10 December DIYs
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By this point in December most of the gifts have been bought and maybe even wrapped, cookie recipes have been researched and are about to be baked, and chances are you’ve hit up more than one holiday party. It’s high time you pamper yourself just a bit before running headlong into the last week of the year, dontcha think?
This year I’m part of Dream Shop Collective, a group of bloggers and makers that have come together to host nine holiday giveaways from shops that are independently owned and primarily run by women. (Maybe you’ve seen me sharing the other gals’ giveaways on Twitter?) We’re shifting the focus away from the hyperstimulated e-commerce world to offer a place of calm, inspiration, and beauty – and I’m happy to host the 9th and final giveaway from Menagerie.
The Portland-based shop – housed in a renovated 1979 Airstream! – is on a mission to provide products that are good for the body, good for the environment, and good for the people who make them. Menagerie carries non-chemical skincare with ingredients you can pronounce, cosmetics, fragrance, and grooming products from companies who pay the very best attention to their quality, and hand-made goods that help support the small businesses that craft them. There are at least ten things on my wish list from this well-curated shop! But you’re the lucky ones, so…
Enter below to win something special for yourself – here’s what’s up for grabs. (U.S. entries only)
Menagerie Gold Bar Earrings
Laqa & Co Doppelganger Fat Lip Pencil
Aenon’s Sea Kelp & Rose Clay Facial Mask
LURK All Natural Perfume Oil (scent BS003)
Cast Iron Garden Snips
Pssst… enjoy 10% off at any of Dream Shop Collective‘s participating stores. Just use the coupon code DREAMSHOPCOLLECTIVE at checkout.Posted In beauty bag, jewelry, series, style, wear it, win it
To put it simply, I adore coffee. I started drinking it when I was a kid, and as I grew older the ratio of milk to coffee changed drastically. These days I happily switch between French press, pour over, and drip depending on my mood and how much time I have to brew. One of my vices is seeking out the newest technology and products in the world of coffee, and a slew of the latest is from none other than KitchenAid. That’s right, the brand that’s responsible for one of the most iconic mixers is also fluent in coffee beans and modern design. I pulled together a few gift ideas for the coffee lovers in your life, depending on their preferred brewing method – have a peek below.
Brew Milk Pan // Merienda Flatware // Pottery Tumbler
I know what you’re thinking – that looks just like a drip coffee maker. But it’s not. For the coffeehouse experience at home, the new KitchenAid Pour Over Coffee Brewer precisely heats and pulses the flow of water, then steeps like a manual pour over which allows the grounds to bloom. The result is bright, clean, and full flavored coffee without diluting.
Salt + Sugar Spoons // Sugar + Creamer Set // White Kam Mug
The science and flavors of siphon brewing come from vapor pressure pushing the water up through the siphon tube. After that vacuum suction and gravity draw the coffee down through the grounds. The dramatic KitchenAid Siphonbrew has simplified this process to extract a cup of coffee that showcases all the flavors of your favorite beans. The brewer is made of high quality glass and stainless steel to be a true thing of beauty.
Enamelware Pink Spouted Milk Pot // Form Brass Milk Jug // Pink Everyday Mug
A French press brews a bold, full-bodied, robust cup of coffee. KitchenAid’s Precision Press was developed to ensure the best French press coffee can be brewed conveniently at home through simple technology and sleek, functional design. It even features an integrated timer and scale that measures brew time and the precise ratio of coffee grounds to water for the perfect brew.
Apothem Bronze Coffee Scoop // Rounded Canister with Leather Tie // Hasami Brown Porcelain Mug
Each of these three brewing methods demands a specific grind size to extract the proper flavor. Grinding your beans to the precise size just before brewing is a key element in brewing the best possible cup of coffee. KitchenAid’s Burr Grinder offers a level of precision and consistency with its fifteen different grind sizes.
This post sponsored by Single Edition Media on behalf of KitchenAid. All words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Design Crush creating fresh content! Follow KitchenAid online at Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter for product updates and discounts.Posted In behind the scenes, christmas, holidays, house and home, kitchen, living, sponsored post
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Normally I would be lamenting the cold weather and praising the warm temperatures that surely lie behind these greenhouse walls, but with the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been experiencing I relate all too well. Samuel Zeller‘s botanical photographs – yes, photographs not paintings-masquerading-as-photos – capture a world longing to escape its confines.
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Another reminder that I’m in my mid-30s? The level of excitement I felt upon teaming up with EasyClosets to create an honest-to-goodness pantry. I could regale you with a verbal description of the before, but…
I’ll show you instead. Let me spell out a little about what your eyes are currently shying away from – a $15 shelf from Ikea, my tendency to hoard any and all bags, a dog bed, and a pink cowboy hat one dog wore for Halloween. And that’s only what you can see. An embarrassment to say the least, and a whole lotta unused space.
Here’s what was underneath all of that: a clean slate. I’m not entirely sure what renovations took place to create this kitchen closet before the house became mine. A full bathroom is directly behind it, and the back wall is one of the only pieces of drywall in the entire house. There’s original molding on both sides of the door frame and the pantry door is the only new one in the place. But, a good empty space to start with – I’ll take it!
I worked one-on-on with a designer from EasyClosets to create a system that would fit my space and be functional for the way I wanted to use it. My main goal was to take some of the pressure off of the few kitchen cabinets I have by utilizing the closet to store cookie sheets and platters, large kitchen appliances, all non-perishables, recycling, and dog food.
My designer, Patricia, offered up two different layouts after I provided her with the dimensions of the closet, then I took pieces from both and combined them into a third. I chose from EasyClosets impressive selection of finishes and hardware to get the look I wanted, something that would blend in with the rest of the kitchen. A few weeks later the system showed up in about ten boxes on my front porch, and that weekend my stepdad and I spent an afternoon putting it together. That’s really saying a lot because we’re not very handy and yet were able to create an entire pantry in a matter of a few hours.
There are three sections, the left and right are full of shelves while the middle has drawers. I’m finally able to see all of my spices for cooking and baking as well as my (ridiculously robust) collection of teas! Even my table linens and a few serving pieces found a place to call home.
I didn’t overly style the pantry because I wanted to showcase how it’s really used. I’m utilizing every possible inch of this closet now, and I couldn’t be happier with the end result!
This post sponsored by EasyClosets. All words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help Design Crush create fresh content!Posted In behind the scenes, sponsored post
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Modern hand embroidery that’s focused on pop culture, typography, rap music, and the internet – what could be better? Custom song lyrics, feminist art, and floral wreaths adorn sometimes vintage fabric. Lauren Singleton‘s delicate text and flowers making the harsh words beautiful. Check out her shop – Yes Stitch Yes – asap.
(via Cool Hunting)Posted In create, textiles
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I really love saturated photography with high contrast, harsh lighting. If you peek through photos I take myself you’ll see the style often. Adam Kremer would agree it seems, and is much better at capturing objects and people that I am.
Posted In create, photography