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Friday November 21st, 2014

Monday November 10th, 2014

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Home from Hanna Andersson

Founded in 1983, the women’s and children’s apparel company Hanna Andersson has made a name for itself by creating beautifully simple, sustainable fashions with a decidedly Scandinavian twist. Based in Portland, OR with strong roots in Sweden, the company is known for its colorful and bright aesthetic—a little piece of Northern Europe in the States. Today,…

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Thursday November 6th, 2014

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Lena Wolff + Erica Tanov Collaboration

I’m a huge fan of artist Lena Wolff, so I was excited to hear from her about a new collaboration she produced along with Bay Area designer, Erica Tanov. Together they designed and produced a full fall collection of bedding, tabletop and clothing using Lena’s collages and drawings. I love the way her quilt-inspired patterns…

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Shop Tour: The New Craftsmen

Since the onset of the Industrial Revolution, England has been at the forefront of the international design discussion and very much a battle ground for two distinct subsets of the design realm—craft and industrial manufacture. It was, after all, at London’s International Exhibition of 1851 that much of the world was first introduced to the capabilities of…

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Wednesday November 5th, 2014

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Hart Made’s Hudson Valley Pillows

For some designs, material functions as a means to an end—something needed in order to achieve a desired function or form. Some designs, on the other hand, are tangible love letters to a material, a celebration of a raw ingredient’s natural beauty. Textile designer Jamie Israelow’s beautiful Hudson Valley Pillows fall into the latter camp. Produced…

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Monday October 27th, 2014

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How To Style Your Fall Mantel

This week, the temperature finally dropped below 50 degrees and there were even whispers of snow (!!) up here in the Hudson Valley. As such, I’ve been quickly pulling out my sweaters from storage, donning the thickest socks possible, and spending my time huddled in front of my home’s fireplace. The fact that the fireplace…

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Wednesday October 22nd, 2014

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The Velvet Ribbons in Saint-Etienne

Yesterday I talked about how the internet is full of some truly wonderful people and last night that was reaffirmed when I got an email from one of my favorite online friends, Neal of Present & Correct. Knowing my obsession with ribbons (I made them both the theme of this website and our book), Neal…

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Friday October 17th, 2014

Wednesday October 15th, 2014

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Sarah Kersten’s Covered Bowls

Some of my favorite designs are ones that bring an unexpected, handcrafted element to an everyday object. Bay Area ceramist Sarah Kersten’s work does just this, pushing the boundary between the functional and the artistic, the commonplace and the extraordinary. Sarah came to prominence in recent years with a collection of fermentation jars, an item that…

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Wednesday October 8th, 2014

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Design*Sponge and Quarterly

Over the past 10 years, I’ve been extremely slow and cautious about partnering with other brands, primarily because it can be hard to find people (especially full companies) that share the same ideas and guiding principles as your own. But when you find that company and it works out, it’s wonderful. I’ve been an admirer…

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Tuesday October 7th, 2014

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15 Favorite Plaids for Fall

I keep doing double takes every time I look at my computer calendar right now. October? It’s October? I still can’t believe that fall is here, but I am starting to really enjoy the excuse to drag out my chunky sweaters, striped turtlenecks and heavier socks. I’m sure I’ll grow tired of them when January…

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Wednesday October 1st, 2014

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Entertaining Essentials from Wit & Delight

One of my favorite things to do at home is entertain—have friends over, get a little boozy, maybe have a few good things to eat. Still, even though hosting parties for anything from the expected (New Year’s!) to the mundane (it’s Tuesday!) is totally my jam, I’ma be real with you—as much as I want to get all…

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Monday September 29th, 2014

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New: Makelike Wallpapers

After years of looking at thousands wallpaper patterns, there are still a handful of designs that stand out to me. Trustworth’s ‘Apothecary’s Garden’ is a favorite of mine (we used it in Amy Merrick’s home tour for Design*Sponge at Home and it’s coming up today’s 1pm sneak peek) as well as Makelike’s cactus wallpaper from…

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Friday September 5th, 2014

Thursday September 4th, 2014

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Ferm Living’s Kelim Carpets

Oh, Ferm Living, you shameless temptress, you! Every time you unveil a new collection, I think to myself, there is no way they can outdo the last one. Except BAM—there you go again, putting yet another fabulous spin on classic Scandinavian style, getting my heart racing and my bank account crying. This fall’s latest Ferm Living collection is…

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Friday August 22nd, 2014

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Knit Wit: A New Magazine About A Timeless Craft

The art of textile making is one of the world’s oldest, a pursuit that has followed practically every civilization since the dawn of mankind. With the potential for functionality and beauty, textiles have served both our physical and emotional needs, weaving together generations, communities and entire cultures through their communicative and connective power. We here at Design*Sponge don’t…

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Tuesday August 19th, 2014

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Rebecca Atwood Fall/Winter 2014 Collection

I know there’s no such thing as overnight success (there is always an immense amount of behind-the-scenes work we don’t see), but Rebecca Atwood seems to have been a hit from the second her website launched – and our entire DS team happily counts itself among her first fans. Rebecca’s debut collection felt like a…

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Friday August 15th, 2014

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Setting The Mood: Blue Crush

If there is any slight downside to working for a design website, it’s that I am often confronted with requests (oftentimes urgent) for interior design advice. “Can you come over and tell me what to do with my apartment?” a friend might ask over coffee. Or, “Can you send me a list of things to buy…

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Thursday August 14th, 2014

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Behind WWAKE’s Opal Earrings

Growing up, I was always a little disappointed that my birthstone was an opal. I wished it was something fancier like April’s diamond or something a bit more colorful like July’s ruby. But lately, the opal had been everywhere, and I’m feeling a little more friendly toward October’s birthstone. I was introduced to WWAKE on…

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Wednesday August 13th, 2014

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S’Well Bottles

My brain seems to be fundamentally incapable of staying committed to the simple, but important, task of staying hydrated. I’ve tried setting myself a “drink water” timer, making drinking a game with the FitBit app and even tricking myself into drinking more water by flavoring it with everything from cucumbers to fresh blackberries. While the…

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