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Birds and decor

Birds and decor

To woo a mate, male bower birds decorates their nests with all manner of objects, including vibrant berries and flowers. Interested females will visit many competing nests, often returning for a second look by comparison. It appears that bower birds even use the rules of perspective to arrange objects in order to emphasize or deemphasize […]

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Design and the age of Ophiuchus (the new astrological sign)

Design and the age of Ophiuchus (the new astrological sign)

Over the last couple of years, I’ve assembled quite a collection of snake prints, including a vintage German educational chart from the 60’s that hangs in the bedroom and a gorgeous antique print I stumbled across at Scout. I thought it was just a personal quirk, but lately I’ve been noticing more snake imagery in […]

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The return of the abacus

The return of the abacus

Mathematics is not my forte, but I’ve spied four abacuses within the past three months. Which begs the question, why now? Why here? Is this some wildly improbable coincidence? Or the beginning of a new trend in home decor? Given enough time, finer minds than mine will no doubt solve these and other vexing questions. […]

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The Monday Roundup

The Monday Roundup

Thanks to the amazing Mariano Chavez (of Agent Gallery Chicago and New York) for introducing me to his very stylish, kind and interesting friend and customer Josh. When Josh’s girlfriend stumbled upon Agent Gallery’s Damen Avenue location, she rightly suspected her beau would love Mariano’s curated mix of salvaged finds and overall aesthetic. Sure enough, […]

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Goofing around at CB2

Goofing around at CB2

Do as I say, not as I do. That’s how much of my advice should be classified, especially when it comes to travel. You definitely should explore the local coffee houses rather than buy your Venti this-or-that at Starbucks or Peet’s Coffee and Tea. You should, but I don’t – at least not always. By […]

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Product Spotlight: CB2 Tattoo Rug

Product Spotlight: CB2 Tattoo Rug

Look boss; da rug, da rug!!  CB2’s Tattoo rug to be precise.  Show me the person who predicted tattoo-inspired patterns would show up on rugs and furniture, and I’ll show you a genius.

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Ask a Designer: David Cieslak advises Lindsay on cramped quarters, small budget (Tips Galore!)

Ask a Designer: David Cieslak advises Lindsay on cramped quarters, small budget (Tips Galore!)

Lindsay, a high-style Manhattan resident, recently emailed  Strange Closets “Ask a Designer” to request help decorating her new apartment on a budget.  I passed her request on to a couple designers and today we hear from David Cieslak, a true talent and very cool guy who has done an outstanding job suggesting furniture pieces and […]

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