For our final weekly wrap-up of the year, we thought we’d share a little peek into one of our favorite new shops, fully decked-out in festive holiday style! Opened a little less than a year ago, Emily Thompson Flowers calls lower Manhattan’s historic South Street Seaport home. Although the Seaport has a reputation as a tourist destination, Thompson’s outpost is part of a steady new crop of artists, designers, and creative-types that have set up shop there, capitalizing on the area’s industrial, old world beauty. Trained as a sculptor and known for her wickedly morbid flair, Thompson isn’t exactly what one would call the archetypical florist. Still, it is her strongly personal aesthetic and voice that makes her work so unique and captivatingly beautiful. Drawn to unusual blooms, rich colors, and decorative pieces that tell a story, Thompson has ensured that a visit to her shop is something of an experience. Throughout the small space, one can find numerous narratives unfolding, from custom products forged from creative partnerships to epically imaginative window displays that feature her own artwork. Although the shop’s corner lot is relatively tiny, I had the feeling that I could stay forever and still have more to discover. Check out all of the photos from our visit in the slideshow! Have a wonderful weekend! xo, Max
- Kid President’s “20 Things We Should Say More Often” is as on-point as it is adorable.
- The Washington Post’s look at ASMR at the work of GentleWhispers is fascinating…and kind of wonderfully creepy.
- Alice Gregory sings the praises of finding your own personal uniform. We’re thinking of adopting her chic all-black style!
- Looking for the perfect dish for Christmas morning (or any morning, for that matter)? Try Bon Appetit’s Classic French Toast!
- New York Magazine is rounding up some of the city’s best places for Hanukkah goodies. 8 nights of sweat treats? Sign us up!
- The New York Times has an updated look at a home tour that ran in the Design*Sponge book!
- For all you graphic design lovers out there, Kottke.org has a roundup of the best of 2014 Best of Book Cover Design lists. Feast your eyes!
- After several years undergoing renovations, New York’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum has re-opened its doors. Curbed has all the deets on the $91 million renovation!
- Calling all fashion lovers! Dior’s creative director, Raf Simons has just released a collection of home furnishings for the Scandinavian company Kvadrat. It’s a beautiful mix of modern and postmodern sensibilities.
- The work of Charles and Ray Eames seems at home in practically every interior—evidenced by this fabulous roundup of homes featuring their furniture in Architectural Digest.
This week on D*S
- Must read: A look at Grace’s beautiful new upstate home, Free woodland-themed printable gift tags!; 25 Inspiring Collections
- Holiday gift guides: Books, Subscriptions
- Home Tours: A Mix of Old and New In Charleston; Postwar Construction Meets Pre-War Charm in Victoria; In The Hudson Valley, Room For Work and Play; A Minimal And Livable New Zealand Home By The Beach; A Rural 1800s Barn Becomes A Modern Home; A Balanced LA Home Filled With Humor and Heart
- Before & After: Recycled Jeans Become A Comfy Lounge; Jenna’s Bedroom Makeover
- DIY Projects: Boxwood Diamond Wreath; Branch Ladder
- Radio: The Changing Pay Rates of Creative Talent
- Biz Ladies: Your Most Overlooked Business Success Secret
- Recipes: Sean Brock’s Cornbread