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Los Angeles, CA, United States

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This Artist Turns Found Books into Crystallized Sculptures

Books convey meaning through words, but they’re also physical objects, whose materials react to environmental conditions and the passage of time. This is what Alexis Arnold examines in her ongoing series, Crystallized Books, in which she treats found books with a borax solution so they grow crystals.The resulting objects look like books frozen in time — dropped in the snow and abandoned, or… → Read More

This Convertible Chair Is Also ‘a Desk for Those Who Do Not Wish to Have a Desk’

When your space is limited and you have to get creative to fit everything you need, surprising things can happen. Take, for example, architect Pierre-Louis Gerlier’s “chaise renversée,” “the overturned chair.”On one side, it’s a chaise lounge fit for a nap or a leisurely reading session. Turn it over, and it becomes a desk. → Read More

Society6 and The Sill Have Teamed Up for a Collection of Plant-Themed Artwork

Nothing puts the finishing touches on a home like plants and artwork. But artwork featuring plants? You can surround yourself with greenery without adding an extra living thing to water. Art website Society6 has teamed up with plant shop The Sill to commission four vibrant, plant-themed pieces by four artists, Lara Lee Meintjes, Stephanie DeAngelis, Madeline Martinez, and Alja Horvat. → Read More

These Are the 9 Most Popular Houseplants on Instagram, According to Survey

We love sharing photos of houseplants on social media almost as much as we love houseplants themselves. But houseplant popularity varies by region and by species. A recent survey used Instagram to determine the houseplant capitals of the world, as well as the most popular houseplant species. Here’s what it found. → Read More

This Modular Desk Set Can Easily Move from Office to Home

During the past couple of months, many people have had to completely change the way they work in response to the pandemic. Even as offices begin reopening, they’ll have to make changes to accommodate physical distancing. One thing that might help is adaptable, modular furniture, like the Ziggy Table and Stool, a lightweight, compact set that can be used as an individual desk or part of a… → Read More

This Detachable Camper Expands into a Two-Story Tiny House

Between tiny home and RV is a new mobile camper created by Dutch company Haaks. With hydraulic legs, it lifts off a flatbed truck and plants itself on the ground, opening up to reveal a two-story tiny dwelling.Named the Opperland, the camper comes attached to a Fiat Ducato, which you can drive around on its own by day, until you’re ready to pack up camp. Inside the camper, the downstairs section… → Read More

These Are the Features the Most Instagram-Worthy Bedrooms Share, According to Survey

What makes a bedroom beautiful? The list could be as long and varied as there are people in the world, but when it comes to Instagram, a short list of features stands out.Inspired by stay-at-home orders, during which many of us are becoming extra-familiar with our living spaces, British bedding and bath retailer Soak & Sleep analyzed Instagram trends to learn what the most-liked photos of… → Read More

This Two-Colored Hydrangea Is Named After the Pistachio Nut

When you think of hydrangea, maybe you think of the pastel pink, blue, and purple versions in your grandma’s yard or on the birthday cards she sent you. But these plants come in many colors — sometimes multiple colors per plant. The “pistachio” hydrangea is an especially bold and colorful variety. → Read More

Rock Hudson’s Former Hollywood Hills Home Is Listed for $3.75 Million

The Hollywood Hills home where actor Rock Hudson lived in the late 1970s was listed for sale earlier this month for $3.75 million. Perched behind the Sunset Strip, it has a view of the downtown Los Angeles skyline and beyond, all the way to Century City on a clear day.The house, built in 1937, sits on a third of an acre, behind security gates. The property includes the two-story main house, a… → Read More

IKEA Released Instructions for the Perfect Blanket Fort

If you’ve ever made a blanket fort at home, you probably didn’t have an instruction manual. Forts are usually created ad hoc, with whatever you happen to have on hand. But IKEA recently released patterns for blanket forts, made in the style of its furniture assembly pamphlets, and they look like they’d be fun to try.The instructions for the six different fort models were created by IKEA Russia… → Read More

