Dec
01

Drake General Store x Design Crush Giveaway

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Drake General Store is a traditional hotel gift shop, a classic general store, a flea market stand, and a museum shop all rolled into one. They have the biggest and best Canadian pride and love supporting homegrown artists and designers, making them a perfect match for Design Crush and our sensibilities.

Please tell me you took 1.5 seconds to read that graphic, because we’re giving away a $1,000 prize pack! Drake General Store is my favorite shop north of the U.S. border and I’m pumped to be partnering with them for the second December in a row to give you all a HUGE something awesome. I’ve cherry picked my favorite pieces from their classic, modern goods that are a mix of sensible (socks, throws, kitchen pieces) and not so sensible (tarot cards, incense, wind chime) and everything in between.

 

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Metsa Birch Box Set ($40) // Gold Screw Studs ($24) // Cross Enamelware Stockholm Measuring Cup ($29) // Cross Enamelware Copenhagen Side Dish ($29) // Oval Marble + Wood Cheeseboard ($68) // Ladies & Gentlemen Aura Bell Chime ($135) // Held In Common Snowflake Socks ($14) // Cozy Ceramic Camp Mug, set of 4 ($48) // 3 Mast Brothers Chocolate Bars ($33) // Shared History Macho Man + Elizabeth Robes ($128) // Arborist Long Janes, trees ($29) // Blackbird Incense ($34) // Public Supply Notebooks ($15) // Arborist Getaway Blanket ($29) // Arborist Getaway Pack ($29) // Wild Unknown Tarot Card Deck ($45) // Wild Unknown Tarot Guide Book ($24) // Engraved Keychain ($15) // Hockey Thermos ($38) // Earth Coasters ($42) // Pinch Pot with Spoon ($28) // East Coast Throw Blanket ($99) // Oslo Bowls ($39)

I KNOW! So many well designed pieces and so many little luxuries to help get you through winter. You could either go the Happy Holidays to Me! route and keep it all for yourself or the My Shopping is Done! route and dive up your winnings as gifts for everyone on your list. Either way it’s a win. (But if you do spy something you’d like to gift know that Drake General Store has worldwide flat rate shipping!)

Enter here to win!

Nov
10

12 November DIYs

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All photos copyright of their respective sites unless otherwise noted.

Nov
07

Happy Weekend

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01/ Literal handmade type by Tien-Min Liao exploring the relationship between lower- and uppercase.
02/ Mind-boggling balanced stone sculptures by Michael Grab.
03/ There’s at least one day a week that demands a punching bag keyboard.
04/ The Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight is also a fire alarm, simple and genius.
05/ Nature is beautiful, case in point these turkey tail mushrooms.
06/ Calorie-free (wooden) cakes from David Baerwalde.
07/ I don’t own one yet, but the Yves Béhar designed Jawbone UP3 has me one step closer.
08/ Lucie Libotte incorporates the beauty of dust into ceramics.
09/ Old Masters explores those 80+ in age who reign instead of retire.
10/ Minimal tatttoos lovingly created in exchange for thoughtful acts.

This week on Design Crush:
Eight prints that caught my eye in November.
Try these four tasty hassle-free cocktails, then make sure and enter our giveaway with Vitafrute – $1,000 and another $500 towards a Kitchensurfing experience this holiday season!
Lovely textured paintings from Brenna Giessen.
Waggo has expanded beyond pet accessories and is now Waggo Home!
Bailey Doesn’t Bark’s 2014 fall collection is killer.
Transition too a cool weather carry-all with one of these eight leather totes.
You’ll never guess what Jeffrey Simmons uses to create his colorful art.
‘Tis the season for 2015 calendars, take a peek at part 1 of many to come.

Oct
20

Blazon

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There is so much amazing stuff going on in the Blazon collection of scarves and the modeled shots that I can hardly stand it. Geometry! Bold color! BIRDS! Designer Natasha Coverdale has nailed it and is also managing to feed my growing want of a closetful of scarves.

 

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Oct
09

David Kind

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In the past two years I’ve swapped out my contacts for glasses nearly every day of the week. My eyes feel so much better, look less bloodshot, and of course it doesn’t hurt that they’re on trend. As are mail order try-on and buy eyeglass services, like David Kind. The difference between them and other similar companies are that A. you are paired with a stylist who chooses six frames based on a photo you submit and your style preferences. And B. their Trivex/High Index HD Digital Lenses which offer crystal clear optics in the thinnest form.

