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27

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I’m forever looking for inventive new ways to display my favorite things, and it looks like Showcase Mirror is onto something good. The background mirror and encasing plastic bubble sit within a wooden frame, inside there’s a little ledge to rest the enclosed item upon. Available for order in different finishes and sizes right now.

 

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Apr
24

Happy Weekend

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01/ If you guess Clip Bag is a purse that looks like an office clip you’re spot on.
02/ Loving this geometric pouf that’s partially made out of concrete.
03/ James Nizam wraps reflective tape around architectural details.
04/ Freedom Cove is a 12 platform floating home in Canada!
05/ Sylvain Viau delivers on the hover cars we’ve been waiting for.
06/ Street artist JR‘s latest in NYC has made the cover of The New York Times Magazine.
07/ A Japanese smartphone game where the goal is to collect as many cats as possible!
08/ Stunning pieces from Raw Edges Design Studio made from dyed end cuts of timber.
09/ A-Holes: A Type Book is such a fun idea.
10/ Freeline skates are basically a small skateboard for each foot – would you dare?

This week on Design Crush:
It’s cooled down quite a bit the second half of this week, Sang the Swallow‘s cozy paintings are a perfect fit.
I’ve been trying to look up more often and See for Yourself: A Visual Guide to Everyday Beauty drives that idea home.
Feather Studies are especially timely as well.
Happy National Card + Letter Writing Month! Celebrate my sending out some snail mail.
Whimsical animal sculptures from Hella Jongerius.
All Streets catalogues every street in every state (and some countries)!
Beautiful melted ice cream treats photographed by Michael Massaia.
Prep yourself for Cinco de Mayo with margaritas 12 ways.
Check out Owen Gents‘ work that’s both dreamy and tragic.

Apr
17

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01/ I’m fascinated by these 12 healing crystals and their meanings and uses.
02/ One of these 100% Sand vases would be perfect for displaying flowers this spring.
03/ Of course I want this wool cat head to be more than a student project so I can buy one. DUH.
04/ Alex Robson has asked over 500 people what freedom means to them.
05/ You knew this was coming, a Hillary Clinton logo typeface.
06/ Passport Index let’s you browse the world’s passports by color, country, and more.
07/ Mordi Levi has created some Game of Thrones portrait art in a polygon style.
08/ Hasan Kale paints teeny tiny things on random teeny tiny objects.
09/ This lavender shortbread looks like an edible version of spring!
10/ Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has created a line based on Matisse’s Cut-Outs, the Color Collection.

This week on Design Crush:
Chemicals meet photographic materials in the work of Meghann Riepenhoff.
Have you entered for a chance to win $150 to spend at Artifact Uprising?!
Dark and twisty art from the Instagram account of Helene Comeositos AKA Monochrome.
Quality means much more than quantity, especially when it comes to these beautiful wears.
Alison Foshee is the queen of incredible art created from office supplies.
Check out 10 April DIYs to flex your creative muscles this month.
Just what’s so great about black + white art? Everything.
Chatbooks + #365quotes have teamed up to make a book!
Das Kreative Haus combines the alphabet and the inner-workings of houses.

Design Crush elsewhere:
Sometimes the gap between a great piece of art and an amazing floor rug isn’t that big.
I’ve been busy adding new pieces to Design Crush: The Marketplace – take a peek.

Apr
16

Black + White Art

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There’s something simple yet striking about black and white art. Whatever form the subject matter takes – illustration, photograph, sculpture – the end result tends to be graphic and attention grabbing. Now that’s a theme I can back 100%.

 

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Clockwise: Deep Space by Samantha Hahn // Black Cat with White Whiskers by Corella Design //
Hexagon by Melinda Wood Designs // Diamonds and Monsters by The Adventures Of

 

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LOVE Set of 4 Typographic Posters by Black and White Posters

 

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Clockwise: New York Typographic Art Print by Yantree // Phases of the Moon by The Adventures Of //
It’s Good to Be Home by Spell and Tell // Crystal Palace No. 4 by Kristina Sostarko

Apr
15

10 April DIYs

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All photos copyright of their respective sites unless otherwise noted.

Apr
13

Artifact Uprising (+ a Giveaway)

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Somewhere along the road of finding my home’s style I began to incorporate more art and fewer personal photos. With the exception of a black and white photo strip of my mom and I when I was less than a year old there’s, well, nothing of the sort. But my iPhone – like your smartphone, I’m sure – has made me take more notice of the world around me. I’m constantly snapping photos. I rarely print them though, so when Artifact Uprising reached out about teaming up I realized now was the perfect time.

 

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My favorite piece is the [Signature] Print + Wood Cleat for its casual feel and versatility. Tired of the print? Have a new one printed and swap it out. I went with a photo of my mom and stepdad’s backyard in Oklahoma that I took the day they moved out of their longtime home last summer. Just looking at it I can remember the rain falling and the movers carting box after box out the front door.

There are several layout options to choose from, so you get the best visual appeal for your photo. The wood cleat is handcrafted with beetle pine that’s reclaimed from Colorado, and pairs perfectly with an ultra thick [signature] print. The easy-to-use magnet closure system makes swapping prints out so easy.

 

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I also created a Wood Calendar with twelve of my favorite Instagram shots. The beetle pine clipboard has a big magnet on the back, so it’s perfect for hanging right on my refrigerator. Artifact Uprising updates the calendars they print on a rolling basis, so there’s no need to wait until next January to enjoy it. I’ll be making it a yearly thing and ordering a refill pack next April.

