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Friday, November 21st, 2014

Designer Interview and GIVEAWAY! Something’s Cookin’ in the Modern Play Kitchen

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I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Clark Davis, owner, designer and also self-proclaimed “minion” of Sprout. The company is rolling out fantastic new products with playful modern style, and this one arrived on our site just in time for the holidays. It’s the Sprout Modern Play Kitchen, and parents, we promise, it will not take you four frustrating hours to put together like the one my parents got me 30 years ago (Davis says it takes less than ten minutes to pop this baby together).

“We tried to fit a lot of function into a very simple product,” Davis says. While there are plenty of kitchen tasks for your budding chef to complete in here, they didn’t clunk it up with too many doo-dads and gizmos (i.e. the stuff that breaks). Instead, the kitchen has a stylish look that will fit right into your family room while entertaining your child for hours.

Whether mock toasting, roasting, boiling, cleaning dishes or making toast, there’s a spot for any mock molecular gastrology tasks.

Aspects of the design and manufacturing close to Davis’s heart included making this product in an eco-friendly way (that is flat-pack shipped) and making it right here in the U.S.A. “All of the pieces are interlocking and just require a little twisting,” he says. You know what that means? No screws or tools, like those horrible finger-killing tiny Allen wrenches, required! It’s a Christmas miracle.

Another aspect Davis kept in mind was storing the kitchen away with ease. If one kid has moved on to making real muffins while the other is still bottle-feeding, you can disassemble it and store it flat until the infant is ready to start galloping gourmet.

“Kids and adults both love this design,” Davis says. “It can slide right into any great room.”

In order to give the Modern Play Kitchen a big introduction, Davis is giving one away for free!

All you need to do is use the hashtag #designpublicgiveaway5 on Twitter or Instagram, or go to our Facebook page and share this post, or enter here:

Not into contest rigamarole? Order one up right now.

More contest details:

You can enter once per day per social media outlet. Each re-post counts as an entry into the random drawing for that product.

On Dec 15, 2014 we will announce the winner for each contest.

No purchase necessary.

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Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Giveaway Day 4: The Fatboy Edison the Petit Lamp

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Here at Design Public, we’re kicking off the holiday selling season with a 11 days of fantastic giveaways. Now through Cyber Monday, we’ll be giving away great prizes (including free shipping) . Check in every weekday to see which product we are giving away that day. You may enter to win every single one.

Today marks day two of our giveaways, and today’s prize is the Fatboy Edison the Petit Lamp. This modern cutie is great to have around at all times, providing a great glow. But it’s even better to have when the power goes out or you want to take the party outside, because it comes with a battery and charger, and lasts up to six hours on the highest light power on one charge. It’s also splash, oxidation, dirt and moisture resistant.

DESIGN PUBLIC’S 11 DAYS OF GIVEAWAYS:

We’re announcing a product giveaway every weekday through Dec 1, 2014.

To enter, re-post the photo above to Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter. Tag it with #DESIGNPUBLICGIVEAWAY4

You can enter once per day per social media outlet. Each re-post counts as an entry into the random drawing for that product.

On Dec 15, 2014 we will announce the winner for each contest.

No purchase necessary.

Click here to check out and enter Giveaway #1, the Miller Goodman Mini FaceMaker

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Monday, November 17th, 2014

Miller Goodman Mini FaceMaker Giveaway!

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Here at Design Public, we’re kicking off the holiday selling season with a 11 days of fantastic giveaways. Now through Cyber Monday, we’ll be giving away great prizes (including free shipping) . Check in every weekday to see which product we are giving away that day. You may enter to win every single one.

Our first giveaway is the Miller Goodman Mini FaceMaker Block Set. This beautiful set of 25 hand-printed blocks provides hours of fun for your little ones (or you) and has bold graphic style. You can make thousands of different face combinations. Made from replenishable rubber wood, the environmentally-friendliness is the icing on the cake.

DESIGN PUBLIC’S 11 DAYS OF GIVEAWAYS:

We’re announcing a product giveaway every weekday through Dec 1, 2014.

To enter, re-post the photo above to Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter. Tag it with #DESIGNPUBLICGIVEAWAY1

You can enter once per day per social media outlet. Each re-post counts as an entry into the random drawing for that product.

On Dec 15, 2014 we will announce the winner for each contest.

