Virtual Outdoor Oasis + Outdoor Trunk Giveaway

If you live in a part of the world where summer evenings are in the 70-degree range, mild breezes are de rigueur, and humidity is at a solid zero percent then I am in completely and total envy. Because that is my summer dream, to work (or play) the day away and relax into a backyard oasis with perfect weather in the evenings. My current backyard is basically the size of two postage stamps next to one another, so I’ve resorted to creating a virtual oasis to satiate my longings. Outdoor Trunk is just the place to shop for such outdoor necessities, so i dug in and found some pieces I love that would make any backyard a dream.



Round Bolster Pillow // Java Pillow // Vertical Garden Box // Glass Bird Feeder // Cafe Lighting //
Asia Fire Pit // Beverage Cart // Sunrise Wind Chime



I dream of owning a hammock some day soon, so I’m completely envious that you have the chance to win what is possibly the most relaxing piece of outdoor furniture to ever exist. And what summer is worth anything without a great BBQ set to assist with some solid grilling? That’s right, none. Enter to win both from Outdoor Trunk and then report back with how awesome they are when you win!


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Soundfreaq Sound Rise + Giveaway



If you’re like me you prefer to wake up to one of your favorite mellow tunes rather than the jarring blare of an alarm clock. Those first few minutes of the day can determine your mood for hours (especially on a Monday), and Soundfreaq created the alarm clock/bluetooth speaker hybrid Sound Rise with just that in mind.




The stacked design looks right at home on your bedside table in either black or wood tones, and the sound quality is seriously impressive. You can also enjoy solid sound while you get ready or soft music to relax to while falling asleep. Control the tone of your music with neutral, warm, and bright options for a customized experience. One of my favorite Sound Rise functions is the ability to set different alarm times for weekdays and weekends – who hasn’t accidentally set their Saturday wakeup for 6am? The worst. And you can even blackout the digital display, perfect for someone light sensitive like myself. Sound Rise features a USB power port you can use to keep your phone charging while you sleep, without having to fuss with a dock of any kind. Just one last thing: a nap timer. Soundfreaq has seriously thought of everything!




And now the part you’ve been waiting for – a chance to win your own Sound Rise! Get every day off to a better start by entering any number of ways below, but do it before Sunday, June 15th at 11:59 pm.
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Drake General Store Au Courant: Curated Classics Giveaway



Let’s kick off this week with the biggest giveaway Design Crush has ever been a part of – Drake General Store’s Au Courant: Curated Classics! At the end of February Drake General Store launched their first major campaign, it’s brimming over with tried and true favorites and we’ve teamed up on a major giveaway – I’m talking $1,000 worth of prizes – to go along with it!




Toronto-based Drake General Store has been on my radar for awhile now as a fantastic modern gift shop paired with a classic general store that carries contemporary nostalgia with a Canadian twist. (You might also know them for the cultural hotbed that is The Drake Hotel.)






I’m the happy owner of an HBC Caribou Throw that’s amazing on the coldest nights (and Peanut the Cat approved), as well as the Shared History Macho Man Robe which is basically the biggest sweatshirt hoodie you’ve ever laid eyes on or cozied up in. Both of these pieces are included in the giveaway among  FORTY OTHER ITEMS. It’s complete insanity, all because these Canadians want to share their best sellers with you.

You can enter for a chance to win the best giveaway ever from now until March 14th. Just click over to the Drake General Store’s Au Courant: Curated Classics giveaway page to toss your hat into the ring. Good luck!
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Project Decorate + a Giveaway!

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It’s no secret that I love a good mood board or collage, and today I’m happy to share that I’m partnering with Polyvore for Project Decorate! You probably know the site best for their super easy drag-and-drop fashion boards (aka “sets”), but Polyvore is expanding into home decor and interior design. Absolutely perfect for those of us who consider creating dream homes a hobby, as well as those who do it for a living. You can  even follow me if we have similar taste.


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Create a room, an inspiration board, or an entire home in a few clicks of your mouse. I’ve already pulled together a living room, bedroom, dining room, and kitchen goods that are tugging at my checking account along with a set that tells you a little bit about my style aesthetic. Not only was it fun, it’s completely addicting. There’s even an app if you need to get your fix on the go!

