10 National Organizations to Follow on Instagram

Glacier National Park (@glaciernps): Montana is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been and this feed is a celebration of just a fraction of that natural beauty. Glacier National Park is my favorite place to take a little mental break now and then, and when I'm stressed out at work, I look through this feed and imagine the fresh air and quiet spaces. Photo by @forrestmankins

10 National Organizations to Follow on Instagram

Last month I found myself in an unexpected and thoroughly 2016 pickle: I went to follow a new person on Instagram and it wouldn’t let me. I emailed, asked online and thought I’d done something wrong. Then I realized Instagram caps how many people you can follow at 7,500. I’m so used to being able to add away on Twitter to my heart’s content, but not so on Instagram. So I’ve slowly been going through my list, editing things down (why do I follow so many famous cats??) to focus on my current interests. In the process I realized how many amazing photography-based feeds I follow that focus on incredible national organizations in the US. From NASA and the National Department of the Interiors to The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, these feeds provide me with countless hours of inspiration and motivation to get outside.

Today I’m sharing 10 of my favorite, and if you’re like me and love to learn more about the world around you, these will be must-follows. I love taking a moment to step outside of the world of home design and look up, down and all around outdoors. xo, grace

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10 Dining Spaces Made for Making Memories

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10 Dining Spaces Made for Making Memories

So many of my childhood memories revolve around my parents’ dining room. It’s played host to all four of us kids’ high school and college graduation dinners, 15 years worth of Christmas breakfasts, and every birthday of mine since I was 13. Painted in a rich cranberry color, the room has become a symbol for laughter and bonding, and a place where both sides of my family have cried tears of joy and sadness. That being said, I’m never surprised when other homeowners gush over how important their dining room has been to them, too. Over time, their spaces have gathered more and more memories, each one becoming permanently etched in the grain of a wooden table or the cushion of a chair.

To celebrate all the magic that can happen around a dinner table, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite dining spaces. Some are casual. Others are formal. No matter the style, it’s not hard to imagine the good times that have been had around each. They’re all perfect backdrops for such fun, you simply have to click through to ogle at them. Enjoy! —Garrett

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Vintage Fashion & Jewelry on EBTH + Last Chance $500 Giveaway

Vintage Fashion & Jewelry on EBTH + Last Chance $500 Giveaway

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Vintage fashion has remained a staple in high-profile closets and on the red carpet for a decade or two, and scouting thrift stores for stylish scores has become a national pastime. It seems that at every party I attend, the clothing and jewelry pieces I’m drawn to are vintage. I recently found a vintage Gucci watch for six dollars, and while I am in no way a “fashionista,” I picked it up as a museum piece because of its enduring quality craftsmanship and its signature horse-bit adornment. We’ve been scouting EBTH for some holiday attire, jewelry and holiday gifts. My mom has been a huge turquoise and sterling silver jewelry fan ever since she learned how to craft jewelry like this in the 1970s under the guidance of her Native American brother-in-law. I’ve spotted some wonderful pieces for her this week! Our team is constantly amazed at the range of affordable vintage fashion and jewelry available on Everything But the House and today, we’re sharing some of our favorites.

If you’re new to this series, check out our other Estate Sale posts herehere and hereEBTH, aka Everything But The House, is an endless online estate sale, full of so many vintage treasures. *This is the last week to enter our $500 EBTH gift card giveaway, so hop over to EBTH, pick your treasure and share it in the comments section to be entered. We’ll be contacting the winner on Nov. 25th with an early holiday gift! –Caitlin

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Image above (clockwise): Vintage 1960’s Coat (1 of a lot of 3) | Loose Natural Ruby Collection | Vintage Coach Station Bag | Prada Patent Leather Flats

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DIY Crepe Paper Tiger Lilies

DIY Crepe Paper Tiger Lilies

Crepe Paper Tiger Lily DIY by Kate Alarcon for Design*Sponge

This speckled wildflower isn’t the large, showy tiger lily grown from a bulb as an annual, but rather lilium columbiana, a Pacific Northwest native with small flowers that face downward. I’ve never actually seen a live one in person before, but this is one of my favorite paper flowers to add to a bouquet. It’s bright and eye-catching but still has a delicate, woodland vibe. The arched stems give an arrangement height that isn’t too visually distracting, and the curled petals show off the color on both sides of the doublette crepe paper.

