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Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

On Trend: Brass Is Back


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I know, I know. The word “brass” gives you flashbacks to all that very lacquered, fake looking, gaudy ’80s stuff. But that image of brass is all wrong. Let’s set the record straight.

Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 1.58.14 PMToday’s brass has earned that oh-so-popular design word, “patina.” It’s unlacquered and thus a living finish, which means it changes over time and gets even better with age. It can go glam, traditional, modern, new bohemian … it’s really just about what you pair this warm finish with. Here are some of our favorite fresh ways to welcome brass back into our homes. 1940539_Duane_Pendant_Black_SrenRose_01.jpg

Menu Duane Pendant. An assemblage inspired by repurposed lamp parts, this powder-coated steel light is a black hemisphere on the outside, and illuminates the bulb by surrounding it with a warm glow inside.


Chilewich Rectangular Drift Placemat. Inspired by traditional Japanese woodblock prints, this woven mat adds a base that will bring metallic movement to your tablescape. 4116_1.jpg

Ferm Living Brass Tray. Impress your guests. This is an easy way to corral your booze and glassware in a chic arrangement.


Menu Franklin Chandelier. This solid brass piece is a tribute to old-school Manhattan hardware stores.



Menu Pepe Marble Mirror. Inspired by the glamorous style of Italy in the 1950s, this mirror is at once modern and an elegant throwback, crafted with a brass frame and marble base.


ferm LIVING Hexagon Brass Pots. We’r all for mixing metals, but if you’ve switched out your fixtures and hardware for brass you may just want to coordinate. ferm LIVING has all kinds of accessories including a brass toilet paper holder and a brass paper towel holder.  The small vase seen here would do a great job as a toothbrush holder.

Will you be bringing brass into your home? Please let us know how in the comments section.


Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Good Brand to Know: Tempaper Temporary Wallpapers

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Forest_COPPER_FO091_swatch-2.jpgAre you afraid to commit to a wallpaper? This post is coming to you from someone who leaves wallpaper samples thumb-tacked to her walls for years without ever even calling that great wallpaper hanger a designer friend recommended, so trust me, I completely relate. That’s why Tempaper is so brilliant. Their selections are self-adhesive and totally temporary.

So long as your walls are nice and smooth (they recommend that your surfaces that have been painted with a satin or semi-gloss finish paint, not flat for the best results), you can simply peel and stick this self-adhesive temporary wallcovering to your walls, ceilings, doors, backs of bookshelves and other DIY projects. No paste, no water, no professional required!



Tempaper’s Brick Temporary Wallpaper gives you the look of exposed brick without the dust. It will give you the look of that fabulous movie loft that doesn’t ever seem to really exist in real life.


The wood accent wall look has never been more popular. But finding that wood, cleaning it, smoothing it, etc. turns into a major construction project. With Tempaper’s options, you can get the accent wall look with ease.



Tempaper Herringbone Temporary Wallpaper will give your walls texture and pattern. It’s available in Ash (seen here) and a darker version, Walnutherringbone_ash_textured_he500_swatch



If you’re not so into herringbone, faux bois woodgrain paper may be for you. It’s available in indigo and pewter. Tempaper also has a wide variety of other patterns, from traditional damask to botanicals.



Tempaper Branches Temporary Wallpaper is a modern take on a woodland, available in graphic black and white seen above as well as Mystery Blue:


Tempaper is made in the USA.

Tempaper’s installation recommendations and other information:

It is recommended that you apply Tempaper to surfaces that have been painted with an eggshell or satin finish.It is recommended that you apply Tempaper to surfaces that have been painted with a satin or semi-gloss finish. Applications on matte or flat paints are not recommended. Tempaper is a phthalate-free, VOC-free and lead-free product. The adhesive and inks that we use are environmentally safe and friendly, and will not be affected by steam, humidity or indirect moisture from a bathroom. Our back liner is biodegradable.

There are so many more options to check out. Will Tempaper help you get over your wallpaper commitment-phobia?

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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.




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.


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


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


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.

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.


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


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.



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


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.


Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Industrial Modern: Our Top Picks

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Industrial modern is a design phrase that gets thrown around a lot but what exactly does it mean? To us, there is always an element that throws back to the era between the start of the  industrial age and the dawn of international style. Industrial modern style can spring from living in a loft that used to be a warehouse back in the 1930s, adding reclaimed wood with a long interesting history, going a bit steampunk or using pipes as part of shelving structure, adding factory-style windows, providing classic metal stools inspired by 1930s French cafes and more.


A good industrial modern room is never cold — It’s not a sleek lacquer and metal minimalist space.  There’s rough-hewn wood, glints of copper, exposed brick and/or patinaed concrete that add warmth. The story is in the shapes and textures. Here are ten of our favorite industrial modern pieces at Design Public right now.

Swish-ConsoleDesk-Slate.jpegBlu Dot Swish Console Desk. A mix of the powdercoated base and white ash wood hits the right balance.


Gus Modern Vintage Swingarm Lamp. Stainless steel arm and a vintage-y filament bulb. Plus, we prefer the wire hanging down the wall in an industrial modern space. Hiding it in the wall = too fussy.

AcuteHighStool_AmberPlum_Web.jpgBrave Space Design Acute High Stool. This looks like it could have been crafted in one of the warehouse spaces described above, by some modern-day carpenter/welder/all-around Renaissance person who studies the older ways of crafting objects.

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Menu Wine Decanter. It has a beaker-like shape and a stainless steel top. 9000539_Wire_Bin_Black_01.jpg_1Menu Wire Bin. It has has a simple wire look. Great for stashing all of your rolled up architectural drawings, toys, towels, flip flops, or, you know, wastepaper.


18357_f8e4dbea2cBlu Dot Real Good Chair in Copper. It glints. It changes over time. Its got great lines inspired by flat-packing. Your fingerprints only make it better. Sold.

02774_b294d0de6dDESU DESIGN Aperture Spice Rack. Strong horizontal lines, and the colors of the spices transform it into art.

601000_one_step_up_300dpiNormann Copenhagen One Step Up Bookcase. Yeah, because it looks like a ladder. And it’s so simple.


LEFF Amsterdam Brick Wall Desk Clock. Because it’s a flip clock. And the font is awesome.


Cerno Silva Table Lamp. It just has a certain industrial meets craftsman structure to it.