Nordic-Inspired Wooden Toys

•08/14/2012 • Leave a Comment

Wooden Toys by Permafrost

Wooden Toys by Permafrost

Wooden Toys by Permafrost

Wooden Toys by Permafrost

These simple & modern wooden toys were created by the Norwegian designers at Permafrost for the New Nordic exhibition at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (actually in Denmark, not the U.S. state of Louisiana). The toys depict modern day industrial icons while at the same time honoring traditional Nordic craftsmanship. Love!

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Battery Park Fun House

•08/13/2012 • Leave a Comment

boys room in nyc bohemian apartment

With five kids under 10, this Brooklyn couple wanted to create an urban version of their own Santa Cruz childhood experience. They combined three apartments, turning a second kitchen into a crafts room and a spare bedroom into a full-size playhouse.

They enlisted the help of the architects at Incorporated to tackle the ten-month renovation. The results speak for themselves!

girl's bedroom in nyc bohemian apartment

The two sisters share this park-inspired bedroom, complete with a funky Pirelli rubber floor.

girls bedroom in nyc bohemian apartment

The closet in the girls’ bedroom was converted into a playhouse for the two sisters.

bohemian apartment bunk beds

In the boys’ room, a plywood playhouse doubles as bunk beds for the two boys, complete with climbing wall and chalkboard. Two spare bunks were added to accommodate sleepovers.

indoor playhouse in bohemian nyc apartment

indoor playhouse in bohemian nyc apartment

An indoor tree house fills what was once a spare bedroom. Cole & Son’s Woods Wallpaper adds an outdoorsy feel to the space.

bohemian apartment in nyc

I totally love this blue piano in the living room. The children’s artwork is proudly displayed above it on matching blue shelves.

Grilled Chocolate Sandwiches

•08/13/2012 • Leave a Comment
There’s always room for dessert, especially for this sweet treat; it’s delicious and takes almost no time to prepare.

  • Prep Time 15 minutes
  • Total Time 15 minutes
  • Yield Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 4 large slices challah or Italian Bread, (cut 3/4 inch thick)
  • 4 ounces thin semisweet chocolate bar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Directions

  1. In a large, shallow dish, whisk together eggs and milk; set aside.
  2. Form two sandwiches with the bread and chocolate (break chocolate as necessary to cover bread without extending over edges); dip both sides of sandwiches in egg mixture to coat.
  3. Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat; transfer sandwiches to skillet. Cook, pressing occasionally with a spatula, until golden, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Cut in half, and dust with confectioners'; sugar before serving.

Simon Christen Landscape

•08/12/2012 • 1 Comment

  Fog rolling in, Marin Headlands, California

  Moon setting over the ridge, Marin Headlands, California

  The Subway, Zion National Park, Utah

  Oasis in the Narrows, Zion National Park, Utah

  Aspen Grove, Utah

  Thunderstorm passing over Death Valley, California

  Sun rays hitting the hills in the Sunol Wilderness, California

  Thick fog swallows redwood trees on Mt. Tamalpais, California

  4700 year old ancient bristlecone pine, found in the White Mountains, California

  Sun setting over Concord, California

  Trees on Buena Vista Island, San Francisco, California

  The sun seen through the thick smoke of wildfires, California

  Mossbrae Falls near Dunsmuir, California

  Waves get caught in the evening light at Julia Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California

  Tufa glowing in the evening light at Mono Lake, California

  Stormy sunset in Yosemite Valley, California

  Reflections of Yosemite, California

  Beautiful Yosemite Valley in the afternoon sun, California

  After the storm in Yosemite, California

  By the river, Yosemite, California

  Weathered bark, Bryce Canyon, Utah

  Ice crystals cover a branch early in the morning in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

  Bryce Canyon is a winter wonderland, Utah

  Abstract landscape in Bryce Canyon, Utah

  The three patriarchs in Zion National Park, Utah

  Turret Arch seen through the North Window in Arches National Park, Utah

  Freezing cold sunrise at Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

  Firey sunset in Death Valley National Park, California

  Sand dunes in Death Valley National Park, California

19 Dream Tubs for Bath Lovers

•08/12/2012 • Leave a Comment
People are divided into two groups: shower lovers and bath lovers.

