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Monday, November 30th, 2015

Great Gifts for Tea Lovers

Becky

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Oh the blogs are always filled with talk of a warm cup of tea as the ultimate sign of comfort and even civility. Sometimes it’s such a cliche that it makes me roll my eyes, to be honest. But I have to admit, there’s something to it. Finding that perfect flavor, warming ones hands on a chilly day and relaxing with a few sips is a wonderful way to relax and creates an afternoon ritual — a time to take a little mental and physical break. OK, now you’re probably rolling your eyes at me.

Of course you likely have a loved one who talks tea more than anyone. They order Earl Grey at breakfast, Lemon Lift in the afternoon and get crazy with a mug-o-chai at Starbucks. They extol the virtues of antioxidents. The tea snob will usually hail from the U.K. and poo-poo our lazy teabags here in the states, and American tea aficionados have taken note and followed suit. These gifts are perfect for those folks who have turned tea into a hobby and passion. And they are long on style as well, from classic Royal Copenhagen to sleek Stelton to whimsical iittala. And while their odes to tea may make us roll our eyes, after they fix us a cup, we change our tunes.

 

 

Gifts for Tea Lovers

 

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Monday, November 30th, 2015

Great Gifts for Cooks

Becky

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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.

Gift for Kitchen Lovers

 

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Monday, November 30th, 2015

Favorite Gifts for Pets and Animal Lovers

Becky

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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

Becky

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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

Becky

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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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