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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 March 12th, 2013

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Kosta Boda

I’ve never been one for glass figurines. Something about them reminds me of grandmothers’ homes and dust collecting on surfaces. But when I saw these crazy Technicolor glass figures by Ludvig Löfgren, I felt an internal shift. Löfgren’s My Wide Life series is full of adorable animal sculptures that look like gummy candies come to…

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Tuesday February 19th, 2013

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20 Beautiful Perfume Bottles & Atomizers

Max has a new Art in the Everyday post coming up this afternoon that’s dedicated to an iconic French perfume. It’s part of an upcoming French theme we’re working on, but before we dive into those, I wanted to round up some beautiful perfume bottles for anyone interested in making their own perfume and storing…

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Friday January 18th, 2013

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40 Great Juice Glasses

Sometimes my life feels like a never-ending battle against dehydration. I have a weird aversion to plain water (unless it’s infused with fruit), and coffee has become my new best friend over the past few years. Combine those two things, and you’ve got a recipe for dry skin and all sorts of health issues. So…

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Vintage Stands from Glitter & Grain

Ever since Kate’s DIY Recycled Cupcake Stand project from 2008, I’ve used these hybrid-style vessels for everything. No fancy stand for a dessert table? No problem. Just throw together a cup and a plate with epoxy, and you’re good to go. I’ve seen so many great examples of the trend online, and these beautiful pink…

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Friday January 4th, 2013

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Healthy New Year: Water Pitchers + Recipes

As you’ll see later today, I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions. I love reading other people’s, but the idea of big promises doesn’t work quite as well for me. I tend to focus on small daily changes and testing out what sticks, usually related to healthy living. Some weeks are better than others, but…

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Monday November 19th, 2012

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Lone Mine Cut Glass Gems

Growing up, one of my favorite candies was Astro Pops. Not only were they sugary and delicious, but they also looked like colorful glass cones — almost too pretty to eat. Almost. When I first saw these Lone Mine cut-glass gems from Tracy Bull (her first business is the popular Happy Owl Glassworks), they reminded me…

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Thursday August 2nd, 2012

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abj glassworks

If I had to pick a favorite metal to work with or have in my home, it would be copper — hands down. Copper always feels warm, and it ages so beautifully. So when I saw these beautiful copper terrariums at Caravan Pacific, I ordered one immediately. Shannon at Caravan Pacific told me they were…

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Monday May 14th, 2012

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spectra glasses

We all know I have a problem with pink, right? I managed not to bring any pink home from Brimfield this weekend, but I did wear hot pink shoes that helped our moms find us all day. However, if I’d seen these glasses, I’m pretty sure they would have joined my growing pink pile at home….

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Monday April 16th, 2012

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halona glass plant toppers

Oh, Halona Glass. You can do no wrong in my book. Ever since Kate surprised us with a gorgeous arrow-shaped prism from Halona this spring, I’ve been giving them as gifts whenever I have an excuse. So I was happy to see that Halona added some new pieces to their Etsy shop, including this beautiful…

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Thursday April 12th, 2012

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pink mercury glass

When I think of mercury glass, I see the dark gray vases and bottles that seem to line every flea market tabletop these days. I’ve got nothing against that glassy gray, but this pink mercury glass certainly takes the cake. I’ve never seen pink mercury glass, so these pieces are a major treat for me….

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Tuesday April 10th, 2012

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coupes

I’ve never been a big drinker. And by “not big” I mean not at all. For some reason, I don’t enjoy drinking as much as eating. If I’m going to let myself go and have fun, I’d rather it be for a chocolate high. That said, when I do drink, it tends to be something…

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Monday April 9th, 2012

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turquoise tealights

Maybe it’s the warm weather, but I can’t stay away from color right now. I’ve been on a major neutrals kick lately, so it’s nice to feel myself veering back toward something with a little color. These tealight holders at Jayson Home are such a pretty turquoise color and would be perfect for tiny bedside…

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Thursday April 5th, 2012

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colorblock apothecary jar

Amber is one of my favorite colors for glass. It feels warm and straddles the line between modern and traditional so well. Combine that color with the current color-blocking trend and I’m pretty happy with the results. These recycled vintage glass colorblocked jars/vases at Terrain would be pretty with cut flowers or branches in them….

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Wednesday March 21st, 2012

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green

Okay, that last purple post already has me craving a different color. Sorry, purple. You’re just never my favorite. Now that it seems to be 70 degrees here every day, I’m ready for spring colors (summer, really, at this rate), and green always hits the spot. The candleholder below (those tonal green/yellow candles are so…

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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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Friday March 2nd, 2012

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halona glass

Remember when I said that Kate and Amy always know where to find the coolest stuff? Cut to yesterday afternoon, when Amy and I come back from lunch to find a surprise package from our West Coast bestie, Kate. She’d ordered us this gorgeous arrow tail prism from Halona Glass and had it sent to arrive…

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Friday January 27th, 2012

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new: esque 2012 glassware

Esque was one of the first Portland-based design studios that I found myself falling head over heels for. Andi and Justin do incredible glass work, and their collections continue to blur the line between fine art and functional tabletop design beautifully. Their latest pieces are updated versions of their classic water drop jugs and pitcher/cup…

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Tuesday September 6th, 2011

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incalmi carafe

I’m still rubbing my eyes this morning trying to wake up, but now I’m rubbing them so I can get a better look at this carafe. Beautiful glasswork always makes me stare and want to sign up for glassblowing lessons, so I can see how it all comes together. Until that day comes, I’ll keep…

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