Pattern Downloads from Kelsey Oseid

Pattern Downloads from Kelsey Oseid

kelseyday1
For all of the things that social media might be contributing to our culture that aren’t great (FOMO, pressure to be perfect, etc.), I find there are thousands of things it contributes to that are wonderful. For me, social media — and Instagram, in particular — is a hotbed of creativity. I am constantly discovering beautiful homes, great DIY ideas and talented new artists and designers who are using their social feeds to spread the word about their work the way blogs were used 6-8 years ago. I’m fascinated by the way people get their work out there online and I bookmark at least 50 people each week to reach out to. One of those talented people is Kelsey Oseid.

Kelsey is a freelance illustrator based in Minneapolis who creates beautiful nature- and folk-inspired patterns. I first discovered her work through one of our hashtag challenges and have been a fan ever since. I love Kelsey’s Instagram feed and am constantly pinning her animal patterns. So I spoke with Kelsey about creating some custom patterns for us, and today we launch the first of five beautiful patterns you can download for free to use for your tech backgrounds and screens! [Please note these patterns are for personal use only.] Stay tuned for patterns 2-5 and keep an eye on Kelsey’s other work right here. xo, grace

DOWNLOAD KELSEY’S PATTERN: DAY 1 RIGHT HERE.

Best of the Web + Meet Our New Puppy!

Best of the Web + Meet Our New Puppy!

winky1
Last week Sabrina introduced us to her new puppy, Piper, and this week I couldn’t resist taking the opportunity to do the same. Julia and I had been thinking about adopting another dog (Hope has been a little lonely upstate) for a while, but we weren’t quite ready to upset the delicate balance we had between Hope and our cat, Turk. So when we heard from Chrissy Beckles, who runs the rescue group who gave us Hope, about fostering, we said yes. Chrissy had an adorable little puppy, Winky, who needed somewhere to stay until she found a good home and we excitedly welcomed her last Sunday. We both fell in love with her the first moment we met her, but it took a few days to figure out if we could create the same balance we had with just two pets. Thankfully, with a little work, lots of playtime and a new cat tree for Turk, our family has found its new — improved — balance, and a new member.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset
Yesterday we officially adopted Winky and while we’re technically “foster failures,” we couldn’t feel happier. Winky is now one of us and she fills our home with so much energy, excitement and happiness. She’s completely enamored of Hope (which Hope both loves and hates at times) and the two of them play nonstop throughout the day. It’s exactly what we hoped for and reminded me yet again just how wonderful it can be to bring animals into your family. So, meet our second official D*S pup, Winky the Sato! She’s about 4.5 months old now and we think she’s a Catahoula mix, but we’re never 100% sure with rescues. All we know is she fills our house with 1,000% more love, so we’re so grateful. If anyone out there reading is considering adopting or fostering, we’re such big fans of The Sato Project (and all great rescue groups), so if you’re interested in finding a new furry friend for your home, click here to check out and help. We’re taking the pups out for a long walk today, so until Monday, here’s wishing you all a great weekend. xo, grace

bestofweb51

bestofmay1

The Miniature Garden

The Miniature Garden

flowers1
I have a soft spot for miniature things. When I was little, I obsessed over my doll house and any catalog that sold tiny versions of normal house goods, like wooden spoons, rugs, lamps and books. So when I found this Etsy shop that makes miniature DIY paper flower and plant kits, I took a few minutes to hyperventilate and then had to come up with a plan to prevent myself from putting each and every one of these kits in my shopping cart.

flowers2 copy
Each of these tiny kits, from dahlias and lilies to espalier trees, comes with punched paper petals, paper-covered wires, illustrated instructions and punched paper leaves to create your own tiny green masterpiece. Full-sized paper flowers are, of course, lovely and a great alternative to real plants if they’re not your thing, but these minis are another fun choice. They’d be a fun way to dress up gifts, spruce up a tiny spot on your dresser or windowsill, or just have fun doing something crafty. Click here to check out all of the kits and order online. If anyone makes one of these, please let me know — I would love to see these in a real home! xo, grace

flowers2

Kristi Kohut

Kristi Kohut

Kristi-Kohut_BeautyInside_Buddy-Editions_1024x1024
The earth and all of its natural beauty is an endless source of inspiration. I love seeing the colors of the ocean pop up in textiles and little hints of fall leaves in wallpaper and ceramics. But few sources of inspiration make me as happy as those that come from rocks, gems and geodes. There’s something about the wavy lines, bright colors and shimmer you find deep within the earth that get me every time. My favorite example of that inspiration has always been Clare Grill, who made beautiful paintings of geographical cross-sections, but now I have another great source: Kristi Kohut.

