Alt For Everyone + Design Crush

Alt For Everyone-Design Crush

You all know how I feel about Alt Design Summit. It’s through this yearly conference that I’ve met some of my best friends, grown as a business, and networked my butt off. It’s given me a lot. But the masterminds behind it all realize that you might not be able to get to Salt Lake City every January, or to their one-day conferences in NYC or San Francisco. And that’s why they’ve created an amazing 3-day online conference – Alt For Everyone! I attended the first one a few months ago (virtually, of course) and have to say that I took away TONS of great information. Maybe even more than when I’m in SLC because I was much more focused with it being just me and my laptop.

The first iteration of Alt For Everyone did so well that another one is taking place at the end of September, and I’m happy to share that I’ll be teaching a case study on Design Crush! My class will be taking place Friday, September 27th at 10:45am PST. You can see the full September 2013 schedule and register with a few clicks.

In my class I’ll be sharing what I did to take Design Crush to the next level. The easy action steps you can take that add up, as well as the failures I’ve experienced on this six year journey. If there’s anything you’re extra curious about I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

Hope to see you there!


Expanding Your Audience

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Thats right folks, I’ll be teaching my Expanding Your Audience class for a second time come August 13th at 11am PST! Learn tips and tricks for increasing your readership and growing your blog’s community for only $15. Sign up right here before it sells out, and check out the rest of August’s Alt Channel classes too!


Euro Edge

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Euro Style Lighting’s Euro Edge is a new online resource that helps you find modern interior inspiration with the assistance of some of the most reknowned design bloggers trolling the web. And I’m humbled and honored to be considered among their ranks! That’s right, you can shop Design Crush’s mid-century modern with a twist style over on Euro Edge. And if my taste isn’t your cup of tea you can check out the picks of six other talented ladies – Say Yes To Hoboken, Simply Grove, La La Lovely, Sacramento Street, vmac+cheese, and Justina Blakeney. (Psst… here’s the scone above!)


Doing Good With Anthropologie

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A huge thank you to everyone who came out last Wednesday and Thursday for my string art workshops at Anthropologie! We had a great time crafting, snacking, and raising money for Adopt a Classroom. More specifically Plaza Towers and Briarwood Elementary Schools that were demolished by May 20th’s Moore tornado. Check out everyone’s creations and stay tuned because I’ll be sharing the DIY for the project next Monday!


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Top 10 Picks From Our Joss & Main Event


Photos © Bonnie Tsang  Images via Joss & Main

I’m popping in with a rare weekend post because we’re moving into the homestretch of our Urban Decor themed sale on Joss & Main! With over 100 handpicked items (from moi) to choose from, it just wouldn’t be fair not to share my favorites…




A few of my original favorites are already sold out – you people have amazing taste! – but it was easy to find replacements because I honestly want it all. Everything in my sale skews toward mid-century modern, but that doesn’t mean a piece or two wouldn’t fit into your space. No matter the style. When everything in a room feels too matchy it can get boring, the only real requirement for making something work is loving it!

01/ Branson Hamper
02/ Ikat Throw
03/ Atom Floor Mirror
04/ Duncan Sofa
05/ Lori Bookcase
06/ Gopala Pillow
07/ Meyer Tea Kettle
08/ Idle Arm Chair
09/ Setay Table Lamp
10/ Messina Coffee Table

Be sure and pop over to the sale before Monday morning when it closes, and also take a peek at Joss & Main’s blog Plume where there’s a little post about Design Crush and my fast and loose design rules.


Our Joss & Main Curated Sale Event is Live!


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Photos © Bonnie Tsang  Images via Joss & Main

You might’ve noticed that our second post for the day is a bit late, but we have a good reason. Design Crush’s Urban Decor Curators Collection with Joss & Main is kicking off as of right now! Huzzah!


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A lot of my inspiration came from the loft Apartment 34‘s Erin Hiemstra first moved into when she and her husband relocated from Seattle. Erin has an amazing eye and the clean lines, neutral palette, and mix of textures sucked me right in.


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The beautiful shots of Erin’s loft were taking by photographer extraordinaire Bonnie Tsang. Thanks so much to both of these lovely ladies for allowing us access to the incredible photography and inspiring space!


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Our sale will be live for three days only, so hop on it fast! You have until Sunday, March 31st at 11am EST. If you’re not already a Joss & Main member and want to skip the wait you can do just that by clicking right here. Happy shopping!


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I’m pleased as punch to announce that I’ll be curating my first ever event next week with Joss & Main! For those of you who are unfamiliar with the site, Joss & Main is a premier members-only site that offers limited-time sales (up to 70% off!) on the world’s best brands. Each event lasts just three days and then it’s gone with the wind! Design Crush’s theme is Urban Decor and will be featuring 120 items with clean, modern lines that I’d be thrilled to have in my own home (those are a few of my favorites from the sale up there). You can avoid the waiting list to join by clicking right here! I’ll be popping back in to remind you of the sale when it launches Thursday, March 28th at 9pm EST.




It’s been a few weeks since the new site design launched and I thought it was high time you met who was behind it all! (PS: Thanks for all the sweet words about the new look, I’m in love with it too.)

I’ve had the pleasure of working with the creative team of Tim and Erin Cooper – CooperHouse – since 2010. They’re the ones responsible for the past three design iterations of the Design Crush site and countless other blogs you most likely check out every day. Erin covers the design, while Tim mans the coding. And to say they’re lifesavers would be an understatement, I wish I had a count of how many Sunday evening I’ve emailed Tim about a glitch on the site and he is on it. As in ASAP. Dedication like that is sort of hard to find in this day and age, but CooperHouse remains true to their clients.




My favorite aspect of CooperHouse as a company is that they have a focus on creative industries, helping people with big ideas share them through beautiful websites. I love that. I also love that they’re a local Oklahoma City company that I feel super about recommending to any and all national clients. And I have.

If you’re on the lookout for a small, hands on company with a focus on online media CooperHouse is the team for you. If you have any questions about my experience feel free to reach out!



Alt Class: How to Organize Your Time at Alt

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I’m excited to announce that I’ll be teaching a free Alt Channel class this coming Saturday on how best to organize your time at Alt! (I can’t believe it’s almost here either, only two weeks to go!) I’ll be talking about planning your time at the conference before you ever set foot in Salt Lake City – everything from wardrobe planning to best managing all those class options – with a few downloads tossed into the mix to help things flow smoothly. I hope you’ll join me for what’s sure to be an informative hour with some laughing thrown in for good measure (because I can’t manage to be serious for more than ten minutes)! Trust me, a little bit of organization can make this your best Alt Summit yet! Sign up to attend right here


A New Year, A New Design Crush!

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Well, did I surprise you?! I’ve been working with Cooper House since September on this shiny new version of Design Crush and it’s been tough to keep my mouth shut, but I thought New Year’s Day would be the perfect start for a new and improved site!

You’ll notice a few new additions that should make the site a little more intuitive. My favorites are the Share/Tweet/Pin icons that you’ll find at the bottom of each and every post. We stayed true to the drop down Categories and Archive menus in the sidebar and added icons for About and Press. You can also see we switched back to the white background. The dark grey was a fun experiment, but I’m a minimal girl at heart!

There may be a few glitches during the first day or so until everything gets ironed out, please feel free to let us know if anything isn’t functioning properly for you. I hope you love this new look as much as I do!