run with style!

We found this beautiful gif of a running scrapwood horse on dvdp, with the caption “horses know how to run with style.”  That’s what we want to do. (…It’s a clip from the Chemical Brothers video ‘Horse Power’, which we find curiously thrilling watched with the sound off; we felt like we’d been riding a galloping…

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reader’s improv: street tennis

Film Maker/ProducerLauren Malkasian recently sent us this email: “We love your daily inspirations and have very much been taken, moved and forever changed by ‘the improvised life’; it’s like a magic tonic everyday. So here is a little something from us, all the way from LA, that we thought you might enjoy. We live on a street…

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nature walk: the transforming owl

(Video link here; we advise watching with sound off.) Every once in a while, if we can’t actually get a dose of REAL nature, we turn to a video of some crazy wonder of the natural world to shift our view. This owl’s identity changes radically depending on his perceived threat level – kind of…

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fab hairdo with balloons, via myeongbeom kim

We’re back, our space stacked with drawings and notes of new projects (almost ready to get off the ground), books to tell you about and give away, and ideas to start flanging again. We feel like artist Myeongbeom Kim did us a fab balloon hairdo: seriously uplifted. Thanks for bearing with us! Related posts: myeongbeom kim’s forest…

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shipping pallet floors (d-i-y?)

We never cease to be amazed at the uses people have come up for shipping pallets. Their boxy form naturally allows for building block type constructions of all kinds. DE-constructed, they afford an unpredictable variety of rustic, often beat-up woods, in roughly 2 or 3-foot lengths. The chicest application we’ve seen lately are these floors…

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painting kits from 100,000 years ago, and today

Remember the beautiful Chauvet cave paintings we wrote about a few months ago? Well every artist needs his or her toolkit, and archeologists recently discovered what appear to be “artist kits” in a South African cave. The kits, which date back 100,000 years, are made of abalone shells, perfect for holding and transporting essential painting materials:…

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d-i-y stacked wood fireplace mantle

While we were checking out ideas for making a faux fire for mantle with no hearth, we came across a clever d-i-y for a wood fireplace mantel made of stacked boards. Take away the retro lamp and file drawer cabinet and it curiously stylish and modern. And although you can’t light a fire in it,…

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fire for a mantle with no hearth

For years we’ve enjoyed a mantle with no fireplace. It was taken out of an old house in Maine; it’s color, an ochre yellow milk paint. It leans as a sort of sculpture against the living room wall, defining the space in a unique way, and just like that, it is a pleasure. Then some…

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post halloween candy stash

If you’re a kid, one of the pleasures of trick-or-treating is AFTERWARDS, when you’ve got a big stash of candy. Maria Robledo sent us this photo of her daughte Isabel’s haul: “she organizes her Halloween catch & stashes it conveniently under the couch for easy access while reading…” We envy that very cagey strategy… Related…

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