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Thursday January 12th, 2012

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sarah milton wallpaper

Though I’ve been trying to wean myself off of wallpaper lately, these designs from Sarah Milton in York are calling my name. Sarah specializes in typographic wallpapers that beautifully combine typefaces and bright colors. She blends letters, numbers and characters to create new abstract patterns that are then hand-silkscreened (by Sarah) onto papers. I love how fresh…

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Thursday December 22nd, 2011

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dottir & sonur

I’ve always been mildly concerned that my proclivity for design that reminds me of a child’s room means that a part of me will never really grow up. For now I’m choosing to see that as a good thing, because it means I get to embrace all sorts of designs that would work well for…

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Tuesday December 13th, 2011

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new: nama rococo wallpaper!

I’ve been a devoted Nama Rococo wallpaper fan since their launch in 2006. Since that day, I’ve been anxiously awaiting new designs from Nama Rococo’s creative genius, Karen Combs. Thankfully that day has finally come and, of course, I love her new work. Always organic and free-flowing, Karen’s latest designs continue with the sophisticated-but-fun color…

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Thursday December 1st, 2011

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owlet wallpaper

I allowed myself to slide headfirst down the slippery slope of bird-dom on Tuesday with a roundup that included an embarrassing amount of bird ornaments. That lead me to set this image (he’s so sleepy!) as my desktop screensaver, and now I’m giving in to this adorable owl-covered Owlet wallpaper from Turner Pocock. Their papers are…

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Wednesday November 23rd, 2011

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holidays with shanna murray

I love Shanna Murray’s work. I’ve been dreaming of having her make a giant decal for our office door for a few weeks now, and after seeing her new holiday collection, it’s seeming like an even better idea. Shanna just released her new holiday decals and stationery (I love the little holly wreath decals) yesterday,…

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Friday November 18th, 2011

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DIY vertical garden tool from flora grubb

Leave it to the awesome Flora Grubb Gardens to invent a clever new tool for DIY vertical gardens. Tillandsias (air plants, as they are more commonly known) are probably the only plant I can keep alive in my cold, sun-starved apartment. I’m so excited about this nifty little gadget that Flora has just invented: It…

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Tuesday November 1st, 2011

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vintage by hemingway design

Though my personal design style is moving away from heavy patterns right now, these retro designs from Graham & Brown would be perfect for anyone looking to bring a little 30s, 50s, 60s or 70s-era pattern into their home. I’m partial to the 70s-inspired design above, but if you’re looking to embrace the styles of decades…

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Friday October 14th, 2011

Thursday October 13th, 2011

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new: famille summerbelle

Sometimes I wonder if my inner child will ever grow up. I’m always drawn to things meant for children and sometimes have to remind myself that I’m 30 and probably shouldn’t be buying clothing or art for kids. But every now and then a design comes along that has the “childlike” feel that I love…

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Thursday October 6th, 2011

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bartsch paris hand-painted walls

Something’s in the water because my mind is really starting to open to murals. I used to avoid them like the plague, and now they’re seeming like a really good idea. These gorgeous examples are from Victoria at Bartsch, a Paris-based decorative painting workshop that specializes in children’s rooms. I’d happily use some of these…

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Friday September 23rd, 2011

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abigail edwards

Sometimes, great design can make a liar out of me. Just the other day, I was swearing off wallpaper, explaining that I was tired of pattern and ready for something clean, simple and new. Then Abigail Edwards’ new Seascape wallpaper designs came along, and I’m ready to throw that earlier proclamation out the window in…

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Thursday September 22nd, 2011

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the flower and the wall

Wall murals have never been my go-to for decorating, but they’re slowly starting to grow on me. If I’m lucky enough to have children in my home one day, I plan on hiring Jen Corace to create a full ceiling-to-floor mural of woodland animals and children. To me, her work has always been the perfect…

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Thursday September 15th, 2011

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flock star stripe

For some reason, flocked wallpaper has never been a favorite of mine. It reminds me of both musty basements (70s-style floral-flocked paper in oranges and yellows) and dirty underground bars where the flocked red wallpaper is weighed down by cigarette residue. Not a pretty picture either way. But when I saw this new flocked wallpaper…

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Monday August 15th, 2011

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new: ferm living fall/winter 2011

This weekend marked the beginning of the Fall NYC Gift Fair. Unfortunately my ear ache (the one that sidelined me in PDX) came back full force this weekend so I haven’t been able to make it over to the Javits Center but I’m going to try to swing by this week and see what’s new….

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Tuesday August 9th, 2011

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kirath ghundoo

Earlier this year I got to share some beautiful wallpaper from designer Kirath Ghundoo. Kirath is back with a brand new collection of seven wallpaper patterns: Iso, Pesia, Aztec, Lavish, Stack, Geo and Mosaic. They’ll be on display at next month’s 100% Design in London (I want to go so badly!), but for those of us…

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Friday August 5th, 2011

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new: jocelyn warner wallpapers

Jocelyn Warner‘s wallpapers always make me question my recent commitment minimizing the amount of pattern in my home. Her latest designs, Dandy, Lace and Wisteria, are absolutely stunning and have my fingers itching to start prepping a roller with wallpaper glue. Both Dandy and Lace were made with a surface printing technique to mimic a…

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Wednesday August 3rd, 2011

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the bouroullec brothers: pico collection for mutina

I’m a shameless Bouroullec groupie. Since I was introduced to their work in 2003, I’ve eagerly awaited each and every update. For me, they’re the tippity top — always stretching to rethink something in a more creative, functional and beautiful way. If I could be their intern for a summer, I’d drop everything and go….

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Monday July 25th, 2011

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reservoir green

Yesterday my cousin came down to Portland from Seattle and we spent the afternoon wandering through Mt. Tabor Park and soaking up a seriously gorgeous day. As luck would have it, we stumbled upon a downhill skateboard race and found an excuse to spend even more time outside while the weather gave us a brief…

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Tuesday July 19th, 2011

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kismet tile

These colorful cement tiles from Tracey Reinberg at Kismet Tile use simple but beautiful geometric patterns that allow them to be combined in a number of ways. I’ve always wanted to cover an entire backyard space in tile and these can be treated for outdoor use as well as indoor. Tracy has a range of…

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Monday July 11th, 2011

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portland designers for hygge & west

I’ve got Portland on the brain this morning, so it worked out perfectly when I heard that Hygge & West had collaborated with a great local design team called Pattern People. Founded by Claudia Brown and Jessie Whipple Vickery, Pattern People specializes in surface design for everything from fashion to interiors. Claudia and Jessie designed…

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