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01/ Flowers and People, Cannot Be Controlled but Live Together burst into bloom as you approach.
02/ Microscopic photos of vinyl record grooves are completely fascinating.
03/ This crazy colorful street installation in Limerick City, Ireland is No. 27 – A Nod to Ed Ruscha.
04/ The nineteen windmills of Kinderdijk serve a big purpose.
05/ Cats + Humans + Contemporary Dance = Dancing with Cats.
06/ Madison Square Park is getting a gorgeous gold foliage-inspired canopy, Fata Morgana.
07/ 3D printing is helping to create tangible, touchable memories for the visually impaired.
08/ Love Sriracha? Then you definitely need the keychain-ready Sriracha2Go!
09/ Driftwood Dinosaurs aren’t exactly fossils, but they are realistic recreations.
10/ Create your own DIY geometric paper animal sculptures with the help of Paperwolf.

This week on Design Crush:
Enter to win $100 to spend at Lulu & Georgia, and get a sneak peek at part of my kitchen!
Put these 12 November DIYs on your must-make list asap.
The prettiest handmade porcelain pieces from Self Press.
Crushing on the hand-painted pillows from the makers at bunglo.
Lovely papier mache pieces from Rachel Ibarra.
You’re invited to Thanksgiving! (At least in my imagination.)
Tips on making dessert count and my go-t0 recipe for Dense Bittersweet Chocolate Cake.
2015 Calendars: Part 2 is up!
For the love of cats – how do you treat your pets extra special during the holidays?

Design Crush elsewhere:
Ways to make a small bath feel spacious.

Nov
14

For Love of Cats

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This girl right here is my 15-year-old, essentially a high school freshman. She came into my life during an especially tough time, my sophomore year of college when I was going through difficult bouts of anxiety and depression. Roxy was like liquid Xanax for my life, she was six weeks old and weighed 1.1 lbs when I adopted her and we’ve been through so much. (Right down to a big surgery she had two Decembers ago for a chronic issue called megacolon.) She’s feisty to the core and loves me unconditionally as only a pet can.

 

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Just over a year later this big love muffin came along. Peanut had been found abandoned, trapped inside a covered litter box with the opening taped shut and no hope for escape. When I heard that my vet was looking for a home for him I signed on, sight unseen. He had the biggest pink nose, the tip of his tail was broken, and patches of fur were missing from his fight to escape the litter box he’d been trapped in. And it was love at first sight! Peanut is the biggest teddybear (20 lbs at one point, now down to 15 lbs) and the guy I cuddle with every night before bed. As I always whisper in his ear, we were meant to be!

 

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After the May 2013 tornadoes in Oklahoma I signed up to foster eight 2-month old kittens. (One of the two litters was actually discovered in a collapsed elementary school under piles of debris.) It took a few months to get them all healthy and adopted, and this girl – Rainey – was the last in my home. She was nearly feral when we began our journey and still prefers lots of alone time, but has also learned the joys of a good cuddle session. And after all she’d been through, and how comfortable she eventually became in my home, I knew there was no way she was going anywhere anytime soon.

 

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I’m a believer in spoiling my pets, but when the holidays roll around there’s all the more reason to spread the love. Fancy Feast likes to refer to this time of year as Feastivities and this year they’re teaming up with Refinery29 to curate their 2014 Gift Guide, a collection of wow-worthy items to dazzles cats and their owners alike. The star item is the 31st annual Fancy Feast ornament, each one is crafted by hand from the folks at JJ Potts and all proceeds go directly to AdoptAPet.com. I can’t wait to order one for myself and all of the other cat lovers in my life!

 

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If you’re in New York City you can visit Fancy Feast at Refinery29′s Tinseltown holiday bazaar December 13th and 14th and see the gift guide come to life.  From the real ingredients in Fancy Feast Broth, to the carefully-crafted holiday ornament and the hand-picked items in this year’s Feastivities Gift Guide, Feastivities is the perfect way to wow cats and cat lovers alike this holiday season!

Disclaimer: I received compensation for this post, however all words and opinions are my own as always. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Design Crush’s content fresh!

Oct
13

12 October DIYs

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Oct
01

K9 Couture Co.

