The Los Angeles Times gives a crucial heads up: "prepare yourself for purple furniture, pink poufs, fuchsia bedding" as Radiant Orchid — "an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones" —has been named Pantone's color of the year for 2104.
Core77 eyes the beautiful, the utilitarian, and the fun for its annual gift-able gizmo and gadget roundup: Architectural LEGO sets, cat calendars, Mason jar shot glasses, self-watering planters, and dual locking caster sets.
Gizmodo makes it easier to check "bicycle borne road warrior" off of your holiday gift shopping list.
The Wall Street Journal pays a visit to what is perhaps the number one — or maybe the number two? — tourist destination in Watertown, Mass.: The Plumbing Museum. This "increasingly popular" institution outside of Boston is considered to be "a premier attraction on the tiny international toilet-based tourism trail."
Gothamist brings news that the cool kid paradise otherwise known as Williamsburg, Brooklyn, will be getting another residential building constructed from shipping containers. This one, a luxury-minded family dwelling designed by the modular specialists at LOT-EK, will consist of 21 cut and stacked containers and is meant to "invoke Williamsburg's industrial past, while providing a sculptural nod to the rapidly changing neighborhood." Highlights of the dramatic property include a garage, a media room, a BBQ pit, and a lap pool. Yes, a lap pool. That's a rendering of the under-construction container manse at the top of the page.
TreeHugger waxes nostalgic over wood-burning cook stoves in a great piece by Katherine Martinko who grew up in a home where she was surrounded by the toasty warmth — and the "solid reassurance of self-sufficiency"— of an old Findlay Oval stove named Raven.
The Sun Times reports that one of Frank Lloyd Wright's earliest works (his first independent commission, in fact) has hit the market for the first time in 58 years with an asking price of $2.4 million. Located in the Chicago suburbs of River Forest, the "extremely significant" William Winslow House was designed in 1893 for an iron businessman and has been well-loved by the Walker family since 1955. "Even as a young kid, I think we knew it was something exotic, something different,” says Peter Walker of growing up in the historic, low-roofed abode.
Cool Hunting does what it does best: wrangles up totally rad products that make for great holiday gifts but that you will probably end up just keeping for yourself. Among this year's finds: Edible cool weather seedbombs, cork desk organizers, "heirloom" bath towels, handcrafted quilts, "Modern Farmer" subscriptions, and $50 bandanas from Japan.
The New York Times talks sap seals, needle retention, and pruning saws in the latest, Tannenbaum-centric installment of Bob Tedeschi's "The Pragmatist."
Jezebel unveils the Clean Person Holiday Gift Guide. Because nothing says yuletide cheer like satin hangers, lint shavers, and stain brushes.
Co.Exist shares the latest from micro-apartment demigod Graham Hills' small-minded consulting firm LifeEdited: Sleek, stylish 173-square-foot studio apartments ("less square footage than four ping-pong tables pushed together") to be built in Sao Paulo's student- and tech-heavy Vila Olmpia neighborhood. Says Hill of the driving force behind the project, dubbed VN Quatà: "It's important to me that there's an environmental angle to all this. Helping people not commute is the big benefit, but also living in much smaller square footage, there's less to heat, less to cool, less space to have more stuff."