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Monday February 22nd, 2010

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Welcome, Suann Song

Thanks, Grace, for inviting me to guest blog! I’m thrilled to be here. I’m Suann of SIMPLESONG Design a small design and letterpress studio based in Northern Virginia. This week I’m going to share bits of my favorite things including letterpress printing, minimalist design, and a couple of kid-inspired posts as much of my world…

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Friday February 19th, 2010

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Asshoff & Brogård

Asshoff & Brogård is a freelance, Stockholm based design studio focused on functional products that tell a story and creates a poetic and dramatic everyday scenery. A shared interest in construction and magic brings life to their works. Johanna Asshoff and Hanna Brogård met while they undertook their Bachelor in furniture and product design at…

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Thursday February 18th, 2010

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TAF Architects

T is for Thursday and TAF Architects! They made the wood lamp in yesterday’s post, but I feel they deserve a post of their own. Gabriella Gustafson and Mattias Ståhlbom have run the architecture and design studio TAF in Stockholm, Sweden since 2002. TAF’s aim is to make ordinary life less ordinary through subtle but…

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Wednesday February 17th, 2010

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For this third post I chose a Finnish design company called Muuto. The reason why I love Muuto is because they represent all of my favorite designers, and always give the designers the freedom they need to make the very best and most stylish products. The lines are simple, the materials are of the highest…

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Tuesday February 16th, 2010

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Normann Copenhagen

Today I’d like to show you some news from the big Danish company Normann Copenhagen, and I’m throwing in some of my favorites from last year as well for the ones out there who aren’t familiar with this brand. Normann Copenhagen was founded in 1999, and three years later they launched their first product, the…

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Monday February 15th, 2010

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Stockholm Design Week: WIS Design

Hello! I am Emma Fexeus and I am happy to have been invited by Grace to be the guestblogger of the week! I normally hang out on my own blog emmas designblogg, where I post about Scandinavian style, with a focus on stylists and photographers. This week I would like to share my favorite designers…

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Friday February 5th, 2010

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crocheted vases after filling her store window with crocheted glass ornaments for the holidays, sarah had the idea to crochet around plain glass vases and votives. these would be so pretty with flowers, or glowing with a lit candle in them. knit bangles anna gave sarah and amy each a set of these knit bangles—a…

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Thursday February 4th, 2010

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valentines when we were little, valentine-making was a serious annual tradition. we would gather all of the tools and materials and papers that we had gathered throughout the past year, and our mom would set up the dining room table for us to work. so many years later, we still keep the tradition and send…

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Wednesday February 3rd, 2010

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coasters sarah was hosting a little cocktail party recently and realized that she was without a single coaster and was inspired to come up with something. these coasters are made from a thick painting drop cloth (unused, the best heavy duty canvas). we cut out circles, stamped them and then pick stitched the edges with…

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Tuesday February 2nd, 2010

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granola ahhh anna’s granola gifts! with or without the honey, she thinks up new packaging each year. yummy for a new neighbor as a housewarming gift, and so easy to throw together: the trick is using old ball jars or any recycled glass jars you have lying around, and a heavy canvas or muslin to…

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Monday February 1st, 2010

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hello! we are sarah, amy and anna blessing of sarah and amy are the owners of the men’s store apartment number 9, in los angeles and chicago, and anna is a writer/photographer for the guides, lucky magazine, and various other publications. when we were little, our mom taught us how to make things…

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Friday January 15th, 2010

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Any excuse for a party

January is the perfect month for parties. Its dark and cold outside, the bills are piling up and tax season is just around the corner. So why not have a party? I love inviting friends over for dinner. Love the whole planning stage, what to make, witch wine, flowers, just love it. I take pride…

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Thursday January 14th, 2010

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A square of heaven

I have never been a big marshmallow fan. I always thought they were too sweet, it’s like eating sugar. Not for me thanks. But boy can things change. A while ago I tasted hot chocolate with a homemade marshmallow for the first time. And what can I say….I loved it! The hot chocolate was made…

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Wednesday January 13th, 2010

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Let there be light

The one thing I love the most about the holidays are all the outside lights. It makes a very dark time of the year very bright and jolly. And I always think its such a drag when all the lights are taken down and everything gets dark again. Well, then its time to put out…

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Tuesday January 12th, 2010

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Feed the birds, Paul

My grandmother would always say, “don’t forget to feed the birds Paul”. She loved birds. She had a pair of binoculars next to the kitchen window so that she could take a closer look at them. And boy was there birds! Our garden was filled with them. Every morning she would go out and place…

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Monday January 11th, 2010

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Ski trip anyone?

I was really honored when Design Sponge asked little old me to be a guest blogger. No one has ever asked me that before. But then it hit me, what do I blog about? I was thinking about this for several days, ideas came and went. It wasn’t until I one day looked blank out…

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Friday December 18th, 2009

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Whip Your Workspace into Shape

Friday: The Office These must be the Mecca of the craft and office worlds, but if you have the space then take note of the boxes, files, and systems used here. I especially like Michelle Adams’ hanging fabric samples! Craft room photograph from this Flickr stream. Michelle Adams’ home office by Patrick Cline from Real…

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Thursday December 17th, 2009

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Special Request: Studio Living

Thursday: Small Quarters Rather than moving on to the living room (my original plan for today), I thought showing some fabulous examples of how even the tiniest apartments can be tidy would span room tips—and square footage. I’ve compiled some critical sections of apartments to get us warmed up before I leave you with an…

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Wednesday December 16th, 2009

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Kitchen Blowout

Wednesday: The Kitchen Growing up, the kitchen was the heart of my parents’ house. We would all belly up to the island and chat away while something scrumptious was being cooked up. With all of the action our kitchen got, I know anybody with a similar memory will indentify with the need for organization in…

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Tuesday December 15th, 2009

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Tidy the Hallway

Tuesday: The Hallway Photograph from Living Etc. It greets you when you come home, and you whiz past it on your way out. I’ll try not to keep chanting the “reduce clutter” mantra, but when it’s the first thing you see after a hard day’s work and it’s messy? Probably doesn’t do much for your…

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