Feb
07

Happy Weekend

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01/ Cityscapes created from what else – DOTS.
02/ Golden Hour shots from around the world.
03/ ToastyMUG keeps your hands warm while you enjoy a hot beverage.
04/ Beautifully cut sea stacks in Ireland.
05/ Olaf Breuning’s colorful snow looks so happy!
06/ Intersections is an ornately carved wooden cube that projects beautiful shadows.
07/ Because even Cupid needs brand guidelines.
08/ Would you wear type-inspired eyeglasses? (I would.)
09/ Incredible stained glass murals enhance a botanical garden, check out out Cosmovitral.
10/ Rob Ford valentines. Not just for Torontonians.

This week on Design Crush:
Crushing on the one-of-a-kind home accessories of We Make Things.
Twenty-seven Happy Hearts Day Gifts and Treats for you and your loved ones.
Matthew Picton‘s paper cities are something to behold.
These Giant Cloud Cushions have me dreaming of spring.
Flora and fauna team up again in Faunascape.
Last chance to order a rad Valentine! Check out our Valentines – Part 3.
If creativity and community are your thing I hope you’ll join me at Craftcation 2014!
Tattooed beauties and dapper gents courtesy of Emily Winfield Martin.
Ten delicious tacos to spice up your February (and every other month of the year).
Eight art prints making my heart go pitter-patter.

Feb
03

Happy Hearts Day Gifts + Treats

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DIY Concrete Love Hearts Necklace // Skip a Beat Tea Towel // Candy Buttons // DIY Cupid’s Arrow Piñata // Heartstring Garland // DIY Heart & Arrow Headband // DIY Leather Conversation Hearts // Heart Backdrop // Darling Dearest Frame

 

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Heartbeat Necklace // DIY Floating Heart Backdrop // DIY Fabric Valentine // Heart Lips Graphic Tee // iceDrops heart Ceramic Beverage Chillers // Besties Floral iPhone 5 Case // Makes Outs Foil Stamped Print // Love Necklace // Black Triangular Wall Hearts

 

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Baked Chocolate Cherry Doughnut Hearts // DIY Valentine’s Pillows // Linzer Cookies // Marbled Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies // Heart Hole Punch // Heart Pattern Friendship Bracelets // Heart Shaped Mini Cookies // Not Soap, Radio Body Wash // DIY Copper Arrows

 

Jan
31

Happy Weekend

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01/ Watching the Super Bowl this Sunday? Make it interesting with Super Bowl bingo!
02/ Didga the cat rides a remote-controlled skateboard named Ollie like a pro.
03/ Project M is a five-story mural on a building in Berlin.
04/ Nekofont uses the flexible talents of Raizo and Mondo to create a typeface!
05/ Andrea Tese pays tribute to her grandfather in Inheritance.
06/ I don’t have trouble separating eggs, but Yolkfish is a lot of fun.
07/ Six designers are breaking up with products they once loved.
08/ Keeping Up Appearances is full of 15-foot crocheted doilies!
09/ NFL helmets get the haute couture treatment.
10/ Lip locking is all in a day’s work for The Makeout Project!

This week on Design Crush:
Jealous of this security envelope art from Zachary Royer Scholz.
Dying to own one of Pamela Barsky’s clutches that are oh so snarky.
See what Matt Jensen has to show for 31 Winter Walks.
Victoria Will captured Hollywood’s finest on tintypes are this year’s Sundance.
Blurry painted perfection from Miaz Brothers.
Beautifully modern and minimal pieces from Melissa Maya Pottery.
My experiences and favorites in the year of Alt 2014.
More cards I wouldn’t mind sending my imaginary significant other in Valentines – Part 2!
How is the month almost over?! See what happened in mine on Insta January.

This week you can also find me chatting about tips to update your modern entry way on Euro Style Lighting!

Jan
24

Vege-table

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I have a small, but ever-growing, collection of wooden cutting boards. Most are interesting because of the type of wood they’re made from or their shape, and I’m thinking that one of these just released Vege_table cutting boards from Seletti would make a fantastic addition. The tomato is my favorite!

 

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Jan
21

January DIYs

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Dec
24

Tahir Mahmood

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Tahir Mahmood’s mortar and pestle collection is more than kitchen instruments, it’s straight up art. I love this contemporary take on such a century’s old instrument. Both parts are made of Dalbergia Sissoo wood and shaped with a lathe, then Mahmood creates the vibrant colors with a sap-based resin and applies them with palm leaves.

 

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Dec
23

My (Imaginary) New Year’s Eve 2013

After the craziness of Thanksgiving and Christmas I like to make New Year’s Eve more low-key. A come as you are get together with good friends and family is just what the doctor ordered for a great start to a new year! Want to dress up? Go for it. Prefer pajamas? That’s cool, too. We’ll decorate some with metallics and pinks and call it a day. Everyone can bring an appetizer or dessert and I’ll provide the cocktails – sound good? Mix and mingle as you please, and if you can’t stay awake until the ball drops? No judgement. Now that’s my kinda party.

