Dec
22

Day Designer

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It’s that time of the year when I wax on about how much Whitney English’s Day Designer has changed my workflow and basically my life. I’m on my third year for 2015, and can honestly say I’ve never felt like my time is being used more efficiently or that I’ve been more organized. (And trust me, those are no small words.)

 

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I’ve been using a paper planner since I was in high school, so I’ve seen my share of layouts and designs. And what I love most about the Day Designer is that Whitney was looking for a better way to manage her days and created a solution instead of waiting for something perfect to come along. There are a few pieces that won’t be a fit for every user, like the business planning section in the front and a few sections on each daily page, but they’re easy to overlook if you don’t need them.

 

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That said, the Day Designer is brilliantly put together for the small business owner and freelancer. My favorite element is the split day schedule of an hourly timeline and a checklist. I also highly rely on the Due block at the top of each page and the big picture monthly calendar that starts each section for trip and project planning.

 

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I just finished flipping through 2014 and can’t believe everything that I somehow managed to accomplish. I can hardly wait to see what’s in store for the new year!

Dec
22

Pete Cromer

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I’m not usually drawn to bird-related things, but recently there’s been some damn fine bird art making its way around my little world. The latest are these bright and happy Australian bird print illustrations by Pete Cromer. You can even make them your own in his shop.

 

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Dec
19

Happy Weekend

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01/ Processed Views creates crazy colorful landscapes using junk food.
02/ stunningly beautiful photographs of the mass migration of animals.
03/ The big guy in red, aka Santa, got a makeover from the designers at Joint London.
04/ Strap on a Circlet Bracelet and turn your arm into a touchscreen device!
05/ People of the Twenty-First Century highlights covertly captured street style over 20 years.
06/ The Fairy Post Office is hidden inside a tree in an Orinda, California park.
07/ Marija Puipaite shapes stools using her own legs.
08/ How chic is this carrara marble Ovo speaker?
09/ Honey, I’m Home is such a smart, symbolic concept for a key holder.
10/ The Twelve Beards of Christmas is pretty magical.

This week on Design Crush:
I’m daydreaming about escaping for a holiday getaway to one of these Cabins.
Good news – you’re invited to Christmas Brunch!
Lovely, ethereal collage work by Beth Hoeckel.
I created a fast and fun holiday candy buffet for holiday visitors!
The last of our four part holiday card coverage.
Gorgeous dhurrie rugs from OYYO (and a great lookbook, too).
Twelve more 2015 calendars to get you thinking about the new year.
Geometric wood art by Alex Morrison.
The tastiest breakfast comfort food – cinnamon rolls 10 ways.
Download these 22 holiday printables!

Design Crush elsewhere:
Make your winter home merry and bright with yellow decor.

Dec
19

22 (Free!) Holiday Printables

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Printable Faux Bow Gift Boxes by Oh Happy Day

Printable Holiday Postcard by Paper & Stitch

Printable Holiday Gifting Templates by Design*Sponge

Printable Holiday Treat Labels by The Proper Pinwheel

 

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Printable Holiday Gift Tags by Almost Makes Perfect

Printable Holiday Gift Tags by Poppytalk

Printable Holiday Gift Tags by Julep

Gemstone Gift Tags by Love vs. Design

 

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Holiday Gift Tags by The Proper Pinwheel

Printable From Santa Gift Tags by DIY Candy

Printable Holiday Tags by Creative Index

Printable Christmas Tags from Tomfo

 

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Hand-Lettered Christmas Tags by Persia Lou

Printable Gift Tags by A Pair & a Spare

Holiday Gift Tags Printables by Blabla Kids

Printable Woodland Gift Tags by Design*Sponge

Printable Illustrated Holiday Gift Tags by Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

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Watercolor Gift Tags by Style Me Pretty Living

Holiday Gift Tags by Maiko Nagao

Printable Bottle Tag by ManMadeDIY

Printable Christmas Gift Tags by Visual Heart

Printable Holiday Tags by Petit Pippin

Dec
18

Cinnamon Rolls 10 Ways

Cinnamon rolls are the definition of holiday breakfasts to me. Maybe it has to do with my aunt, who used to always make a fresh batch for Christmas mornings (which reminds me – I need her recipe!). There’s just something so satisfyingly indulgent and comforting about peeling one apart layer by layer and unleashing all of that delicious gooeyness. I’m drooling now, so I think it’s best I just send you the way of these ten amazing recipes…

 

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Click on each image to go to the recipe.
All photos copyright of their respective sites unless otherwise noted.

