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Nail Polish: Dolce & Gabbana Lace Makeup Collection for Summer 2012, Intense Nail Lacquer in 100 Pink, 210  Nude, 220 Perfection. Dolce Gabbana and Pat McGrath created the new Lace collection which consists of variations of nude shades. Photo: Courtesy Dolce & Gabbana. For purchase via Saks / Room: A neutral room from Better Homes & Gardens comes alive with soft yet bright accessories and pops of color.

Nail Polish: Dior Summer Mix Nail Polishes for Summer 2012. The Vernis summer collection are available in the following shades: 118 Acapulco, 158 Calypso, 178 Cosmo and 198 Lagoon; the same order as above. Image found here, nail polish available for purchase from Dior and Sephora.  / Room:  Annie Selke converted a drab basement into a neon and day-glo paradise! Who doesn’t want to bring the fun of highlighters into the home? Image found here.

Nail Polish: Take the beach by storm this summer with Essie’s sunshine-charged Summer Collection. Vibrant hues to light up any bikini, bonfire or flirty fling. Holds four mega-mini colors:  Bikini So Teeny: a sparkling cornflower blue; Mojito Madness: a fun-loving lime green; Off the Shoulder: a bold hot-pink; Fear or Desire: bright orange crush. / Room: A tropical backsplash and Oscar de la Renta chairs make this Miami vacation home unique by Jerry Jacobs Design: Interior Design San Francisco Bay Area. Image found here.

Nail Polish: Love variety when it comes to nail polishes? Then a set containing the 10 best selling tones of the year from Sephora by OPI might just be a new addition on your beauty list. Check out the most popular tones of the year from the brand including: Nonfat Soy Half Caff – sheer pale cappuccino; Already Famous – sheer pewter with medium champagne and silver glitter; Havana Dreams – sheer pale sky blue; Break A Leg-Warmer! – opaque charcoal gray; It’s Bouquet With Me – sheer violet with silver and holographic chunky glitter. For purchase visit Sephora, here. / Room: Baby blue living room with hints of violets and grey (and I am counting the fireplace as the nail polish equivalent of “glitter”) via The Lennoxx.


J’Door / J’Dore

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” – Joseph Campbell

Wendy Valliere, an interior designer, bedecks her Stowe, Vermont 1842 farmhouse in bold colors, eclectic tribal trappings and blue, Parisian antique doors! Via.

Two above, commissions for an Amsterdam residential project by Piet Hein Eek. NLD, The Netherlands, Amsterdam, apartment building De Borneohof, architecture of the refurbishment by Peter Gesebroek, installation by Piet Hein Eek. Staircase photography by (c) Thomas Mayer, for further images, click here. A space in Brooklyn, NY that feels like an urban yet suburban retreat. The neutral earth tones and whitewashed color palettes are calming! Owners Fitzhugh and Lyndsay of The Brooklyn Home Company searched ebay for weeks for a barn door to lead into the bathroom, and ended up finding one in the sheep run of Fitzhugh’s family’s farm in NH. Isn’t that how it always goes? The thing you are searching for was under your nose all along! Image via Design*Sponge and photography by Emily Gilbert.

This symmetrical and sherbet colored doorway is made of sunshine, cheerfulness and laughter. Seriously, could you be depressed with this as your welcoming color scheme? Image via Better Homes & Gardens.

A queen-size bed frame can easily set you back $2,000.  This one cost about $25.  More about this salvaged door DIY headboard via Country Living.

A little bit of mod podge and vintage wallpaper make this door decoupage a breeze! This English countryside decor is a little bit grandma and a little bit Elizabeth Bennet, but a lot of bit comfortable and quaint. Image found here, cannot find the original source.

The glamour of a grand palace ballroom meets the comfort and “Norman Rockwell familial vibe” of a farmhouse. Via.

Clean, sharp, linear and modern. Image via likainen parketti, found by Camille Styles.

Hello Ketchup and Mustard colored foyer, via Marie Claire Maison! 

Did Alice open this lime striped door in the rabbit hole to Wonderland? Via Coastal Living. 

Jenny from Little Green Notebook mixes flea market finds, and oriental inspired patterns and shapes, with new purchases! Her home is a theme park for the eyes with all lines leading to the lemon drop colored door! Via.

