posted by on 2019.04.20, under Art

This weekend we attended the AIPAD 2019 show at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC. We love all the art shows in New York, but this one strictly focuses on photography – both contemporary and classic, and we couldn’t get enough.


Sandy Skoglund’s trashy photos, like this Reflection in a Mobile, glorifies the Mobile Home and makes us want a wall-to-wall pink bathroom just like this one

Sandy Skoglund

Sandy Skoglund, Reflection in a Mobile Home

Get the look with this ombre pink shower curtain from Amazon.

This was the only Miles Aldridge photo spotted at the show, but its glorious colors and juicy texture were so satisfying that any more would be overkill.

Miles Aldridge, 3-D 2010

Get your fix with this Rizzoli book of his work. With 250+ pages of pop-off-the-page neon fashion photographs, your eyes will be recovering for days.

Flip Schulke’s “Ali In The Water” was one of our favorite photos at the show…

Flip Schulke, Ali in the Water

Flip Schulke, Ali in the Water

…and to our surprise, we found a poster version available on Amazon.

We spotted a healthy amount of old and new imagery produced by dying photographic processes, like tintypes, polaroids, and daguerrotypes…




Tom Bianchi, polaroid from Fire Island

Tom Bianchi, polaroid from Fire Island

"Trick" gelatin silver photograph, unknown photographer, early 1900s

“Trick” gelatin silver photograph, unknown photographer, early 1900s

Several of these are so rare and delicate that they can be priced in the tens of thousands, but you can get your fix with these gorgeous books instead…

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posted by on 2017.11.03, under Friday Finds

Seeing that Comic Con and Halloween are just a few weeks away, why not prepare with some of these fanboy favorites? All under $35.99.

The Star Trek Spok oven mitt seems like a clever replacement for the ubiquitous foam finger at sports events, although it probably won’t protect you from the wrath of a confused alpha male. Or you could just use it for baking cookies, I suppose.

Star Trek Spock Oven Mitt, $14.99

ThinkGeek Star Trek Spock Oven Mitt, $14.99


As if the Spok Mitt weren’t enough, get a load of this iPhone case from Retroplanet. It’s all the fun of having Spok ears without the commitment.

Male Ears iPhone Case, $12

Male Ears iPhone Case, $12


Welcome to the future: The Snuggie is now cosplay-friendly. I love how the faces in this Amazon customer image are pixelated to avoid maximum humiliation. Choose from Batman, Superman (the cheapest one, why?), and Wonder Woman to keep you nice and cozy this winter. Nerd.

 DC Comic Adult Comfy Throw with Sleeves by The Northwest Company, $10-26

DC Comic Adult Comfy Throw with Sleeves by The Northwest Company, $10-26


Contemplating The Club for your Batmobile? Who needs it when you could have this convincing Star Wars sunshade on your dashboard!

Plasticolor 003700R01 Star Wars Accordion Sunshade , $21

Plasticolor 003700R01 Star Wars Accordion Sunshade , $21


How about a Slutty Dalek costume for Halloween? You can even sort of get away with wearing this Doctor Who dress on normal days.

Doctor Who Blue Dalek costume Dress, $35.99

Doctor Who Blue Dalek costume Dress from eBay (other sizes available), $35.99



posted by on 2017.01.18, under DIY

Ever since I saw the James Turrell show at the Guggenheim in New York last Fall, I’ve had lighting on the brain. Turrell’s masterful shaping of light has made me look at the possibilities of art and design in a whole new way. Wowed by his light installations, I started looking into alternative lighting for the home.

James Turrell reminds me that light can be 3-dimensional­, so I’ve found some amazing Turrell-inspired lighting below.

Thanks to updated designs, we no longer need to settle for generic Christmas lights. I previously posted about the Restoration Hardware fab-orific light garland in my Double Duty Holiday Décor Guide, but bulb string lights are also a fave of mine. I’m sure you’ve seen these pop up a lot lately, from restaurants to outdoor events to rooftop terraces, the bulb string lights add vintage romance instantly. It’s like Paris in a box (of lights).

PartyLights.com Bulb String Lights, $25-35

PartyLights.com Bulb String Lights, $25-35


The dioder LED light set from Ikea offers the most versatility when it comes to designing with light. Position these color-changing light strips virtually anywhere – under the bed, above cabinets, under a desk, behind a tv, for a futuristic look.

Dioder LED Light Set, $40

Dioder LED Light Set, $40


Designed by Peter Bristol, the Corner Light is the perfect embodiment of multi-dimensional lighting. Although a pricier alternative, it’s such a minimalist statement piece that you won’t need much else to complete a room.

Peter Bristol Corner Light, $550

Peter Bristol Corner Light, $550


Sconces are often overlooked when it comes to lighting, yet there are a boatload of sconce light designs just waiting to be noticed. I like this Caged Edison Sconce. Screw in a different light style whenever you feel like it for a whole new look.

