DIY: neon canvas mouse pad

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You know that scene in ‘Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitters Dead’ where Sue Ellen Crandell’s driving in gridlock in her mom’s Volvo with no air conditioning to her bores-magores summer job while other people her age are passing by in convertibles heading to the beach? That’s pretty much the story of my life (sans the volvo) all summer long as I creep along the 10 fwy on my way to the office. Ughh.

In an effort to get out ahead of those summer blues Soph and I decided to brighten up our office space starting with items that are in our direct line of sight for 8 hours a day. First up, those awful freebie mouse-pads.

How to: DIY Neon Canvas Mouse Pad

You will need:
Mouse pad
Canvas fabric (we used a tote bag)
Tape
Neon spray paint
Pen
Scissors
Fabric glue
Paper

1. Lay your mouse pad on top of canvas and trace around the edges.

2. Cut out your canvas mouse pad shape and glue it down to the top of your mouse pad. Let dry.

3. Tape a scrap piece of paper diagonally across the canvas mouse pad.

4. Outside or in a well ventilated space spray paint one side of the mouse pad. Let dry and remove tape for an updated office look.

Photos: because im addicted for stylehive in collaboration with Sophie Monet

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alex prager

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I first fell in love with Alex Prager’s work in 2009 when I came across “Kimberly” (the first image) as the featured shot to promote Photo L.A. Fixated on her retro-Americana vibe that somehow felt timeless, I immediately bought tickets to see the rest of her work and have followed the self-taught artists since.

The LA native who takes cues from fashion photography and the cinematic conventions of movie directors such as David Lynch and Alfred Hitchcock is a force to be reckoned with. The 33 year old has put out two books (‘The Book of Disquiet, The Seven Deadly Sins’ in 2005 and ‘Polyester’ in 2007), debuted her first film entitled ‘Despair’ (2010) starring actress Bryce Dallas Howard, has been featured in many exhibitions including ‘New Photography 2010′ at the Museum of Modern Art and the cherry on top – she’s done killer spreads for W Mag, worked on Bottega Veneta’s “The Art of Collaboration” AND shot the 1960s-inspired Missoni for Target campaign (no big deal!!!).

Can you say girl crush?

Her next stop is a three city exhibition that hits gallery walls in New York, London and LA next month in a new solo show called “Compulsion” which includes an array of photos that reflect her interest in the emotion expressed solely through a person’s eyes. Pretty dreamy.

For more on her upcoming exhibition pop over to M+B.

Photos: But Does It Float, Trendland & Cool Hunting

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silent world

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Place de la Concorde, Paris, France.

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Cour Carrรฉe du Louvre, Paris, France.

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Place Montparnasse,
Paris, France.

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Madison Square, New York City, New York.

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Columbus Circle, New York City, New York.

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Times Square, New York City, New York.

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Queensboro Bridge, New York City, New York.

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Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China.

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Beijing Railway Station,
Beijing, China.

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Xizhimen Ring Road,
Beijing, China.

Juxtapose!

From New York and Paris to Beijing, these evocative photographs, entitled ‘Silent World’ by
Lucie and Simon, are a depiction of some of the worldโ€™s most recognizable and busiest public outdoor spaces vacated and devoid of crowds. The only evidence of human life exists in the odd strangler and the architecture that makes up each setting.

Totally rad and eerie. Like something out of a Will Smith flick.

More this wayyyy.

Photos: Lucie and Simon

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just add paint

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After living with white walls for 7 years I finally did it! I gained the courage to go crazy with paint. And man it feels good.

From dark blue to hot pink to back splashes of closets to entire rooms, painting is the easiest way to switch up the vibe and the best part – for the cost of paint/time it’s no big deal if you hate it – you can paint it right back!

So, if you’re on the fence about adding some color take it from me and do it. I wish I had sooner…

Photos: The Selby, ELLE Decor & Design Sponge

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