Vancouver City Guide {UPDATE}

Vancouver City Guide {UPDATE}

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Katrina Stock, an encaustic artist, potter and blogger, along with her coffee roaster husband, Andrew Stock, fell in love with Vancouver 10 years ago. For a couple that loves to discover quirky neighborhoods, have food adventures and go biking, this was the perfect city. Recently they packed their bags and headed to Winnipeg, a city in central Canada. As an ode to their great love, they have collected their favorite places to go in some of their most loved neighborhoods. They can’t wait for you to discover the beautiful and diverse city that is Vancouver. -Stephanie 

Read the full guide after the jump…

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Inspiring + Educational Clips at Milq

Inspiring + Educational Clips at Milq

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The world of podcasting has seen a huge surge in popularity lately, and while the reasons are still being debated, I’m just happy to know that the creative community is equally interested in audio and images. I’ve been hosting my radio show, After the Jump, for over two years now and as I round the home stretch toward my 100th episode, I’m excited to find new ways to organize and share the inspiring people and interviews I’ve had the honor of recording.

In the same way that Pinterest has provided people with an easy way to group themed images together, there is an exciting new site called Milq that aims to provide that same sort of themed grouping for audio and video clips. I’ve been devouring their sections dedicated to great impressions on tv and film and the queens of comedy, but I also love their feeds dedicated to art & design.

I decided to sort through the 94 shows I’ve done so far on After the Jump and organize them into “beads” (Milq’s version of “boards”) about Women in Art & Design and Work/Life Issues in the Creative Community.

I have 40+ audio interviews in my Women in Art & Design category so far, with talented women like Genevieve Gorder, Jen Bekman, Francis Palmer, Tina Shoulders and Maira Kalman. I love being able to look at all of these incredible people together in one place and hear all of their different stories. From issues of inclusiveness in design and struggles with being a working mom to learning a new language and opening a business in another country, their advice and personal stories are inspiring and definitely worth listening to. You can check out all of their clips right here.

For my business/life issue section on Milq, I chose my 15 favorite shows on tackling professional issues. Whether the topic is finding your voice online and embracing social media, raising the bar for your business, or better tools for productivity, these clips are great for commuting or keeping you busy in your office or studio. The topics are universal across all work communities and I hope these bits of advice will help all of you get through some of the biggest hurdles we all face as business owners or working creatives. xo, grace

D*S Giveaway: $150 Zazzle Gift Card

D*S Giveaway: $150 Zazzle Gift Card

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We had a grand ole time going customizing wild on Zazzle this week. You really could create the perfect gift for anyone. We are so excited about our mini pattern magnet collection. They’ll make the perfect gift for some of our closet friends who love Max’s art work!

The team at Zazzle surprised us and offered to lend a hand for a Giveaway for Design*Sponge readers. Thanks guys! We’re giving away a $150 gift card so you can go as wild as we did on Zazzle.com for the holidays! Just think – your own pet wrapping paper! It’s just too cute. What will you make?!?

To enter the Giveaway, answer our question on Rafflecopter below. Just follow the directions and you’re all set. We’ll notify the winner next Friday, November 21st. Good luck!head here follow the directions and you’re all set. We’ll notify the winner next Friday, November 21st. Good luck!

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A One ‘Of A Kind’ Home in Brooklyn

A One ‘Of A Kind’ Home in Brooklyn

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It’s easy to become numb to how deeply personal it can be to share one’s home online. After publishing thousands of home tours on Design*Sponge, I often have to take a moment to pause when a particular home tour touches me in a way that makes me feel like I’ve gotten to know someone, or their work, better by being invited into their home through photographs. I felt that way today while looking through these photographs of Claire Mazur and Chris Roan’s home in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn. Claire is the co-founder of Of a Kind (along with Erica Cerulo) and she shares this bright and airy apartment with her husband Chris, who is the Director of Venture at Mother New York, an advertising firm. I’ve known Claire for years now and respect her work and her work ethic immensely. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know her via multiple radio interviews, but there’s something about peeking inside someone’s home that lets you know them in a totally different way.

