K9 Couture Co. is a small, locally owned company I was introduced to shortly before leaving Oklahoma City. Crystal Young is the dog collar creator, as well as a veterinary tech, with a passion for animals. (A girl after my own heart!) She borrowed her mother-in-law’s sewing machine, taught herself how to use it, and K9 Couture Co. was born. Everything is chosen and made by Crystal herself. The collars are especially comfortable for your pup with a dose of style for you.
Joanna Hawley created Jojotastic as a place to spotlight everything from runway-fresh fashion to home interiors. Fellow animal hoarder and blogger, Joanna spends her spare time indulging in wanderlust, climbing rocks, and questing for the perfect apple pie.
Hailing from Detroit, Shinola is a long-time favorite for beautifully crafted leathergoods and watches. Recently, they partnered with photographer and animal-lover Bruce Weber on a collection of pet accessories. Like the rest of their pieces, the pet accessories are hand-made in America and made vegetable-tanned leather with brass hardware. Shinola also hopes to raise awareness with this collection for all rescue organizations, including the Michigan Humane Society and Best Friends.
Long-time golden retriever lover Bruce Weber also lent his photographic eye to the project. His strong belief that pets add meaning to our lives truly comes through in the photos, don’t you think?
01/ I hate zoos, so Zootopia sounds like an fascinating concept.
02/ Every bus stop should be as fantastic as this typographic version in Baltimore.
03/ In case you’d like to jump off of the world’s largest suspension bridge, well, you can.
04/ If you haven’t seen Justina Blakeney’s floral portraits check out her Instagram!
05/ No big deal, just a wall built out of Jell-o and plaster.
06/ Reading Between the Lines is a see-through church constructed of 100 layers.
07/ Kids fight off scary monsters in Laure Fauvel’s Terruers.
08/ The eerie innards of America’s abandoned sanitariums.
09/ Pitbulls get such an undeserved bad rap, Flower Power shows off their softer side.
10/ Can you guess what these paper masks are made out of?
This week on Design Crush:
Trust me when I say you need to enter our Rebecca Atwood giveaway for TWENTY chances to win a set of her incredible throw pillows!
We did crepes 10 ways.
Check out Carly Waito‘s painted gems. Yes, painted.
Michael Afsa creates some incredibly detailed metal works that I’d like to crawl inside of.
This month’s mix is out – Mixtape #39: Everything I Do I Do in Slow Motion. Have a listen.
Another Country explores home goods designed with British country kitchen, Shaker, Scandinavian, and Japanese influences.
What happens when 19th century French poets meet American rappers? Kate Gavino shows us.
I’ll be teaching at next month’s Alt for Everyone – will you be joining me??
This sleek metal swinging love seat would look great on the porch of the new house!
Design Crush elsewhere:
What do you think about the rose gold trend??
We’re offering FREE SHIPPING on everything in Design Crush: The Marketplace through the end of the week!
We’re also hosting a flash sale on the paintings of Kuzana Ogg to fund her next few exhibitions.
01/ A Russian woman used 30,000+ bottle caps to decorate the exterior of her house.
02/ My stepdad is an orthotist, so these incredible 3D printed orthosis hit close to home.
03/ No lie, I actually dreamt about the Drop Chair last night!
04/ Summer is here full-force in the south, and I think it calls for these wearable ice cubes.
05/ You know, just your average cow trained like a horse. No biggie.
06/ A haunting look inside some of America’s abandoned shopping malls.
07/ Check out Bottled Food and see just how gross processed food really is.
08/ Art students transformed this electrical tower into a stained glass lighthouse.
09/ Love the Water Pitcher Block, a simple glass water carafe with a rounded, block-like design.
10/ Calling all Game of Thrones fans! The Wines of Westeros have you name all over them.
This week on Design Crush:
Take a look at our picks for Prints: July Edition.
We covered five summer staples with a bevy of recipes – ice cream, lemonade, popsicles, potato salad, and ice cream sandwiches.
We also revealed BRIKA’s eight exclusive summer necklaces and are giving away one of the Pamela Necklaces on Instagram!
Crazy awesome folded textile and paper limited edition necklaces from Rebecca Roke.
Loving these beautiful watercolor planets by Stella Maria Baer.
Also, check out Design Crush’s curated collection on UGallery and their incredible variety of art!
ROW 1: Leather Dog Collar in Copper by PETCO // XX Bandana Collar by wildebeest // The Plains Collar by Gitli Goods ROW 2: Leather Mexican Texil Dog Collar by Bo Collars and Leashes // // Rolled Soft Leather Dog Collar by Collar Direct ROW 3: Humphrey Collar by max bone // Braveheart Martingale Collar by SeeScoutSleep // Italian Leather Dog Collar by Mark & Graham
01/ The Queen of England visited the set of Game of Thrones… you can guess what happened.
02/ Check out Kitty Kasa, a full service housing muddle for cats!
03/ 5,000 Arms to Hold You, an interactive bamboo installation at the Israel Museum.
04/ Waves and bodies of water created out of sheets of cut glass.
05/ An anatomical life-size chocolate skull to satiate your cravings.
06/ And here’s the world’s first bouncy house inspired by boobs.
07/ Fun illustrated food wrapping paper!
08/ Loves of a Cyclops, a short film above love and a man born with one eye.
09/ Why yes, I would happily wear this moon dress by Ana Locking.
10/ Jerry Seinfeld answers your pressing etiquette questions.
This week on Design Crush:
Loving the modular carpeting system that is kinder GROUND.
