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Tuesday June 11th, 2013

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25 Turquoise Designs I Love

Sometimes I am the world’s laziest writer. I’ll flat-out drop a post idea if it hovers around a word, phrase or topic that constantly trips me up. For example, turquoise. I don’t think I’ve ever spelled that word correctly without having spell-check or that dreaded dotted red line point out that I’m reversing the ‘o’…

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Monday February 25th, 2013

Thursday August 16th, 2012

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ladies & gentlemen

I know that summer is basically coming to a close, but I refuse to give up my dream of sunny naps in hanging chairs. We bought a swing for our office and — cue the world’s tiniest violin — sadly discovered that none of the ceiling beams could support the weight. Ever since, I’ve been…

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Wednesday May 30th, 2012

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icff 2012: best of the rest

It’s always a little sad to reach the end of my photos from Design Week each year, but here we are again. Today I’m posting the last of my ICFF photos and celebrating some of the beautiful installations and furniture that were on display. This post is full of great color and pattern ideas, so…

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Friday May 25th, 2012

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icff 2012: pattern

Even though I covered new wallpaper from ICFF yesterday, there was still plenty of pattern floating around the show. From flat weave rugs to incredible woven seating, designers definitely didn’t forget about the power of pattern. I’ve chosen my favorites above and below, so I hope you’ll enjoy them! xo, grace Images above (including header):…

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Wednesday May 23rd, 2012

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icff 2012: geometric designs

It’s time for ICFF again! This year’s show wasn’t quite as packed as years past (in terms of things I wanted to cover), but I definitely spotted some geometric designs that I not only wanted to write about but also hide in my bag and take home. I’m sure this angular trend will wind down…

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Tuesday May 22nd, 2012

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icff 2012: copper + brass

I have to admit that I’m being a bit selfish kicking off today’s trade-show coverage with stories about neon and metal detailing. Mostly because those were my personal favorite trends and ones I’m always dying to see. My first ICFF post includes my favorite booth and pieces from the show, all created by Egg Collecive,…

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Monday April 9th, 2012

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carved oak rope swing

Speaking of warmer weather, is anything more summery than a rope swing? Amy and I have been dying to set up a swing (to join our library ladder of joy) in the office, so this guy could jump to the top of my office wishlist. Dzierlenga F+U created this swing exclusively for Kaufmann Mercantile using…

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Friday March 16th, 2012

Friday February 24th, 2012

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kebnekaise mountain pouf

This sweet knitted pouf is one part ombre, one part mountain and a million parts awesome. Inspired by the highest mountain in Sweden, this pouf was designed so that “every child can climb [the mountain].” Adorable. I may not be a child or a mountain climber, but I’d have no problem settling into this thing…

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Wednesday December 21st, 2011

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matter matters

I’ll never forget the day my local Matter store in Park Slope closed. My weekly design destination sadly moved across the river to Manhattan, but it has been on a roll ever since. I’m always excited to get their newsletter with updates, and the most recent one contained some seriously beautiful work. A few of…

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Wednesday November 16th, 2011

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atelier made from umbra

I love it when larger companies team up with independent designers to spread their work to a larger audience. The designs above and below are the result of Umbra’s Atelier Made partnership, Umbra’s collaboration with smaller European designers to create new pieces that are then distributed by Umbra throughout boutiques and design shops. I really love…

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Wednesday November 9th, 2011

Friday May 27th, 2011

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leather acapulco chair

I’m not sure if it’s all the aged leather we saw at Brimfield or what, but I can’t get leather out of my head these days. I find myself stopping and staring at vintage leather deck and office chairs everywhere I go and wanting to see it used as detailing on just about everything I…

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Thursday April 21st, 2011

Thursday January 27th, 2011

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before & after: sharon’s boutique

Get your pencils ready, everyone. There are enough great ideas in this shop design by designer and event planner Sharon Taylor to decorate ten stores. For the creation of the Missouri-based children’s boutique Jellybeans, Sharon not only sourced most of the materials at local flea markets and on eBay, but she also worked with local…

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Thursday July 22nd, 2010