try to find that special something to share with our readers. For New Yorker Scott Schuman it's no different. He spends his days roaming the streets of major cities around the world photographing people who look great and different to share on his renowned fashion blog The Sartorialsit. This video captures the essence of his work and gives us a glimpse of his inspiration and thought process. For him, it's like falling in love a little bit everyday. If you haven't had the pleasure of looking at his blog, please do so. You're in for a visual treat!

Tuesday
Jan112011

Fusing History with Style

You would never expect to find this incredibly chic hotel behind the concrete façade of what used to be a Japanese Army headquarters building from the 1930s. Shanghai's Waterhouse at South Bund is a fierce boutique hotel located by the new Cool Docks development on the South Bund District. Neri & Hu Design based its entire design concept on "a blurring or an inversion of internal & external spaces, creating a disorienting yet refreshing spatial experience for guests in search of something out of the ordinary" — winning them an 'Emerging Architecture Award' by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

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Monday
Jan102011

Andalusian Treasure

Voted the prettiest village in Andalucía, Spain, Frigiliana is a town known for its maze of narrow cobbled streets lined by whitewashed houses, their wrought-iron balconies and planters filled with brilliant red geraniums. Although the structure of this gorgeous home keeps its traditional style, the interior has been completely modernized. Playing with its organic anatomy, the owners achieved a harmonious balance between the historical features and the modern furnishings. I adore the mix match of styles, especially the red leather Mickey Mouse chair sitting in the foyer — the perfect protagonist for the space.

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Sunday
Jan092011

Haute Couture Spirits

It's been a week since I got back home, and as you might have noticed, I'm still in a Spain state of mind. I had such a great time and found so many interesting things that it's been hard not to share them with you. Walking by fashion guru David Delfin's store in Madrid, I noticed this incredibly elegant and classic bottle of what I thought was his new fragrance. But when I went in the store, I was shocked to find out it was a bottle of Tempranillo wine. Delfin had done it again. He created a product you would never associate with a fashion designer. He turned his creativity to design this very special wine bottle and packaging, making it look like a real perfume — hence its name Perfume de Sonsierra. It is a Rioja wine from Bodegas Sonsierra, harvest 2007.

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Saturday
Jan082011

A Fab Solar House

In my recent trip to Spain I came across this very interesting article about a solar house contest produced by the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, where the Fab Lab House received the audience award for the best of its kind. Because of its organic shape some referred to is as the peanut home, cinnamon submarine, forest Zeppelin or even whale belly. But whatever you might want to call this unique home, its contribution to green living is quite significant as it introduced the most efficient flexible solar panels in the world as of yet — a significant breakthrough in the architectural integration of solar systems.

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