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Wednesday April 25th, 2012

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newbies at leif

Leif has become one of my go-to shops for new design because their collection always satiates my need for mini trends like agate, marbling and geometric patterns. Their newest pieces are no exception, and I find myself wanting to stuff all of these in my bag and run. The mini paperweights are so pretty and…

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Thursday April 5th, 2012

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present & correct

I love large-scale stamps. They remind me of instant artwork because they take up so much of the page. These fun new stamps at Present & Correct are timetables that you can use to organize your day with a town or country theme. I mean, who can resist that cute little pig? In addition to…

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Tuesday March 27th, 2012

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zig to the zag

I know, I know — no more zigzags. But these little storage boxes at Land of Nod are pretty darn cute. I think a grouping of the black or navy blue styles would look pretty nice together. Throw in a lighter turquoise color and you could get a sweet light-to-dark fade going. If you’ve got…

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animal clips

If you’ve got to do paperwork, it might as well be cute. These fun little animal clips at Ruche would go a long way toward making everyday admin work more fun. Ruche has these mini clips in cat, pig and bunny shapes, packed in groups of 30 for $9.99. Click here for more info and…

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Thursday March 22nd, 2012

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lacie thumb drives

The last time I visited my parents’ house in Virginia, I found myself digging through my childhood closet. Buried under layers of old drawings and yearbooks were a few small pouches that contained mementos from our family’s trip to Italy. Next to a seriously crumbly (but not moldy!) packet of breadsticks I took from a…

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Tuesday February 7th, 2012

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pink & red, part 2

Speaking of pink + red, this notebook is fantastic. I want to design an entire room around this color palette; it’s warm, seasonally appropriate and manages to feel modern and slightly retro at the same time. If you need a notebook to keep yourself organized this time of year, click here to pick one up…

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Wednesday January 11th, 2012

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leaf-it

One of the bright spots of last year’s ICFF was a simple pack of notepads that looked like ginkgo leaves. It was such a basic concept but one of those sweet ideas that stays in your mind and makes you smile all day. Designed by Appree in Korea, each sticky note looks like a different…

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Thursday December 15th, 2011

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joey roth ceramic speakers

Joey Roth’s ceramic speakers are one of the most beautiful (and functional) investments I’ve ever made. Granted, they were a gift for AC and not for me, but he has assured me (as a first-degree audiophile) that they sound amazing. The price point may put them above some people’s budgets if you’re not up for…

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Tuesday November 29th, 2011

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studio slomo + leah duncan

I love it when talented designers team up to create something special. This series of tea towels and recipe cards ($38 for the set) was a joint effort from designers Leah Duncan and Sarah Wymer of Studio Slomo. Leah and Sarah chose a pattern with a southwestern feel (a nod to their roots) and a…

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Wednesday November 9th, 2011

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freshly picked: leather mouse pads

One of the best parts about the book tour is getting to meet so many talented artists and designers in person. At last night’s event in Salt Lake, we met some fantastic crafters and artists, one of whom really caught my eye. Susan Peterson is the designer behind Freshly Picked, a great collection of leather…

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Monday November 7th, 2011

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caran d’ache neon pens

I’m not sure if it’s all the time on the road, but I find myself indulging in little purchases here and there that will keep me awake and alert. Sometimes that’s a giant chai tea latte at 4pm, and sometimes it’s something in an electric color that will make me smile for a day or…

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Thursday November 3rd, 2011

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amy marcella 2012 calendars

If I have to embrace November getting here way too quickly, at least I can do it with a pretty new calendar page. The designs above and below are from Amy Marcella’s new 2012 wall calendar. Printed on 100% recycled Mohawk stock, each calendar has illustrations that can be trimmed off for framing once the…

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Monday October 24th, 2011

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makers

This weekend, I experienced a series of aha moments, one being that I’ve turned into a type of person that used to bug me. And that type of person is someone who uses the word “maker”. When I interviewed Mike Perry for Design by the Book in 2008, he referred to himself as a “maker.”…

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Friday October 21st, 2011

Monday October 10th, 2011

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bold & noble

I’m not ready for 2012 yet, but this new geometric wall calendar from Bold & Noble might ease the transition. I feel like it should only be the middle of the summer, but as winter creeps closer, calendars start seeming like a better idea. This new one from Bold & Noble comes in two different…

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Friday September 30th, 2011

Friday September 9th, 2011

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tip tap type

The cutest typewriter in the entire world. Too bad it comes with a price tag that means I have to keep looking. Pink Royal Quiet De Luxe at Etsy, $750 (ouch) One of the things I miss about my life pre-D*S was not having anyone know how embarrassingly behind I can be on trends. While…

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Wednesday August 24th, 2011

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F.O.Clock

This beautiful digital clock was inspired by Furoshiki, Japanese wrapping cloth. Creatd by designer Shiping Toohey in New Zealand, the F.O.clock was designed to be “folded” and “unfolded” to reveal an internal ribbing structure that acts as an internal pattern. I love the idea of interactive design like this- and while the clock is clearly…

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Tuesday August 16th, 2011

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gadgets for the creative class

Image via Jessica Hische Since today is Biz Ladies day, I thought it would be perfect to start off with a new post from Kate over at the D*S blog on MyLifeScoop. Inspired by Jessica Hische’s organized desk above, Kate decided to turn her tech focus on gadgets for those in creative fields. This roundup…

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