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Stick-Up Sticks are both fun and purposeful. Inspired by the colored chalk of your childhood, each painted beechwood magnet is set at a different angle. Use them to hang dish towels and aprons or to attach photos and important papers to the refrigerator.

 

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Jun
18

Colors

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I’d find it difficult to use these little works of art for their intended purpose – crayons! Colors are crayons that have been retooled and reinvented, each set of five is unique in pattern and color and man are they easy on the eyes.

 

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Jun
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01/ Louise Zhang’s Slosh Samples are beautifully grotesque.
02/ Travelbox acts as a pop-up hotel room for avid travelers.
03/ The Szczecin Philharmonic Hall in Poland is white done right.
04/ A hanging felt cradle inspired by the womb, check out Little Nest.
05/ Mmuseumm is a tiny museum of found objects housed in a former freight elevator in NYC.
06/ The world’s longest + highest glass bottom bridge – the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Skywalk – is about to open in China.
07/ City Museum in St. Louis is a 10-story former shoe factory transformed into an urban playground.
08/ Love these 11 BMWs that famous artists have turned into masterpieces.
09/ Kaffeeform Cups are coffee cups made out of coffee grounds!
10/ The effects of love on identical stuffed animals.

This week on Design Crush:
Ten fresh art prints to amp up your decor in Print Edition: June.
Loving the refined work of Lyngby Porcelain.
Rambling towns from the hand of Amy Casey.
Crushing hard on Kate Blegvad’s jewelry – Datter Industries.
Soft, pretty brand work from Babeth Lafon.
Your cocktail needs this geometric drink rocks set!
Vibrantly quirky paintings from Jessie Breakwell.
Urban Kraft paper bags are super durable and even washable.
Mayice creates stained glass out of something completely unexpected.

May
14

10 May DIYs

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Oct
15

Countdown to Halloween

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Nope, not Christmas – autumn, October, and Halloween. October 31st has long been a big deal in my family, from great aunts and uncles creating haunted houses in their basements to massive trick or treating, it’s given me some of my best memories. This year feels a bit out of whack since I’m still trying to get my house together post move and figuring out where the movers put everything (and yes, where I put everything while unpacking). I have pumpkins and mums decorating my front porch and a few favorite spooky pieces indoors, but the majority is in the basement. I’m hoping to dig a few more decorations out before hundreds of trick or treaters descend on my neighborhood (from the realtor’s lips to my ears) the night of the 31st. But if you’re more together than I am here are twenty-two of Halloween best ideas for you to tackle!

 

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ROW 1: Pop-Up Table Runner // Black and White Anatomical Printables // DIY Ghostly Mirror Images
ROW 2: Printable Trick or Treat Color Block Labels + Box Template // Straw Spider Web Wreath
ROW 3: DIY Halloween Invitations // DIY Halloween Silhouette Pitcher // Black Cocktail Rimming Sugar
ROW 4: Paper Star Lantern with Spider Web Cutouts // Set of 5 Halloween Cards // DIY Printable Trick-or-Treat Bag Labels

 

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ROW 1: Skeleton Hand Card // DIY Monster Candy Box // Gooey Monster Eye Cookies    ROW 2: Printable Halloween Party Invitations // Haunted Doll House    ROW 3: Vanilla Bean Skull Cake // Poison Toffee Apples // Printable Vintage Halloween Banner    ROW 4: Skull-Shaped Japanese Sugar //  // DIY Skull Planter

Jul
18

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01/ See families lying in a week’s worth of their own garbage in 7 Days of Garbage.
02/ The Foodnited States of America.
03/ The Crystalline Series by Niche Modern have beautiful colors and shapes.
04/ This watch – DURR – shivers every five minutes to investigate the subjective nature of time.
05/ Completely brilliant – Motion Silhouette is an interactive shadow picture book.
06/ Can you believe these scenes by Bovey Lee were hand-cut from rice paper?!
07/ Head in the Clouds illustrates one hour’s worth of trash in NYC. Incredible.
08/ Ever wondered what’s inside fireworks? Check out Boom City.
09/ Photography, digital effects, and models combine for a glimpse In Utero.
10/ So glad Yumi Okita‘s textile moths aren’t real.

This week on Design Crush:
Have a listen to this month’s Mixtape #38: Just Trying to Be Where I End Up.
Make sure and enter our Loom Decor giveaway for a chance to win!
Love these gold-kissed art from Au Prints.
Beautiful textiles with a great premise from JOYN.
Super limited edition (but affordable) jewelry from fortune.
We pulled together 12 July DIYs – our favorites!
Blurry, washed out watercolor portraits by François-Henri Galland.
A little bit in love with the color palette of The Mercantile Collection!
Pretty leather pouches and bags by Georgie Cummings.

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A bathroom floor refresh.

Jul
03

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01/ Twenties is a tongue-in-cheek look at that magical decade of life.
02/ Sheer scarves printed with satellite imagery of cities by night.
03/ Pretty pressed glass knobs from Tom Dixon.
04/ The Pocket Art Director just made shopping for your designer friends that much easier.
05/ This abandoned Bangkok shopping mall hides a fishy secret!
06/ I’m 34 and I want one of these modern Miniio dollhouses.
07/ Painted typography created from manipulated paint splatters. WOW.
08/ Would you take on this dangerously fun cliffside Slip ‘n Slide?!
09/ Swing on your lawn with the Field Hammock!
10/ This dad created letters of food to teach his daughter the alphabet.

This week on Design Crush:
The mind-blowing paintings of Koen van den Broek.
The personal story behind the fresh ink of my latest two tattoos.
Screen prints layered over color washes from Vivian & Beverly Studio.
Eight canine collars for your partner in crime.
The beautiful, sometimes creepy art of Miss Take.
Another personal bit about how I (kind of) quite sugar (because I had to).
Pastel on vellum has never looked so good thanks to Cathy Daley.

May
22

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!

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

May
20

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!

One thing students and teachers shouldn’t have to worry about is access to great technology, Bing in the Classroom is an initiative to help bring just this to schools. When they work with Bing in the Classroom, schools receive access to ad-free, safe, private searches by Bing, digital literacy lesson plans, and opportunities to earn free Surface tablets for their classrooms through Bing Rewards! You can show support for #adfreesearch right here.

 

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May
16

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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.