Noke U-Lock

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Not only is the Noke U-Lock easy on the eyes, it’s also brilliant. This bike lock allows you to unlock it with your smartphone, eliminating the worry of lost keys and forgotten combinations. You can also unlock it manually if your phone isn’t available, and an alarm sounds if anyone attempts to crack it open or mash up the keypad. The U-Lock works with iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones that include Bluetooth 4.0.


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Karin Haas

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New York City-based artist Karin Haas creates these paintings and pastels that remind me of the sweltering southwestern United States. To me the lines are indicative of the shimmery waves on hot pavement, the color palette like the landscape.


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Memorial Day

%22Le Paradis D’Elaine%22 | Elaine Irwin by Francois Halard for Elle France 1996-Design Crush

“Le Paradis D’Elaine” | Elaine Irwin by Francois Halard for Elle France 1996


The unofficial start of summer! I’ll be taking the day to hang with friends while silently thanking all of the men and women who have sacrificed their lives to protect our country. I hope you have something fun planned and remember the reason for the day as well.



Sunnylife-1-Design Crush


I’ve seriously been waiting since last August to talk about Sunnylife. Everyone looks forward to summer – and lazy days, poolside parties, the great outdoors, and al fresco meals – and all the things that go along with it. The folks over at Sunnylife are basically summertime experts who stock their shelves with everything you need to take the season to 11. Pool floats, outdoor entertaining, games, towels, umbrellas, and more. Take a peek at a few of my favorites!


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Dan Lam

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Want. To. Touch.

Dan Lam‘s sculptures are so otherworldly and organic that it’s difficult to not want to reach out and touch them with your own fingertips. The magic comes from polyurethane foam, resin, and acrylic on wood panel, but I think the real answer is Mars.


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Oslo Hanging Planters

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I’ve just about exhausted every horizontal surface in my home, much of them hidden under a blanket of greenery. You know what that means – time to think vertically. These Oslo Hanging Planters come in three varied, yet complimentary, designs and would be such perfect little baskets to nestle extra plants in. I wouldn’t mind a few in my kitchen either to stash fruits and veggies.


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Lorien Stern

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Colorful, fun, and full of personality. Anyone who creates art with those descriptors most likely embodies them, and I think California artist Lorien Stern most definitely does. I’m partial to the colorful shark heads! Check out her shop here.


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Flatbread 12 Ways

Flatbreads are perfect for just about every summer occasion I can think of.

Backyard get togethers? Check.
Candlelit dinner parties? Check.
Lazy movie marathons? Check.

See? I told you. So fire up the grill, prep your favorite toppings, and get creative. (Or check out these twelve recipes for a head start.)














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Margherita Morotti

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Italian illustrator Margherita Morotti works mainly with a mixture of indian ink, ecoline, gouache, and oil color when creating her powerful works of art. I can literally feel the angst and tension and everything else when looking at each piece.


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Bekka Palmer

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I especially love when an artist gravitates towards one medium or material and runs with it in every possible direction. Case in point, Bekka Palmer‘s hand-sewn rope necklaces and embroidered film series.  Her necklaces are just about perfect for your summer wardrobe while the embroidered film is part of a larger project – 100 Days of Thread and Film.


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