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Our new summer crush? This playful, geometric debut from home accessories company Arro Home.

Based in Melbourne, Australia, the new label is currently accepting preorders on their diverse range of home goods, including bedding, ceramics, and quilts. (We want them all.)

Images: Arro Home

Source: CoolHunting

 

Mattresses are one of the most difficult things to buy. And then lugging it back to your house? An impossible feat.

Enter Casper. The New York City-based startup offers American-made memory foam mattresses, designed for comfort. They offer a 40 day trial period, hefty product guarantee, and free shipping. (Oh, and same-day bike delivery in Manhattan.) Plus, their prices, starting at $500, are a dream.

If sleeping on a Casper is as enjoyable as their online experience, buying a mattress anywhere else seems downright nightmarish.

 

Whenever we’re in need of inspiration, we turn to Letters of Note.

The blog features correspondence, including scans of original postcards and notes, between both extraordinary and ordinary people. Among our favorites is the one where Frank Lloyd Wright designed a dog house (for free) after a small boy wrote with the request and Kurt Vonnegut’s advice for humans living in 2088.

Now, the letters are being collected in a new book, published by Chronicle Books on May 6. Included are Queen Elizabeth II’s recipe for drop scones, sent to President Eisenhower, and the first recorded use of the expression “OMG,” in a letter to Winston Churchill.

We can’t wait to pick up a copy. In the meantime, Vonnegut’s 7 steps for better living:

    1. Reduce and stabilize your population.
    2. Stop poisoning the air, the water, and the topsoil.
    3. Stop preparing for war and start dealing with your real problems.
    4. Teach your kids, and yourselves, too, while you’re at it, how to inhabit a small planet without helping to kill it.
    5. Stop thinking science can fix anything if you give it a trillion dollars.
    6. Stop thinking your grandchildren will be OK no matter how wasteful or destructive you may be, since they can go to a nice new planet on a spaceship. That is really mean, and stupid.
    7. And so on. Or else.

Images: © Letters of Note

Sometimes it’s about space constraints, others it’s a question of lifestyle, and then there’s always spite. These are just a few of the reasons behind the slender stature of the world’s narrowest homes.

Our favorites from the selections chosen by Elle Decor include these three homes (from left to right) in London, Montana, and Amsterdam. But our favorite story is the one behind the “Spite House” in Alexandria, Virginia.

“In 1830, John Hollensbury, the owner of one of the neighboring houses, wanted to stop horse-drawn wagons from coming into his alley. To block off the area once and for all, he decided to fill that space with another house—the Spite House. At 7 feet wide and 25 feet long, it doesn’t afford much living space—just 325 square feet in two stories.”

You can see all 12 homes here.

 

What happens when you zap a Polaroid with 15,000 volts of electricity? Probably not a question any of us have asked ourselves recently, but artist Phillip Stearns decided to find out.

After the Brooklyn-based artist discovered a bunch of instant color films in a dumpster, he began pouring liquids like bleach, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and rubbing alcohol onto them and applying high voltage. Each liquid delivered blooms of color to the film.

In his approach, Phillip took cues from Hiroshi Sugimoto‘s static discharges on photo paper, as well as avant garde photographers like Man Ray, but his results are wholly original.

Source: Wired

What’s a Baumquadrat? It’s a refined, modern-looking prefab “tree cube” from the German design firm Baumraum.

The sleek units are paneled with larch wood inside and out. Installation varies depending on the site; the structure can be suspended from the tree line or supported with stilts. Plus, it’s super insulated, making it a perfect year-round hangout.

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Source: Inhabitat

Nearly every meeting invite at Househappy includes three magic words: “bring your notebook.” Because even in this digital age, nothing can replace good ol’ pen and paper for keeping track of ideas. The only downside? It’s all too easy to lose track of individual notebooks after they’ve been filled.

Enter Mod Notebooks—a paper notebook that syncs to the cloud.

The St. Louis-based founders behind Mod, Marshall Haas and Jon Wheatley of Need/Want, created the service to avoid losing another brilliant idea.First, they send you a notebook—blank, ruled, or dot-grid. In the back of the book is a prepaid envelope for you to send it back to Mod. Days later, the book is returned with a digital copy in the Mod app, which syncs to Evernote, OneNote, and Dropbox.

Notebook, app, and digitizing costs $25. We can’t wait to start scribbling.