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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 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.





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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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:


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.



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.


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!











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.


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*



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*



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)*


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.



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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