Wallpaper That You Can Reach Out and Touch

While Marvin Gardens’ style of décor is more on the traditional side, we’re always interested in finding out more about the latest innovative design trends out there, even contemporary ones.

A new wallpaper concept from Ilias Fotopoulos really caught our attention. Using felt dots to create words in over-sized Braille, Fotopoulos creates patters that are illustrative and imaginative.

From Apartment Therapy:

Oversize braille! The concept from Ilias Fotopoulos is a rather unique one and for those that still have their sight, it doesn’t too shabby either. For those without, the idea of standing on a ladder to run your hand over all of it seems a bit perplexing, but none the less, it’s an interesting way to design a surface.

Photo Credit: Apartment Therapy

What’s Your Favorite Comfort Food?

After a long, hard winter’s day full of the hustle and bustle of life, there’s something so soothing and nostalgic about savoring a bite of warm apple pie just like mom used to make. Comfort foods soothe the psyche by reminding us of fun childhood memories and usually invoke feelings of nostalgia, safety, and security. For the most part, comfort foods  epitomize home cooking; dishes can range form casseroles and stews to pies and  puddings.

Over the next few months, Marvin Gardens will be making available to you our own line of specialty soups. These southern style soup mixes include Texas Tortilla Soup and Lone Star Chili and are designed packaged to be given as gifts. Keep an eye out for more information on all the delightful varieties we’ve got to offer.

In the meantime, we’d like to know, what’s your favorite comfort food?

Photo Credit: Big Blend Magazine

Not Your Grandma’s Rocking Chair

If you’re like most, the image that comes to mind when you hear “rocking chair” is probably something involving a comfortable old wooden, creaky porch chair with a grandma not too far off in the distance gathering her knitting needles and yarn.

The creative individuals at Studiobility have set out on a mission to dispel rocking chairs’ associations with ho-hum docility and have created the “Rocking Beauty.” This modern chair is an extension of the inner beauty concept, a piece where masculine meets feminine, according to Interior Complex. Designed by Gudrun Lilja Gunnlaugsdottir, Rocking Beauty is made from water-jet cut aluminum, macralon and plywood.

The vertical stripes are a precise blend of creams, grays and whites of differing widths, which create a harmonious look. The floral decorations of the side of the rocking chair are quite unique and give the inside an open and airy look. It is these unique qualities which give a definitive appeal to this modern rocking chair.