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Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Eight Fabulous Modern Planters


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For a long time, there weren’t many options when it came to pots and planters. These days the possibilities seem endless — they come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, heights, colors, materials … heck, some of them even have built-in lamps. Here’s a round up of some of our current favorites.
Cherry_Planter_3.jpgTronk Design Fitzgerald Planter. Available in solid walnut, cherry or maple, this sweet little planter adds an organic touch indoors.


Boskke Cube. We can’t get enough of this revealing cube that shows off the traditional pot. It’s a great modern twist.


Granny had a wicker version of this idea on her porch. The sleek Plant Bos by ferm LIVING has a built-in stand that’s window box size.


Greens Cube Planters by blomus are minimalist boxes are made of stainless steel, adding a gleaming contrast to plant life.


Modernica’s Pot with Stand is a mid-century modern classic that has never gone out of style. The height and warmth brought in by the wooden stands shake up the usual planter game.


Speaking of height, Cane-line’s Skye Big Pot stands at just under three feet high, adding some serious scale to your porch, deck or patio.





These pots add a wonderful glow at night. The Hugo Pots by OFFI serve double-duty as low-voltage lamps you can use outdoors.


Finally, it wouldn’t be a pot and planter roundup without some hangers. The ferm LIVING Plant Hanger comes in several shapes and sizes.


Thursday, June 30th, 2016

5 Tips for Hosting Summer Guests with Ease

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Tis the season where an inordinate number of guests seems to descend upon us, particularly if we live near water or have a pool and it’s Fourth of July weekend. Get a system down so that rather than wearing yourself out before the guests even arrive, you’ll be ready to greet them with a smile and a Mojito.hush_modern_bed_-_king_queen_full_-_persimmon_31. Bedding. I don’t know about you, but my most hated thing about prepping for guests is making up beds, particularly trying to wrestle a large duvet cover onto a duvet. As soon as a guest leaves, strip their beds and do the wash. Then keep your bedding in ready-to-go packs. What I mean is, throw the coordinating fitted sheet, top sheet and cases into one of the pillow cases for each bed or sofa you’ll need to make up.


Make it easier on yourself by getting all one color for each size of bed. Say white for twin/blow ups, gray for double/queen. That way when the linens come out of the dryer it’s that much easier to put your sets together. If you hate making beds so much it keeps you from asking people over, leave the set on top of the stripped bed and tell your guests they just came out of the dryer moments before they arrived, which will sucker them into helping your make up the bed.


2. Give them room to hang. Clothing. Towels. Coats. Et. Al. Space for guests is usually tight, and chances are your closets are stuffed. Wall hooks are an efficient way to add maximum storage. I like train rack-like style like this one from Artek because they can add folded clothing and bags on the top. In a pinch, over-the-door hooks outfitted with hangers will do.


3. Have the bathroom prepped. Leave out a pile of towels, a fresh bar of soap and keep some extra toothbrushes in your supply closet for those who forget their own. If you’re sharing a bathroom, try to keep your own stuff stashed away so that your guests can have some counter space.


4. Make a mi casa es su casa policy in the kitchen. Let your guests know where the glasses and plates, pitcher of spiked Arnold Palmers and snacks are so that they can serve themselves. Leave out a bowl of fruit (or Halloween candy, depending on your guest) and snack-size bags of pretzels, nuts or whatever you know they like.


5. Create a swim supply station in a mudroom, cubbies near the backdoor or coat closet if a pool or beach is involved. Keep fresh beach towels and sunscreen here for people to grab on the go. You may want to keep extra reusable shopping bags here to serve as beach totes for those who didn’t pack one. Let them guests know your towel policy from the get go, i.e. hanging them on the line to dry or throwing them on top of the washer on the way indoors.

Bonus points: Add frills. A carafe of water, fresh glossy magazines and a sweet bouquet by the bed — you’re Martha Stewart league now.



Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Eight Great Ways to Light Up the Night


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Summer is the best time to spend evenings outdoors. But chances are, the spotlights on the side of your house don’t exactly give the best ambiance, and you don’t have enough lightening bugs to keep things bright enough. Here are eight unique choices to improve your outdoor lighting scheme this summer.

65032_1.jpg1. Firelight. The Blomus Orchos Gel Garden Torch. This sleek stainless steel and wood torch will add just the right amount of FIRELIGHT to your party, at a height of 60 inches.  We’ve carefully curated a handful of other contemporary torches at Design Public. conic_pot_tall2

2. Pot lights.  OFFI Conic Pots. These amazing planters pull double-duty at night; a low-voltage lamp will illuminate a modern glow at your get-together.

13740_58ff7c3dc73. Lights Up! The Beach Outdoor Floor Lamp. Bring it right out to wherever the cord can reach; this floor lamp looks like it belongs in the living room but it is IP54 rated for all-weather use.


4. Garden lights. Seletti Bellavista Garden LED Lights (set of 10) can wrap a trellis, drop from an arbor or dangle from the trees like magic. They come with either a white or black cord, your choice.


5. A ship’s lamp. The Stelton Ship’s Lamp This is no ordinary ship’s lamp, however. This is the ship’s lamp to end all other ship’s lamps. Erik Magnussen’s sleek cylindrical design keeps the wind at bay, and the minimalist design means it fits in anywhere and everywhere — I’m talking the ground. I’m talking on the table. I’m talking hung from above. If you’re not quite ready for it, it does come in a smaller size.


6. Drum lights. Cane-Line Drum Outdoor Lamps are simple cylinders that emit soft light in the shape of a drum. The proportions of these lamps are just right — cylinders that are 15.75 inches high and 9.8 inches in diameter.


7. A Candle on a Pole. That’s right. We could’t keep the candle off the pole. For those of you who don’t like to mess with newfangled gels and other flammables, I totally get it. So go old school. The blomus Atmo Candle Holder with Pole is for people like us.

CALA-L_WB_4.jpg8. Lanterns. Here’s another one for those of us who prefer lighting that requires a wick and a match. The Skargaarden Marstrand Candle Lantern is a simple hurricane that keeps the wind away, wrapped in a rich leather that adds a textural touch.

Of course if you prefer something more minimalist and not one bit fussy, we have plenty of lanterns and hurricanes for you to choose from.

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Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Fourth of July Party Prep

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I can’t believe we’re half-way through June already, and before you know it, it will be Fourth of July weekend. That’s when you know summer is really here and it’s time to bust out your outdoor party moves. So get your outdoor party style set with these great red white and blue outdoor accessories.

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Jacob Riley Wasserman Star Spangled Banner Spatulas are the only Francis Scott Key-approved way to flip your burgers on the big day.


Skaargarden’s Marrakech Side Table makes the perfect outdoor buffet or bar. Composed of hand-crafted Moroccan tiles and steel legs it will bring a relaxed coastal feel to your deck, porch or patio.


Serve up the chips and potato salad in Lotta Jansdotter’s Vida Serving Bowl. Because it’s melamine, it can withstand those outdoor oopsies.


Modfire Urbanfire. For those of you in climates that cool down at night (lucky you!), complete your nighttime scene with some toasty flames. Modfire has a classic mid-century modern look that will bring the funky to your outdoor space.
07818_8967f7e7e0Loll Designs’ Fire Ring Set has a more transitional classic look. The top is available in a range of great colors.


ferm LIVING’s Splash Napkins are just the right touch for a Fourth of July picnic. Their splatter pattern looks like splashes of water or the explosion of fireworks.


Add patriotic color and comfort with Allem Studio’s Crab Outdoor Pillows.


Bring in living room comfort with an outdoor rug. We love Cane-Line’s Defined Outdoor Carpet. It’s polypropylene easy to keep clean with water.

What are your Fourth of July plans? Please chime in the comments section and let us know what you’ll be up to.





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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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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