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Swinging Love Seat

winging Love Seat-Design Crush

The house I’ll be moving into next month has a swing on the front porch and I really can’t even explain how happy that makes me. I’d love to eventually install a more designer model, perhaps this Swinging Love Seat. Inspired by the edginess and ingenuity of Southern California’s Hot Rod Culture during the 1950′s and 60′s, it’s all sleek curves and slim profile.

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Another Country

Another Country-1-Design Crush


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.


Another Country-2-Design Crush


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Another Country-4-Design Crush


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


Rebecca Atwood + a Giveaway



I’m a big time fan of Brooklyn-based designer and artist Rebecca Atwood, so I’m over the moon about this week’s giveaway. The creation of Rebecca’s original collection of home textiles as a process starts with her sketchbook: drawing, painting, creating collages, and testing colors. Then each piece is created as part of a small batch edition with an eye towards hand dying, printing, and painting to retain the integrity of the original concept. The unpredictability of  the dye is whole heartedly embraced as well as the variations that naturally occur.




Rebecca has such a keen eye for color and texture, nowhere does this show more than in her pillow collection. I was especially drawn to her shibori collection with its vast pattern variations from pillow to pillow. The fabric was created using a modified version of the traditional shibori technique which involves folding the fabric into rectangles before dying to create the gridded end result.




So here’s the part you’ve been waiting for ever since you read the word giveaway. We’ve teamed up with Rebecca Atwood to give away a pair of her coveted pillows to one lucky reader! Choose from the Grid Shibori Marine Pillow, Lattice Shibori Marine Pillow, Striped Circle Pillows, or the Waves Natural Pillow – or mix and match. Enter for a chance to win below – you have until midnight CST Sunday, August 17th!


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The Fortynine Studio

The Fortynine Studio-1-Design Crush


So much good stuff comes out of Australia! The Fortynine Studio is a creative collective based in Sydney with a plethora of talent. The group – Lauren Austin, Ben Elbourne, Carly Vickers, Sarah Spackman, and Harriett Watts – has a variety of backgrounds and talents to contribute. Check out their lighting, textiles, and paper. But what really truly caught my eye was their line of ceramic tableware.


The Fortynine Studio-2-Design Crush


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Flip Flop Slip Oval Platter in black & white // Flip Flop Slip Serving Bowl in red //
Flip Flop Slip Pinch Dish in cobalt stripe // Flop Flop Slip Serving Bowl in teal stripe //
Flip Flop Slip Oval Platter in cobalt // Flip Flop Slip Pinch Dish in terracotta & white


Geo Stands

Geo Stands-1-Design Crush


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.


Geo Stands-2-Design Crush


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Far & Wide Collective



Far & Wide Collective partners with some of the most talented artisans in post-conflict and emerging economies, then connects them with the international market. The high quality pieces that are found in tucked away workshops and rural villages are then made available to us consumers, and a more sustainable infrastructure within these communities are given more stability. Add an exotic touch to your space with a beautiful basket or some color to your wardrobe with a caftan or beaded bracelet. Here are a few of my favorites.



White Jamdani Caftan // Black Striped Basket // Evil Eye Clutch //
Small Ceramic Dipping Bowl // Pink Warrior Bracelet // Beehive Throw Pillow


One Desk, Three Ways

I love a solid piece of furniture that can do double (or triple!) duty in my home because I’m most definitely a re-arranger. So when Target invited me to choose an item from their revamped Room Essentials line to style three ways I was all in. More than one piece caught my eye, but I couldn’t stop thinking about this Parsons Desk and its clean lines and unmarked surface.





The entry is a busy part of my home – it’s where I drop my bag, the mail, my keys, and whatever else I happen to be carrying when I traipse indoors. For that reason I like to keep it tidy, but pretty with a vase of fresh cut flowers, an accessory or two, and done.





The office is the most obvious spot to place the Parsons Desk, but I can’t say enough about how it’s the perfect size for all I need it to hold. (I tend to get a little too cluttered when given more space than necessary.) My laptop, my planner, and some basic supplies leave me ready to work – or play online! – for hours.





This last might just be my favorite – ever thought of using a small desk as a vanity in your bedroom? Me either until this one came along into my life. I can’t tell you how much nicer it feels to sit down here and put on my face, much better than sitting on the toilet lid and leaning over the bathroom counter! Dare I say it’s a luxury even?

How would you use the Parsons Desk in your own home?


This post is sponsored by Target. Shop Room Essentials to make modern life easier.


Nell & Mary

Nell & Mary-1-Design Crush


Nell & Mary was founded in 2012 by Krista Stovel, Leah Stovel, and Avery Bloom. (Krista and Leah are sisters, and the shop is named after their grandmothers!) With backgrounds in interiors, fashion, art, sustainability, and manufacturing there was simply no way that this trio could go wrong. Nell & Mary’s collection of environmentally and socially conscious goods are created in their Portland studio, and all artwork is original to them. Looking forward to checking in on this shop as they continue to grow!


Nell & Mary-2-Design Crush

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Matchsticks Tote Bag // Basket Pillow // Splatter Cosmetic Pouch // Doors Tea Towel //
Splatter Work Apron // Brush Stripe Napkin Set


Happy Weekend

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01/ Would you wear the Garbage Dress?
02/ Dream alarm clock alert! The Barisieur.
03/ Loving this paint wall in Houston!
04/ Halloween is only 3 months away, I’m putting my money on these Raster Masks.
05/ The Hip-Hop Flow Chart ranks rappers by the size of their vocabulary.
06/ This giant Spirograph measures 8-feet across and uses sidewalk chalk!
07/ The Belt of Venus and the Shadow is magical.
08/ It’s a coffee shop built in the shape of a Rolleiflex TLR camera!
09/ Yup, Oral:phabet is definitely the only alphabet I’ve ever been frightened by.
10/ If I owned one I’d buy one of these multifunctional iMac stands in a snap.

This week on Design Crush:
Take a look at five #makegood makers I carry in Design Crush: The Marketplace.
Design Crush was invited to be guest curator on UGallery – check out the collection of art chosen!
Loving these laptop and 3-way bags from DAAME (post… they give 5% back to charities!).
Click over to see the low-contrast, color blocked art of Alan Reid.
Snarky graphic tees – trending since 1999!
I’m pumped to give you a sneak peek of the new Design Crush Headquarters (aka my new house)!
Crushing on the murky watercolor portraits of Sylvia Baldeva.
The newest art addition in my current home – Scarf in Freya No. 1.
The magical Paper Mountains of Brendan Austin are incredible.
Beautiful modern necklaces from Vulantri to spice up any ensemble.
Something new – Checking In: July 2014.
Embroidery that breaks borders by Ana Teresa Barboza.