10 Days of Design Crush Anniversary Giveaways: Day 3 Sherwin-Williams

 

Ten years ago this month I started Design Crush as a place to gather inspiration for my day job as a graphic designer, and five years ago it became my full-time job. To thank you all, as well as highlight some of my favorite sponsors from over the years, we’ll be hosting ten days of giveaways in celebration of ten years of this little site that could.

 

National Painting Week 2013: Inspiration Realized

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Sherwin-Williams more than any other sponsor, and this giveaway was the perfect reason to look back at all of the magic we’ve created together with their top-notch paint and my imagination!

First up was the front door at my house in Oklahoma City – did you know there’s a correct way to paint a door? I took the entry from builder beige to Energetic Orange in one spring afternoon and was thrilled with the outcome. It made my home stand out in a neighborhood full of blah.

 

National Painting Week 2014: A Little Less Blue, A Little More Light

The next year, as I was preparing to make my move halfway across the country, I was in the process of getting my home ready to put on the market. I partnered with Sherwin-Williams to downgrade the level of blue in the hall bath with a gallon of Mountain Air. The house sold in SIX DAYS, and I just know that relaxing spa-like space had something to do with it.

 

Custom Color Matching with Sherwin-Williams

When I bought my home in Pennsylvania that fall, I reached out to Sherwin-Williams for their expertise once again. After living in a home with rooms painted several colors I knew I wanted this space to be the exact opposite – as in all the same. I had a vision of a gallery-like space in my mind, one that would let my collection of art do the talking and fade away beautifully into the background. I was able to take a chip of paint from the baseboards into a Sherwin-Williams store, where they spent half an hour patiently helping me color match an end result that’s as unique as my 117 year old home.

 

National Painting Week 2015: The Office Reveal

Two springs ago we partnered once again, this time to give my home office a modern update. It had already been painted the aforementioned Sherwin-Williams customized color and I wanted to give it a pop of personality that felt like Design Crush’s brand. I settled on a diagonal accent wall in Cosmetic Pink, which is similar to the pink of this site and love the spike of energy it can give during afternoon slumps.

 

Bringing Poised Taupe Home

Last fall we took Sherwin-Williams‘ Color of the Year – Poised Taupe – off the walls and put it in some unexpected places instead, namely on the legs of an end table and a pattern on a seagrass basket.

In select markets Sherwin-Williams has a team of ColorSnap Consultants who do in-home consultations to help you select the right color palette and products for the projects you’re dreaming of taking on. In addition to five gallons of paint, they’re offering one reader a free ColorSnap consultation if he/she lives in a consultation market. (If not, they’ll provide a gift card for design services.) A value of over $500.
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12 Dopp Kits

Alden Leather Travel Kit // Waxed Canvas Toiletries Pouch // Manready Dopp Kit // Herschel Studio Tarpaulin Chapter Dopp Kit

Nothing makes me feel more prepared for travel than a solid dopp kit – do you have one? I actually keep doubles of a lot of my toiletries permanently inside because it makes packing for a trip much easier, and thereby me far less likely to forget something. I have a patterned one from Hammocks & High Tea that’s served me well for at least five years, I love it and can’t wait to take it along for a few more adventures this summer.

 

Refresh Dopp Kit // Toilette Shave Kit // Filson Travel Kit // Kip & Co Mauve Toiletry Bag

 

Leather Dopp // Alchemy Goods Elliot Travel Kit // Too Designs Travel Kit // Waxed Canvas Dopp Kit

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10 Days of Design Crush Anniversary Giveaways: Day 2 Umbra

 

Ten years ago this month I started Design Crush as a place to gather inspiration for my day job as a graphic designer, and five years ago it became my full-time job. To thank you all, as well as highlight some of my favorite sponsors from over the years, we’ll be hosting ten days of giveaways in celebration of ten years of this little site that could. NOTE: You have 24-hours left to enter yesterday’s giveaway to win a $250 gift card to Artifact Uprising

 

Hub Mirror

I was a fan of Umbra long before we ever became brand partners – I’m talking college days. The Toronto-based company no longer carries those first purchases I made, but my home is still full of their original, modern, casual, and functional products. Bonus: Their price points are fantastic, making great design affordable for the masses.

