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Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Fresh Arrivals at Design Public

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There is such a constant stream of fantastic new goods added to Design Public that sometimes it’s hard to keep up. Here are a few fresh new designs, hand picked by me, because, well, I want all of them for my own house, very badly. Whether your home office needs some more light, your kids’ toys (or yours) need corralling, you need somewhere comfy to rock your newborn or you want to amp up your dining table with some new pieces, there’s something for you These items are just the tip of the iceberg on my own wish list, be sure to check out all Fresh Arrivals when you have a few minutes. But for now, please enjoy this little teaser!

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Clean up that clutter and stash it stylishly in Ferm Living’s Half Moon Basket.

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Domo adigato! Robots Wallpaper from Ferm Living

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Unexpected proportions and a dash of green will brighten up your desk — The Devo Table Lamp from Lights Up!

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A fantastic mid-century modern inspired rocker — perfect for  the living room, a bedroom or a chic nursery — it’s the Norman Copenhagen Era Rocking Chair – Low

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An indigo pen gone wild; I’d love to add these powerful graphic pieces to a warm Danish modern dining table with a few Dansk accessories and simple minimalist white china — ferm LIVING Pen Napkins (they come in sets of four)

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Of course, on my minimalist warm modern table, I’d also allow for this wonderful black and white vase. I’m thinking spears of purple irises or floppy yellow tulips would finish it off — The Kahler Omaggio Vase

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Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Get the Look: Modern Farmhouse Style

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I was talking to an architect the other day who told me she’s found “everybody wants a modern farmhouse these days.” It seems the bulk of folks asking for this style aren’t exactly outside milking cows at 5 a.m. (though quite a handful have their own urban chicken coops and edible gardens). So what exactly does this style include? I find it’s a twist on spartan farmhouse classics and materials that would be found around the homestead with some contemporary pieces and bold color mixed in. Here’s a look at some of our favorite furniture and accessory choices to help you put together your modern farmhouse. branch_table_oak_3q_1

Blu Dot Branch Table: The weathered oak top powder-coated steel legs offers up a new twist on a farm table.

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Bend Goods Lucy Chair: These chairs bring the modern to the modern farmhouse with a jolt of bold color and geometry.

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Oilo Double Cylinder in Solid Cobalt Blue. A double-drum pendant in woven cotton lends pleasing simplicity overhead.

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Tradition Hoof Table SW1. For the living room, we love this modern take on the milking stool. HOOF is painted first and then trimmed back to reveal the natural grain.

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 Versus Brick 3-Seater Sofa. This clever sofa reminds me of a stone wall on a farm. You can punch up the neutral color of big pieces like this with colorful accessories.
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Bend Goods Geometric Animals: Longhorn. A much cooler look than taxidermy, these sculptural trophies are cruelty-free.Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 8.37.15 AM

Blu Dot Charlie 6 x 9 Rug. The bars and bright colors on this beautiful rug remind me of a Gee’s Bend quilt.

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Area Bruno Bed. The wooden bed taken down to its basic parts. It is available in ash and walnut.

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Thomas Paul Prize Poultry Rooster 26 Jute Pillow. Have some fun with accessories that go a little farm-theme-y. This proud guy will add big personality to a bedscape, sofa or armchair.

 

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Designers Eye Multi Throw Blanket in Brown. A beautiful classic plaid in double-woven in soft, rugged wool.

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jefdesigns Branch 2-Stem Lamp. This lamp has a modern shape but brings some nature indoors.

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Gus Modern Wireframe End Table. Part animal pen, part felled tree, this piece has just enough room for your reading lamp and alarm clock, with plenty of space to stash your favorite magazines underneath.

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Sunday, January 4th, 2015

2015 — The Year of Marsala

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Now that it’s officially the year of Marsala, according to Pantone, tell us, will you use the color around the home? The choice for Color of the Year seemed pulled out of thin air to me. However, I like earthy tones, and Marsala brings to mind a Moroccan souk, Turkish kilims and terracotta in Spanish Colonial and other Mediterranean architecture. I can imagine it as a nighttime lip color or suede boots. Here are a few ways we like it in interior design.

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Marsala looks great on the walls in a dining room or library; here, interior designer Scott Sanders has toned it down with light trimwork up to chair rail height.

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It’s also yummy in a kitchen as a splash with gray and natural wood tones.

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I also like Marsala in a mix of other hues from its red color family, like in this cozy wool rug, or seen in the colors of a brick wall.

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So, do you have any marsala in your home? If not, do you plan to add any? What do you think of these color of the year projections? Please chime in!

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Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Simplifying the Decorating This Christmas

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How on Earth is it the last weekend before Christmas already? If you’re like me, you’ve barely begun to decorate, much less wrap your gifts or get cards out. Don’t fret. If you’re getting your home ready for relatives and friends, you can whip a little something into shape like you’re Martha Stewart with minimal effort. Here are a few ideas.

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Use your beautifully wrapped gifts as decor. This kills two birds with one stone. Brown paper packages tied up with string, accentuated with something simple — pom-poms, a colorful ball ornament or just a cute tag will show your giftee you put the effort in, and before they rip it open, it can serve as a decoration. If you are consistent with how you wrap, a grouping of coordinating packages makes a nice vignette.

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When the bough breaks … put it in a jar of water. Whether you forage in your yard or for scraps at the Christmas tree lot, small branches from spruces, pines, cedars, firs or other evergreens make a simple and modern holiday accent.

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Adding one of these small accents to the powder room will make it look like you’ve put a lot of effort into decorating the whole house, even when you haven’t.

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Speaking of branches, a bundle of bare ones will do. Look at how lovely this little bucket looks. Hang ornaments, snowflakes, red pom-poms or anything else that fits. While these are spray-painted silver, you don’t have to get that schmancy. Plain old sticks will do.

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Yards of ribbon. Whatever you’re hanging, make it stand out more by hanging it from a long length of lovely ribbon. We suggest red, gold, silver or green.

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Use your existing glassware. This simple tablescape is beautiful and modern, thanks to limiting the centerpiece to clear glass flutes and votive holders and a few simple evergreen accents.

Photo credits: 1) via rurrococo.com 2) via lottaagaton.blogspot.com 3) via design-crisis.com 4) via celebrations.com 5) coloramaboligdromme.com 6) by Thomas J. Story via sunset.com

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Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Last Minute Gift Ideas: Order Today to Make It in Time!

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It’s getting down to the wire for holiday gifts. Hanukkah starts today, and Christmas is just nine days away. If you’re as behind as we are with the shopping, you need some great gifts that seem tailored to your giftee and thoughtful, but in truth only take a few keystrokes to order. Here are some highlights from our Quick Ship selection. You must order by the end of the day today in order for these gifts (from the Quick Ship selection)  to arrive before December 25th!

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Sempli Vaso Aqua ($50). This cool carafe is tipsy! Made of handblown lead-free crystal, it will throw your wine-swilling friends for a loop. It also makes a great hostess gift. (There’s more Sempli glassware available for quick ship, including flat-bottomed champagne flutes and beer glasses).

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