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Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

5 Spring Cleaning Projects

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Well we’ve reached mid-April. Now that the tax returns have (hopefully) been filed, there should be some time to complete some projects around the house. Once the pollen has been cleared, it’s a great time to complete a few projects around the home. If you don’t even know where to start, here are a few little projects that you can complete in a few hours.

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1) Cull through the books and magazines. You can take this one shelf at a time, and at the same time, get some much-needed dusting done as you empty each shelf. Donate books you’ll never read again to Little Free Libraries around the neighborhood. If you’ve been hoarding magazines, there are plenty of art teachers out there who would would love to have them for class. Once you’ve edited it down, have some fun rearranging the books you’ll keep and your favorite object in a new way.

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2) Get organized for summer. If you have kids, they’ll be around all the time soon, getting shuffled from activity to activity. Create a fresh activity board to keep track of trips, play dates, swim meets. If you don’t have kids get a calendar cleared for those BBQs, long weekend getaways and garden cocktail parties.

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3) Create a place for everything, so you can put everything in its place. If you need room in your coat closet or mudroom, put that winter gear in the attic to make room for summer things. If a lake, pool or beach is part of your and/or your kids’ summer fun, organize bags, bins or cubbies for goggles, boogie boards, flip flops, sunscreen and towels. Same goes for sports equipment.

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4) Tackle the pantry and refrigerator. I myself have a deep pantry with some scary things in the back. Who knew canned soup expired? You have to have it stashed back there for a REALLY long time to figure that out! If there are staples you planned on using after reading about some diet on GOOP but never made one meal and they are still fresh, pack them up for the food pantry. Otherwise, you’re going to have to do some serious tossing. Once the space is cleared, wipe it down and start over. Style it pretty and resolve to try and shop fresh — if you style your fridge and pantry you’ll be more likely to keep them clean and less will wind up going to waste. Glass jars and lidded containers are a great way to easily see what kinds of leftovers you have going on.

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5) Clean up your technology. Oh man those spaces behind the TV and the cable box likely have dust tumbleweeds forming. And phones, laptop screens, keyboards, iPads — they are gross; give them a wipe-down. While you’re at it, look through that junk drawer. It’s time to get rid of that flip phone, that firewire that came with that iPhone that was on the Edge network and while your at it, the old cases that fit no phone in existence on the planet these days, old batteries and the boxes everything came in.

Please let us know what kinds of spring cleaning projects you are working on right now.

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Saturday, March 26th, 2016

Lighting on Sale at Design Public

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Need some more light in your life? Score some great deals on fixtures that have received glowing reviews here at Design Public. But you’ll have to act soon; these discounted prices won’t last long.

David Trubridge Sale. 15% off some of his most popular designs now through March 31, 2016

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David Trubridge Caramel Bamboo Coral Light. It’s easy to see why architects and designers are snapping up David Trubridge’s modern light fixtures. The intricate form is made from just one single component repeated 60 times, and the shadows it casts can transform a room. Usually $395, the Coral Light is currently on sale for $335.75.

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If you prefer more of a teardrop shape than a sphere, consider the David Trubridge Koura Light. Inspired by woven baskets and the shape of New Zealand native fresh water shrimp, koura, which is its Maori name. Available in a wide range of sizes, the 20-inch version is currently marked down from $685.00 to $582.25.

Cerno Sale: Save 15% on some of the chicest modern lighting around, now through April 1, 2016.

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Cerno Claudo Pendant Lamp. This beautiful fixture stands strong on its own but also hangs out well in a group. Combining rich walnut and polymer with the light from LEDs, this fixture is lovely in any room of the house. We especially love it over a kitchen island. Usually $382.50, this pendant is on sale for $325.13.

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Cerno Silva Floor Lamp. This beautiful lamp is perfect for your favorite reading corner. Deceptively simple, a closer look at the base is a study in modern structure. Usually $868.50, the lamp is currently on sale for $738.23.

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Friday, March 25th, 2016

Spring Sales at Design Public

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We know with the first day of spring comes some serious spring cleaning, and as you clear out the clutter and dust bunnies, you may be ready for some changes. Now is the time to order up any new furniture and accessories you may need, and we have some fantastic sales going on to help.