Kristi-Kohut_LightInside_Buddy-editions_1024x1024
Kristi-Kohut-WhatItFeelsLike-buddy-editions_1024x1024
Kristi‘s artwork has appeared online, in print and at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and now she’s selling a series of stunning prints at Buddy Editions inspired by agate rock formations. I love all the splashes of hot pink and blue — they feel like summer to me and would be a great way to bring some brightness to any rooms around the house that could use some new life. If you want to check out more of her work and order her prints, you can see them right here online (prices start at $50 and range up to $500 for large-form prints). xo, grace

Room to Grow in a Newly Built, Bright Bungalow

Room to Grow in a Newly Built, Bright Bungalow

Room to Grow in a Newly Built, Bright Bungalow

As much as I adore the charm of an older home, there’s something thrilling about the thought of having say in your home’s design and layout. For Kyree Meagher and her fiancé, electrician Ben Harvey, the ability to choose certain features — such as their high ceilings, stone bench tops with waterfall edges, and large windows — has led to the the home of their dreams. Just like she found “the one” in Ben, Kyree says she can “certainly picture growing old [here].”

The soon-to-be-married couple bought this stunning house in Piara Waters, Western Australia merely three months ago, but for only having moved into it in February, it’s impressive how quickly they were able to transform it from a house to a home — something Kyree attributes to the seven months prior she spent planning while the home was being built. As the brains behind their home design, she used this time to collect Scandi-style inspiration.

Though much has already been done inside to complete the space, the to-do list is long when it comes to their outdoor space. Kyree and Ben sense a lot of timber, stone, garden walls, and a hanging chair in their future, but above all else, the biggest priority is fostering a child-friendly space. On top of hanging chairs, baby chairs are on the horizon as well! After their wedding in November, Kyree and Ben plan to grow their family, so when furniture-shopping they opted for pieces that were comfortable and timeless, but also durable and kid-safe. “I adore crisp whites and anything neutral, really!” Kyree explains, “but I also think it’s important to make spaces actually liveable and not too clinical.” Though their home is brand new, it still feels warm and lived-in. The power behind a little styling and personalization through art and accessories never fails to impress me, from making an older home like mine feel updated, to bringing character to a new one! –Sabrina

 

 

VIEW MORE

Before & After: Jenna’s Laundry Room Makeover

jenna

Before & After: Jenna’s Laundry Room Makeover

Making over our little laundry closet is a frequent daydream of mine. I imagine sliding a pocket door open to a bright white space with ticking stripe curtains and copper shades (basically this picture) and plenty of room to iron and fold things. Right now, I’m just so thankful to have a washer and dryer in the house that I’m happy to let the makeover be a dream and live vicariously through other people’s makeovers, like this incredible before & after from Jenna Diermann.

Jenna and her husband worked together (and with some professionals) to get the job done and the final result is basically laundry nirvana. More than enough space to clean laundry, sort, fold and just about anything else you could need to do to get your home in order. What I love most about this project is seeing the in-between stages: those moments when you’re just making due with what you have and doing little things (like curtains and a coat of white paint) to make it work until you can save up enough to do the full makeover. Thanks so much to Jenna for sharing the full process from start to finish here and congrats on such a beautiful makeover. Click through to see the final result and all the steps in between! xo, grace

“After” photographs by Gary Johnson

 

VIEW MORE

Home Ec: 10 Healthy Meals From Your Garden

A healthy watermelon salad is a great summer meal or treat. If you want something more substantial you can add grilled chicken or tofu to accompany it.

Home Ec: 10 Healthy Meals From Your Garden

Earlier this month, I wrote about the things that scare me most, and one of them related to the way my image (weight, dress, etc.) could negatively affect my business. I thought long and hard about being open with that fear, because it’s one that I still struggle with on a pretty deep level. But since we’ve been upstate, I’ve been better about trying to get outside morewalk more and eat healthier food in way that lets me feel good about myself, no matter what the scale says. Those healthy decisions to hike before I open my laptop or eat veggies instead of yet another processed something-bar for lunch have had a really positive effect on my mood and overall well-being lately.

So for today’s Home Ec I thought I’d share some healthy recipes that are not only good for keeping you and your family feeling good inside, but that are based around things you can grow in your own (or find from a local) garden. Even if you don’t have space or time for a garden, these recipes will hopefully inspire meals based around veggies that are both filling and easy to find at most grocery stories or farm stands. xo, grace

unnamed

This post and the Home Ec section are brought to you by Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day. Visit the Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Home-Grown Inspiration section featuring 20 DIYs, including seven from Design*Sponge!

