Cloth Napkins

Fabric napkins equate themselves with a special occasion to me, but it doesn’t really have to be that way does it? I’ve been trying to use the mindset that every day is a good day to use things that feel special, including the cloth napkins in my pantry. Using them for an ordinary Tuesday dinner has the ability to make the pot of soup you’ve been eating for a few days taste 100% better.

 

ROW 1: Wildflower Study Napkin // Black Ikat Dinner Napkins // Set of 4 Dinner Napkins
ROW 2: Eskayel Napkins // Floral Cloth Napkins // Hand-Blocked Geo Napkins
ROW 3: Ink Dot Napkins // Neon Piping Napkins // NPG Everyday Napkins
ROW 4: Palette Swatch Napkin Set // Puglia Napkin Set // Shapes Cocktail Napkins

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Quiet Town

 

Quilted and color-blocked canvas shower curtains made in Brooklyn and naturally water resistant. Hand-woven, hand-dyed cotton kilim bath rugs constructed in India. Custom, local dye jobs that allow risks to be taken and lower our environmental impact. I can’t find one thing not to like about Quiet Town‘s collection of bath textiles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On the Hunt: Headboard Edition

I’ve only had two real beds in my life, a cherrywood sleigh daybed and a curved iron headboard that I’ve had since my mid-20s. (The cheap-o bed frame that I had in college and grad school certainly doesn’t count!) Right now I’m in the midst of a bedroom redo – plenty more on that to come – and am on the hunt for a new headboard, something more boho chic that reflects what my style has evolved into over the past decade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lentils 12 Ways

Lentils are a food that only found a place in my pantry a few years ago, we simply didn’t eat them while I was growing up. Now I love these versatile legumes! They’re delicious in soups, salads, grain bowls, and a hundred other ways as well. Here are twelve recipes I’m eyeing to make sooner than later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Plume

 

Routers seem to be the main cause of WiFi frustration. They only work when placed in the so-called perfect spot and aren’t equipped to handle the needs of a busy home full of tech. Plume puts the router in the cloud, adapting in real-time to the devices and habits in your home. With a small Plume pod in each room you can now work, play, listen, and connect everywhere with a strong signal.

 

 

 

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Mint + Honey Milk Tea

 

I’d hardly call it a recipe, but this Mint + Honey Milk Tea is something I make a few afternoons a week when I need a little break. It’s warm and invigorating with just the slightest bit of sweetness. If mint isn’t your favorite flavor don’t worry, you can use any other kind so long as it’s citrus free to avoid curdling.

 

 

Ingredients
• 8 oz milk of any kind, though it shouldn’t be flavored
• mint tea
• 1 Tbsp honey

Heat milk in a pan on the stove until hot, being careful not to scald. As it warms whisk in the honey, then pour into a mug with teabag or steeper. Let steep for five minutes and enjoy!

PS: Sometimes I’ll froth the milk to make it creamier.

 

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Let’s Talk Fireplaces

Homes to Love

If only every home could have a fireplace, there’s just nothing better to focus the guts of a room upon. My personal favorites are modern – blocky cement or white brick – with a space for storing wood, but I’m a sucker for nearly all of them. What I’ve learned is there’s no right way to do a hearth or mantel when, in fact, you don’t even need either one! Lots of rooms seen here have me thinking about tearing the facing right off of my own fireplace – would you dare?

 

Austin Design Associates

 

Chimeneas Quento

 

Clare Cousins

 

Danielle de Lange

 

Jonas Berg

 

Magnolia Market

 

Pierre Wester

 

Stan Koolen

 

The Faux Martha

 

Twenty7 Design Workshop

 

Yann Deret

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Do-It-All Baskets

As someone who likes to keep relatively organized, I’m a basket lover by nature. In the living room they organize extra blankets and pet toys, in the bedroom shoes and laundry, and in the pantry recycling and dog kibble. I have them stored under sinks corralling cleaning products and beauty products, as well as in my office full of craft supplies. A good basket is versatile, sturdy, and easy on the eyes and here are thirteen I’ve got a crush on.

 

1/ Banana Leaf Floor Basket   2/ Beso Baskets   3/ Eyelash Hamper   4/ Handmade Shallow Moroccan Basket   5/ Kiondo White Basket   6/ Mainstay Waste Basket   7/ Handwoven Moroccan Basket   8/ Marne Natural Meandering-Weave Textured Seagrass Basket   9/ Short Woven Basket   10/ Sisal Woven Baskets   11/ Seagrass Round 3-Piece 2-Tone White Woven Basket Set   12/ Yuzo Baskets   13/ Diamond Straw Basket

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DIY Abstract Embroidery Hoop Art

 

Welcome to our second new series of 2017! After nearly ten years of sharing the creativity of others, I thought it was high time we started creating more ourselves. These projects are just as much for me as they are for you. Working in a creative industry tends to have the opposite effect of what you might expect, and my own personal art has taken a backseat. I aim to change that starting with this post.

So, what can you expect? A loosely guided art project once a month that leaves plenty of room to explore and make your own. I’ll share my own take on it and leave you to the rest with a list of supplies and your own hands.

 

 

 

Supplies
• embroidery hoop(s)
• embroidery fabric
• acrylic paints
• palette knife (a disposable plastic knife will do in a pinch)
• acrylic paint brush
• jar with water for rinsing
• paper towels
• paint palette (or paper plate)
• scissors

 

 

I began by finding two color palettes I liked that could be easily mixed and matched – mainly blues, corals, goldenrod, and grey. I also knew that I wanted my three hoops to be related in style to look cohesive when hung together, and I accomplished that in two ways. First I made sure to use colors from the first two pieces together in the third, and second I made each painting slightly more organized in style than the previous. (Can you tell the order?)

 

 

Begin by disassembling the embroidery hoop and stretching the embroidery fabric over the inner hoop before pulling the fabric taut and replacing and tightening the outer hoop. I waited until the end of the project to trim off excess fabric from the back, but you could do that now as well.

Next you’ll want to pick up that paint brush and paint the entire “canvas” background however you see fit, making sure to paint over the top edge of the embroidery hoop as well. (Sidenote: this is the only time I used a brush throughout)

 

 

After the background is dry it’s time to put that palette knife to work. Squeeze each of your chosen paint colors onto your palette, and if you’re mixing a new color remember that it’s always better to mix too much than too little because it’ll be nearly impossible to recreate that color again. Load up the underside of the knife with a dollop of paint and use it as though you’re icing a cake. I didn’t bother waiting for colors to dry in between, just used a gentle hand to avoid mixing. The paint should be thick enough on the fabric that you can see definition, no need to refrain.

 

 

Once finished I let these guys hang out for a solid 24-hours to dry. Those thick layers of paint will take at least that long to set up fully. I then used some small finishing nails to hang them on the wall, just under each hoop closure.

I hope you love this new series and will join me in bringing more creativity into your life! And if you complete any of the projects I’d love to see – just tag @designcrush.

 

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