Summer Wish List


1. Coral and Cream Spot Bikini  2. Sleeveless Drapey Top  3. Il Sandolo Sandal  4. Geometric Fire Pit  5. Tholos Mosaic Stud Earrings  6. Objects Wednesday Dress

I like to keep the wish lists to a minimum around here, so I always look forward to the anticipation of a new season. While I’m not one to overhaul anything ever, I do like to add a few pieces to my closet and jewelry box to help make classic, longstanding pieces feel fresh again. This time I’ve also mixed in a few outdoor things that would definitely help elevate summer to an entirely new level!



7. Grillo  8. Rose Gold Pebble Ring  9. The Bedford Dress  10. Alea Duo  11. Straw Bucket with Band  12. Toda Vista Swing Dress

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Design Crush The Marketplace

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I’m three shades of excited to share something that’s been in the works for months – Design Crush The Marketplace has opened! I’ve teamed up with the newly launched GREAT.LY to bring you some of my favorite handmade goods from all sorts of talented makers. The shop is set up much like Design Crush the site, full of fantastic art and design that you can decorate your home and yourself with. I’ll be keeping it stocked with fresh and exciting things that get updated frequently, so I hope you’ll pop over and take a look for yourself. In the meantime, here are a few of my favorites from each category!



Pink Block Cushion by Ellie Bradley // Extreme Handknitted Woolen Cabled Throw by Jacqui Fink



Madison Rocks Cup by Keith Kreeger // Hand-Painted Hot Pink Linen Table Runner by Sensible Habit



Folded Paper Furoshiki Japanese Eco Wrapping Scarf by Kyoko Bowskill // Geometric Lucite + Brass Bead Necklace 02 by Adelia Mae



Coral Kokeshi Doll by Sketch Inc // Gold Star Cloud by Jahje Ives



Fading Lake Day by Lisa Golightly // Desire Fine Art Giclée by Kristi Kohut



Beet Root + Hibiscus Lip Stain by Erin Hammond // Hand-Painted Zipper Bag by Kelly Zellers


Coconut French Toast with Strawberry Sauce



A few years ago, when times were lean and I didn’t have much extra cash, I made my mom Mother’s Day brunch instead of buying her a gift. To me it was a one time thing, but she loved it so much that this was our third year carrying on with the tradition. Every May I create something new to whip up based on her favorite foods. Not to toot my own horn, but I’m almost positive I outdid myself this year.


Coconut French Toast with Strawberry Sauce

• 1 C shredded coconut
• 1 1/2 C coconut milk
• 3 large eggs
• 1 Tbsp sugar
• 1/2 tsp cinnamon
• 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 1/2 loaf Italian style bread, sliced diagonally into 9-12 thick pieces
• 1 Tbsp butter
• 1 pint fresh strawberries
• 1 Tbsp honey

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the shredded coconut on a baking sheet, bake for 4 minutes. Stir and return to the oven for 4 more minutes, or until it begins to brown. (I didn’t pay enough attention to mine and it got a little too well done.) In a shallow bowl or casserole dish, whisk together coconut milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. While your skillet is heating up and the butter is melting, set a few pieces of bread into the custardy mixture to soak. I let mine go for about a minute on each side to suck up as much coconut goodness as possible. Cook each piece until golden brown on each side, which works out to about 10 minutes for each batch. Repeat until all has been cooked.

For the strawberry sauce you can opt to either use a food processor or blender, I was too lazy to drag out my processor and opted for the latter. This couldn’t be easier. Trim the green top off of each strawberry, quarter, and toss into the machine. Add honey and puree until liquid.

To serve, top each serving of French toast with a sprinkle of toasted coconut and a drizzle of strawberry sauce.


Marc Aspinall

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Marc Aspinall has an illustration style that will surely stand the test of time. You can see the mid-century influences plain as day, so much so that I would never guess that these pieces weren’t created decades ago. Marc also shows off a great use and understanding of color reminiscent of the golden age.


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Modern Classroom Style



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Whenever I think back to my school days, I can’t help but laugh and shake my head at the classroom settings. Desks that didn’t match, busted equipment, and old chalkboards. And I attended a highly rated school, so I can only imagine what lots of others have had to deal with. It wasn’t until my sophomore year in high school when a large-scale renovation took place (think classes in trailers) that I started to appreciate my surroundings considerably more. Why was there such a lack of color, pattern, and design? If you’re wondering how my dream classroom might look, well, here it is!

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Anna Topuriya

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I’ve never made it to Mexico, and it seems like everyone and their brother has vacationed there in the past few months. I sorely need a getaway, but the dreamy works of Anna Topuriya will have to do for now. And couldn’t use a little magic?


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Yolanda Sánchez

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The freeform abstract paintings of Yolanda Sánchez are definitely happy-makers. To me they look like professional finger paintings, like if a kid really stuck with it and advanced his or her technique to the utmost level this would be the end result. I’m all in.


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Happy Weekend

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01/ Death Wooed Us shows the beautiful places people have gone to die.
02/ It says a lot that I love this table, dubbed OCD, that organizes your daily objects.
03/ Invisible Barn uses mirrored panels to become just that.
04/ The NY Train Project shows off the signage of 118 subway stops in Manhattan.
05/ Fabric jellyfish and felted anemones make up the huge installation Underwater Flight.
06/ Bugaboo and Andy Warhol’s estate team up to create these design savvy carriages.
07/ Check out the crazy cargo of Vietnam’s motorbikes in Bikes of Burden.
08/ A studio in Scranton, PA challenged residents to get creative with the city’s potholes.
09/ Peter Gentenaar creates billowing, surreal paper installations.
10/ Download the Game of Thrones version of Guess Who?!

This week on Design Crush:
If you haven’t listened to Mixtape #36: We Belong to Where We’re Going, now’s the time.
Seriously loving the color and pattern play present in Quercus & Co.‘s shop.
Margaux Roy‘s photography is pure summer.
Quirky clay pieces from LaMalconttenta.
Dreamy monotone washes of color make up Macarena Ruis-Tagle‘s Atmosphere.
Travel tips and tricks to help get you (happily) to your summer vacation destination.
LandStyle celebrates the landscapes we love through abstract art.
Beautiful minimal and functional leather goods from Sons & Daughters.
Porcelain ladies and sailor tattoos meet in the art of Jessica Harrison.