But the best argument for paper tiger lilies is the fun of speckling and curling those petals. Enjoy! —Kate

Crepe Paper Tiger Lily DIY by Kate Alarcon for Design*Sponge
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10 DIYs For A Simply Stunning Thanksgiving Table

DIYS For A Simply Stunning Thanksgiving Table For Design*Sponge

10 DIYs For A Simply Stunning Thanksgiving Table

“You overcomplicate things,” is a common holiday lament in my house. My husband routinely pleads with me to take a more simplified approach to our holiday plans. I’ve never been an overachiever (or even an achiever) when it comes to holiday decorations. I tend to complicate matters on the food front, scheming up any number of dishes to take to a Thanksgiving gathering. Last year I signed up to make three items for a friend’s Thanksgiving potluck dinner, though my husband suggested one would be sufficient. When my dinner rolls turned into hockey pucks just hours before the meal I panicked, threw up my arms in disbelief, and shrieked around our tiny kitchen. This debacle was followed by the hunt for a new dinner roll recipe, a last-minute grocery store run, and efforts to complete the trio of dishes. Mercifully the second batch of rolls turned out (though we did arrive late to our friend’s house). By the time we sat down to eat I was exhausted. The pillowy soft goodness had come at a cost. This year I’ll be heeding the old adage that less is more.

In the spirit of not overcomplicating things, here’s a list of DIY projects that are lovely on their own. Any one of these decorations will bring a special, handmade touch to your table. After all, why labor over many things when one stunning statement will suffice? Hopefully you’ll enjoy a pillowy soft good night’s sleep this Thanksgiving eve, knowing all manner of things in your home have been simply and beautifully prepared. —Liberty

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10 Perfect Pink Bedrooms

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10 Perfect Pink Bedrooms

Whether you’ve been reading this site for years or are visiting for the first time today, it’s clear that pink is our most favorite color around these parts. From bright blush to dusty rose and just a tinge of coral, we’ve rounded up 10 bedrooms from the archives that celebrate beautiful variations in hue. As our #DSPink hashtag challenge shows, tones range from calming neutrals to neon focal points. They are abundantly found in the natural world as well as on the sleekest modern finishes. Check out this selection of pink spaces that are sure to both relax and excite. —Annie

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The Beauty of Self-Care: Lesson 8 – Vulnerability + Gratitude

The Beauty of Self-Care: Lesson 8 – Vulnerability + Gratitude

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Image above by Jen Corace

There are so many motivational phrases bouncing around in the universe. On any given day, I can download desktop wallpaper that tells me to “Go get ’em tiger,” “Hustle,” or “Today’s the day.” This is pretty awesome — so much good-vibe stuff out there. But if you’re still on the precipice and awaiting positive change or just beginning a true self-care practice, all that goodness and positivity can make you feel like everyone else is getting a shower of golden light while you’re still stuck with grey skies. If I’m not a 110%, my reaction to positivity is usually to growl and then beat myself up for being a jerk to the world by growling.

True self-care is about allowing yourself to growl, recognizing growling is not something you want to cultivate, and spending time listening to your grievances and saying okay.

When you let you be you, you’ll find other you’s. Better than that, you’ll find non-you’s who genuinely like you being you. Witness the text conversation below. My texts are in blue.

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Please, please, please click through to read the quick story and lesson around vulnerability and gratitude if you’re struggling to care for yourself in a deeper way. Make the time. It’s so worth it. –Caitlin

 

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Another big thank you to our series partner, Aveda, who knows a thing or two about serious self-care. If you can, treat yourself to an Aveda product and make it part of your body’s self-care routine. If your budget doesn’t allow you to treat yourself at the moment, do this exercise and share what you did in the comments for a chance for us to treat you to a complimentary Tulasara skincare kit from Aveda. You can learn more about Aveda and the benefits of the Tulasara skincare practice here. I use this product every day.

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A Montana Home That Honors the Journey

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A Montana Home That Honors the Journey

I’ve always been the sort of person who prefers a clear destination to the uncertain, winding journey. Before I take a risk, I like to know it will end exactly as I envisioned, a perfect plan leading to a perfect outcome. This, you’ve no doubt already surmised, has hindered my ability to see how a detour might actually present a never-before-thought-of possibility. So I marvel at how someone like Bridget Ambrose gracefully embraces experimentation, honors the need for unexpected changes, and understands that her home is essentially a “never-ending art project.” Bridget, whose family loves to go on van trips, is the best kind of road-tripper. She knows the place between where we begin and end up is where the real creative magic happens.

