Dec
15

you’re invited to: Christmas Brunch

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A few years ago my family switched to having a Christmas Day brunch in place of dinner. While I miss the big dinner with all of the trimmings, this seems to suit us all just fine. It’s always at my Grandma’s house, but if it were at mine it might go a little something like this. Lots of brights and metallics and an air of fun about it all. Lots of carbs to pick at while each person opens their gifts. And of course dessert and some alcohol to lighten the mood. Wanna come over? (Imaginary Christmas 2013, Imaginary Holiday Appetizer Party)

 

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Adorn Wooden Ornaments // Christmas Scent // Decorative Sisal Trees // DIY Fancy Paper Chain //
Flaneur’s Pocket Geometric Wooden Ornaments // DIY Paint Chip Wreath // DIY Paper Pinecones //
Tinsel Tree Wall Decoration // DIY Paper Mistletoe Kissing Ball

 

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Fig and Black Pepper Lattes // Nutella Hot Chocolate // Pear Nectar & Thyme Mimosas

 

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Herbed Cocktail Meatballs with Honey Mustard Sauce // Miso Deviled Eggs //
Rosemary Spiced Mixed Nuts

 

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Blomster // Branch & Twig Cocktail Picks // Cloched Greenery // Confetti Platter //
DIY Dip-Dyed Placecards // French Wine Glass // Glittered Cocktail Stirrers //
Pearl Place Hi-Ball Set // Red Birds Plate

 

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Earl Grey Orange and Medjool Date Scones // Easy Breakfast Roll Ups //
Easy Fluffy Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls // Eggnog Steel Cut Oatmeal // Garlic Parmesan Roasted Potatoes //
King’s Hawaiian Waffles with Pumpkin Syrup // Maple Molasses Muffins //
Sweet Potato Pomegranate Salad // Vanilla Maple Baked Stuffed Apple Parfaits

 

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Apple Cake // Carrot Gingerbread Cake with Cardamom Frosting and Ginger Fries //
Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake

Dec
09

12 December DIYs

CHUNKY-WOODEN-BEAD-NECKLACE-A-Beautiful-Mess-Design-Crush

 

COLORFUL-CLAY-COASTERS-Oh-Joy-Design-Crush

 

COPPER-AND-WOOD-LIGHT-FIXTURE-Vintage-Revivals-Design-Crush

 

COPPER-CANDLES-The-Merrythought-Design-Crush

 

COPPER-PIPE-ICOSAHEDRON-LIGHT-FIXTURE-The-Gathered-Home-Design-Crush

 

DANISH-MODERN-COFFEE-TABLE-francois-et-moi-Design-Crush

 

PET-NAME-TAGS-Design-Sponge-Design-Crush

 

SLATWOOD-BENCH-A-Beautiful-Mess-Design-Crush

 

WATERCOLOR-WALL-ART-Sugar-&-Cloth-Design-Crush

 

WOODEN-JAR-LIDS-Fall-for-DIY-Design-Crush

 

ZIPPERED-DOPP-KIT-The-Purl-Bee-Design-Crush

Click on each image to go to the project.
All photos copyright of their respective sites unless otherwise noted.

Dec
02

Redraven Studios

Red Raven Studios-1-Design Crush

 

I began following Redraven Studios several years before moving back to Pittsburgh, in fact I didn’t even know they were from my hometown at that point. Founder Amy Hamley and her husband Ryan create the prettiest porcelain pieces – I had their Good Luck Porcelain Horseshoe hanging above my front door for several years and it was always complimented. This holiday season I’m eyeballing the Porcelain & Gold Leaf Feather Ornament for my tree (and maybe a few lucky recipients) along with the Canyon Series Dinnerware that is forever on my Wish List.

 

Red Raven Studios-2-Design Crush

 

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Red Raven Studios-5-Design Crush

Dec
01

Drake General Store x Design Crush Giveaway

Drake General Store x Design Crush-1

 

Drake General Store is a traditional hotel gift shop, a classic general store, a flea market stand, and a museum shop all rolled into one. They have the biggest and best Canadian pride and love supporting homegrown artists and designers, making them a perfect match for Design Crush and our sensibilities.

Please tell me you took 1.5 seconds to read that graphic, because we’re giving away a $1,000 prize pack! Drake General Store is my favorite shop north of the U.S. border and I’m pumped to be partnering with them for the second December in a row to give you all a HUGE something awesome. I’ve cherry picked my favorite pieces from their classic, modern goods that are a mix of sensible (socks, throws, kitchen pieces) and not so sensible (tarot cards, incense, wind chime) and everything in between.

