Happy Hearts Day Gifts + Treats



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



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



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



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.


Trending: Aztec


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!



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



 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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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!



Pair with: a boot brush, a small rosemary bush for the porch.



Pair with: simple earrings, a pair of bangles.



Pair with: a pretty brass bell, bottle brush trees.



Pair with: a few vintage ornaments, homemade pomanders.



Pair with: a soft pair of gloves or mittens, a silk scarf.



Pair with: hot toddy ingredients, a set of mason jars.



Pair with: a set of mugs, mulling spices.



Pair with: soup mix, a vintage pot.



Pair with: gourmet hot chocolate, homemade cookies.



Pair with: crackers and cheese, pretty cocktail plates.



Pair with: letterpress place cards, a set of linen napkins.



Pair with: a candle snuffer, a nice box of matches.



Pair with: a bottle of nail polish, a pair of sunglasses.



Pair with: a cozy scarf or blanket, a favorite board game.



Pair with: an iTunes gift card, screen cleaner.

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Plain with a Punch

Brought to you by Motorola Moto X: Thousands of combinations. Design yours.

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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Krochet Kids


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.


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Native Union CLIC Wooden



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!




Happy Weekend

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01/ The Healing Power of Cat Purrs. (I knew it!)
02/ The world is fascinated by Twins, this portrait series is lovely.
03/ Book on Book, a book-shaped clear acrylic paperweight.
04/ Office Safari, where cubicle meets safari.
05/ Science is awesome, and now science is branded.
06/ Mirror City, a kaleidoscopic timelapse of major cities.
07/ You can finally make your own It’s-It Ice Cream Sandwiches!
08/ If we could see Wifi, this is what it would look like.
09/ Painted Jello has never looked so appetizing.
10/ If Manhattan were dropped into the Grand Canyon!

This week on Design Crush…
Just OK
Tips&Tricks: House + Home
Olive & Co.
Fruity Balsamic Vodka Cocktails
Pie Junkie
Welcoming Wallpapers
DNA Galleries
Summer Stylin’ with TOMS
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Nissan Versa Note

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While in San Diego I had the chance to check out the new 2014 Nissan Versa Note. I have some serious brand loyalty when it comes to these guys – my last two cars have been Nissans – so I was definitely interested in what new technology they would be bringing to the table.


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If you’ve been a Design Crush reader for a few years you might remember my last trip with Nissan, which resulted in 18 hours in Seattle. I’m happy to report that since I had arrived in town a few days early I didn’t miss any of the fun this go around! Thursday night we were treated to a delicious family style dinner at the newly opened location of Stone Brewing Co. at Liberty Station, it’s in a 60,000 foot space making it the largest restaurant in San Diego. That sounds sort of awful, but the way it’s sectioned off into smaller spaces makes it feel extremely intimate. And they have a bocce court!


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We enjoyed our hor d’oeuvres and dessert in a beautiful courtyard. The space was perfectly green and peachy and full of succulents and chairs made out of whiskey barrels. So much inspiration! Then when the sun went down they projected a surfing documentary on this exact wall, no audio only music. It was honestly one of the most perfect nights, in the name of business or not.


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Friday morning we were treated to the sight of an entourage of Nissan Versa Notes lined up outside of the Andaz! I was lucky enough to have Kirsten Grove as my driving partner, and she took the wheel for the first leg of our test drive. But before that we checked out the car and oohed and aahed over it’s 40 mpg capacity, best in class cargo space, and the Around View Monitor (AVM) that gives you a 360-degree view of your car. This little car packs a serious punch.


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I love how Nissan built our drive around a few stops at interesting places specific to San Diego. After a drive through the high desert our first stop was Shaper Studios, where we had the chance to try our hand at  shaping a surfboard! Along with giving birth to boards they also give lessons on shaping and glassing your own! So rad.


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Our second stop (after a drive through beautiful vineyards and country) was Belly Up, the famed club in Solana Beach that’s known for getting bands right before they hit it big. We grabbed lunch right next door at the Wild Note Cafe. I had about ten minutes to give the menu a once over, order, and eat before catching my shuttle to the airport. Thanks for a fantastic experience, Nissan!

Disclosure: Nissan provided me with travel and hotel accommodations to attend the 2014 Nissan Versa Note media preview.