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Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Design Public Guide: Great Desk Chairs for Homework Time

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Well, we’ve covered desks and lamps in our Back to School Design Public Guides. Now it’s time for comfy and attractive chairs for homework time. Here are some of our top picks from around the site. 13-0005343.jpg

Steelcase Think Chair. This ultimate desk chair is smart enough to adjust to you and the rest of your family members’ weights and postures. There’s built-in lumbar allows for additional dialed in back support. The 4-way adjustable arms provide support for your arms, wrists, and shoulders in a variety of postures. The 4-way adjustable arms provide support for your arms, wrists, and shoulders in a variety of postures.



Steelcase Move Multi-Use Chair with Upholstered Seat. There’s more to this stylish and stackable chair that meets the eye. Under the seat cushion there is a support system that conforms to your body — flexors inside the seat curve with your curves and move as you move. What I like most about it is it’s versatility; it can serve as a comfy desk chair or dining chair. So working at the kitchen table is comfortable, or if it’s in your kiddo’s room, you can reclaim it when she goes off to college.

rollersideappleModernica Side Shell with Rolling Base Chair. This molded fiberglass classic is a modern icon, made from the original molds that the Eameses designed. The seat height adjusts approximately from 18 inches to 22 inches. I chose the version that rolls, because rolling is fun and can tempt your child right into the homework seat. Let him have some fun cruising the floor before he has to get down to business. blue_graphite


Steelcase Turnstone Buoy Chair. Sometimes ya gotta shake up homework time a bit. The buoy chair looks like it’s meant for something more fun than homework, so let it work its deceptive magic and tempt your child right over to those sentences she needs to diagram. The buoy wobbles and engages the core, and the height can be adjusted in a five-inch range.


Blu Dot Real Good Chair. We picked this powder-coated beauty in red because it enlivens the senses and ignites passion. While available in other lovely colors, grab a red one for homework time.

visu_sledbase_black_field_142.jpgMuuto Visu Chair — Sled Base, Upholstered Seat. The cozy upholstered seat on this version of the Visu chair is inviting and ergonomic. The sled base on this version adds an irresistibly modern touch.



Blu Dot Roy Chair. This chair made the list for four great reasons. It’s padded, attractive, stackable and available at a great price point.

We wish we had the room to share more details about our desk chair selection. But you can check them out for yourself:

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Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Hostess gift ideas for under $30


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If you’re a social butterfly, your holidays are filled with back to back parties.

And you know it’s rude to show up empty handed.

Here are 5 gift ideas for under $30 that you can give to any hostess this holiday season.

1- Stemmarkers by Modern-Twist, $16 for a set of 6.

Help your hostess keep track of what their guests are drinking with these food-safe stemmarkers. Use a ballpoint pen to scribble your name, initials or the type of wine you’re drinking. These can also be used as napkin rings.

Also available in retro and solid.

2- Normann Copenhagen Rocking Glasses, $25 for a set of 4.

The Rocking Glass features a curved bottom that allows it to rock without spilling over. Perfect for serving drinks and/or desserts. They also make really cool votive holders.

3- Normann Copenhagen True Feelings Tea Light Candle Holder, $26 for set of 2.

Give this gift as a decorative accent and let the cozy atmosphere radiate.

4- FUZ Wine Pocket, $25.

You can’t go wrong with the gift of wine. But you can certainly take it up a notch by presenting your bottle in this wine pocket.

5- Tina Frey Designs Hans Desk/Vanity Tray, $26.

Handmade by artist Tina Frey, these decorative trays are perfect for desks, vanities and bookcases.

* Holiday tip: It’s good to stock up on a few of these items so that you’re prepared for those last minute invites!


Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

A Deconstructed DwellStudio Home Collection Guide


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In glancing at the new DwellStudio Home 2010 Collection images I thought to myself, “Self, the folks at DwellStudio have such an amazing eye for putting various patterns and colors together…this is certainly something that doesn’t come easy to the rest of us. So, Self, why not create a quick and easy ‘Deconstructed DwellStudio Home Collection Guide’ to help DP peeps put together the looks they like?” And I did. This is super basic but should hopefully help create the “bedscape” of your dreams without having to go back and forth between Design Public product pages to figure out what is what.

DwellStudio Peacock Bedding in Dove; DwellStudio Gate Euro Shams in Ash; DwellStudio Pyramids Standard Cases in Ash

DwellStudio Gate Duvet and Shams in Ash; DwellStudio Chinoiserie Pillow; DwellStudio Gate Sheets and Cases in Ash; DwellStudio Pyramids Matelasse in Pearl Coverlet

DwellStudio Peacock Citrine Duvet and Shams; DwellStudio Woven Pyramids Euro Sham in Dark Bronze; DwellStudio Linen Edge in Ash Sheets and Cases

DwellStudio Etching Duvet and Shams; DwellStudio Woven Pyramids Euro Sham in Ink; DwellStudio Pin Dot Sheets and Cases

This is just a smidgen of imagery from DwellStudio. If you see any other images on our site for DwellStudio or any other designer that you’d like to me deconstruct leave a comment and a link to the image and I’ll see how I do!


Thursday, December 11th, 2008

How to Build an Eames Shell Chair


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For those of us who are process oriented and like to see how things are made, here is a great vintage video detailing the creation of an Eames Shell Chair. Just as a heads up, the video is a bit long and perhaps dry to some, but luckily they included great tunes to keep you enthralled…

Thanks to who spotted this video on


Thursday, December 4th, 2008

And I Said “Let There Be Light!”


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Whoa. Imagine going nearly two months living in a loft (aka a box) with only one floor lamp and some lighting from the kitchen. Let me tell ya, these were two months of very long and dark nights, especially now that the sun sets at 5pm. But as of this past weekend we have light! (excuse the mess)

loft lighting

We had to get our electrical setup figured out before we could install the Lights Up! Deco Deluxe Pendant Lamps over our “dining” and “living” spaces. We actually decided to use just the two big sections of the pendants…after playing with the various pieces to the lamp we liked the simplicity of the two pieces. What is great though is if we ever want to change it up we can add the rest of the shades to the pendant and we’ve got a new lamp!

While going through this lighting process/challenge I have learned a bit about what it takes to give a home the right lighting. I’ve collected all of my findings in our lighting guide, but if you see anything missing or have additional insight, please share!


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