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Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Six of Our Favorite Modern Fireplaces and Wood Stoves

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Contrary to popular belief, it’s possible to be modern and warm. And we’re going to go ahead and take the “warm” literally and aesthetically. Here are a few of our favorite modern and contemporary fireplaces and wood stoves.

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This glossy wood stove has retro and modern-day appeal. It provides a big red exclamation point in the middle of a stark white space. Photo by Bruno Suet

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This beautiful home on Cape Cod combines classic mid-century modern architecture with warm touches like cushy upholstery, handmade rugs and a funky twig rocker. But the star of the room is the Fireorb, which looks like something straight out of The Jetsons. It is a new part of the extensive renovations by Hammer Architects, and is suspended from the ceiling and can be turned to face different areas within the space.

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This Finnish cabin by Avanto Architects is minimalist yet super-toasty. There’s nothing like falling asleep to a glowing fire in the bedroom. Photo by Kuvio, via ArchDaily

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While I have to wonder if it’s impossible to keep this clear glass surround clean, I can’t help but smile at this fresh take on a chimney. The log storage niche is an ingenious addition. No idea how to credit this as it’s like following a rabbit hole down Tumblr and Pinterest

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This gorgeous loft looks super toasty thanks to a super-cool fireplace/wood stove hybrid. Kinda makes you want to gather around it and have a singalong. No idea how to credit this as it’s like following a rabbit hole down Tumblr and Pinterest

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Finally, I love a bedecked mantle/chimney. This one is is strong in its elegant simplicity.Photo by Yayo Ahumada, floral design by Moon Canyon, via Domaine Home

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Monday, November 30th, 2015

Great Gifts for Tea Lovers

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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

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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

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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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