Feb
24

Copenhagen by Vifa

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Copenhagen by Vifa is equal parts retro and modern. That color palette, that Kvadrat fabric, all of it comes together to make a completely appealing audio solution with obvious Nordic influences. Even the volume buttons are embroidered! My hands are also throwing themselves together for the smart Copenhagen visual campaign. Available in six colors, if this well-designed audio equipment sounds hand as good as it looks you can sign me up.

 

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Feb
13

Fotostrap

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For the past few months I’ve been reviving my love of analogue film, so when Mako Haus contacted me about reviewing their line of FOTOSTRAP camera straps it was perfect timing. FOTOSTRAPS are available in three lines – canvas, leather, and seersucker – and a whole rainbow of colors.

 

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I went with the most neutral canvas option (because of course I did) called Stone and the first thing I noticed was the quality made in the USA construction. This thing is sturdy and I love how well it balances the weight of my camera on my shoulder. In the past I’ve had others than felt like they were digging into my skin, but the FOTOSTRAP actually makes my classic Rebel 2000 feel light.

 

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One of the best parts is that with every FOTOSTRAP purchase 10% is donated to Fotolanthropy, a non-profit that gives portraits and short films to inspiring people who have faced adversity. When great products team up with great causes everybody wins!

 

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Disclosure: I received a FOTOSTRAP to review for this post. As always all words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Design Crush going!

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
24

Happy Weekend

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01/ SkyCycle is a proposed elevated bike system for London, so rad!
02/ Amazing videos that isolate the paths of birds visually.
03/ Ordinary objects carved out of wood by Randall Rosenthal.
04/ Nope, not another planet. Rather trees frozen in subzero temperatures!
05/ Pixelated paint swatch installations by Madiha Siraj.
06/ Amazing aerial photos of Botswana wildlife.
07/ Metal objects embroidered with ornate imagery.
08/ Benjamin Shine creates art with intricately folded tulle.
09/ An old silo transformed into an incredible modern lighthouse.
10/ Colorful geometric candies created by 3D printers.

This week on Design Crush:
Have a listen to January’s Mix #32: I Know You’re Living In My Mind.
Enter our AMAZING Polyvore Project Decorate contest to win one of two $500 give cards to West Elm!
Check out Seth Adelsberger‘s sharp and colorful paintings.
Twelve January DIYs to satiate your creativity.
Eliza Bennett creates art that’s not for the faint of heart.
Bundle up in a blanket and fight the winter cold.
Tradition, Construction shows that pasta is for more than sauce!
Look over Valentines – Part 1 to find the perfect card for your sweetheart.
Longing to add one of these Vege_table cutting boards to my collection.

Jan
17

Trending: Aztec

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Black and White Aztec Patter iPhone Case – Vasare Nar // Printed Long Sleeve Knit – Seed Heritage // Globetrotter Loafers – Forever21 // Winter Aztec Dress – Necessary Clothing

The new year is kicking off with Aztec-inspired prints across the board. This bold, graphic print has been popping on garments, accessories, and in the home. It’s equally eye-catching in black and white or bold colors, and lends itself especially well to cold weather essentials like cardigans and throws. I can’t wait to get on board!

 

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Loom Beaded Geometric Earrings – Everything Golden // World Traveler Open Front Cardigan – Forever21 // Aztec Necklace – Joyo // Janey Pillow – CB2

 

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 Magical Thinking Metal Wall Bin – Urban Outfitters // Aztec Clutch – Nikita & Vesper // Bold Vintage Pattern Headwrap – Claire’s // Rustic Draped Front Cardigan – Forever21

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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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Oct
10

Plain with a Punch

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Color is one of the biggest elements of my style, of most peoples’ really. You can choose to be moody one day while cloaking yourself in black, or fun and playful the next while mixing bright hues. Innocent and ethereal in white, or downplayed in shades of brown. The point is that color infiltrates our lives in every way and definitely effects our mood. It’s reflected in my home, my closet, and now technology as well!

Motorola’s Moto X has been blowing up all over the place, and with over 2,000 color combinations it’s easy to see why. I’m glued to my phone and I’m sure you probably are too, so it’s especially it’s nice that Motorola has realized what a huge chunk of the market thinks of their phone not only as a lifeline but also as an accessory! After really examining my aesthetic and style preferences I decided on a blush Moto X with lemon lime accents. It perfectly mimics my taste, Plain with a Punch! Neutral tones, casual style, with an unexpected touch to make it really special.

 

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Sep
04

Krochet Kids

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Clockwise: The Abbott // The Auburn // Baseball Tee // The Stephen // The Davis Jr. // The Pike // The Simon // Pocket Zip Hoodie

Krochet Kids has an unlikely back story that involves three dudes – Kohl, Travis, and Stewart – who picked up the not-so-cool hobby of crocheting while in high school. After graduating, attending different colleges, and summers spent volunteering in developing nations, the guys realized they could bring a way out of poverty to these peoples via yarn and crochet needle. Five years later 150 people in Uganda and Peru are working, receiving and education, and being mentored by creating gifts that give back! A great story with a great story and a great shop full of goods to prove it.

Aug
20

12 August DIYs

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Aug
08

Native Union CLIC Wooden

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The hunt for the perfect iPhone case is ever elusive, but I think I’ve struck gold with Native Union’s CLIC Wooden design. Each case is handcrafted from cherry wood and accented with a just right pop of color. I went with the Aquamarine, which is definitely out of my black and white comfort zone and love it!

 

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