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Thursday April 19th, 2012

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bonjour compote

I have a thing about the word “compote.” I hate it. It reminds me of high school German class and how, for some reason, I could never remember other food-related words to say when asked to describe what I (pretended to) have for lunch. All I ever remembered to say was “compote” and “käsebrot.” Apparently,…

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Tuesday April 17th, 2012

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lapin dome

I’m a total nut when it comes to bunny-related accessories. They’re perfect because they fulfill my childhood desire for a bunny and my very adult desire to not clean up after one. Designed by Tina Frey, these little rabbit-eared pedestals and domes would be adorable for a party or baby shower. They’ve got that whimsical,…

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Monday April 16th, 2012

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PUTIKmade

Now that the sun seems here to stay, my window plants are happily soaking up the extra rays. I’m usually content to crowd all of my terra cotta pots on a single windowsill, but hanging planters are starting to make a lot of sense to me. They free up counter space (which makes my cat…

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Friday April 13th, 2012

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soft and simple

I love the look of really minimal ceramics. Unlike most normal people who use pieces like this for entertaining, I use them for my cat. While these are certainly pretty enough for human guests, I like to fancy up my cat’s life whenever possible (not that he cares), and little dishes like these make feeding…

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Thursday April 12th, 2012

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ceramic woven trays

One of the first things I covered on D*S was a Williamsburg design show where ceramic “disposables” were just starting to appear. It seemed like everyone was casting throwaway objects (takeout containers, coffee cups, etc.) in porcelain and selling them in stores. While I’ve mostly grown tired of the look since 2004, every now and…

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Friday April 6th, 2012

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sue tirrell

I’ve always been a fan of Sue Tirrell’s work, but I especially love when she uses animals as her primary subject. There’s something so sweet and playful about the way she surrounds them in color and pattern. Sue has a show at The Clay Studio in Philly next week, so if you’re in the area,…

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Tuesday April 3rd, 2012

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heath ceramics 2012

Coral-y pinks have been my accent colors of choice for the past few years. That perfect peachy red was our go-to color for the Design*Sponge book, our office desk and last year’s site redesign. Every time I see that color, it makes me feel good inside; it’s just so warm and pretty. So I was thrilled…

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Monday April 2nd, 2012

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new: popham design spring tiles

Whenever I see beautiful tiles, I feel a twinge of jealousy toward anyone lucky enough to own a home. I can’t exactly re-tile in a rental, so I pine for the day that I’ll be able to pick and choose my own bathroom tiles (I know, a weird thing to pine for). One of the…

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monday morning color craze

Well hello, beautiful colors. The weather may be dreary in Brooklyn today, but these gorgeous pieces from Ship & Shape are cheering me up. Stunning ombre scarves? Multicolored lunch bags? Sweet little candy-colored planters? Sold, sold and sold. This season, Ship & Shape has nailed softly fading colors; click here to check out and shop their…

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Wednesday March 14th, 2012

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small spells

I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time looking at ceramics lately. I’m not sure why, but the more they resemble something organic, rough and handmade, the better. These pieces from Rachel Howe at Small Spells (I love that name) are right up my alley because they have that sort of clean and simple feel. Based…

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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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birds words

It’s funny — I’ve noticed that some of my favorite bird-themed design comes from Portland, birthplace of Portlandia and the phrase, “Put a Bird on It.” I spotted this beautiful hand-carved ceramic trivet at Alder & Co., one of my favorite shops in PDX. The dark brown glaze is warm and rich, and each trivet…

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Tuesday February 21st, 2012

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glazed jewels

It’s funny how some trends seem to come and go, and some need only appear once and they’re forever ingrained in our minds. For me, that “forever” trend/style (which I guess makes it less of a trend and more of a tradition for me) is facets. I’ve been following them like a devoted groupie since…

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geo planters

Good morning, guys! I know it’s the first day back after a long weekend, but I got two solid days of rest (I’m attempting a new “no work on the weekends” rule), so I’m ready to be back at work and to share some cute pieces I saw around town this weekend. For starters, these…

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Monday February 20th, 2012

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cuteness by ladies & gentlemen

I love it when companies are devoted to producing designs that are equal parts functional and whimsical. Just about everything that Ladies & Gentlemen produces is painfully adorable but has a clear purpose. I rarely endorse the use of a “z” in place of a plural “-es,” but in the case of their cat-inspired Pawz…

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sweet + simple

Those two words rule my aesthetic life these days. The older I get, the more I value designs that are smart, efficient and simple — with a pretty twist. This gray and peach mosaic vase features one of my favorite color palettes and seems like the perfect way to showcase a few small flowers or…

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Friday February 17th, 2012

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ham

Yesterday we were sitting around the office (our new office rugs came!), and Kate said to me, “Grace, I have a submission I think you’re going to love.” The next words that came out of her mouth pretty much sealed the deal: “There’s a bunny jumping on a trampoline!” That was all I needed to…

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