I was blown away by how much family history lives in the furniture, artwork and details of Claire and Chris’s home. They live in the sort of space that I constantly strive to create – a home where every object tells a story and has a special meaning to the people living inside.

From artwork made by Claire’s late grandmother Shirley to Chris’s father’s Purple Heart, every shelf and tabletop is filled with something of great meaning to the couple. In addition to their older family pieces, Chris and Claire have also incorporated beautiful contemporary pieces by their friends and artists and designers they’ve met through their respective companies. For me, a house always feels like a home when people fill it with personal pieces that come with stories and history, so this is truly a beautiful home to me. Thank you so much to Claire and Chris for sharing their space with us. xo, grace

Photographs by Maxwell Tielman and Carly Piersol for Anne Street Studio

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Images above: Claire and Chris walked by their current apartment building after a disappointing open house appointment in the area. They walked up to see this space on a whim and knew immediately that this was the apartment for them. Originally built in 1893 as the Hanon & Son shoe factory, the building has stunning views, tall windows and so much light that the they immediately knew it would be home. Two and a half years later they have created a space that feels like home to them in a building full of rich design history. In their living room (above) Claire explained that their home’s coffee table was, “one of those magical eBay finds for a hundred bucks. It just goes so perfectly with the rest of our furniture that it was a total no-brainer.” The pink and white throw pillow is by Unison Home, a small line Claire discovered through DailyCandy (RIP) when she was in college. It was one of the first lines that turned her on to the thrill of discovering and supporting emerging artists.

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Image above: These watercolors were painted by Claire’s grandma Shirley. Claire explained, “She was a very inspirational woman full of so much energy and positivity and charm. She was also a really talented and prolific painter and her bright watercolors perfectly embody her personality. She died last year and her artwork has turned out to be a really amazing way to maintain her presence in our lives— we actually used them on our wedding invites and programs.”

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Image above: Claire’s parents collected matchbooks when she was growing up and when she moved out of their home she started doing the same thing without even realizing it. “My dad, a man of many many talents, made the wooden bowl they sit in,” explained Claire.

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Storied Accents in Chicago’s South Loop

Storied Accents in Chicago’s South Loop

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Every home I’ve lived in has always appeared to me as a chapter – a step in the narrative of where I’m going and where I’ve been. The special tokens I take with me as I move around hold such special memories for me as well, whether they’re a family heirloom or a favorite vintage piece. My fondness for mementos and memories is what drew me to art director Amber Hampton’s Chicago home. Amber has called this loft in Chicago’s South Loop home since 2009. Its floor-to-ceiling windows were a huge draw, but it was a challenge for her to find clever ways to reinvent her space as a renter. We think she did a wonderful job (that wallpaper above? It’s a hand-painted stencil!) and love the way each book, nook and keepsake tells a specific story. -Garrett

Photographs by Amber Hampton

Image above: You would never know that Amber faux-wallpapered her wall using Farrow & Ball paint and hand-stenciled, silver florets. What a clever and hypnotic accent wall. 

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At-Ease Living In New Mexico

At-Ease Living In New Mexico

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I think that when it comes to home design, the term “simplicity” can have multiple—and occasionally disparate—connotations. Oftentimes, the word summons images of austere settings; linear concrete bunkers with nary a speck of dust or hair out of place. While spaces like this are beautiful in their own right, they can often belie strenuous and meticulous practice on the part of the homeowner, things that don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand with simple living. In the case of yoga teacher and artist Ja Soon Kim‘s New Mexico home, simplicity finds a different meaning. Not quite minimalist or maximalist, this quiet space has an at-ease, laissez-faire quality about it; the rules and rigidity of left-brain thinking are exchanged for a more fluid approach. Plants are placed in unceremonious clusters in corners, magazines are stacked in piles, and pieces of art are hung in accordance with their surroundings, rather than on a pre-conceived grid. Kim’s artwork, stunning photographs that depict collections of foraged leaves, plants and flowers, are beautiful meditations on the ephemeral quality of nature. Her home is in many ways the same—the space is one that seems able to evolve and refine over time, with personal objects and collections of naturalia painting an ever-changing story about the home and its inhabitant. —Max

Image above: Ja Soon’s chihuahua, Ipo, stretches out in the living room. When Ja Soon purchased her home, the entire home was carpeted in wall-to-wall shag. Prior to moving in, she removed the carpeting and refinished the floors. The downstairs features a concrete floor, the upstairs is knotty pine. “I think the floors set the mood and look and feel of the whole house,” she says.

