I know the analog-materials thing doesn't apply to us as much, but I love how this shows craft and process. Jenna McBride's graphic & interactive design for Anthropologie.
I like how this is about bringing order to organic/natural chaos – but not too much order, just enough to make it cool! More of her photos at emilyblincoe.com
The Art of Clean Up: Life Made Neat and Tidy by Ursus Wehrli http://www.amazon.com/dp/1452114161/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_fJyUub1XPMQAM The book I referenced during our brainstorm. Whimsical visual deconstruction and organization of everyday objects. Not a literal suggestion, but interesting as a fun organized visual take on the world.