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Thursday, June 30th, 2016

5 Tips for Hosting Summer Guests with Ease

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Tis the season where an inordinate number of guests seems to descend upon us, particularly if we live near water or have a pool and it’s Fourth of July weekend. Get a system down so that rather than wearing yourself out before the guests even arrive, you’ll be ready to greet them with a smile and a Mojito.hush_modern_bed_-_king_queen_full_-_persimmon_31. Bedding. I don’t know about you, but my most hated thing about prepping for guests is making up beds, particularly trying to wrestle a large duvet cover onto a duvet. As soon as a guest leaves, strip their beds and do the wash. Then keep your bedding in ready-to-go packs. What I mean is, throw the coordinating fitted sheet, top sheet and cases into one of the pillow cases for each bed or sofa you’ll need to make up.

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Make it easier on yourself by getting all one color for each size of bed. Say white for twin/blow ups, gray for double/queen. That way when the linens come out of the dryer it’s that much easier to put your sets together. If you hate making beds so much it keeps you from asking people over, leave the set on top of the stripped bed and tell your guests they just came out of the dryer moments before they arrived, which will sucker them into helping your make up the bed.

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2. Give them room to hang. Clothing. Towels. Coats. Et. Al. Space for guests is usually tight, and chances are your closets are stuffed. Wall hooks are an efficient way to add maximum storage. I like train rack-like style like this one from Artek because they can add folded clothing and bags on the top. In a pinch, over-the-door hooks outfitted with hangers will do.

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3. Have the bathroom prepped. Leave out a pile of towels, a fresh bar of soap and keep some extra toothbrushes in your supply closet for those who forget their own. If you’re sharing a bathroom, try to keep your own stuff stashed away so that your guests can have some counter space.

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4. Make a mi casa es su casa policy in the kitchen. Let your guests know where the glasses and plates, pitcher of spiked Arnold Palmers and snacks are so that they can serve themselves. Leave out a bowl of fruit (or Halloween candy, depending on your guest) and snack-size bags of pretzels, nuts or whatever you know they like.

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5. Create a swim supply station in a mudroom, cubbies near the backdoor or coat closet if a pool or beach is involved. Keep fresh beach towels and sunscreen here for people to grab on the go. You may want to keep extra reusable shopping bags here to serve as beach totes for those who didn’t pack one. Let them guests know your towel policy from the get go, i.e. hanging them on the line to dry or throwing them on top of the washer on the way indoors.

Bonus points: Add frills. A carafe of water, fresh glossy magazines and a sweet bouquet by the bed — you’re Martha Stewart league now.

 

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Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

5 Spring Cleaning Projects

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Well we’ve reached mid-April. Now that the tax returns have (hopefully) been filed, there should be some time to complete some projects around the house. Once the pollen has been cleared, it’s a great time to complete a few projects around the home. If you don’t even know where to start, here are a few little projects that you can complete in a few hours.

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1) Cull through the books and magazines. You can take this one shelf at a time, and at the same time, get some much-needed dusting done as you empty each shelf. Donate books you’ll never read again to Little Free Libraries around the neighborhood. If you’ve been hoarding magazines, there are plenty of art teachers out there who would would love to have them for class. Once you’ve edited it down, have some fun rearranging the books you’ll keep and your favorite object in a new way.

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2) Get organized for summer. If you have kids, they’ll be around all the time soon, getting shuffled from activity to activity. Create a fresh activity board to keep track of trips, play dates, swim meets. If you don’t have kids get a calendar cleared for those BBQs, long weekend getaways and garden cocktail parties.

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3) Create a place for everything, so you can put everything in its place. If you need room in your coat closet or mudroom, put that winter gear in the attic to make room for summer things. If a lake, pool or beach is part of your and/or your kids’ summer fun, organize bags, bins or cubbies for goggles, boogie boards, flip flops, sunscreen and towels. Same goes for sports equipment.

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4) Tackle the pantry and refrigerator. I myself have a deep pantry with some scary things in the back. Who knew canned soup expired? You have to have it stashed back there for a REALLY long time to figure that out! If there are staples you planned on using after reading about some diet on GOOP but never made one meal and they are still fresh, pack them up for the food pantry. Otherwise, you’re going to have to do some serious tossing. Once the space is cleared, wipe it down and start over. Style it pretty and resolve to try and shop fresh — if you style your fridge and pantry you’ll be more likely to keep them clean and less will wind up going to waste. Glass jars and lidded containers are a great way to easily see what kinds of leftovers you have going on.

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5) Clean up your technology. Oh man those spaces behind the TV and the cable box likely have dust tumbleweeds forming. And phones, laptop screens, keyboards, iPads — they are gross; give them a wipe-down. While you’re at it, look through that junk drawer. It’s time to get rid of that flip phone, that firewire that came with that iPhone that was on the Edge network and while your at it, the old cases that fit no phone in existence on the planet these days, old batteries and the boxes everything came in.

Please let us know what kinds of spring cleaning projects you are working on right now.