VIEW MORE

18 Reasons to Love Stripes

Photo by Thuss & Farrell

18 Reasons to Love Stripes

This month’s hashtag challenge, #DSStripes, was a totally selfish choice. I have been striped-obsessed since I was a little girl and the infatuation has only grown stronger as I’ve gotten older. So when it came time to pick a challenge for April, I knew I wanted to take the opportunity to be awash in photos of stripes. And of course, your photos didn’t (and never) disappoint. From stunning striped curtains and swimsuits to striped staircases and wallpaper, each stripe was a joy to discover. Perhaps my favorite entries, however, were the photos that were unexpected — like rows and rows of tightly stacked paper that look like stripes from above. This month’s challenge was such a blast to search through, so thank you to everyone who shared such gorgeous photos with us. Click through to see my favorite 18 examples of stripes at home and out in the wild. xo, grace

VIEW MORE

The Golden Carrot in Hoboken

One side of the shop has beautifully textured soft pink plaster walls. These screen print frames depicting floral silhouettes are the perfect offset to such subtle walls and soft color. "For some reason the name, The Golden Carrot, instantly made me think of the illustrations in a Beatrix Potter storybook," Nicky says. "I envisioned a space that had a soft, enchanting innocence to it, and I wanted people to feel transported when they stepped inside."

The Golden Carrot in Hoboken

Have you ever walked into a store and said to yourself, “I could totally live here?” I feel like I say that every now and then, and after seeing these amazing photos of The Golden Carrot, I’m pretty sure I’ve found my retail home.

Founded by Nicky Corriher, The Golden Carrot is a brand new (opening Friday, May 1st!) jewelry shop in Hoboken, New Jersey. Designed by prop and soft goods stylist Kate Jordan, the interior is a dreamlike space with soft pink walls, botanical screen print frames, a beautifully edited (and displayed) collection of vintage memorabilia and the sort of luxurious details (like velvet curtains and comfy armchairs) that make you want to sit and stay a while. Nicky and Kate have been working together since January to design and open the shop — Nicky said she wanted it to feel like the “bedroom of [my] dreams” — and this Friday it will open to the public for the first time. I’m tempted to hop in the car and drive down myself, as this is basically all of my dream home elements in one space. The exposed antique brick, textured pink plaster walls, brass detailing and botanical elements are my soft spots, so this store is on my summer travel list for sure. If you’re lucky enough to be near Hoboken this weekend, be sure to visit in person or check out the website to browse online. Thanks so much to Kate and Nicky for sharing this beautiful space with us. Read on for more photographs and a peek at their cuter-than-ever gold bunny logo. xo, grace

All photographs by Nicole Franzen

 

 

VIEW MORE

DIY Rope Coil Doormat

DIY Rope Coil Doormat

DIY Rope Coil Mat
There are a lot of different positive and negative aspects to renting. On one hand, you have the opportunity to concentrate on collecting (and creating) furniture you love, but on the other hand, it’s difficult to make the bigger changes that bring all your carefully chosen pieces together. As much as I love my apartment, if I had my way with it, I’d make some big renovations. The first thing on the list would be the floors. I’ve always wanted beautifully light, nordic flooring covered in colorful or textured rugs, creating peaks of interest. Unfortunately, instead of that I’m left with a beige carpet running throughout which just has no personality at all. I’m not letting this stop me from decorating my floors, though, starting with this coiled rope doormat. —Fran

VIEW MORE

In Red Hook, a Functional Apartment Complete With a Little Elbow Grease

A Functional Apartment in Red Hook, Design*Sponge

In Red Hook, a Functional Apartment Complete With a Little Elbow Grease

Philadelphia-native and graphic designer Sean Tice came to Brooklyn in 2007 to work as a Web Producer for CBS Interactive, where he met Kristy Hadeka, a then fashion student at Parsons The New School Design. Kristy grew up in Vermont just a mile from her family’s slate quarry, one that has been in operation since 1897. In the spring of 2009, the couple paid a visit to the quarry upstate and left with a handful of slate pieces for their home — to use as trivets for tea kettles and hot dishes and as coasters for beers. They eventually began gifting pieces to friends and the response was so overwhelmingly positive that the two struck out to produce a line of slate products. Complete with a company mascot, their English Labrador Retriever, Garp, Brooklyn Slate Company was born.

At the time of the company’s inception, Sean and Kristy were living in South Slope, but feeling a gravitational pull to Red Hook, especially given that it was walking distance to their workshop. “I was immediately enamored with the neighborhood,” Sean says, “I really enjoy the proximity to the water and this feeling that you’re ‘cut off’ from the rest of the city while still being very close.” After apartment-hunting for a while, they stumbled across this one-bedroom gem that also offered a full basement and backyard — perfect for Garp! They were immediately sold on the apartment’s old hardwood floors, tin ceilings, oversized windows, and opportunity for customization. But it was a challenge looking past the walls, which were all painted brown or yellow; one in particular was even covered in a huge decal of an apple tree! “It took us about three days to clean the walls and paint [them white]…” they laugh, “and I learned that one brown coat takes at least three white coats to completely hide it.”

