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Monday, November 30th, 2015

Great Gifts for Cooks

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I love it when there is a great cook, budding chef or foodie on my list. While I have no culinary skills whatsoever, I love shopping for all of the fun tools that help them mince, dice, juice, chop and whatever else people do in the kitchen. However, I can attest that I have the funnel below and it works great, especially when trying to transfer that pesky dish soap and hand lotion from the big refill container into the sink-side dispenser. It even flattens out for easy storage. For the rest I relied on reviews from cooks who have used these gadgets for the function, and my own eye for the style.

Here we’ve curated some of the most useful, stylish and popular kitchen gifts at Design Public.Whether you need to grab something special for under $15 or your splurging big time on someone who really heats your burners, we’ve got something across a range of price points.

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Monday, November 30th, 2015

Favorite Gifts for Pets and Animal Lovers

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There’s a certain person on your shopping list who is usually pretty easy to buy for — the animal lover. But let’s face it, lots of pet products don’t put aesthetics on the priority list. While form follows function for the pet products we curate at Design Public, we know you care about style too. Why can’t a litter box be stylish? Why can’t your favorite chickadees enjoy some mid-century mod-inspired room and board.
Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite pet and pet-related products for those animal lovers in your life. And yes, the birds you feed in the backyard count. Pet Gifts

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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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