Dec
09

Suite One Studio

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Suite One Studio‘s modern handmade tableware is most definitely on my Christmas list. Owner Lindsay Emery uses high quality porcelain, handmade watercolor glazes, and hand-painted genuine gold to create her beautiful collections – I swear the glazes look good enough to eat! You can read more about her process over on Jojotastic.

 

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Dec
08

20 Favorite Ornaments

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I’m not feeling very in the holiday spirit this year, but I’m hoping the tree I’ll be putting up soon will kick in like some sort of Christmas upper and get me there fast. I’ve upgraded from a 6-foot tall tree to a 9-foot since my ceilings in this new place are higher. The curved staircase has this perfect little nook that seems tailor-made for a tree (I’ll be sure and Instagram a photo or ten once it’s decked out). I’ve picked up a few new ornaments to make sure I have enough, and I’m wishing these shiny things below were on that list.

 

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Agate Slice Ornament // Gold Balloon Letter Ornament // Geo Drop Ornament //
DIY Ombre Ornaments // Painted Ball Ornaments

 

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Mid-Century Paper Ornaments // VINTERMYS Ornaments // Magic Wishbone Ornament //
Marbled Glass Ornament // Raw Crystal Snowflake Ornament

 

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DIY Wooden Christmas Ornaments // Ceramic Feather Ornaments //
DIY Modern Colorblock Ornaments // Woody Wagon House Ornament // Glass Honeycomb Ornament

 

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Gold-Flecked Feather Ornament // Painted Mirror Ornament Set //
Geological Geode Ornament // Brass Christmas Ornaments // Set of 4 Himmeli Ornaments 

Dec
08

24 Merry Days: Win $300 to Anthropologie

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Today the 24 Merry Days spotlight is shining right here, and we’re giving away $300 to spend at Anthropologie! As a frequent Anthro shopper this is a perfect match, and I’m already jealous of the future winner. What would you blow it on? The official start of winter being two weeks away, I think I’d opt for some cozy accoutrements to aid me through the year’s chilliest months. Things like hats and scarves, throw blankets, and candles for my home. This giveaway is open worldwide, so scroll down to see a few of my favorites and for 20 chances to enter and win! (PS: Don’t miss out on Saturday and Sunday’s worldwide giveaways to Baba Souk and Artsy Modern!)

 

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Come winter I prefer to layer a super soft scarf under my coat, rather than over it. I’ve found it keeps me warmer, and I can pull as much or as little out of the collar as I want!

Fela Loop Scarf // Tartan Zion Lion Beanie // Scattered Hearts Scarf // Vihti Scarf // Lingua Franca Floppy Hat

 

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I love adding a bright throw to my bedroom to snuggle under with a book or for weekend mornings spent lingering in bed. And I have to admit, the cats don’t seems to mind it one bit either…

Chevron Trace Throw // Striped Greystone Throw // Eventide Gradient Throw //
Confetti Throw // Cozy Cotton Blanket

 

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My 114 year old fireplace is non-functioning, so I filled it with lots of votive and pillar candles and mercury glass to reflect all of the light. At least as good as a real fire!

Mercury Moonglow Candle // Colossal Capri Blue Iridescent Jar Candle // Swedish Dream Sea Salt Candle // Good Nature Soy Holiday Candle // Tisane Votive

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Dec
05

Happy Weekend

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01/ Go minimals this December with a nativity set of wooden blocks.
02/ Spy on classic authors’ American homes on Google Maps.
03/ Here’s what a tattoo looks like really, really close up.
04/ Move over ugly Christmas sweaters, it’s time for the ugly Christmas suit.
05/ The plans for Pier 55, a floating park over the Hudson River, look beautiful.
06/ Food Ministry’s Cake in a Can… for cake eating emergencies.
07/ Gumhead is a sculpture in Vancouver made to be covered in chewing gum.
08/ Dried scotch turns into interstellar landscapes in Vanishing Spirits.
09/ Stephen Orlando captured the motions of kayaking and canoeing in light paintings.
10/ Need some alone time? Meet the Nutshell.

This week on Design Crush:
Are you following along with 24 Merry Days? Twenty-four bloggers are doing giveaways for 24 days this month.
Drake General Store x Design Crush is giving away a cherry-picked prize pack worth a whopping $1,000!
Check out eight art prints I’ve got my eye on this month.
Crushing on the ceramic work of RedRaven Studios.
Time to start fresh with some clean stockings this Christmas?
The wall hangings of artist Heather Levine are stunning.
More holiday cards, just in case you have yet to pick yours out!
This monthly art subscription – Papirmass – is perfect for the art lover on your list.
Showstopping hand-painted wallpaper from Voutsa.
2015 calendars, part 5 to get you ready for January!
Sharing the last room on the first floor of my home, the kitchen.
A bevy of drinks for holiday entertaining and coping – Happy Alcoholidays!

Design Crush elsewhere:
Shiny brass accents are where it’s at!

Dec
05

Happy Alcoholidays!

