Monday, December 22, 2008

Sharpie Wallpaper

For a 360 degree view of this guys basement and the full story, click here. Seriously, click there, 'cause it's really awesome. He's able to add depth, texture and hallways!

It reminds me of an Anthropologie store display with chalkboard paint. Lemme see if I can find it.... Yeah! Here it is:

Anthropologie has the BEST displays. Most of them are made from normal, everyday items but used in a special and creative way. Like this gorgeous lighting solution made of mason jars.

And these dramatic vines made of cut paper!

I need to hunt down some more pictures from Anthropologie. Or maybe I'll just go down to the store! Yeah, I think I'd rather do that. :)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Branching Out with Beds

I love this bed post idea. It wouldn't be too hard to make it out of actual branches either, which I think I'd like a little better.

I found this picture over here with a bunch of other crazy lookin' beds.

I also really like these two beds. The swing bed cause it looks like so much fun and the hide-away one for the extra space. I found these over here.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

(Cheap) Wine Guide

A good mouse host always knows the perfect wine to serve its guests, but as you may have guessed, they may not have a lot of money to spend on it. I know almost nothing about wine so when I heard Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher, the husband-and-wife team behind the wine column 'Tastings', which appears weekly in The Wall Street Journal, on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, I made sure to look it up later and take down some notes. Luckily, the lovely people at NPR already broke it down for me. And here is the link, in case you, too, need a little help in the wine aisle:

'Tastings' Columnists on What to Drink Now

Some tips that I found helpful that aren't included in the article recap:

1. Avoid animal labels
The couple did a taste testing of all the bottles with animal labels they could find and in the end concluded that most are "beastly and fowl," which is sad because those are the prettiest labels, and ones I previously always went for--woops!

2. Young and fresh are generally best
2003 vintage aren't as good as more recent and even 2008 ones that are out.

3. Avoid high alcohol content
Look for a wine from 13%(best) to 15%(ok). Avoid anything higher than that.

4. Choose "Estate Bottled" when given the choice
It means the people who grew the grapes also bottled the wine. This implies that more care is taken in making the wine which will make a better bottle.

5. Older champagne is generally better
ie: 1973-80 or older will have a more complex, nutty flavor.

6. Remember the year
This isn't a tip, but a neat tradition they mentioned. They said when they drink an older wine or bubbly, they think back to the year it was made. I think that's a fun idea.

For more tips, just listen to the show!

Friday, December 5, 2008

A House Perfect for a Mouse!

Isn't this the cutest, coziest, most adorable, hobbit friendly (not to mention eco-friendly) house you've ever seen??!! And someone just built it into the side of a hill! All on their own! I love it. For more on how to build one of your, own check it out here.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Wall Collage

Love this arrangement of photos and frames. I love how they aren't straight at all and how it seems really organic. I found it over here. Oh, and I love the the triangle banners, what are they called? Pin stripes? no. Pin-ups? no. I don't know. I love them though.