Dec
18

Alex Morrison

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Alex Morrison creates beautiful geometric wood assemblages that I want to study closely and intently. Like if they were in a museum I’d probably be asked to leave closely and intently. I’m fascinated by the precision and detail that goes into making one of these plain, but not so simple pieces.

 

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Dec
17

2015 Calendars, Part 7

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Typodarium 2015 by Slanted // 2015 Botanical Calendar by Stationery Bakery //
2015 Calendar of Silly Holidays by Dirty Bandits // 2015 Lunar Calendar by The Far Woods

 

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2015 Linear Calendar by unfiber // 2015 Typography Calendar by Studio Hinrichs //
Calendar To-Do list Pad 2015 by Ryan McGinness // The Circular Calendar 2015

 

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Color Swatch Calendar 2015 by Vonfreyhold // Moon Fig 1 2015 Calendar by Hammerpress //
Perforated Calendar 2015 by HAY // Vertical Calendar by MAKE Collaboration

Part 1 // Part 2 // Part 3 // Part 4 // Part 5 // Part 6

Dec
17

OYYO

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OYYO makes some amazing dhurries, handwoven by a community of craftspeople in India and each made of 100% organic cotton and vivid vegetable dyes derived from local plants. They also put together a beautiful lookbook that makes me want their rugs on my floors that much more, even if I don’t live near sand.

 

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Dec
16

Holiday Cards – Part 4

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Shiny New Year by The Good Twin Co. // Bright Year by Parrott Design Studio //
Stuff It by Farewell Paperie // Jingle All the Way by Steel Petal Press

 

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Season’s Greetings by Skipping Fox // Happiness & Love by The Yellow Note //
Color Swatch Tree by Fierce Mally // A Cozy Cup by Fierce Mally

 

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Peace Pie & Coffee by Moglea // Merry Little Christmas by Thimblepress // Ho Ho Ho by Big Jon //
Trees on 67th Street by Mr. Boddington’s Studio

Part 1 // Part 2 // Part 3

Dec
16

Creating a Holiday Candy Buffet

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It’s holiday party season – are you organizing one this year? I’ve been having a few friends over here and there, which I much prefer to one grand shindig. More quality time to talk and just hang out at the speed I prefer. I wanted to pull together a little takeaway for each gathering and came up with this candy buffet in my dining room as a sweet treat to end the evening.

 

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I used the metallic tones I tend to gravitate towards during the holidays as a starting point. Lots of glass jars of different sizes, small porcelain bowls, gem-cut mercury glass bowls, a metal hammered gold bowl, and a few pieces that I already had tucked away round out the spread nicely.

 

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Layering different heights adds visual interest that pulls you right through the buffet as you gather your goodies on the go. I stuck to a palette of silver, blue, red, and green candy and was sure to include lots of different types – chocolate, fruit flavored, chewy, hard – lots of different textures and flavors to satisfy even the choosiest visitor!

 

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The main focal point is a group of three paper trees I made a few years ago, a sweet white ceramic stag head, and several tea lights in small mason jars to add lots of sparkle and shine to the surface. A flocked wreath hanging in the overhead in the window added some extra holiday spirit.

 

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Of course we couldn’t forget the most iconic Christmas classics – candy canes and peppermints. Miniature candy canes are perfect for adding to a cup of hot chocolate. Use one as a stir until it dissolves for a twist on the old standby.

 

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The buffet is easy to replenish as things run out between get togethers and looks pretty enough when not in use. Hope your holiday season is stress-free and sweet!

Shop the buffet: Ceramic Stag Head // Small Gold Metal Hammered Serving Bowl // 18″ Flocked Wreath with Blue Ornaments // Assorted Porcelain Dip Bowls // Silver Mercury Glass Cereal Bowl // Small Frosted Gold Mason Jar // Medium Frosted Silver Mason Jar // Medium Frosted Gold Mason Jar

 

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