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22

January Marketplace Refresh

January is the perfect time to take a look at life and maybe make a few changes. I’m not talking huge life altering things, more like tiny refreshes with a focus on increased quality in life and home. I’ve updated The Marketplace with plenty of new goods to make your January refresh a reality. Plenty of new home goods, art, and more – here are just a few of my favorite pieces.

 

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The Family of Things: Woodland and The Family of Things: Polar can add a bit of magic to your walls. A colorful geometric pillow cover packs a punch of color for your living room or bedroom. This navy dot cotton scarf is a great piece to layer with to keep out the chill. Use this cork bowl in the kitchen to corral all of that lovely citrus bounty. The understated Nebula Bangle will work hard all winter, then transition with your wardrobe to spring. Don’t forget about your skin – use this detox body oil in your bath and on your body. Make your time in the kitchen happier with this sweet hand block printed tea towel.

See all of or makers and their goods over on The Marketplace!

Jan
21

Lana Pelana

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I’m never sure why there isn’t more amazing textile-focused jewelry out there. Marta, the Spanish maker behind Lana Pelana, is fascinated with the possibilities behind embroidery. It takes her several days to finish each hand-stitched piece, the end result a small “crafted amulet” that’s a treasure to wear.

 

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Jan
19

10 January DIYs

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Jan
16

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01/ Gorgeous silk scarves that were dyed with… bacteria.
02/ Allison Wade has turned bad breakup texts into art.
03/ 2015 New Year’s resolutions illustrated by Linzie Hunter.
04/ Sebastian Errazuriz‘s Times Square installation triggers contagious yawning.
05/ Helen Green drew every hairstyle of David Bowie’s from 1964 to 2014.
06/ Photographer Jeffrey Vanhoutte captured an acrobat dancing in a cloud of powder for an ad.
07/ Twenty-four pieces of life advice from Werner Herzog.
08/ Check out these “invisible” bedroom murals that come to life under ultraviolet light.
09/ Paintings are digitally manipulated in these otherworldy landscapes by Mahmoud Jouini.
10/ Ship your enemies glitter. For real.

This week on Design Crush:
Take our 2015 Reader Survey, then leave your email address to be entered to win a little something.
Dreamy and ethereal mixed works from Oriol Angrill Jordà.
Edgy black and white illustrations by Kaye Blegvad.
So curious about how Gramovox’s Bluetooth Gramophone sounds!
Framing up a few straggling prints with Frambridge‘s amazing online service.
Have you checked out my 365-day project for the year, #365lyrics?
I want to fill my kitchen with Jude Allman’s stoneware pottery.
Moscow Mules 10 ways to help me reach my goal of perfecting this cocktail.

Jan
10

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01/ Graham McGeorge captures owls perfectly camouflaged within trees.
02/ The 12 most popular New Year’s Resolutions turned into posters by Viktor Hertz.
03/ Memo Bank is both piggy bank and memo pad.
04/ Warby Parker’s Make Your Own Annual Report does just that.
05/ A conceptual iTunes redesign by Brye Kobayashi.
06/ Would you dare to use a transparent canoe?
07/ Jurassic Sweet is a series of half-dinosaur, half-treat creatures.
08/ A giant balloon shaped like an old man’s head was flown over Japan.
09/ The Belty is self-adjusting (think Thanksgiving) and nags you about your weight.
10/ A breathtaking snowstorm in the Grand Canyon.

This week on Design Crush:
Eight crush-worthy prints to mix up this month.
So impressed with Makrbox, a Pacific Northwest-filled subscription box.
Beautiful illustrations from Amyisla McCombie.
I teamed up with Target to make my entry winter-ready.
Dark and lovely work from Nina Torr (aka Andy Wyeth).
I’d love to fill my wrists with these painted leather Mixed Doubles bracelets.
Morgana Wallace captures fantastical characters in layers of paper.
Add some color to your space with Mod Pieces.
Work from the mysterious Olivier Umecker.

Design Crush elsewhere:
January is the perfect time to clean out your kitchen linens and invest in some new ones.
It might be cold outside, but your home can be downright tropical indoors.

Jan
07

Mixed Doubles

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Just as this winter’s browns and greys started to hit their peak I came across these rolled French leather bracelets that are the exact opposite of cold and dreary. Melbourne’s Jen Booth hand-paints each Mixed Doubles piece in a duo of eye-popping color that’s sure to brighten up even the dullest of days.

 

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Dec
31

Silhouette Rings

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A virtual fist bump full of Silhouette rings to all of you for making it through 2014! This was a tough one, full of Big Huge Terrible Things in the world we live in and consistently difficult challenges on a more personal level. While I’m not sorry to see it go, I am happy for all it’s taught me. See you in the new year!

 

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Dec
27

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01/ This floating greenhouse is powered by solar, wind, and tidal energy.
02/ Tara Donovan creates incredible paper towers.
03/ Here’s to 2014!, and illustrated mashup of pop culture events from the past year.
04/ The prettiest confections from Nectar & Stone.
05/ The captivating beauty of libraries around the world.
06/ If I owned this beautiful Hock Design Fitness Equipment there’s a tiny chance I might workout.
07/ Intricate paper animals crafted by elaborate origami techniques.
08/ Support the #FreeTheNipple campaign with a Tit Tee.
09/ Mirage Pavillion is a mind-bending installation made up of of 1,200 small mirrors.
10/ Bottom Feeders depicts tea set pieces that appear to have been dredged up from the sea bottom.

This week on Design Crush:
Colorful tropical birds by Pete Cromer.
My go-to planner for every year – the Day Designer.
Fabric and paper animal masks by Abigail Brown.
Lovely fabric accessories by Anna Joyce.
The crazy/quirky art of Kelly Puissegur.
I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!
You’re invited to New Year’s Eve.

Dec
23

Anna Joyce

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These hand-painted and printed pieces from Anna Joyce are riding high near the top of my Christmas wish list. They also make me want to get out my paints and see what kind of damage I could do to a tablecloth, just for fun. Maybe between Christmas and New Year’s when things slow down for a few days?

 

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Dec
19

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01/ Processed Views creates crazy colorful landscapes using junk food.
02/ stunningly beautiful photographs of the mass migration of animals.
03/ The big guy in red, aka Santa, got a makeover from the designers at Joint London.
04/ Strap on a Circlet Bracelet and turn your arm into a touchscreen device!
05/ People of the Twenty-First Century highlights covertly captured street style over 20 years.
06/ The Fairy Post Office is hidden inside a tree in an Orinda, California park.
07/ Marija Puipaite shapes stools using her own legs.
08/ How chic is this carrara marble Ovo speaker?
09/ Honey, I’m Home is such a smart, symbolic concept for a key holder.
10/ The Twelve Beards of Christmas is pretty magical.

This week on Design Crush:
I’m daydreaming about escaping for a holiday getaway to one of these Cabins.
Good news – you’re invited to Christmas Brunch!
Lovely, ethereal collage work by Beth Hoeckel.
I created a fast and fun holiday candy buffet for holiday visitors!
The last of our four part holiday card coverage.
Gorgeous dhurrie rugs from OYYO (and a great lookbook, too).
Twelve more 2015 calendars to get you thinking about the new year.
Geometric wood art by Alex Morrison.
The tastiest breakfast comfort food – cinnamon rolls 10 ways.
Download these 22 holiday printables!

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Make your winter home merry and bright with yellow decor.