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Entries from July 2009


July 31st, 2009 · Comments Off on weeeeekend.

Have a super fantastic weekend! We’re off to New York for the weekend to celebrate Ryan’s birthday! See you next week . . .

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Tags: holidays · travel

he gave me an ice cream cone!

July 31st, 2009 · Comments Off on he gave me an ice cream cone!

Ryan is such a sweetie! After reading the post I wrote about those amazing ice cream cone lights, he gave me a little plastic cone of my own!

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Tags: food


July 29th, 2009 · Comments Off on destino.

Repost from 2Modern Design Talk! In 1945 Salvador Dali and Walt Disney began a months-long collaboration on an animated film. Unfortunately, due to budgetary issues, it was never finished. That is until 1999, when Walt’s nephew, Roy Edward Disney chose to revisit the animated cartoon, hiring French animator Dominque Monfrey to direct. The film finally […]

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Tags: artists · film

one kings lane.

July 29th, 2009 · Comments Off on one kings lane.

Last week my good friend Matt sent me an invitation to join One Kings Lane, a Web site that runs online sample sales for home goods. And because I know how much you all love dressing up your digs, I’m opening up the invite to you! Just email me at thefunctionkey@gmail.com, and I’ll invite you […]

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Tags: design · interiors · modern objects · technology · trends

ice cream anybody?

July 28th, 2009 · Comments Off on ice cream anybody?

It’s wicked hot in Boston today, and I’m hoping that as soon as Ryan gets homes from working at TEDxBoston, he’ll take me to get an ice cream cone. In the meantime, I’ve found these great ice cream cone lights to keep me occupied! So clever! You can pick some up for yourself at Mixko […]

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Tags: design · food · modern objects

graffinis swimwear.

July 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off on graffinis swimwear.

Usually when someone tries to repurpose graffiti for commerce I’m opposed. It always seems to lose its luster when removed from its natural environment and reprinted on lamp shades, sneakers, bandannas, what have you. But Graffinis‘ swimwear truly impresses me! According to the company: “Graffinis Swimwear began as an idea to combine the urban experience […]

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Tags: fashion · graffiti · street culture

the beer sweater by zach crain.

July 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off on the beer sweater by zach crain.

The beer coozie, evolved: Each beer coozie — made out of reclaimed sweaters — is available in 12oz, 22oz, or 40oz. So whether you’re swigging a can of Bud or Old English, your beer maintains its chilled state. Get one for yourself at edge of urge.

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Tags: design · food

american hotel stories.

July 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off on american hotel stories.

Repost from 2Modern Design Talk If you enjoy consuming Hollywood history, secrets, and insider details, then you’ll love American Hotel Stories published by Assouline. The book trails some very famous and often elusive legends (Marilyn Monroe, Al Capone, Jack Kerouac) across the country during their stays in various American hotels — that are legendary in […]

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Tags: architecture · artists · fashion · film · travel

and the winner is . . .

July 20th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Congratulations to the winner of the Function Key’s Rug Giveaway Extravaganza — Paula! We chose Paula because she provided a very enthusiastic answer and a well articulated interest in how she would use the rug in her home. Thanks again to all of the entrants! And special thanks to CSN Rugs for reaching out to […]

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Tags: current events · design · modern objects

porcelain skull!

July 15th, 2009 · Comments Off on porcelain skull!

It’s no secret that I love skulls (see here & here). I also happen to love miniature things (check this & this). And here we have a fascinating miniature porcelain skull (read: heavy metal) manufactured by the Porzellan Manufaktur of Nymphenburg, Germany. The skull was originally designed by Franz Ignatz Gunther, in 1760 (so cool) […]

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