May
16

Jessica Harrison

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Two worlds collide in the form of Jessica Harrison‘s porcelain figures wearing voluminous ball gowns, all while inked up with neck-to-wrist sailor tattoos. I love everything about this collection, from the wistful looks upon their sweet faces to the intricacies of the very accurate ink jobs adorning them. (In the past she’s also explored gowned porcelain ladies in a more sinister fashion.)

 

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May
15

Sons & Daughters

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Minimal, functional, and beautifully designed. That’s a solid description of Portland’s Sons & Daughters and the leatherwork owner Katie MacFaarlane creates. From laptop sleeves to clutches, every piece is created to wear well and last. I can definitely see these being classic hand-me-downs for years to come.

 

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May
15

LandStyle

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Longtime friends Orlin Mantchev and Amrita Chandra have a shared love of art, travel, and nature. Their studio – LandStyle – is a celebration of landscapes that are dear to them both, and Orlin’s abstract representations put them on full display. The goal is create affordable paintings and prints that are more accessible to art lovers everywhere, which is a mindset I can definitely get behind.

 

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May
14

Tips&Tricks: Travel

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I usually look forward to traveling, but in this day and age it can be tricky. So many regulations, so much security – and that’s just in the U.S. Going abroad or taking a serious road trip is an entirely different story. With summer just around the corner and so many vacations on the horizon, I pulled together some tips and tricks that you’ll want to remember for years to come.

 

Tips for traveling with a toddler.

Tips for traveling on a shoestring budget.

Tips for surviving extremely long flights… in economy.

Five tips to help you survive a road trip.

How to fight jet lag.

The best packing tips and tricks.

Learn about the best time to book travel.

The 8 things you never pack but should.

How to affordably stay connected abroad.

Fifteen tips for first time cruise-goers.

Dealing with money while traveling.

May
14

Macarena Ruis-Tagle

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Who knew one color of acrylic paint on a piece of 20 x 30″ watercolor paper could elicit such emotion? Apparently Macarena Ruia-Tagle because her Atmosphere Series covers the entire palette. Not only am I in awe that that’s acrylic paint (rather than magic), I also feel completely drawn into the center from the edges.

 

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(via The Jealous Curator)

May
13

LaMalconttenta

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Let’s just make today all about summer, shall we? This time I’m talking about LaMalconttenta, a line by the uber talented Lydia de la Piñera. Ceramics, prints, jewelry, and more that convey the casual effortlessness of the warmest days of the year are all present in Lydia’s Etsy shop. All with the perfect balance of white space and intensely pigmented colors to balance it all out.

 

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May
13

Margaux Roy

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The blown-out photography of Margaux Roy is the definition of summer. Great light, whitewashed landscapes, and long days. I want to live in them, don’t you? I’ll bring the beach towels and Coppertone, you bring the cooler and umbrella.

 

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May
12

Quercus & Co.

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My walls are practically bursting at the seams with art, but that doesn’t stop me from ogling everything at Quercus & Co. The Sydney-based wallpaper design and printing company shows off an obvious love of pattern and color and has a gift for combining the two. Every design available is either hand-painted or drawn before being printed onto eco-friendly paper. I’d be lying if I didn’t say my wish list has just grown by an item or two!

 

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May
12

Mixtape #36: We Belong to Where We’re Going

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Photo: Elizabeth Weinberg

Listen to We Belong to Where We’re Going on Spotify.

May
09

Happy Weekend

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01/ I know you’ve been wondering what a drop of sea water looks like magnified 25 times.
02/ Tiffanie Turner’s gigantic paper flowers are something to behold.
03/ Swingling is a portable playground swing you can take with you anywhere!
04/ Gigantic candy sculptures that look exactly like the real thing.
05/ The Drinkable Book has pages that are actually water filters.
06/ Delectably artistic chocolate bars from Unelefante.
07/ Books repurposed as an actual tabletop.
08/ Turns out security cameras are less intimidating with animals on them.
09/ Animal Architecture is an incredible book about the structures creatures create.
10/ Breakdancing Buddhist monks pay tribute to the late Adam Yauch.

This week on Design Crush:
A line of thirty Gingiber cards is being released at NSS.
I had so much fun creating this paint dipped copper necklace.
Karen Kimmel’s Shape Shifter mobiles are so much fun!
We’re celebrating National Burger Month (yup) with veggie burgers 10 ways.
Katharina Trudzinski‘s precarious sculptures are stunning.
JUST Keramik is a retro-meets-modern line of dinnerware I love.
Check out eight prints I can’t stop thinking about in Prints: May Edition.
I’m loving the selection of textiles at Twofold.
Monica Ramos‘ paintings are making me daydream about the beach.