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Image above: A collection of feathers pinned to the wall near the fireplace.

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Home from Hanna Andersson

Home from Hanna Andersson

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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, the company is releasing Hanna Home, its first foray into home decor. With an emphasis on soft, heirloom-quality organic fibers, Hanna Home further explores the company’s Swedish roots with designs that pay homage to traditional Swedish textiles, patterns, and color ways (we’re especially smitten for the collection’s oh-so-colorful floral rya rugs). Although designed with little ones in mind, these designs seem perfect for cozying up any modern home. Check out more photos, plus head designer Lisa Strubel’s notes about the collection, after the jump! —Max

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House Tour Films at TDF + Best of the Web

House Tour Films at TDF + Best of the Web

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One of my favorite people in the world of design and blogging is Lucy of The Design Files. Though we’ve only met in person once (Lucy lives in Australia), I am always inspired by what she’s doing and how she’s pushing herself to do more interesting and thought-provoking projects. Recently Lucy decided to create home tour films to go along with her site’s Australian Homes column. Video and interiors has always been a bit of a challenge for me, because it can be hard to capture the overall effect the way you can in a still photograph. But, Lucy has found a way to keep that essence of a person’s style and the flow of their home in this new film series. Produced by Paris Thomson/SIRAP, the films will take us inside the homes and lives of some of Australia’s most interesting residents. The debut video peeks inside the richly eclectic South Melbourne home of artist and collector, Greg Irvine. I love the way the film captures all of the intricacies of his home and collections. Hearing his voice and seeing the pieces at the same time adds a layer of personality that is hard to get in photography, so I’m so excited to see this new film feature come to life. Click here to check out more on Lucy’s site, click “play” to watch the film below and a big congrats from way across the (many) ponds! xo, grace

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Shiso Jalapeno Cocktail with Concord Grape and Sumac

Shiso Jalapeno Cocktail with Concord Grape and Sumac

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Earlier this year I had the pleasure of meeting artist and photographer Julia Sherman of Salad for President when she interviewed my Julia for her blog. Salad for President is a fascinating project that involves a wide range of artists coming to the MoMA PS1 Salad Garden (which Julia S. maintains) and creating a salad. It’s a mixture of food and art in a way that highlights fresh local ingredients and artistic presentations. I’ve been following the blog’s projects all fall and was excited to hear that Julia had been working on a new project: a cocktail syrup made from the Shiso-Jalapeno grown at the MoMA PS1 Salad Garden.

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Along with Morris Kitchen, Julia created this unique cocktail syrup and has been perfecting it in cocktail-form with some help from her friend and bartender, Arley Marks. Arley and Julia came up with a drink that combines concord grapes and tangy sumac. The tart flavor of the grapes pairs perfectly with the sumac (which has a lemony taste) and the syrup adds a kick to the drink that Julia loves. I’m so excited to share this here today and am excited to see what else Julia will create next! xo, grace

*Julia is hosting a giveaway on Instagram to win a bottle of cocktail syrup! Check out her Instagram @SaladForPresident feed for more details.The winner will be announced by 5 pm tomorrow.

Click through for the full recipe after the jump!

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In the Kitchen With: Karen Mordechai’s Everything Bagels

In the Kitchen With: Karen Mordechai’s Everything Bagels

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One of the great food scenes in Brooklyn that I really regret not being able to take part in is Sunday Suppers, founded by photographer and stylist Karen Mordechai. I’m absolutely in love with the dreamy studio space Karen is lucky enough to work in, and though I can’t partake in the community she has built around seasonal and market-fresh food with local artisans and crafters, I can recreate some of her favorite meals at home here in Rome with the recent release of Karen’s cookbook, Sunday Suppers: Recipes + Gatherings. To get started right away, we have Karen’s recipe for Homemade Everything Bagels. I look forward to mastering these at home! -Kristina

About Karen: Karen Mordechai is a photographer and stylist, and the founder of Sunday Suppers, a Brooklyn-based food community and blog that has won many accolades, including a 2013 Food & Wine Digital Award, top food blog by Saveur, and #6 in Babble.com’s Top 50 Design Blogs. Karen’s work is regularly featured in the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Remodelista, New York magazine, and more. She lives with her husband and daughter in Brooklyn, NY. You can hear Karen on After the Jump, and see her recipe for butternut squash and pomegranate galette here, and her olive oil loaf cake with citrus rosemary compote here.