Check out the seasonal curated print collections from Anona Studio.
Maria Zaikina‘s lonely graphic house transition through the seasons.
I’m head over heels for stock tank pools.
Food by Color is just that, and so pretty.
I’m longing to own a piece of Tina Frey Designs‘ resin pieces.
Meet my latest watercolor crush, Emily Proud.
Bold graphic beach towels are everywhere.
Enter our Outdoor Trunk giveaway + win a hammock and BBQ set!
Welcome to the Oklahoma City stop on Kohl’s #DestinationSummer virtual road trip across the USA! As someone who works long hours and has a difficult time stepping away from her inbox, I love the idea of exploring the reaches of your own town and taking full advantage of what’s right at your fingertips! While I love traveling there’s something to be said for sticking to a budget and ending the day in your own bed. Ahhh on all counts.
Oklahoma summers get hot, and they get hot fast. I’m most definitely an indoor girl at heart, so my warm weather excursions happen either early or late in the day. Avoiding triple digits is key to my summer survival! I love taking my dogs Piper and Bebe for walks, and one of our favorite places to stroll in the morning is along the paths around Lake Hefner. The lake is a fast five minutes from my house and boasts bike paths, trails, and plenty of space for kite flying. Even on the rare dreary day it’s still booming.
I like to grab a big tote and stuff it with a few toys, water for both of us, and maaaybe some snacks (for me). The dogs are generally way too busy smelling everything and eyeing up other pups to pay much attention to the toys, but it makes me feel like an overachieving dog mom so I do it anyway. (Anything for bonus points!)
Low-key outdoor evenings spent with friends are one of my favorite things about summer life, add some delicious small bites and I’m on cloud nine! It’s the perfect time to throw on a sundress and pull together a fast picnic with your favorite people. A tablecloth stands in for a picnic blanket, melamine cups and plates make great sense for the outdoors, now just add in a few throw pillows for comfortable lounging and you’ve created something special.
Starting your picnic at sunset is a stroke of genius, if I say so myself. Everyone is much more relaxed and the slow and quiet slide of the sun below the horizon lends the most beautiful mood lighting that money could never buy.
I like keeping the food small and the drinks simple. Platters are great to pile with fresh fruits and vegetables to nibble as you chat away the night. Check back in tomorrow because I’m going to share some of the small, simple food we pulled together for this particular picnic with my friend Ali!
(We thought Bebe and Wally would go for the honey-drizzled plate, but they couldn’t get enough of the leftover butter!)
Photography: Caroline Cohenour
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Kohl’s, however all words and opinions are my own as always. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Design Crush going!
01/ Love this complicated photoshoot done underwater on a shipwreck in Bali!
02/ This piece on Dogs of War is incredible.
03/ I’m all about Emily Henderson’s cat rescue makeover that she shared this week.
04/ Jim Bachor took the problem of potholes into his own hands.
05/ I like that this DIY modern pet bowl stand can be height customizable.
06/ A room made out of chocolate where you can, YES, lick the walls!
07/ Beautiful product upcycling from Kurasuhito Kurasutokoro and Yusuke Komatsu.
08/ Coca-Cola has created a modular system to reuse their plastic bottles. (It’s about time.)
09/ This is fascinating, people from around the world posing with their daily food intake.
10/ The Pastello Draw Act looks like a dream with its crazy crayons!
This week on Design Crush:
Beautiful experiments with dye and the sea by Arnaud Lajeunie.
I finally upgraded to a chair fit for a boss lady!
Andy Boot gives rhythmic gymnastic ribbons a second chance at life.
Area has flat out nailed simple but quality textiles for the home.
This cut paper alphabet from Tony Ziebetzki is so good.
A traditional game is reimagined with Pieces N Play Domino.
Big Happy Family is helping me stay organized as I dash out the door.
Whimsy Milieu is creating pieces that make every day a happy one.
Show you’re passionate about the creamy treat with pudding 10 ways.
Houndworthy is a unique dog lifestyle company that seeks to encourage owners to purchase more meaningful things for both them and their canine companions. They carry things for both pooch and owner in their wonderfully curated shop, including items by one of my favorites – See Scout Sleep. Piper and Bebe love their hemp collars and we can’t wait to search out new quality goods that get approval from all three of us.
01/ Check out the Alphabet Sandwich – an A to Z of food between two slices of bread!
02/ If my dentist had an office like Horacek Dental I’d be there more than twice a year.
03/ Mutaro the hedgehog models masks made just for him.
04/ A poster that shows off the categorization of The Many Varieties of Whiskey.
05/ The Man Behind the Mountain, a look at the artist behind Salvation Mountain.
06/ Food Textures showcases texture, shape, and form rather than edibility.
07/ Plastic bags as art isn’t a new concept, but plastic bag landscapes are.
08/ An illustrated guide to the bicyclists of New York City.
09/ A world map using every country’s coinage.
10/ Awesome 3D optical illusion classified ads!
This week on Design Crush:
If you missed it on Monday, have a listen to Mixtape #35: So Young and Full of Sparks.
Have a hoppin’ Easter Sunday with these 17 projects!
Intoxicating work from Bing Wright featuring shattered mirrors and sunsets.
The countdown to Mother’s Day is on – thought about a gift yet?
Beautiful, colorful, geometric textiles from Cotton & Flax.
Show-stopping handblown glass pendant lighting in the Neverending Glory Collection.
Kinetic paper sculptures by Matt Shlian.
Check out innovation that excites with Nissan at the New York International Auto Show.
Stay creative this month with these 12 April DIYs!