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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Sunnylife

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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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Happy Weekend

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This week on Design Crush:
Super emotive paintings by Roos van der Vliet.
A recipe roundup to enjoy stew 12 ways.
Beautiful illustrated piece embellished with embroidery from Izziyana Suhaimi.
Four tips for finding your scent with MCMC.
Loving these bright tribal-like embroidered pieces by Elizabeth Pawle.
Up your vinyl game with this tooled leather turntable slipmat.
Matt Leines‘ mask-like portraits are Halloween perfect.
You should definitely make hot apple cider this weekend!
Check out the brilliant lady behind the snarky cards in PGH Maker Profile: Sapling Press.

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This week on Design Crush:
I’d love to crawl right inside one of Jotaká‘s paper family portraits.
Crushing on Martone Cycling Co.‘s monotone beautiful bicycles.
Step out on an airplane’s wings through Claire Harvey’s Postcards.
Dreaming of filling my home with Haus Candle‘s ten scents.
Large scale installations bursting with shape and color by Crystal Wagner.
Hanahzo soaps are like art for your bathroom.
I love the illustrative and graphic words of Jesús Perea.

Design Crush elsewhere:
5 tips for super smooth travel that I’ve come to rely on.
It’s the perfect weather for a cup of tea right now, and here’s how I make the best cup.
My bar cart is always in rotation, here are 5 ways I keep it ready for entertaining at a moment’s notice.
Let’s go autumn camping!

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An Outdoor Autumn Harvest Party

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I think we’re all too fast to run inside once the temperatures begin to fade, don’t you? There’s something to be said for embracing the harvest season that’s almost here, cozying up in layers, and enjoying this time of year and all it has to offer before the hustle and bustle of the holidays take over. As I mentioned before, I’m bent on putting my backyard and decks to good use this autumn – plenty of game day get togethers, birthday celebrations, and fire pit parties are already on the docket. I like having an arsenal of dinnerware and serving pieces set aside especially for this time of year and the type of entertaining that I associate with it. What does that mean? Nothing overly precious, pieces that are functional and earthy in material and tone, and a bit heavier than my summer wares.

 

 

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Metals and woods are my favorite right now. The heft and textures they bring to the table (ahem) are unparalleled and, well, a little bit of shine never hurt anyone! I like it when my table looks pulled together, but not pristine. Matchy matchy is out of the question, so mixing metals and other elements is key to pulling everything off. Pier 1‘s Bronze Palm Leaf Serving Bowl is such a great statement piece that brought form and function to my table in spades.

 

 

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My favorite recipes for casual get togethers are simple and fresh. For appetizers I like baked zucchini parmesan crisps and whipped Mexican grilled corn dip. I insist on serving a salad of some type – not always of the leafy variety – and can’t wait to try this grilled potato salad with basil, blue cheese, and tomatoes and this perfect for autumn almond apple quinoa salad.

 

 

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It’s easy to pick up a few growlers of favorite local beers to keep things casual, along with setting out a pitcher of plum spritzers. As the evening cools down even further there’s always a pot of coffee not too far away in the kitchen. I particularly love this Diamond Cut Drinkware because it reminds me of a set of similar glasses my Grandma used to serve iced tea out of every summer.

 

 

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When entertaining outside I like to lean heavily on my trusty grill and my crockpot. One creates delicious things within a few minutes while the other maintains a set-it-and-forget-it frame of mind, with both results usually being eaten on a bun. Case in point are these fried mozzarella and caramelized peach caprese burgers and pulled honey lime chicken sandwiches with corn and cabbage slaw. Hearty and bursting with flavor, they’ll please even your most picky party-goer. A few lanterns helps to further set the mood. One of my favorite outdoor entertaining tricks is using scented candles, the aroma ends up subtly wafting around in the most pleasant way. Simple white plates and cotton napkins help to bring everything else together. Later on we can carry these down to the fire pit to make s’mores and bask in the warmth of another evening spent in good company with good food and drink.

 

 

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No get together is complete without a curated playlist, at least not at my house! So of course I had to pull together some of my favorite songs that channel chill vibes and welcome autumn with open arms. Have a listen!

 

 

 

Hoxton Salad Server Set // Mother-of-Pearl Stainless Steel Pitcher // Diamond Cut Drinkware (Amber) // Bronze Palm Leaf Serving Bowl // White Buffet Napkin Set // Landen Mini Lantern // Landen Black Lantern // Pumpkin Chai Pillars

 


 

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