While the property has a huge basement, the apartment itself has no closets. But ever the creative opportunists, Sean and Kristy saw this as a chance to customize the home to make it perfect for them. They rolled up their sleeves, and within a few days, they had built-in shelving everywhere — both in the kitchen in lieu of cabinets, and in the dining room area— and had custom-made a lot of their own furniture, from their floating media consoles to their birch ply dining table. Like the apartment’s dwellers enjoy finding new uses for existing items, Sean and Kristy’s home oozes with form, function and fun. –Sabrina

Photography by Brooklyn Slate Company and Valery Rizzo

 

VIEW MORE

13 Amazing Female Podcasters to Follow

Two Brown Girls, hosted by Fariha Roisin and Zeba Blay. Fariha and Zeba are writers and critics who dedicate each show to a mix of topics, ranging from culture politics to pop culture and style. I really enjoy when they delve into the topics that some people avoid (feminism, race, politics) and find their loose, conversational style a nice contrast to the sometimes slightly over-structured podcasts that seem to be all the rage.

13 Amazing Female Podcasters to Follow

Last week I had 17 hours of traveling on my hands to and from DC and Philly, so I decided to catch up on my listening (and Chinese app playtime) and download some new podcast episodes to listen to on the ride. I found myself wanting to hear something different and unlike the shows that seem to get all the press these days, so I searched for shows hosted by women and women of color. I spent the trip not only discovering new and important stories and points of view, but feeling like I made a handful of new online friends to follow and learn from on a regular basis. Some of these are shows I’ve listened to for years (like JV Club and Hot Grease), and others are new favorites (like Pushing Hoops with Sticks), but each one is guaranteed to get you thinking and talking about the broader topics in not just the creative community, but life in general. So if you’d like to hear what these talented women are talking about (and what the amazing women they interview have to say, too), click through to read more about their shows and find where to listen online. xo, grace

VIEW MORE

#DSBlues Hashtag Challenge

#DSBlues Hashtag Challenge

blue3
This morning we’re launching a special edition hashtag challenge with Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, inspired by their scent: Bluebell. Whether it’s the cool blue of the ocean, a handmade tie-dye print, or lovely irises from your garden, snap a picture of the beautiful blues you see in your life every day, hashtag it #DSBlues and we’ll share our favorites here at DS, on the Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Instagram feed (during our takeover next week!) and our feed as well. I can’t wait to see what everyone shares. I’m hoping to discover some gorgeous new wildflowers or other blues from nature, so feel free to snap away! xo, grace

blue4
blue2
blue1
Images above from top to bottom: Alasully, Kelly & Troy’s Home Tour, Suite One Studio, Happy Cactus Designs.

Smart Submissions: When To Send, Lend and Say No

Smart Submissions: When To Send, Lend and Say No

smartsubmissionsdesignsponge2
The very first job I had in the design world was writing press releases for a small public relations firm in Brooklyn. It was the job that taught me how to interact with press, how best to present a new product or company and — more importantly — how NOT to do all those things. I think about that job a lot these days when I both receive and send requests related to press. To cut straight to the chase: I’m consistently shocked and saddened to see how much time and money independent designers and companies put into sending or giving away free product, thinking that it’s required for great coverage. So I want to break down that idea and talk about when it’s the right time to send a free sample, lend a product or turn down a request that isn’t worth it. For me, sending too many free samples or products is the fastest way to run out of working capital, rather than create more of it. So I’m going to talk about how to identify the difference between when to give/lend/pass and what to send instead. xo, grace

VIEW MORE

Life & Business: Jamie Leigh Moore

Life & Business: Jamie Leigh Moore

Jamie_moore_lifeandbusiness

Architect, surgeon, artist; these were my career prospects as I knew it as a 15-year-old in high school. I remember feeling confused and stunted while staring at a list of possible careers on a computer screen, results based off of a few multiple choice questions and answers. None of them felt fully right for me, but then again, I didn’t know what any of them really meant.

Discovering what it is that you’re meant to do, let alone what you want to do, is terribly hard. And often, even going to college can only confuse you more as you realize the infinite possibilities. This was the story for me until I discovered my passion for illustration and design at nearly 20 years old — and I think it’s the story of most business owners — just as it was for production designer and prop stylist, Jamie Leigh Moore.

Inspired by powerful women in the creative industry paving their own way, Jamie move to Brooklyn, NY, and started hustling her work and name around. She worked various contracts in the field, such as her position as a crew-member on the show GIRLS, and after lots of hard work, dedication, and sleepless nights, Jamie made a name for herself and went it alone. She’s now a successful freelance business owner with a portfolio of projects for clients including Tribeca Film Festival, Nick Jr., TLC and San Pellegrino. Today, Jamie’s chatting with us about understanding what makes you marketable, how calm is key, and the “series of palpably awkward missteps and false starts” that led to the start of her business. –Sabrina

VIEW MORE