Your Pirate Home

On Talk Like a Pirate Day, you can speak the part. You can even look the part, if you like. But if you are really into the pirate phenomena, you can live like a pirate every day!

First thing in the morning, head to the bathroom for a wash behind your pirate shower curtain. Turn the skull and crossbone taps to start your shower.
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Everything in the bathroom can be tied into the pirate theme, right down to the skull toilet brush holder.
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C-Dock Pirates has more pirate bathroom accessories, like bath mats, towels, wash cloths, and this lovely toilet set.

But the bathroom isn't the only place to play pirate! More after the jump.

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A great day starts with a good breakfast. This toaster will imprint a Jolly Roger symbol on your toast! If you're a little too cheap to spring for the 29 euro toaster, you can get a stamp from Archie McPhee that will put an impression on your bread. Then just pop it in a normal toaster and see the skull and crossbones when it's toasted!
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Before you leave home, dab on a bit of pirate perfume. Scents for men include Swashbuckler, Cavalier, El Capitan and Buccaneer. For wenches, choose from Buxom, Siren and Damsel. My guess is that these perfumes smell a lot better than a real pirate ever did.

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This table is just one example of the cool handcrafted home furnishings available from the Pirate Furniture Company. Pick a pirate logo and a stain color, and they custom-finish your furniture.

There be a little assembly required on larger pieces. Instructions are included. All ye need be a screwdriver.

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Serve your guests in style with mugs, jugs, plates, and bowls from Quicksilver's Pirate Pots. He even has a bowl to serve your "scurvy dog."

It is well nigh impossible to predict shipping totals accurately online, since order size and destination vary a great deal. That's why the shipping rates be listed on a per-piece basis.

I'll be right fair with ye, though. Trust me, I'm a pirate. Har! Seriously — I am a strong advocate of treatin' me customers right.

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Pull your boots off, and set your weary feet down on your pirate throw rug.
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And as you lay your weary head down after a long day of talking like a pirate, rest comfortably on sheets, pillows, and pillowcases printed with the familiar skull and crossbones. Nighty night! Er, I mean, dreams ahoy!

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Syrian Refugees and Jordanian Women Created a New Line of Home Goods For IKEA
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After debuting the Tilltalande Collection at its Amman, Jordan location last year, IKEA is finally bringing it to the U.S. As Curbed reports, every item in the collection was created by women from Jordan and refugees from Syria.

The new line is a collaboration between IKEA and the Jordan River Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of Jordanians, especially women and children. It includes a flatwoven rug and pillow covers decorated with elements like camels and blossoming cacti. Fifty Jordanian women artists and 50 Syrian refugees worked with IKEA to design the items and craft them by hand.

The Tilltalande Collection is the latest way IKEA is helping some of the millions of refugees forced from their homes by conflict. In 2015, the furniture company debuted its flatpack shelters, temporary homes that provide protection and electricity to displaced people around the world.

The new line of textiles will be sold at IKEA's Brooklyn location starting this June. If all goes as planned, the collection will provide employment to 400 people by 2020.

Pillow decorated with cactus.
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[h/t Curbed]

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IKEA's New Collection for Tiny Apartments Is Inspired by Life on Mars
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Living in a city apartment can feel claustrophobic at times. As Co.Design reports, the Swedish furniture brand IKEA took this experience to the extreme when designers visited a simulated Mars habitat as research for their latest line of housewares aimed at urbanites.

The new collection, called Rumtid, is tailored to fit the cramped spaces that many people are forced to settle for when apartment-hunting in dense, expensive cities. The designers knew they wanted to prioritize efficiency and functionality with their new project, and Mars research provided the perfect inspiration.

At the Mars Society's Mars Desert Research Station in Utah, scientists are figuring out how to meet the needs of potential Mars astronauts with very limited resources. Materials have to be light, so that they require as little rocket fuel as possible to ferry them to the red planet, and should ideally run on renewable energy.

IKEA's designers aren't facing quite as many challenges, but spending a few days at the simulated Martian habitat in Utah got them thinking on the right track. The team also conducted additional research at the famously snug capsule hotels in Tokyo. The Rumtid products they came up with include an indoor terrarium shaped like a space-age rocket, a set of colorful, compact air purifiers, and light-weight joints and bars that can be snapped into modular furniture.

The collection isn't ready to hit IKEA shelves just yet—the chain plans to make Rumtid available for customers by 2020. In the meantime, the designers hope to experiment with additional science fiction-worthy ideas, including curtains that clean the air around them.

Air purifiers designed for urban living.

Furniture joints on bubble wrap on black table.

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[h/t Co.Design]

All images courtesy of IKEA.

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