 

Touch Toothbrush Holder

Great design can make you think outside the box, and that’s just what Umbra does for me in my home. I’ve used grouping of toothbrush holders as sleek vases, magazine racks to hold linens and cutlery when the table was too full, and wall art to decorate wreaths during the holidays. This coat rack stands in my entry, and this napkin holder on my kitchen counter – I truly love this brand and all it stands for.

 

Gazette Magazine Rack

Umbra‘s originality in thought and process radiates throughout their catalogue of goods, maybe even more so in the lesser-known Umbra Shift. It’s a small offshoot that’s downright high design featuring established, emerging, and in-house designers creating functional items that are design forward. (I love the Cowboy Coffee Kettle!)

 

Brass Prisma Wall Decor

Umbra has every room in your home covered, and one reader has the chance to win a $250 gift card for a little summer spruce up! You have 48-hours and eighteen chances to enter.

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10 Days of Design Crush Anniversary Giveaways: Day 1 Artifact Uprising

 

Ten years ago this month I started Design Crush as a place to gather inspiration for my day job as a graphic designer, and five years ago it became my full-time job. I don’t even know how to begin to thank each of you for your support along the way to living this dream that I didn’t know I had. To be completely transparent, when it’s been good it’s been great and when it’s been bad I still couldn’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing. I never used to believe people who said when you love your job you’ll never work a day in your life, but it’s so very true. And to thank you all, as well as highlight some of my favorite sponsors from over the years, we’ll be hosting ten days of giveaways in celebration of ten years of this little site that could.

 

Print + Wood Cleat

I first met one of the founding sisters of Artifact Uprising at lunch during Alt Summit when we shared a table, and since then I’ve had the pleasure of partnering with them many a time. Katie and Jenna started AU on a foundation of a decade’s worth of experience as professional photographers and a desire to create printed photo goods with elevated quality, thoughtful design, and responsibly sourced materials.

 

Wood Calendar

Since 2012 they’ve done that and more by staying true to their mission and an authentic, creative-driven business model. Artifact Uprising‘s focus on sourcing recycled paper for their books and wood products continues to resonate with me and many others, and they continue to give good materials a second chance at life by using locally-sourced fallen beetle-kill pine.

 

 

From a basement to an office in Denver, Artifact Uprising still prides themselves on being an authentic company that’s true to its eco-conscious roots – and that matters! Consistently surrounding themselves with people who challenge, and building great things with great people is what AU is all about.

 

Float Frame

As Artifact Uprising continues to create beautiful, minimal products that everyone is sure to love, they also keep a focus on stellar customer interactions. Seriously – their customer service is some of the best I’ve ever experienced, and it shows in everything from the site’s interface and user experience to the end product showing up at your doorstep.

 

Instagram Friendly Frames

“We believe that doing good is more important than doing well – and that kindness makes the world right. We believe in travel and the things you can learn from getting lost. And we believe the best lessons come from the listening. We try to laugh when light is needed and persist when the path requires it. We love wide open spaces and campfires and the kind of quiet that allows you to hear the snow crunching below your feet. We believe in those who wake up every day to choose joy. And we believe in the underdog. We believe in always remembering where you came from. We believe each of us will – in time – do something really, really nice for the world.”

Artifact Uprising is kind enough to be giving away a $250 gift code to one Design Crush reader! There are up to SIXTEEN(!) ways to enter, but act fast because you only have 48 hours to get on it. (They’re also offering 10% off using code GIFTDAD if you’re shopping for Father’s Day!)

 

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May Favorites

1/ EcoBark Dog Harness
After years of searching for a harness that helped control my dog’s tendency to pull, as well as one that fit her broad chest/small neck measurements, I’ve found it. This thing is a lifesaver and the straps are made from recycled water bottles – bonus. (Note: runs small)

2/ Lemon Tree
Plants are therapeutic for me, and I picked up one of these little guys during a plant buying binge. I liked the idea of trying to grow it so much that I bought my Grandma one for Mother’s Day, too. No doubt hers will be five feet tall before mine hits 18-inches!

