Happy 4th of July

Paul Octavious-Design Crush

Photo: Paul Octavious

As the United States celebrates her 238 birthday I’d say she still looks pretty damn good. So we’ll all celebrate here in the U.S. by firing up the grill and cooking everything in sight, hanging out in blazing temperatures while pretending not to sweat, and watching fireworks light up the night sky being extra thankful that the holiday falls on a Friday this year. Happy Birthday, America!


Happy 4th!

Matthew Banks-Design Crush

PHOTO: Matthew Banks Photography

We’re taking the day off to celebrate the 4th of July and will be back tomorrow. Hope you’re enjoying some icy libations and food with char marks today!



PHOTO: Gurbir Grewal

Happy 4th of July, America! I’m doing my best to take the day off, and hoping it includes a TV marathon and veggie shish kabobs.



Happy {4th of July} Weekend.

{Creature Comforts}

+ A plethora of July desktop wallpaper – take your pick! 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

+ First I want a rad bike, then I want this bell!

+ I’m not overly patriotic, but I love these ideas for decorating with flags

+ A sweet download for All those who wander…

+ Great ideas for planning your weekly menu (I really need to start doing that.) and a download to get you started

+ I’m drooling over these Waffled Double-Chocolate Doughnuts

+ Pretty DIY ribbon medallions for your 4th of July get together

+ Loving these Sherwin-Williams ads constructed out of paint chip by Matthew Sporzynski of Real Simple fame

+ Weiners are hilarious. Well, they are.

+ Looking forward to trying this DIY wall art for myself

+ Family t-shirts you’d be proud to wear, even if it’s not your family

Happy 4th of July!
Happy Weekend!

PS: Don’t forget, you have until 9am CST this Monday to comment on the Quote Bag Studio giveaway for a chance to win!


Roundup: 4th of July Eats.

Here are ten recipes that are guaranteed to get you an empty dish to take home at the end of your 4th of July bash!

What are you planning on making this weekend?
Me? I think I’m being drawn towards the last recipe listed here.

Summer Apple PieBerries & Cream Cones

Berry Cream CakeBlackberry Limeade

Blackberry Granita & Cream ParfaitChoco Tacos

Frosted Banana CakeHand Pies

Lemon Semifreddo Pie in a Gingersnap CrustStrawberry Dumplings


Number Sparklers.

Let’s combine two things that are separately wonderful and fun and make something even more amazing. Ready?

Number birthday candles + sparklers = Number Sparklers.

: via In(side) the Loop