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26

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01/ Instagram photos reappear at the locations they were first taken.
02/ JFK airport of building the world’s only animal handling cargo terminal.
03/ Justin Bettman’s Set in the Street project is unexpected and awesome.
04/ An 85-year-old woman + her marionette twin feed a squirrel in Washington Square Park.
05/ A chart on the official colors of British tea, for reference.
06/ A floating gem? Nope, a flipped iceberg!
07/ A fairytale urban treehouse hidden in the woods of Atlanta, Georgia.
08/ Gemma Correll nails a proposed color palette for January.
09/ What happens when a super clear freshwater lake freezes?
10/ Old subway cars from New York are dumped into the ocean to create an artificial reef environment.

Last week on Design Crush:
Jennis Li Cheng‘s neon pieces are an unexpected surprise in technique.
Check out these 10 January DIYs.
Creepy/cool illustrations from the hand of Ilya Shkipin.
I had the best experience custom color matching with Sherwin-Williams!
Have you seen my favorite 14 Valentines?
Beautiful textile jewelry from Lana Pelana.
Unexpected sunbathers are captured in photos by Tadao Cern.
I’ve updated the Marketplace for a January refresh!
The crazy-sexy lips of Oscar Delmar.

Design Crush elsewhere:
Sometimes a room isn’t complete until it’s got a killer rug – Rug + Room.
Clever paint trick to make the room.

Jan
10

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01/ Graham McGeorge captures owls perfectly camouflaged within trees.
02/ The 12 most popular New Year’s Resolutions turned into posters by Viktor Hertz.
03/ Memo Bank is both piggy bank and memo pad.
04/ Warby Parker’s Make Your Own Annual Report does just that.
05/ A conceptual iTunes redesign by Brye Kobayashi.
06/ Would you dare to use a transparent canoe?
07/ Jurassic Sweet is a series of half-dinosaur, half-treat creatures.
08/ A giant balloon shaped like an old man’s head was flown over Japan.
09/ The Belty is self-adjusting (think Thanksgiving) and nags you about your weight.
10/ A breathtaking snowstorm in the Grand Canyon.

This week on Design Crush:
Eight crush-worthy prints to mix up this month.
So impressed with Makrbox, a Pacific Northwest-filled subscription box.
Beautiful illustrations from Amyisla McCombie.
I teamed up with Target to make my entry winter-ready.
Dark and lovely work from Nina Torr (aka Andy Wyeth).
I’d love to fill my wrists with these painted leather Mixed Doubles bracelets.
Morgana Wallace captures fantastical characters in layers of paper.
Add some color to your space with Mod Pieces.
Work from the mysterious Olivier Umecker.

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January is the perfect time to clean out your kitchen linens and invest in some new ones.
It might be cold outside, but your home can be downright tropical indoors.

Jan
02

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01/ A beautiful (not Photoshopped) half male, half female cardinal, called a gynandromorph.
02/ The Camping Doughnut makes me want to be outdoorsy all of a sudden.
03/ Daniel Cheong shows just how high Dubai’s buildings really are.
04/ The What Color Is It? clock app translates time into the corresponding hex color.
05/ New York Subway Conductors captures subway operators lost in thought.
06/ Shannon Holt‘s extreme body painting turns humans into animals.
07/ The Sound of Power is a collection of desktop speakers in the likes of five world leaders.
08/ This bride who was left at the altar is my hero!!
09/ The Pedestrian Self Hypnosis Station was recently installed on a Sydney street.
10/ Love this Samsung ad campaign of classic artists photographing their self portraits.

This week on Design Crush:
An amazing photography project that turned models into actual living dolls.
HausCraft spell kits to get you ready for the new year and all that entails.
Pretty illustrations by Katy Smail.
A collection of camp blankets to keep you warm on cold days.
Somber and dimensional illustrations from RJ Gemmell.
I’d love a fistful of these Silhouette Rings.
Let’s do this, twenty fifteen!
Crushing on the animal pottery of Barruntando.

Nov
28

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01/ The Real Apple Store celebrates a 1,000 year old borough market.
02/ Lady Gaga’s lead keyboardist developed a circular piano!
03/ And enormous raised-earth horse sculpture in Wales.
04/ London is shaming irresponsible dog owners by spray painting their poop pink.
05/ The feral cat population of Disneyland.
06/ One mom documents 63 things she found in her baby’s mouth over seven months.
07/ Genius design – this pregnancy book grows in size with the expectant mother.
08/ This frozen pond is creating beautiful concentric circles!
09/ Looking forward to next spring’s Kurt Cobain documentary – Montage of Heck.
10/ New life goal: to be one of these wrestling grandmas one day.

