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Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Five Ways to Add Rustic Modern Style


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The fact that the nights are cold and dark can make a crisp white contemporary room feel chilly and stark. Taking notes from cozy cabins, add a few rustic textures like walnut, cozy plaid textiles, leather and brass to warm it right up. While rustic cabin style may seem at odds with modern/contemporary rooms, these items combine cozy textures with clean lines and clever design. Here are five favorite rustic modern pieces.


Lights Up! Woody Pendant Lamp. This beautiful pendant adds the textures of a thin wood veneer’s grain and linen, clean modern lines and a warm glow overhead overhead.


Gus Modern Hex Ottoman. The large-scale colorful plaid will add a cozy cabin touch to your modern room. It’s easy to pull around by the handle when you need to move it for extra seating or a place to put your feet up.


Skargaarden Marstrand Candle Lantern. Beautiful caramel-colored leather trimmed out with tacks add rich rustic texture to this simple glass hurricane. Use them on a tablescape or hanging indoors or out.


Twig Terrarium Gentle Reminder Male. For those who take a close look through the glass at the clever terrariums by Twig, there’s always a fun surprise. In this case, it’s a man holding an I Heart You sign among the stones and moss. A wooden sphere tops it off perfectly.


Gus Modern Wireframe Coffee Table. The mix of deep rich walnut wood and black, powder-coated steel grid framework is a wonderful balance of rustic and modern.

How do you warm up your modern/contemporary room with a little rustic style? Please let us know in the Comments section.



Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

5 Ways to Keep the “Fall Back” Blues Away


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While I love the extra hour of sleep in the morning after the fall time change, I really struggle with how early it gets dark out. It’s too dark to get outside for exercise after work and I start to feel like I need one of those little anti-depressive head lamps to keep my mood up. But there are plenty of ways to deal with the early sunsets that don’t involve cumbersome headgear. Use those hours around dinnertime to lighten up your home and perk yourselves up. 08342_lighthink_box_03

1) Lighten things up. Literally. When the natural light tucks itself away for the night, it’s up to you to create layers of light to create a mood. Having one overhead light and nothing else is depressing. Bring out the floor lamps, table lamps, heck, maybe even install some sconces or pendants. Don’t forget spots you may not have thought of, like a small lamp on a shelf or mantel. I like these Lighthink Boxes from Seletti because they have happy messages. They even come with three different panels so you can switch up the colors and words.


2) Bring the life indoors. If you go through gardening withdrawal after that last harvest, do a little bit of indoor gardening. Whether it’s succulents, a large fiddlehead fig, herbs or even those low-maintenance air plants, get some life going on indoors.


3) Swap stuff around. I do this twice a year. If your surroundings are feeling stale, you’ll feel blah. It’s easy to switch things up. Trade some lamps, rugs, side tables/nightstands, objects and artwork around from room to room. Get a few new pillow covers. Put a cheery tablecloth on the table. Create a cool new centerpiece.


4) Just go with it. Use the time inside as an excuse for a little hibernation with those books you haven’t opened up in awhile. Put your PJs or not-so-activewear on, grab a coffee, tea or cocoa and pull down different books for the coffee table on a regular schedule so that you can enjoy them and get re-inspired by them. Go to bed early and get up early to make the most of the earlier sunrise.


5) Crank some tunes. Get your music set up so it’s accessible and easy to get going. Enjoy those songs you forgot you had by putting on random mode or running though your entire music library in alphabetical order, explore some new genres on Pandora, or go old-school and check out this thing you have called local FM radio.

What do you do to keep the fall back blues away? Please let us know in the comments section.


Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Blu Dot on Sale at Design Public


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I know, all of our blog posts have been about sales lately, but that’s only because we’ve had so many great discounts to offer in October! There are still great scores and we don’t want you to miss out. For example, right now Blu Dot is 20% off.

Blu Dot is one of the very first lines we carried here at Design Public, and since then many of their pieces have become well-known icons. In fifty years, design lovers will be seeking out vintage versions of Blu Dot furniture. In other words, if you buy it now, someday your grandchild will be talking about how his cool granny passed down that chair when his friends admire it.

bc1_rkrkit_wl_3_4_buttercup-rocker-walnut.jpg_1Blu Dot Buttercup Rocker. This sweet rocker is already an icon. With its playfully curved bent plywood silhouette and warm walnut, oak or ash finishes, people will fight over who gets to sit in this chair.