Caged Edison Bulb, $90

Overstock Caged Edison Sconce, $90


Neon signs are the perfect choice for 3-dimensional décor, they provide a unique source of light while doubling as wall art. Search “neon sign” on ebay to see a hearty selection of affordable neon delights, or get one custom made.

eBay Neon Signs, from $20

eBay Neon Signs, from $20


For the commitment-phobe, fake it with this color changing dvd. Just hit play to transform your TV into a James Turrell light installation.

Color Light Changing DVD from designboom, $30

Color Light Changing DVD from designboom, $30

Happy Lighting!

originally posted on ibby.com



posted by on 2014.02.27, under Accessorizing, Art

Furnishing a space is always first priority, but choosing what artwork to display is equally important. Switching out your art is also one of the easiest ways to change the feel of a room. Sculpture takes that one step further, a bonus design element that adds another dimension to any space.

I must admit I thought I had enough with the taxidermy trend, but then I discovered the White Faux Taxidermy shop on Etsy. I could spend hours looking through their whimsical (and reasonably priced) designs. Unconventional animals in an endless array of colors make for the ultimate wall sculpture.

Hang this jackalope in white and gold over an entryway.

Gold Glitter Antlers

Jackalope with Gold Glitter Antlers, $65


Go nuts with this hot pink unicorn.

Magical Pink Unicorn Head

Magical Pink Unicorn Head, $100


Or go with the black resin faux bison head for a totally cool look.

Black Resin Buffalo/Bison Skull Head, $60

Black Resin Buffalo/Bison Skull Head, $60


Your lonely desk is begging for this pair of sleek black onyx obelisk sculptures. They remind me of the object in Led Zeppelin’s Presence, if you’re into that sorta thing.

Handcrafted Onyx 'Black Towers' Obelisk Sculptures

Handcrafted Onyx ‘Black Towers’ Obelisk Sculptures, $50


Some sculptures can also be hung from the ceiling, adding another layer to an often overlooked area. The Guggenheim museum shop carries a nice selection of mobiles, which remind me of Alexander Calder’s kinetic sculptures.

I’m partial to the Futura Mobile, designed by Ole Flenstead in 1970 to “resemble sick black planets in harmony with their smaller, orbiting red moons.”

Futura Mobile by Flensted

Futura Mobile by Flensted @ GuggenheimStore, $75


The kid at heart will love the LED Prey Model construction toy. With 16 buildable bug models in one kit, have a blast rebuilding your light up sculpture whenever you feel like it. This thing looks like fun for all ages, but displays like a piece of art suitable for grownups.

LED Prey Model Kit, $40

LED Prey Model Kit, $40


If you have a sculpture you’re especially proud of, maybe it deserves its own pedestal. I like this Reflection Pedestal from ZGallerie (they also happen to have a nice selection of sculptural pieces). Place it in an empty corner for instant pizazz and an interior design-y feel.

Reflection Pedestal, $130

Reflection Pedestal, $130


No matter your taste or style, there is a sculpture out there for you.  Get creative, don’t be afraid to get a little weird, and most of all, have fun!

(and send me a pic when you hang your new Tiffany blue moose head)…

originally posted on ibby.com



posted by on 2012.10.18, under Frugal Fashion!


As I’ve been scanning the street style blogs I’ve been noticing an interesting trend outside of the tents. Whether it be New York and London or Milan and Paris, everyone who’s anyone is wearing the statement tee. Pioneered by fashion editors and fashion bloggers alike this trend is a no fuss easy way of looking high fashion without making your wallet cry. While most of us aren’t able to afford the Givenchy “Rottweiler” tee or the Balenciaga “Skyline Vegas” tee ($300 for a t-shirt?! I don’t think so..), we at the Frugal Materialist have some affordable options.

1. Bartman Pullover 19.80 (Forever 21): This french terry pullover is the leading contender against the Jeremy Scott BARTMAN Sweater,  pair this with a distressed leather jacket, dark washed jeans and ankle boots for a more mature look and you’ll be doing the Bartman in no time!

2. Zara Graphic Print T-shirt  19.90 (ZARA): I noticed that many stores are doing the “rabid dog” or hungry panther print (their take on the Givenchy “Rottweiler” tee) so if you’re more of an individual who likes to stay on trend this tee is for you. I like this ZARA tee because I love the subdued jungle cat print, cuff the sleeves and wear with a waxed denim or leather pant for a more Parisian feel.

3. River Island New York T-shirt 26.39 (ASOS): This tee reminds me very much of the Balenciaga “Skyline Vegas” tee, with its faded neons and bold type. I love the burnout effect and of course the price! I’d say its a awesome alternative; wear with sweatpants and a suede heel for a classic rocker effect.

photo collage images via tommy ton for style.com 



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