Jan
22

Bundle Up in a Blanket

As I write this I’m trying to ignore the buds i saw on the tree in my front yard this morning. In January. I’m so not okay with that, I haven’t had nearly enough time in front of my fireplace yet this winter. Inside I’m keeping it as cozy as possible despite nature’s warnings – spicy candles, pots of soup, and of course plenty of blankets to bundle up in.

 

Bundle-Up-in-a-Blanket-Design-Crush

ROW 1:Artillery Blanket // Pyramids Travel Throw // Zag Blanket    ROW 2:Armand Diradourian // Pilot Rock Blanket with Leather Carrier    ROW 3:Pink Geo Scarf Blanket // Sea Blanket // Grey Throw with Orange Piping

Jan
21

January DIYs

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faux-fur-footstool-A-Beautiful-Mess-Design-Crush

 

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honeycomb-table-with-pipe-legs-A-Beautiful-Mess-Design-Crush

 

linen-wall-calendar-The-Sweetest-Occasion-Design-Crush

 

ombre-knit-bandana-The-Work-is-Getting-to-Me-Design-Crush

 

polymer-clay-necklace-Curious-and-Catcake-Design-Crush

 

Wooden-Geometric-Wine-Stopper-The-Merrythought-Design-Crush

 

wooden-lamp-Apartment-Therapy-Design-Crush

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Jan
17

Trending: Aztec

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Black and White Aztec Patter iPhone Case – Vasare Nar // Printed Long Sleeve Knit – Seed Heritage // Globetrotter Loafers – Forever21 // Winter Aztec Dress – Necessary Clothing

The new year is kicking off with Aztec-inspired prints across the board. This bold, graphic print has been popping on garments, accessories, and in the home. It’s equally eye-catching in black and white or bold colors, and lends itself especially well to cold weather essentials like cardigans and throws. I can’t wait to get on board!

 

Aztec-2-Design-Crush

Loom Beaded Geometric Earrings – Everything Golden // World Traveler Open Front Cardigan – Forever21 // Aztec Necklace – Joyo // Janey Pillow – CB2

 

Aztec-3-Design-Crush

 Magical Thinking Metal Wall Bin – Urban Outfitters // Aztec Clutch – Nikita & Vesper // Bold Vintage Pattern Headwrap – Claire’s // Rustic Draped Front Cardigan – Forever21

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Jan
15

Rebecca Atwood + Calypso

Rebecca Atwood + Calypso-1-Design Crush

 

I have a mega design crush on Brooklyn-based artist Rebecca Atwood, and if possible it just got bigger. Her use of traditional textile techniques and hand painting makes my heart go pitter patter and both are on full display in the new Rebecca Atwood  and Calypso St. Barth collaboration. Four unique designs with reversible details are now available online and in stores. The white canvas, subtle metallics, and soft sea greens and blues will bright up your winter and still feel fresh and vibrant when summer rolls around! You can read more about the process on Rebecca’s blog.

 

Rebecca Atwood + Calypso-2-Design Crush

 

Rebecca Atwood + Calypso-3-Design Crush

Dec
24

Still

Still-1-Design Crush

 

Christmas Eve seemed an exceptionally appropriate time to share these pieces from Still. Take time to reflect on the beauty of the simple things in life and the wonders of the world.

 

Still-2-Design Crush

 

Still-3-Design Crush

(Most of Still’s pieces are available for purchase or licensing.)

Dec
17

December DIYs

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colorful-crochet-tablecloth-A-Subtle-Revelry-Design-Crush

 

constellation-flashlight-Handmade-Charlotte-Design-Crush

 

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glycerine-soap-gem-stones-Mr-Printables-Design-Crush

 

gold-gilded-gift-boxes-You-Are-My-Fave-Design-Crush

 

hanging-bottle-vase-Poppytalk-Design-Crush

 

tripod-floor-lamp-Sarah-M-Dorsey-Designs-Design-Crush

 

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Dec
13

Warm Winter Candles

If you visit my home chances are there’s a candle burning. During warmer months it’s almost always my favorite burnt sugar scent, and when the temperature drops it’s something warm and comforting. An almond/tobacco I can’t get enough of or something with cloves and cinnamon. To me scent is a big part of the personality of your home that should be subtle yet evident the moment someone sets foot in the door.

 

Warm-Winter-Candles-Design-Crush

ROW 1: Comme des Garçons hinoki candle // Woodfire Candle // Joya Candle    ROW 2: no. 3 sugar & spice // Byredo Parfums Bibliotheque    ROW 3: Mineral Goblet Candle // Whiskey in the Jar // Gleaming Bear Candle    ROW 4: Firewood Signature // Jacinta Holiday Candle // Winter Is Coming

 

Dec
12

My (Imaginary) Christmas 2013

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Seriously, don’t even worry about bringing anything because I’ve got it all covered! Longtime readers might remember last year’s dream Christmas dinner as the start of this extravagant/gluttonous series I create for most major holidays. And let me tell you, I should really throw make believe parties more often because they’re so much fun! This Christmas I decided to go with plenty of color and whimsy with a dash of nature and DIY thrown in to keep it real. Hope you can make it! (Links and sources at the end.)