The following pictures are definitely made for bath lovers, including myself. I will light some candles, have a glas of white wine and be in my hot water bath for hours relaxing and just not doing anything. I love extraordinary designs and these tubs are amazing!

contemporary bathroom by Pepe Calderin

by Pepe Calderin
This is my favorite bathroom ever. The thought of sinking in up to my chin in this infinity tub and gazing at that dazzling turquoise tile is my idea of a spectacular bath. I could fill it all the way to the top and not slosh any water on the floor. Heaven on Earth!
contemporary bathroom by Garret Cord Werner

by Garret Cord Werner
This sunken tub is lined up perfectly at the same level as an exterior pool of water. The window opens all the way so it looks like a single pool. This would be so peaceful and is absolutely lovely.
asian bathroom by Harrell Remodeling

by Harrell Remodeling
If sinking down in hot water up to your chin is for you, then a soaking tub might be just the thing. You can get a beautiful one like this made from wood …
contemporary bathroom by Danenberg Design

by Danenberg Design
… or go with a super modern version in stainless steel. These take up less floor space than a traditional bathtub, but you sit instead of stretching your legs out in front of you. Some people prefer this. Because they don’t take up as much floor space as the traditional size bathtub, one of these might be a good option for a smaller bathroom.
modern bathroom by Stern McCafferty

by Stern McCafferty
This is the photo that got me busy writing this ideabook. I had never before seen a glass-sided bathtub, and this one completely appeals to my minimalist tendencies. The architect, David Stern, says the client wanted this custom made tub for the kids bathroom and wanted it to feel fresh and fun. Well, he succeeded. But here is what I want to know: Why should the kids have all the fun? I have a rubber ducky. Don’t you? Doesn’t everybody?
modern bathroom by Coates Design Architects Seattle

by Coates Design Architects Seattle
The first time I ever saw a sunken bathtub, I thought it was the most luxurious thing. There is something so wonderful about not having to step over the side of a tub to get in and out. Using a sunken tub in this bathroom leaves an unobstructed view to the floor-to-ceiling window.
contemporary bathroom by SHH - Spence, Harris, Hogan Associates

by SHH – Spence, Harris, Hogan Associates
I can’t get over the curved sides of this stone soaking tub. Doesn’t it look like a big armchair? I bet it’s comfortable.
modern bathtubs by PSCBATH

by PSCBATH
eclectic bathroom by PSCBATH

by PSCBATH
Or a fresh and fun look with cowhide skirting? I don’t know about you, but I feel happy and peaceful every time I see a cow. Too outrageous for you?
contemporary bathroom by PSCBATH

by PSCBATH
The same tub looks great with a dark interior color and placed in this rustic bathroom. I think this would be the perfect look for a modern house in the country.
contemporary bathtubs by PSCBATH

by PSCBATH
Goldline Bathtub – $29,743.00
Or would glamorous and sophisticated gold leaf be more your style? If I had a bathtub like this, I think I’d have to buy a diamond necklace just to wear in the tub — and I’d have to switch from Asti Spumante to Dom Perignon.
contemporary bathroom by Elad Gonen & Zeev Beech

by Elad Gonen & Zeev Beech
If white porcelain is what you really love, it doesn’t mean there aren’t new and cool choices. This one gives you have the lighter feel of a free-standing tub with the convenience of a surround. After all, a place to set that glass of champagne is a great feature!
modern bathroom by PSCBATH

by PSCBATH
What an amazing shape. This white bathtub looks lighter than air.
contemporary bathroom by Winn Wittman Architecture

by Winn Wittman Architecture
On the opposite end of the spectrum is a granite bathtub. These can weigh more than 2,000 pounds. With the surface polished on the inside and hand chiseled on the outside, they give a tactile experience unlike any other material.
modern bathroom by Furman + Keil Architects

by Furman + Keil Architects
This copper bathtub has a beautiful warm patina to it. If you look closely, you can see that the bottom is curved up under the knee area. A nice touch that would keep you from sliding down in the tub when you lean back.
modern bathroom by Studio William Hefner

by Studio William Hefner
Candles next to the bathtub are great, but a fireplace is even better. I love the way it is installed right next to the tub at eye level. Pure luxury!
modern bathroom by Cottam Hargrave

by Cottam Hargrave
Concrete is one more material to consider for a modern bathtub. Since it can be poured and molded into any shape, the possibilities are endless.
modern bathroom by Beckwith Interiors

by Beckwith Interiors
I often see porcelain tubs with wood surrounds, but it is rare to see the bathtub itself made from wood. This one is carved from walnut and made using ship-building techniques. It looks pretty inviting, doesn’t it?
contemporary bathroom by Elad Gonen & Zeev Beech

by Elad Gonen & Zeev Beech
I bet you thought I was going to leave out clawfoot tubs entirely, but this beauty has a contemporary flair with its pretty chrome feet.