 

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THE DECOR
Confetti Triangle Invitations – Oh Happy Day
DIY Confetti Wreath – A Subtle Revelry
Handmade Paper Bunting – Toast UK
Recycled Honeycomb Tissue Paper Pouf – Zipper Teeth
Happy New Year Garland – Anthropologie
Porcelain Hurricanes – West Elm
Silver + Gold New Year Tiara – Party 411
Black + Silver New Year Top Hat – Amol’s Fiesta Party Supplies
New Years Surprise Confetti – Anthropologie

THE TABLE
‘Larabee Dor Fete Mini Champagne Saucer – Kate Spade
DIY Happy New Year Cake Topper – Style Me Pretty
Floating Blocks Table Runner – LEIF
Glittering Flatware – Anthropologie
Gold Confetti Paper Napkins – Anthropologie
Mercury Glass Octagonal Hurricanes – West Elm
Metallic Print Glassware Set – West Elm
Pink Pop Side Plate – Burke Decor
Pink Dot Tablecloth – Hay

THE COCKTAILS
Black Rose – Kelley Moore
Cinnamon Maple Bourbon Sour – So… Let’s Hang Out
Cranberry Pear Mulled Wine – Couldn’t Be Parve
Cranberry-Orange Sparkler – Martha Stewart
Cucumber Gin Salt + Pepper Cups – Joy the Baker
Hot Buttered Rum – Not Without Salt
Sparkling Raspberry Cocktail – Apartment34
Sugar and Spice Russian – Waiting On Martha
Winter Punch – 101 Cookbooks

Dec
20

Happy Weekend

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01/ A placemat set that features engineering blueprints for different foods.
02/ Bookhive is an interactive library display full of 400 “moving” books!
03/ Transfer, a project where partially painted hands blend into the landscape.
04/ A printable Letter to Santa if anyone in your house still needs to write theirs.
05/ In Variable Face a 22-year-old hides behind ordinary objects in a beautiful way.
06/ A quirky outdoor embroidery project that I looove!
07/ A beautiful photo series of the Texas tradition of homecoming mums entitled Mum.
08/ It’s late for holiday cards, but here are 14 cards to wish someone a Happy New Year!
09/ This marks 24 years of Sweden’s Ice Hotel and it’s inspired by Frankenstein.
10/ Create your own (virtual) snowflakes!

This week on Design Crush:
Have a listen to this month’s Mix #31: Everybody’s Got a Secret to Hide.
The December edition of eight art prints I can’t get out of my head.
This Cranberry Eggnog Bread is just the thing for Christmas morning!
Ten of my favorite December DIYs.
You’re invited to my (imaginary) holiday appetizer party!
Incredible hyper-real paintings of poorly wrapped packages by Yrjö Edelmann.
The only party clutch you’re ever need.
Our last round – part 7 – of holiday card covering.
The biggest giveaway we’ve ever hosted – $500 worth of dinnerware from Mud Australia!!!

Dec
20

24 Merry Days – Mud Australia Giveaway

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I’ve hope you’ve all been following along with 24 Merry Days because my day is finally here and I couldn’t be more excited! There have already been 19 incredible giveaways, but I have to say mine is definitely, absolutely, without a doubt THE BEST.

What can you win, you ask? Only the biggest haul in Design Crush giveaway history – $500 worth of Mud Australia dishware!!! The haul includes a square large platter in ash, a square medium platter in citrus, a one tier cake stand in plum, a dipping bowl in pink, a vase round medium in milk, a beaker cup in pink, jug small in pink, and two espresso cups in pistachio. (Whew. I got a little tired just typing all of that.)

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Mud Australia is an incredible Sydney-based company that I’ve been following for years. They’ve created a beautiful, minimalistic line of porcelain that combines hand made processes, clean lines, color palette and functionality since their founding in 1994. Mud has an inspiring small business history that you can (and should) read about.

This giveaway is a bit different than others on Design Crush because you have up to 30 entries using the Rafflecopter below. Yes, THIRTY. The more tasks you complete the more times you’re entered to win! The giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only and ends December 27, 2013 at 11:59pm PST. One winner will be chosen at random and contacted by email, so please be sure to provide a valid email address. Best of luck!

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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!

 

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

 

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Pair with: simple earrings, a pair of bangles.

 

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

 

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Pair with: a few vintage ornaments, homemade pomanders.

 

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

 

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

 

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Pair with: a set of mugs, mulling spices.

 

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Pair with: soup mix, a vintage pot.

 

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Pair with: gourmet hot chocolate, homemade cookies.

 

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Pair with: crackers and cheese, pretty cocktail plates.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Pair with: an iTunes gift card, screen cleaner.

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