 

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If you haven’t already, here’s your chance to experience Artifact Uprising. One of you will win $150 to create your own printed memories! You could do a little something nice for yourself or think a few weeks ahead to Mother’s Day and even graduation. Enter below, you have until April 21st. Good luck!

Apr
10

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01/ Szymon Swietochowski used holi powder to create staff portraits for his agency.
02/ Lego creations know no bounds, Agabag uses them for purse exteriors.
03/ An app controlled stove knob provides the right amount of heat for the right amount of time? That’s Meld.
04/ Ice Cream That Understands PMS is a student project, but I’d totally buy it.
05/ Want to keep your glasses from sliding off your nose? Nosewax is where it’s at.
06/ Travis Rice has a way with shredded paper.
07/ Sophie and Sarah are two beautiful models, who happen to be sheepdogs.
08/ Ben Brucker used 8.024 Post-Its to create superheroes on his office walls.
09/ The lunar cycle made out of Nilla Wafers looks incredibly delicious.
10/ How to break in a t-shirt and make it feel vintage.

This week on Design Crush:
Eight prints that make owning great art insanely affordable.
Have you entered our Moulton giveaway??
I love Laura Carlin‘s animal collage on tiles.
If you’re thinking spring take a look at these structural plant walls.
Creepy cool illustrations from Swan Bones.
Annie McLaughlin captures pattern and light so well.
Nest is saving me money in my 115 year old home one degree at a time.
Crazy sexy manipulated imagery from Eli Craven.

Apr
09

Nest

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I’m so happy that we can finally say winter is behind us. Not only did this last one seem endless, but it was also the first spent in my 115 year old home. My 115 year old home with all new windows, but a lack of great insulation and a disgustingly high heating bill. The temperature indoors never rose above 64-degrees yet my bill never went under $300. I knew this might be an issue when I purchased the place of course, but that didn’t make it hurt any less.

 

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I knew I needed something programable, and Nest Learning Thermostat‘s promise of learning my habits to program itself was irresistible. Smart technology is everywhere in my life, so why wasn’t it yet working to save me money?

 

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I’d heard great things from friends who had switched to Nest themselves, so I was eager to give it a go myself. What I was less sure about was installing the unit on my own, I’m not the handiest person. After turning the breaker off and removing the old thermostat I was left with a gaggle of wires and remnants of buttercream wall paint. Thankfully there was a simple step-by-step guide that was easy to read and follow (and extra paint in the basement).

 

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Honestly, it couldn’t have been easier. I screwed in the wall plate (isn’t that built-in level handy?) and connected the wires before popping on the cover. THAT WAS ALL. Nest immediately updated itself through my wifi, then asked me a few simple questions like where the unit is located in the house and my zip code. It’s been busy learning my patterns for the last few days and I’m looking forward to seeing the result on my gas bill.

 

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I can also control my Nest through my phone using the app, like if I’m going to be late getting home. Using Auto-Away it automatically switches into away mode to be more energy efficient, and a little green leaf (the Nest Leaf) shows up when I’m saving. Summer isn’t all that far away either, so I’m really looking forward to the Airwave function that helps lower costs by cutting AC runtime according to the humidity level in your home. That’s not even the end of this super smart thermostat, which blows my mind. But I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that sleek design that looks so nice on the wall which doesn’t hurt one bit.

Do you have a Nest? Do you love it?

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Apr
07

Plant Walls

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I’m prepping to tear up my backyard and get down to some serious landscaping in the next few weeks, so thoughts of all things green are top of mind. ferm LIVING has some of the best pieces when it comes to plant life and I keep going back to their plant walls that are both sculptural and functional. I’m planning on a container garden and would love to see my tomato plants clinging for dear life to a few of these guys come summer.

 

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Apr
03

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01/ Crazy about this Monster Skin Rug that you can support on Kickstarter!
02/ Brilliant – a tissue box filled with motivational quotes.
03/ Christoph Neimann uses everyday objects to complete his illustrations.
04/ Check out the color breakdowns of Disney films in print form.
05/ Everyone’s been there, here’s a kit to survive any breakup.
06/ What happened when Calder Wilson attached fireworks to his drone?
07/ I hope England doesn’t care that Oscar Santillan stole the top inch of its tallest mountain.
08/ This year’s Serpentine Pavilion in London celebrates 15 years of the project.
09/ Here’s how to make a 24 Carrot Cake.
10/ Tyler Feder draws famous fictional foods from television shows.

This week on Design Crush:
Daydreaming about a summer camp for adults thanks to Amy Bennett.
Wine Awesomeness is a new monthly subscription box and you can all receive the first month FREE! (said in Oprah voice)
Crushing on the manipulated canvases of Valentin Dommanget in a big way.
The countdown to Easter is almost done – are you ready?
Harriet Lee-Merrion‘s illustrations manage to feel light and heavy all at the same time.
This one time, at Texas Style Camp… I learned some new stuff about myself.
Tiny cities and the foods they’re known for combine in Brunchcity.
I’m craving solid organizational pieces this spring, like the Leaning Loop.
Speaking of, Kate Tucker‘s paintings are complete organized chaos.

Design Crush elsewhere:
Powder blue is a big deal right now everywhere in the home.