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24

Happy Weekend

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01/ This what the view from a $93 million NYC skyscraper penthouse looks like.
02/ Cubicle farms take on an air of fun when made to look like tiny cabins.
03/ Amazing Frankenstein pumpkins that are grown in one piece inside of a mold.
04/ Feltépve (Ripped Up or Popped Up) bursts from the ground in Széchenyi Square in Budapest.
05/ The Color Thesaurus creates a visualization of a variety of names for various colors.
06/ Cubic rubber bands to liven up the most mundane office tasks.
07/ The Human Gallery exhibits tattooed individuals behind glass.
08/ Pick up a DIY geometric paper mask template for Halloween from Steve Wintercroft.
09/ Lilly McElroy throws herself at men for art’s sake.
10/ Australia has everything good, including a touring pop-up McDonald’s shaped like a lunchbox.

This week on Design Crush:
Nick Frank deconstructs the most colorful building with photography.
Bold and bright geometric scarves combine with tropical birds to show off Blazon.
Beautifully intricate and detailed reclaimed paper insects.
Statement-making textiles for the home from Avril Loreti.
Exposed Seams make this centerpiece collection a showstopper.
If you’re looking for a change, you’ll love zucchini noodles 10 ways.
Nicolo Sertorio documents the rest stops of the U.S. Interstate system.
My office is still in boxes, but Grovemade desk accessories are keeping me in line.
Pretty astrological rings and necklaces in the Supernova collection. (Heeeyyy, fellow Scorpios!)

Design Crush elsewhere:
Cozying up and falling into autumn.

Oct
15

Countdown to Halloween

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Nope, not Christmas – autumn, October, and Halloween. October 31st has long been a big deal in my family, from great aunts and uncles creating haunted houses in their basements to massive trick or treating, it’s given me some of my best memories. This year feels a bit out of whack since I’m still trying to get my house together post move and figuring out where the movers put everything (and yes, where I put everything while unpacking). I have pumpkins and mums decorating my front porch and a few favorite spooky pieces indoors, but the majority is in the basement. I’m hoping to dig a few more decorations out before hundreds of trick or treaters descend on my neighborhood (from the realtor’s lips to my ears) the night of the 31st. But if you’re more together than I am here are twenty-two of Halloween best ideas for you to tackle!

 

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ROW 1: Pop-Up Table Runner // Black and White Anatomical Printables // DIY Ghostly Mirror Images
ROW 2: Printable Trick or Treat Color Block Labels + Box Template // Straw Spider Web Wreath
ROW 3: DIY Halloween Invitations // DIY Halloween Silhouette Pitcher // Black Cocktail Rimming Sugar
ROW 4: Paper Star Lantern with Spider Web Cutouts // Set of 5 Halloween Cards // DIY Printable Trick-or-Treat Bag Labels

 

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ROW 1: Skeleton Hand Card // DIY Monster Candy Box // Gooey Monster Eye Cookies    ROW 2: Printable Halloween Party Invitations // Haunted Doll House    ROW 3: Vanilla Bean Skull Cake // Poison Toffee Apples // Printable Vintage Halloween Banner    ROW 4: Skull-Shaped Japanese Sugar //  // DIY Skull Planter

Oct
10

Happy Weekend

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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.

Jul
04

Happy 4th of July

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As the United States celebrates her 238 birthday I’d say she still looks pretty damn good. So we’ll all celebrate here in the U.S. by firing up the grill and cooking everything in sight, hanging out in blazing temperatures while pretending not to sweat, and watching fireworks light up the night sky being extra thankful that the holiday falls on a Friday this year. Happy Birthday, America!

May
26

Memorial Day

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It’s Memorial Day here in the States, so I’m taking some time to reflect. Even with its many faults this is a pretty amazing country to live in, and a huge part of that is thanks to the military that protects us at home and abroad. Much of my own family has served and yes, there were lives lost along the way. Many say giving your life for your country is the ultimate patriotic sacrifice, but I prefer the idea of selflessness. Whatever you want to call it, thank you.

