Aug
28

Hello Polly

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Looking for thoughtfully curated artwork, homewares, ceramics, accessories, and other well-designed products? Search no further than Hello Polly and the 100+ independent creatives they stock and support. The Melbourne, Australia-based shop owned by sisters Sarah Kelk and Helen Adam who just this month launched a new facet of the shop – Hello Polly Home – all of which is designed solely by Sarah and Helen. Congratulations on the latest piece falling into place, ladies!

 

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Tiles Throw // Segments (Light Grey) // Rust Macrame Hanger // Mars Studs (Front Pink) // Serenissima

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Aug
27

Trending: Embroidery

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Black Geometric Art Deco Hand Embroidered Pendant //
Embroidered Totem Chiffon Pleated Dress // Fruit Embroidered DIY Coasters

Embroidery is one of those trends that ebbs and flows, but never truly goes away in entirety. I think that has more to do with the style than the technique, because it can be everything from intricate and Victorian in nature to geometric and modern. We’e all seen it play out this summer on light and airy sundresses, so I’m interested in seeing how (and if) it translates to fall’s fashions!

 

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DIY Embroidered Postcards // DIY Hand Embroidered Peter Pan Collar //
Geometric Gem Brooch Set

 

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Personalized Wedding Keepsake // Little White Lies Embroidered Shift Dress //
Embroidered Sing Dress

Aug
18

12 August DIYs

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Aug
13

Another Country

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I definitely have a crush on Another Country‘s contemporary craft furniture and accessories. The clean lines of their offerings are inspired by British Country kitchen style, Shaker, traditional Scandinavian, and Japanese woodwork. Clean lines, 100% functional, quality goods at a respectable price point – all of which will only make you feel better about adding any one of these pieces to your home.

 

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Another Ceramic Candlestick // Dining Table Two // Bar Stool Three // Paperweight Egg

Aug
07

Geo Stands

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A set of three solid brass paperweights with a brushed finish – Geo Stands – that double as holders for photos or cards seem like just the thing for many places besides a desk. (Though they would obviously be perfect there as well!) I’m picturing a set with smallish (5″ x 7″?) art prints on my mantle. Each one measures 1.25″ tall, just big enough to have a presence without overwhelming whatever is in their grasp.

 

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Jul
26

#makegood

You’re right, I never post on Saturday. But today is special, because I’m shining a light on five of the incredible makers whose creations are available at Design Crush: The Marketplace. (In fact, lots of GREAT.LY‘s tastemakers are doing the same July 21st through August 4th through the #makegood campaign.) Read on for a snapshot of some of my favorites!

 

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A Sensible Habit creates hand painted linens, rubber stamps, and stationery. The Atlanta-based shop leans towards domesticity and entertaining in a playful way by creating pieces that will give your home and your get togethers that extra special touch.

Favorite Item: Set of 4 H ot Pink Brushstroke Cocktail Coasters

 

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Nashville’s Fanny & June purveys fancy fascinators that are perfect for wedding season and patterned clutches that are perfect for every other day.

Favorite Item: Pink and Red Ikat Clutch

 

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In the market for some pottery? Jill Rosenwald‘s hand-makes the shiny chic variety in her Boston studio. Choose from vases, bowls, and more that will add a dose of pattern or color to your space.

Favorite Piece: Erin Gates Collection #6 Vase

 

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Japanese techniques are alive and well at papergluebamboo. The Carmel, California-based shop uses ikkanbari (papering) and chigiri-e (pictures torn from paper) to create a collection of updated traditional pieces.

Favorite Item: Pebbled Bed Side Trays

 

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Yucu Ninu‘s stunning otomi pieces are made through collaborations with Mexican artists and cooperatives. The emphasis on fair trade prices, ancient traditions, and promotion of social trade make each beautiful piece that much more special.

Favorite Item: Otomi Pillow Cover

 

Shop these and many other talented makers at Design Crush: The Marketplace and check out the #makegood hashtag for more featured makers. It’s so rewarding to support independent artists and makers!

Jul
24

Grain

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Aside from creating beautifully designed wares, Grain has another purpose – a dedication to social and environmental responsibility. (You know how I love a company that gives back.)  As committed members of 1% For The Planet, one percent of Grain’s annual revenue goes back to environmental non-profits. Their work unites current manufacturing technologies and age-old craft techniques, and goods are produced in small batch runs in their Bainbridge Island studio. Good design plus conscientiousness equals all the more reason to buy! Check out my favorite pieces: Hung Mirror, Circlet Triple Sconce, Bound Hand V1, Grail Cassoulet, and Strung Sconce.

 

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Jul
16

12 July DIYs

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CONCRETE-DOOR-STOPPERS-Home-Made-Makeovers-Design-Crush

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Jul
15

JOYN

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JOYN produces beautiful block-printed textiles, handbags, and accessories by hand in the foothills of the Himalayas. But Mel and Dave Murray’s company stands for much more than that. They’ve partnered with nonprofit JoyCorp to provide employees in Rajpur, India with not only a steady job and healthy work environment, but a daily meal plan, education for their children, English and vocational training, and medical care. That huge difference makes JOYN‘s pieces a hundred times more beautiful than they already are.

 

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Jul
14

Loom Decor Optrix Pouf + a Giveaway

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I’d had my eye out for a pouf that I loved for over a year when Loom Decor reached out about their impressive collection of customizable silhouettes and 400+ fabric options. (And it doesn’t stop there, you can also customize a variety of pillow styles, poufs, bedding, table top or even create your own custom window treatments.) After scanning through all of the fabrics I knew immediately that the Optrix pattern was the one for me. It provides a perfect graphic punch that adds some interest to the otherwise solid pieces in my living room.

 

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The pouf showed up on my doorstep in about two weeks, which is super fast for anything customized. Like lightning! It measures 24 x 24 x 13″ and has already served multiple purposed around my space. My favorite is above, where I sit to work when I’m in the living room. I love propping my legs up on it, basically converting part of my sofa into a chaise. I’ve also used it as extra seating and even a stand-in coffee table (mine is being repaired) by simply placing a large tray on top. And I love that Loom Decor offers a range of price points with their fabric offerings — basic, prime, and luxe — which allow customers to find pieces that fit within their budgets.

 

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Now’s your chance to tap into Loom Decor‘s high-end, luxurious home textiles – they even offer personalized decorating assistance! Two lucky Design Crush readers will win $100 towards the custom piece of your choice. Hop over to the official giveaway page to enter, you have until July 20th!