One Simple Touch That Will Give Your Home an Instant Makeover

We've been big fans of U.K.-based design company Buster + Punch since they debuted their first collection of chic light switches and dimmers in diamond-cut brass and bronze. Now, this fall they're adding a hardware range to the mix, which will include doorknobs, handles and cabinet pulls in various models and finishes. True to the brand's aesthetic, the solid metal options are all about the details—customizable for a personal look (brass, steel, smoked bronze, black, and white are all options). All of which to say, swapping out your home's finishes is an easy, affordable hack that can make a huge see more

This Stylish Home Is Surrounded by Volcanoes and Accessible Only by Boat

Built on a rocky edge with an extremely high slope, there isn't a neighbor within miles, making this getaway home the ideal spot for tranquil breaks from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. see more

The World's Most Iconic Kettle Just Got a Makoever

The iconic 9093 Kettle from Alessi (yes, it's that one you think of when you think of a kettle with a bird whistle) is turning 30 this year. To celebrate the design by postmodern architect Michael Graves, the company is releasing his revamped version, which he completed before passing away earlier this year. In place of the classic sparrow, Graves placed a dragon, available in shades of brass, copper, or green. "I imagined a new evolution in the history of our kettle—one where our little bird might transform into a superhero, a reptilian creature that is at once prehistoric, mythological, see more

A New Collab Brings Raw Skater Attitude to Brooklyn's Surf Scene

Hurricane and surf seasons run concurrently—big storms equal big waves, brah. Surf in style (or insert your own pleasing alliteration) with these new boards from Brooklyn-based surf purveyor Union Surfboards. The company was started by Chris Williams and Jeffrey Schroeder, who initially never imagined themselves making boards out of a warehouse in Greenpoint, and has become the bellwether for a growing community of Brooklyn surfers. Charlie Porter, who works with Union, brought on the dark-humor-inflected designs of illustrator John Hoyos, lending these boards a feel that's inspired by the hand-scrawled graphics typical of eighties skateboard decks. From a skeleton riding see more

An Artist Literally Turned War on Its Head With Toy Soldier Yogis

Make love, not war. That peaceful slogan of yesteryear got a modern twist courtesy of artist Dan Abramson (via Art-Sheep) and his project Yoga Joes. Abramson takes the iconic green army figurines and flips them on their heads (sometimes literally), rendering them without artillery and, instead, performing poses familiar to yoga lovers. From your classic downward dog to the advanced position of headstand, the Yoga Joes can be seen as a subtle protest to our gun-crazed culture. "I made them with the intention of spreading yoga to men, boys, and military folks," Abramson says on his website. "And it see more

Home Improvement: 9 Salt-and-Pepper Sets for Every Table

Aspirational design doesn't necessarily have to require a delivery truck or come with a four-figure price tag. In fact, some of the most beautiful, smartest pieces do neither. In the spirit of getting excited about everyday, luxurious upgrades, each week, we'll be bringing you some of our favorite home-decor items poised to make a surprisingly big impact on the way you interact with your space. Today, nine salt-and-pepper sets to upgrade your daily grind. see more

Design Geeks, Rejoice: NASA's Long-Lost Standards Manual Is Finally Being Reissued

Google's new sans-serif logo might be its biggest change in 16 years, but get your graphics perfect in the first place and they can be just as exciting four decades later. Case in point: The NASA Graphics Standards Manual. The now-archival record was designed in 1974 by Danne & Blackburn to rekindle waning interest in space travel and breathe fresh life into NASA's old-fashioned graphics and communications. Sadly, it was almost too ahead of its time and was revoked by NASA in 1992, when the clunky, dated "Meatball" logo was reinstated. Even after the manual was lost, the futuristic see more

See This Woodsy Cabin Transformed Into a Chic, Rustic Residence

BEFORE: Like the cabin your uncle had that nobody wanted to a visit or an Airbnb spot for a ski weekend that's fine but not Instagram-worthy, this home had nothing particularly interesting or beautiful about it. see more

A Chic, Affordable Living-Room Set That You Can Assemble Without Tools

In the past year, the direct-to-consumer model has exploded, with furniture companies jumping into the e-commerce game. Starting this week, a new chair and sofa brand has joined in. Campaign, founded by former Honda and Apple employees, offers a loveseat and a full-size sofa, as well as a lounge chair ranging between $495 and $995. The pieces are manufactured in the U.S. out of steel and Italian cotton in an array of classic colors, and putting them together doesn't require any tools (really). To make things easier, the customizable designs specifically kept shipping in mind. Everything fits in standard UPS/FedEx see more

Here's How Much the Mansion From The OC Is Selling For

California, here we come. The house that served as the exterior for Sandy, Kirsten, and Seth Cohen's home (and that of their wayward ward Ryan Atwood) on The OC is for sale for $6.25 million. While the show's fictional dwelling included a pool house, the real one features six bedrooms and seven bathrooms spread across 6,376 square feet. Outside there's a pool and four acres of land, but no pool house to sneak into (or out of) after hours. Another thing: this house is actually in Malibu, which is about a two hour drive from the Cohen's residence in Newport see more
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