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Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Mini Makeover: 10 Easy Ways to Perk Up Your Bathroom

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Renovating a bathroom can be one of the most expensive home projects you might embark on. But there are plenty of inexpensive and labor un-intensive ways to give your bathroom a zshush and make it new to you. Here are 10 of the easiest ones.

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1) Swap out your shower curtain. While you’re at it, give that liner a wash or demote it to paint tarp and get a new one.

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2) Throw down a new bath mat. You can opt for one that’s made to be a bath mat, or chose a small area rug like a flat-weave or Oriental carpet.

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3) Mount some better storage. One thing that bums me out are shampoo bottles, cosmetics and other toiletries that don’t have a proper place to be put away. Adding a new shelf or cabinet can help you keep this potential clutter organized and handy.

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4) Upgrade your accessories. “Toilet brush” and “sexy” are not usually words you hear in the same sentence. But there are plenty of well-designed utilitarian bathroom accessories like wastebaskets, toilet paper roll holders, soap dispensers and more on the market today.

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5) Hang a new mirror. Something as simple as a new shape or frame color can switch up the look of your bathroom. You can even do some mirror swaps from around the house; perhaps the one over your dresser is ready for a new spot, and vice-versa.

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6) Stick it to the window. Add texture and privacy to your bathroom window with adhesive film, like this one from Emma Jeffs.

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7) Toss your dirties into something fresh. Adding a hamper with a fun pattern, texture or color (or all three) might even make you want to do laundry.

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8) Make sure everything has space to hang. Lately I’ve found I don’t have enough room for the luxury of multiple towel bars. Hooks are a space-saving option.

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9) House that soap in something different. Don’t limit yourself to what the shops declare is a proper soap dish. Raid your kitchen pantry or display shelves for a saucer, small plate or other china that will fit a bar.

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10) Don’t shy away from a little bling. Why not add some glamour to your bathroom? You and your toothbrush deserve it.

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Monday, August 31st, 2015

Design Public Guide: The Best Lamps for Homework Stations

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Here at Design Public, we’re gearing up for back to school and homework time with a series of guides to workstation products. What we’ve kept in mind with our curation is not only lamps that will function well and fit comfortably on a desk, but also designs that will not only appeal to your schoolkiddo but also to you. These task lamps are stylish, modern and will last you for a long time after your child has flown the nest. In fact, the only danger is that you’ll be tempted to hijack these for yourself.

 

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Lights Up! Oscar Boudior Lamp. Available in a range of colors with whimsical shades(this one is in faux bois shade with paprika base), this cute lamp will personalize your kiddos space with playful style.

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Cerno Onus Table Lamp. Available in lamp options of black or brushed aluminum and with a clever base block in black or natural, this nimble LED lamp teaches a lesson about balance while lighting up a work surface.

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Louis Poulson AJ Table Lamp. Designed by iconic Danish designer Arne Jacobsen, this classic lamp is a licensed work of art you’ll pass down for generations.

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Pablo Tube Top Table Lamp. We love the way this lamp’s acrylic base practically disappears on the desktop. Also, be sure to check out the small version in bright colors, seen below:

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Pablo Tube Top Colored Small Lamps

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Light and Contrast Trapeze Small LED Task Light. The elegant design of this dimmable task lamp might just encourage your child to pursue a career in engineering.

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Blu Dot Stilt Table Lamp. A handsome walnut tripod base meets a crisp white shade, accessorized by a happy red cord.

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jefdesigns Leaf 1 Stem Table Lamp. This spunky lamp comes with a choice of contemporary botanical print shades, and has the option of using a 150-watt 3-way bulb.

 

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Pablo Clamp FS Task Lamp. This elegant cantilevered wood LED lamp comes in full size (seen here) and mini. The red cord adds dynamic energy to a desk.

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Coming soon: The Design Public Guide to the Best Homework Station Chairs.

 

 

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Friday, August 28th, 2015

Brand Spotlight: DLP-Design

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Designed by Doron Lachisch in 1998, DLP-Design’s Cubitec shelves are a favorite of homeowners for books, favorite objects, food and clothing storage, as well as retailers who use them to chicly display their wares around the world. The modular systems come in kits of 12 panels that can be arranged in many different ways (12 panels yields a grid of four boxes.)

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Composed of injected-molded non-toxic polypropylene, the shelves have a deceivingly light look that holds a lot of weight (up to 55 pounds per shelf). You can can make this versatile system into different compositions — a grid, a long horizontal console, a wall of shelves, a tall vertical unit of shelves or even a stepped arrangement:

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Cubitec comes in white or orange.

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If the open look isn’t for you, there are also backs and doors you can order separately.

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Today through midnight September 11, 2015 Design Public has these systems on sale.

