The guys bringing us the Trophy Buffet ($34) understand that, for the generation of the "participation trophy," there are few accomplishments that don't warrant a little recognition. Made it to work on time every day this week? There's a trophy for that. Get that cute barista's phone number finally? You bet you deserve a trophy. Kick an out of the park homer in your slosh ball league? You get the idea. The trophies come in your choice of white, or black chalkboard paint, and feature a number of impressively-sculpted tops to suit any small victory.
If you're anything like us, you love a good visual inventory of stuff (see scenes from pretty much any Wes Anderson movie). There's something about a group of things laid out nicely that appeals to our sense of order and materialism. French graphic designer Alizée Lafon takes the concept and applies it to stuff from cult-favorite films and TV shows with these Movie & TV Kit Prints ($29-$360). The illustrated prints draw from Pulp Fiction, The Big Lebowski, Moonrise Kingdom, Mad Men, and more. Available in a range of sizes from 8" by 11" to 40" by 56".
If you keep track of your movies and books by making a mental note of who drank what, then you're sure to love The Cocktail Chart of Film & Literature ($22). This 18" x 24" print features 49 drinks taken from classics like Casino Royale, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Great Gatsby, and even The Godfather Part II. Each drink is listed with its name, the name of the character who drank it, the appropriate serving glass, and the recipe. As an added bonus, the first run is limited to just 500 prints, each of which will be signed and numbered by the artists themselves.
Remember Yankee's line of masculine candles, meant to liberate your man cave from the oppression of your significant other's preferred floral scents? Well, they're back, and better than ever. Yankee Man Candles II ($18-28) keeps the grassy Riding Mower, the leathery First Down, and the musky Man Town from the original series, while replacing the 2x4 scent — honestly, we suspect it probably just smelled kinda like the lumber department at Lowe's, which is to say like sweat, bratwurst, and cedar — with the far more mouthwatering Mmm, Bacon! and the buttered popcorn-inspired Movie Night.
It's sad to say, but your favorite jeans will eventually wear out — no matter how well-made they are. So it's best that we find a use for them. And Nudie Jeans Recycled Rugs ($600) will certainly work. These Scandinavian-style rugs are made from recycled and donated jeans that are cut into serrated strips, sewn together, rolled onto spools, and then hand-woven together in Turkey on a traditional manual shuttle loom. Measuring roughly 6' x 4.5', they're not quite large enough to become the centerpiece of a room, but can add a great splash of color to an entryway, kitchen, or oversized closet. Available exclusively at Nudie Jeans House, Los Angeles and Nudie Jeans Concept Stores globally.
While most things have advanced along with technology over the ages, the frame has stayed very much the same — typically a square or rectange of some solid material inside which one places an artwork that's the same size as the opening, or the same size as another piece of material placed in the opening. The OpenFrame ($35 and up) is looking to do away with all that. Constructed from birch plywood, birch veneer, and stainless steel, these smart frames use rare earth magnets to hold your artwork to the frame. They come in three different sizes and your choice of finish — natural, black, or white — so there's sure to be one that suits whatever it is you want hanging. Even better, the magnets allow for easy removal, so making sure your decor doesn't become stale is as simple as swapping out the art.
You need somewhere to put your umbrella when you arrive home on rainy days, so why not use a stand that looks like the thing its holding? The London Undercover Umbrella Stand (£240; roughly $360) is handmade in Scotland from twelve solid oak staves jointed around a waterproof upper ring and a drip-tray base, with a web of elastic spokes inside to hold everything in place.
Have trouble trying to keep track of your keys? Ensure they'll be in the same spot everytime with a Bull Nose Keyring Holder ($8). This whimsical yet handy piece of decor mounts directly to the wall and holds the included keyring in its nose with the power of magnets. And that's it — seriously, it's just a red plastic bull that sits on your wall and holds your keys. 'Nuff said.
Pay homage to some of your favorite dudes in a totally historical way with Replaceface Prints ($12-$150). These clever works of art put the faces of some of modernity's most recognizable guys — Bill Murray, Steve Jobs, Chuck Norris, Ricky Gervais, and David Bowie among them — into historical paintings of various generals and conquerors. We've linked to the art prints, which vary in size from roughly 8" x 9" to 28" x 32", but they also offer them framed, as stretched canvases, as stationery cards, as throw pillows, and as cases and skins for the iPhone and iPod touch.
These Thomas Tramp Rugs ($100/sq. ft.) are basically like works of art that you walk on. Designed and edited by Thomas Tramp, these edgy rugs are hand made in Nepal under global fair-trade standards using wool from sheep that are raised in the Tibetan Alps at an altitude of more than 13,000 feet. Don't see a design you fancy? Not to worry — he'll happily make you a bespoke rug to your exact specifications.
Ever look at a table, backsplash, or pretty much any surface ever and think "boy, that'd be way cooler if it was a chalkboard"? Well, thanks to Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Spray ($8), it can be. Good for use on wood, metal, paper or hard board, and plaster, It also cleans up easy with just soap and water, making it perfect for little people surfaces. For a fun social experiment, order a bunch and turn your car into a rolling blackboard, complete with a chalk tray for passersby to write all over it.
Sure, there are apps you can download that will show you what stars are in the sky, but like photos, sometimes you just can't beat paper. Stellavie Stellar Map Prints (€70; roughly $95) are 50cm x 70cm prints — or about 20" by 27.5" — that show the constellations and stars seen in either the northern or southern skies. Hand-printed with custom-mixed inks, hand-numbered and -signed, and available in four colorways — gold on white, silver on black, gold on black, or white on blue — they make a great addition to any room that also plays host to a telescope.