This week on Design Crush:
Win $300 from Minted to spend on holiday cards or some new art!
Baby, it’s cold outside! Stay warm with ramen 10 ways.
The bittersweet paintings of Akiko Kobayakawa.
The incredible Nespresso Vertuoline and seasonal coffee recipes for entertaining.
Repaired + reimagined: my Dad’s coat rack gets a much needed modern update.
Twelve more calendars for your 2015.
I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving!
Revealing how my dining room is take shape.

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Five ways to add color to your space for winter.
Some designer insights from me over on Terry’s Blinds.

Nov
21

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01/ April Dauscha‘s explorations of lacework and her body are beautiful.
02/ This water-filled chair contains all of the tears cried in a human lifetime.
03/ Exactly how you think famous artists would rearrange Thanksgiving meals.
04/ Tower Bridge in London now features a class floor on its high-level walkways.
05/ Ai WeiWei transforms Alcatraz bathrooms into massive flower installations.
06/ Fifteen photos that will convince you Iceland belongs on another planet.
07/ Iconic Portland statues get the festive yarn bombing treatment.
08/ If only all nail salons could look as good as Missy Lui does.
09/ Would you stay in this KLM airplane Airbnb apartment? (I would.)
10/ Zhenya Aerohockey documents the corners he finds in life through photography.

This week on Design Crush:
Drop what you’re doing and go enter to win a handwoven rug just like the one in my living room!
Here are 12 advent calendars to get you prepped for December 1st.
Checking in on the colorful abstract work of Jeremy Rabus.
Take a peek at part 1 of our holiday card roundups.
Leaf Beast reimagines nature’s drying fall leaves.
Dinosaur Designs’ Atelier collection is so happy and bright!
Carolina Mizrahi‘s underwater photography series is not for those with a fear of H2O.
Twelve more calendars for your 2015!

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Talking about colorful clawfoot tubs – are you for or against them?
Graphic black + white rugs are some of my favorite floor coverings.

Oct
10

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01/ Look no further for a unique Halloween costume than The House That Lars Built.
02/ Good news, the NYC Taxi Driver Pin-Up Calendar is back!
03/ Jacqueline Fink is a master of even the largest of knits.
04/ Seattle’s Boxes of Death exhibit is in its fifth year.
05/ Fantastic tape graffiti by Gustavo Fuentes.
06/ Modern city maps drawn in the style of Tolkien.
07/ Florian Purcher turns aerial photos into plush carpeting.
08/ Loving the simple design behind this origami-based umbrella on Kickstarter.
09/ The Wondrous Water Towers of New York City in graphic form.
10/ Yoga Joes are classic green army men figures doing yoga.

This week on Design Crush:
Eight of my favorite art prints for October.
Tiro Tiro’s Cercis collection is all brass and linen loveliness.
Ass kicking reminders from Department of Motivation.
A reading nook reimagined for the cool, cozy days of fall.
Colorful illustrations from Gill Chantler.
Clothing tells the tales of our lives in Worn Stories.
Which pair of David Kind frames should I go with? Rock the vote.
Portable speaker goodness in the palm of your hand with ROCKI.

Sep
26

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01/ Who says junk isn’t beautiful? The First Law of Kipple will show you in gradient fashion.
02/ A visual project exploring just what it means to be emotionally available.
03/ Well-executed “birth control” work from Julia Blackburn for Planned Parenthood.
04/ Giant copper orbs that show just how much metal comes from a mine.
05/ Pantone-inspired beer packaging from Txaber.
06/ Portraits of five men who participated in the Manhattan Project – in match form.
07/ A vertically-designed Ikea apartment you can climb!
08/ Before/After takes a look at hardcore metal band members before + after performing.
09/ Just what chemicals give autumn’s leaves their color?
10/ These beautiful knives only need sharpened once every 25 years. WHOA.

