Today’s object of desire is perfect for all of you travelers. Whether it’s a business trip or vacation, sleeping on any sort transportation can be a daunting task. If it’s an overnight flight, not everyone turns their lights off. Also, chances are, the person next to you won’t stop playing with their smartphone or tablet. The Travel HoodiePillow will solve all of your traveling problems. It’s one of those travel pillows you wrap around your next with a hood attached. So, pop in some headphones and cover your eyes. You’ll be catching some z’s in no time.
A lot of us live in apartments. Sure, they’re not an investment like owning a home, but it’s nice being to save some money. One of the biggest problems with apartments we find is the lack of barbecuing. Sometimes it would nice to be able to step outside and grill a burger or steak instead of having to use one of the community grills (if you’re lucky enough to have one.) That problem has been solved. The Balcony Grill is the answer to our prayers. Designed to hang on those flower pot holders, the grill is an extremely easy substitute to community grills. Basically, we want one.
Now that it is warm outside, it’s the perfect time to go camping. Today’s object of desire was designed for all of you outdoor enthusiasts. The Luminair Tree Tent is probably the coolest tent we’ve ever seen. It’s a unique option when compared to traditional tents. Basically, you string it up in a tree and though it doesn’t have the ability to pack in and out a lot, it makes for a great semi-permanent above ground structure. At three meters in diameter, the tent can easily fit two adults. It weighs just 234 pounds which is pretty impressive seeing how it can hold more than 500. Expect to pay around $10,000 for the Luminair.
It is spring, so how about some spring-time DIY crafts? Here’s an easy project for a fruit inspired welcome mat. First, find a circular welcome mat (Ikea, $20). Fold it in half and cut down the middle. Start by cutting two rings out along outer the edge, the outer edge is bigger than the inner. Then use a red and green spray paint to color it all in. For the seeds, you’re going to want to use a stencil and black paint. For more detailed instructions, click here.
Java nuts and caffeine addicts rejoice. Today’s object desire is just for you. Waking up early to go to work is a painful thing to do every day. That’s why the morning cup of coffee has become such a staple in our society. Why not enjoy a brilliant, gourmet cup from the comfort of your own home? The Jura Giga 5 Coffee Center makes one heck of a cup of coffee. This machine can make two cups at the same time, perfect for you and your significant other. It can make anything on the Starbucks menu, aside from the syrups. For just $5,500, this coffee center can be yours.
Whenever a friend of yours is having a get-together, whether it’s a casual affair or something a little more formal, bringing something is usually considered polite. The go to item? A bottle of wine. If you need a better way to travel with said bottle of wine, look no further. The Built Origami Wine Tote is perfect such occasions. The neat looking bag comes in two colors: black or red. When you finish the bottle, the bag easily condenses and will fit pretty much anywhere.
It’s about time you added some more artwork in your home. Forget traditional glass frames, the new rage is the OpenFrame. Made out of birch plywood, birch veneer, and stainless steel, the OpenFrame uses rare Earth magnets to keep your art up in the air. The magnets are cool because you can swap out the art in a matter of seconds. You can choose either a natural, black, or white finish. If you’re worried about your artwork being exposed to the world, come on, how often do you actually touch the glass on your other frames? OpenFrames come in a variety of sizes and start at $35.
The sun is shining and the weather is beautiful. You should start spending as much time outdoors as possible. To help keep you in nature, here’s an easy project to help nurture your very own nature. For those of you lucky enough to live in a home with a garden, then you know sometimes it is difficult to remember where you planted what. Check out this easy garden marker project. We know you love wine, so start collecting some corks. Once you have the appropriate number, pick up some old forks from a thrift store. Write the name of your plan horizontally on the cork and attach to the fork. Then just slam the fork in the soil and there’s you marker. Easy, right?
Everyone has that favorite pair of jeans that go weeks without washing. There are probably multiple days where you wear them back-to-back. Unfortunately, those jeans will wear out and you’ll have to find a new favorite pair. A los Angeles company has a gerat idea on what to do with worn-out jeans. Nudie Jeans Recycled Rugs are awesome. They take recycled jeans and turn them into Scandinavian-style rugs. Sure, they might not be made of your old pair, but chances are someone has loved those jeans as much as you have.
With so much time to spare this weekend, why not make the best of it by creating something useful and creative. If you have any curtains in your home that need a little management, check out this easy curtain tieback project. Start by drilling a small whole in the handle of a fork about one inch away from the end. Then, using a pair of pliers, bend the fork with the prongs face up. You’re going to want the bend to look like a “C” not a “V.” Lastly, simply screw the fork into the window banister and there you have it.
Ray Bans are so yesterday. What you need are pair of Shwoods. At first glance, they may just appear to be a regular old pair of sunglasses. Shwoods are truly unique. How? Well, they got their notoriety from being made out of wood. That’s definitely cool, but we’ve seen wood sunglasses before but here’s something different: the Shwood’s Stone Collection. These glasses are made out of stone, slate to be exact. They’ll set you back $300 or more and there are only 200 made, so you should hurry up if you want a pair.
Alright fashionistas, are you up to date with the latest trends? Warm weather means you no longer have to bundle up and hide. It’s spring and you should expose some skin. Your gray sweater can go from casual to chic with the lower back cut out. A boring white tank top gets significantly less boring with a geometric cutouts. HUB clothing in Fashion Square Mall has all of these new trends. Head over there to try them out or if you’re handy with a pair scissors, why don’t you try it yourself?
