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When Blu Dot was first starting out, they got their logo design in exchange for building a custom treehouse. So you might say that the company was founded on an ethos of swapping. Which is lucky for the rest of us, because BluDot is having another virtual Swap Meet, starting today!

swap meet logo

The poster states “All reasonable trades considered,” and they’re not kidding. They’re seeking talents, devices, oddities, tasks, taxidermy, collections, crafts and whatnot in exchange for their gorgeous modern chairs, sofas, lamps and more. Last year there were tons of artistic and eccentric bids accepted, like a spork collection and a secret handshake. It’s got me wondering if I can parlay something like my grandmother’s treasured green chili recipe into that Lily Pad Coffee Table I had my eye on!

five swaps on bludot swap meet

How about you? What would you trade for some Blu Dot goodies?

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I have positive associations with lily pads for some reason. (I looked at a lot of Monet paintings as a kid?) All I know is that when I saw Blu Dot’s Lily Pad Coffee Table, it seemed right somehow.
lily pad table

The three surfaces at different heights would be ideal for entertaining, I’d think — just imagine that artful spread of napkins and nibbles! And it may even keep clutter at bay in everyday use. If one “pad” is for magazines or glossy hardcover books, one is for remotes and coasters, and one is for flowers or other decorative items, you’d certainly have an easier time editing and arranging. As it is now, my long Danish modern model is less a “coffee table” and more an “old New York Magazine graveyard.” Maybe three really is a magic number.

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One of my perennial favorites, Blu Dot, made a noteworthy showing at ICFF this year. The company designs furniture that is functional while remaining aesthetically pleasing and not so serious.

blu dot coat rack

Blu Dot unveiled a new line products at ICFF, among them this powder-coated steel and walnut coat rack. Representative of their fresh designs, this piece is more even more refined than previous pieces without losing the company’s sense of fun with its bright, shiny colors. No need for a coat rack? Then use it instead as a modern sculpture.

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In a first-of-its-kind event, BluDot is hosting a swap meet for their designer furniture.

BluDot swap meet

The deal is, you pick one of the items from their catalog and post it along with an “interesting offer” to swap for it. Your offer can be anything from a unique talent to an valuable antique. Trade your original watercolor painting for a couch, or a batch of your mom’s famous chocolate chip cookies for a desk. If the BluDot team likes your offer, the furniture could be yours.

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For me, watching sports is like seeing ducks in a pond quack at one another. Why are fans always screaming, flapping 4-foot foam hands and sporting high-energy face paint? It makes me wanna give everyone a permanent time out. (And while I can barely remember who’s playing, I do know that Genevieve Morton and the Black Eyed Peas left me off their Super Bowl Bash guest list.)

So as Super Bowl Sunday approaches, I’ve become obsessed with trying to conceptualize a football-centric space that doesn’t suck. What could be manly enough for a rugged fullback yet possess enough panache for a polished, proper prince? Hell if I know, but if they are going to co-exist, here are the items certain to help.

Superbowl Decor Restoration Hardware Leather Sofa Man Cave

The Kensington sofa from Restoration Hardware. It’s got the aged leather look any dude will dig and diamond tufting befitting of the most dashing of Dukes.

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