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Thursday July 3rd, 2014

DSHashtags by 5

Show Us Your #DSSummer

As the internet continues to grow and evolve, it’s no secret that comments and conversation are being replaced with clicks, hashtags and posts without words. I had my moment of being upset about it, but when I discovered Instagram and truly embraced what that world had to offer, I found myself connecting with people and…

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Friday June 27th, 2014

DSHashtags by 4

40 Reasons to Love Lettering

As technology becomes more advanced and more impressive, I find myself missing the “old way” of doing things more and more. Even though I love a great digitally printed logo or sign, you can’t beat the hand-painted signs and lettering that used to cover shops, storefronts and the sides of buildings. To honor that tradition,…

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Wednesday June 4th, 2014

DSHashtags by 4

#DS Lettering

I have a healthy obsession with hashtags. I say healthy because I don’t walk around actually saying “hashtag” all the time, but I do find them fascinating and incredibly useful as ways to sort and organize images on social media* channels, especially Instagram. I’ve found so many new artists, companies, places to travel and even…

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Friday May 16th, 2014

Friday May 2nd, 2014

DSHashtags by 1

#DSPattern + Lowes Instagram Takeover

I’ve been waiting to announce our next hashtag challenge because it’s the one I’ve been most thrilled about: PATTERN. I will be a pattern devotee for the rest of my life, and I’ve been documenting great examples of pattern I’ve seen around the city for years now. So many of you have written in to…

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Friday April 25th, 2014

DSHashtags by 1

#DSHARDWARE: Show Us Your Favorites

Hardware is, without a doubt, the simplest the most affordable way to change the way a room looks. As powerful as paint is to bring life to a space, you can’t beat the quickness with which you can unattach and attach new knobs, pulls and handles. I feel like I’m constantly capturing small hardware moments…

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Thursday April 24th, 2014

Monday April 14th, 2014

DSHashtags, products by 12

35 Ways to Decorate with Mirrors

The last few years of my life have been about a slow and gradual process of winnowing down the things I have in my home to only the most special, necessary and functional. Much like cutting my hair, I’ve always felt the stripping away of anything extra is one of the most liberating feelings. Not…

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Thursday April 10th, 2014

DSHashtags by 8

30 Reasons To Love Red, Pink, Orange + Yellow

I’m a bit of a broken record when it comes to my love of Instagram these days, but it’s true: interacting with the creative community on Instagram has brought me back to life and inspired me more than anything else in the past few years. From discovering new artists and designers to finding beautiful new…

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Monday March 31st, 2014

DSHashtags by 0


On a grey and dreary day like the one we’re having in Brooklyn today, I can think of no better way to celebrate than with a major explosion of COLOR. Bright reds, cheerful pinks, deep blues, sunny yellows- bring them all on. This month’s hashtag challenge is all about celebrating color at home, out in…

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Monday March 17th, 2014

Monday March 10th, 2014

DSHashtags by 0


One of my first college essays I ever wrote was about the antique mirrors in my childhood home. My mom has always collected beautiful mirrors and over the years I’ve grown to love them just the way she does. Mirrors are now one of the first things I look for at flea markets and thrift…

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Wednesday March 5th, 2014

DSHashtags by 2

Show Us Your Walls: #DSArt Challenge

It’s hard to put into words how inspiring all of your images have been for our past few hashtag challenges. Seeing your updates for beautiful rugs and daily moments have kept me inspired for weeks now and today I’m excited to focus on a topic near and dear to my heart: art! Whether you’re saving…

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Thursday February 27th, 2014

Tuesday February 18th, 2014

DSHashtags, products by 7


On Sunday I found myself facing an all-too-familiar feeling. I was crouched on the floor of the furniture shop Nightwood, trying to convince myself that I had a reason to buy the gorgeous Turkish rug in front of me. I rolled and unrolled it several times, trying to imagine how and where I would use…

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Wednesday February 5th, 2014

DSHashtags by 4

#DS Looking

With my indoor time exponentially increased by Old Man Winter, I’ve been looking for movies and books to keep me busy. I was recently stumbled upon On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes by Alexandra Horowitz (author of Inside of a Dog). The book is structured around 11 walks that Alexandra takes in her neighborhood…

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Friday January 31st, 2014

DSHashtags by 10

#DSNeatFreak Favorites: 16 Great Organization Ideas

This month’s cleaning & organizing hashtag project (#DSNeatFreak) couldn’t have come at a better time. While we’re embarking on a 30 Day Minimalism Challenge, it definitely helps to get some great real-life ideas about organizing and cleaning at home. From clever ways to use old bike rims and pegboards to spray-painted can storage and old…

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Monday January 27th, 2014

DSHashtags by 14

#DSOldHouse: Our Favorites

Image above: @emilyjeffords January is widely regarded as the month of fresh new things—new year, new you, etc. etc. etc. We here at Design*Sponge, however, tend to think that new can be a little overrated. At least when there are old things to be had. Throughout this month, we’ve been celebrating all things old, from our…

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Thursday January 23rd, 2014

DSHashtags by 6

#DSHealthyStart Favorites

I never expected to be someone who enjoyed social media so much, but I have thrown myself head first into Twitter and Instagram full-force since the beginning (Facebook and Pinterest were tougher sells for me) and have loved every minute of it. From real-time conversations, ideas, tips and feedback to inspiring images and behind-the-scenes looks…

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