ShopBots, Scandinavian Design, and the Newest Android Device from Google Take Center Stage this Week

  • EBay put its personalized shopping assistant “ShopBot” into beta on Facebook Messenger Monday, according to a company blog post.The AI assistant is powered by contextual understanding, predictive modeling and machine learning for EBay’s massive inventory. Users can text, talk or send an image to let ShopBot know what they are looking for; the assistant will then ask questions to understand intent and make personalized shopping recommendations.” — Via Marketing Dive
  • Twitter recently hired a new VR Manager — will 360-degree immersive video follow?

“Over the past few months, VR has become an increasingly hot commodity, with consumer spend forecasted to hit $5 billion by the end of 2016. Twitter’s new VR hire could then be in anticipation of more mobile-ready VR devices, such as the recently announced Google Daydream View headset, which comes fully integrated with the Pixel smartphone.” — Via Variety

  • Google launched a new android phone — the Pixel and Pixel XL to compete against Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy collection. The android device is available exclusively to Verizon Wireless customers and is comparable in many specs to the iPhones running the latest iOS 10. The biggest caveat? Missing out on iMessage. — Via Wall Street Journal.

Home & Style Trends

  • Bright pops of color lend some much needed pop & punch against this all-white modern and minimalist kitchen. — Via Desire to Inspire Blog
    “After budget and space considerations meant keeping the compact footprint of this row-house kitchen, interior designer Justene Spaulding set her sights skyward in search of more storage. Seeing that the 14-foot ceiling offered plenty of space, she turned her attention to the sea to gain inspiration for extensive storage accessed by a ladder and rail system. “You have to build like on a ship,” she says. A library ladder and railing system is by far the star of the show here, allowing access to a new bank of cabinets 14 feet off the ground. The ladder style also nods to the fact that one of the homeowners is a firefighter.” — via Houzz
    If you’re into Scandinavian minimalism, there’s no reason for the look to appear cold. Embrace the flagship tenants of Nordic style (clean lines, carefully-curated decor, lots of black and white) and combine them with warm textures, comfy seating arrangements, and dinner place-settings that encourage guests to linger. — Via Houzz
     Brussels-based design house Beaverhausen created the Figu trays that encourage you to have fun with compositions. Meanwhile, the 70’s are back in a major way with a emphasis on funky textures for living room and den walls . — Via DesignMilk and HomeDesigning
  • Everyday cleaning tools get a modern-luxe update by borrowing their design from zen traditions and Swedish spas. — Via Apartment Therapy
  • Unexpected kitchen cabinet colors like mint and cornflower blue look fresh, clean, and oh-so-on-trend when paired with minimal decor and lots of whites and greys. — Via Frederick Vercruysse and My Scandinavian Home
  • For a soft, feminine take on modern earthy style,how about Douglas fir for wall-to-wall warmth? The Douglas fir planks in the kitchen below are by renowned Danish brand Dinesen. Traditionally used for flooring, this kitchen shows how it can also be used on walls and cabinetry, creating beautiful continuity when paired with other earthen tones of putty, charcoal, and concrete. — Via the Design Chaser
    “The airy kitchen includes a Calacatta marble backsplash in a honed hive pattern for a quiet but interesting backdrop and a waterfall quartzite countertop on the island. ‘We spend a ton of time cooking, so having the kitchen being part of the great room is wonderful,’ homeowner Katie Bartz says. ‘We love the openness of it and how social it is.’
    Wall paint: Classic Gray, Benjamin Moore
     — Via Houzz