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20 October 2009

The World of 100

Or if the world were a village of one hundred people.

Graphic designer Toby Ng has produced a set of 20 posters, each conveying a simple statistic about the state of the world.





Which I’m finding to be very thought-provoking as I sit at my spanking new computer on my overweight, college-educated butt…

See more stats and realise even more how lucky we all are here.

15 October 2009

Psst! Guess Who?

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Yep, it’s our very favourite diabolical domestic goddess Martha Stewart – looking pretty good we have to admit - in her Mad Men era modelling days. From Tory Burch {via the Bubb Report}.


12 October 2009

World’s Most Beautiful Object?


So, this black steel fireplace by French company Focus has apparently been voted the World’s Most Beautiful Object by the Pulchra design competition in Italy.

Thoughts? It’s impressive, but definitely not my most beautiful object (still trying to think what would be though).  And this room is utterly spectacular, though that has more to do with room’s bones than the so-so decor.  

What objects would you nominate?

02 October 2009

Go Fug Your Magazine - Lonny Mag

As you know I was never a big fan of Domino -  I’m becoming more American every day, but nothing has come remotely close to replacing the British shelter magazines such as Living etc and Elle Deco in my heart – but I was looking forward to the launch of Lonny, the online magazine brainchild of former Domino Market Editor Michelle Adams and photographer Patrick Cline.

Issue 1 was launched today and I’m afraid you’ll just have to colour me rather disappointed.

First the good news.

- The online reader tool is fantastic – clear, fast and making it very easy to flip between the pages (though it seems strangely old-fashioned to just duplicate a print magazine online – if you can add hyperlinks, for example on the shopping pages, why not just do it?)

- The photographs are aces.

- The styling, though completely not to my taste, is generally excellent.

- There’s lots to read, with plenty of home tours and not too many ads.

The bad news, unfortunately, is that the whole magazine is a celebration of the fussy, over-ornate, grandma’s old knickers style that dominates American interiors magazines and which I’m sure led partially to Domino’s demise.

The front cover is spectacularly meh. I know it doesn’t have to stand out on a newstand, but really couldn’t they do better than this?  If the cover of a magazine is supposed to tell you what a magazine is all about then this says is ‘fussy’ and ‘mumsy’ (do Americans understand what this means? Should I be writing ‘momsy’ instead?), which is not a decorating style I aspire to.


Inside the layout is full of the multiple fancy fonts, strange dotty lines and fussy boxes which we’ve discussed before about American magazines, though it is less busy and better organized that some.


The shopping pages feature some quite spectacularly ugly stuff.



The fashion pages are EXECRABLE. I have no words.

And there of course are loads of rooms cluttered with overdecorated repro furniture and table lamps in every direction (what is it with Americans and table lamps?)






Table lamps outside? Seriously you guys are OBSESSED.

The one more modern home featured is about as imaginative as a Crate & Barrel catalogue


Even the home of Grace Bonney from Design*Sponge, whose taste I normally quite like, is made to look dull.


Finally our old friend Eddie Ross is back with his special brand of granny style, featuring even more zebra than he had in his New York apartment and a ton of fuss and clutter on every surface (a shame as the bare bones of his country house look absolutely amazing).



The very best news though is that we now have a great new source of ‘Go Fug Your Room’ fodder.  I thereforewish Lonny Magazine many, MANY years of success.

And now, having offended most of the American online decorating establishment, I will go and do some real work.

26 February 2009

Two More Awesome Videos


A sign of the times - which has inspired me to count up those coins {via The Daily Dish}


This is long, but if you're struggling to create something, anything, it's well worth the listen. I wasn't a huge fan of Elizabeth Gilbert's book Eat, Pray, Love but she sure can give a cracking a motivational speech {via the ever-inspirational Uncle Beefy}.

28 January 2009

Domino to Close?


Look here (though I can't read the full article Decorno links to as I'm not a subscriber to WWD).

I can't say I'm surprised.  It's been really dreadful recently and the articles have only been good for 'Go Fug Your Room' posts. I'll miss the website though.

I do wish the editors of shelter magazines stateside (which are all closing rapidly) would take a look at their British counterparts, such as Living etc, Elle Deco and even Ideal Home. All fabulous, and none, as far as I know, in danger of closing.

Living etc. there's a huge gap in the US market now.  Come and launch here!


UPDATE: Here's the full text of the WWD article, again courtesy of Decorno.

Domino magazine will cease publication, it was announced today by Charles H. Townsend, President and CEO of Condé Nast. The final issue will be published in March 2009.

“This decision to cease publication of the magazine and its website is driven entirely by the economy,” Mr. Townsend said. “Although readership and advertising response was encouraging in the early years, we have concluded that this economic market will not support our business expectations.”

Domino was launched in April 2005. The magazine’s current ratebase is 800,000.
Condé Nast, a unit of Advance Publications, includes twenty-three consumer magazines, Condé Nast Digital, the Fairchild Fashion Group, Parade, the Condé Nast Media Group, and the Shared Services Centers.

20 January 2009


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18 January 2009

They're Back!


Pssssst! All Seattle readers. The Obama cupcakes are back at Trophy Cupcakes for your inauguration celebrations.

10 November 2008

Mr President

OK, so I'll move off the election very soon.  (Is it my imagination or has everyone been a bit smilier this last week?)

First though, I thought you might like to see these fabulous images from artist Michael Murphy.




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The sketch above turned into this fabulous twisted wire sculpture


This image was created by an overhead light shining on nails.


Here's a detail


And here's the same image without the overhead light.

Do check out Michael Murphy's website for more fabulous pics.

05 November 2008

America the Beautiful



{image via Whorange}


Thanks guys. You played a blinder. Yesterday was the first and only time I've wanted to be a US citizen.  Just wish there was someone comparable in the UK.

Oh and read this, it's beautiful.

Just a few small points.

- Can you add a woman to that picture soon?  Say in eight years? (But PLEASE not Sarah Palin.)

- Pretty disgusted though by the Yes Vote on Prop 8 and by the anti-gay marriage votes in Arizona and Florida

- Michele Bachmann - WTF?

- Also Ted Stevens - WTF?

04 November 2008

Barack the Vote Again


I promise I'm not being paid to shill for Trophy Cupcakes, but I thought you might like to see some of the essential supplies I bought for tonight's election party. 

They told me they'd had over 1,000 pre-orders for the Obama cupcakes and were baking them at the rate of 50 every half hour and still selling out.  They weren't making any John McCain photo ones (this is Seattle after all), but did have some with sugar elephants on them which did not seem to be selling...

Barack the Vote


This was the genuine front page of the UK's Daily Mirror after the last debacle.  Guys, you know what you have to do.  Please don't let the world down again.