The Creative Cottage – Small spaces rehabilitated by adventurous homeowners with vision


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The Creative Cottage by Steve Gross and Susan Daley Gibbs Smith 2016, 160 pages, 8.5 x 11 x 0.8 inches $25 Buy a copy on Amazon

The Creative Cottage features 13 fabulous small abodes that house collections of many types. Each chapter highlights a cottage that has been rehabilitated by adventurous and artistic homeowners with vision. The cottages are art themselves, with thoughtful architecture, and they are filled with wonderful upcycled, found, and renovated components, both antique and modern blended together, feeling curated and purposeful as opposed to random and slap-dash. The creative souls behind them are artists, pickers, and normal folks too, who just needed someplace more special to live.

The text reads like a menu in a fancy restaurant, in which every ingredient has a special designation, treatment, and provenance. The painting from the lobby of an old theater in upstate New York. A salvaged stained-glass window. A zinc rain barrel holding antique canes. A soapstone sink from a high school lab. A red vinyl 1940s barbershop chair. Striped tea towels hung on a twig. A 1930s school locker sponge, painted to look like wood. A bed platform made from painted license plates and metal Alabama road signs. Sculptures fashioned from beaver-chewed wood.

Even if you’re not planning on renovating the shotgun shack on the back forty or the tiny abandoned building by the edge of the local harbor, the photographs are fun to look at. Finding each ingredient discussed within the accompanying photographs is like playing Where’s Waldo with 19th-century furniture and Barbershop ads from Nigeria. Read the rest

The carpets of CES, 2016 edition


CES attendee Kusmeroglu archived the beautiful carpets to be found at the convention centers, halls and hotel walkways over which the electronics show sprawls. [via Dean Putney]

Previously: Carpets of CES, 2011 edition. The Best Free Pens of CES Read the rest

Vibrant wallpaper that's digitally printed on demand


Feathr produces digitally printed, on-demand wallpaper, and they even occasionally take submissions from interested artists through open calls and bespoke commissions. Read the rest

Taxidermy clearance sale

Every retailer has the right to lower prices to drive interest. Read the rest

Photos from Stasiland

Stasi -- Secret Rooms is a 10-year project by Daniel and Geo Fuchs, who took beautiful, striking photos of the stark interiors of the spaces used by the Stasi, the terrifying secret police from the former East Germany. Read the rest

Vortex illusion carpet

Excellent vortex illusion carpet in the video game department at Paris's Fnac La Défense entertainment retailer. Photo from Alex Korting's Flickr stream. (via Superpunch) Read the rest