 

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A few days later your at home try-ons arrive in this slick cork covered box that has a mirror inside. You have six days to make your decision, or David Kind will continue to work with you until you’re happy. Then once you place your order your new prescription shows up within a week. Nice, right?

 

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So you know where I’m going with this from the bevy of ridiculous faces and windswept hair above, yes? I had to try out David Kind for myself. My current frames aren’t quite the right prescription and I’m starting to notice. I went for my annual eye exam about two months ago, but held off on purchasing new frames at that time. My expert stylist, Laura, selected the Ace, Otto, Roman, Mia, Clover, and Richmond frames for me to try out. I’m torn between two, but I want to know what you all think – vote away below!

 

Disclaimer: I received product from David Kind in exchange for this post. All words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Design Crush creating great content!

Oct
03

Happy Weekend

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01/ A behind-the-scene’s look at the Crayola factory.
02/ Krispy Kreme’s UK division made a box of 2,400 donuts.
03/ Why not park your keychain in a mini garage?
04/ Help the homeless by buying a font made with their handwriting.
05/ A smart necklace that’s like a locket for the 21st century.
06/ Three cheers for net neutrality! Support it with this enamel pin.
07/ Ten modern tea pots and kettles for fall.
08/ Show off your photos with this affordable smartphone projector.
09/ A colorful, modern chess set that can be used in a multitude of ways.
10/ The Planets is a 12-part animated short film about an alien solar system.

This week on Design Crush:
Modern wooden jewelry from BOUND.
One of my favorite breakfast/dessert hybrids – the Spiced Apple + Granola Parfait.
Risque textile art from Sally Hewett.
Checking in on a personal note for September.
House of Cardboard is exactly what it sounds like.
Fun, modern dog collars from K9 Couture Co.
Creepy India ink forests by Pablo S. Herrero.
Beautifully clean home goods from Ladies & Gentlemen Studio.
Furthering my fall scarf obsession with Dealtry.

Oct
03

Dealtry

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I’m on a scarf kick so far this fall, and my latest of note are by Dealtry. Floral textile designer Helen Dealtry tells a bit about the inspiration behind each scarf’s design. Each one is painted in her Brooklyn studio, then woven in a mix of modal and cashmere and digitally printed in India. (She also has a rather fantastic Instagram feed if you’re into that kind of thing.)

 

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Sep
17

10 September DIYs

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All photos copyright of their respective sites unless otherwise noted.

Sep
16

No Ocean

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I’m either in the process of growing my hair out or  just too lazy to make an appointment with my stylist. It’s still up in the air. Most days I end up wearing sort of topknot to A. avoid using the hairdryer, B. keep my mop out of my face, and C. that lazy thing again. I’m a firm believer that the topknot can be a legit style if done right, so that’s what I’m out to do. Luckily there are these beautiful scarves from No Ocean that look great as a hair accessory and can be worn any number of ways . The patterns and colors feel spot on for fall, so it’s just a matter of choosing your favorite. (Now someone please teach me to tie one this well!)

 

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Sep
08

Swift

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Hey there. Brittni here from Paper & Stitch. I’m excited to be guest posting today, while Kelly is busy moving. Admittedly, I have a lot of design crushes, but one in particular has really impressed me recently. So, I thought I would write about that today.

I’m always searching for new independent designers that have a similar aesthetic to my own. Minimal, modern, and a tiny bit trendy. And since I’ve been on the hunt for a few more specific pieces to add to my collection lately, mainly in the textile department, my casual search turned into a more specific quest to find the perfect shop. Shortly thereafter, I stumbled across Swift. After reading the background of the designers behind the label, I bookmarked the shop immediately and started adding things to my wish list.

Textile designers Michal and Roni are melding modern design with traditional textile techniques, like tie-dye, block printing, etc. So, in that way, each piece is one of a kind, which makes these designs all the more special. And puts this shop at the top of go-to list for all things textiles.

 

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Tie-Dye Scarf // Kitchen Tea Towel Set // Natural & Black Tote Bag // Numeral Tank Top