 

Christmas2013-Decor-Design-Crush

 

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Christmas2013-Food-Design-Crush

 

Christmas2013-Desserts-Design-Crush

THE DECOR
Felt Ball Garland – The Fickle Felt Tree
DIY Himmeli Garland – The House That Lars Built
Paint Dipped Ornaments – Bomisch
Pine Cone Wreath – West Twin Creations
Plated Glass Votives – Serena & Lily
Still Life Taper Candles – Anthropologie
Town Square Sculptures – Anthropologie
Wire Sprinkle Line Lights – CB2
Wood Chain Kit – Sideshow Press

THE COCKTAILS
Cider Pomegranate Smash – Clara Persis
The Bourbon Épice – coco + kelley
Hot Buttered Hazelnut Whisky – Adventure in Cooking

THE APPS
Brie and Cranberry Bites –  Crumb
Sweet Potato Tahini Crostini – Love and Lemons
Whipped Ricotta with Lemon and Olive Oil – Joy the Baker

THE TABLE
Blush Champagne Coupes – Monique Lhuillier
Colonnes Stemware – Anthropologie
DIY Pie Crust Place Markers – You Are My Fave
Gold Napkin Ring Set – West Elm
Gold-Dipped Flatware – Anthropologie
Nomades Table Linen – Anthropologie
DIY Reversible Tree Flatware Mat – Confetti Pop
Silver Manzanita Candelabra – West Elm
Verge Dinnerware – Crate and Barrel

THE FOOD
Apple Herb Stuffing – Smitten Kitchen
Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with Red Grapes – Nutrition Stripped
Cheddar Herb Baked Apples – JJ Begonia
Creamy Chive Potatoes – Annie’s Eats
Drunken Cranberry Sauce – The Speckled Palate
Hot Butter Bean Salad with Lemon – BBC Good Food
Kale Salad with Lemon, Almonds, and Pecorino – Heather Christo
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Onion, Brie, and Sage – Recipe Girl
Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon Parsley Dressing – Epicurious

THE DESSERTS
Caramel Apple Cake – Pinch of Yum
Gingerbread Coffee Cake with Ginger Cream – Dine & Dish
Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Dulce de Leche – Martha Stewart

Dec
10

DIY Holiday Gifts

Yesterday we talked food gifts, and today we’re talking handmade DIY presents. I don’t know about you, but I would  much rather receive something small with lots of thought put into it than something pricey that was an afterthought. It just means more knowing someone spent their time rather than their money. Here are fifteen gifts that would be perfect alone or partnered with one of our suggestions!

 

antler-monogrammed-door-mat-Lia-Griffith-Design-Crush

Pair with: a boot brush, a small rosemary bush for the porch.

 

bullet-horn-necklace-The-Merrythought-Design-Crush

Pair with: simple earrings, a pair of bangles.

 

etched-snow-globe-Apartment-Therapy-Design-Crush

Pair with: a pretty brass bell, bottle brush trees.

 

geometric-tree-puzzle-A-Beautiful-Mess-Design-Crush

Pair with: a few vintage ornaments, homemade pomanders.

 

knotted-leather-bracelets-Henry-Happened-Design-Crush

Pair with: a soft pair of gloves or mittens, a silk scarf.

 

leather-cup-jacket-Design-Sponge-Design-Crush

Pair with: hot toddy ingredients, a set of mason jars.

 

leather-stained-coasters-Design-Sponge-Design-Crush

Pair with: a set of mugs, mulling spices.

 

leather+wood-trivets-Design-Sponge-Design-Crush

Pair with: soup mix, a vintage pot.

 

painted-mugs-Front-&-Main-Design-Crush

Pair with: gourmet hot chocolate, homemade cookies.

 

polka-dot-napkins-Freutcake-Design-Crush

Pair with: crackers and cheese, pretty cocktail plates.

 

rope-chargers-Whimseybox-Design-Crush

Pair with: letterpress place cards, a set of linen napkins.

 

soy-wax-candles-Henry-Happened-Design-Crush

Pair with: a candle snuffer, a nice box of matches.

 

stitched-clutch-Henry-Happened-Design-Crush

Pair with: a bottle of nail polish, a pair of sunglasses.

 

sweater-wrapped-votives-BHG-Design-Crush

Pair with: a cozy scarf or blanket, a favorite board game.

 

tablet-sweater-case-Sweet-Paul-Design-Crush

Pair with: an iTunes gift card, screen cleaner.

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Dec
03

Milk Farm Road

Milk Farm Road-1-Design Crush

 

I love the playful, creative feel of these textiles from Milk Farm Road (aka Heather Chontos). They’re sort of perfect for any occasion, each one is hand-painted linen that feels like an abstract work of art. The garlands would also be so fun to decorate with during the holidays (or any day, really)!

 

Milk Farm Road-2-Design Crush

 

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