Learn how to make your own Everything Bagels after the jump!

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The Design*Sponge Quarterly Box is Live!

The Design*Sponge Quarterly Box is Live!

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I am so so (so!) excited to announce that the Design*Sponge curated box at Quarterly is live today! After thinking long and hard about what the theme should be, I went with something that is near and dear to ALL of our hearts: PATTERN! I’m often asked to define my aesthetic or the site’s and I always end that description with the phrase, “…with a healthy dose of pattern.” I am an equal-opportunity pattern fan and for this box, you’ll be receiving a wide range of home goods from independent designers that span from stripes and stars to floral patterns. I’m not allowed to spill all the beans about whose work will be included, but I can share that Rifle Paper Co. and AHeirloom goods will be in the first box!

Here are the details: Starting today, you have ONE WEEK to sign up for the Design*Sponge Pattern Box. The box costs $100 but contains goods that are well over $100 in value. The theme is pattern, so each piece will have a bold pattern that is guaranteed to add some fun to any room. All of the products will be home goods, so you’ll find something for the tabletop, kitchen, bathroom and much more. The best news is: the box will arrive in time for the holidays! So if you’d like to buy a box as a gift for someone (or just yourself), you can order one (or two!) and have it sent straight to their home.

SUBSCRIBE HERE for the Design*Sponge-curated Pattern Box at Quarterly. this is a limited edition box, only available for one week in order to ship in time for the holidays. So please sign up by Friday 11/14 if you’d like to receive your box. Feel free to ask any questions in the comment section below and I’ll answer them asap! xo, grace

(Note: You are not automatically signed up for our next boxes)

*One lucky subscriber will receive a patterned Rifle Paper Co. Recipe Box if they subscribe by Monday, November 10th at midnight PST. So sign up soon if you’d like the chance to win one of Anna’s beautiful recipe boxes!

Weapons of Mass Creation

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This past August I spoke at the best art & design conference I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending: Weapons of Mass Creation. Held in Cleveland, OH, this year’s WMC marked its 6th anniversary and the conference showed no signs of slowing down or resting on its laurels – it was incredible. Most people in the creative community are familiar with the “big” conferences that happen every year. They cost a lot of money, involve a lot of big sponsors and focus on personal branding, sponsorships and image. I felt so disillusioned with them all that I stopped going and, until this year, had all but sworn conferences off. But several of my friends who have attended WMC for years encouraged me to give this conference a try, so after missing out on last year’s conference because of a scheduling conflict, I was thrilled to be invited to speak at the 2014 event. It was one of the most inspiring weekends of my professional life.

What’s so different about WMC? For me, it came down to this: inclusion. The design community is a diverse place, but that diversity is rarely visualized and shown in the way it should be. I struggle with this myself and am working harder to show the full depth and breadth of our community and not fall into the trap of mainly talking about people that look like me. WMC made that inclusiveness their focus this year, with panels that discussed gender, race and sexuality in design and panels that were designed to show all of us how to make everyone feel welcome, comfortable and celebrated in our community. Some conversations were raw, some emotional and every single one of them was eye-opening. Frankly, they were the sorts of discussions we all need to be hearing, listening to and participating in. There was so much substance, open dialogue and real creativity happening at WMC that I could barely take it all in. All I knew was that I was lucky to be there and to be a part of a group of people who made me look harder and more closely at my own behavior and how I can be a better supporter and champion of EVERYONE in our community, not just the people that are the easiest to find.