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K9 Couture Co. is a small, locally owned company I was introduced to shortly before leaving Oklahoma City. Crystal Young is the dog collar creator, as well as a veterinary tech, with a passion for animals. (A girl after my own heart!) She borrowed her mother-in-law’s sewing machine, taught herself how to use it, and K9 Couture Co. was born. Everything is chosen and made by Crystal herself. The collars are especially comfortable for your pup with a dose of style for you.

 

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Sep
12

Pet Accessories from Shinola

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Joanna Hawley created Jojotastic as a place to spotlight everything from runway-fresh fashion to home interiors. Fellow animal hoarder and blogger, Joanna spends her spare time indulging in wanderlust, climbing rocks, and questing for the perfect apple pie.

Hailing from Detroit, Shinola is a long-time favorite for beautifully crafted leathergoods and watches. Recently, they partnered with photographer and animal-lover Bruce Weber on a collection of pet accessories. Like the rest of their pieces, the pet accessories are hand-made in America and made vegetable-tanned leather with brass hardware. Shinola also hopes to raise awareness with this collection for all rescue organizations, including the Michigan Humane Society and Best Friends.

Long-time golden retriever lover Bruce Weber also lent his photographic eye to the project. His strong belief that pets add meaning to our lives truly comes through in the photos, don’t you think?

 

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Aug
15

Happy Weekend

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01/ I hate zoos, so Zootopia sounds like an fascinating concept.
02/ Every bus stop should be as fantastic as this typographic version in Baltimore.
03/ In case you’d like to jump off of the world’s largest suspension bridge, well, you can.
04/ If you haven’t seen Justina Blakeney’s floral portraits check out her Instagram!
05/ No big deal, just a wall built out of Jell-o and plaster.
06/ Reading Between the Lines is a see-through church constructed of 100 layers.
07/ Kids fight off scary monsters in Laure Fauvel’s Terruers.
08/ The eerie innards of America’s abandoned sanitariums.
09/ Pitbulls get such an undeserved bad rap, Flower Power shows off their softer side.
10/ Can you guess what these paper masks are made out of?

This week on Design Crush:
Trust me when I say you need to enter our Rebecca Atwood giveaway for TWENTY chances to win a set of her incredible throw pillows!
We did crepes 10 ways.
Check out Carly Waito‘s painted gems. Yes, painted.
Michael Afsa creates some incredibly detailed metal works that I’d like to crawl inside of.
This month’s mix is out – Mixtape #39: Everything I Do I Do in Slow Motion. Have a listen.
Another Country explores home goods designed with British country kitchen, Shaker, Scandinavian, and Japanese influences.
What happens when 19th century French poets meet American rappers? Kate Gavino shows us.
I’ll be teaching at next month’s Alt for Everyone – will you be joining me??
This sleek metal swinging love seat would look great on the porch of the new house!

Design Crush elsewhere:
What do you think about the rose gold trend??
We’re offering FREE SHIPPING on everything in Design Crush: The Marketplace through the end of the week!
We’re also hosting a flash sale on the paintings of Kuzana Ogg to fund her next few exhibitions.

Jul
11

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01/ A Russian woman used 30,000+ bottle caps to decorate the exterior of her house.
02/ My stepdad is an orthotist, so these incredible 3D printed orthosis hit close to home.
03/ No lie, I actually dreamt about the Drop Chair last night!
04/ Summer is here full-force in the south, and I think it calls for these wearable ice cubes.
05/ You know, just your average cow trained like a horse. No biggie.
06/ A haunting look inside some of America’s abandoned shopping malls.
07/ Check out Bottled Food and see just how gross processed food really is.
08/ Art students transformed this electrical tower into a stained glass lighthouse.
09/ Love the Water Pitcher Blocka simple glass water carafe with a rounded, block-like design.
10/ Calling all Game of Thrones fans! The Wines of Westeros have you name all over them.

This week on Design Crush:
Take a look at our picks for Prints: July Edition.
We covered five summer staples with a bevy of recipes – ice cream, lemonade, popsicles, potato salad, and ice cream sandwiches.
We also revealed BRIKA’s eight exclusive summer necklaces and are giving away one of the Pamela Necklaces on Instagram!
Crazy awesome folded textile and paper limited edition necklaces from Rebecca Roke.
Loving these beautiful watercolor planets by Stella Maria Baer.

Also, check out Design Crush’s curated collection on UGallery and their incredible variety of art!

