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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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, 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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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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