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Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Christmas Trees!

pink christmas trees photo by gail worley
Photos By Gail

I did my research and it appears that somehow, although many pink trees have been in the mix, during the 17 years I’ve been writing this blog I have never posted a Christmas-themed story specifically entitled “Pink Christmas Tree/s.” I couldn’t believe it either. So, to everyone who was holding your breath for that post, here you go.

pink christmas trees photo by gail worley

These festive Pink Christmas Trees were spotted decorating the entryway to NYC’s Museum of Ice Cream (located at 558 Broadway) as part of its Pinkmas (yes, I just typed that) celebration.  The museum is currently running a promotion where buying one admission gets you a second admission for free, but this just applies to visits reserved for Thursday, otherwise tickets are $38 each.  Reserve your tickets to visit the museum at This Link and use the code THURSDAYFUN to receive the buy-one-get-one offer. Remember that this BOGO offer applies to Thursdays only, and is good through December 31st. Hours are 12 Noon – 8:00 PM, Wednesday through Sunday. Pinkmas will be celebrated through February 28th, 2021.

Eye On Design: Interior Design Platform Modsy Reveals the Top Style Trends of 2020

casual modern dining room in blue
Casual Modern Dining Space (All Images Courtesy of Modsy)

A few weeks into Manhattan’s Covid lockdown it became clear that I would be working from home for the long haul, so I created a small budget to upgrade my home office with a few new items. A new task chair, a small colorful rug, and a set of strategically-measured storage cubes helped to create a pleasant and comfortable workplace within my apartment, while optimizing the functionality in the 50-square foot room. Now that our homes are often serving as offices, and even classrooms, you might also be looking for design ideas for the way we live right now. With that in mind, Modsy, an online interior design platform, has just released its 2021 Trend Report, which is brimming with quarantine-inspired interior design trends, emerging style predictions for next year, product sales comparison insights, and survey data from thousands of people across the U.S.

elegant modern living room
Livingroom: Elegance Meets Modern Design

Let’s get inspired with a closer look at some of their findings!

Post Continues, With More Design Ideas, After The Jump!

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Pink Thing of The Day: Flying Pig String Lights!

pig string lights photo by gail
All Photos By Gail

Going shopping in your closet: it is a thing. I have not had to buy a gift for anyone since the beginning of Covid life since I keep finding new shit I forgot I owned hiding inside bags in my closet. Just being serious.

pig light photo by gail worley

Case in point: I was looking for something to re-gift for a friend’s upcoming Birthday when I discovered these awesome Flying Pig String Lights hiding at the bottom of a bag of old tights, of all places. I have a vague memory of receiving them from my sister for Christmas several years ago, and I can guess that the only reason they were not put up in the Chickpad immediately is that I already had a set of Pig String Lights (recently retired to storage) hanging over the exact book shelf where these now reside.

pig light photo by gail

I love these little guys.

String Lights Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles!

Recycled Bottle Lights
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In the first week of December, I was invited to a fantastically fun Tree Trimming Party at The Norwood House, a private Arts and Culture club located in a multi-story townhouse on West 14th Street in Manhattan. The club is filled with beautiful contemporary artworks, rare collectibles and antiques, and eye-catching oddities throughout its many rooms. While I was exploring, I spotted this string of large, irregularly-shaped colored lights, which were  draped around a bust nestled on a stairway landing, and they grabbed my attention right away. Because, colored lights.

Recycled Bottle Lights

A close examination revealed that the lights are made from a variety of empty plastic bottles, which have been dyed a spectrum of colors and fitted through the bottom with a single light in each. Crafty!

Recycled Bottle Lights

Is this a likeness of Rasputin? Who knows!

Recycled Bottle Lights

I did some Googling to see if I could find instructions on how to make this specific style of upcycled plastic bottle lights, but I was unsuccessful in my quest. Perhaps you can scrutinize these pictures to figure it out for yourself! Good luck!

Eye On Design: Sea Beauties Vintage Wallpaper

Sea Beauties Wall Paper
All Photos By Gail

Designs inspired by nature form the largest group of more than 10,000 wallpapers in the collection of the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum. Often, a wallpaper theme would tie-in with the room’s use: designs of food were popular for dining rooms and water motifs dominated in bathrooms. The modern bathroom. with a designated space indoors, running water and flush toilets, had been developed by the late nineteenth century.  Given the concerns for hygiene and running water, ceramic tiles were the preferred wall-covering because of their durability and sanitary nature. For those on a budget, early wallpapers imitated this look with varnished tile patterns.

Sea Beauties Wall Paper

Around 1910, bathrooms shifted away from this sterile, hygienic look to become a more pleasant, decorative room that was harmonious with the home’s decor. Some moisture-resistant coverings were introduced in the early 1900‘s, but general-use wallpapers at this time were printed with water-soluble pigments and thus were unsuitable for use in bathrooms.

Panel 2

By 1934, the development of washable wallpapers coincided with a new array of decorative papers that had no hint of their sanitary past; rather, scenic designs featuring more panoramic views, as seen here, became popular, appealing to decorators and homeowners who wanted to bring the outdoors inside.

Panels 1 and 2

Sea Beauties Scenic Wallpaper (1920 – 35, Ideal Wall Decoration) seen here in this three-panel set, contains a lively underwater view of fish, shells, coral and plant life in their natural habitat. Multiple sets could be used to wrap around the bathroom, creating an immersive environment.

Panel 3

This early water-resistant design is printed in oil colors, so it could withstand the moisture and occasional splash from the tub, giving the wallpaper both a practical and decorative purpose.

Photographed in the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in Upper Manhattan.

Sea Beauties Wall Paper

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Unicorn String Lights!

Pink Unicorn String Lights
Photos By Gail

Do Unicorns ever go off trend? I don’t think so, and certainly not as long as the amazing Flying Tiger Shop has these Pink Unicorn String Lights in stock!

Pink Unicorn String Lights Detail

These lights would be a great addition to a little girl’s bedroom (or any child’s room), but they would also be fun to light up the room of an adult who just loves Unicorns, or the color Pink!

Pink Unicorn String Lights Detail

Just $8 for a string of ten lights, while they last!

Garlic Bulb Ceiling Lamp

Garlic Bulb Lamp Shade
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These Garlic Bulb pendant lamps designed by Anton Naselevets would be an amazing ambient and thematically appropriate addition to the decor of an Italian restaurant, particularly a restaurant like The Stinking Rose — which specializes garlic-based cuisine! See in the photo below how directional light comes from the underside of the shade – so cool!

Garlic Bulb Lamp Underside
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