Bridget, an energy medicine intuitive with a healing practice at Be Crow Be, and her husband Mathew, a product design director, spent a year updating their 1932 bungalow in Missoula, MT. Local builders Mast and Co. helped them realize their vision by “incorporating all of the original doors, some original lighting, and mimicking all of the original trim,” while also introducing modern touches. But things didn’t always go as planned. A wall in the room the couple nicknamed “the love room” was supposed to have a built-in platform-style sofa. But when they discovered the wall was needed to hide the HVAC, they got creative and designed a built-in bookshelf and desk instead. The process, says Bridget, taught her patience and helped her to see how with every design tweak a new “energy or vibe emerged to build on.” And then, once the updating process was complete, Bridget found herself wanting to fill the empty spaces in her home as quickly as possible. She soon realized, however, that the emptiness actually gave her time and insight to fulfill her creative vision. It’s this spirit of openness that makes Bridget and Mathew’s home pleasing to the eye and great for spinning vinyl while reclining on rugs under the lights of LOVE (slide 12).

These days, Bridget, Mathew, and their 13-year-old son Ryder like to gather in the kitchen around a custom reclaimed wood dining table. Here they take naps, do homework, work, or curl up with a book. Around the corner a letter board on a floating fir shelf reads, “Love yourself more.” Love is quite literally spelled out in two different places in their home. I can see how a home that lives by love as its motto is able to envision possibilities where others see only road blocks. Love, afterall, is what makes the uncertain, winding journey so darn worthwhile. –Liberty Lausterer

Photography by Bridget Ambrose 

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12 Ways to Display and Enjoy Artwork at Home

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12 Ways to Display and Enjoy Artwork at Home

Artwork finishes a space in a way that furniture and accessories never can. If a room feels undone, uninteresting and uninspired, it’s likely missing art. Displaying pieces on walls, ledges or surfaces can depend on the space and the furniture being balanced. Size, orientation, scale and palette also play a factor in the way art is arranged in a home. While it’s up to your space and which pieces you want shown, having an inspirational place to start from is always helpful when working to thoughtfully and artfully fill a home. These 12 art displays from the Design*Sponge archives complement the gorgeous rooms they complete. –Lauren

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Two Thanksgiving Inspired DIYs with Waverly Inspirations

Two Thanksgiving Inspired DIYs with Waverly Inspirations

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Our Thanksgiving table is a pretty simple affair. It’s generally adorned with foliage scavenged from the remainder of greenery and colorful leaves in our yard. We were a little behind in collecting the more colorful leaves this year, so my daughter and I decided to create some pressed clay leaves to decorate our table. This simple DIY is a great way to connect with nature as the season changes, and to me, reminds us that warmth and beauty will once again return. How we bring warmth and love to our tables during this chilly season challenges the creative parts of ourselves and is a great, and necessary, way for us to bring comfort to our homes and hearts.

Click through for our clay leaf DIY and a second fabric DIY that can add some warmth and style to your Thanksgiving table and your home throughout the winter season. We’ll be sharing more Thanksgiving DIYs here tomorrow! –Caitlin

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Waverly Inspirations. This project, ideas, and words are from us here at D*S and were created by us,  for you and your family. Thanks for supporting our sponsors that help us create and publish original content like this. The Waverly Inspirations collection is available at Walmart.

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10 Charming London-Based Interiors

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10 Charming London-Based Interiors

When I was a child, my great aunt sent me a little tin filled with butter cookies from her recent trip to London. It was shaped like a double-decker bus, with people looking out the windows at the sights, presumably (“Look kids, Big Ben, Parliament”). I loved that tin, as it became the home for my Lite-Brite pegs after the cookies were eaten up. All these years later, I still have that little bus and it still houses Lite-Brite pegs. It’s always been more than that to me, though. At a very young age, her gift opened the door to the idea of London and travel for me. It left me curious about the towns, the countryside and the colors of England.

Sometimes I get lost in the set of a movie and more times than not, it’s set in London. I spend most of the movie wondering where was it filmed, with their perfect storefronts and that vintage decor of plaids and the perfect floral wallpaper. I quickly add it to my list of places to visit (again). I have been there once, for about eight hours, when I used to tour with bands, selling their merchandise. Not long enough to take in any of the beauty or the sights. As I got older, the intrigue has continued and moved to the homes of London. Are they all regal and fancy? Are they cozy or cheery? Do they look like the set of The King’s Speech (which is honestly the most perfect movie set in my opinion)? I hope this roundup of 10 London interiors, from previous Sneak Peeks, will answer as many questions for you as it did for me. —Erin

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Design Updates Help a Victorian Cottage Swing Into This Century

Design Updates Help a Victorian Cottage Swing Into This Century, Design*Sponge

Design Updates Help a Victorian Cottage Swing Into This Century

User experience designer and illustrator Jory Dayne had been looking to move for a while, but the high home prices in Salt Lake City, UT had him less than enthused. The houses he was interested in — those that were older and had vintage character — just so happened to be on the more costly end of the already-expensive spectrum. Great. Luckily, a colleague happened to be moving to California, and asked Jory if he would be interested in buying their 1890s-era, eclectic, Victorian cottage. Jory thought, “Jackpot.”

