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Tuesday May 14th, 2013

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Arthur Slenk for NLXL Wallpaper

As much as I love pattern, I really appreciate when a wallpaper can add not just pattern but texture to a wall. A sense of history, patina or other weather details always gives a room so much more dimension. These wallpapers from Dutch wallpaper company NLXL (who produced another great textured collection, Scrapwood by Piet…

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Friday May 10th, 2013

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New: Grow House Grow Wallpapers

I can’t believe that ICFF starts next weekend! Somehow this spring just flew by and Design Week is officially upon us. We’re heading to Brimfield first (next week!) but before we dive into trade shows full-time I wanted to share a little sneak preview of the awesome new collection that Katie Deedy of Grow House…

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Friday May 3rd, 2013

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Rules of Refraction: a Toronto glass studio

The art of stained glass has a long – nearly thousand year old history. It always makes the Design History nerd in me happy to find new makers revitalizing old traditions. Rules of Refraction is a the Toronto-based stained glass studio of Mark Savoia.  In addition to his glass work, Mark is also a composer…

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Tuesday April 30th, 2013

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Cat + Dog Wallpaper

Last week I had one of the happiest moments of my life. After a nerve-wracking application process, I got the news that I would be able to adopt an incredible dog from The Sato Project. I was a vowed cat-lady for life until Max texted me after meeting Hope (the puppy) at a West Elm…

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Monday April 8th, 2013

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New from MakeLike

I always get excited to see an email from Portland’s MakeLike in my inbox. They’ve already nailed an awesome collection of nature-inspired wallpapers (Succulents, Cacti, Trees and Mushrooms), so now they’re moving on to something a bit more geometric. ‘100 Things’ is a new hand-illustrated product line that is part of their Shapes Collection and…

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Wednesday March 20th, 2013

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Removable Wallpaper by Chasing Paper

As much as I love the lack of repair work involved in being a renter, it always bums me out to be prohibited from making major changes like cabinets, flooring and wallpaper. I have a little tear-out booklet of wallpaper that I’m dying to try one day, but they’ve all been off-limits until I can…

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Thursday January 31st, 2013

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Boudoir by Lisa Bengtsson

After a few weeks of miserable cold, Brooklyn seems to have taken a turn for the warmer this week! The spring-like weather is totally out of place right now, but I’m going to enjoy it while I can. It’s always nice to skip that second pair of socks. In honor of those springy temperatures, I…

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Tuesday December 18th, 2012

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Spellbound by Graham & Brown

I know Halloween is long gone, but I’ll always have a soft spot for things that are a little spooky or creepy. Maybe it’s my inner child (who is a little on the goth side), but whenever I see patterns that use darker colors and feature spiders or creepy crawlies, I kind of love it….

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Friday December 7th, 2012

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Wooden Tiles by Moonish Co.

As a renter, the day when I’ll be able to tile is always on my mind. I look at my current apartment’s pink and yellow tiles with glitter grout (oh yes, that exists) and loathe the fact that I can do nothing to change it. But one day that will change, and I’m happily going…

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Thursday December 6th, 2012

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New: Jocelyn Warner Wallpaper

These days, I’m all about a great black and white pattern. If it’s geometric, all the better. This beautiful new pattern, Cube Star, is from designer Jocelyn Warner. Inspired by the juxtaposition of cubes and Art Deco style, Jocelyn’s newest design comes in a range of colors like warm reds and pinks, soft pale gray…

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Friday September 21st, 2012

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Surreptitious Wallpaper

Brooklyn-based designer Lindsey Adelman has been rocketing straight to the top of the design world since her very first collection. I remember writing about her back in 2006 when her watercolor drawings were at the top of my wishlist. She’s since gone on to create just about everyone’s favorite lighting and seemed to have been…

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Sunday September 16th, 2012

Monday September 10th, 2012

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Abigail Edwards wallpaper

I wish I could hop on a flight across the Atlantic to check out this month’s Tent London show. There are always such beautiful pieces debuted there, and this wallpaper from Abigail Edwards is no exception. “Brambleweb” and “Wilson’s Crystals” (wallpaper) and “Dragonfly” (a tile mural) are being showcased at Abigail’s booth for Tent and…

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Wednesday September 5th, 2012

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miriam bereson

I always love seeing Miriam Bereson’s new yearly planner designs. They’re a great way to bring a huge dose of color to a home or office, and they’re functional to boot. Adam and Miriam just released their eighth calendar, for 2013, and they’re taking pre-orders now if you’d like to order yours before they’re gone…

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Tuesday September 4th, 2012

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new: miss print wallpapers

Good morning! After a week off and some time away from the laptop, I am so happy to be back and blogging! I cannot believe it’s already September, but I’m excited to start swapping summer styles for fall colors and shiny metallics. Now that September is here, it’s time for Decorex, the annual design show…

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Thursday August 2nd, 2012

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obsessions: crewelwork

I don’t have many design tendencies that drift toward “grandma,” but I do have one very big one: crewelwork. Whenever I see huge overscale crewelwork pieces at thrift stores and flea markets, I feel myself reaching for my wallet. I think it’s all that texture; it’s irresistible. I haven’t found the perfect piece for my…

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Monday July 30th, 2012

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kismet tile wallpapers

I’m a big fan of Tracey from Kismet Tile’s work, so I was excited to hear that she’d expanded into wallpaper. Tracey just released a new collection of digitally printed (and customizable) wallpaper inspired by her tile work. I love all the metallic effects — they’re the kinds of patterns that make a major statement…

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Friday July 27th, 2012

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stikwood

“Reclaimed wood” has become a phrase and a concept so popular within the online blogging community that it’s hard to come up with new ways of using it. But rather than inventing an entirely new method of use, one company has created a new way to apply it. Stikwood has taken reclaimed wood pieces and…

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Thursday July 26th, 2012

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pin wall hanger

I’ve finally gotten around to hanging some things in my home, and I’ve started realizing that there aren’t as many cute hanging or hook options as I’d like. I tend to make my own versions of things I see in magazines (just out of spite, because sometimes the prices make me angry), but every now…

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Wednesday May 30th, 2012

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sideshow sign co.

Oh vintage signs, you always steal my heart. It’s impossible for me to resist a good marquee sign, and one day when I have a bigger apartment, I’m going to bite the bullet and get one. Until then, I’ll be here in my shoebox admiring these giant signs from Sideshow Sign Co. (what a fun…

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