Well you’ll have to pardon me, but my tub has just about filled. Time to pour myself a glass of bubbly and enjoy bathtub bliss!

Crab salad

•08/11/2012 • Leave a Comment
This is a lighter, zestier version of the traditional crab salad. You can substitute lemon juice and wedges for lime juice and lime wedges.
Serves 4

Ingredients

1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cucumber, seeded and thinly sliced
1/3 cup fresh mint, chopped
12 ounces crab meat
4 cups mixed salad greens (mesclun) or romaine lettuce
4 lime wedges

Directions

In a small bowl, combine the lime juice, vinegar, sugar, cucumber and mint. Add the crab and toss to coat well.

Divide the lettuce among individual plates. Top with the crab mixture. Spoon any remaining dressing over the crab. Garnish with lime wedges and serve immediately.

Nutritional analysis per serving

Calories 119 Sodium 293 mg
Total fat 1 g Total carbohydrate 7 g
Saturated fat < 1 g Dietary fiber 1.5 g
Monounsaturated fat < 1 g Protein 19 g
Cholesterol 76 mg

30 Examples of Funny Ads for Inspiration

•08/10/2012 • Leave a Comment

In many settings advertisements tend to be ignored or overlooked. When flipping through a magazine you probably skip past the ads unless something really catches your attention. The same thing applies when it comes to driving by billboards, browsing online, or interacting anywhere else where ads appear.

One approach for ad designers to capture the attention and interest of viewers is to use humor. Most of us will stop and pay attention to ads if they grab our attention and make us laugh.

In this post we’ll showcase 30 examples of advertisements that user humor to make an impact on viewers.

Nikon: Face Detect

Nikon: Face Detect

Nikon: Face Detect

Nikon: Face Detect

Sauber Pantyhose: Robber

Sauber Pantyhose: Robber

Nutri Balance: Husband

Nutri Balance: Husband

Softlan Ultra: Wrestling

Softlan Ultra: Wrestling

Colgate Plax

Colgate Plax

Wolf Hot Sauce: Hand Dryer

Wolf Hot Sauce: Hand Dryer

Nu-Way Weiners: Uncle Sam

Nu-Way Weiners: Uncle Sam

The Sunday Times: Sport Rich List

The Sunday Times: Sport Rich List

Surfrider Foundation: Bottle

Surfrider Foundation: Bottle

Panasonic Nose Trimmer

Panasonic Nose Trimmer

Softlan Ultra: Rugby

Softlan Ultra: Rugby

Zoom from Olympus

Zoom from Olympus

8in1 Dental Snacks: Bad Dog Breath

8in1 Dental Snacks: Bad Dog Breath

Suplicy Cafe: Chemistry Genius

Suplicy Cafe: Chemistry Genius

Pattex Superglue: Mousetrap

Pattex Superglue: Mousetrap

Fujifilm Finepix Cameras: Poker

Fujifilm Finepix Cameras: Poker

Bose Noise Reduction Headphones: Waterfall

Bose Noise Reduction Headphones: Waterfall

Kagatani Knife: Kitchen

Kagatani Knife: Kitchen

Glassex Window Cleaner: Magician

Glassex Window Cleaner: Magician

WMF Knives: Fly

WMF Knives: Fly

Lamborghini Tractors: Farmer

Lamborghini Tractors: Farmer

McDonald’s: Cinderella

McDonald's: Cinderella

Sony: Theatre Atmosphere

Sony: Theatre Atmosphere

Dulcolax: Rats

Dulcolax: Rats

Pringles Hot & Spicy: Hot Air Balloon

Pringles Hot & Spicy: Hot Air Balloon

Eurostar: The Barber

Eurostar: The Barber

Arena Swimwear: Predator

Arena Swimwear: Predator

Burger King: Real Big Burgers

Burger King: Real Big Burgers

Childsurance: Angry Baby

Childsurance: Angry Baby

 
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