Turn Your Living Room Into a Forest With Framed Moss Art

Artwist Modul, Kickstarter
Artwist Modul, Kickstarter

Want to bring a touch of color and natural beauty into your home? You don’t have to load up on succulents and houseplants to give your interiors a green, earthy feel.

An array of maintenance-free artworks made of moss, leaves, cones, and other “fruits of nature” are available for preorder on Kickstarter. The collection of framed pictures—called Artwist Modul—is the brainchild of Serbian artist Sanela Isailovic. She hails from a family of gardeners and sought a fun and practical way of preserving their memories of trips to the forest.

The result? Minimalist, double-sided pictures that require no watering, pruning, or sunlight. One side is made entirely of reindeer moss that was handpicked (in a sustainable way) from the Scandinavian forest. The other side features a more detailed design made of natural materials like bark, wood stumps, and different plants—such as chestnut, poppy, and burdock. The pictures can be combined in different ways on a wall or desk to create an endless number of unique designs.

All of the pieces are non-toxic and non-allergenic. They also last longer than you might expect. “It keeps its form, texture, and color for a number of years—three years guaranteed durability, but product lifetime reaches five to 10 years,” according to the product’s Kickstarter page.

A single medium-sized picture (38-by-38-by-7 centimeters) costs $160, but 10 smaller pieces (18-by-18-by-7 centimeters) can be purchased for $495. To view all of the combinations for sale, check out the project's Kickstarter page.

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This Outdoor Lantern Will Keep Mosquitoes Away—No Bug Spray Necessary

Thermacell, Amazon
Thermacell, Amazon

With summer comes outdoor activities, and with those activities come mosquito bites. If you're one of the unlucky people who seem to attract the insects, you may be tempted to lock yourself inside for the rest of the season. But you don't have to choose between comfort and having a cocktail on the porch, because this lamp from Thermacell ($25) keeps outdoor spaces mosquito-free without the mess of bug spray.

The device looks like an ordinary lantern you would display on a patio, but it works like bug repellent. When it's turned on, a fuel cartridge in the center provides the heat needed to activate a repellent mat on top of the lamp. Once activated, the repellent in the mat creates a 15-by-15-foot bubble of protection that repels any mosquitos nearby, making it a great option for camping trips, days by the pool, and backyard barbecues.

Mosquito repellent lantern.

Unlike some other mosquito repellents, this lantern is clean, safe, and scent-free. It also provides light like a real lamp, so you can keep pests away without ruining your backyard's ambience.

The Thermacell mosquito repellent lantern is now available on Amazon. If you've already suffered your first mosquito bites of the summer, here's some insight into why that itch can be so excruciating.

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These Rugged Steel-Toe Boots Look and Feel Like Summer Sneakers

Indestructible Shoes
Indestructible Shoes

Thanks to new, high-tech materials, our favorite shoes are lighter and more comfortable than ever. Unfortunately, one thing most sneakers are not is durable. They can’t protect your feet from the rain, let alone heavy objects. Luckily, as their name implies, Indestructible Shoes has come up with a line of steel-toe boots that look and feel like regular sneakers.

Made to be incredibly strong but still lightweight, every pair of Indestructible Shoes has steel toes, skid-proof grips, and shock-absorption technology. But they don't look clunky or bulky, which makes them suitable whether you're going to work, the gym, or a family gathering.

The Hummer is Indestructible Shoes’s most well-rounded model. It features European steel toes to protect your feet, while the durable "flymesh" material wicks moisture to keep your feet feeling fresh. The insole features 3D arch support and extra padding in the heel cup. And the outsole features additional padding that distributes weight and helps your body withstand strain.

Indestructible Shoes Hummer.
The Hummer from Indestructible Shoes.
Indestructible Shoes

There’s also the Xciter, Indestructible Shoes’s latest design. The company prioritized comfort for this model, with the same steel toes as the Hummer, but with additional extra-large, no-slip outsoles capable of gripping even smooth, slippery surfaces—like, say, a boat deck. The upper is made of breathable moisture-wicking flymesh to help keep your feet dry in the rain or if you're wearing them on the water.

If you want a more breathable shoe for the peak summer months, there's the Ryder. This shoe is designed to be a stylish solution to the problem of sweaty feet, thanks to a breathable mesh that maximizes airflow and minimizes sweat and odor. Meanwhile, extra padding in the midsole will keep your feet protected.

You can get 44 percent off all styles if you order today.

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