Located 45 minutes outside the city in Provo, the two-story home features a mix of original and updated elements. That being said, Jory’s main goal upon moving in was to “unify the space.” He didn’t want to lean too far into period decor because he felt it would come off as insincere. But if he made the space too modern, it would look like every other house on the block. A happy medium was the answer. White walls throughout help the space feel crisp and bright, while details like original doors and windows keep with the home’s heritage. All in all, you can absolutely still see its original character shine throughout, but all the modern amenities and design touches are 100% there. Mission accomplished. Click through to take a peek. Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Weston Colton

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A Vintage Collector’s Treasure-Filled Home in Salt Lake City

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A Vintage Collector’s Treasure-Filled Home in Salt Lake City

Not many houses can make you feel instantly at home. As I walked into Rachael Skidmore’s Salt Lake City, UT place, the warm personality of unique vintage decor, collections, and vignettes instantly made it evident that the space was full of thought and dedication. “I wanted to fill our home with vintage and antique finds, but not have it feel like a museum, or untouchable. Balancing unique, fun finds with functionality was my goal,” Rachael shares.

Around every corner are carefully placed knick-knacks strategically arranged in a way that feels full, but not cluttered. It’s like walking into a treasure chest full of beautifully curated highlights of the past century. From a stunning plate wall to her vibrant gallery of preserved butterflies, each display is acquired slowly as Rachael patiently compiles goods piece by piece.

Rachael’s passion for special stories and the past has translated into her work as the owner of Maeberry Vintage. From clothes to home decor, everything isn’t just bought – it’s collected. Refusing to follow trends, her home reminded me that decorating is a reflection of your own personality and an outlet of expression. Rachael’s refreshingly interesting taste differs from the everyday interior enthusiast, but it’s still relatable enough to truly enjoy. –Tawnee

Photography by Tawnee Madlen Walker

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10 Women I Look Up To and Why

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10 Women I Look Up To and Why

Part of my inspiration for In the Company of Women was sitting down to think about and show appreciation for the women who have provided me with motivation over the years. Some know what role they’ve played and some I’ve never met. But each and every one of them has been the spark, the inspiration, or the kick in the pants I needed to get through a tough time. In a world where we’re told to build our personal brands and stand out from the competition, I feel a stronger urge than ever to do the opposite: to lift up others, celebrate their greatness and voices, and to be happy to just stand amongst them — rather than aiming to be above.

I wanted to share 10 of the (many) women who have played that role for me. I’d love to hear who inspires you, too. If you have a moment, share the women who have inspired you in life and business in the comment section below, and why. xo, grace

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In Good Company

In Good Company

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This week has been a momentous one. And as I head into the weekend and a fresh lineup of posts and ideas for next week, I’m feeling ready to move on to the next project. And for me, that’s something you can pick up, in print, on a regular basis, starting next year. I have strong ideas about how this new project should look, sound and feel, but I want to spend a lot of time listening to what you have to say first. I’m taking the inspiration and motivation we’ve gotten from In the Company of Women (which made the NY Times Bestseller List this week!) and the surrounding book tour and turning those topics (life, work, overcoming challenges, finding motivation and community) into a magazine that is equal parts inspiring and relatable.

So I’d like to know: what would you like to see in a project like this that you’re not already getting in other places? I have no desire to reinvent or overlap what other publications (online and off) are already doing well, so I want to focus on the things we aren’t fully addressing or working on providing solutions for. What would help you stay motivated? Push through tough times? Connect to other people? What would help you feel on track and accountable for the dreams and goals you have? Please leave any and all ideas in the comment section below and know they will be carefully considered, and appreciated, as part of the first issue of this project. Until Monday, sending love and support to everyone. xo, grace

Above: Photo of Maya Gorgoni of Royal Jelly Harlem, an outtake from In the Company of Women, photographed by Sasha Israel.

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