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design-happens-sparrow-clips250x230When a talented designer is involved, the most basic household items can become ultra-stylish. That’s what happened when designer P.Waiwiriya got creative with everyday clothes pins. (You know — the kind that never get used for laundry but always hold your bag of tortilla chips closed?)

This week, we’re giving you the chance to win two sets of these whimsical clips available through the Museum of Modern Art’s MoMA Store – 32 clips total. The sparrows come in four bright colors and are just too cute to stash away in your laundry room. For a chance to win, answer this week’s question before 12/11c, Monday, May 3. Be sure to provide a valid email address so we can contact you if you win.

This week we want to know, what everyday item needs a style makeover? Toilet bowl brushes? Laundry baskets? Gardening tools? You have until 12/11c Monday to answer. Click for official rules.

277 Responses

  1. Suzanne says:

    I would like to see a toilet brush strong enough to not scratch the bowl, be able to reach under the rim and not bend after a few uses. The long plastic bristles, after getting bent, do not perform well at all!

    I would also like to see laundry baskets look more like furniture that would fit into a bedroom or bathroom setting. Many different styles and colors. Not to stand out like a sore thumb! Who wants to hide dirty, stinky clothes, in a wicker basket, in the clean clothes closet!?!

    I would enjoy gardening more if gloves lasted longer, would not make your hands sweat, keep your hands clean, and would be a combination of rubber and strong, but breathable fabric all the same color…preferably dark green. Blending in is best to not attrack stinging and biting insects. What ever happened to the sweet smelling Avon mosquito repellent that really worked…untill the formula changed?!?!

  2. EricaLynn says:

    I'm going to say mop. It could come in cool colors!

  3. Kay says:

    Toilet brushes and plungers! There needs to be some way to hide these necessities!

  4. Kelsey says:

    How fun would it be to be able to buy patterned or colored toilet paper? It would totally make bathrooms more interesting! I would buy a damask print toilet paper in a heartbeat! Same with paper towels! Enough with the silly clip art patterns! Let's see some interesting modern looks!

  5. michelle says:

    I would have to say laundry baskets! I spend way to much time in the laundry room (3 kids will do that) and the laundry baskets are not even that effecient! Make them beautiful please….

  6. Klean Karen says:

    My quest would be the UGLY toilet brush…..even in the little plastic holder we all know what's lurking there! And really ? they don't do the best job now do they? they get some of the gunk! but also find a way to splash and ugh! get on the Cleaning Helper! So I vote for the Toilet Brush!

    LOVE the Clothespins! How cute are they!

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  8. Stephanie says:

    Recycling centers. That'd be nice to see redone.

  9. sheila monroe says:

    I think the laundry basket needs some improvement.

  10. Melanie says:

    Shower caddies. Hanging from the shower head they swing about, they rust get grimy and just sit there. This is a definite cry for help in the all-critical start to a day. Colr, functionality, cleanup all need to be considered. How about a nice flower shape or tuscan bronze?

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