‘Birdbox’ Cabins Combine the Nature-Immersion of Camping with the Comfort of a Hotel

The Birdboxes sit in the middle of nature, one with a view of mountains and the other with a view of the fjord. Waking up and looking out the large windows, you might feel like you’re in a virtual reality simulation — immersion in nature like this, with a real bed and heating, doesn’t usually happen in real life. But the Birdbox tiny houses are real, and you can stay in them as you experience… → Read More

You Can Now Watch Vitra’s Documentary About the History of Chairs for Free

There are so many free videos to watch right now: art classes, the Globe theater’s Shakespeare performances, countless virtual tours… and now a documentary about chairs.Screening for free during the pandemic, Chair Times is a documentary by furniture company Vitra, directed by Heinz Bütler. Through objects from the Vitra Design Museum’s collection, it examines the history of chairs. → Read More

This Color-Changing Succulent Is Ruby Pink for Most of the Year

We love succulents — not just because they’re easy to care for, but also because they come in so many varieties: ones that look like bunnies, hearts, or roses, ones that glow in the dark, and other unique ones you may not have seen yet. Here’s another: the Sedeveria pink ruby, which ranges in color throughout the year from green to bright pink.Many succulents turn pink or red in response to… → Read More

The New Harry Potter LEGO Collection Includes Tiny Mandrake Plants and a Giant Hedwig

The Harry Potter universe is expanding, with six new LEGO sets coming this summer. They include scenes from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, as well as the house on Privet Drive where Harry spent his childhood and a large Hedwig that can move its wings with the turn of a crank.The LEGO world of Harry Potter is already vast. → Read More

Rainbow Eucalyptus Are Real-Life Neon Trees

The rainbow eucalyptus may look like a digital rendering of a kid’s drawing, but it’s 100% real. These trees (also known as rainbow gum, Mindanao gum, and Eucalyptus deglupta) have brown bark that peels away, revealing layers of color across the ROYGBIV spectrum.Rainbow eucalyptus are native to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines, but you can also find them in the United States, in… → Read More

Take a Virtual Tour of the U.K.’s Fairy Tale-Worthy Bluebell Woods

A moment in nature can be refreshing, even if it’s a virtual one, experienced through your screen. In a video shared by the U.K.’s National Trust, birds chirp, the early morning sun shines through the trees, and flowers shiver gently in the breeze. It’s not a real-life hike, but it’s still beautiful and calming.The video offers a virtual tour of the U.K.’s bluebell woods, where the purple… → Read More

Rifle Paper Co. Has a Line of Pet Accessories for the Fanciest Dogs

Rifle Paper Co., which has been making our greeting cards and coffee mugs more beautiful for years, has a new pet accessory collection to make our dogs more beautiful, too. (All dogs are already the most beautiful dogs, of course — this is just the cherry on top.)The collaboration with The Foggy Dog includes collars, bandanas, squeaky toys, and waste bag holders, in two different prints and… → Read More

Unwind With Audible’s Free Bedtime Stories, Sound Baths, and Nature Sounds

We could use some help getting to sleep lately — how about you? You could ask your partner/roommate/mom/friend to tell you a bedtime story in person or over the phone. Or, through Audible, Nick Jonas or Diddy could read to you.Audible has released a new collection of free sleep, relaxation, and meditation content, including bedtime stories, pep talks, guided meditations, sound baths, nature… → Read More

This New Air Conditioning Unit Is Surprisingly Beautiful

If you live in an old building without central heating and cooling, in a place with hot summers, you know what a difference an air conditioning unit in the window can make. But despite the relief they bring, air conditioning units are notoriously clunky and ugly. That’s why one new startup has given them a makeover. → Read More

West Elm Has a Free, Printable Coloring Book Featuring Designs By Local Artists

If you love coloring books (or if you prefer puzzles but have already finished all the ones you own), we have a bit of happy news for you. West Elm has a free coloring book that you can print from home, and it features designs from artists around the country.The coloring book, which you can check out and download here, includes 23 pages of floral and geometric designs, landscapes, positive… → Read More