I wanted to share some of this year’s videos because I hope they’ll inspire you to attend next year. The tickets are affordable, WMC provides a ride board where you can find a way to car-share with someone to get there and the cost of lodging and eating in Cleveland is reasonable, too. All of that is to say that if you save up or take off time from work to attend one event next year, I hope you’ll make it to WMC. I promise it will be a weekend that makes you feel like you’re a part of a very special, very welcoming and incredibly creative family. I don’t know how else to explain it other than to say that WMC felt like the college experience I always wished I’d had. You’ll be challenged to think differently, open your mind and meet people you may have never met otherwise. Oh, and did I mention you’ll get to see comedians and bands play between and after talks and panels? It’s pretty amazing. Click here to keep an eye out for next year’s conference. xo, grace

Before & After: A Family Home in Ireland

Before & After: A Family Home in Ireland

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The majority of makeovers we’re sent tend to be from the United States, so we’re always excited to hear from homeowners, renters and designers outside of the country. We were recently introduced to Kingston Lafferty Design, a Dublin & Wicklow-based multi disciplinary design studio. Led by Roisin Lafferty, Kingston Lafferty recently completed a small residential makeover in Leopardstown, a district in Ireland. The home had seen a lot of wear and tear over the years and needed a fresh look for a young family. By keeping the focus on the family, Roisin was able to create a design that was colorful and modern, but also practical and functional for all members of the family. Roisin explained, “The floor plan is quite small, so it was important to create the illusion of space and give the impression of brightness. For this reason, we opted for a soft grey palette on the walls with pops of colour throughout the space to brighten and add personality. We got rid of the carpet and installed a high-end laminate floor throughout to enhance the feeling of flow and openness.” Along with a more open plan, Roisin’s team created three different entertaining spaces that would work for parents and children. The final result is a bright and colorful space that feels twice the size but didn’t require any expansion or additions to the home itself. Thanks so much to Roisin for sharing this project with us! xo, grace

Click through for the full makeover after the jump!

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Lena Wolff + Erica Tanov Collaboration

Lena Wolff + Erica Tanov Collaboration

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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 came to life in the form of pillows, fabric and bedding. It’s always interesting to see traditional textile techniques and designs turned back into modern clothing and fabrics. This limited edition collaboration will be available at Erica Tanov stores in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York and at two upcoming pop-ups: one at Barrow Salon in San Francisco on Saturday, November 15th and in New York City for the entire month of November at Michele Varian. Prices range from $72 for a set of pillowcases, up to $450 for king-sized quilts, so if you’re looking to bring some gorgeous new textiles into your life, be sure to check out this beautiful collaboration. xo, grace

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Anna Sale of WNYC’s ‘Death, Sex and Money’

Anna Sale of WNYC’s ‘Death, Sex and Money’

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Growing up, there’s always that one person in your school that you know is going to make it big one day. They have that certain something – a drive that stands out from the crowd and talent that goes well beyond their years. For me, that person was someone I met when I was 12 years old at a summer camp in West Virginia.

Anna Sale was the coolest girl at Camp Alleghany (that’s Anna and me below, with our friend Liz Costigan). Seemingly unaffected by trends, cliques or most of the things the rest of us worried about, Anna always seemed to me like she knew exactly who she was at a time when most of us were still struggling to fit in. She had one foot in the future – and adulthood – in a way I completely envied. She listened to the best music, and cared about the environment and feminism in a way that I hadn’t even begun to consider. After college and several moves, we reconnected in Brooklyn 10 years later and I was overjoyed, but not surprised, to find out she was already making a huge impression on the world of political journalism.

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After working as a reporter for West Virginia Public Broadcasting and WNPR in Connecticut, Anna moved to New York City where she worked as a producer for The Takeaway, a show produced by WNYC and Public Radio International. She now works as a reporter for WNYC where she hosts her truly brilliant podcast, Death, Sex and Money, which Buzzfeed recently named one of the top 12 podcasts that will “make you a better human” and shot straight to the #1 spot on the iTunes podcast charts almost immediately after its launch. Anna has interviewed everyone from Jane Fonda and Ellen Burstyn to comedian Chris Gethard and former NFL player, Domonique Foxworth. I was honored to interview her on the radio this week and loved hearing her thoughts on women in the media, podcasting and how simply listening to people’s stories can be life changing. Thanks so much to Anna for joining me! xo, grace

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