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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.

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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?)

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

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

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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.

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

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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!

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Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Hey all, we’re not so into the usual hearts and candies and teddy bears (or if we are, we don’t want to admit it). Instead, we thought we’d share this amazing heart, composed of every flag in the United Nations. It was made by crew on the Greenpeace boat, The Arctic Sunrise, as a call for global action to protect the Arctic.

Hope all of your days are filled with love. And hearts, candies and teddy bears, if that’s what floats your boat. And if you’re not spending your dough on that stuff, think about a donation to savethearctic.org in honor of someone you love. Or in honor of a polar bear.

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Photo by award-winning photographer Daniel Beltra

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Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Winter Curb Appeal at the Front Door

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Yuletide season has just about reached its peak. It’s already got us thinking about taking everything down in a few days, which is always a bummer. No matter which holidays you celebrate, you can leave up welcoming winter decorations at your door until they wither and die. Or until the daffodils and tulips start to bloom, whichever comes first (then it’s time for pastels and brighter colors). Here are a few doors giving us the biggest winter curb appeal.1e557922bbf4202bb4857d6d8ec83bdb-1via acountryfarmhouse.blogspot.com

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The great thing about these window boxes is you can switch out the bows to change up the mood. The rest is just simple greens nestled in the box. 3ae018065da4e2c590caebf32c595d1c

A red berry wreath can be displayed from September to March and look perfectly suited to the season. Image via decorismo.com

18f552daee012ec92aea11e510384310Whether you’re covered in snow or live in a warmer climate, a citrus theme is a lovely winter decor alternative to the usual evergreens and berries. Wreath by Brandon Pruett, image via livinggreen.com.

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Lemon wreath image via foodista.com

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How do ya like them apples? We like them a lot. An apple and greens wreath is a great way to transition from holiday to the long months of winter ahead. Learn how to make this lovely wreath over at Brooklyn Limestone.

How’s your winter curb appeal working out? Please let us know how you’re making your home more inviting in the comments section; we’d love your tips and advice.

Are you on Pinterest? Be sure to check out all of our favorite holiday pins. And all of our favorite door pins.

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Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Simplifying the Decorating This Christmas

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How on Earth is it the last weekend before Christmas already? If you’re like me, you’ve barely begun to decorate, much less wrap your gifts or get cards out. Don’t fret. If you’re getting your home ready for relatives and friends, you can whip a little something into shape like you’re Martha Stewart with minimal effort. Here are a few ideas.

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Use your beautifully wrapped gifts as decor. This kills two birds with one stone. Brown paper packages tied up with string, accentuated with something simple — pom-poms, a colorful ball ornament or just a cute tag will show your giftee you put the effort in, and before they rip it open, it can serve as a decoration. If you are consistent with how you wrap, a grouping of coordinating packages makes a nice vignette.

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When the bough breaks … put it in a jar of water. Whether you forage in your yard or for scraps at the Christmas tree lot, small branches from spruces, pines, cedars, firs or other evergreens make a simple and modern holiday accent.

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Adding one of these small accents to the powder room will make it look like you’ve put a lot of effort into decorating the whole house, even when you haven’t.

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Speaking of branches, a bundle of bare ones will do. Look at how lovely this little bucket looks. Hang ornaments, snowflakes, red pom-poms or anything else that fits. While these are spray-painted silver, you don’t have to get that schmancy. Plain old sticks will do.

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Yards of ribbon. Whatever you’re hanging, make it stand out more by hanging it from a long length of lovely ribbon. We suggest red, gold, silver or green.

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Use your existing glassware. This simple tablescape is beautiful and modern, thanks to limiting the centerpiece to clear glass flutes and votive holders and a few simple evergreen accents.

Photo credits: 1) via rurrococo.com 2) via lottaagaton.blogspot.com 3) via design-crisis.com 4) via celebrations.com 5) coloramaboligdromme.com 6) by Thomas J. Story via sunset.com

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Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from Design Public!

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! On thing we are so grateful for here at Design Public is YOU! We hope everyone has a great day with family and friends and stuffing themselves silly.

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