Unicorns and Mouse Taxidermy

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Etsy shop Nocik  and Etsy Shop Cloven Hoof Curiosa  both goodies that I’d love to have hanging in my dining room (or the Dying room, according to my son). The mouse is real, but the unicorn is not, obviously. Anywho, check out the mouse paws made into earrings- how gauche! But I’d still wear them.

photos: Nocik

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Nomad

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Japanese designer Hisui unveiled their Fall 2014 collection inspired by folkloric ensembles and that neighborhood hobo wrapped in all sorts of blankets, jackets and pants in the middle of April. I actually like this collection because it looks all sorts of cozy mozy. And I really like the built-in tables at the hip. All in all, Mr. Miggins approves.

photos: Tokyo Fashion Diaries

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Buttoned-Down Socks

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Check out these awesome socks  by Japanese designer Erimaki Sox ! They’re like little shirts for your feet! How cool! They come in a variety of patterns, including strips (so nautical) and gingham (It’s a picnic… ON YOUR FEET! ) I wanted to order a pair or two, but the website is all in Japanese. I don’t know Japanese (for all I know it could just be Miss Mimi’s passive-aggressive scratch marks ) but, if you can read Japanese- please please please let me know so you can help me order. I think, if it’s in Yen then it translates to about $35 a pair…. which is a steal! Anyone that helps me order these, I will send you a personalized, pawed photo of Mr. Miggins, Miss Mimi, Mrs. Minky, or Ms. Coco. I’m super duper serious- I want those socks.

photos: Tokyo Diaries

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Tiny Food Art

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It seems like everyone is playing with their food lately. Here’s the latest on food as art with Turkish artist Kasan Kale ( what an appropriate name for a food artist) painting on tidbits of food remarkable landscapes that could belong in the Sistine Chapel. Good for him, not good for the dude that just wants to eat some M&M’s!

photos: This is Colossal

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Embellished Belly

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‘Get in my Bellleh!’- Check out these awesome paintings on this lady’s belly! I wonder if she did them on herself or had someone do it for her. If she did it herself, those are some sweet skills. My fave is the Disney castle… The entrance looks like a, well…, never mind! HAHAHAHAH!

photos: Like Cool

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Russian Fairytales

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Russian Photographer Margarita Kareva captured these magical, fairytale images. So beautiful!! The owls, the flamingos, the hedgehogs! Love love LOVE!!

photos: Bored Panda

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Playing with patterns: utilizing discord and harmony for a unique look

Discord and Harmony bedroom

Playing with patterns: utilizing discord and harmony for a unique look

 

Experimenting with patterns in interior design is something often left to the experts. Having the nerve to combine multiple prints or patterns in one décor does indeed take some skill, but follow the rules and it is possible to achieve rooms that blend flat notes with perfect pitch for the ultimate in discordant harmony.

 

The first difficult rule to get to grips with is the most important: there are no rules. Yes, really. It’s all about confidence, balance and being bold in your choices. There is no right or wrong, merely degrees of success and failure! To create a unique look in an interior it is necessary to take risks and push boundaries. Here are some pointers to get started:

The power of three

 

It is widely agreed in the design world that odd numbers give a pleasing impression when applied to pattern. Start off by selecting three different patterns to incorporate in a room. Choose a large scale bold pattern as the base note, then source two others that work alongside. A bold geometric wallpaper print may resonate well with the stripe on a fabric sofa or the animal print on a cushion – it all depends on the chosen hues and how they relate to one another. Mixing primary and pastel shades from the same part of the color wheel can be a little too saturated, so it’s better opting for contrasting tones.

 

Texture that talks

 

Texture belongs in the pattern category. Whether its upholstery fabric, Anaglypta wallpaper, rough plaster, intricate rugs and flooring or any number of tactile soft furnishing finishes, texture puts down another layer of depth. Use it to echo shades found elsewhere in the highlighted patterns for a sophisticated and elegant look.

 

The white way

 

Patterns that fizz with a white base color are easier to knit together in a scheme. The patterns chosen may all be totally different in motif and material, but the white background colors will pull them together with a sweet subtlety. Try it and see for yourself.

 

Patterns that perform

 

Some patterns work better than others for interior impact. A lot of the mid-20th century modern, geometric patterns lock in well to the current, edgy interiors we are seeing. Think of contemporary Missoni-style textiles colliding with authentic fabrics from the sixties for giving a room the perfect measure of untamed pattern.

 

Those who fear creating an over-busy mess should keep calm and carry on adding different patterns until some semblance of balance is achieved. Sometimes all it takes to make a room suddenly sing is the placement of the correctly patterned or textured cushion or throw. The world of pattern is alive with energizing designs featuring bold botanic and bird prints, tartans, stripes, paisley, French toile, polka dots, petite florals, antiqued brocade and more – so many from which to choose.

 

Harmony and discord are at different ends of the interiors map, but with some carefully selected furnishings, wall coverings and textiles, it is possible to get them both in the same room at the same time, with wonderful results.

photos: Houzz

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