No purchase necessary.

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

A Jump Start on Holiday Gifts — 5 Stylish Gifts Under $50

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So I was pretty sure Halloween was yesterday or the day before (mostly because I still have candy left over, which is some sort of Halloween miracle), but then I went into CVS and saw a bunch of Santas and candy canes. Yes, the early start of holiday marketing is ridiculous, and I wonder how many years it will be before we start hearing Christmas music in August, but at the same time, things are about to get hectic. We’ll be planning out Thanksgiving meals, putting on that show, getting the house ready for guests, decorating, cooking and before we know it, we’ll be rushing out the night before to get gifts. Hanukkah is only 5 weeks away.

So that’s my little disclaimer on why we’re starting to talk holiday gifts already. Click, order, receive it, stash it, and you won’t have to do the night-before-rush. While you’re at it, create a gift registry for yourself.  Here are five of my favorite things Design Public has for under $50.

Kontextüre VIKTOR Toothbrush/Razor Holders in 18K Gold. Why? Because his is something that unless you giftee is Donald Trump, it’s something that they’d love but never buy for themselves. That’s what makes it such a treat, and that’s what gifts are all about.

Modern-twist Mark-Mat (with 4 markers). Why? Because it doesn’t matter how old you are, coloring your placemat while you wait for food is awesome. And when you’re hungry it’s hard to think of what to doodle, so having stuff to just mindlessly color in is good. You can wipe ‘em right down and do it all over again tomorrow. And yeah, these are also great for people who have actual children.

Boskke Cube — Triple. Why? Because you don’t find a fresh basil plant all moldy in a plastic bag in the bottom of a refrigerator drawer. It’s cool to be able to pick an herb right off your windowsill and throw it in your caprese. Plus, this has this awesome reserve watering system called Slo-Flo that means you can forget completely about watering it for almost a month and the plants will live. Check it out:

David Weeks Guthrie Cubebot. Why? Because Cubebot is awesome, and when you’re giftee is feeling stumped at his or her desk, playing with Cubebot is a nice way to de-stress and get unblocked. Plus he’s a great conversation starter. Clients will bond over Cubebot, coworkers and bosses will forget why they were mad when they walked in because Cubebot will distract them. Oh, and again, kiddos like Cubebot too.

Lotta Jansdotter Large Tray Set (of 2). Why? Because not only are these pretty (without being all girly), they are super handy, whether serving guests, schlepping dinner to the TV room, to use as a hard surface on a soft ottoman for drinks or corral accessories in a bathroom or guest room. They’ll also accessorize a room with a splash of graphic design.

Check out more gifts under $50. Happy Shopping!

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Friday, October 31st, 2014

Happy Halloween!

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Here’s to a fun and safe evening this Halloween everyone!

Watching Claire and Phil from Modern Family arguing between scary insane asylum and “AwesomeLand” decorations this week got me thinking about Halloween decor. In my neighborhood it’s bananas — there are giant spiders scaling the houses, and webs, gravestones, walkers and skeletons all over yards and porches. People throw themselves into Halloween so much that it got me thinking of how to keep the fun spirit of the holiday alive year-round, in a way that’s not so scary. Here are some Halloween-inspired elements deconstructed and turned into playful decor.

1) Candy colors. These bright hues cheer up any room and add a big element of happy.

2) Skeletons. The mention of a skelton reminds me of a favorite David Sedaris story, where he buys his partner Hugh a full-size human skeleton model he’s been wanting, but deeply regrets his own generosity after Hugh hangs it in their bedroom. I’d use this soft skeleton shawl as a throw to add some personality to a room though!

Thomas Paul Shawl - Skeleton

3) Gourds. I love the organic look of gourds hanging from the trees, and spying my feathered friends enjoying them as a birdhouse or feeder. There’s a helpful DIY guide for making your own gourd birdhouse over at instructables.com

4) Orange. Call it persimmon, apricot, tangerine, or by some other mouth-watering name. It’s a color that enlivens a space. According to the interwebs, orange by any name is mentally stimulating and represents creativity and happiness.

"Baby" wallpaper by Aimee Wilder

5) Creepy dolls. Just kidding. This is whack. That thing’s going to come and get your while you sleep!

photo by Daniel Marbaix

Is any of your year-round decor inspired by Halloween? If so, please share it with us in the comments section.

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