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Morbid Home Decor

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Over a year ago, I posted Killer Home Decor and found out how many of you have a subversive, or even a morbid sense of humor in furnishing your homes. This is the long overdue continuation of that post, with more ways for you to impress visitors to your home. These products will give them either smiles on their faces or chills down their backs!

Roadkill Carpet

Ew, what's that on your rug? Studio OOOMS has a handmade 100% wool carpet that looks beautiful, except for that 100% wool flattened bloody fox!

Mr. Suicide Bath Plug

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The Mr. Suicide bath plug was designed by Massimo Giacon for Alessi. The little guy attached to a chain and a "weight" (the plug itself) comes in three colors. As long as the stopper is in the drain, he'll be held under the bath water.

Dead Fred Penholder

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Dead Fred is a penholder. Not only is the sight of an ink pen (or pencil) stuck through Fred's heart a real conversation starter, it also keeps your writing instrument where you can find it.

Hanged Man Lamp

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Shine a little light in the darkness with the Hanged Man Lamp by enPieza. Made of treated iron, this little guy will impress your guests, or else scare them off. But you can assure them that you bought it only because it reminded you of your favorite word game.

Nuclear Waste Containers

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Nothing says "hands off" like a nuclear symbol. These Atomic Food Containers come in a set of three sizes with lids and ominous warnings. Great for leftovers or for taking your lunch to work.

Coffin Table

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The Memento Coffee Table Casket is designed to be both a coffee table and a coffin!

Made from an intentional choice of materials, this "pine box" puts design in context of the user at different stages of life, and death. In life, Memento serves the user as a functional piece of furniture that stores the material possessions we choose to collect. When the inevitable occurs, this coffee table takes on a second life as a non-toxic burial vessel.

Coffin Couch

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Coffin Couches are made from 18 gauge steel coffins collected from Southern California funeral homes. They are embossed with the universal biohazard symbol due to contact with a deceased body. They come in all manner of colors and can be customized to your taste.

Knife Hooks

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It appears as if someone has thrown a knife from a distance and it lodged in your wall. But these knifes are screw-in hooks you can hang a coat or hat on!

Crime Scene Scarf

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Not necessarily a home decor item, but I couldn't resist including the crime scene scarf called Fuzz. Knitted from acrylic and spandex; designed by Michelle Kempner. If you want to incorporate crime scene tape into your home decor, you might try the toilet paper version.
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See quite a few additional deliciously morbid touches for your home in the post Killer Home Decor.

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IKEA’s New Augmented Reality App Lets You Test Out Virtual Furniture in Your Home
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No matter how much measuring and research you do beforehand, buying a piece of furniture without knowing what it will look like in your home is always a gamble. With its new augmented reality app, IKEA hopes to take some of the guesswork out of the process. IKEA Place features more than 2000 items in the Swedish retailer's inventory, and visualizing them in the space where you live is as easy as tapping a button.

As WIRED reports, IKEA Place is among the first apps to take advantage of Apple's ARKit, an augmented reality platform that debuted as part of iOS 11. iPhone and iPad owners with the latest update can download IKEA's new app for free and start browsing through home goods right away.

To use the tool, you must first select the product you wish to test out, whether it's a loveseat, a kitchen table, or a dresser. Then, with the camera activated, you can point your device at whichever space you want the item to fill and watch it appear on the screen in front of you.

According to IKEA, the 3D models are scaled with 98 percent accuracy. Factors that are hard to analyze from photos online, like shadows, lighting, and textures, are also depicted as they would appear in real life. So if a sofa that looks great under the lights of a store looks drab in your living room, or if a desk that seems tiny online doesn't fit inside your office, the app will let you know. It's the closest you can get to seeing how a piece of furniture complements a room without lugging it through the doorway.

IKEA isn't the first company to improve interior design with computerized images. Several hardware stores and furniture outlets offer their own AR apps. Other services like Modsy let customers pay to create full virtual models of their homes before populating them with 3D furniture. Even IKEA had a basic AR app prior to this one, but it was glitchy and not always accurate. This newest iteration aims to provide a more seamless shopping experience. And with the latest iOS update placing a greater emphasis on AR, you can expect to see more apps using the technology in the near future.

[h/t WIRED]

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AI Tool From West Elm Suggests Furniture to Match Your Pinterest Tastes
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Curating a Pinterest board is often more fun—and always less expensive—than filling a space with actual furniture. Now, there’s a new tool from West Elm designed to put your time spent pinning decor ideas to practical use. As Fast Company reports, the home retail brand’s Pinterest Style Finder uses an AI algorithm to recommend furnishings that best suit your tastes.

Users start by pasting the URL of a Pinterest board they love, whether it’s their own or someone else’s, into the web tool. Then, they select a category of furnishings to browse through, such as bedroom, kitchen, or office.

That’s when the AI gets to work: A neural network powered by the startup Clarifai analyzes the images and finds products in West Elm’s catalogue that match the style. If you input a board of boho-chic furniture, for example, the tool brings up reclaimed wood nightstands and funky quilts. Search for products related to your vintage kitchen board and you’ll get retro stools and mid-century bar carts.

Of course, the results are limited to what’s in the retailer’s inventory, so if you would never shop at West Elm to begin with this may not be the tool for you. If you'd rather pick out furniture the old-fashioned way, here are some neural network-free design tips to follow.

[h/t Fast Company]

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