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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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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Notebooks for a Fresh Start

Clean pages are the epitome of a fresh start to me. Whether they’re in a notebook, a journal, a sketchbook, or design program on my laptop. They invite new ideas, big dreams, meticulous plans, and creativity unleashed. So grab yourself a new notebook and get started, because you never know what might be born on its pages.

 

1/ Bright Ideas Notebook   2/ Carnet Leather Deville Notebook   3/ Kraft Forest Nature Lined Notebook Set   4/ LIFE Vermilion Notebook   5/ Marbled Notebook Trio   6/ Mini Perforated Journal   7/ Note Me Tender Notebook   8/ Radial Graph Notebook   9/ Editor Diary Notebook   10/ Some Shit to Remember Notebook   11/ Standard Notebook

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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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Best of 2016: September to December

A Belated Housewarming // Addison Eaton // Angela Deane // Arthur Brothers

 

Britt Hutchinson // Cai Guo Qiang // Camille Chew // Craig Ward

 

Dan Bannino // David Scheid // Deedee Cheriel // DIY Wooden Modern Bell Ornaments

 

Erik Jones // DIY Holiday Cat Toy + Ornament // Printable Holiday Gift Wrap + Tags // Jane Rainey

 

Jessica Dance // Joey Slaughter // Karine Jollet // Kreh Mellick

 

KUUM // Lauren Clay // Liz Sofield // Lola Dupre

 

Mamma Andersson // Mariko Kusumoto // Matt W. Moore // Monica Garwood

 

Neon Zinn // Charming the Doors Off // Nuria Farre // Paige Jiyoung Moon

 

Paolo Del Torro // Reeta Ek // Sophie Derrick // Steve Kim

 

Temporary Tapestry // Thomas Mailaender // Tracie Cheng // Water Pitcher Block

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Best of 2016: May to August

Amy Judd // Ana Hell // Anna Valdez // Aura Home

 

Benoit Paille // Bodil Jane // Carmen Segovia // Cecile van Hanja

 

Cheryl Sorg // Christopher Saunders // Courtney Mattison // Dan Lam

 

Daniel Entonado // Designer Fund/Moniker // Edie Nadelhaft // Endre Penovac

 

Joshua Flint // Juan Osorno // Karmen Ayvazyan // Katherine Tromans

 

Katy Ann Gilmore // Laura Jane Scott // Leslie Weaver // Lori Larusso

 

Lorraine Nam // Mae Engelgeer // Marc Figueras // Maria Svarbova

 

Matthias Heiderich // Michael Nykamp // Nicole Tijoux // Peter Zimmermann

 

Ring Soap // Stephan Zirwes // Tom Blachford // Ugo Rondinone

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Best of 2016: January to April

After taking a few days off to enjoy the holiday I’m doing something new, today through Friday I’ll be sharing my favorite art and design posts from 2016. It’s been amazing to look back at all of the talent we’ve covered over the past twelve months! I’m pumped to get started with 2017 next week as well because we have some fresh columns that I hope you’re going to love as much as I do!

 

42 Pressed // Advice to My 80 Year Old Self // Agata Wierzbicka // Alexandra Valenti

 

Ashley Eliza Williams // Carina Shoshtary // Christina A. West // A Floral Laden Brunch

 

Fox & Ramona // Fundamental Berlin // Henrietta Harris // Ilot

 

Jollypop // Jonas Wood // Julian Meagher // Knot Pillow

 

Larry Mantello // Layer // Layla Holzer // Lee Coren

 

Lisa Smirnova // Liz Orton // Lui Ferreyra // Marta Spendowska

 

Monica Rohan // Nick Knight // Pinch // Richard Keeling

 

Sandra Eterovic // Sarah Tanat Jones // Shore Rugs // Tim Moore

 

Victoria Wagner // Wire Numbers // Zsolt Hlinka // Showdown

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