 

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Metsa Birch Box Set ($40) // Gold Screw Studs ($24) // Cross Enamelware Stockholm Measuring Cup ($29) // Cross Enamelware Copenhagen Side Dish ($29) // Oval Marble + Wood Cheeseboard ($68) // Ladies & Gentlemen Aura Bell Chime ($135) // Held In Common Snowflake Socks ($14) // Cozy Ceramic Camp Mug, set of 4 ($48) // 3 Mast Brothers Chocolate Bars ($33) // Shared History Macho Man + Elizabeth Robes ($128) // Arborist Long Janes, trees ($29) // Blackbird Incense ($34) // Public Supply Notebooks ($15) // Arborist Getaway Blanket ($29) // Arborist Getaway Pack ($29) // Wild Unknown Tarot Card Deck ($45) // Wild Unknown Tarot Guide Book ($24) // Engraved Keychain ($15) // Hockey Thermos ($38) // Earth Coasters ($42) // Pinch Pot with Spoon ($28) // East Coast Throw Blanket ($99) // Oslo Bowls ($39)

I KNOW! So many well designed pieces and so many little luxuries to help get you through winter. You could either go the Happy Holidays to Me! route and keep it all for yourself or the My Shopping is Done! route and dive up your winnings as gifts for everyone on your list. Either way it’s a win. (But if you do spy something you’d like to gift know that Drake General Store has worldwide flat rate shipping!)

Enter here to win!

Nov
19

Dinosaur Designs: Atelier

Dinosaur Designs-1-Design Crush

 

Dinosaur Designs‘ and their eponymous candy colored wares for house and body just released their latest collection – Atelier. This go around they’ve added candles, linen napkins, and puzzles to the mix just in time for holiday gifting. But those geometric bangles? Those are at the tippy top of my list.

 

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(via Design Milk)

Nov
12

Rachel Ibarra

Rachel Ibarra-5-Design Crush

 

Rachel Ibarra‘s papier-mâché and canvas vessels radiate color and abstraction all while serving a functional purpose. My favorite design element is the little pointed feet on her bowls, I might just see one holding fruit on my kitchen counter in the near future. Rachel also creates the sweetest brooches – shop her work right here.

 

Rachel Ibarra-1-Design Crush

 

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Rachel Ibarra-3-Design Crush

 

Rachel Ibarra-4-Design Crush

Nov
11

bunglo

Bunglo-1-Design Crush

 

I’ve been eyeing bunglo‘s Instagram account for a few weeks now, immediately hearting every photo of the Austin-based company’s hand-painted patterns as it was posted. Each design is inspired by nature, mid-century architecture, and adventures. Artist and designer Shay Spaniel is behind it all, with an understanding of retail merchandise and lots of travel to base bunglo’s business upon. Shop the full collection of accessories, art, cards, furniture, and pillows in their shop.

 

Bunglo-2-Design Crush

 

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Bunglo-4-Design Crush

Nov
11

Self Press

Self Press-1-Design Crush

 

Lauren Finkelstein’s Self Press shop is full of hand-designed and hand-decorated porcelain pieces that hit the perfect note. Favoring black, white, and indigo, Finkelstein’s creations all have a moody and mysterious feel to them which I love.

 

Self Press-2-Design Crush

 

Self Press-3-Design Crush

 

Self Press-4-Design Crush

Gated Eyeballs Tumbler // Bubbling Blue Spoon // Two Circling Hands Ring Dish //
Eyes Wide Open and Shut Vase

Nov
10

12 November DIYs

BAG-TAG-Design-Sponge-Design-Crush

 

COLORBLOCK-TRIVETS-Sugar-&-Cloth-Design-Crush

 

DIPPED-CREPE-PAPER-CHAIR-GARLANDS-Love-My-Dress-Design-Crush

 

LEATHER-STAMPED-CHEESE-MARKERS-Paper-&-Stitch-Design-Crush

 

NO-SEW-HOT-PADS-Paper-&-Stitch-Design-Crush

 

REVERSE-SHIBORI-TIE-DYE-Fall-for-DIY-Design-Crush

 

BIRTHDAY-CROWNS-Small-for-Big-Design-Crush

 

DECORATIVE-CLAY-BELLS-A-Beautiful-Mess-Design-Crush

 

GIANT-GEM-RINGS-Studio-DIY-Design-Crush

 

MODERN-HOUSE-NUMBERS-A-Beautiful-Mess-Design-Crush

 

POUR-OVER-COFFEE-STAND-The-Merrythought-Design-Crush

 

WOODEN-EARRINGS-The-Merrythought-Design-Crush

Click on each image to go to the project.
All photos copyright of their respective sites unless otherwise noted.

Oct
29

Lindsay Stead

Lindsay Stead-1-Design Crush

 

Modern heirloom quilts are a beautiful thing. I love that such an age old tradition has been taken by the reins and flipped on its head to create something fresh that stays true to technique. These quilts by Lindsay Stead fit the bill exactly with their geometric designs and thoughtful color palettes. Each time consuming quilt is handmade in her Toronto studio as what can only be described as a time-intensive labor of love. Make one of Lindsay’s quilts or pillows (equally lovely) your own by visiting her shop.

 

Lindsay Stead-2-Design Crush

 

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Lindsay Stead-4-Design Crush

(via Anthologie)