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Happy Weekend

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01/ Be a card-carrying feminist. It’s legit!
02/ Ten ways to dress up plain glass bulb ornaments.
03/ Master pancake artist Nathan Shields (it’s a thing) made reindeer pancakes!
04/ Still mourning in mourning? Here’s Breaking Bad’s wardrobe colors documented by season.
05/ A carpet “woven” out of plastic watches!
06/ Eggnog six ways.
07/ Check out the NYC Taxi Driver 2014 Beefcake Calendar. You know you want to.
08/ Simon Beck walked all day to create these huge snow patterns.
09/ These Romanian salt mines were transformed into and underground museum!
10/ Virtual yule logs re-imagined by artists from around the world.

This week on Design Crush:
A mega-roundup of homemade sweet treats, savory bites, and spirits to give or enjoy yourself.
Twenty-seven gift tags to put the icing on the proverbial gift cake.
Twenty more holiday cards to spread the cheer in part 5 and part 6.
Gifting with Pickwick & Weller‘s super soft tees (and a great discount!).
A bevy of DIY holiday gifts for everyone on your list.
Intricate paper-cut art from Molly McGrath.
Ornaments galore!
Our final roundup for 2014 Calendars – Part 6.
Will you be making an appearance at my (imaginary) Christmas?
Incredible photo manipulated tree trunks from Sally Lundburg.
My favorite candles for chilly winter nights.

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.)

 

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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!

 

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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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All photos copyright of their respective sites unless otherwise noted.

Dec
04

DIY Holiday Decor

Each December I make the effort to take on at least one holiday craft project. Because it’s true what they say – homemade/handmade really does mean more. I can look back at past projects and know just what was going on in my life the years that I made them, almost like a timeline. I haven’t decided on my project for 2013 just yet, but these 25 (yeah, that number is no coincidence) are for sure in the running!

 

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Nov
18

November DIYs

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All photos copyright of their respective sites unless otherwise noted.

Nov
13

My (Imaginary) Thanksgiving 2013

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I’m a planner by nature. As a 10 year old I drew floor plans for fun and throughout school rewrote notes to relax. NERD ALERT! Now I love that planning is a part of running Design Crush, and there’s not much I love more than planning a good dinner party – real or imagined! (You can see Thanksgiving 2012 right here.)

 

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THE COCKTAILS
Pomegranate + Blackberry Lemondrop
Spiced Amaretto Apple Cider Kiss
Satsuma and Pomegranate Campari

THE APPS
Oven Baked Camembert with Honey Roasted Figs
Zucchini Chips
Sweet Onion Crack Dip

THE DECOR
Colossal Golden Wishbone
DIY Laurel Wreath
Mini Brass Square Candle Houses
Gold Glitter Garland
Solid Brass Coasters
Thanksgiving Banner

THE TABLE
Castle Peak Dinnerware
Arrow & Adobe Linen Napkins
Aueux Carving Set
Enchanted Ikat Table Runner
French Paddle
Graphic Pitcher
Industrial Inspired Metal Candle Holders
Mercury Glass Taper Holders
Metallic Print Glassware Set
Rose Gold Flatware
Rose Gold Salad Set
DIY Rosemary Wreath Place Cards

DINNER
Acorn Squash and Pancetta Soup
Autumn Arugula Salad
Caramelized Coconut Butter Apples
Caramelized Sweet Potatoes
Citrus and Herb Roasted Turkey
Herbed Bread and Cherry Cranberry Stuffing
Honey Maple Beer Bread
Honey Mustard Brussels Sprouts Slaw
Pumpkin Sage Polenta

DESSERT
Greek Style Pumpkin Pie
Honey & Whiskey Apple Tarts
Maple Pudding Cakes

Oct
21

10 October DIYs

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Oct
18

Happy Weekend

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01/ Mica Angela Hendricks illustrates heads and let’s her 4 year old draw the bodies!
02/ Fantastic 3D drawings by Ben Heine.
03/ A floating rainbow made from 840 sheets of colored paper.
04/ This little bike really is the ultimate IKEA hack!
05/ Illustrations of every outfit Walter White ever wore in seasons 1-5 of Breaking Bad.
06/ This clever outdoor color installation mimics lamplight.
07/ A man spent 20 years building kinetic carnival rides to advertise a family restaurant.
08/ Beautifully graphic crystal stemware from Scholten & Baijings.
09/ Banksy set up an anonymous booth in Central Park + sold his original art for $60 a pop!
10/ Just some regular guys as underwear models.

This week on Design Crush:
Mix #29: You Hold My Hand and Tell Me It’s Fine
Shannon Finley
All Spooked Up
Mark Lovejoy
Party Prints
Variopointe
Marbelous Wood
Tips&Tricks: Being Green
Anek

Oct
17

Tips&Tricks: Being Green

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I don’t know about you, but I try to consistently add green ways of living to my day to day on a regular basis. Some things are easier than others, but it’s always worth it. Here are some tips&tricks (and a few products) that can go a long way.

 

10 easy secrets to greening your house.

30 items to avoid composting + recycling.

Make your own compost bin.

30 green beauty finds.

Using natural fabric dyes.

DIY cleaning products.

Natural homemade wood polish.

DIY living wall projects for your home.

 

Oct
01

Skulls

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Clockwise from top left: Skull-Print Cashmere Sweater by 360 Sweater // Halloween Skull Card by Sugar Paper, Los Angeles // Morton Skull Appetizer Plates, by Z Gallerie // Ceramic Skull Planter by mudpuppy // Sugar Cube Skulls by Dem Bones // Kranium by Acme JR // Skull Pendant Light by Raw Dezign // DIY Skull Garland from Lovely Indeed