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Are you afraid of commitment, a serial mover or a renter at heart? Then this removable wallpaper is the perfect solution for you. If you're dying to give your walls an instant makeover without much effort or breaking the bank, this stylish creation by Chasing Paper will do the trick. It's a DIYer dream come true as it can also be used to add a touch of fabulosity to any surface like furniture, appliances and even to create unique artwork. Your imagination is the limit.

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How can you turn a simple empty bottle into a super chic flower vase? Germany-based design company Snug has found a cool solution for this. With just a few folds they have transformed a basic piece of cardboard and made the Snug Vase—a geometric sleeve to disguise a basic bottle or glass into a sculptural vessel to display your best blooms. Perfect timing since Spring is just around the corner :)

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One thing I learned from my trip to Copenhagen and Stockholm this Summer was the importance of lighting in Scandinavian design, especially in interiors. Due to the long and dark Winter days, Scandinavians take pride in their lighting fixtures. Swede blogger Annaleenas displays her love for lamps by making this fab floor lamp. If you want to take a shot at making your own, all you need is a hanging lamp and a metal pipe to hold it. How cool is it?

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There's nothing that will keep creative minds from creating, especially when talented ones join forces—like German product designers Eva Marguerre and Marcel Besau, who teamed up to create Studio Besau Marguerre. Besides product design, their services range from interiors design to visual communication and branding. I'm glad I came across their site–it's a wonderful source of inspiration and eye candy. Take for instance this DIY project they worked on for Brigitte magazine. It's overly clever how they came up with these beautiful vignettes of chairs that have been refurbished together with the materials used for the transformation. Plus each of the chairs turned out simply gorgeous and give you some unique ideas to try on your own... right? If you have a few minutes and want to enjoy some of the behind-the-scenes happenings of the shoot, click here.

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I think this weekend is calling for an easy DIY project, so I felt this fun and chic lamp by Riikka Kantinkoski at Weekday Carnival would do the trick. Riikka created this striking pendant without any welding involved. She basically used four thin and hollow metallic tubes, tied a twine through them, and started folding them freely to create this interesting geometric shape. Once she had the shape down, she tied the ends of the twine to keep the structure together and placed it on a Nud´s Base lamp. Isn't gorg? I saw it and fell in love with its simplicity and great lines. Great job, Riiika!

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It seems it was only yesterday when we were clicking our champagne glasses to ring in 2012. I can't believe June is already here and Summer is fast approaching. So if you haven't started getting ready and are in the mood for those lazy Summer days, Sweet Paul has the perfect motivation for you. His much anticipated Summer issue is here full of food, chockablock with crafts, and stuffed with style. “The issue is going to give you a ton of charming, unfussy, and doable projects, ideas, and recipes that are sure to make this summer truly special for one and all,” assures Paul. The digital edition is available now and can be downloaded for free here. But if you rather enjoy browsing through the gorgeous pages of a printed edition, a limited run will be available exclusively at U.S. Anthropologie stores and online here starting June 15, 2012.  So this weekend you can sit back and relax, with laptop or iPad in hand, and enjoy another scrumptious Sweet Paul treat.

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The Armory Show is a staple in New York's art scene. Considered one of the most important events in the city, The Armory is the leading international contemporary and modern art fair showcasing works from the 20th and 21st centuries. Bade Stageberg Cox has developed “Street Seats, a furniture project created for the Pier 94 Coffee Bar at The Show. The 50 chairs, found abandoned on the streets of New York, were repaired and given a new life with a coat of taxi cab yellow paint. Like the city’s residents, the chairs are an eclectic mix, migrating throughout the fair during its five-day run. The bottom of each chair is stamped and documented with the date and location it was recovered.” Aren't these awesome? These are just a few of the chairs from the project, but if you want to see all 50, you can do so here. Which one is your favorite? Actually, I have a couple. This would definitely be a fun DIY project to take on—of course, on a much smaller scale. BTW, you can get your hands on any of these as the chairs are available for purchase.

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If you're looking to add a little interest to your empty walls, but you're afraid of making a commitment to wallpaper, I think I found a playful solution just for you. How about creating your own abstract artwork with these super graphic and fun wall tapes by Japanese company Sincol x mt. You can mix and match different patterns and colors from their extensive gallery, and because of their translucent quality, your options are endless. Cool, right?

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