Camera Accessories

Taking a good photo is one thing, taking care of the equipment that creates it is another. Just think about how important your phone case is to protecting that device and you’ll see where I’m coming from. If you’re using a digital or film camera A. It’s probably not cheap and B. You want to treat it like an investment. A good strap gives you security when shooting, a solid bag protects your camera when it’s not in use, and lens bags add a layer of protection when you’re switching between several during a fun day or a shoot.

 

1/ Camera Lens Bags   2/ Camera Wrist Strap   3/ Compact Camera Bag   4/ Deakin Handmade Leather Camera Strap   5/ Personalized Leather Camera Strap   6/ Camera Neck Strap   7/ Pop Up Camera Case   8/ Sebastian Camera Bag   9/ Vintage Camera Straps   10/ SOLAS Camera Bag

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Let’s Talk Concrete Floors

Kailey J. Flynn

If I lived in a warmer climate I’d have concrete flooring in my home, no questions asked. Not only is it easy to clean, it can also be customized in any number of ways. Stenciled, stamped, polished, acid stained, dyed, painted, and more. These days the material is being appreciated for the raw beauty it can bring to a space, rather than relegated to warehouses and big box stores. The different textures and variations available make concrete feel anything but cold, making it a great fit for modern styles and more.

 

My Domaine

 

A Pair & A Spare

 

Nicoline Olsen

 

Hertha Hurnaus Photography

 

Brooke Holm

 

Design*Sponge

 

Barbara Hill Design

 

Vogue Living

 

Dustjacket Attic

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Emma McDowall

 

Emma McDowall is an Edinburgh, Scotland-based artist currently creating these incredible concrete vessels and objects, each one celebrates color and texture. Made from hand and sometimes using found or recycled objects as moulds, every piece is a unique one-of-a-kind that serves as both object and functional product. Take a peek at Emma’s shop if you’d like to bring her art into your space.

 

 

 

 

 

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Africa Now

 

Mosaico+‘s most recent collection of Italian mosaic tiles – Africa Now – reinterprets African fabrics in a contemporary way. The result is a range of sophisticated designs made from different combinations of contrasting colors, monotones, and strong graphic motifs. I’d like to this to happen in my entire walk-in shower, please.

 

 

 

 

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Floor Lamps

As soon as cold winter weather really starts to set in I go into nesting mode and take stock of the house. What do I need? What needs to be thrown out or donated or sold? What needs stored? Right now I’m looking to replace the arc lamp in my living room that I love dearly, but that guests keep hitting their heads on. It will be relocated to the guest room and I’ll find something more upright for the living room. What are you looking to do in your home for the new year?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dark Facades

Gardenista

 

Earlier this week I had a dream. I was hiking up a hillside path with a few friends when we saw a house that I said was my dream home, sort of a cabin-meets-tudor that was painted jet black and backed up to a forest with a big front lawn. No sooner did the event take place in my dream than my subconscious filed it away as 100% true. I’ve been in love with all black homes since seeing my first – a Victorian in San Francisco, I believe – but my location has never lent itself to making it a sensible reality. With the way black traps and collects heat it would have been a deathtrap in Oklahoma City, but here in Pennsylvania it makes a little more sense with the weather as well the style of house. In other words, I would happily paint the facade of my place obsidian if I could only get the nagging voice that keeps saying resell value! out of my head.

 

Dwell

 

Design Bureau

 

The Fresh Exchange

 

Todd Davis Architecture

 

Design*Sponge

 

Dwell

 

Habitus Living

 

Jean Verville Architecte

 

Møn Huset

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10 Benefits of Himalayan Salt Lamps

 

I’ve long admired the aesthetics of Himalayan salt lamps, and after doing some research last autumn I bought one. These artful light sources aren’t just a treat for the eyes, they also have a slew of benefits to accompany their warm glow.

Himalayan salt lamps are made out of just that, hollowed out blocks of pure Himalayan salt. We’re surrounded by air that’s full of positive and negative ions. Positive ions, AKA electronic air pollution, are created by electronic devices and can contribute to health problems such as allergies, stress, and insomnia. Salt lamps work by emitting negative ions that create a cleansing effect on the air.

 

 

10 Benefits of Himalayan Salt Lamps –

+ improves mood and concentration

+ purifies the air

+ reduces allergen and asthma symptoms

+ reduces stress

+ reduces insomnia

+ improves seasonal effective disorder

+ supports immune system

+ improves mood

+ boosts energy

+ reduces static electricity

 

 

Himalayan salt lamps do have a limited range, so you’ll want to place yours in the room in which you spend the most time. Check to make sure that your lamp is made from pure Himalayan salt rather than rock salt to experience actual benefits. And once purchased make sure to keep it away from humid spots like the bathroom, near the dishwasher, or by the washing machine.

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2017

 

IT’S HERE!

While I don’t expect the world and all of its issues to change because we flipped a calendar page, I am hopeful for a fresh start. Last year was a huge rollercoaster for many, and even though much of that will carry over it feels like there’s a bit less baggage in acknowledging a new year.

I stopped doing resolutions several years ago and instead do intentions. The word itself is much less intimidating and I’ve found I’m more likely to last past January 2nd with this mindset. I managed to make headway with two out of three 2016 intentions, which isn’t half bad in my estimation.

This go around I’m only focusing on one – pushing out of my comfort zone. This could be taken any number of ways, but what I’m hoping for is growth in both my life and my business. Saying yes but not being afraid to say no. Turning my weaknesses into strengths. There is great growth in discomfort and I can’t wait to dig in and get dirty.

So here’s to a happy and healthy 2017. Let’s be our best selves.

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Merry Christmas

Kiel James Patrick

This Sunday I hope you’ll wake up not too early in a warm, cozy bed with a few butterflies from childhood in your stomach. I hope you promptly have coffee before spending the day in either your pajamas or your holiday finery. I hope it’s 24-hours full of love and laughter and contentment. I hope there’s at least one unexpected surprise. I hope you eat a big, delicious meal and help out in the kitchen. I hope you take a few minutes standing in the woods, or on the porch without your coat, or before you close your eyes that night to reflect on how good most of us have it. And lastly, I hope you have a very Merry Christmas. xo, Kelly

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