Stellar Baby

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Stellar Baby might sounds like a shop that focuses on, well, babies. And it is to a large degree (you should definitely check out the wall art and onesies if you’re in the market). But you’d kick yourself if you bypassed it based solely on the name because Laurie also designs and silkscreens some amazing totes. The colorful geometric designs are my favorite, showing that totes as a trend are still going strong!

Pssst… Use the code DESIGNCRUSH for free shipping!


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Cheesy Potato Soup



I’m happy to report that the south has been experiencing some cold winter weather for a change! It’s inspired me to get out my recipe box and make a few changes to the potato soup my grandmother has been making for years. It’s painfully easy and is one of those extra special concoctions that actually tastes better as leftovers than it does the first day.


Cheesy Potato Soup

• 3 medium potatoes, diced with skins on
• 1/3 C diced celery
• 1 medium onion, diced
• 1 1/2 C water
• 2 chicken bouillon cubes
• 3/4 tsp salt
• 2 C milk (I used skim)
• 1 C sour cream (I used light)
• 1/2 tsp onion salt
• 1 Tbsp chives
• 1/4 tsp pepper
• 1 Tbsp flour
• 1 Tbsp parsley
• 2 C shredded Parmesan or Mozzarella cheese (or both!)

In a large pot combine potatoes, celery, onion, water, bouillon cubes, and 1/4 tsp salt. Bring to a boil and continue to cook for 20 minutes. Add one cup milk and bring back to a boil. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl whisk together sour cream, onion salt, chives, parsley, pepper, flour, 1/2 tsp salt, and remaining milk. Pour about 1/3 cup hot soup mix into the bowl and combine. Return to the pot and heat on low to thicken. Before serving add shredded cheese, stir until melted.


Period Clock

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When someone finds a new way to translate the passage of time I’m inevitably intrigued. This concept – Period Clock – by artist Tamer Köşeli is just that, a minimalist approach to time that functions with the help of two rotating circles. A little tricky to read at first, but easy once you catch on. It even glows in the dark when the lights go out. (via The Fox Is Black)


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City Quilts

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Hand-stitched City Quilts from Haptic Lab are beautifully detailed street maps of your favorite cities fit for everyday use. As of now you can choose from Boston, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, Paris, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington DC. There are even a few quirkier versions that you’ll have to check out for yourself!


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Flask Vases

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CB2 has some great pieces out for the start of 2013, and these iron Flask Vases are one of my favorites. I love that they can either serve their intended purpose as a vessel for flowers or stand alone as a sculptural piece.


Leather Bag Tag

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This leather bag tag from Owen & Fred is everything I love in the world. Simple, utilitarian, and clean. Of course it’s designed for your luggage, but I’d be hard-pressed not to hang a more vague version off my handbag as an accessory as well. (via bltd)


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Happy Weekend

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01/ Yeah, I’d live in this glass house.
02/ Hate mail I’d like to receive.
03/ Knit credit cards.
04/ So creeped out by these imagined normal celebrities.
05/ Hand-cut chrome furniture, wow.
06/ Photos of people caught mid-sneeze.
07/ A crazy wooden domino tree.
08/ An edible s’mores box!
09/ Love this thermochromic table. Lots.
10/ Beautiful aerial shots of Manhattan.


Alt Summit Schedule

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By now all of you attendees have likely downloaded and filled in your Wardrobe Planner + Packing List and are starting to think about the actual Alt Summit conference. I’ve put together a little 8.5 x 11″ foldable schedule to help with that, all of the sessions and track options are listed so you can just tick off which ones you plan on attending! It comes in handy when you’re caught up in the adrenaline and excitement and don’t know which was is up (trust me on this one). You can download your Alt Schedule right here. See you in five days!