12 Dopp Kits

Alden Leather Travel Kit // Waxed Canvas Toiletries Pouch // Manready Dopp Kit // Herschel Studio Tarpaulin Chapter Dopp Kit

Nothing makes me feel more prepared for travel than a solid dopp kit – do you have one? I actually keep doubles of a lot of my toiletries permanently inside because it makes packing for a trip much easier, and thereby me far less likely to forget something. I have a patterned one from Hammocks & High Tea that’s served me well for at least five years, I love it and can’t wait to take it along for a few more adventures this summer.

 

Refresh Dopp Kit // Toilette Shave Kit // Filson Travel Kit // Kip & Co Mauve Toiletry Bag

 

Leather Dopp // Alchemy Goods Elliot Travel Kit // Too Designs Travel Kit // Waxed Canvas Dopp Kit

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Memorial Day Sales Galore!

We’re months away from Black Friday, but this weekend’s Memorial Day sales are nearly as good! If you’ve been hanging on to that tax return or waiting to pick up some summer wardrobe pieces now’s the time to take advantage. Check out our favorite picks and sales below!

1. Anthropologie // 40% extra off sale items for AnthroPerk members as well as well as 20% off full-price home and decor

Tripod Mirror // Musa Woven Lantern // Nashi Aqua Swirl Serving Set // Bright Heirloom Tablecloth // Peyton Pitcher // Woven Maya Beach Towel // Minimalist Teakwood Lantern // Vibrant Geo Hanging Planters // Painted Monogram Juice Glass

 

2. Target // up to 30% off patio, home, and furniture, save an additional 10% with promo code SPRING

Porter Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table // Emery Metal Bistro Chairs // Metal, Wood, and Leather Bar Cart // Stok Drum Charcoal Grill // Kilim Accent Rug Runner // Tall Lidded Vase // Mixed Fruits Doormat // 3-Piece Rattan Patio Chat Set // 10-Light Heavy Duty Drop String Lights

 

3. Overstock // Up to an extra 20% off garden and patio, area rug, furniture, and bedding and bath

Acacia Wood Patio Chairs // Outdoor Acacia Wood Chaise Lounge // Outdoor 3-Shelf Industrial Rack // Gavin Mid-Century Wood Counter Stools // Monroe Adjustable Office Chair // Hand Tufted Wool Moroccan Triangle Rug // Distressed Abstract Vintage Oriental Rug // Rialto Rust Faux Leather Chair // Hand-Woven Cotton Rag Rug

 

4. Wayfair // Up to 70% off

12″ Retro Wall Clock // Baxton Studio Sumner 5-Piece Dining Set // Brill Outdoor Wall Lantern // Coral Springs Arm Chair // Gardner Cabinet // Liliam Pouf Square Ottoman // Miro End Table // Phoebe Tufted Sofa // Vintage Metal Hanging 12-Light Sputnik Chandelier

 

5. West Elm // Save up to 30% on all furniture with promo code EXTRAGREAT, up to 70% off on new markdowns, and free shipping on select furiture

Benson 5-Drawer Dresser // Tiered Bar Console // Box Frame Dining Bench // Modern Expandable Dining Table // Mid-Century Daybed // Retro Wing Chair // Arlo Mid-Century Bed // Tiered Side Table // Drum Storage Coffee Table

 

6. Nordstrom // save up to 40%

Satin Kimono Jacket // Grid Hoop Earrings // Boheme Life Halter Bikini Top + Cheeky Bikini Bottoms // Simon Stripe Backpack // Hudson Zip Shirt Jacket // Leather Pouch Necklace // Good Resolution Dress // Faux Leather Trim Zip Backpack // Faux Leather Belt Bag

 

7. Of a Kind // 25% off select home goods with code HOMERUN!

Wild Honey Votive Candle // Resin Hexagon Placecard Holders // Bubble Candlestick Set // Jami Handwoven Tassel Coverlet // Topanga Rug // Citrus and Florals Framed Print // Accordion Ikat Throw // Loose Blue Stripe Planter and Tray // Guava Ring Planters

 

8. World Market // an extra 15% off and free shipping on orders over $150

Wide Terrarium // Black Woven Bamboo Pendant Shade // Black Matte Ceramic Mortar and Pestle // Copper and Wood Paper Towel Holder // Cactus Print with Gold Frame // Brass Pour Over Coffee Dripper Stand with Wood Base // Marble Paddle Cutting Board with Copper Handle // Adler Glass Wall Shelf // Mint Retro Metal Smiley Dustpan

