Fresh Business Cards for a Fresh Start


At the start of the month I mentioned how I’ve been taking on more projects outside of Design Crush. Turns out that when you’ve been one thing for so long – nearly 12 years – a change of perspective helps with the next chapter going forward. In my case, a change of identity as I went back to being Kelly Beall. Getting some fresh business cards seemed like the best place to start.



Basic Invite has a nice collection of specialty business cards with plenty of modern designs to choose from, along with every other style you might be after. They offer over 180 color options, coordinate with your business or just choose your favorite. You can apply a different color and font to every element of your personalized business cards if you’d like! Speaking of fonts, there’s a library to choose from – but if that sounds too overwhelming you can just go with what they’ve suggested on the template. If you want to get extra customized choose the foil option that’s available in silver, gold, and rose gold, or the clear card.



I chose the Modern Hello design, perfect for handing out to potential clients. I love the clean lines, bold type, and straightforwardness of the layout partnered with that bright punch of green. And speaking as a graphic designer, it was a nice change of pace to find several designs that I didn’t need to change a thing on to suit my own taste.




Basic Invite offers a lot beyond business cards online, they’re also one of few sites that give customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation before they ever place their final order. Test the paper, see the quality, make sure everything meets your expectations – then choose from 40 colors of envelopes to make the perfect invite for your event. To make the process even easier, they offer an address capturing service allowing customers to share a link on any social media platform to request their friends and family’s addresses. The addresses will then be stored in your account and can be selected during the design process.

If all of that doesn’t make you want to check out Basic Invite, well, they’re currently offering 15% off with code 15FF51.



This post is sponsored by Basic Invite. Thank you for supporting that brands that help keep Design Crush kicking!


15 Super Bowl Foods

Hosting or invited to a Super Bowl party next Sunday? I’m not sure what our plans are, but I’ve already started scoping out recipes to go alongside the chips and 7-layer dip. These 15 would look good on any table – no matter who you’re cheering for! (Go Rams.)

















Modular Art from Bend


These modular art pieces from Bend have been along for a bit now, but every time I come across them I’m reminded just how much potential they have! The metal wire pieces are sold as sets of two in both straight and curved formations as well as in various colors. Designing and creating your own personalized wall sculpture has never seemed so closely within reach!







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!


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!


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.












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!











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