TrueModern: 20% off select pieces now through April 16, 2016:

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TrueModern Dane Chair. This deep chair is cushy and comfy but keeps clean modern lines. It’s turned legs nod to Danish modern style. Usually $1250, the sale price is $1000.

dane-bed-main.jpg_1TrueModern Dane Bed. This bed has clean modern lines but softness comes from beautiful upholstery and a choice from a range of colors. Usually $1800, the bed is on sale for $1440

iittala Sale: 20% on select items through March 29, 2016.

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Toikka Barn Owl. The beautiful collection of handmade colorful birds designed by Oiva Toikka is collected by many around the world. The charming barn owl is one of our favorites. Usually $395, this piece is on sale for $316.

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Origo Salad Plate. iittala offers a wide variety of glassware, china, servingware, cookware and silverware. This colorful plate is just one prime example of a classic and playful iittala design.

These are just a few examples of the temptations we have on sale right now. Please check out the rest at Design Public!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, January 21st, 2016

What’s New at Design Public

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With great new products pouring in, it can be hard to stay on top of what’s new over here at Design Public sometimes! Here are all the details on just a few new products we are proud to carry.

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Umbra Leanera Coat and Shoe Rack

Why we love it: Like us, we know many of you may be tight on space. The Umbra Leanera can create an instant coat closet, guest room closet or mudroom rack where you don’t have one with an easy lean against the wall. It’s pleasing mix of simple materials creates a sculptural effect.

Designer: Wesley Chau

Materials: Wood and metal

Dimensions: 74″ x 27 1/4″ x 2 1/2″. Includes 6 hooks and holds up to 6 pairs of shoes

Price: $150*

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Royal Copenhagen Blue Fluted Half Lace Coffee Pot

Why we love it: As you may know, our sister store is Danish Design Store, and we have a penchant for all great Danish Design. The Blue Fluted pattern was Royal Copenhagen’s very first porcelain dinner service, introduced in 1775. Why so pricey? This is an heirloom that will be passed down for generations. And a lot of meticulous expert hand-painting goes into it— it takes 1,197 brush strokes just to paint one dinner plate!

Designer: Royal Copenhagen

Materials: Hand-painted porcelain

Dimensions: 34 oz

Price: $520*

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Superliving Dynamo Pendant Light

Why we love it: The shape of this simple pendant gives it retro mid-century appeal that fits right in today. It comes in an array of colors including black, white and in metallic copper. The perforated edge lets the light come through in beautiful patterns.

Designer: Anette Stabel

Materials: Painted metal

Dimensions: 7.5″ w x 7.5″ d x 10″ high

Price: $115 (copper version is $135)*

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Area Camille Pillow Cases in Pink

Why we love them: Winter is the best time to snuggle up in some truly luxurious bedding, and the most important spot to go luxurious is the spot that touches your face! And a pop of pink warms up a room. (If pink’s not for you, charcoal is also available.)

Designer: Anki Spets

Materials: 100% pure washed linen in a finer herringbone weave

Dimensions: 20″ wide x 25″ long

Price: $145 for a pair of standard pillow cases.* Other sizes and duvet covers are available as well.

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Muuto FIVE POUF

Why we love it: The soft strips of fabric accentuate the pentagonal shape of this versatile pouf, which can be used as an ottoman or extra seat.

 

Designer:Anderssen & Voll

Materials: Wooden frame, moulded foam and Remix textile for Kvadrat

Dimensions: 17.7H x 34.6W x 33.8D

Price: $1249*

*prices are subject to change

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Friday, January 15th, 2016

#GROWMODERN Event: Save Money, Save the Planet

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So this is a very cool event. First, Gus*Modern is offering 15% off their merchandise at Design Public. Second, for each item sold, they are going to plant a tree. It’s a win-win. If you’ve had your eye on their Upcycle Ottomans, made from fair trade coffee bags, now’s the time to scoop them up. Oh dear. Planting trees, upcycling, FAIR TRADE? It’s almost too much. It’s something so well-intentioned it seems like it’s taken straight from a Portlandia sketch.

Here are a few more favorite Gus* selections for you to peruse while you online shop this weekend.

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The Gus*Modern Halifax Chair

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The Gus*Modern Conrad Desk

Don’t take too long to decide though. This feel-good sale ends on January 31, 2016.

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