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Thursday, January 21st, 2016

What’s New at Design Public

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With great new products pouring in, it can be hard to stay on top of what’s new over here at Design Public sometimes! Here are all the details on just a few new products we are proud to carry.

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Umbra Leanera Coat and Shoe Rack

Why we love it: Like us, we know many of you may be tight on space. The Umbra Leanera can create an instant coat closet, guest room closet or mudroom rack where you don’t have one with an easy lean against the wall. It’s pleasing mix of simple materials creates a sculptural effect.

Designer: Wesley Chau

Materials: Wood and metal

Dimensions: 74″ x 27 1/4″ x 2 1/2″. Includes 6 hooks and holds up to 6 pairs of shoes

Price: $150*

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Royal Copenhagen Blue Fluted Half Lace Coffee Pot

Why we love it: As you may know, our sister store is Danish Design Store, and we have a penchant for all great Danish Design. The Blue Fluted pattern was Royal Copenhagen’s very first porcelain dinner service, introduced in 1775. Why so pricey? This is an heirloom that will be passed down for generations. And a lot of meticulous expert hand-painting goes into it— it takes 1,197 brush strokes just to paint one dinner plate!

Designer: Royal Copenhagen

Materials: Hand-painted porcelain

Dimensions: 34 oz

Price: $520*

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Superliving Dynamo Pendant Light

Why we love it: The shape of this simple pendant gives it retro mid-century appeal that fits right in today. It comes in an array of colors including black, white and in metallic copper. The perforated edge lets the light come through in beautiful patterns.

Designer: Anette Stabel

Materials: Painted metal

Dimensions: 7.5″ w x 7.5″ d x 10″ high

Price: $115 (copper version is $135)*

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Area Camille Pillow Cases in Pink

Why we love them: Winter is the best time to snuggle up in some truly luxurious bedding, and the most important spot to go luxurious is the spot that touches your face! And a pop of pink warms up a room. (If pink’s not for you, charcoal is also available.)

Designer: Anki Spets

Materials: 100% pure washed linen in a finer herringbone weave

Dimensions: 20″ wide x 25″ long

Price: $145 for a pair of standard pillow cases.* Other sizes and duvet covers are available as well.

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Muuto FIVE POUF

Why we love it: The soft strips of fabric accentuate the pentagonal shape of this versatile pouf, which can be used as an ottoman or extra seat.

 

Designer:Anderssen & Voll

Materials: Wooden frame, moulded foam and Remix textile for Kvadrat

Dimensions: 17.7H x 34.6W x 33.8D

Price: $1249*

*prices are subject to change

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Monday, December 28th, 2015

Five Super-Easy Organizational Resolutions

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We’re gearing up for New Year’s Eve, and by gearing up, I mean putting my favorite Chinese restaurant that delivers on speed dial and updating my Netflix queue. Starting off the year with only a green tea ice cream hangover is always a good thing. But then there’s New Year’s Day. That’s the day we have all sorts of lofty ideas about how we’re going to improve ourselves and our lives in the coming year. These things usually fall apart by Martin Luther King Day. So we’re starting simple with some painless ways to make things run a little more smoothly in 2016.

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1) Simplify the great closet clean out. The thorough closet clean out is a great thing but can be overwhelming. Here’s what: instead, place a bin or laundry basket in your closet or laundry room. Whenever something is too big/small or just not liked, toss it in. When the bin is full, donate it. If the item is unsalvageable, turn it into cleaning rags.

2) Get that email box cleaned up. The second you receive something you have no interest in, go to the trouble to unsubscribe to it. Report Spam. Mark as junk. If you have gmail, keep promotions relegated to the Promotions folder.

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3) Get that old-school mailbox cleaned up. Keep the paper clutter from ever entering the house. Whenever you receive a cumbersome financial report, a paper bill or other correspondence that needs shredding, go to the trouble of signing up for the paperless route right then and there. Opt out of pre-approved credit card offers and other junk mail at OptOutPreScreen.com, catalogchoice.org and DMAchoice.org. While you wait for this all to take effect, open the mail next to the recycling bin.

4) Never lose another password. I swear, this will save you countless hours of having to answer security questions about your first pet’s name and waiting for emails that contain temporary passwords. Sign up for LastPass (lastpass.com) right now. It is life-changing. The only password you’ll ever have to remember again is the on you use to log into LastPass.

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5) Streamline your social media presence. I don’t know about you, but I find it boring and annoying when my friends post the same stuff to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. It’s like dude, is it that important to you that we don’t miss the umpteenth photo of your dog? Do you really think that cheesy inspirational quote is so profound that we need to read it in three times in three different places? The answer is no (even though “Hang in There” in a terribly dated font paired with a cat does rule.) Social media hogs up way too much of our productive and real face-to-face social time. Try to pick one platform for personal use and stick with it. (OK, you can have two if you must, but no double-dip posts allowed.)

Do you have any plans to make 2016 less cluttered and more productive? Please share them with us.

 

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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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