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Wednesday July 16th, 2014

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15 Flora & Fauna Wallpapers

I was so inspired by the Audubon Society app I downloaded last week that I decided to connect my life of the great outdoors with my love of design. All of the gorgeous wildflowers and birds that surround our homes can serve as decoration (in print form of course) inside, too. So if you can’t…

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Friday July 11th, 2014

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Aimee Wilder’s Bungalow Wallpaper Collection

Over the past several months, we’ve witnessed what appears to be a huge shift in terms of decorative motifs in the design community. Many designers, possibly weary of the abstract and Western-centric motifs that have dominated imagery and ornament in design for the past several years, are instead turning their heads to a different source of inspiration: the…

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Thursday July 3rd, 2014

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Sean Woolsey’s Haack Table

Because of the comparatively higher prices of good, handcrafted designer furniture pieces, there is a somewhat misguided belief that they should be treated almost like fragile pieces of artwork in a museum—admired from afar and rarely touched. This way of thinking, however, discounts the very reason for buying quality, well-constructed pieces to begin with: their durability. This…

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Monday June 30th, 2014

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Calico Wallpaper’s Aubergine Wallpaper

Formed in 2012 by friends Rachel Mosler and Nick Cope, Calico Wallpaper is a company that defies preconceived notions of what wallpaper is and how it is made. A far cry from the toile patterns and repeating floral motifs often found in mass-market papers, the designs produced by Moser and Cope are based on handcrafted,…

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Thursday June 26th, 2014

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City Drop Cuts by Pop Chart Lab

The design world seems to have no shortage of love for specific geographic areas. Whether it’s a regional print celebrating the flora of California or a poster touting the delicious produce of Florida, shops seem to be bursting with artwork celebrating artists’ favorite cities and states. One of my favorite new additions to the theme…

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Our 15 Faves for Summer Entertaining

Above image: Our recipe for Strawberry Floats July 4th is right around the corner and, with it, the beginning of the summer entertaining season! Whatever your Independence Day plans might be, chances are you will find yourself in the great outdoors—grilling in the backyard, swimming at the beach, picnicking at the park, or enjoying the obligatory…

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Wednesday June 25th, 2014

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Patrick Weder’s Honeycomb Light Sculptures

The line between art and design is oftentimes blurry and very much up for debate. Some designers eschew the “art” label, viewing design as purely functional, meant to fade into the background whilst solving everyday problems. Others, however, choose to toe the line between art and design, creating objects that simultaneously serve practical and intangible purposes….

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Monday June 23rd, 2014

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Brendan Ravenhill’s Grain Barrel Light

Some of our favorite designs are ones that exhibit, as architect Robert Venturi would put it, complexity and contradiction—objects that are not only beautiful, but able to play with our perceptions and contribute to the greater design discussion. Brendan Ravenhill’s recently released Grain lighting series does just this. Constructed from materials like spun aluminum, these lamps are…

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Wednesday June 18th, 2014

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Erin Guido’s Pick-Me-Up Prints

When it comes to artwork, I like very different things at home and at work. At home, I like calm, serene photos of water and fields or simple photographs of places that mean something special to me. But when it comes to my work space, I like the art around me to be uplifting. Whether…

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Tuesday June 17th, 2014

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10 Planters To Brighten Your Garden

This year I seem to have finally made it into the safe zone with my at-home herb garden. The Bellocq Tea team gave us a stunning footed planter as a gift last year (the one above – full of paperwhites!) and Julia and I bought a mix of mint, rosemary and thyme to grow inside…

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Monday June 16th, 2014

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Katy Skelton’s Zelda Table

When I think back to this year’s BKLYN Designs show, one piece stands out in my mind: Katy Skelton‘s Zelda Table. It has all the elements that I love in a great piece of furniture: simplicity, well-chosen materials and a pop of metallic detail that makes my eye return over and over again. As part…

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Thursday June 12th, 2014

Wednesday June 11th, 2014

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New: Wooden Mobiles from Fort Makers

After 10 years of blogging about products, I feel the need to dive a little deeper with each one. Rather than only posting the basics (cost/where to buy), I want to hear more about what inspired a piece, what the design process was like and get to know the people behind the product. Fort Makers…

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Wednesday June 4th, 2014

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Surtex 2014: Where Patterns Rule

Over the past few years there’s been a noticeable change in the pattern trade show world. For years I would go from booth to booth explaining who I was, what I do and handing out business cards in hopes that someone would let me feature their work on Design*Sponge. But as pattern copying, especially with…

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The National Stationery Show: So Much More Than Cards

Non-stationery goods being sold at the National Stationery Show is alternately one of the weirdest and best parts of the whole week. While on the one hand it can mean crazy whirligigs flying above booths stocked with Halloween masks and giant Miley Cyrus posters, it also means great independent booths displaying handmade cutting boards, colorful…

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Friday May 30th, 2014

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Twigg’s Bindery

After 10 years of covering the National Stationery Show, few booths have ever jumped out at me the way Twigg’s Bindery did this year. Max and I split up trade show duties this year and when I went back to cover the rows left on our list, I was thrilled to find that mine included…

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Thursday May 29th, 2014

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Design Week Recap: Max’s Stationery Favorites

Above: One of Margins’ beautiful moon phase calendars. Over the past few days, I’ve been calling out some of my favorite emerging trends from this year’s Design Week and National Stationery Show. So far, we’ve taken a look at 2014′s slew of canine-covered stationery and the new tropical color palette we saw everywhere. Some of my favorites…

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Wednesday May 28th, 2014

Friday May 23rd, 2014

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A Genius Take On The Oversized Calendar + Weekly Wrap-Up

Top photo photographed by Chelsea McNamara and styled by Randi Brookman Harris. Every time December rolls around, I begin the frantic process of hunting down one of Massimo Vignelli’s iconic Stendig Calendars before they’re sold out. My love for this calendar is twofold—for starters, you simply cannot beat its simple, striking design and celebration of modern typography. Secondly, once each…

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