 

9. Joybird // 20% off everything

Camille Pouf // Ellington 74″ Sofa // Carolyn Teal Wall Art // Justice Wall Unit // Elodie Pillow // Porta Floor Mirror // Newburgh Rug // Reese Wall Desk // Taylor Table Lamp

 

10. Lulu & Georgia // 15% off of $200 with codes HEYSUMMER15, 20% off of $500 with code HEYSUMMER20, and 25% off of $800 with code HEYSUMMER25

Gold Urchin // Turkish Towel // Doraine Kantha Quilt // Venice Beach Rollerskates Print // Nieve Mirror // Wilma Counter Stools // Sophie Print // Gold Tayla Mirror // You Better Have Tacos Doormat

 

AllModern // extra 20% off with code SPLASH

American Heirloom // 20% off with code MEMORIAL2017

Article // up to 25% off select items

Banana Republic // 40% with code BRSUMMER

Benchmade Modern // 20% off with code MEMDAY2017

Bunglo // 25% off with code BUNGLO25

Dear Keaton // 20% off with code Memorial Day

DENY Designs // 40% off with code FRIYAY40

Havaianas // 20% off everything with code SUMMER20

Leesa // $100 off with code MEMORIALDAY17

Macy’s // up to 60% off, buy online and pickup in store for an extra 20% off, free shipping at $49

Maje // an additional 25% off

Moda Operandi // 50% off select items

Net-A-Porter // up to 50% off select items

Old Navy // 50% off tees, tanks, shorts, and swimwear, free shipping over $50

Urban Outfitters // up to 50% off

Serena & Lily // 20% off with code AMAZING

Stowaway Cosmetics // 40% off with code 40SPLASH17

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Rose 15 Ways

I suppose it’s part of my slow evolution into a Plant Lady that flowers work their way into my diet. With the exception of rose, I’m not sure any of the other petals I’ve eaten have had much flavor – more of a garnish situation I guess? This summer I’m anxious to work some more of this unexpected ingredient into everyday recipes to make them a little bit more special.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Let’s Talk Chandeliers

Staggered Glass Chandelier

Lighting is perhaps the element I most look forward to when designing a room – the right finish, the perfect glow, everything comes together to set the mood in that just right way. Chandeliers in particular are the icing on the proverbial cake of decorating, and I don’t think they’re utilized often enough. Think past the dining room and entryway to the bathroom, the bedroom, and beyond to take any room to the next level.

 

Wren 6-Light Sputnik Chandelier

 

Plaza Chandelier

 

Oakton Bronze Chandelier

 

Cypress 5-Arm Chandelier

 

Mobile Chandelier

 

Fluxx Chandelier

 

Vortice Chandelier

 

Caracas Six-Light Chandelier

 

Mid-Century Long-Arm Chandelier

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Let’s Talk Garment Racks

Valet Clothes Stand from CB2

The biggest dream I have for my house is turning the finished attic, complete with dormer windows and a turret, into my dream master suite. It’s split into two rooms, and ideally the front one would become the bedroom and the back a wardrobe and sitting room. The main obstacle is that there is no ductwork up there, and I live in a state that fully experiences all four seasons.

But whatever. Because when I’m finally able to save up and make it happen I know that I don’t want built-in shelving or suspended rods, what I actually want are old school garment racks lining the walls.

 

Wooden Clothing Rack from Urban Outfitters

 

Toj Clothes Rack from Norman Copenhagen

 

Handmade Clothes Rack by Pobi Shop

 

Tower Clothing Rack from Urban Outfitters

 

RIGGA Clothes Rack by Ikea

 

DIY Ladder Wardrobe by A Pair & A Spare

 

Garment Rack from West Elm

 

DIY Garment Rack by In Honor of Design

 

Atlas Clothes Rack by Akron St.

 

Calvin Double Clothing Rack from Urban Outfitters

 

Anker Clothing Rack by Menu

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Plant Lovers Anonymous

Brass Svante Watering Can // Brass Arthur Planter // Wood Box Planter // Boskke Cube // Adelphi Planter // Succulent Planter // Garden Tool Set // Riveted Planter // Glowing Arbor Pots // Grow Greenhouse

Are you elbow-deep in potting soil, too? So far I’ve already moved the majority of my indoor plants onto the front porch and repotted a bunch of succulent babies. This weekend three peony bushes, two peony roots, two oriental poppies, and heirloom tomatoes are on the docket for planting. I love how greenery and flowers make any space feel more alive, but always seem to be running short on pots and planters. It turns out now is the perfect time to stock up – plenty of these are on sale!