Kits: $215 (12 panels; yields a grid of 4 boxes)

Doors: $45 each

Backs: $40 each

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Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Our Top Five Favorite Mad Men Design Moments

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Now that Don Draper finally nailed the ultimate account and Mad Men has disappeared into 1970 forever, I’ve been binge watching the whole thing all over again on Netflix. There were so many fantastic moments of graphic design, fashion design, even hair design (and some not-so-good ones, those ’70s staches and sideburns were not doing the characters any favors). But most of all, I loved to watch Mad Men for the spot-on 1960s set design.

There are too many to count; with all that Eames, Saarinen and other mid-century icons lurking everywhere. Here are some of the highlights:

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What does this guy need an office for? No actual business ever happened here, except for a fake phone call to Lee Gardner over at Lucky Strike weeks after Roger had lost the account.

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1) The best moment to me was when Jane Sterling hired a decorator to redecorate Roger’s office, the spot where he dictated that not-so-bestselling Sterling’s Gold. A tulip table, a CJ Corona chair, op art and more iconic items in a black and white palette. I mean, check out that phone!

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“A modern Chinoiserie breakfront, a Dunbar Japanese-influenced sofa, silk Dupioni drapes, Murano vases, and a classic Drexel end table.” — Betty Draper’s decorator

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2) Betty redecorates the living room. Betty hires a decorator that gives her sharp Hollywood Regency style for her living room. Don walks in and moves a lamp around to make it perfect. Then Betty buys a very symbolic fainting couch that messes the whole look up. It’s so appropriate because the poor woman is trapped in an era that squeezes her like a Victorian corset.

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3) Betty goes to get analyzed. Has there ever been a sadder woman on a Barcelona daybed? And did analysts really call husbands to give them the rundown after the wife’s appointment? That was crazy. Anyway, this image is fun to compare and contrast with the fainting couch one above it.

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4) Don flies to sunny L.A. and winds up hanging out with a bunch of European tax evaders in “The Jet Set” episode. According to Curbed, this house is The Fox House, an abode Sinatra rented for 10 years. If that’s not a ringing endorsement that it’s classic California modern, I don’t know what is. The set designers and art director captured that clean white, glass and that unique California cool.

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Bert Cooper’s Japanese-inspired office. No shoes allowed in here. The arrival of new art was always exciting and gave us insight into Bert’s character and tastes. A new Rothko had everyone in the office a tizzy, a Pollack was behind his head during the moon landing, but the best was the sex octopus:

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But the best sex octopus moment was this vision of Peggy Olson, completely transformed, strolling into McCann-Erickson unrecognizable from the young secretary we’d met a decade earlier.

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What was your favorite Mad Men design moment? Please share it with us!

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Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Some Easy Swaps and Props for Summer Decor

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If you’re not going anywhere this weekend, it’s a great time to summer-fy your place. Or for those of you lucky enough to have a cottage or a summer share it’s the prime weekend to open it up and give it a zshush. Here are 10 favorite products that will help you get ready for summer.

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1. Lobstahs! Go for that overt sea creature theme, because now is the time. A favorite lobster accessory of mine is the Thomas Paul Lobster Sketch Pillow.

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2. Candlelight.  Get ready for some outdoor candlelight. The usual tealight holders won’t keep the breeze from blowing out your flames. Add color and cute little perforated designs to your moody candlelight with notNeutral Hurricanes (set of 2).

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3. Be picnic-ready. The Fatboy Picnic Lounge has plenty of room for your entire picnic party and comes with four pins to keep it grounded and a brush to keep it sand-free.

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4. Embrace the BBQ, and take it wherever you go. The RS Barcelona Mon Oncle BBQ is portable, has retro style and you tote it down to the beach  in a cool little briefcase. This makes it a cool little accessory when it’s stashed in the house, not in use. you won’t want to hide it in a garage like those other grills.

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5. Add some summery art. I love to switch up my color scheme in the summer. One key work of art can inspire all of your choices. The pastels and bright greens in this oil painting by Ginger Marshall will make the room feel instantly airier.

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6. Accessorize your mojito. Hot days call for cool cocktails. Jazz them up with these playful patterns from See Design.

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7. Have the lemonade or sweet tea chillin’. Also, you must have a pitcher of iced tea at the ready at all times. Them’s the rules. The ittala Aino Aalto Pitcher is a mid-century classic, and seeing it every time you open up the refrigerator will make you happy.

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9. Swap in cotton for wool. Lighter brighter rugs will remind your bare feet it’s summer. This is the Blu Dot Bravo Rug in Orange.

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10. Hang a summery shower curtain. This is the easiest and least expensive way to give your bathroom what will feel like a total makeover. Thomas Paul has everything from the squid to the whale on his sea-inspired shower curtains, but I find this pair of seahorses too cute to resist.

What’s your favorite summer design move? Please share it with us in the comments section.

 

 

 

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