Mar
14

Time to Brag: Kolo’s Noci

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So let’s get real. I love talking about my pets, an embarrassing amount really. I adopted my two oldest cats, Roxy and Peanut, when I was in college. I have almost an entire photo box full of their first few years of life, but then this thing called digital photography happened. Which meant that a decade later when I adopted my  dogs Piper and Bebe, and my kitten Rainey, everything had changed. Yes my iPhone is full of photos that I will most definitely whip out and gush about to you, but I don’t have any printed photos of my furry loves.

 

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Peanut’s huge, manly tomcat toes make a cover appearance.

I first became acquainted with Kolo as a grad student, in fact I used one of their Newport album as my art direction portfolio right out of school! I love the clean lines of their photo books and the beautifully smooth, high-quality paper within. I swear, they have the ability to make even mediocre photography shine.

 

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Just hanging out in a clothes basket, as you do when you’re a cat.

Kolo has grown as a brand since being founded in 1999, and now offers a great range of products. What really stood out to me is that they can “load” an album for you. You upload photos to their free unlimited photo storage, fill the album of your choice with the images, and Kolo prints it all using Canon technology with stunning clarity and color trueness for a super reasonable price. Trust me, these are not the cheesy photo books you’re familiar with. They’re quality in every way, including the environmentally friendly raw materials used in all Kolo products.

 

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Piper uses those amber eyes to get every single thing she wants.

I filled the Noci with 24 photos of my five furry children between its Ivory covers. This was my first experience with Kolo’s Canon printing and I’m completely impressed. Not only do the colors pop right off the page, but the paper feels substantial and luxe. The Noci is the perfect size to create a brag book or remember a specific event, or for business it would work great as a small portfolio or product catalogue.

 

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Bebe playing boss on Halloween and Rainey snug as a bug in a rug.

You’ll also be happy to know that most of Kolo‘s albums are available as printed books or as classic albums where photos can be swapped out. The Noci Original is the same price empty or loaded, which is crazy! My plan is to eventually have several of these cloth-bound albums lining a bookshelf in the fantastic color palette offered, they all work really well together because they’re designed to.

 

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Design Crush going!

Mar
12

Prints: March Edition

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animaletti by Felicita Sala // Headdress by Amy Hamilton // Lipstick Traces II by
Jason Brooks // Oranges by Sarah Abbott

 

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Snitches Get Stitches by Greg Christman // Personalized Star Chart by Sock Studio //
LOVE by Blacklist // Perennial Print Winter by Brown Parcel Press

Mar
10

Spring Update: Minted Art

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It’s been almost a week since the last snowfall, so I’ve decided that spring is definitely almost maybe here. Probably. Anyway, I thought I’d do my part to urge it on by starting some spring updates around the house.

My first refresh is the art in my master bedroom, because it’s been several years since I hung a large-scale photograph by Kelly Lynn Jones above my bed and called it a day. This room is my sanctuary and I really wanted to add to that vibe, especially considering my office is directly across the hall.

 

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I went with four prints from Minted that gave me that daydream-filled, relaxing feel that’s so necessary to helping me unwind at the end of each day. The color palette helps reflect it as well, while the white frames I chose for all four pieces hold everything together cohesively.

 

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To keep things interesting I made sure to select varied sizes – 30 x 40″, 24 x 18″, and 16 x 16″. To be honest, this is the most art I’ve had in this bedroom. Ever. I was nervous that it might start to feel cluttered or just be too much but it really isn’t, and I couldn’t be happier with the end result.

Staredown by Amy Carroll // Salinity Now by Denny Holland // Aperture 4 by Susie Allen
// Grass with Seeds by Jorey Hurley

This post sponsored by Minted. As always all words, opinions, and experiences are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Design Crush going!

Feb
21

Trending: Shibori

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Hand Dyed Indigo Silk Shibori Scarf by Lizard Land // Black Shibori Oversized Foldover Clutch by Aiko Threads // Original Shibori Fabric Notecards by Cape Cod Shibori

Tie-dye is experiencing yet another comeback, but not just any tie-dye – shibori. Shibori is a Japanese process for resist-dyeing cloth by binding, folding, twisting and compressing. There are tons of ways to manipulate fabric for shibori, each one creating different designs and patterns. And right now it’s showing up everywhere in the home and on the runway.

 

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Shibori Pillow Cover by pillow1 // Hand Dyed Shibori Scarf with Fringe by Oh Suzanni // Blue Shibori Dip Dye Pillowcase Pair by Noble & Iron

 

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Blocked Tote by Job & Boss // Shibori Hand Dyed Indigo Dinner Napkins by Squid Whale Designs // Shibori Wristlet Clutch by Sea & Stone

Feb
10

Print It: Watercolor Valentines

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One of my 2014 resolutions for Design Crush is to bring more of my own DIY projects to light, so we’re starting what will hopefully be a monthly series with these printable watercolor valentines! I had the best time pulling out my watercolors and gold paint and creating these – write your words on the back or string them up to make a fast and festive garland. Choose from the valentines above or a blank set to add your own touches. Download below!

 

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Feb
07

Prints: February Edition

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Good Vibes Only by The Motivated Type // Linus Bear by Tiny Fawn // Neon Heart by Clementine // OOOPS by coin lab

 

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Phases of the Moon by The Minimalist // San Francisco, California Map by Summit Ridge // watercolornumbers by Guiseppe Salerno // What Would Beyonce Do? by Charm and Gumption

Feb
06

Emily Winfield Martin

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Illustrated beauties and gents covered in tattoos, I can’t really think of anything sexier for Valentine’s Day if I try. I’ve long been a fan of Emily Winfield Martin‘s work and style, and you can make any number of her pieces your own at her shop – The Black Apple.

 

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Feb
05

Valentines – Part 3

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1.I Love You   2.Fox Love   3.Be Mine   4.Nerd Love (Dopamine)   5.Truly Madly Deeply   6.I Like You Fox   7.Love In Flight   8.Love-O-Meter   9.Love Ticket   10.Be Mine Heart

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
30

Valentines – Part 2

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1.Love Arrows   2.You’re Smokin’   3.You’re My Main Squeeze   4.Gold Zealous Arrows   5.Heart of Gold   6.I’m Keeping You   7.End of Story   8.To My Significant Otter   9.Old School Valentines