No, it’s not a glass for you to drink milk out of — though, it could be. This is decorative glassware. If you’re looking to add a little flair to your kitchen or anywhere else in your home, pay attention. Milk glass looks elegant and classy and is very simple to make. Find a boring, regular piece of glassware, it could be a vase, mason jar, porcelain, whatever. Head to the hardware store and get some glossy white spray paint. You’re going to need several coats of paint for it to work completely and there you have it. Not bad, right?
First, a disclaimer: NEVER drink and drive. At one time or another, we’ve all been at the bar or restaurant and have thought to ourselves if we’ve had one too many drinks. The age of the smartphone will give us a more definitive answer instead of one from the back of a police car. The Breathometer is a device that plugs into your phone’s headphone jack and through the use of its app, gives you an accurate blood alcohol content reading. Perfect to make sure you get home safe and the perfect way to determine who’s the drunkest between you and your friends.
Everyone who lives in the Valley knows we have the best weather in the country. Sure, it gets pretty hot during the summer but there are plenty of ways to escape the dry heat. Camping and spending time outdoors is definitely on the top of our to-do list this spring. Why not bring a little extra comfort with you next time your head up north? The Blue Ridge Camping Hammock is a tent and hammock all rolled up into one. Complete with a rain tarp, the hammock weighs just 4.25 pounds making it extremely easy to throw in your backpack and hit the trail.
Today’s DIY project is all about cleanliness. You may need some tools handy for this one, though. Courtesy of Country Living, here is a cool idea for an mason jars you may have lying around. First, measure and mark the center of the jar’s lid. Use a 1/2 inch high-speed steel drill bit to drill a hole that will fit the pump. For the actual pump, use one from an old dispenser. Insert the pump and your done. The stem may be too long, so just cut to size if you need to. This can used for soap, lotion, or whatever your heart desires.
Do you have a baby on the way? If you do, you should probably pay attention to Today’s Object of Desire. When prepping for the arrival of your newborn, you’ll be spending tons of money on all the necessary items. This includes a reliable stroller. So, why not class it up a bit with the Aston Martin x Silver Cross Stroller? Yes, a stroller made and designed by the luxury car maker. For around $3,000, your baby will be riding in style. Made with leather and other fancy materials, it has all the protection your kid will need, no matter the weather.
Some of the more OCD of you are going to love this DIY project. It takes a trip to a couple stores, assuming you don’t have all of the necessary items. Coasters help protect your tables and surfaces but coasters can be boring. This weekend, you should make personalized coasters. First, head to your local home improvement store and pick up some tiles (4×4 inch should do the trick), felt mounting circles, and resin or high gloss finish. Pick some of your favorite photos, print, and cut to size. Glue the pictures to the tiles and then coat the tile with the resin. And there you go. For a more detailed how-to, click here.
Are you in the market for a new dining table? Do you also enjoy playing ping pong? We’ve got the perfect object of your desire. The Table & Tennis is the perfect combination of fun and practicality. You would never eat off of a normal table tennis table. This one is the only exception we’ve seen. With a removal tennis net, the table is made out of a walnut veneer on top of a mirrored stainless steel base. You can only reserve them online until March 1 and they’ll set you back $6,600. You can dream.
Any music aficionado will tell you that vinyl has the best sound. Maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t but having a good record player is key for every music collector. The Audiowood Barky Turntable adds a bit of class to the standard player. Made with a solid ash platform that’s finished with polyurethane and wax, this is as classy as it can gets. If you’re ready to shell out $1,300 for this bad boy, at least let us come over and look at it.
Let’s face it, how often do you listen to CDs? In the age of the iPod and iPhone, most of your music in the digital format, isn’t it? If not, you need to get with the times. Anyway, what should you do with that stockpile of accumulated CD cases? Don’t throw them away, they can be used. You can easily make picture frames out of your old CD cases. Just cut or print a photo to size, slide it in, and mount it your wall. The arrangement is up to you, the possibilities are endless.
Do you want to add some life to… Well, your life? Today’s object of desire is all about living up your home. The Woolly Pocket will do just that. It’s cool planter that you can mount on your wall. It definitely needs to be in a room that gets a decent amount of sunlight. It’s made of recycled plastic and also features a self-watering 1.5L reservoir with easy access watering holes that attaches directly to your wall.
Okay, this DIY project is the easiest of easy. If you have a tacky or boring table lamp somewhere in your home, don’t think it’s time you spruced it up? If the lamp shade is plain (if not, you can pick one up no problem), grab a sharpie and start writing. Penmanship is key here. You want everyone to able to read the wise words you write. Speaking of which, what will you write? Pick out your favorite poem, you’re favorite motivational quote, that line from that movie you love. The possibilities are endless.
If you have any interior design sense then you know that minimalism is all the rage. There’s just something so aesthetically pleasing about a minimal use of space. If you’re looking for a new work station, you should check out the Minimal Float Wall Desk. For around $700, this desk is made from either walnut or rift oak. You can mount it at any height and features a slide-out tray. It may not be the most practical desk, but it will definitely look cool in your place.
If you’re like us, there just isn’t enough storage for all of your stuff. Today’s DIY Friday is going to help you hide some of your extra stuff. If you don’t have a trunk for the end of bed, why not consider making a vintage one? Head to your local thrift store and find an old-fashioned suit case. Then, all you need is four furniture legs. Attach them with screws or adhesive and voila, there’s your new/vintage trunk.