Apr
30

Don’t Forget the Card: Mother’s Day

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Garden Mother’s Day Card by Rifle Paper Co. // Home is Where Your Mom Is by Moglea // Love You Mum by bespoke Letterpress

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I Love You Mom Card by Quill and Fox // Awkward Mother’s Day Card by Emily McDowell // One Hot Mama Letterpress Card by Wednesday Press

 

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Mom Libs Mother’s Day Card by Minted // XO MOM by egg press // Muscle Man Mom Letterpress Note Card by Isabell’s Umbrella

 

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Baby Head Mother’s Day Card by Wit & Whistle // Mom Town by egg press // Love You Heaps Card by little low studio

 

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Thanks Mom, I Turned Out Awesome by Cheeky Kumquat // Cat Mother’s Day Card by Chloe Derderian-Gilbert // You’re the Best Mom Lavender Flowers Card by Happy Cactus Designs

Apr
23

Every Mother Counts + Minted

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This past January I had the chance to sit down with Christy Turlington Burns, founder of Every Mother Counts, and Mariam Naficy, founder and CEO of Minted, to hear about their newly formed partnership. If you’re unfamiliar, Every Mother Counts is a non-profit organization created to increase public awareness and support for improved maternal and child health. EMC is committed to ending preventable deaths caused by pregnancy and childbirth around the world. You don’t have to be a mom to appreciate the importance of such things.

 

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For every art print purchased through Minted 2% is donated to Every Mother Counts. But Mother’s Day seemed like the perfect time to take things up a notch so they’ll be donating a whopping 20% of art print purchases! Order by April 28th and use the code DESIGNCRUSHEMC.

 

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Minted‘s art, journals, stationery, and decorations are all great fits for Mother’s Day. I love the idea of putting together a special little brunch full of printed touches and decor with all of her favorite foods as a surprise. Or maybe creating a tiny version of a gallery wall with some favorite art and photography from Minted’s huge selection. Any way you look at it, this is a great fit for everyone!

 

EMC is supporting Midwives for Haiti (MFH) work to increase the number of skilled birth attendants available to assist pregnant woman in Haiti

Apr
22

Mother’s Day + Kolo’s Photo Books

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Mother’s Day is very meaningful to me, so I like to try and pull out a few extra stops. This year that includes a ridiculously awesome Kolo photo book that I put together for my mom. A few years ago I did something similar for my dad, an album that included photos of just me and him. But as soon as I got to raiding my photo collection I realized a little something – my mom was always the one behind the camera! That meant fewer photos of us together and a lot of photos of just me. Being an only child I hoped she wouldn’t hold it against me. (Ahem.)

 

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It took some extra work, but I managed to find several of my mom’s favorites of me and several of the both of us together. (Yeah, there’s no injury under than bandage. I just liked to wear them.) I chose an 8.5 x 11″ photo book with a Mango cover and got to work scanning in all of the photos I’d picked out. I adjusted the color and brightness on several (ahhh, the age of technology) and uploaded them to Kolo‘s site. I was tempted to use the auto load function that places all of your photos in the album for you, but then decided to be a little more hands-on and chose the placement and size of each one myself.

 

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The photos turned out amazing thanks to Kolo‘s Canon printing technology, especially when you consider that most of them are 30+ years old! I loved creating the perfect flow of images and personalizing the layout. I could have opted to add some text as well, but preferred to allow the visuals to speak for themselves.

 

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Last weekend my mom came over to dye Easter eggs at my house (one of our many traditions) and I gave her this gift early. She loved it so much and with every flip of a page said “I love this picture!”. So I’m guessing I did okay, especially when she said the photo book was one of her favorite gifts ever. *pats self on back* The heirloom quality of these photo books guarantees they’ll be around for some time, and the rainbow of colors available for he covers gives my mom lots of options when it comes to expansion.

 

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I especially love this one of the two of us at the Pittsburgh Zoo when I was about a year and a half old. My mom’s outfit looks like it would be just as in style today! Wish I could say the same for those overalls I’m sporting.

 

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My grandmother is turning 90 this August and I think I’m going to put together a smaller version of the two of us as a special gift. Had I realized how easy it was, I probably would have done hers for Mother’s Day as well.

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Apr
20

Happy Easter

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Happy Easter to those of you celebrating today! Wishing you lots of stale Peeps and beheaded chocolate bunnies.

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18

12 April DIYs

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