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    October 27, 2009
    Outside the Box

    Sometimes the choices offered in the picture frame isle can be a little dull. And, of course, custom framing can be really, really expensive. But Plywork offers custom mounting for your photos and images. They use a pH neutral adhesive to attaching the images to maple or bamboo plywood boards.The best part? – they’ll do it for you starting at just $21 for a 4″x4″.


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    October 26, 2009
    A Silver Lining

    These Noir Vases from CB2 have two silver linings. In addition to the obvious, they are just $22 a piece.


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    October 23, 2009
    Flash Light Lamps

    I always like a light with a sense a humor. Hopefully they don’t require batteries.

    Flashlight lamps, $42 each.


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    October 22, 2009
    Let Your Light Shine

    Never be lost in the dark again thanks to this LED doorknob.


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    October 21, 2009
    P.S. – I Made This

    If you’re looking for some inspiration for rainy-day crafting, this is the perfect blog for you. P.S. – I Made This features easy DIY projects, like the faux porcelain vases above (they’re made with puff paint). It also has a lot of fun, easy DIY fashion.

    Via @design_sponge


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    October 20, 2009
    Pin Ups

    I have one of those big under-the-stairs closets you find in old first floor apartments. It’s almost like a little room. Lately, I’ve taken to hanging up magazine photos of outfits I like as an inspiration for picking out an outfit in the morning. They look a little disorganized just taped up on the walls. So, I’m thinking of ordering a few of these pin-up frames I saw on Swiss Miss this morning. They’re cute and they’ll make it easy to switch the photos out as I find new favorites.


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    October 19, 2009
    Last Second Halloween Costumes

    I’ve been out of town for about three weeks, which means that even though Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday, I’ve had zero time to think about a costume, much less put one together. So, I went on a search for some last minute ideas.

    Let’s face it, I’m not going to pull-off anything complicated in two weeks. And if you’re busy pulling together costumes for kids, boatloads of candy and decor for your home, you probably don’t either. Luckily, Martha Stewart has a solution. Doesn’t she always? So, here are some cool, creepy last-second ideas for adult costumes that won’t take a nervous breakdown to get done.


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    October 16, 2009
    Powder Room Noir

    Some fantastic black powder room accessories from Anthropologie:

    Charcoal Damask Towels, $8-$36

    Large Magic Potion Perfume Bottle, $32

    Small Magic Potion Perfume Bottle, $18


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    October 15, 2009
    The Best Laid Plans

    For about $5 a pop, PlanCanvas sells plans for modern furniture you can make yourself, usually from just one sheet of plywood. They even provide a materials list and links to buy necessary tools. I like to imagine myself handy, although this is really not the case at all. So, I’d like to believe I’ll be cranking out my own bookshelves next week. The truth is, the only tools I own are a screwdriver set and a hammer and I’m terrified of electric saws. But, if you’re not, this stuff is a heck of a lot cooler than anything you’ll find at Ikea. And probably easier to put together.

    Via ModFruGal.


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    October 14, 2009
    Give Them a Hand

    I’m not much for refrigerator magnets. For me, they’re an invitation to turn my refrigerator into a giant pile of clutter. But I am sorely tempted by The Art of The Hand magnet set, each of which features a different hand signal. And no, that one you’re thinking of is not included. ;)


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