If I was a cool kid…

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In my youth my bedroom walls were plastered in posters of the Backstreet Boys painstakingly extracted from Smash Hits magazine. I was not a cool kid. If I was, I might have had these… {Justin Helton / Status Serigraph} They’re all designed by Justin Helton, a graphic designer based in Knoxville, Tennessee who blends illustration… 

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Join The Room Debate!

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Friday again… how time flies when you’re having fun / working your arse off! Today’s pick for our Room Debate has quite an unusual style so I’m intrigued to know what you make of it. I suppose it’s two rooms really, so there’s double the choice of elements to love or loathe! If it’s your… 

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Join The Room Debate!

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Morning everyone – hope you’ve had a good week? Welcome to The Room Debate! Today’s living room has a colourful midcentury feel – it’s a look that’s been popular for a while now so I’d love to hear what you feel about it. As ever, it’s easy to join in. Simply have a close look… 

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The art (and politics) of laundry

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I’ve used Flickr a lot less since Pinterest came along, but it’s worth remembering that in addition to photos, Flickr is home to some incredible archives. I recently came across the Boston Public Library photostream which contains scans of the most amazing historical artwork, ephemera, advertising posters and photography. You can spend hours getting lost… 

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Upcycling: the good, the bad and The Apprentice

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So, did you see it? I honestly didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Or where to look – at the TV screen or my Twitter timeline, which was buzzing with talk of nothing else! One of the things that got me growling at the telly was the indiscriminate use of terms like ‘shabby chic’,… 

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La Braderie: the day I died and went to vintage heaven

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My friend and I had a fantastic weekend hunting for treasure at La Braderie in Lille – Europe’s biggest flea market! There was so much to see, so much to buy and we came away with some great goodies. Photos of what I bought will have to wait until this weekend (it’s too dark for… 

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