3/ Native Union Night Cable
This ten-foot long cable is amazing for charging your phone and devices while lounging in bed. The weighted knot anchors it to any surface, so you’re not left searching for your fallen phone when the alarm goes off in the morning.

4/ Elemental Coffee
My favorite coffee from when I lived in Oklahoma City remains my favorite 2 1/2 years post-move. The small batch roastery imports and roasts their own, and you can order a subscription service to show up on your doorstep. I highly recommend the Perusha.

5/ NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square
A classic orangey-red that looks amazing on any skin tone, it’s been my go-to for a few years.

6/ Case Study Bentwood Tray Table
I rely on this tray table in the evenings, when I’m sitting on the couch with the dogs and either listening to records or half paying attention to something on television. It’s a great height and wide enough that I can sit crosslegged under it.

7/ Bebe drawn by Preserve a Moment
The super talented Susanne Kasielke drew my pup, Bebe, from a photo I’d shared in Instagram months ago. Her work is top-notch and I suspect it won’t be long until I commission her to illustrate my other pup as well!

8/ Tadesse Bucket Bag
The perfect bag for summer, its roomy interior provides so much space for essentials while the drawstring closure keeps it all secure. (It’s also available in a mini size and several colors of leather!)

9/ Yucca Plant
I had no clue that yucca plants could survive outdoors in Pennsylvania, or that I had three in my front yard, or that they bloom sporadically! Mine sprouted some tall stalks just about overnight, now I’m waiting for their white bell-like flowers to bloom.

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Memorial Day Sales Galore!

We’re months away from Black Friday, but this weekend’s Memorial Day sales are nearly as good! If you’ve been hanging on to that tax return or waiting to pick up some summer wardrobe pieces now’s the time to take advantage. Check out our favorite picks and sales below!

1. Anthropologie // 40% extra off sale items for AnthroPerk members as well as well as 20% off full-price home and decor

Tripod Mirror // Musa Woven Lantern // Nashi Aqua Swirl Serving Set // Bright Heirloom Tablecloth // Peyton Pitcher // Woven Maya Beach Towel // Minimalist Teakwood Lantern // Vibrant Geo Hanging Planters // Painted Monogram Juice Glass

 

2. Target // up to 30% off patio, home, and furniture, save an additional 10% with promo code SPRING

Porter Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table // Emery Metal Bistro Chairs // Metal, Wood, and Leather Bar Cart // Stok Drum Charcoal Grill // Kilim Accent Rug Runner // Tall Lidded Vase // Mixed Fruits Doormat // 3-Piece Rattan Patio Chat Set // 10-Light Heavy Duty Drop String Lights

 

3. Overstock // Up to an extra 20% off garden and patio, area rug, furniture, and bedding and bath

Acacia Wood Patio Chairs // Outdoor Acacia Wood Chaise Lounge // Outdoor 3-Shelf Industrial Rack // Gavin Mid-Century Wood Counter Stools // Monroe Adjustable Office Chair // Hand Tufted Wool Moroccan Triangle Rug // Distressed Abstract Vintage Oriental Rug // Rialto Rust Faux Leather Chair // Hand-Woven Cotton Rag Rug

 

4. Wayfair // Up to 70% off

12″ Retro Wall Clock // Baxton Studio Sumner 5-Piece Dining Set // Brill Outdoor Wall Lantern // Coral Springs Arm Chair // Gardner Cabinet // Liliam Pouf Square Ottoman // Miro End Table // Phoebe Tufted Sofa // Vintage Metal Hanging 12-Light Sputnik Chandelier

 

5. West Elm // Save up to 30% on all furniture with promo code EXTRAGREAT, up to 70% off on new markdowns, and free shipping on select furiture

Benson 5-Drawer Dresser // Tiered Bar Console // Box Frame Dining Bench // Modern Expandable Dining Table // Mid-Century Daybed // Retro Wing Chair // Arlo Mid-Century Bed // Tiered Side Table // Drum Storage Coffee Table

