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01/ Dirds. Dog heads, bird bodies, lots of awesome.
02/ A vending machine for the art lover on a budget.
03/ Maybe, probably, the world’s first ever selfie.
04/ Wet Dog is just what it sounds like, which makes it impossible not to love.
05/ Photographer Jens Lennartsson made 600 action figures of himself for a self-promotion!
06/ Hilarious ad campaign from Harvey Nichols encouraging you to spend more on yourself.
07/ Check out Heritage, a heard of 99 lifelike animals drinking from the same pool.
08/ Hey dudes, if you need some help here’s a 60 second guide to dressing for the holidays.
09/ Lucid Stead, a mirrored cabin in the middle of Joshua Tree.
10/ Mosaics created with 10,000 Play-Doh dots, created by the coolest mom in the world.

This week on Design Crush:
Geometric abstract paintings from Jackalope Heart, plus an awesome discount!
Seventeen planners to get you planning 2014! (Only 25 days left in the year!)
And twelve more calendars for your consideration in part 5 of our roundups.
I played Oprah and shared a few of my favorite things.
Beautiful painterly textiles from Milk Farm Road.
Twenty-five projects full of DIY holiday decor!
A festive drinking glass project from Omar Sosa.
Sent out your holiday cards yet? Here are a few more to consider in part 4.
A pop-up shop full of handcrafted wooden skateboards – Side Project Skateboards.
Check out how we decorated for the holidays at Design Crush HQ!
I love a good end table, here are eleven I’m considering for my living room.

Dec
03

A Few of My Favorite Things

I’m playing Oprah today! Hundreds of products cross my screen on a daily basis as I search out the best to share with you, and a girl can’t help but have a few favorites! And while I wish I had one of each of these fantastic pieces to give to every one of you a la Oprah, I hope my opinion will hold its weight in salt for you. Because these are all shops and creators whose things I own, that decorate my home and my self each and every day.

 

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Splendid Orlando Oxford. These shoes are a new addition to my wardrobe for winter and I love their sleek look (no laces!). Splendid‘s entire lifestyle collection is ultra-comfortable and effortlessly chic, which is perfect for my every day and mixes with existing pieces easily.

American Giant Womens Heavyweight Full Zip Hooded Sweatshirt. I’ve been a hoodie aficionado since junior high, but it’s tough to find one that doesn’t resemble a garbage bag on a woman’s body. This zip up from American Giant is not only sturdy, but made especially for us ladies. If I’m home I usually have it on over whatever I’m wearing, it’s that good.

Emily McDowell’s Foods of the World New York City Tea Towel. Emily McDowell just might be one of the funniest people I know, and her humor translates seamlessly onto her illustrated line of cards, dish towels, and other miscellaneous goods. This towel featuring a recipe that actually involves zero cooking is just the tip of the iceberg.

Warby Parker’s Durand Eyeglasses in Woodland Tortoise. Warby Parker has had my poor vision and my heart in its grasp for several years now. I just recently snapped up this pair from their winter collection, the round-ish lenses are super flattering and their buy 1/give 1 model is tough to beat.

Bloggers Love Cats + Bloggers Love Dogs 13-Month Calendars. Shameless plug alert! I teamed up with other well-known bloggers who are animal lovers to create these two calendar downloads featuring our pets. All proceeds go directly to the Humane Society of the United States and all of the little critters in need.

See Scout Sleep’s Nice Grill Cream + Vermillion Brass Buckle Collar. Both of my pups wear this collar and it stands up to their rough and tumble lifestyles like no other. All of the pet goods See Scout Sleep offers are high quality, environmentally-friendly, and handmade in Louisiana.

Cursive Design’s Apex Studs. Cursive Design is one of my favorite jewelry shops by far, I just love Sarah’s eye for detail. These studs, along with much of the fall/winter 2013 collection, were inspired by a project we collaborated on together for NYFW 2012. They’re molded from vintage glass and cast in yellow bronze.

Jaime Derringer’s Untitled 3. I’m the proud, happy owner of three works of art by Jaime Derringer. Her bold use of color and constant exploration of shape and space never leave me bored. And both Jaime’s original pieces and prints are super affordable.

 

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Pencil Shavings Studio’s Gold Lucite Tray in Palm Springs. Pencil Shavings‘ designer Rachel Shingleton has a great way with both color and pattern. It’s reflected in her shop’s incredible line of phone cases, trays, paper goods, and more!

Alexa Chung’s It. There’s no denying she’s the darling of the fashion world, but after ready through this pink linen-covered book filled with short musings and photos she seems down-to-earth as well.

Paloma’s Nest Custom Monogram Tiny Text Bowl. Paloma’s Nest creates some of the best heirloom-quality ceramics I’ve seen. I own one of these plates and have gifted numerous others over the past few years. You just can’t go wrong with a piece that’s lovingly personalized like these.

Gingiber’s Deer Tea Towel. I love shop owner Stacie’s whimsical, geometric illustration style used on all of her animal characters! Gingiber‘s prints, pillows, towels (and more) are always the highest of quality and meticulously checked over.

Whimsy & Spice’s Chocolate Orange Cardamom Shortbread Cookies. Whimsy & Spice‘s tasty baked goods make the perfect gift for just about any occasion. Now’s a great time to stock up on hostess gifts, snacks for overnight guests, and of course a little something for yourself.

Miró Watches from Urbantrait. Among an incredible selection of modern watches from Urbantrait, Miró definitely stands out. Made from stainless steel, hardened mineral crystal, and calf leather it’s sure to stand up to wear and tear for years to come. Mine has made me a watch wearer again after years of depending on my cell! Find your favorite from tons of men’s watches and women’s watches.

