Oct
17

Happy Weekend

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01/ Brilliant use of temporary tattoos to help you remember your schedule at music festivals!
02/ The Tumbuk2 x Blue Bottle Travel Kit is for the most discerning coffee snob, er drinker.
03/ Amancay’s Diner in Brooklyn has a spin the bottle table!
04/ These delicate sculptures are made from… human hair.
05/ The sweetest animal family portraits.
06/ Beautiful sculptures created out of iridescent dichroic glass.
07/ Emulsifier is a glass sculpture that displays four different images, depending on the viewing angle.
08/ In honor of the 150th anniversary of the first climb, hikers lit up a path on the Matterhorn.
09/ The Eiffel Tower has a spiffy new glass floor – would you dare?
10/ Autumn (and other things) captured from above by Kacper Kowalski.

This week on Design Crush:
Airplane window paintings by Jim Darling that are sure to incite wanderlust.
The best 12 October DIYs to keep those creative juices flowing all month long.
Colorful, layered, evolving paintings by Kostadina Nacheva.
Beautiful jewelry from betsy & ii to add a little something to your fall wardrobe.
The whimsical illustrations of Diana Sudyka are magic.
Twenty-two things to make the countdown to Halloween that much better!
Glitchy, and somewhat creepy, portraits from Harding Meyer.
Here are 11 mugs to help ease you into cooler weather and warmer beverages.
Crazy Dr. Suess-ian paper pulp sculptures from Adam Frezza and Terri Chiao.

Oct
17

Adam Frezza + Terri Chiao

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If Dr. Seuss created physical 3D art, well, I’m completely sure this is what it would look like. Adam Frezza and Terri Chiao create mixed media and paper pulp sculptures out of painted paper, wire, plaster, flocking, and more. My favorite projects of theirs are Paper Plants, Desert Plants, and Lump Nubbins. The Paper Plants project stems from a natural desire to control and beautify that which could be considered wild, while Desert Plants references the natural cycles of death and regrowth in nature. Lump Nubbins (aside from a smile inducing name) are created from junk mail, old newspaper, and more. A case of supplies saying a mouthful.

 

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Oct
16

11 Mugs

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The time of year that demands steamy beverages and mugs you can wrap your hands around for warmth is knocking at the door! Most of us probably have a go-to favorite mug for such occasions, but if you’re like me there’s always an excuse to make room for another.

ROW 1: Limited Edition Winter Landscape Mug by Paper & Clay Studio // Mint Ceramic Mug by Biscuit Cuit // Handmade Porcelain Cup by Yulia Tsukerman    ROW 2: Ceramic Mug with Blue Circle by Yulia Tsukerman // Mug with Hooves by Bar Ceramics    ROW 3: Porcelain Doll Head Cup with Saucer by ENDEsign // Bryce Porcelain Espresso Mug by Red Raven Studios // Blackstone Tumbler by Waupecony River Studio
ROW 4: Reverse High Five Mug by Self Press Studio // 3D Nose Espresso Cup with Saucer by Kinsksa Shop // Copenhagen Mug in Mint + 22K Gold by Paper & Clay Studio

 

Oct
16

Harding Meyer

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The glitchy portrait paintings of Harding Meyer seem especially apt for October, as they could be straight out of a digital age horror flick. Through layers and layers of paint and imagination Harding creates what could just as easily be mistaken for an out of whack broken film strip. Add to that their massive oversized canvases and you have the making of something truly spectacular.

 

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Oct
15

Countdown to Halloween

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Nope, not Christmas – autumn, October, and Halloween. October 31st has long been a big deal in my family, from great aunts and uncles creating haunted houses in their basements to massive trick or treating, it’s given me some of my best memories. This year feels a bit out of whack since I’m still trying to get my house together post move and figuring out where the movers put everything (and yes, where I put everything while unpacking). I have pumpkins and mums decorating my front porch and a few favorite spooky pieces indoors, but the majority is in the basement. I’m hoping to dig a few more decorations out before hundreds of trick or treaters descend on my neighborhood (from the realtor’s lips to my ears) the night of the 31st. But if you’re more together than I am here are twenty-two of Halloween best ideas for you to tackle!

 

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ROW 1: Pop-Up Table Runner // Black and White Anatomical Printables // DIY Ghostly Mirror Images
ROW 2: Printable Trick or Treat Color Block Labels + Box Template // Straw Spider Web Wreath
ROW 3: DIY Halloween Invitations // DIY Halloween Silhouette Pitcher // Black Cocktail Rimming Sugar
ROW 4: Paper Star Lantern with Spider Web Cutouts // Set of 5 Halloween Cards // DIY Printable Trick-or-Treat Bag Labels

 

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ROW 1: Skeleton Hand Card // DIY Monster Candy Box // Gooey Monster Eye Cookies    ROW 2: Printable Halloween Party Invitations // Haunted Doll House    ROW 3: Vanilla Bean Skull Cake // Poison Toffee Apples // Printable Vintage Halloween Banner    ROW 4: Skull-Shaped Japanese Sugar //  // DIY Skull Planter

Oct
15

Diana Sudyka

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Every few months an artist comes up on my radar that hits just the right note at the right time and it’s almost as though a chorus starts singing in the back of my mind. Today it’s Diana Sudyka and her beautiful illustrations (and book and album covers, and gig posters, and prints). The magical combination of her style and her handwriting makes for one whimsical ride.

 

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Oct
14

betsy & iya

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It’s been awhile since I last checked in with Portland-based jewelers betsy & iya, to the tune of three and half years. While the line has clearly grown and matured, they’ve also stayed true to their roots. My favorite new pieces include what’s referred to as “painted pods” that feature either a rainbow of vivid colors or a more downplayed muted palette of neutrals. This micro collection runs the gamut of earrings, necklaces, rings, and bracelets.

 

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Dalia Bangle // Durango Pod Ring // Sabin Necklace // Piedmont Stud Earrings // Colima Ring

Oct
14

Kostadina Nacheva

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The rich and vibrant paintings of Kostadina Nacheva feel a lot like fall to me. Like that just by viewing them we’re catching a glimpse of something in the midst of change and evolution. Every piece exhibits such intense depth and texture that it leaves you wondering about its humble beginning. Each painting is on the small side, which translates into some lovely and affordable art for us to purchase.

 

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Oct
13

12 October DIYs

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All photos copyright of their respective sites unless otherwise noted.

Oct
13

Jim Darling

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After a weekend full of house painting and Lowe’s visits, I could do with a little daydreaming. The painted wood airplane window landscapes of Jim Darling are just the ticket. Plane windows make such perfect frames, have you ever stopped and noticed? Once of my very favorite photos I’ve ever taken (on my phone, naturally) was shot while descending into Oklahoma City at sunset from a plane window. Portholes to daydreams for sure.

 

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