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The calming effect of a gently swaying mobile has been long used to sooth babies in their cribs. But would you use them to decorate a baby-free space?

oras mobiles

The designer of the Oras mobiles above describes these pieces as, “wall sculptures — part mobile, part hanging art.” Personally, I’d love to use a mobile in a large-scale living room, a refined office, or on a porch replacing a wind chime. Think: Alexander Calder.

What about you? Do you think they’re juvenile or just right?

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After rummaging through my favorite blogs this week, I was simply overwhelmed with all of the choices available when it comes to design — you can can go ultra-girly, you can go ultra-masculine, you can put houseplants in a desk, you can learn to break dance with good design…. The choice is yours! Read on to figure out what on earth I’m talking about.


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It’s the first Friday of spring! I’ve been inspired by the daffodils peeking up through the cold ground and want to bring you some inspiration, too — literally. This week we’re giving you the chance to win a set of alphabet photography blocks from Everyday Art, which spell out “inspire.”


Each photo letter is available in both color and black and white, and there are four different photos for each letter. Check out a couple of options for A:



These 1/2″ blocks are made from composite material and are scratch resistant, moisture resistant and will not fade over time. What I love most about them is that the photo blocks come ready-to-mount and you can spell out anything you want, from your name to a favorite saying.

All you have to do to win is answer this week’s question before 12/11c, Monday, March 29. Be sure to provide a valid email address so we can contact you if you win.
This Week’s Question

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design-happens-freebie-fridays-trace-designs200x200You have until 12 noon ET on Monday, February 15, to comment on this post with a valid email address and you’ll be entered for a chance to win.

This week, we partnered with TraceDesigns to bring you a fun and easy way to perk up your walls. Up for grabs: any stencil on this page. We like TraceDesigns stencils because they’re made from recycled, non-toxic materials and they’re simple to use. Tape the stencil to your wall, trace the design and then paint it however you like. This Week’s Question

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