Oct
25

Crush-worthy Designs

Hi friends! Erin from Apartment 34 here and I’m thrilled to help keep Design Crush warm while Miss Kelly is away. And since she’s in one of my very favorite places in the world – Italia – probably unearthing amazing design, I decided to take a crack at something similar. Only from the comforts of my couch (I begged her to take me in her suitcase but va’ bene (so it goes!).

So I give you Four Design Crush-worthy Finds. I do hope you all agree! Bon Viaggio Kelly, and thanks again for having me.

 

blanket, postermobileclutch

Oct
25

Covet Garden

Hello Design Crush Readers! I’m Victoria of sfgirlbybay, stepping in for Kelly today. Nice to be here! I thought I’d share one of my favorite decor magazines from the North. Covet Garden is a Canadian online publication you can subscribe to for free, and each time they publish they share just one beautiful home tour. I love Covet Garden‘s concept because it really hones in on the decor details of each of the wonderful homes they feature. This month is no exception – they’re sharing a West Queen West, Toronto-based rustic inner city home – polished but with some lovely rough edges and lots of natural elements. I hope you enjoy it! Drop by Covet Garden for the whole tour!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct
25

Galactic Garb

 

Hi, Design Crush readers! I’m Jessie from Style & Pepper and I’m happy to be the mouse that’s come to play while my kitten Kelly is away. Thanks for indulging me while I share a little bit of fall fashion with you in her absence. I wanted to keep design at the forefront of my guest post, so I picked a recent pin of mine that has made me feel particularly inspired, and sort of went with my gut from there. Enjoy, and feel free to pop over to visit me anytime!

Starry skies have been twinkling their way onto the style scene recently, and as a nature lover who also happens to be a full-blown addict of all things glittery, I think that it’s a complete match made in heaven. First I fell in love with the astronomical art, and then the dreamy dress followed closely behind… Naturally, my next move (being the good little style blogger that I am) was so see what shoppable goodies I could find that would go along with the aesthetic, and I was happy to discover that the results are out-of-this-world.

 

Art // Outfit // Shop: EarringsNecklaceFlatsQuilted PurseBeltSkirtLeggingsTankStar ClutchNail Polish

 

 

Oct
24

Oroton Laptop Bag

Being a freelance consultant living in the walker’s city of Manhattan, it feels like I’m forever on the hunt for the right laptop bag. One that feels professional, artistic and practical for downpours, cafe work sessions and corporate meetings.

For anyone’s who’s looked, the market’s a rough one. Elegance and affordability rarely go hand in hand and for some reason, and it seems like clunky male styles dominate. I recently stumbled across this neutral, geometric beauty by Oroton and am a big fan, particularly of the repeating rope pattern. What do you think?

 

As the brainchild of New York based designer and brand strategist, Shayna Kulik, Pattern Pulp serves as a forum dedicated to tracking emerging concepts in print and pattern design. Shayna pulls from her experience as a fashion-focused textile and product designer — where she began to “see life in patterns” — to deliver insights in design communication.

Oct
24

Turntable Kitchen’s Fall Recipe Roundup

When Kelly asked me to contribute a post to her fabulous blog, I immediately knew I wanted to share a few of my favorite Fall-themed recipes with her readers. I fall harder and harder in love with this season every year; there’s just something so romantic about it. The boots and scarves, the rich colors, the crisp air.

I live in San Francisco, so, sadly, our temperatures and leaves don’t change quite as dramatically as they do in some other parts of the country, but I find that cooking in the Fall is my way of ushering in a new chapter. I line my kitchen counter with heirloom squashes, stock up on my favorite grains and legumes, and change up my tea towels.

 

 

Today I’m sharing a few seasonal recipes from Turntable Kitchen, the food and music site and subscription service that I run with my husband. The pancakes are a fantastic start to your cool mornings, while the soup and tacos are delicious vegetarian mains or side dishes. And if you’re already on the hunt for Thanksgiving recipes, I think you’ll enjoy this refreshing take on roasted squash.

1. Whole Wheat Almond-Poppy Seed Pancakes
2. Chanterelle Tacos
3. Roasted Squash with Mint, Pepitas and Balsamic
4. Lentil and Turnip Soup with Pounded Walnuts

Oct
24

Crushing on Evelin Kasikov

Hello! This is Danielle from The Jealous Curator, just popping in while Kelly is gallivanting around Milan! I write about contemporary art, but I’m a graphic designer by day. I wanted to find something that combined those two worlds for my guest post, and I think I’ve got the perfect thing:

 

Yep, hand-stitched CMYK! Seriously. I’m not sure how London based artist Evelin Kasikov has the patience to do this work, but she does, and she does it beautifully!

 

Gah! CMYK, typography, AND embroidery. Love! The only thing more impressive would be the entire alphabet. Oh, hang on a second:

 

Amazing. And if that wasn’t enough, how about these embroidered portraits:

 

Insane. And that, my Design Crush friends, is why I’m jealous of Evelin! Sigh.

Oct
23

Blink

 

It’s always nice to see pet products that aren’t completely covered in stereotypical patterns (i.e. paw prints, bones, etc.) and Blink is so good at creating just that sort of thing. Every piece feels so wonderfully organic and the leash colors are exceptional, don’t you think? And hey’ve just released some new colors – Midnight, Fawn, Mint, and Ribbon – as well as a cat collar. Check the whole line out at Blink’s shop!

 

 

 

PS: I’m heading to Milan tomorrow for Electrolux’s Design Lab! I have a slew of my favorite bloggers lined up to guest post while I’m out of town, and I know you’ll welcome them with open arms. See you next week!

Oct
23

Top Knot

 

Elizabeth Mayville’s Top Knot series might as well be entitled Design Bloggers. I mean, top knots and striped shirts are practically our unspoken uniform! So it goes without saying that we should all be required to own one of her prints. (via The Daily Spark)

 

 

Oct
23

Inflatable Brooches + Bracelet

These inflatable jewelry pieces – designed by Kim Buck in 1957 and part of Crafts Collection 12 – are created from gold foil. They remind me of wearable helium balloons and that makes me smile hugely! Just as amazing today as when Buck created them 55 years ago. (via A Subtle Revelry)

Oct
22

Maslo Jewelry

 

Maslo Jewelry is the perfect reminder that simple shapes are just plain the best. Virginia-based designer Nicole Maslowski incorporates vintage findings, dead stock materials, vintage chains, costume jewelry, as well as gold, brass and silver into her works. And I can’t find one piece that wouldn’t fit seamlessly into my wardrobe. (via Wit & Delight)