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Friday, September 18th, 2015

Homework Station Accessories: All The Rest


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OK, so we’ve been over great desks, chairs and lamps for homework time. As the school year ramps up, you may find your kiddo is missing some key accessories, tools or places to keep organized. Here are some of our favorite offerings. filing-cabinet-no1-modern-filing-cabinet-grass_1-1

Blu Dot File Cabinet No. 1. One of the many things we love about Blu Dot is that many of their items have a playful spirit that both kids and adults appreciate. The brilliant grasshopper green of this file cabinet is a prime example. We also appreciate that the wheels make it easy to roll around and that it combines two regular drawers with a file drawer.


ferm LIVING Smoked Oak Organizer. Speaking of drawers, help keep all of those bits and bobs easy to find with this clever piece. Use it as a drawer organizer or on the desk top.



ANYTHING Scissors — Orange. Scissors can get lost in the shuffle, especially in a drawer. Keep a family pair mounted right on a desk or tabletop. The bright color and base make them even easier to keep track of. Same goes for the tape dispenser and stapler.



Blu Dot 2d:3d Wall Mount Magazine Rack. Keeping track of school folders, printouts, books, permission slips and other school paperwork is tricky. Having a place to keep it all organized is key. Mount this rack to help keep it all in order.


Danese Milano In Attesa Waste Paper Basket. Well, let’s change up our thought process assume that the literal “waste paper” makes this a recycling bin for paper. The slanted shape makes trying to score two points with a ball of paper more of a challenge.

David Weeks Cubebot. Cubebot is the most important homework station accessory. He keeps worker bees company and they can change his shape and solve the puzzle of how to turn him back into a cube when they need a little mental break.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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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Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Designer Spotlight: Meet Eva Solo’s Beautiful Designs

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Meet the beautiful and functional products of Eva Solo. The philosophy that drives design at the company is that “everywhere life is lived, we aim to create a more pleasurable experience – in the kitchen, the bathroom, the living room or the garden.” Here’s a tempting sampling of some of their innovative modern designs for everyday objects.Birdtable_standing_white_571029.jpg

This philosophy even applies to feeding the birds, where their Standing Bird Table is a piece of modern sculpture.


They also make life easier — their planters water themselves. There will be no more dried out basil plants in the kitchen. This is the Selfwatering Flowerpot.


They even make dieting and cooking easier — this digital scale is one you’ll want to leave out on the counter to keep you in check, with its colorful, minimalist design. Table_grill_white_571020.jpg

This fireproof porcelain Table Grill means you can grill your food right at the table, whether your at home, at the beach or out to the backyard.


No it’s not SunCountry or Bartles and James, the Staycool Wine Cooler is a stylish little jacket that will keep your rosé at the right temperature while jazzing it up in a cool outfit.SweepUp_530670.jpg

No broom closet is necessary for the sleek SweepUp Broom and Dustpan.

This is just the tip of the Eva Solo iceberg — we carry a wide array of their brilliantly designed cookware, kitchen utensils, serveware, china, glassware, teapots, jugs and much more. Eva Solo products make great housewarming, hostess and wedding gifts, and of course the best kind of gift, one for yourself.

So, what are you waiting for? Take a browse through all Eva Solo at Design Public


Monday, September 7th, 2015

5 Tips for Using Reclaimed Wood in Your Home

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Taken from old barns and other buildings, and even on site in some construction projects, reclaimed wood lends a rustic and warm cabin-like feel to any space around the home. One of the biggest benefits of “harvesting” wood from old structures is that you can often find lumber that’s no longer available, such as old-growth denser species and species like chestnut that no longer grow tall and mighty due to the blight. Here are some tips for using reclaimed wood in your home.


Keep bedding simple to put the focus on the reclaimed wood. This bedroom strikes just the right balance between modern and rustic, with its concrete floor, clean lines and weathered wood. (Room by Briggs Edward Solomon)

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Don’t be afraid to add color to a room with a wood accent wall. Chartreuse adds a great dash of color in this contemporary rustic bedroom. And we love the faux trophies — they add an playful touch. (wood and photo via Stikwood)

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Consider reclaimed wood in the bathroom. Annie from the blog Annie’s Blessed Nest did a lovely job on her powder room reclaimed wood accent wall.  And she’s been generous enough to share how you can do it to.



Look to smaller items that integrate reclaimed wood. Some products can add just the right dose of rustic reclaimed wood to your home. When curating our offerings, we were drawn to this table lamp because we love the contrast between the 100% recovered wood fiber base and the crisp white linen lampshade.

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Clean white is a great backdrop for reclaimed wood. It lets the wood stand out and become a focal point, but doesn’t let the rough quality overpower the room. This is an especially good way to go in a kitchen where you want things to look, feel and be sanitary.

Have you tried using reclaimed wood at home? If you’ve got any tips to share, please let us know in the comments.




Friday, September 4th, 2015

Great Pinners To Follow

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Have fallen into the black hole of time-sucking that is Pinterest? We try to keep up, but we also need to do things like sleep, eat and run Design Public! But when we allow ourselves those wonderful moments to get inspired by the latest design ideas people have curated from around the web, we find ourselves drawn to these busy Pinners’ boards over and over again. And we wonder, when do they have time to eat or sleep!

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sfgirlbybay / Victoria Smith. Smith’s bohemian modern taste and style has been one of our favorites for many years, all the way back to the early days of blogs and Flickr. Since then, we’ve seen her apply her unique personal style to different abodes around San Francisco, and most recently, we’ve been following her fixing up her new house in Los Angeles. She’s got 142 boards to keep track of, so know that once you hit her page, it will be a long time before you leave. Block out a good amount of time!

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Tyler Goodro. We’ve had our eye on the guys behind’s great eye for years, and his Pinboards keep us busy repinning.

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Jonathan Boivin. Time and time again, we find ourselves getting lost in Jonathan’s boards, whether we want to be inspired by travel to incredible places, gorgeous interiors or street art.

Who are you following on Pinterest? Check out who we’re following and what we’re pinning here


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