Apr
23

Caitlin Wilson Textiles

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For me, this is the year of the textile. For a long time I focused on filling my home with furniture and art that makes me happy, but now it’s time to fill in the spaces. That basically translates to I need amazing pillows, rugs, and blankets! 

Caitlin Wilson Textiles has a great selection of pieces popping with pattern and color, which is integral to my home because I rely heavily on whites and neutrals for larger pieces. Her patterns are also easily mixed and matched, making it super easy to swap out one thing for another when you get bored.

I’m loving the black spotted rug that’s found a home in my kitchen. I’ve stayed away from any sort of floor coverings in there up until this point and am so happy with the touch of pattern! (It looks like Bebe and Rainey also approve.)

 

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Apr
19

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01/ Check out the Alphabet Sandwich – an A to Z of food between two slices of bread!
02/ If my dentist had an office like Horacek Dental I’d be there more than twice a year.
03/ Mutaro the hedgehog models masks made just for him.
04/ A poster that shows off the categorization of The Many Varieties of Whiskey.
05/ The Man Behind the Mountain, a look at the artist behind Salvation Mountain.
06/ Food Textures showcases texture, shape, and form rather than edibility.
07/ Plastic bags as art isn’t a new concept, but plastic bag landscapes are.
08/ An illustrated guide to the bicyclists of New York City.
09/ A world map using every country’s coinage.
10/ Awesome 3D optical illusion classified ads!

This week on Design Crush:
If you missed it on Monday,  have a listen to Mixtape #35: So Young and Full of Sparks.
Have a hoppin’ Easter Sunday with these 17 projects!
Intoxicating work from Bing Wright featuring shattered mirrors and sunsets.
The countdown to Mother’s Day is on – thought about a gift yet?
Beautiful, colorful, geometric textiles from Cotton & Flax.
Show-stopping handblown glass pendant lighting in the Neverending Glory Collection.
Kinetic paper sculptures by Matt Shlian.
Check out innovation that excites with Nissan at the New York International Auto Show.
Stay creative this month with these 12 April DIYs!

Apr
18

12 April DIYs

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Apr
16

Neverending Glory Collection

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A show-stopping line of handblown glass pendants make up Lasvit’s Neverending Glory Collection. You might recognize the silhouettes of iconic chandeliers from five of the world’s most eminent concert halls and theaters – La Scala in Milan, Palais Garnier in Paris, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, and the Czech Republic’s Estates Theater in Prague.

 

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Apr
16

Cotton & Flax

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Each and every step of creation for Cotton & Flax is completed by founder Erin Dollar in her Los Angeles studio. Everything from the pattern design (with brush and ink) to the selection of heirloom quality fabrics to the hand printing and sewing. Is your mind blown? Talk about quality control! I love the palette and natural materials Erin has chosen for Cotton & Flax’s spring line – you can check out the lookbook (photographed by Laure Joliet) right here.

 

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Apr
11

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01/ How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity and achieve financial freedom.
02/ Pizza in the Wild is exactly what you’re expecting.
03/ Vans has teamed up with the ASPCA with some awesome cat and dog covered kicks.
04/ Meet Puk – a super awesome suspended fruit basket.
05/ The Black Dogs Project shows the beauty of the most neglected shelter animals.
06/ Food becomes abstract art in Cut Food.
07/ Sirs Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart take on NYC like tourists.
08/ A cardboard cathedral made from 98 cardboard tubes and 8 steel shipping containers.
09/ Watch what happens when you put 8 million flower petals inside a volcano.
10/ These vertical playgrounds looks like so. much. FUN.

This week on Design Crush:
I made my guest bath a little less blue, a little more light for SWPaintingWeek.com.
Le Creuset’s Matt Collection is incredible.
Jujujust works magic in her fiber art and other creations.
I’m so excited to be opening up a boutique with GREAT.LY next month!
You need to make this Overnight No-Knead Bread this weekend. You’ll thank me later.
Lovely family trees that are perfect for Mother’s Day or any day.
Eight prints: April edition.
What You Are, Be a Good One is a book full of beautifully illustrated quotes.
The wild and wonderful watercolors of Sara Falli.

Apr
07

Le Creuset Matte Collection

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When Le Creuset revealed their new matte collection a few weeks ago (it’s now in stores) I most definitely did a combination hold my breath/squeal/internal happy dance. I’m excited to check out these new muted tones from the company that’s known for bright and glossy pops of color in the kitchen in person.

 

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Apr
07

A Little Less Blue, A Little More Light

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After our teaser last week, I’m back today with my bathroom reveal for National Painting Week! That’s right, I went with a subdued version of the color that was already in play. There’s just something about a blue of any hue that feels refreshing. And because this is also the bath directly across from the guest room I wanted to keep things in the same color family to feel slightly related.

 

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In case you need a reminder (it is Monday after all), here’s the bare bones empty before shot. My goal was to make this windowless hall bath as appealing as possible to buyers since I’m gearing up for a move and will soon be putting my home on the market.

 

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I visited my local Sherwin-Williams store and picked up some paint chips to test against the light about a week before painting. This is definitely an important step, colors that differ only slightly can look hugely different depending on what light they’re in. The winner was Mountain Air, a super light blue-grey that feels unbelievably fresh and welcoming.

 

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I really love how Mountain Air looks with the other elements I’ve added to the room – a new jade plant (that will hopefully survive!), a shower curtain with a splash of coral, and a few abstract drawings are all helping me achieve a relaxed feel. I also bought some new white towels and hardware to add to the equation for an overall refresh.

 

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And then I went a little overboard and added a stack of favorite books because, well, it is a bathroom. I also like the pops of color and type they bring to the room. All in all I’d call this project a huge success! I think when I remove the pieces of my personal style any potential buyer should be able to picture themselves putting their own spin on this room.

Check out my fellow bloggers sharing their blue projects today for SWPaintingWeek.com – Remodelaholic gave her daughter’s room a refresh and The City Sage gave a side table new life. Tomorrow tune in to Vintage Revivals, Four Generations One Roof,  and Simply Grove to see how they worked their magic with green!

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Apr
03

Geo Ring Holders

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These four small geo ring holders designed by Alan Wisniewski for Umbra are practically sculptures in their own right. Each of the designs measures about 4-inches tall, making them perfect for small spaces or gifting to your artsy friends and family. Oh, and they’re super affordable as a bonus.

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Apr
02

Howkapow Spring Collection

Bristol, England-based Howkapow brings a smile to my face every time I visit them online. Their shop is full of innovative, fun, interesting work from breakthrough talent as well as a few carefully-chosen independent, family-run brands. There’s an ever-changing collection of unusual pieces at affordable prices, and their spring collection was just recently released so I thought I’d share a few of my favorites with you.

 

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Wooden Dutch Wall Clock // Art Pop Mini Clutch // Rubi Floor Lamp // Labradoodle Tea Towel // Silk Canisters