 

SALLADSKÅL Watering Can // Saboten Gardening Tools // Radial Vessel Small Planter // Nuelle Pot // Mod Double Planter and Drainage Tray Set // Tall Power Planter // Breathable Large Planter // Marble Terracotta Planters // Menu Wire Planters // Metal Raised Garden Planter

 

Stainless Steel Watering Can // Parker Planter + Drainage Tray Set // Single Herb Wall Planter // Tokyo Composite Pot Planter // Spun Metal Standing Planters // Terracotta Planter // Sophie Conran Garden Tools // Strawberry Navy Planter // Parker Planter + Drainage Tray Set // Sage Garden Pots

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Spring ’17 Book Recommendations

A favorite part of my job, that you may only know about if you follow @designcrush on Instagram, is reviewing books. I had zero chance of not being a bibliophile, my Mom and Grandma read to me daily and my aunt was an elementary school librarian. Put that together with my two passions of art and design and, well, it’s basically the definition of a match made in heaven. I’ll now be sharing the art and design books that I usually keep to Instagram here as well, as a sort of quarterly book recommendation list.

 

 

The Golden Secrets of Lettering: Letter Design from First Sketch to Final Artwork by Martina Flor  A a comprehensive, beautifully illustrated guide to hand lettering with easy-to-understand instructions and guidelines, plenty of inspirational examples, and hundreds of hand-sketches and illustrations. Martina Flor shows readers how to transform their initial lettering concepts and handdrawn sketches into a well-shaped piece of digital lettering that can be sold and published. Learn how to train your typographic eye by studying lettering samples and the anatomy of letters, explore concepts of hierarchy, composition, and flourishes, and discover the different ways of creating letter shapes. Flor also explains the process of creating a lettering project step by step and gives valuable tips about how to make a career as a lettering artist.

Paul Rand: A Designer’s Art by Paul Rand  A comprehensive collection of Paul Rand’s most important and best-known designs, this book gives unique insight into Rand’s design process and theory. This new edition of Rand’s classic monograph, long unavailable, meticulously re-creates the graphic quality of the original. It includes more than 200 illustrations and 27 essays, and a new afterword by Steven Heller. Required reading for anybody interested in modern design.

Encyclopedia of Rainbows: Our World Organized by Color by Julie Seabrook Ream  This playful collection of rainbows is a bright and beautiful appreciation of all the color that surrounds us. Artist Julie Seabrook Ream invites us to see the extraordinary beauty of ordinary objects as she gathers colorful iterations of a single type of thing, from feathers to fishing gear, matchbooks to macarons, and neatly arranges them in rainbow order. This index details all the objects in each rainbow, bringing the magnetic appeal of meticulous organization to this burst of color in book form. A striking package with a rainbow-colored spine makes this book a treasure for those who love art, design, and a fresh perspective.

Creative Pep Talk: Inspiration from 50 Artists by Andy J. Miller  Every artist needs a little pep talk now and then. An inspiring tool and beautiful art book in one, Creative Pep Talk offers illustrated words of wisdom from 50 of today’s leading creative professionals. With full-color, typographic prints and explanatory statements from a host of creative luminaries — including Aaron Draplin, Oliver Jeffers, Lisa Congdon, Mike Perry, and many others — this book encourages artists to stay excited, experiment boldly, and conquer fear. Create curiosity, Learn to say no, and If you can’t be good, be different are just a few of the motivational mentions in this visual collection that’s perfect for students, designers, artists, and creatives at any stage in their careers.

Go Forth! by Chronicle Books  A perfect dose of positivity and kick-in-the-pants motivation to get out and get living, making, and doing. Chock-full of uplifting text-based art with an emphasis on being brave, courageous, and authentic, it’s the perfect gift for grads, travelers, or anyone else in need of inspiration as they embark on a new adventure.

Print & Pattern: Nature by Bowie Style  The latest book based on the popular site, Print & Pattern, celebrates surface designs, patterns, motifs of leaves, insects, grasses, butterflies, and trees. Product areas covered include stationery, cards, giftwrap, fabrics, wallpaper, rugs, ceramics, homewares, gadget skins, and more. Documenting the work of the best designers in the field, it’s an invaluable reference and inspiration source for surface designers, designer-makers, craftspeople, graphic designers, illustrators, and textile designers.