Jul
01

Canine Collars

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ROW 1: Leather Dog Collar in Copper by PETCO // XX Bandana Collar by wildebeest // The Plains Collar by Gitli Goods    ROW 2: Leather Mexican Texil Dog Collar by Bo Collars and Leashes //  // Rolled Soft Leather Dog Collar by Collar Direct    ROW 3: Humphrey Collar by max bone // Braveheart Martingale Collar by SeeScoutSleep // Italian Leather Dog Collar by Mark & Graham

 

Jun
27

Happy Weekend

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01/ The Queen of England visited the set of Game of Thrones… you can guess what happened.
02/ Check out Kitty Kasa, a full service housing muddle for cats!
03/ 5,000 Arms to Hold You, an interactive bamboo installation at the Israel Museum.
04/ Waves and bodies of water created out of sheets of cut glass.
05/ An anatomical life-size chocolate skull to satiate your cravings.
06/ And here’s the world’s first bouncy house inspired by boobs.
07/ Fun illustrated food wrapping paper!
08/ Loves of a Cyclops, a short film above love and a man born with one eye.
09/ Why yes, I would happily wear this moon dress by Ana Locking.
10/ Jerry Seinfeld answers your pressing etiquette questions.

This week on Design Crush:
Loving the modular carpeting system that is kinder GROUND.
Check out the seasonal curated print collections from Anona Studio.
Maria Zaikina‘s lonely graphic house transition through the seasons.
I’m head over heels for stock tank pools.
Food by Color is just that, and so pretty.
I’m longing to own a piece of Tina Frey Designs‘ resin pieces.
Meet my latest watercolor crush, Emily Proud.
Bold graphic beach towels are everywhere.
Enter our Outdoor Trunk giveaway + win a hammock and BBQ set!

Jun
19

#DestinationSummer: Oklahoma City

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Welcome to the Oklahoma City stop on Kohl’s #DestinationSummer virtual road trip across the USA! As someone who works long hours and has a difficult time stepping away from her inbox, I love the idea of exploring the reaches of your own town and taking full advantage of what’s right at your fingertips! While I love traveling there’s something to be said for sticking to a budget and ending the day in your own bed. Ahhh on all counts.

 

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Oklahoma summers get hot, and they get hot fast. I’m most definitely an indoor girl at heart, so my warm weather excursions happen either early or late in the day. Avoiding triple digits is key to my summer survival! I love taking my dogs Piper and Bebe for walks, and one of our favorite places to stroll in the morning is along the paths around Lake Hefner. The lake is a fast five minutes from my house and boasts bike paths, trails, and plenty of space for kite flying. Even on the rare dreary day it’s still booming.

 

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I like to grab a big tote and stuff it with a few toys, water for both of us, and maaaybe some snacks (for me). The dogs are generally way too busy smelling everything and eyeing up other pups to pay much attention to the toys, but it makes me feel like an overachieving dog mom so I do it anyway. (Anything for bonus points!)

Slingback Sandals // Perforated Tote // Bowmerang Dog Toy

 

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Low-key outdoor evenings spent with friends are one of my favorite things about summer life, add some delicious small bites and I’m on cloud nine! It’s the perfect time to throw on a sundress and pull together a fast picnic with your favorite people. A tablecloth stands in for a picnic blanket, melamine cups and plates make great sense for the outdoors, now just add in a few throw pillows for comfortable lounging and you’ve created something special.

 

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Starting your picnic at sunset is a stroke of genius, if I say so myself. Everyone is much more relaxed and the slow and quiet slide of the sun below the horizon lends the most beautiful mood lighting that money could never buy.

 

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I like keeping the food small and the drinks simple. Platters are great to pile with fresh fruits and vegetables to nibble as you chat away the night. Check back in tomorrow because I’m going to share some of the small, simple food we pulled together for this particular picnic with my friend Ali!

Plaid Tablecloth // Linen Pillow // Plush Pillow // Fish Platter // Lemon Platter // Salad Plate // Double Old Fashioned Glass // Beverage Jug

 

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(We thought Bebe and Wally would go for the honey-drizzled plate, but they couldn’t get enough of the leftover butter!)

Photography: Caroline Cohenour

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Kohl’s, however all words and opinions are my own as always. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Design Crush going!