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The holidays can be tough, not on everyone but certainly for us introverts out there. And while proper amounts of imbibing and etiquette are preferred, alcohol can definitely be the social lubrication necessary to get through all of those get togethers from November through January. Here’s a slew that I’ve bookmarked for this winter. (See also: Alcoholidays 2011, Alcoholidays 2012, Alcoholidays 2013)

 

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Slow Cooker Cranberry Wassail

Spiked Pumpkin Horchata

Sour Green Apple Margarita

Vanilla Vodka Chai Tea

Spiced Apple Old Fashioned

 

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Frosted Gingerbread Martini

Pumpkin Apple Spiced Sangria

Sugar n Spice White Russian

Homemade Eggnog

Bourbon Cranberry Shrub

 

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Cider Punch

Cranberry Orange Dark and Stormy

Apple Cider Bourbon Punch

Pomegranate Gin Tonic

Hot Buttered Rum

 

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Rosemary Maple Bourbon Sour

Spiced Apple Margaritas

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Gingerbread White Russian

Maple Daiquiri

Spiced Cranberry Orange Fizz

 

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Grapefruit Pomegranate Punch

Sage Ginger Prosecco Cocktail

Hard Cider Sangria

The Mid-Winter Margarita

Cranberry-Apple Cider Punch

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Milk Punch

Roasted Vanilla Grapefruit Mimosas

Gingerbread Toddy

Cranberry Orange Bourbon

Apple Cider Rum Old-Fashioned

Pear Moscow Mule

Dec
04

The Kitchen

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Today I’m sharing the last room on the first floor, the kitchen. (The second floor bedrooms and office will be along come spring when I can get around to doing some more decorating.) We’re also going from my favorite room to the one I fight with most often. The kitchen has more “fast fixes” in it than any other part of the house, at least that I’ve found so far. If you look at the doorway floor above you’ll see that the floor of the entire room has been built up about an inch, and both doors into it require you to physically step up. It’s been missed by many a person, many a time.

 

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So here we are, and that’s alotta tile. Someone must’ve scored a serious deal because half of the kitchen is covered in the stuff. The plan is to tear it down in a year or so – when those painted 1950s cabinets gets replaced – and instead do a half wall of white subway tile.

 

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One of my favorite parts of the room is the Tetra Pendant from Lamps.com that I put in about a month after moving it. With all of the spaces quirks and problems I feel like this pulled a lot of things together and gave it at least a touch of my sensibilities. It’s the first thing that everyone sees when they walk (or trip) into a room that really needed a focal point.

 

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The kitchen in my last house had about twice as much cabinet space, it was the room that sold me the house when it came down to it. Here I had to downgrade to a standard fridge from a double-door as well as bring in some additional open shelving. There’s also a small closet/pantry next to the back door that I plan on adding shelves to after the new year.

 

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My biggest pet peeve might be that there’s no stove, only a separate oven and cooktop. An old cooktop. That someone spray painted black. There actually wasn’t even an oven when the place went on the market, it was a contingency I added during negotiations. The exhaust hood is equally ancient and I can’t stand that the microwave has to be where it is. But at least the oven is brand new and white.

 

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I really like being able to have my cookbooks at arm’s reach, and because there’s not much wall space for art the covers act as just that. I’m also able to display my little vase collection and the ridiculous amount of tea that I rotate through.

There’s definitely a ways to go with this room before I’m satisfied, but I’m also happy with what I’ve been able to do with it on the budget I’ve allowed myself while saving up for bigger renovations.

 

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Tetra Pendant c/o Lamps.com // Whitewashed Wood + Metal Shelves c/o West Elm // Edith Bar Chairs – Lulu & Georgia // Le Creuset Red Tea Kettle // The Humble Egg c/o Minted // white sweater knit vase – Target, no longer available

Photos: Quelcy Kogel

Dec
04

2015 Calendars: Part 5

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Twenty Fifteen Calendar (download) by Cocorina // The ‘Be List’ 2015 Calendar by fig. 2 design //
2015 Stones Wall Calendar by Prismatic Print Shop // 2015 Astrology Wall Calendar by Prismatic Print Shop

 

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2015 Shapes Wall Calendar by Dozi // Hip Hop Hooray 2015 Charity Calendar by Ask Alice //
2015 New Zealand Birds Calendar
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// Planets 2015 Calendar by Meg Bentley

 

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Donuts of the Bay Area 2015 Calendar by Donut Galleria // Wall Calendar 2015 by Karolin Schnoor //
2015 Calendar by Klaus // Signature 2015 Wall Calendar by Artifact Uprising

Part 1 // Part 2 // Part 3 // Part 4

Dec
04

Voutsa

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I used to abhor wallpaper – could it have something to do with the pastel Native American-inspired pattern that lined my walls through puberty? Maybe/probably/definitely. These days I find myself looking at wallpaper as floor to ceiling art more than anything else. These handprinted patterns from Voutsa can’t be seen as anything but.

 

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(via Pattern Pulp)

Dec
03

Papirmass

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By now you might have noticed that we’re not doing any gift guides for the second year in a row. The reason? I for one am complete overwhelmed with gifting decisions and seeing one million more options doesn’t help me narrow things down. I also think there are so many sites out there who do a fantastic job researching and creating gift guides that I don’t want to add to the hubbub. Some favorites are Design Milk, Jojotastic, and Coco+Kelley, so I hope you’ll check them out if you’re jonesing for a fix.

However, on that note, I think this project would make a most excellent gift for the art lover(s) in your life. Meet Papirmass, a snail mail art subscription that delivers a different piece of art – with some beautiful writing on the back – every month for a year (with free shipping!). It’s more affordable than you’d ever imagine at only $69. You can browse the Papirmass shop if you’d like to purchase prints piecemeal. My very favorite is the one above,  La Tatouée by Sophie Lécuyer with a piece titled Faces, Like Gravity, Fall, by Mary Pinkoski on the reverse.

 

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Dec
03

Holiday Cards – Part 2

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Bear Winter by Little Otsu // Comfy & Cozy by Elum // Reindeer Games by Wit & Whistle //
Yule Log by Nane Press // Santa Claus by Isabell’s Umbrella

 

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Sounding Joy by Shanna Murray // Pa Rum Pum Pum Pum by Mr. Boddington’s Studio //
Constellation by Nane Press // Merry Christmas Stars by StudioSarah // Pine Scent by Everlovin’ Press

Part 1