How Art Can Make You Happy by Bridget Watson Payne  This little book offers the keys to unlocking a rich and rewarding source of joy. A handbook full of insight that will help regular people begin a more inspiring and less stressful relationship with art with tips on how to visit museums, how to talk about art at cocktail parties, and how to let art wake you up to the world around you. This guide makes it possible for anyone to fall in love with art, whether for the first time or all over again.

How to Make It: 25 Makers Share the Secrets to Building a Creative Business by Erin Austen Abbott  The ultimate tell-all, show-all guide to making a living by making things. Featuring 25 profiles of illustrators, jewelry designers, ceramicists, painters, clothing designers, and printmakers, this book provides a behind-the-scenes look at the daily rituals and best practices that keep these creative entrepreneurs on track. With Q & As, insider tips, and DIYs from each maker, each page offers guidance and encouragement to artists just starting their careers and to professionals looking to take their creative business to the next level. Brimming with practical advice and inspiration, a recommended read for anyone interested in making it as a maker.

Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order) by Bridget Quinn  Historically, major women artists have been excluded from the mainstream art. Aligned with the resurgence of feminism in pop culture, this book offers an entertaining corrective to that omission. Art historian Bridget Quinn delves into the lives and careers of 15 female artists in text that’s smart, feisty, educational, and an enjoyable read. Full of beautiful reproductions of the artists’ works and contemporary portraits of each artist by renowned illustrator Lisa Congdon, this is art history from 1600 to the present day for the modern art lover, reader, and feminist.

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16 Wave Sprays

Lush Sea Spray Hair Mist // OUAI Wave Spray // Cake The Wave Maker // Captain Blankenship Golden Waves Sea Salt Shimmer Spray

It’s getting to be that time of year – RE: May through September – when my bathroom feels like the surface of the sun while drying my hair. To solve that little problem I avoid it as often as possible, and turn to wave sprays to avoid looking like a professional hobo. In the past I’ve tried more than I can count, all in the name of finding the perfect one for my fine mane. More often than not the answer has been a combination of two or more sprays working their magic together. Here are sixteen wave sprays you might want to add to your arsenal.

 

Mermaid Hair Spray // DIY Sea Salt Spray // Herbivore Lavender + Sea Salt Sea Mist // Love + Salt Beach Hair and Body Mist

 

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray // Drybar Texas Tea Volumizing Spray // VERB Sea Spray // Ouidad Wave Create Sea Spray

 

IGK Beach Club Texture Spray // John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Salt Spray // R+CO Sail Soft Wave Spray // John Masters Organics Sea Salt Spray with Lavender

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30 Swimsuits

Positano Swimsuit // Prettylittlething Mesh Bandeau Bikini

Every year I make the mistake of waiting until it’s time to wear a swimsuit to try and buy one, but this year I’m behind the 8 ball and starting my search early (on time?). I haven’t been one for bikinis since my 20s, so I’m thrilled that the selection of one-pieces is exceptionally robust this year. Lots of interesting cuts and graphic patterns that draw me in like a moth to a flame. Plenty are already on sale too, so if you’re on the hunt for a new suit there’s no time like the present.

 

Aerie Super Scoop One-Piece Swimsuit // Emma Pake Antonia Lace-Up Swimsuit

 

ASOS Clean Cross Back Mono Stripe Swimsuit // Dolce Vita Seacoast One-Piece

 

Tavik Jett Colorblock Bikini Top + Bottoms // Baserange Kinch Swimsuit

 

Bathing Beauty Swimsuit Top + Bottoms // Beach Striped Halter One-Piece Swimsuit

 

Romy Pistol Pink One-Piece // Seaside Splendor Reversible One-Piece Swimsuit

 

The Ones Who Cutout One-Piece // The Ones Who Maren Top + Heather Bottoms

 

Weekday Pink Ribbed One Shoulder Swimsuit // Wake by the Ocean One-Piece Swimsuit

 

ASOS Layered Palm Plunge Halter Swimsuit // Out From Under Printed Tie-Front One-Piece Swimsuit

 

Solid & Striped Lexi One-Piece // Solid & Striped Morgan Bikini Top + Bottoms

 

Genevieve Bikini // ViX Striped One-Piece

 

Solid & Striped Willow One-Piece // Tide My Best One-Piece Swimsuit

 

Solid & Striped The Elle Striped Bikini // Matteau Square Maillot One Piece

 

Flagpole Jade One-Piece // The Ones Who Tali One-Piece

 

Tory Burch Solid Wrap One-Piece // Stella McCartney Stripe Padded Swimsuit

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