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Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Happy Cinco de Mayo!


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I’m not sure when Americans started making such a big deal about Cinco de Mayo, but I would wager only a few of them have heard of the Battle of Puebla. I hadn’t until I looked it up five minutes ago (Thanks USAToday!) However, that’s OK. We’ll take any excuse to have some fun sipping margaritas while having fun with our friends.  In honor of the day Mexican defeated invaders, we though we’d highlight some other ways Mexico is a big winner. Winners in design of course, because that’s probably why you stopped by this particular blog after all.


Beautiful handmade textiles. This stunning photo, “Oaxaca Dancers” was taken by photographer Bob Krist.


Mayan Pyramids. These world wonders are one of the biggest tourist attractions. Chichen Itza, photographed here, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Photo via


The architecture of Luis Barragán. Quite a few years after the Mayans, Mexican architecture is still rocking it. Photo by Armando Salas Portugal


Hand-painted ceramics and tiles. There’s no pottery more lively, stairs more full of pattern.


Colorful hand-woven baskets. These add texture and a dash of happy to any home. Oh I am craving a trip to a Mexican market right now.

Now back to those margaritas and queso everyone!

¡Arriba, abajo, al centro, pa dentro!



Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Mother’s Day Gift Guide


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Mother’s Day is fast approaching. Have you figured out what you’re doing for Mom this year? Here are just a few of our favorites for a wide range of busy modern Moms.


Mom deserves  fashionable tote. Whether she’s out running errands or needs a sturdy bag to tote her laptop to work, the Flowie Lily Tote with black pecan trees and a leather bottom will chic up her outfit.


Planting with Mom is a fun way to spend some time together, and she’ll love having plants like basil, lavender, rosemary or whatever she chooses at her fingertips, artfully held by this modern rectangle planter, the Boskke Cube Triple.


Sometimes Mom just wants to cozy up and relax. Give her some “me time” for herself today with this gorgeous throw from Area, the Theo Blanket in Multi.


I don’t know about your Mom, but mine always had a phone that looked a lot like this wedged between her ear and her shoulder. While the Native Union Pop Bluetooth Phone  doesn’t have the curly phone wire, it will make modern technology feel more familiar.


If your Mom loves to spend time cooking in the kitchen, help her keep her clothes splatter free in a fashionable way with this Triangle Apron from Ferm Living.





Moms love some bling. We love the simple and modern look of this smaller circle within a larger one; you can infer your own symbolism but we think it’s perfect for Mother’s Day. The Inner Circle Necklace by Vanessa Gade Jewelry is made of hand-fabricated sterling silver with a 14K gold overlay.

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

iittala on Sale at Design Public


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Some of the most iconic and beautiful modern items available today, both old and new, are available through the wonderful folks at iittala. Items include classic Aalto vase or other glassware, gorgeous and durable cookware and a special limited edition birds by Oiva Toikka. Now through April 7, 2015, save 20% on all iittala at Design Public.


This is just one of the lovely Toikka bird friends currently on sale. If you’re looking to add to your collection or to start one, now is the time to scoop up this beautiful piece of art and save.




If you’re a serious chef looking for more functional pieces, check out iittala’s cookware. This pot is part of the iittala Tools Cookware line, designed by Björn Dahlström. The line includes other pots, pans, saucepans and casseroles. that are so lovely you’ll want to install a pot rack or leave it out on display on the stove all the time.



Alvar Aalto’s classic vases are my go-to gift for anyone who loves modern architecture and design. Stock up now while you can save.

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Speaking of go-to gifts, this cast iron casserole with the wooden handle is one of my all-time favorites, and remains the favorite of anyone I’ve ever given it to. It brings the best simplicity, beauty and function of modern style to the stovetop.


Carina Seth-Andersson’s wooden Salad Servers are another great way to add superior Finnish style to your table. They go with a formal dinner just as well as they suit a casual picnic.


Corral all your candles with Norwegian simplicity in Andreas Engesvik’s Allas Large Round Candleholder.

Go ahead and browse all iittala. You’ll have to act fast as this sale ends on April 7, 2015.


Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!


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Top o’the afternoon to you all and happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Today’s got me feeling very green. Not with envy, just happy with all things kelly, chartreuse, lime, apple and pine. Today’s a great day to give yourself a St. Patty’s break and enjoy some Irish eye candy.


It’s also causing a craving to see the beautiful green hills of Ireland. Today on our Facebook page, we joked that you should not visit this sublime spot in County Kerry if you’ve been drinking green beer (do people in Ireland even do that, or is that just a crazy American thing?)



And certainly stay away from the edge if you’re at the  Cliffs of Moher.


The Hexagons are where thousands of basalt columns meet.  Again, a visit is recommended before you hit the pub.


OK, OK, I promise to stop giving you vertigo after this one, it’s just too good. This is the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.


Let’s have an Irish/Zen moment. This magically green-covered walkway at Birr Castle calms.


Colorful buildings cheer the grayest of days in Country Cork.

Now, the break is over, but you’ve only got a few more hours to go until you can go celebrate. If you’re still in the mood for a few more minutes of distraction, shop our big sale!


Thursday, February 19th, 2015

On Trend: Black and White in Home Decor


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Black and white provides that bold graphic punch that never goes out of style. You can stick with strictly the two colors (well, technically, white is the absence of color and black is all of the colors, or I think I learned something like that in art class, but I digress … ), or you can add dashes of other colors. Bold orange, taxicab yellow, royal blue and turquoise are just a few favorites I like to use with black and white around my own home. Whatever you chose, here are ten picks of the combination at its best.

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Design Letters Letter T Teapot with Lid. The typography on these teapots was designed by Danish design icon Arne Jacobsen.

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Lights Up! Meridian Grande Pendant Lamp. This drum shade is the perfect blend of modern and floral.


makelike 100 Things Wallpaper in Black and White. Made for doodle-lovers, these funky renderings include everything from geometric patterns to bananas.

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Kahler Omaggio Vase in Black. This vase is beautiful in its simplicity and provides a graphic base for colorful blooms.

602881_Era_Rocking_Chair_High_Tango_41599_1.jpgNormann Copenhagen Era Rocking Chair – High. This rocker has mid-century modern swagger and plenty of comfort. Use it in any room from the living room to the nursery.

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Heather Lins Home 3-D Art Pillow. 3-D glasses included!


ferm LIVING Squares Blanket. Well, technically, I think they are trapezoids, which is even better. This is modern black and white at its coziest.

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Coalesse Emu Heaven Table. The wire pattern on this table base will add interesting texture and a beautiful silhouette to any room.


Sin in Linen Pinup Shower Curtain. Racy and fun, these ladies will add a playful touch to a vintage modern black and white bath.

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Blu Dot Last Dinner Table. Two leaves are cleverly concealed underneath this spartan table so that you can expand it for a large gathering.




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