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Video Game Furnishings for Your Home

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There are so many furnishings and household items inspired by video games that you'd think hardcore gamers must be home decorating freaks. I think it's more likely that almost all of us would like at least one thing in our homes to represent pure fun. Or maybe two things. Here are ten possibilities.

1. Tetris Mirror

The acrylic Tetris Mirror was designed by Soner Ozenc. This mirror can be used with all thirteen pieces fitted together or as far apart as you want to mount them. It comes with enough sticky pads to attach each piece to your wall. And it's only £ 18.00!

2. PacM Chair

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This chair called PacM was designed by Jose Jorge Hinojosa Primo. Now there's a cozy place to curl up in while you're chasing ghosts on your handheld system.

3. 8-bit House Numbers

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A cool way to tell the neighbors you're a gamer! These laser-cut 8-bit house numbers are homemade, so if you want your own, get the laser out.

4. Tetris Bathroom Tiles

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A tile supplier in England makes bathroom tiles in Tetris shapes! Pick up to seven colors for the six shapes and design your own video game bathroom or kitchen. For faster installation, they also offer sheets of mosaic tiles with preset patterns.

5. Donkey Kong Shelving

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Whoever put this Donkey Kong shelf unit together didn't miss a detail, from the decorative shelf edging to the ladders to the monkey at the top! It will hold all your games and accessories.

6. Nintendo Controller Pillow

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There are several Etsy vendors who were selling Nintendo Controllers Pillows at one time or another, but they keep selling out! Maybe the best way to get one is to make your own, like Craftster member ViciousEdge did.

7. Space Invaders Cutting Board

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Livejournal user Captn Sideburns made a Space Invaders cutting board by assembling wood blocks just the way an 8-bit invader is pixelated. Awesome!

8. Space Invaders Lamp Shade

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You can get this Space Invaders lamp shade in either table lamp version for your bedside or ceiling lamp version so you can feel as if the invaders are dropping down toward your line of fire.

9. Ghosty Lamp

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The Ghosty Lamp from Ginepro Design comes in four pastel colors. Get one that hangs on the wall or that comes on a lamp stand for your bedside table.

10. Puckman

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From the same company, it's Puckman, a bookcase ready to gobble up whatever else you have on the wall, such as the Ghosty lamp, or as seen in the picture, your flat screen TV.

If none of these ten game-themed home accessories strike your fancy, or even if they do, see more in The Retro Fun and Games House, 8 Awesome Videogame Quilts, and 11 Housewarming Gifts for the Dedicated Gamer.

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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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