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Tuesday August 14th, 2012

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new at HAPPYsthlm

I love seeing brick-and-mortar versions of my favorite web shops. I’ve never been to Stockholm, but if I ever get to go, I will definitely be swinging by the HAPPYsthlm shop. They just opened in the Old City area of Stockholm, and the shop looks beautiful. I love all the color and pattern in their…

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Friday August 3rd, 2012

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our workshop

Remember the animals I mentioned in the last post? They get me every time. This sweet new range of kitchenware is from the team at Our WorkShop. “Bliss in the Woods” includes a tray, teapot, jugs, mugs, storage containers, measuring spoons, salt & pepper shakers, bowls and cutting boards. The owl spaghetti container and bluebell tray…

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Tuesday July 31st, 2012

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Bloodroot Blades

Ever since Grace’s talk with Megan Auman a few weeks ago, I’ve been trying to be more mindful about my relationship with objects — not just the ones I physically own, but also the ones I consume visually. Objects that combine superior form (beauty), function (durability, design, ease of use) and story (where, how, and…

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Tuesday July 24th, 2012

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florentine kitchen knives

Oh well hello, dream knives. It may seem weird that a knife could be the object of one’s dreams, but if I’m going to dream about kitchen utensils, they’re sure as heck going to be striped. These beautiful Florentine Kitchen Knives are the work of Tomer Botner, an industrial designer from south Tel Aviv, Israel….

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sweet details

I’m neither a wine drinker nor a homeowner with a place for a mailbox, but that’s not going to stop me from wanting both of these pieces at BHLDN. Who wouldn’t want to get love letters in a heart mailbox? And if you’re pouring someone special a glass of wine, why not cork it with…

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Friday July 20th, 2012

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weekly wrap up + flag conversions tea towel

It’s always great to see companies collaborating with some of our favorite independent artists. West Elm just paired with Shanna Murray on this new Flag Conversions tea towel that is not only cute, but also super handy to have around the kitchen. Shanna’s towels have a sweet ribbon pattern that helps you convert common measurements…

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Monday July 2nd, 2012

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finest paperware

‘Throwaway Culture’ was one of the first things I covered when I started Design*Sponge. Back in 2003 and 2004, designers in Brooklyn were constantly creating pieces that commented on the nature of so-called disposable goods. But rather than continuing to make ‘throwaway’ goods more permanent, over the past few years some artists seem to be…

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Friday June 8th, 2012

Monday June 4th, 2012

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color wonderful at leif

If I could give awards to shop keepers, I would. Maybe I should. Some sort of store appreciation award is definitely in order for Leif. I am constantly bookmarking or posting everything in their “new” section because the owners do an impeccable job of curating. When a shop is that spot on, someone behind the…

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Wednesday April 25th, 2012

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furniture for breakfast

I’ve only been to the Milan Furniture Fair once, back when I was fortunate enough to travel on assignment for House & Garden (and on their budget). It was a whirlwind experience, and I found myself longing for a little more whimsy in the designs (I later found some in the satellite shows). I haven’t…

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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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Wednesday April 11th, 2012

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chalk tablets

Whenever I think of chalkboards, I can’t help but think (and laugh) about this post that pretty much nailed the hipster design community perfectly. In addition to the spot-on observation that this community “would be wondering around in a leather apron if it could,” blogger Russell Davies added, “And blackboards. Everywhere there’s blackboards.” Oh, Russell….

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Wednesday March 21st, 2012

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purple

I don’t think I’ve written a purple post in at least four years. Which is precisely how often I feel drawn to that color. Purple and I have a very touch-and-go relationship, primarily because it reminds me of my elementary school bedroom, which had a grape vine theme (I know). But every now and then…

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Tuesday March 20th, 2012

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beater whisk

Sadly, baking is not part of my everyday life right now. Despite cutting back on work a bit and making more time for home life, I still can’t find the time (or energy) to bake. It seems so precise and persnickety, and I’m more of a “throw everything in a pot and see what happens” type…

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Friday March 16th, 2012

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fox tray

Speaking of foxes, this pink and red tray from Lush Designs and Ary Trays is pretty fantastic. The color palette is exactly what I’m craving these days and the sweet fox artwork is cute and quirky enough to work as artwork if you wanted to hang this when it wasn’t in use. Click here to…

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Tuesday March 13th, 2012

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cake stands

As far as I’m concerned, a cute cake stand is reason enough to eat cake. Whether you pick up a cute one on the way home or bake something in your kitchen, it’s always the right time for good old yellow cake with chocolate icing (the best combo in my book). These colorful cake stands…

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Monday March 12th, 2012

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easter cookies

Though I typically wait until Friday to post about food-related goods, these were too cute to pass up. Baked Ideas is a NYC-based group that creates impeccably precise and beautiful custom cakes and cookies. They just launched a sweet new set of cookie cutters that would be perfect for Easter or, if you’re like me,…

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Wednesday March 7th, 2012

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falcon enamelware

People keep telling me not to cook with (or invest in) enamel dishes and baking ware because they chip easily. But I can’t help myself. Though I haven’t purchased any yet, I’m tempted by their sweet simplicity. No super heavy pots and pans, just simple white pieces with a little lip of red or blue….

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Friday February 24th, 2012

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dipped

I have a major weakness for products that look like they were dipped in paint, glaze or rubber. I’m not sure what it is about that contrast in color and texture, but it gets me every time. (This example is my all-time favorite.) These new vessels at Leif have that hand-dipped feel that I love,…

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Wednesday February 22nd, 2012

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tiffin lunch kit

Now that we have a proper office, I’m excited to start bringing my lunch to work. The first week or so, I was enamored with ordering in every day (so many options to try!), but now that reality has set in, bringing something pre-made is clearly the better choice. This beautiful ceramic Tiffin Lunch Kit…

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