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Boredpanda.com has collected images of some of the most ghostly abandoned places from around the world — every single one of which has its own special charm. On one hand, it’s as if the people in these places just suddenly disappeared. On the other, it’s also intriguing to see how some things that used to belong to people are slowly being reclaimed by nature.

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Haunting Images

Photo Courtesy: Chris Gray

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As of today, the U.S. has received five medals (two gold and three bronze) at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. We rocked it at alpine skiing, figure skating, freestyle skiing and snowboarding. We have 13 more days to keep bringing those medals home!

Mood Board Monday: 2014 Winter OlympicsGold: Model | Bars | Trim — Silver: Balloons | Jaime King | Architecture — Bronze: Flowers | Car | Model

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Design Exchange (DX), Canada’s Design Museum, opens its playful exhibition “This is Not A Toy,” guest curated by musician and entrepreneur Pharrell Williams, today until May 19, 2014. (If you’ve seen his Miami penthouse on HGTV’s FrontDoor.com, then you know he loves his designer toys.)

This Is Not a Toy

The exhibition takes its name from the disclaimer found on packaging for objects that may be called toys, but aren’t meant for play. Ranging in price from just a few dollars to thousands more, these figures are part merchandise, part art. While the creators of these art toys may utilize technical methods of mass production, they do so in a way that produces variation, unique expression and limited edition objects. Instigator and co-curator John Wee Tom and DX associate curator Sara Nickelson, along with Williams, present a tightly-edited presentation of work from over a dozen of the most prolific toy designers and contemporary fine artists in the collectibles category. “This is Not A Toy” transforms DX’s Exhibition Hall into a candy-colored space evoking genuine happiness through exuberant, imaginative works. The exhibition will even feature prized items from Williams’ personal art collection.

This Is Not a Toy

This Is Not a Toy

Rainbow Vortex by FriendsWithYou at This is Not a Toy

With its origins in 80s and 90s graffiti culture, the small release toy is an underground art form that at once represents rebellion and playfulness. At the same time a product of consumer culture and a defensible piece of art, these works both reject and appropriate familiar consumer imagery, and manipulate household names, cartoons and cultural icons. The result is a powerful one, shifting control from brand to artist and finally, to consumer. Some artists manipulate and leverage familiar visual communication as tribute or provocation, while others create their own original forms, characters and worlds to convey their ideas of a more affected existence.

This Is Not a Toy

Master Control & Carne by DOMA, alongside FriendsWithYou’s Cloudy, an animated short film, & Misaki Kawai’s Pink Arty

This Is Not a Toy

Experience design at the Design Exchange. Check out the exhibit starting today.

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I don’t know about you, but the scorching temperatures of August have me daydreaming about cool waters and global getaways. Since my vacation is still weeks away, gazing at these gorgeous pools from around the world will have to do. I’m hoping my next vacation will be a pool-hopping voyage across the globe.

poolsTurkey | Mauritius | Thailand | Maldives | Chile | Mexico | Thailand | Greece

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Turning your ordinary writing utensils into your favorite pens, the Seven Year Pen greens up your office supplies, writing up to 6.5 feet a day for 7 years (uh, can you say “hand cramp?”). Available in colorful designs and clever graphics, the best part about these pens is that they’re eco-friendly — reducing waste by increasing the barrel size inside each pen up to six times the amount in your everyday BIC.

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Happy Earth Day!

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that a new pope, Pope Francis, was elected on March 13. The biggest news, though, is that he’s the first non-European pope in history. (Jorge Mario Bergoglio is from Buenos Aires, Argentina.) With Italy being all over the news, I figured I’d take this opportunity to give you a virtual vacay to Roma this Monday morning. Sit back and enjoy, friends.

Mood Board Monday: When In RomeAll the Days Ordained / Design in Progress / Why Go: Italy / 100 Layer Cake / Flickr / Glamgerous / Bloun Artinfo

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Recently, we have noticed that readers (you) are searching HGTV.com for “Spanish-style” decor ideas. Is it because this is Hispanic Heritage Month, perhaps? Whatever the reason, what better time than now to highlight these stunning handmade plates from Spain?!

Made from enamels and 24k gold, these plates come in a variety of sizes from just over three inches to over 13 inches in diameter. Que bonita!
Spanish Plate
Spanish Plate

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You may recall, I hate camping. And yet, here I am — delighted once again by something that involves sleeping outdoors. Perhaps I do like the idea of camping and just detest the actual activity? Whatever — I’ll self-diagnose some other time.

Look at this! You (not me), but YOU can now camp suspended from a tree on top of a Bavarian mountain in Germany. It’s sort of crazy, but it’s sort of awesome (again, for you — not me).

Tree Camping in Germany

What do you think? Are you brave enough to hang out  in nature? I’ll be happy to cheer you on from my hotel window.

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Any postcard collectors out there like me? All of my friends know that when they travel, they are required to bring me back a postcard (they get extra friend points if they actually mail it — the postmark makes it even more special).

This world traveler cork board from Blue Ribbon General Store is ideal for displaying these little paper mementos.

World Map Cork Board

Now, in the comments below, tell me the postcard-worthy places you and your family have visited this summer.

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Since the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics, I’ve been glued to the TV watching everything from fencing to table tennis. (Talk about some serious hand-eye coordination.) For some reason I’ve been drawn more to these games than ever before. Maybe it’s because I can integrate Olympics-themed desserts and cocktails into my nightly watching? Or maybe it’s the charming host city of London that has me so attached? Either way, I’m a fan, and I’ve found a few Olympics-inspired accessories that will leave the games on your mind and in your home long after they end.

London Olympics 2012 PrintMammoth & Company > Olympics Tapes Print

London Olympics 2012 PrintmyMzone > Olympics Print

Pillows Inspired by the 2012 Olympic GamesEtsy.com/caitlinhinshelwood > Boxer Pillow :: Etsy.com/bellalulu > Vintage Tennis Player Pillow

Kids' Print Inspired by the 2012 Olympic GamesEtsy.com/belleandboo > Olympics Belle Print

Gold Medal Tea Towel Inspired by the 2012 Olympic GamesNot on the High Street > “You’re the Best” Tea Towel

Do you have Olympics fever, too? How are you celebrating the games this summer? Tell us in the comments below.

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