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The Lego Lifestyle Home

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Legomaniacs can do more than just build things from Lego bricks! You can display your passion in your home with furnishings made from Lego bricks, home products from the Lego company, and products that have that familiar (if not company-sanctioned) shape.

Furniture

Design your own building block furniture with Luna Blocks, which come in many sizes and shapes, but all fit together. The only limit is your imagination!

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Luna Block materials range from steel to pillow-soft foam. See a showcase of different furniture configurations at DVICE.

Lego Lamp

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This lamp is 100 times the size of a Lego brick. It features LED illumination and snap-off nubs so you can store pens and such inside. Available from 25togo in Taiwan for about US $50.

Flash Drive

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Brighten up your computer desk with this building block USB flash drive. They look like the Lego bricks you love, and come in lots of colors. You might also be interested in a USB hand crank that can charge any USB gadget. Make your own from Lego bricks with help from Instructables.

Grandfather Clock

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Professional Lego sculptor Eric Harshbarger built this functional grandfather clock of Lego bricks, including the clockworks! The only parts that aren't made of Legos are the weights and the filaments holding the weights. You'll find many more Lego clocks in this list.

Work Desk

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A firm once hired a highly-desired employee who stipulated that he wanted a desk made of Legos. The company said sure, but when they realized you can't just go out and buy such a thing, they contacted Eric Harshbarger. He had the desk built in a couple of weeks, which involved putting 35,000 bricks together. Harshbarger then turned the desk upside down, disassembled it brick by brick, and reassembled it as he glued the pieces together! The price of the desk hasn't been disclosed, but if you ever have the clout to demand such a perk from an employer, you have arrived.

Bed and Bath

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Even the bedroom can get the Lego treatment with this Lego Make-N-Create Sheet Set, available through Amazon. You can also get Lego bath towels.

Kitchen Containers

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Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories recently posted several kitchenware items made from Legos, such as a napkin holder, fruit bowl, and a vase. These are simple touches that can be taken apart, so they could also be a way to store your Legos between other projects.

Cake

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Your next birthday cake could be a Lego brick with this specially-shaped Lego cake pan. You can also use it to set Jello. When you bake the cake, keep track of time with a minifig timer.

Ice

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That birthday party will need ice. Make yours in a Lego ice tray. You can freeze different colors of Kool-Aid in it to resemble actual bricks.

Jelly Candy Mold

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Instructables member SFHandyman made his own food mold using actual Lego bricks. This involves creating a negative mold of food grade silicone. He then used it to make jelly candy!

Flatware

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This flatware is not flat! Snack and Stack forks, spoons and knives have handles shaped like Legos, and you can lock them together for storage. Therefore, they don't take up as much space as you'd think, plus they won't fall out of your picnic basket.

Using all of these products at once might scare away members of the opposite sex, but if you find someone who shares your Lego passion, you'll know in an instant.

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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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Rental Furniture Company Offers Hip Design With Low Commitment
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When you're just starting out in a new apartment in a new place, compromising on furniture quality can be tempting. But shopping for flea-bitten sofas on Craigslist isn't the only way to find stuff you won't mind parting with once your lease is up. As The Verge reports, Feather is a startup that rents out chic furniture at reasonable prices.

The service, only available in New York and San Francisco for now, is geared toward Millennials, a generation that tends to choose renting over homeownership. Whether they're working gig-to-gig or jumping between sublets or cities, the lives of many twentysomethings are in a state of flux. Feather offers furniture choices that are as flexible as their customers' living situations.

"Maybe you want to furnish an entire apartment with your new roommates," the company's website reads. "Maybe you're testing out a new city and aren't ready to commit to staying … With Feather, you can have furniture there when you need and gone when you don't."

Unlike some rental services, Feather makes their products affordable without sacrificing style. Farmhouse dressers, tufted love-seats, and upholstered bed frames can all be rented for less than $50 a month. All Feather furnishings must be rented for a minimum period of three months and include a $99 delivery fee, a $99 pickup fee, and a $99 deposit (so if West Elm is having a sale, it may be a better bet after all for smaller items). And if you do decide to leave your apartment to move to a new city or travel the world, canceling your furniture lease is always an option.

[h/t The Verge]

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