If, like me, you've got more time than cash, try these:
Photos from one of my favorite diners, West Egg; side braids at Tracy Reese SS08 (via Elle.com); & a dancing bon vivant (source?).
Poladroid is a free app that lets you turn ordinary JPGs in “polaroids” like the ones above. It looks great, you can save an image at any point of development, and like I said, it’s free. I love you, internet.
Anna the Red, you win at life. The Japanese-born, New York City-based artist has made some of the best kyaraben I’ve seen, and more unusually, they look delicious (Sakurako Kitsa’s bentos are also beautiful, but I don’t want to eat them).
My favorites are the Sleeping Totoro bento (left, with sausage balls hiding in its belly) & the Ohmu (Nausicaa) bento. She’s also generous with instructions and close-ups, in case you want to replicate anything.
Modified tree branches make easy and inexpensive D.I.Y. decorations; above is some inspiration to get you started. The white branch bookcase appears to be a prototype or an art installation, and I’m not sure if it’s a real branch or how it attaches to the wall. The other two are fairly straightforward mods.
*A nice book. The design aspect isn’t that impressive, but it’s not meant to be. What makes this book interesting are the ingenious, economical solutions of real people.
Dear ada posted on this amazing centerpiece made with fake birds. You could do something similar with some branches and fake birds from Pearl River Mart, which cost between $14.00 to $30.00 for a dozen. You could also make your own felted birds, but it looks tricky. Incidentally, the centerpiece’s creator, Abbey H., writes Aesthetic Outburst, a blog overflowing with vintage and handmade inspiration. Definitely one to bookmark.
I love the Design*Sponge d.i.y. series, which premiered with these wine crate display boxes (left). Every project looks both stylish and doable. The series’ authors also run the excellent Curiosity Shoppe, which I profiled last May, and also worked with Todd Oldham and ReadyMade magazine.