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Wednesday April 11th, 2012

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The French Cat + The French Dog

A couple weeks ago, while working at the Stewart, Tabori & Chang offices (Did you know that if you’re late with a book project, your editor might actually make you work in the office? It’s like study hall. Or detention. For me, it was detention.), I passed these books in a glass display case. If…

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Friday April 6th, 2012

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Weekly Wrap-Up + Bringing Nature Home

Over the past five or so years, there has been an amazing movement in the floral world toward loose, natural, garden-inspired arrangements. Inspired by Constance Spry, an incredible new community has grown from coast to coast that focuses on lush flowers arranged in a way that suggests natural growth rather than overly formal or forced…

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Wednesday March 28th, 2012

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Living in a Nutshell

Image above: Classical columns on the front door drawn in chalkboard paint Living in a Nutshell (just released yesterday!) showed up in the office last week. We’re pretty picky about books here and can be particularly hard on craft books, but I literally found myself saying “wow” on nearly page. The book is packed with…

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Friday March 9th, 2012

Tuesday January 31st, 2012

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handmade books by serena olivieri

The first time I visited SCAD in Savannah I got to visit a class making books by hand. I’d never stopped to think about how much goes into handmade books and those students’ efforts were a real eye-opener. These beautiful handmade books, agendas and diaries are by artist Serena Olivieri. She just started designing and…

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Tuesday January 24th, 2012

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book sets from juniper books

One of my big goals this year is to spend less time in virtual life and more time in real life. Part of that commitment means watching fewer screens and cracking open more books. I finally started reading seriously again during the book tour, so I’m starting to build a little collection of favorites. As…

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Friday December 16th, 2011

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2011 gift guide: books


I love books. I have a master’s degree in library science, spent eight years at the New York Public Library before joining Design*Sponge and have a relatively large collection of books at home. So each fall, I anxiously await the moment I can begin work on this guide. This year while traveling around the country,…

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Friday November 18th, 2011

books by 7

bicycle portraits

Oakland has a vibrant, tight-knit cycling community, and I’ve seen first-hand how passionately people can feel about their bikes. Sadly, I’m still too much of a novice to feel the same. These illustrations and images are part of new project by Stan Engelbrecht & Nic Grobler titled Bicycle Portraits. It’s a study of South African…

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Wednesday November 9th, 2011

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DIY furniture book by Christopher Stuart

I am excited to share the new DIY book, DIY Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide, for three reasons. For starters, this book was authored by one of our D*S scholarship winners: the extremely talented Christopher Stuart, founder of LUUR design. Second, this book features projects from some of my favorite emerging designers, including Lindsey Adelman, Uhuru and…

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Monday October 3rd, 2011

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julia rothman’s farm book + giveaway

I’ve been impatiently waiting for this book ever since I heard that Julia Rothman was going to be working with Storey Publishing. (We did a sneak peek with Storey’s creative director, Alethea Morrison, just last year.) I have more than a few Storey books, and I love any sort of illustrated chart — particularly when animals are…

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Wednesday September 28th, 2011

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make & do by mollie greene

Many of you may recognize Mollie Greene’s name from previous mentions here on D*S — when Barb featured Mollie’s paper moose head on Before & After Basics, we were flooded with requests for a paper taxidermy tutorial from Mollie. She graciously agreed, and we were thrilled to share her newspaper taxidermy DIY last fall. Now…

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Wednesday August 10th, 2011

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the good life cookbook


Normally, I wait until Friday to post anything food related, but I couldn’t resist this gorgeous new book. Suzy from A Friend of Mine design studio in Melbourne sent over this beautiful new cookbook that Pan Macmillan publishers asked her to design and art direct. The Good Life is the latest cookbook from chef Adrian Richardson…

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Tuesday August 9th, 2011

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butterflies and moths

I’m not normally a big butterfly person, but ever since we did the butterfly dome project with Amy and Jessica for Design*Sponge at Home, they’ve started to grow on me. These colorful new butterfly and moth prints are from Shay and Jeff at Bee Things (you can see their awesome Dallas home right here). Each…

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Tuesday July 12th, 2011

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botanical art books

Despite all the sweet and well-meaning comments I received after my last tattoo post, I’m still planning on moving forward with my own this summer. I’m looking to get a very precise botanical illustration with clean lines and a specific flower that pertains to my home state, so I’ve been hunting through vintage and antique…

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Friday April 22nd, 2011

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the beekeeper’s bible

I’m beginning to think that idiomatic expressions about judging books by their covers must apply to everything but books. (Coralie Bickford-Smith anyone?) The Beekeeper’s Bible is one of the prettiest beekeeping books I’ve come across (and I should know, I have over five of them!), and at 400 pages, it packs a pretty heavy content…

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