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Obsessed: Banquet Atelier and Workshop

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Just in case you did not have the opportunity to attend the New York International Gift Fair in January, I wanted to introduce you to Banquet Atelier and Workshop.

Based out of Vancouver, this design studio creates charming note cards, notebooks and notepads, gift wrap, and playful tattoos. But their educational screen prints are by far my favorite item.

Collaging fascinating creatures and plantlife by similarities, their prints explore and teach about the natural world around us. Did you know of the Mola Mola (aka Ocean Sunfish), or the Pancake Batfish, or the Kingfisher Bird? With bits of information included about each of the animals pictured, these prints are both modern and enriching.

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Wall Clocks Worth a Look

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No matter whether you're a watch-wearer or gave one up long ago in favor of your cell phone, there's no denying the usefulness -- and charm -- of a substantial wall clock. They're a witty way to make a statement in any room, and it's easy to find options that aren't crazy expensive. (And, if you're creative, you can always make your own -- try one of my favorite tutorials). Here are a few I've got my eye on right now:

_75757471. Dae Runn by Magenta Chalkboard Wall Clock, $64.

 12-3-6-9-24-wall-clock2.12-3-6-9-24" Wall Clock, $79.95.


modern-clocks3. Nomon Sunset Clock, $390.

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4. Opal Clocks Clock , $115.

pr_1155_37_48555. Firenze Wall Clock , $84.

Exquisite Textured Wallpapers

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Inspired by her travels around the world, Yolande Milan Batteau, principal artist for Callidus Guild's bespoke surfaces studio, creates wallpaper that begs comparison to fine art. Textures undulate across surfaces and give depth to plain, flat walls. The Boucle collection mimics the woven fabric made famous by Coco Chanel, The Plains collection was inspired by an abstract Giverny painting. Batteau creates the textures and effects using sophisticated techniques like tooling and embedding. It's an exquisite art form and one I would love to have covering my walls.

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(Images: Callidus Guild)