Liz Sofield

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Paper, ink, and thread are all it takes Liz Sofield to create these beautiful works of art. It’s apparent that geometry and nature are inspirations in each piece, usually created with watercolor paper. I love the monochromatic palette Liz uses, making the folds and shadows stand out all the more.

 

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The World of Whirlpool

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I’ve been starting to toss around the idea of a small kitchen renovation in the back of my mind. It’s not a huge space and the layout is actually very functional as is, so it will likely be cabinet replacements and updated appliances. There are so many updated options to choose from these days, but I’ve relied on Whirlpool in both of my homes and the brand loyalty I’ve built with them isn’t likely to deviate.

 

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Whirlpool Corporation is actually a family of brands – Amana, Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, and Jenn-Air – featuring a portfolio of appliances that can match the personal style, use, and expectations of any consumer, any budget, and any project. Every household is unique and Whirpool’s line of appliance brands utilize cutting-edge design and purposeful innovation to fit every lifestyle.

 

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Whirlpool‘s Global Design Centers use consumer insights to guide design and create appliances that integrate with the entire home, not just the kitchen. Design preferences – like open kitchens – create plenty of opportunity to experiment with color finishes, textures, sounds, and the necessity for quiet and harmony within the space.

 

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If you’re living in an open environment you know appliances can’t stand alone, which is why Whirlpool offers color finishes and textures that make appliances feel more like a part of the home, rather than the cold, utilitarian boxes of the past. For example, KitchenAid’s black stainless finish seamlessly blends with other home materials and resists smudging.

 

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The eco-conscious among us can feel good knowing Whirlpool offers a “no-compromise” approach for homeowners by giving them high-performing products that have a small impact on the environment, an affordable purchase price, and a low cost to operate. Homeowners no longer need to choose between products that are sustainable and products that look good and are affordable.

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Alexandria Coe

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Illustrations drawn with a loose hand by London’s Alexandria Coe are both sweet and sensual at the same time. Ladies in the act of dressing (or undressing) or lounging in the bathtub who rarely reveal their faces act as subjects of Alexandria’s lovely work.

 

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Where to Eat Pizza

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While summer might be all about grilling, autumn is all about pizza. Maybe you’re heading back to college, having some people over for the game Sunday, or you got home too late to make dinner. Check out Where to Eat Pizza for the inside scoop on where to get the best slice the world over. Over 1,000 food experts and aficionados reveal insider tips, secret ingredients, special sauces, and the quest for the perfect crust. Also included are city maps, reviews, and honest comments.

 

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Nick Peña

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Memphis-based Nick Peña balances being a visual artist with also being an associate professor. I think that’s really the key to being highly creative – doing something outside of your passion that feeds right back into it. The mixed media results speak for themselves through Nick’s explorations of time, style, surroundings, and stability.

 

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12 Places to Find Great Bedding

While there are technically a few more weeks of summer left, I’m already starting to prep for cooler weather. One of my favorite autumn rituals is making my bed as cozy as possible. Super soft sheets, a thin blanket, and my favorite down comforter all come into play as the summer quilt is retired for yet another year. If you’re looking to replace some of your bedding or just up your nesting game, check out these twelve shops that offer some of the best. (Bonus: Several are having bedding sales, so act fast!)

 

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Oxford Pennant

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I’m the proud owner of a custom Oxford Pennant featuring the name of my hometown, and I couldn’t resist sharing these guys with you any longer. They manufacture vintage style pennants and flags inspired by American sports traditions, each one made in the USA with natural wool and cotton. Choose from a selection of featured cities and states, inspirational phrases, and championship banners.

 

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Cai Guo Qiang

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This weekend – Labor Day here in the U.S. – is probably the last time most of us will see any fireworks for awhile. They’re one of my favorite summertime events, I always look forward to catching a show sprawled out on a blanket or sitting on the hood of a car.

Cai Guo-Qiang is a New York-based artist known for a new kind of fireworks spectacle he calls “explosion events.” His fireworks represent nature, culture, life, and death, each event a short-lived masterpiece in the sky.

 

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