Domino Magazine, March 2009. High Gloss Black doors add some gothic glamour! Via.


The use of salvaged brick and antique doors give this entry foyer a unique feel that is not easily labeled. The interior designers of the Stamford house were asked to straddles the worlds of both traditional and modern design. Style title: Ektachrome. Image via Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects.

Home of Tamar Schechner of Nest Decorating featuring a painting by Nora Frenkel.

Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment. – Carl Sandburg


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LEGO Bricks

The ubiquitous primary colored blocks and construction toys known as ‘lego’ were invented by a carpenter from Billund, Denmark, who began making wooden toys in 1932.  The company used to refer to the concept as “Automatic Binding Bricks”. The term ‘lego’ itself comes from the Danish phrase leg godt, which means “play well”. Indeed these blocks do play well, not just as toys but as home decor. Something about the square lines, the bright colors, and the whimsy of childhood help LEGO designs to be ultra modern and clean. The company has been known to branch its brand into video-games, clothing, robotics,  movie franchises, cartoon characters, books, magazines, retail stores, and theme parks; however the world of LEGO interior design is still new!

This charming rendition of Rothko’s No. 5/No. 22 was put together by John Wilson, it seems the staff members at MoMA (the Museum of Modern Art) had a very sleepy Friday afternoon, it seems.

The LEGO storage bins featured above are available for purchase via this store. Why not store your LEGOs inside of a LEGO? That’s so meta...

Introducing the 20,000 brick apartment; Photographs by Thomas Loof/Art Department of NY Mag.

“Play is the building block of childhood learning, and this romper room, collaboratively designed by Lena Seow, Vrinda Khanna and Suzan Wines of I-Beam Design, is an architecturally inclined child’s wonderland. LEGO boards cover a wall of this room, from floor to ceiling. “Children can build with or against gravity,” says Wines, adding that the child’s ability to impact the basic architecture of the play area by building on the wall is a large part of the appeal.”

55,000 bricks and one year later the genius men at NPIRE, a small agency in Hamburg, Germany completed this 3 foot wide Lego wall divider. For further information, go here.

This board room table consists of22,742 pieces clicked together with traditional lego construction techniques (no glue), a 136mm grommet is located in its center. It sits on a polished Stainless Steel square hollow section structure built by B.A. Engineering of Prussia St and is topped with a 10mm sheet of toughened glass manufactured by Action Glass. Photography by studioseventyseven, for further information go here.

Brick by Scirocco uses oversized Lego replicas to make modern day radiators and radiator covers. Definitely a vast improvement over unseemly rusting pipes!

The modern Lego brick was patented at 1:58 P.M. on 28 January 1958; bricks from that year are still compatible with current bricks. Technically those “vintage” blocks still play well with their ultra contemporary polymer counterparts. I am particularly proud of the LEGO brick because its patenting falls on the date of my birthday, yours truly.

When in doubt, just aim to live in the glossy and commercial world of a LEGO brick. Brazilian artist and photographer Valentino Fialdini‘s creates vacuous miniature Lego rooms, more here.

Modern day British graffiti artist Ame72  (pronounced ‘aim72’) is also known as Jamie Ame. He has a background in graphic design and advertising. In the three images above he uses stencils to re-appropriate the look of “the Lego man”.

LEGO Kitchen and Chairs by Munchausen, a duo formed by Parisian designers Simon Pillard and Philippe Rosetti. More images here.

Artist and Lego enthusiast Jan Vormann went around the quiet town of Bocchignano, Italy filling in dilapidated walls with lego band-aids.

LEGOhaulic built this midcentury-modern style house. For more images visit the builders site or go here.

This is from a project done in cooperation with the LEGO company and Scott Sternberg of the Band of Outsiders clothing label. The room is located in a clothing store in Hollywood called Opening Ceremony. It was made to showcase the new LEGO inspired men’s line from Band of Outsiders. Check out Scott’s site and more pictures at: or in this photostream.

Etsy creators and artists never fail to amaze me! Check out this “I Will Never Lego” print here.

© Lego via Flickr Moose Greebles’ photostream

Feminism, pride, opportunist, acceptance – where did ads like this go? This 1981 LEGO ad pulls at my heartstrings. Remember, anything is possible with LEGO, your only limit is your imagination. What will you build?