Ugo Rondinone / Seven Magic Mountains

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Las Vegas isn’t one of my favorite places (sorry, Nevada), but I’d gladly make a trip west to see Ugo Rondinone‘s Seven Magic Mountains public art piece with my own eyes. The Swiss artist’s installation sits just south of Vegas smack in the middle of the desert, each of the seven towers of locally-sourced limestone masses standing between 30 and 35 feet tall. The neon painted columns appear either lined up in a row or clustered together depending on where you’re standing. The monumental piece of land art will be on view for two years as of May 2016.

 

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Abeego

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I reuse plastic food storage bags more than once, and admittedly sometimes plastic wrap as well. Since recently discovering Abeego I might not have to for much longer though. Abeego is a reusable beeswax-coated wrap that protects food and lets it breathe just like a lemon peel, onion skin, or cheese rind. The result is naturally fresher food. Each wrap is washable and will last up to a year when properly cared for.

 

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Benoit Paillé / Surreal Mexico

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I’ve yet to travel to Mexico, but Benoit Paillé‘s Surreal Mexico series captures what it looks like in my mind’s eye. Hot, sultry, and a little dirty around the edges. These photographs aren’t set up, rather they’re spontaneous and use a flash and color gels to get the effects seen. Surreal pictures without extensive retouching and digital manipulation is a real treat these days!

 

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Backyard Spaces

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City Farmhouse

Aside from the guest room and a planned flower garden for the front of the house, the actual yard part of the backyard is all that’s left to take care of at my house. I’m forever futzing and rearranging but those are the only larger projects, and I think I’ve been delaying them for just that reason. I’ve taken care of the decks but I want the entire backyard to feel like an extension of living space. These spaces have accomplished that in spades and are full of inspiration!

 

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Stories

 

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Annette Christian

 

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Durham House

 

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sfgirlbybay

 

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Homestyle

 

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Fresh Exchange

 

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Vtwonen

 

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Caroline Legrand

 

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Lizzy Janssen Persico

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Courtney Mattison / Our Changing Seas Series

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Courtney Mattison creates amazing large-scale sculptural installations, the most impressive of which is a series of three called Our Changing Seas. The first is based on interviews conducted with marine researchers, artists, and marine environmental professionals, the second depicts a 360º transition of a healthy coral reef to a bleached one and back again, and the third explores the rapid transition corals in the tropics and subtropics are making as a result of climate change.

 

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Happy Weekend

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1/Mehmet Ali Uysal‘s installation literally peels and pinches the walls of a gallery.  2/Adult Capri Suns are a thing.  3/Chuan-Bin Chung uses his chalkboard drawing skills to teach students anatomy.  4/IKEA taps HAY and Tom Dixon for new products.  5/Minipresso is the world’s smallest outdoor espresso maker.  6/The colorful grout trend.  7/Pole dancer performs an interactive routine with a responsive geometric background.  8/Genius wage gap alarm clock that rings for women after 79% of the workday.  9/JC Sheitan Tenet got the world’s first tattoo arm prosthesis.  10/Temporary tattoos from Jeannerot look and smell good.  11/Perch Light is a playfully interactive light shaped like an abstract bird.  12/Olafur Eliasson installed a waterfall in the middle of the Palace of Versailles garden.

 

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1/Kris Knight  2/Dreamy Daybeds  3/Katherine Tromans  4/Incense Burner No. 1 Corian
5/William Betts  6/Muesli 12 Ways  7/Matthias Heiderich  8/Ridges  9/Reyes de la Flor

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Reyes de la Flor

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This week has been sweltering, well, just about everywhere. Reyes de la Flor‘s paintings set in everyday urban life are resonating because of it. Can’t you almost smell the street smells, the humanity of it all? This type of summer heat seems to pull people out of their homes rather than keep them inside, and that’s just what she captures.

 

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Ridges

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If you love geometry and color Ridge is for you. The range of wall mounted shelves are available in both portrait and landscape, while the coordinating trays are made from the knocked out pieces of metal. The shelves are powder coated in different colors on each side – sulfur yellow and pure white – while the trays are signal blue and dark blue or tomatoe red and wine red.

 

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Matthias Heiderich

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I could write about Matthias Heiderich for days, both because his architectural photography is so good and because there’s such a plethora of it to explore. He always seems to be looking up and out, busily capturing everyday beauty that others don’t seem to see on their own.

 

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Muesli 12 Ways

Muesli, aka raw oatmeal, came into my life several years ago on a business trip. I was looking for the healthiest option at the hotel’s grab and go breakfast and went for it, having no idea what I was eating other than cold oatmeal. But I really liked it and noticed how it kept me full for a long time, atypical for breakfast foods and my body. I’ve since made muesli for myself and am always looking for ways to mix it up and take advantage of seasonal fruit to add in. Check out these twelve recipes and let me know, are you a fan?

 

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