Meow Meow Tweet’s Grapefruit Rosemary Body Oil. Come winter, lotions just don’t cut it for me. I coat myself in Meow Meow Tweet‘s body oil before I get out of the shower and don’t need to re-moisturize until right before bed. Each amazing scent if filled with natural ingredients and infused with botanicals.

strawberryluna’s Morrissey Pittsburgh Poster PETA Donation. My favorite stop for gig posters, and it doesn’t hurt that strawberryluna is based in my hometown either! Allison and Craig do stellar silkscreening work for more bands than I can think to name, and on more posters than I can count that I own.

 

Oct
25

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01/ Interlocking coins fit together to form complex sculptures.
02/ A glowing tower of chairs in Toronto.
03/ Large scale murals made of thousands of tiny objects.
04/ A complex kitchen photographed from above.
05/ Loving this sculptural installation of bicycles over a French canal!
06/ Endangered animal sculptures made out of hunting jackets.
07/ Burgers, a web page full of them to play around with!
08/ Pro Bono Promo, logos created using the products they represent.
09/ Died in House, a site dedicated to telling you if someone kicked the bucket in yours.
10/ Touching Strangers, photos of complete strangers posing with one another.

This week on Design Crush:
10 October DIYs
ABC Pendants
Elisa Strozyk
Creating My Holiday Cards with Zazzle
Sarah Fitzgerald
PS I Love You + Camp Mighty
Minted for West Elm
Given Goods Co.
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Sep
20

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01/ 100 handmade shark fins float in a lagoon in New Zealand.
02/ Clever wallpaper that shows the skeletons of animals.
03/ This paperless artist uses her thigh as a canvas.
04/ This old-fashioned homemade soda party looks delicious!
05/ Beautiful bird flipbook machines.
06/ Delft wallpaper, who woulda thunk it?
07/ A typeface made of carefully shaped fried eggs.
08/ A beautiful state flower print.
09/ Aerial and fashion photography mashups.
10/ Simple timelines put today in perspective versus the rest of history.

This week on Design Crush:
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Tesler + Mendelovitch
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Spiced Pear Upside-Down Cake
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Moving Windows

Aug
20

Nebula Series

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Artist Andy Gilmore’s Nebula Series is perfectly kaleidoscopic and mesmerizing. The collection of six pieces of Gilmore’s work is centered around a theme and hexagonal foundation shapes, the result being a poetic and dreamy experience to view.

PS: Read about my pre-existing crush on Andy Gilmore.

 

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Aug
16

Modern Abstract City Maps

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Fast on the heels of yesterday’s Customized Map Wallpaper we have an ultra-modern take on city grids with these modern abstract city maps. The OCD in me gets excited just imagining the perfected monotony of creating each colorful city block!! (via Colossal)

 

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Aug
09

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01/ Cut back during meals with this crazy dinnerware set.
02/ For one week in June ABSOLUT turned a block in Williamburg into a giant white canvas!
03/ Embrace bird-friendly architecture with the Bird Brick.
04/ Rockaway Beach’s recently opened Playland Motel is a must-visit.
05/ Graft Tableware, biodegradable utensils that look like vegetables.
06/ Heather Hansen creates art using her own kinetic energy and pigment.
07/ Imaginary Factories inside your favorite devices and appliances!
08/ A Sailing Ship Kite – just what the doctor ordered.
09/ Lightbulbs adorned with cityscapes.
10/ Olga Gladysheva captured some great shots of polar bears mid-water ballet!

This week on Design Crush:
Still Indoor Activities vs Sparkling Outdoor Soireets (and a Sweepstakes!)
Expanding Your Audience (Take my class August 13th!)
Jaime Derringer
Blanket Up
Eve Sand
Willow Knows
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Native Union CLIC Wooden
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Aug
02

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01/ See-through architectural shells for hermit crabs. Lucky things.
02/ This interpretation of NYC’s subway map is sort of genius.
03/ Miami Houses, the best looking lifeguard shacks ever.
04/ If you want to understand me, here you go. How to Live With Introverts.
05/ Six Sochi Olympians will win gold medals with meteorite fragments!
06/ When books collide with ice cream.
07/ Crazy landscapes formed by human bodies.
08/ Photos of people calmly falling through space.
09/ An adult fitness playground opens in L.A.!
10/ Makes me wonder what my own Wheel of Worry might look like.

This week on Design Crush:
The Fifty United Plates
Avo Bocce
Kerrie Yeung Jewelry
Euro Edge
Bindle
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Tangy + Sweet Lentil Orzo Salad

Jul
26

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01/ The Healing Power of Cat Purrs. (I knew it!)
02/ The world is fascinated by Twins, this portrait series is lovely.
03/ Book on Book, a book-shaped clear acrylic paperweight.
04/ Office Safari, where cubicle meets safari.
05/ Science is awesome, and now science is branded.
06/ Mirror City, a kaleidoscopic timelapse of major cities.
07/ You can finally make your own It’s-It Ice Cream Sandwiches!
08/ If we could see Wifi, this is what it would look like.
09/ Painted Jello has never looked so appetizing.
10/ If Manhattan were dropped into the Grand Canyon!

This week on Design Crush…
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Tips&Tricks: House + Home
Olive & Co.
Fruity Balsamic Vodka Cocktails
Pie Junkie
Welcoming Wallpapers
DNA Galleries
Summer Stylin’ with TOMS
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Jul
15

Elemental

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It’s been 144 years since George Mendeleev created the Periodic Table. Artist Joseph Perry set out to design his own circular version, one that’s meant to be read clockwise from the center outwards. Elemental is a take on such a classic design that manages to maintain the integrity of the original while adding a updated graphic twist. I’d say it’s a success.