This week on Design Crush:
Happy go lucky animal illustrations by Kathy Lam.
Remixing a classic – lasagna 10 ways.
Storybook-ready illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault.
A super smart flat water bottle design, check out memobottle.
Beautiful minimal, geometric jewelry pieces from Rebecca Gladstone.
Tips+tricks for the dreaded act of moving house.
Thean’t be beat AW14 home collection from Ferm Living.
Six of my favorite additions to Design Crush the Marketplace!

Sep
09

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Dane Horvath is an artist, illustrator, and designer living in Pittsburgh, PA. She is the founder of the popular blog Steeltown Anthem, which she launched in 2009 as a way to showcase the creative energy of Pittsburgh’s burgeoning arts scene through local design, architecture, craft, furniture, decor, and interiors. You can find her artwork and illustrations in her shop.

If you take a drive in or around Pittsburgh, hand-painted ghost signs are common to see on the sides of buildings or barns. The faded signs tell us what businesses or products once existed here and are a constant reminder of the city’s rich history, the way things have changed, yet, stayed the same. As a designer and artist, they are a huge inspiration to me. I try to step back and think of all the hard work and detail that went into painting them.

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Aug
15

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01/ I hate zoos, so Zootopia sounds like an fascinating concept.
02/ Every bus stop should be as fantastic as this typographic version in Baltimore.
03/ In case you’d like to jump off of the world’s largest suspension bridge, well, you can.
04/ If you haven’t seen Justina Blakeney’s floral portraits check out her Instagram!
05/ No big deal, just a wall built out of Jell-o and plaster.
06/ Reading Between the Lines is a see-through church constructed of 100 layers.
07/ Kids fight off scary monsters in Laure Fauvel’s Terruers.
08/ The eerie innards of America’s abandoned sanitariums.
09/ Pitbulls get such an undeserved bad rap, Flower Power shows off their softer side.
10/ Can you guess what these paper masks are made out of?

This week on Design Crush:
Trust me when I say you need to enter our Rebecca Atwood giveaway for TWENTY chances to win a set of her incredible throw pillows!
We did crepes 10 ways.
Check out Carly Waito‘s painted gems. Yes, painted.
Michael Afsa creates some incredibly detailed metal works that I’d like to crawl inside of.
This month’s mix is out – Mixtape #39: Everything I Do I Do in Slow Motion. Have a listen.
Another Country explores home goods designed with British country kitchen, Shaker, Scandinavian, and Japanese influences.
What happens when 19th century French poets meet American rappers? Kate Gavino shows us.
I’ll be teaching at next month’s Alt for Everyone – will you be joining me??
This sleek metal swinging love seat would look great on the porch of the new house!

Design Crush elsewhere:
What do you think about the rose gold trend??
We’re offering FREE SHIPPING on everything in Design Crush: The Marketplace through the end of the week!
We’re also hosting a flash sale on the paintings of Kuzana Ogg to fund her next few exhibitions.

Aug
01

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01/ Would you wear the Garbage Dress?
02/ Dream alarm clock alert! The Barisieur.
03/ Loving this paint wall in Houston!
04/ Halloween is only 3 months away, I’m putting my money on these Raster Masks.
05/ The Hip-Hop Flow Chart ranks rappers by the size of their vocabulary.
06/ This giant Spirograph measures 8-feet across and uses sidewalk chalk!
07/ The Belt of Venus and the Shadow is magical.
08/ It’s a coffee shop built in the shape of a Rolleiflex TLR camera!
09/ Yup, Oral:phabet is definitely the only alphabet I’ve ever been frightened by.
10/ If I owned one I’d buy one of these multifunctional iMac stands in a snap.

This week on Design Crush:
Take a look at five #makegood makers I carry in Design Crush: The Marketplace.
Design Crush was invited to be guest curator on UGallery – check out the collection of art chosen!
Loving these laptop and 3-way bags from DAAME (post… they give 5% back to charities!).
Click over to see the low-contrast, color blocked art of Alan Reid.
Snarky graphic tees – trending since 1999!
I’m pumped to give you a sneak peek of the new Design Crush Headquarters (aka my new house)!
Crushing on the murky watercolor portraits of Sylvia Baldeva.
The newest art addition in my current home – Scarf in Freya No. 1.
The magical Paper Mountains of Brendan Austin are incredible.
Beautiful modern necklaces from Vulantri to spice up any ensemble.
Something new – Checking In: July 2014.
Embroidery that breaks borders by Ana Teresa Barboza.