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July has been, hands down, the most trying month of 2013 for me. But among all of the late nights and long days there were plenty of good moments. Nursing this little foster guy back to health after a series of seizures is near the top of that list. School supplies are out! Every year I allow myself one or two things, I wish I were a perpetual student! I made the best berry galette ever (just added blueberries to this recipe). Experienced my first ever blowout from the lovely ladies at blo and got some beachy waves. Bebe turned 2 years old and Peanut turned 13! I spent an afternoon exploring OKC, which resulted in us celebrating Oklahoma City Week here on Design Crush. I received the best print from Read Between the Lines, it makes me smile each time I walk by. My kitchen has been getting the best golden hour sun. One afternoon I pilfered a bunch of crepe myrtle from my neighbor (except not really because it hangs over onto my property). A few afternoons afforded me some quality time with the pets, generally in the form of a nap. Loving my advance copy of The Art of I Love You!

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Bindle

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By definition a bindle is the bundle of possessions a hobo carries, but in this case it’s been reinvented as a themed, handmade, inventive gift package. A creative version of a gift basket perhaps, and maybe that’s just why I like it so much. Currently Bindle is based in Australia – here’s hoping there’s a U.S. shop soon!

 

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Euro Edge

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Euro Style Lighting’s Euro Edge is a new online resource that helps you find modern interior inspiration with the assistance of some of the most reknowned design bloggers trolling the web. And I’m humbled and honored to be considered among their ranks! That’s right, you can shop Design Crush’s mid-century modern with a twist style over on Euro Edge. And if my taste isn’t your cup of tea you can check out the picks of six other talented ladies – Say Yes To Hoboken, Simply Grove, La La Lovely, Sacramento Street, vmac+cheese, and Justina Blakeney. (Psst… here’s the scone above!)

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Kerrie Yeung Jewelry

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Kerrie Yeung‘s jewelry grabs hold of one of the most vital rules of design and executes it to perfection – take away some elements, then take away some more until only the essentials remain. Every detail is deliberate leaving a simple, modern result that can be grouped with other pieces from the collection in endless options. Just my style!

 

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Avo Bocce

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The Avo Bocce set screams American classic, hand-finished, timeless pastime. Bocce reminds me of hanging out with my family, summer nights spent in the backyard with the adults sipping cold beers and the kids running around exhausting themselves until the sky went dark. This set would be such an amazing hand-me-down, especially as each oak ball builds up its own unique patina. If you think this set is as beautiful as I do, click over to Avo Bocce’s Kickstarter page and stake your claim.

 

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The Fifty United Plates

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A to-scale set of interlocking porcelain plates resembling the fifty states called The Fifty United Plates? SIGN ME UP. No you don’t have to purchase all fifty, but wouldn’t that be incredible?

Their uses are plentiful; baking dish, serving tray, conversation piece, collecting tray, tapas plate, etc.  They can act as stand alone state plates, pieced together as regions on your dinner table, or hand picked to be the places that mean the most to you.  The entire spread will measure 8 feet by 4 feet with Texas sized at 24″ by 25″ and Rhode Island as the smallest state at 1.5″ by 1.5″.

There are a few spots left to support the Corbe Company‘s The Fifty United Plates Kickstarter campaign if you’d like to get in on the action!

 

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Happy Weekend

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01/ The Healing Power of Cat Purrs. (I knew it!)
02/ The world is fascinated by Twins, this portrait series is lovely.
03/ Book on Book, a book-shaped clear acrylic paperweight.
04/ Office Safari, where cubicle meets safari.
05/ Science is awesome, and now science is branded.
06/ Mirror City, a kaleidoscopic timelapse of major cities.
07/ You can finally make your own It’s-It Ice Cream Sandwiches!
08/ If we could see Wifi, this is what it would look like.
09/ Painted Jello has never looked so appetizing.
10/ If Manhattan were dropped into the Grand Canyon!

This week on Design Crush…
Just OK
Tips&Tricks: House + Home
Olive & Co.
Fruity Balsamic Vodka Cocktails
Pie Junkie
Welcoming Wallpapers
DNA Galleries
Summer Stylin’ with TOMS
Jason Pawley

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To wrap up this first edition of Oklahoma City Week we’re going out with an artist instead of a shop. Meet Jason Pawley, the brilliant mind behind these neoned, patterned, exciting works of art that I can’t stare at long enough. ( If you’re the observant type you probably noticed his handiwork on the back wall of DNA Galleries yesterday.) I like Jason’s patterns on their own, but am completely blown away by the pieces that include subjects tattooed with those same lines and angles. And I’ve just convinced us all that he would design great tattoos as well, right?

 

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Summer Stylin’ with TOMS

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One of my favorite summertime accessories is a great pair of shades – particularly the large, bug-eyed variety (I even remember purchasing my first pair the summer before college at a discount store!). I love the protection they offer my light sensitive peepers, so I’ve stuck with them and basically worn every shape for the past fifteen years. TOMS summer eyewear collection is beautiful, so when they asked me to help them get the word out there was no way I could say no! I’ll admit it was difficult not to fall into my old bug-eyed ways, so I struck a compromise and went with the Kitty Pink Tortoise style. I love their classic shape, trendy colorblocked arms, and the hint of pink in the tortoiseshell design. Did I forget to mention that I’m a pro at losing sunnies? Because I am. Luckily these gals arrive with a sturdy zippered which helps me do a better job of keeping track.

 

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Now of course what TOMS is best known for are their super comfortable shoes and their One for One movement where a pair of shoes is donated to someone in need for each pair purchased. (This also extends to their eyewear now – woohoo!) I’m a happy owner of the Earthwise Orange, and now a pair of these wedges too. I actually haaate wearing heels of any sort, and can 100% honestly report that these are the most comfortable I’ve ever had on my tootsies. I took a chance on the color and pattern – I’m much more of a black/white/grey girl – and have to say I love how they go with just about everything in my closet! (As a matter of fact, I didn’t wear everything in these two images together, but I’m starting to think I might have to.) And I also like how the pattern goes all the way to the floor for a more fluid look as opposed to it just being on the upper straps. Now I’m eyeing up TOMS Cordones for fall!

Disclaimer: Product was provided for review by TOMS. However, all words and opinions are my own. Thank you for continuing to support the brands that keep Design Crush going!

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DNA Galleries

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DNA Galleries is a small contemporary art gallery and artist-made retail space that is a key part of the burgeoning art scene here in OKC. They showcase artists who like to work in non-traditional styles, host artist openings the second Friday of every month, and have several works for sale under $50 for collectors who are just starting out. Also a whopping 95% of their goods are locally made! DNA recently moved into a new shop that’s nearly double the size of their old location and are making great use of the space, I’ll be sharing more on that killer wall mural later this week!

 

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1709 NW 16th  OKC, OK  73106
405.525.3499

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