 

6. Nordstrom // save up to 40%

Satin Kimono Jacket // Grid Hoop Earrings // Boheme Life Halter Bikini Top + Cheeky Bikini Bottoms // Simon Stripe Backpack // Hudson Zip Shirt Jacket // Leather Pouch Necklace // Good Resolution Dress // Faux Leather Trim Zip Backpack // Faux Leather Belt Bag

 

7. Of a Kind // 25% off select home goods with code HOMERUN!

Wild Honey Votive Candle // Resin Hexagon Placecard Holders // Bubble Candlestick Set // Jami Handwoven Tassel Coverlet // Topanga Rug // Citrus and Florals Framed Print // Accordion Ikat Throw // Loose Blue Stripe Planter and Tray // Guava Ring Planters

 

8. World Market // an extra 15% off and free shipping on orders over $150

Wide Terrarium // Black Woven Bamboo Pendant Shade // Black Matte Ceramic Mortar and Pestle // Copper and Wood Paper Towel Holder // Cactus Print with Gold Frame // Brass Pour Over Coffee Dripper Stand with Wood Base // Marble Paddle Cutting Board with Copper Handle // Adler Glass Wall Shelf // Mint Retro Metal Smiley Dustpan

 

9. Joybird // 20% off everything

Camille Pouf // Ellington 74″ Sofa // Carolyn Teal Wall Art // Justice Wall Unit // Elodie Pillow // Porta Floor Mirror // Newburgh Rug // Reese Wall Desk // Taylor Table Lamp

 

10. Lulu & Georgia // 15% off of $200 with codes HEYSUMMER15, 20% off of $500 with code HEYSUMMER20, and 25% off of $800 with code HEYSUMMER25

Gold Urchin // Turkish Towel // Doraine Kantha Quilt // Venice Beach Rollerskates Print // Nieve Mirror // Wilma Counter Stools // Sophie Print // Gold Tayla Mirror // You Better Have Tacos Doormat

 

AllModern // extra 20% off with code SPLASH

American Heirloom // 20% off with code MEMORIAL2017

Article // up to 25% off select items

Banana Republic // 40% with code BRSUMMER

Benchmade Modern // 20% off with code MEMDAY2017

Bunglo // 25% off with code BUNGLO25

Dear Keaton // 20% off with code Memorial Day

DENY Designs // 40% off with code FRIYAY40

Havaianas // 20% off everything with code SUMMER20

Leesa // $100 off with code MEMORIALDAY17

Macy’s // up to 60% off, buy online and pickup in store for an extra 20% off, free shipping at $49

Maje // an additional 25% off

Moda Operandi // 50% off select items

Net-A-Porter // up to 50% off select items

Old Navy // 50% off tees, tanks, shorts, and swimwear, free shipping over $50

Urban Outfitters // up to 50% off

Serena & Lily // 20% off with code AMAZING

Stowaway Cosmetics // 40% off with code 40SPLASH17

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Rose 15 Ways

I suppose it’s part of my slow evolution into a Plant Lady that flowers work their way into my diet. With the exception of rose, I’m not sure any of the other petals I’ve eaten have had much flavor – more of a garnish situation I guess? This summer I’m anxious to work some more of this unexpected ingredient into everyday recipes to make them a little bit more special.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on each image to go to the recipe.
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Let’s Talk Chandeliers

Staggered Glass Chandelier

Lighting is perhaps the element I most look forward to when designing a room – the right finish, the perfect glow, everything comes together to set the mood in that just right way. Chandeliers in particular are the icing on the proverbial cake of decorating, and I don’t think they’re utilized often enough. Think past the dining room and entryway to the bathroom, the bedroom, and beyond to take any room to the next level.

 

Wren 6-Light Sputnik Chandelier

 

Plaza Chandelier

 

Oakton Bronze Chandelier

 

Cypress 5-Arm Chandelier

 

Mobile Chandelier

 

Fluxx Chandelier

 

Vortice Chandelier

 

Caracas Six-Light Chandelier

 

Mid-Century Long-Arm Chandelier

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