Blu Dot Charlie 6 x 9 Rug. Hand-woven cotton and wool-blend dhurrie will add gorgeous color to the floor.

Blu Dot Laika Medium Pendant Light. This steel-framed and wicker light adds a glow from overhead that’s an updated take on mid-century Scandinavian classics.


Blu Dot Right Round Marble Dining Table. So Eero Saarinen talked about clearing up the slum of legs, but when you’ve got great legs like this table, they are something to keep and celebrate. Available in grass green, white or black, they support a beautiful marble top. Also seen here is Blu Dot’s famous Real Good Chair.


Los Angeles 12.13 (Brooms) Framed Print by Dan Monick. If you’ve ever followed Blu Dot on social media or signed up for their newsletter, you know they have great eyes for art and interesting images. Now they are sharing some favorite framed prints.

mimapillow_black_1Blu Dot Mima Woven Pillow. The wonderful graphic pattern is hand-woven from 100% wool and embellished with a pattern of thick cross-stitching. Available in black, green, red and yellow.

Blu Dot is on sale for 20% off at Design Public through November 9, 2015. These few items are just the tip of the iceberg, so be sure to …

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Monday, October 19th, 2015

Get to Know Søren Rose Studio’s Unique Lighting for Menu


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When looking for inspiration for a new line of lighting, Søren Rose hit the road. In search of vintage lighting and hardware bits and bobs from the 1930s, the idea was to create a series of stylish lighting that is the sum of its parts. They searched far and wide for the most interesting antique lamps and reusable lamp parts, gathering all of their findings together, laying them out and creating something new from the old. The results are stylish forms with classic elements and finishes that give them timeless staying power. Here’s a closer look at the line for Menu, currently on sale for 15% off at Design Public.


Menu Reade Table Lamp The elegant curves of this brass table lamp create a simple yet elegant structure that sits lightly atop a desk, nightstand, counter or table. It is unobtrusive yet packs a design punch.


Menu Warren Wall Lamp. This lamp extends to the spot where you need light. If you’re short on space next to the bed, it will provide lovely reading light from overhead without taking up much space. The brass hides the cords so that you can plug it in stylishly without having to hard-wire it.


Franklin_Chandelier_Brass_-_Sren_Rose.jpgMenu Franklin Chandelier. This quirky fixture adds a dynamic touch overhead, bringing a zig-zag of lines and light right at eye level and above.




Menu Leonard Chandelier. This chandy’s lines meld Art Deco and mid-century modern style in a fresh way.



Menu Duane Pendant. A warm glow emits from the hemispherical shape of this lovely piece. It combines industrial and elegant elements which means it can fit into just about any style of room.

Menu Lighting is 15% off at Design Public through October 31.



Monday, October 19th, 2015

Vitra on Sale at Design Public


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It only happens twice a year — Vitra is on sale at Design Public. Save 15% on iconic modern classics now through October 22nd 2015. Here is just a small handful of the wonderful products that add a playful feeling to modern design.16806__dpVitra Eames Elephant. Vitra’s got something for all ages. Charles and Ray Eames designed this happy little elephant back in 1945 but it was never mass produced. Vitra has stepped in and made their design come to life in plastic that can stand up to being left outdoors.


Vitra Eames House Bird. This classic little folk-art guy has been a symbol of the great taste and style of Charles and Ray Eames for decades.


George Nelson Clocks. No mid-century modern wall was complete without one of these playful and functional pieces keeping time.


Uten Silo. Whether you need to corral you office supplies, crafting materials or bathroom stuff, designer Dorothee Becker’s Uten Silo has you covered, right within reach on the wall.


Vitra Kast Storage. This modular color-blocked composition floats atop its metal legs. Designer Maarten Van Severen designed several versions — this serves as a low console, perfect to use for a TV. This two-tiered version makes a great sideboard. The tallest version is a shelf/cabinet unit.


Verner Panton Cone Chair. A sale is the best time to pick up that iconic work of art you have been looking for. This eclectic classic plays with geometry and color. Of course, if you’re not into the cone, there’s always …



The Vitra New Panton Chair.  The wide variety of colors and durable polypropylene make this a sculptural chair a versatile piece that works as well in an elegant dining room as it does in a playroom.


Vitra Cork Stool. Jasper Morrison’s simple stools add a big dash of light texture to any room as a side table, nightstand or coffee table.

So you’ve got these an over 100 other options to save on now. The catch: you have to hurry! This only happens twice per year and the sale ends October 22nd.

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