Reinventing the Recliner

 

When you stop to think about recliners, what do you picture? I’m willing to bet your mind will lead you down the same path as mine, toward the bulky upholstered chairs of your childhood that were likely helmed by and reserved for your dad or your grandfather. They probably look nothing like any piece of furniture in your own home today, but thankfully the recliner has been quietly reinvented for a more modern home by American Leather.

 

 

I, for one, am thrilled – because man, are recliners comfortable or what?! I have a lot of fond memories of curling up in my Dad’s cumbersome chair, and these new designs are equally as welcoming. The seven sleek silhouettes are stylish and modern, two things I look for in every piece I bring into my own home. And when closed and upright you might never even know that these clean-lined chairs are concealing a reclinable feature.

 

 

When creating your chair choose from literally hundreds of color and texture options, making your custom modern day recliner perfectly suited to whatever kind of lifestyle happens within the walls of your home. There’s microfiber for homes with children or clumsy adults, cozy chenilles for the homebody, and of course natural classics like leather for a timeless aesthetic. Even with customizations you’ll have your new recliner in about 30 days.

 

 

My favorite design, and the one seen throughout this post, is the Aston. I love its obvious mid-century design influences and the natural walnut frame that conceals its reclining capabilities. It features a slightly curved back that just begs to be curled up in! Have a look at American Leather‘s entire line and see how innovation really is at the heart of everything they do.

 

 

This post sponsored by American Leather. Thank you for supporting the brands that help Design Crush create fresh, inspired content regularly!

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Happy Holidays to You and Yours

Christmas Tree Dress by Libby VanderPloeg

I’m cutting out today for the rest of the year to work on some freelance projects and hopefully enjoy a little bit of holiday downtime as well. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for hanging around and keeping up with Design Crush for yet another year! There will be some changes coming to the site in the new year, so stay tuned for those. In the meantime, have yourself a merry little Christmas and a happy New Year!

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Danish Pastries 10 Ways

I have a HUGE sweet tooth and would love nothing more than to sit down to a pastry and coffee each morning for breakfast. (Unfortunately, my diabetes disagrees with this plan.) If you’re also in the Sweets for Breakfast party, have a look at these ten recipes for danish pastries below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Year’s Eve Party Dresses to Ring in 2019

I prefer to stay in on New Year’s Eve – maybe it’s the introvert in me or maybe the old lady. What I’d like to do is have a small dinner party where everyone dresses up as if they were going out, then after dinner we all change into our pajamas until the ball drops at midnight. It’s the best of both worlds! Anyway, if you are headed out on the town here are a few dresses that would be a great way to start 2019!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sh*t My Friends Make

 

One of my favorite parts of my job – and my life – is that I get to meet and befriend the most amazing people. People who spend late nights working on their passion projects, who understand why shopping small is so important, and who are just generally awesome. I had every intention of getting this post pulled together earlier in the month, but my other jobs (I’ve got some hustle, too) have kept me busier than usual. I’m sure some shipping windows have already closed to order things in time, but you never know! And plenty of these guys have sales, free shipping, etc going on right now. Please know that the best, most genuine people are behind these shops. (I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few as well!)

 

20×200 // fine art prints // photography prints // artist-made objects // limited edition art

 

Alternate Histories // prints // greeting cards // books // calendar

 

Amy Hamley Ceramics // tableware // serveware // accents // planters // vases // one of a kind

 

Ashley Cecil // kimonos // wallpaper // scarves // giclee prints // coloring // snail mail

 

Black Dog Printshop // linocut prints // watercolors // greeting cards // tote bags // ornaments // t-shirts // kitchen towels

 

Block Shop // scarves // robes // table linens // pillows // kantha quilts // woodblock paper prints // rugs // notecards

 

Boots & Arrow // dog collars // dog bandanas // poop bag holders // people accessories

 

Brave New World Designs // adult and kid size t-shirts

 

Chipper Things // apparel // home

 

Commonwealth Press // t-shirts // tote bags // pillows // prints // greeting cards // magnets

 

Cotton & Flax // pillows // tea towels // napkins // coasters // notebooks

 

Debbie Carlos // prints // ceramics // jewelry // democracy prints // workshops

 

Emily McDowell Studio // greetings cards // mugs // keychains // pins // tote bags // pouches // napkins // magnets

 

Everyday Balloons Print Shop // apparel // greeting cards // prints // can coolies // magnets // ornaments // pins // pint glasses // sketchbooks // tea towels // tote bags

 

Garbella // baby // bags + pouches // kitchen + home // magnets // mugs // ornaments // stickers //  pins // apparel

 

Jaime Derringer // original art // prints

 

Jen Hewett // tea towels // postcards // calendar

 