Now here’s the best part – visit my contest page, create a set about Modern + Bright style, and you just may win one of two $500 West Elm gift cards! That’s right, we’re giving away a total of $1,000 for you to feather your nest. So get to creating a Polyvore set with some of the pieces I’ve selected as part of my collection and be sure to tag it with #ProjectDecorate. Click here to enter and good luck!


24 Merry Days – Mud Australia Giveaway

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I’ve hope you’ve all been following along with 24 Merry Days because my day is finally here and I couldn’t be more excited! There have already been 19 incredible giveaways, but I have to say mine is definitely, absolutely, without a doubt THE BEST.

What can you win, you ask? Only the biggest haul in Design Crush giveaway history – $500 worth of Mud Australia dishware!!! The haul includes a square large platter in ash, a square medium platter in citrus, a one tier cake stand in plum, a dipping bowl in pink, a vase round medium in milk, a beaker cup in pink, jug small in pink, and two espresso cups in pistachio. (Whew. I got a little tired just typing all of that.)

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Mud Australia is an incredible Sydney-based company that I’ve been following for years. They’ve created a beautiful, minimalistic line of porcelain that combines hand made processes, clean lines, color palette and functionality since their founding in 1994. Mud has an inspiring small business history that you can (and should) read about.

This giveaway is a bit different than others on Design Crush because you have up to 30 entries using the Rafflecopter below. Yes, THIRTY. The more tasks you complete the more times you’re entered to win! The giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only and ends December 27, 2013 at 11:59pm PST. One winner will be chosen at random and contacted by email, so please be sure to provide a valid email address. Best of luck!

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24 Merry Days

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Do you remember 24 Merry Days last December? Well, this year it’s back and about a million times better than ever. In case you’re not familiar, 24 Merry Days is an advent calendar of giveaways – one a day from December 1st through the 24th featuring 24 bloggers. Audrey of A Little Street has completely outdone herself pulling the entire project together with gifts from Public Bikes to Max Wanger to Mud Australia – times 24. (I can hear your jaw dropping over here. It’s okay.)

I’m not allowed to spill who’s giving away what when, but I can tell you that it’s going to be amazing. And that you can check in on the 24 Merry Days site each day starting December 1st to find out where to go to enter that day’s giveaway. You can also follow me on Twitter at @designcrush where I’ll be sharing the same info each day. Get ready to click guys, cause it’s gonna be AWESOME.


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imm Living (+ a Giveaway)



White accessories are some of my favorite to add to my home, they add so much personality without the clutter. A few weeks ago Imm Living asked me to choose some of my favorite pieces from their collection to style for their Choo Choo Chooses campaign and I jumped at the chance. Imm is the absolute king of white and one of the best at marrying playfulness and functionality in their accessories.

I immediately gravitated towards the Socialites. Both of their hats can be removed to stash little collections, but I think I’ll be using them as occasional vases for seasonal flowers and greenery this holiday season.




I fell fast for the King’s Subject Containers, namely the hippo with the sweet little bird perched upon his nose. Right now he’s hard at work with a nosegay of wildflowers on my coffee table, but I’m also looking forward to putting him to work holding my favorite pens. I love how imm’s pieces lend themselves to multiple uses!




I’ve been searching for just the right cake plate for some time now, and knew I’d found it when I saw the horse head Takes the Cake Plate! I can’t wait to serve hors d’oeuvres and other treats to guests atop his majestic head, but rather than put this guy behind closed doors in the cupboard I’ve decided to place him front and center on my dining table to collect keys, sunglasses, etc.




This gold Lucky Break Wishbone Wall Hook was a no-brainer, as I’m forever searching for ways to organize my necklaces and to keep them from tangling with one another. I also wouldn’t mind the little bit of luck it might bring!




That’s right, you have a chance to win all five pieces! And one last little surprise, Burke Decor has partnered with Imm Living and is offering you all 15% off storewide (including Imm Living), just enter the code IMMLIVING15 during checkout. Time to start crossing those holiday gifts off your list! You can also like Imm Living on Facebook for the latest updates!


