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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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Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Five Easy Ways to Get Toasty This Winter

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Up until recently, it’s been unseasonably temperate across a lot of the country thus far. But now that the cold has set in, are you ready? Here are five of our favorite ways to get toasty.

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1) A warm throw. I love to pick a pretty one so that I can simply throw it over the back of my sofa and wrap up in it when needed. A reversible one like the Hugo from Area is a great choice, because it gives you two different looks.

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2) A cozier lighting scheme. Adding lamps to side tables, desks, mantels, countertops and other ready surfaces is a great way to make your home feel warmer on cold dark nights. If you’re shopping your house to switch things up for winter, try swapping lamps from different rooms around, and make sure the room where you spend the most time has a homey lighting scheme. My favorite is to keep a small table lamp on my kitchen counter — I never want to flick on all those bright overheads when I pop in for a quick snack break on movie night.

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3) Keep a hot beverage station at the ready. Whatever your poison — cappuccino, chai, cocoa, cognac — make it easy to prep a hot toddy. Corral all your supplies in one place near the kettle or coffee machine — cups, saucers, teabags, sugar, mini marshmallows and whatever else you’ll need to prepare your favorite hot drinks.

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4) Add warm layers on the floor. Bare feet on a cold tile floor are never a great combination. Make sure you’ve got something soft next to your bed for those first few steps when you rise, add a flat-weave or Oriental rug to your bathroom floor, perhaps bring an area rug into a room that’s usually bare-floored.
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5) Bring in a relaxing scent. Stuff like shoveling snow and black ice are stressful. Unwind with scents like eucalyptus, peppermint, spruce or lavender.

How do you cozy up for winter at home? Let us know your favorite ways.

 

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Monday, December 28th, 2015

Five Super-Easy Organizational Resolutions

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We’re gearing up for New Year’s Eve, and by gearing up, I mean putting my favorite Chinese restaurant that delivers on speed dial and updating my Netflix queue. Starting off the year with only a green tea ice cream hangover is always a good thing. But then there’s New Year’s Day. That’s the day we have all sorts of lofty ideas about how we’re going to improve ourselves and our lives in the coming year. These things usually fall apart by Martin Luther King Day. So we’re starting simple with some painless ways to make things run a little more smoothly in 2016.

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1) Simplify the great closet clean out. The thorough closet clean out is a great thing but can be overwhelming. Here’s what: instead, place a bin or laundry basket in your closet or laundry room. Whenever something is too big/small or just not liked, toss it in. When the bin is full, donate it. If the item is unsalvageable, turn it into cleaning rags.

2) Get that email box cleaned up. The second you receive something you have no interest in, go to the trouble to unsubscribe to it. Report Spam. Mark as junk. If you have gmail, keep promotions relegated to the Promotions folder.

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3) Get that old-school mailbox cleaned up. Keep the paper clutter from ever entering the house. Whenever you receive a cumbersome financial report, a paper bill or other correspondence that needs shredding, go to the trouble of signing up for the paperless route right then and there. Opt out of pre-approved credit card offers and other junk mail at OptOutPreScreen.com, catalogchoice.org and DMAchoice.org. While you wait for this all to take effect, open the mail next to the recycling bin.

4) Never lose another password. I swear, this will save you countless hours of having to answer security questions about your first pet’s name and waiting for emails that contain temporary passwords. Sign up for LastPass (lastpass.com) right now. It is life-changing. The only password you’ll ever have to remember again is the on you use to log into LastPass.

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5) Streamline your social media presence. I don’t know about you, but I find it boring and annoying when my friends post the same stuff to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. It’s like dude, is it that important to you that we don’t miss the umpteenth photo of your dog? Do you really think that cheesy inspirational quote is so profound that we need to read it in three times in three different places? The answer is no (even though “Hang in There” in a terribly dated font paired with a cat does rule.) Social media hogs up way too much of our productive and real face-to-face social time. Try to pick one platform for personal use and stick with it. (OK, you can have two if you must, but no double-dip posts allowed.)

Do you have any plans to make 2016 less cluttered and more productive? Please share them with us.

 

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Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Six of Our Favorite Modern Fireplaces and Wood Stoves

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Contrary to popular belief, it’s possible to be modern and warm. And we’re going to go ahead and take the “warm” literally and aesthetically. Here are a few of our favorite modern and contemporary fireplaces and wood stoves.

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This glossy wood stove has retro and modern-day appeal. It provides a big red exclamation point in the middle of a stark white space. Photo by Bruno Suet

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This beautiful home on Cape Cod combines classic mid-century modern architecture with warm touches like cushy upholstery, handmade rugs and a funky twig rocker. But the star of the room is the Fireorb, which looks like something straight out of The Jetsons. It is a new part of the extensive renovations by Hammer Architects, and is suspended from the ceiling and can be turned to face different areas within the space.

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This Finnish cabin by Avanto Architects is minimalist yet super-toasty. There’s nothing like falling asleep to a glowing fire in the bedroom. Photo by Kuvio, via ArchDaily

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While I have to wonder if it’s impossible to keep this clear glass surround clean, I can’t help but smile at this fresh take on a chimney. The log storage niche is an ingenious addition. No idea how to credit this as it’s like following a rabbit hole down Tumblr and Pinterest

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This gorgeous loft looks super toasty thanks to a super-cool fireplace/wood stove hybrid. Kinda makes you want to gather around it and have a singalong. No idea how to credit this as it’s like following a rabbit hole down Tumblr and Pinterest

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Finally, I love a bedecked mantle/chimney. This one is is strong in its elegant simplicity.Photo by Yayo Ahumada, floral design by Moon Canyon, via Domaine Home

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