Lisa Congdon // prints // greeting cards // notebooks // books // pins + patches // stickers + tape // magnets // temporary tattoos // embroidery patterns

 

MGG Studio // bracelets // earrings // necklaces // rings

 

Mom’s Stuff // salve // body oil // face balm

 

Moop Canvas Bags // backpacks // tote bags // messenger bags // crossbody bags // clutches

 

Moulton // bracelets // earrings // necklaces // rings

 

Nicole Aquillano Ceramics // cups + mugs // plates // scoops // ornaments // vases // etc

 

Noble Friends // pet portraits // pillows // socks // necklaces // tote bags // blankets // mugs // phone cases // etc

 

Reconstructing Ideas // iconic homes // nautical maps // collage // typography // LGBT greeting cards + prints // custom illustrations

 

Sapling Press // greeting cards // key tags // mugs // magnets // napkins // notepads // pouches

 

Savannah Hayes // fabric // pillows // throws // baby // tea towels // zip pouches

 

Stak Ceramics // planters // tablet docks // phone valets // desktop phone amp // vases

 

Strawberryluna // prints // stationery + cards // print sets // lunch bags // totes

 

Studio Stockhome // candles // table linens // pillows

 

Whimsy & Spice // biscotti + shortbread // marshmallows // sandwich + drop cookies // hot chocolate mixes // brownies // gift boxes

 

Wild Folk Flower Apothecary // face // body // lips // bath // scent

 

Wit & Delight Shop // prints // stationery

 

Wood & Faulk // bags // accessories // home + lifestyle //

 

Worker Bird // embroidery // home goods // prints // stickers // tees // original tin work

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63 Christmas Cookies You Might Want to Try

ROW 1: 5 Ingredient Funfetti Shortbread Bites // Butter S Cookies // Candy Cane Cookies    ROW 2: Chai Spiced Thumbprint Cookies // Cherry Almond Amish Sugar Cookies // Chewiest, Crackliest Molasses Cookies    ROW 3: Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Sticks // Chewy Orange Spice Cookies // Chocolate Chip Salted Caramel Cookies (V)

 

ROW 1: Chocolate Cranberry Cookies // Chocolate Espresso Shortbread Cookies // Chocolate Sea Salt Rugelach    ROW 2: Chocolate Shortbread Sandwich Cookies // Cinnamon Stars // Cinnamon Tahini Cookies    ROW 3: Cookie Butter Biscotti // Copycat Thin Mint Cookies // Cranberry Macarons

 

ROW 1: Chocolate Pistachio Shortbread with White Chocolate Glaze // Crispy Chocolate Cookie Cutter Cookies // Death by Chocolate Brownie Cookies    ROW 2: Drop Style Christmas Sugar Cookies // Easy Lace Cookies // Eggless Fruitcake Cookies    ROW 3: Eggnog Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies // Elephant Ear Cookies // Fried Rosette Snowflake Cookies

 

ROW 1: Gingerbread Cookies with Ombre Buttercream // Gingerbread Spiced Snowflake Sugar Cookies // Healthy Eggnog Sugar Cookies    ROW 2: Holiday Wreath Meringue Macarons // Lemon & Cardamom Gingerbread Cookies // Linzer Cookies    ROW 3: Maple Glazed Oatmeal Cookies // Maple Pecan Meltaways // Mexican Hot Chocolate Sugar Cookies (V, P)

 

ROW 1: Mini Christmas Tree Cookies // Mocha Swirl Meringue Cookies // New York Cheesecake Cookies    ROW 2: No-Bake Mint Chip Cookies // Orange and Chocolate Star Cookies // Orange Cranberry Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies    ROW 3: Peanut Butter Cutout Cookies // Pecan Pie Cookies with Butter Pecan Frosting // Peppermint Ganache Sandwich Cookies

 

ROW 1: Peppermint Meltaway Cookies (GF) // Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies // Raspberry Lemon Snickerdoodles    ROW 2: Red Velvet Sugar Cookies // Rosemary and Fig Rugelach with Caramelized Walnuts // Salted Lavender Chocolate Buckwheat Cookies    ROW 3: Salted Toffee and Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies // Santa’s Whiskers Cookies // Soft Amaretti Cookies

 

ROW 1: Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies // Spice Cookies with Coffee Glaze // Sweet and Savory Rugelach    ROW 2: Three Ingredient Brown Sugar Shortbread // Tutti Frutti Cookies // Vanilla Bean Marshmallow & Pink Peppercorn Shortbread Cookies    ROW 3: Vanilla Sandwich Cookies with Vanilla Bean Marshmallow and Dark Chocolate Ganache // Chai Coconut Oatmeal Cookies (V) // White Chocolate Candy Cane Drop Cookies

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