Art

Rope Frames by Dollinger and Fleveau

Yes, these frames are a little more expensive that what you may be used to, but they’re made of cotton rope (probably by hand). Traditionally used as piping in furniture, the cotton rope is used in a traditional style to playfully mix historical periods. Frame whatever you choose- a picture, a mirror, or leave it empty as a piece of art on its own.
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Price: $244.00 and up
Available from: elemental

Correspondence Kit

Um, isn’t there some event in your near future where you might need to send a nice, thoughtful gift? Mother’s day? Someone’s birthday? Instead of sending something they may or may not like, give them something they’ll cherish- and they should, as you’ll need to spend a few hours embroidering the message. A piece of cotton ‘paper’ and embroidery thread from this Correspondence Kit by Lauren DiCioccio will be your mode of communication to express your heartfelt sentiments, or maybe just the weather. Either way, it will be a surprise and (let’s hope) a keepsake. Pre-stamped envelope and supplies included. And, if you’d like a more budget-friendly version, here’s a poetry paper kit for $16 that just has the basics (lined cotton fabric, thread, needle).
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Graph Cork Board

Like these graphic, silk screened cork boards? You could easily point-and-click purchase them and no one will think less of you because, hey, you’re busy, and it’s nice to have a little pattern on the wall. Or, you could go to your local craft or office supply store and buy some regular cork board tiles (like these on Amazon), mask each corner half off with painter’s tape and paper, and then spray or brush on black paint to create the same sort of look. Remove taper/paper and ta-da! You have your patterned cork board. It’ll take a little more time, but it’ll save you a little cash.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Umbra

T-frame T-shirt Display

Now, some might say that framing a favorite t-shirt is for a 20-something’s decor, but we’ll politely ignore them and carefully put ours behind this frame from Umbra. Never say donate! (Never say donate to the one (or two) worn out shirts that are worth keeping, that is, but donate the heck out of the clothes you don’t wear.)
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Price: $40.00
Available from: Umbra

Zatista

The following post is sponsored by Zatista.

For those lucky enough to discover Zatista, an incredible world of original art awaits you. It is quickly emerging as the best place to buy original art online and causing many savvy buyers to ask: why buy prints when you can own an original?
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Giant Valentine’s Day Posters

It’s Valentine’s Day, whoop-do-doo, right? No time to get a gift if you’ve not done it already, and sorry, but a stuffed bear and flowers definitely do not count as a thoughtful gift. Now, a giant poster, on the other hand, that’s something to hang on the wall. And a cost of $5 and approximately 15-20 minutes to print it out at your local print shop? That’s a very small price to pay for the big smile you’ll get once that certain someone unrolls it. Download the images at Oh Happy Day.
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Price: $free
Available from: Oh Happy Day

“Mates for Life” Print

If a simple ‘I love you’ has lost its meaning, you better come up with something fast to get your message across. Let’s not discuss that awful holiday fast approaching, as it’s merely an excuse to buy horrible chocolates and flowers (soon eaten and wilted, respectively), but let’s do think about this print from Jacqueline Schmidt of Screech Owl Design. She has illustrated a few very special species that mate for life, and if you decide to buy this as a way to show your affection/admiration/attraction, all you’ll have to say after your loved one opens it up is “and us, of course.” And then, “what frame do you want for it?” So romantic. There’s also a lovely “Celebrate the Alphabet” Poster, $40, available with animal illustrations in color, perfect for a child’s room (or for yours if you really love animals and the alphabet).
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Screech Owl Design

Make Your Own Banner

That’s right, the next time an impromptu celebration is called for, you’ll not be caught unawares. You’ll have this re-usable Make Your Own Banner Kit, which has 100 multicolored letters with spacers, links, and hanging strings, so you will be able to spell out whatever message is appropriate to the occasion, to the delight of all party attendees.
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Price: $8.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Themis Prism Mobile

Yet another Themis mobile? Yes, indeed, and this one has five distinct palette colors: salmon, beige, green, balck and gold. If you’re not familiar with the others, the Themis Mono Mobile is one dodecahedron with warm and cool colors, the Themis Mobile has five faceted ornaments, and the Themis Trio Mobile has, you guessed it, three polyhedra in a palette of neon and neutral colors.
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Price: $44.00
Available from: PLASTICA

54/40 Maps of Geography

Geographical! Created from actual elevation data, this wooden topographical map of the United States is laser-cut and hand-assembled in Portland, Oregon. The 48 contiguous states are $750, but get in touch with 54/40 for individual state pricing.
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Price: $750.00
Available from: 54/40

Domestic Wall Sticker Animals 2

If you happen to remember the Forêt Noire Scenic Wallpaper, you might recognize some of these little guys. Designed by the same Nathalie Lété, these vinyl wall stickers are sure to keep you in good company. They’re self-adhesive and could be an excellent alternative to wallpaper wherever you want- and don’t go putting these in the ‘only suitable for kids’ box. In fact, you are hereby challenged not to put these in a kid’s room- scatter them throughout a hallway or wherever else they look at home.
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Price: $70.00
Available from: greenergrassdesign

DIY Kits from Haptic Lab

Remember Haptic Lab’s Great Lakes Quilt that was featured last week? If you like the look of a modern city quilt and are known to be handy with a needle and thread, think about purchasing one of their DIY kits. Choose from several cities- each basic kit comes with a 36″ x 42″ single-use map template and sewing instructions while a full kit ($74) includes the material and thread in ivory as well. Choose your own fabric with the basic kit and you’ll have a nice project to work on with a one-of-a-kind end result (that would make an excellent gift, by the way, but after all that work, everyone will understand if you decide to keep it for yourself). Keep in mind the 36″ x 42″ size is large enough for a crib quilt or wall hanging.

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Price: $38.00
Available from: Haptic Lab

Cork Map

If you’re running a global enterprise, what better way to show off than with a cork map in your office? I’m halfway kidding, of course, as a cork map might be better suited to a kid’s room than a swanky need-to-impress-clients sort of office. In any case, it’s a cork map, and you could pin all sorts of stuff to it until your heart’s content. Mark where you’ve been, chart your future travel destinations, plan your bucket list, etc.

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Price: $45.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Themis Mono Mobile

Fun! Check out this new mobile designed by Clara Von Zweikbergk. It’s a twelve-sided geometric shape (otherwise known as a dodecahedron, correct?) that has both warm and cool colors, all carefully chosen, of course, for the best contrast and visual appeal. At 12″x12″, it can hang by itself or in clusters.
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Price: $44.00
Available from: YLiving

Bicycle by Ugo Gattoni

Bicycle is a intricate and detailed drawing from artist Ugo Gattoni. The 8×13″ book is unassuming at first, but unfolding its ten panels reveals a London bicycle race featuring elite athletes, cycle couriers, commuters, bankers, delivery boys, mums with kids, youths on stolen mountain bikes, fashionistas, hipsters, a giant pig, and much, much more. Bicycle is both a book and frameable print. To really appreciate the dedication and talents of Ugo, be sure to check out this making-of video.
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Price: $24.95
Available from: Nobrow

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