This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, Caitlin!

To Enter:
1. In the comments section below, tell me your favorite item from my picks above!
2. Leave a valid email address in the form (for notification purposes).
3. Do it all before Sunday, November 23, 2013 at 11:59pm CST.

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B by Brandie (+ a Giveaway)



This morning I’m excited to share a brand spankin’ new line of home accessories with you – the site just went live today! B for Brandie is out to add a dash of fashion to the table in a very chic way. Fresh colors, sophisticated patterns and contemporary designs abound in their debut collection that features dinnerware, flatware, glassware, placemats and napkins. The best part is that it’s all made to be mixed and matched, bringing a very personal touch each and every time you gather around the table. Perfect with the holidays being just around the corner and entertainment being taken up a necessary notch.




To get those wintery dinner party juices flowing, one of you has the chance to win two of these brilliant blue-themed place settings along with a pair of Olivia Champagne Wine Combo Glasses (my favorite!)! Each setting from B for Brandie includes an Astor Charger Plate in grayVanderbilt Dinner Plate in navyTruman Dessert/Salad Plate in turquoise, and a Truman Bowl in navy as well as a set of Olivia Champagne Wine Combo Glasses that can be used as wine or champagne glasses with a flip!

Congratulations, Brittany!

To Enter:
1. Leave a comment below telling us your favorite entertaining secret.
2. Like B by Brandie on Facebook.
3. Leave a valid email address in the form (for notification purposes).
4. Do it all before Sunday, November 17th at 11:59pm CST.

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This Holiday Give Books (+ a Giveaway!)


Thanks to a librarian aunt, as well as a mom and grandma who are both voracious readers, I’ve been a bibliophile for basically my entire life. So when it comes to the holidays I love to gift books more than just about anything. As it turns out Chronicle agrees, they’d like us all to take the pledge to give more books this holiday season. Just click below to sign up and you can download either a red badge or white badge to add to your site to support the Give Books campaign!  For every #GiveBooks tweet, pin, or online signature Chronicle will donate a book to children in need through First Book with a goal of 10,000 books. As if that weren’t enough incentive, you can also receive 30% off and free shipping on everything at (excluding personalized products) through 12/31 with the promo code GIVEBOOKS.






Chronicle also invited me to choose ten of my favorite titles from their collection to gift to friends and family this December, no small task. But here’s the super duper part – you have a chance to win the same ten books! That’s right, a fat stack of reading material that you can either gift away or add to your own bookshelves. Included are One Line a Day: A Five Year Memory BookBlog, Inc., Gem and Stone, Lists, 100 Years of Fashion Illustration, Pulled, Tartine: The Boxed Set, Little Paper Planes, The Art of Instruction, and Creature.



To Enter the Giveaway:
1. Make the pledge to Give Books!
2. Pop back here and tell me in the comments below that you’ve done so.
3. For an extra entry tweet about the giveaway using the hashtag #GiveBooks.
4. Pop back here (a second time) and tell me in the comments below that you’ve done so.
5. Do both before Sunday, November 10th at 11:59pm CST.

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The incredibly talented and awesome Gemma Correll illustrated all of the materials, including these downloads for Catmas gift tagsHanukcats gift tags, and a poster!


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01/ I know that guacamole is extra. It always is.
02/ Clever slouching book bookends.
03/ Not one. Not two. But thirteen ways to make hummus.
04/ We’re giving away three tickets to Alt For Everyone!
05/ Just some paintings of bodies hidden under rugs.
06/ Catastrophic disasters recreated as layered sculptures.
07/ Ten photos that look like hyper-realistic paintings. But aren’t.
08/ Your Last Shot asks what photo you’d want displayed at your funeral if you died tomorrow.
09/ Towering metallic men sculptures in Taiwan.
10/ Massive, beautiful stick sculptures.

This week on Design Crush:
Mix #28: All the Hands In Your Pocket
Taste Tour: POPS
UPPERCASE: Work/Life 3
52 Weeks of Dogs
Skin & Bones
Alt For Everyone (Ticket Giveaway)
Claire Softley
Design Crush + Dodge Dart