Nov
10

Win It: Lulu & Georgia

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Today I’m finally sharing a small part of my new home with you! I’ve been eagerly awaiting this day for a few months. Today it’s just a tiny slice, but starting in a few weeks we’ll be moving on to the entire first floor (I hope you’re half as ready to see it as I am to share.)

 

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So yes, this is clearly the kitchen. Well, about half of it really. I’m going to save the what I love I love/what I hate/what I’ve done/what’s left do rant for the full post on the room, but one of my very favorite parts is this incredible set of Edith bar chairs. They’re easy on the eyes as well as the rear with a generous seat and slim cushion. I’ve never had an island or breakfast bar in any previous kitchen, so I was really excited to find these guys over on Lula & Georgia. They’re perfect for the mid-century vibe that I love and aim for in most of my decor and I know they’ll be a part of my kitchen for years to come.

 

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I’m also eyeballing the Henry Vase, Taman Lamp, Rizzo Bench, Ombre Moroccan Rug, and Monica Minimalist Side Table for my home as I figure out what I still need to complete a few of the other rooms.

So I’m about to get to the good part here… which is that you have the chance to win $100 to spend at Lulu & Georgia! Maybe you’re looking for a new throw to keep warm this winter or want to put it towards something larger like a piece of furniture. Whatever you the case, good luck!
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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.

Nov
07

Matthew Stone

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Matthew Stone‘s Unconditional Love series is made up of digitally printed paintings on top of wood panels, mirror, and acrylic. The original lushly colored paintings are created on pieces of glass before being photographed and retouched to remove minor imperfections like dust and hairs. Don’t you just want to reach out and touch them?

 

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Nov
06

2015 Calendars: Part 1

I can hardly believe that it’s time to start thinking about 2015 and where I’ll keep track of my year. Wasn’t it just 1998? (Yeah, I’m dating myself here for sure.) Every week from now through the holidays we’ll be sharing a dozen calendars worthy of marking your days and keeping your life in order. Stayed tuned for a separate post series on planners, too!

 

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2015 Gift Wrap Calendar by Linda & Harriett // 2015 Honey Bee Wall Calendar by Rifle Paper Co. //
Universal Spirit 2015 Wall Calendar by Reverend Michael Alan // Cities by Rooftop 2015 Calendar
by Idlewild Co.

 

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2015 Monarch Flip Desk Calendar by Rifle Paper Co. // 2015 Letterpress Calendar by Linda & Harriett // Stir/Shake 2015 Calendar by red cruiser // Gold Foil 2015 Calendar by Leif Shop

 

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2015 Zodiac Calendar by Chelsey Dyer // 2015 XL Wall Calendar by 1 Canoe 2 //
2015 Energy Wreath Calendar by Katie Vernon // Kaleidoscope Flowers 2015 Calendar by Idlewild Co.

Nov
06

Jeffrey Simmons

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If I gave you three chances to guess what medium Jeffrey Simmons uses to create his show-stopping works of art, well, I’m willing to bet you’d get three strikes. Care to venture a guess anyway? All of the gold stars to you if your answer was watercolor. I know! Simmons uses a tabletop-mounted rotating platform to give much of his work the precise perfection required, particularly on the multi-panel pieces.

 

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Nov
05

8 Leather Totes

Aside from chunky sweaters and scarves, not much screams AUTUMN! to me quite like a new leather bag. In this case, a tote. It’s time to swap out that light and airy canvas one from spring and summer for something a little more substantial for the colder months that are on their way.

 

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ROW 1: Dark Brown Leather Tote Bag // Large Black Leather Tote // Simple Leather Tote    ROW 2: The Monte Cristo Convertible Leather Tote // Leather Tote    ROW 3: Vintage The Bridge Leather Tote Bag // Light Brown Leather Tote Bag // Benecio Camel Tote

Nov
05

Bailey Doesn’t Bark Fall 2014

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Bailey Doesn’t Bark’s fall 2014 collection is top-notch, full of quirky hand-drawn patterns and hashtags. I’d love nothing more than to cover my dresser top with each and every vessel and put my jewelry collection right on display to appreciate.

 

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Nov
04

Waggo Home

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It’s been so much fun to watch Waggo evolve over the past few years from being pet-centric to home-centric. As they say, Waggo Home‘s goal is to create happy products for you, your home, and your pet. That same modern aesthetic that permeated their original pet line has poured over into all the things that are sure to make your space lovely.

 

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Nov
04

Brenna Giessen

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I’ve been silently stalking the work of Brenna Giesson for a few months now. What initially caught my eye was her use of long and narrow canvases and how she uses the space. The Atlanta-based artist skips between a few different techniques in her abstract works, but all seem to achieve that same feeling of serenity.

 

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Nov
03

Hassle-Free Cocktails with VitaFrute + a Giveaway

It’s been a few months since I’ve shared any recipes, so I’m here to make up for it four-fold with a fantastic quartet of cocktails. I promise you every last one is delicious and the most complicated of the bunch includes only three ingredients. (Seriously!) The star of each recipe is one of VitaFrute‘s four organic ready-to-drink cocktails that allow you to step away from the bar cart and enjoy a hassle-free get together this holiday season!

 

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Lemonade + Prosecco

Serves 2

• 5 oz VitaFrute Lemonade
• 5 oz prosecco
• lemon

Pour 2.5 oz VitaFrute Lemonade and 2.5 oz prosecco into each of two coupes. Garnish with a thin slice of lemon and enjoy!

 

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Pear Nectar Margarita

Serves 2

• 10 oz VitaFrute Margarita
• 2 oz pear nectar
• pear
Pour 5 oz VitaFrute Margarita and 1 oz pear nectar into each of two cocktail glasses. Garnish with a slice of pear and a dash of ground ginger if you’re feeling adventurous.

 

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Apple Cider Cosmopolitan

Serves 2

• 6 oz VitaFrute Cosmopolitan
• 4 oz fresh apple cider
• orange

Pour 3 oz VitaFrute Cosmopolitan and 2 oz apple cider into each of two rocks glasses. Garnish with a slice of juicy orange.

 

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Coconut Colada Float

Serves 2

• 6 oz VitaFrute Coconut Colada
• 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
• coconut flakes

Scoop vanilla ice cream into two parfait glasses, then pour 3 oz Vitafrute Coconut Colada over each. Top with a sprinkle of coconut flakes, then add a spoon and straw to enjoy.

 

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VitaFrute is teaming up with Kitchensurfing to give away a $1,000 and $500 towards a Kitchensurfing feast to make this a hassle-free holiday season! Imagine hosting that perfect holiday party without raising a finger or someone else preparing Christmas dinner for your family while you all focus on spending time together. You have until December 12th to pop over and enter for a chance to make this your best holiday season yet!

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