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Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Design Public Guide: The Best Homework Desks


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It’s that time of year, time to get ready for those homework assignments and special projects. Whether you’ve got a youngster who hasn’t had to struggle over math problems until this school year or a teenager who has to balance those chemistry equations you don’t remember how to help with, you can give some assistance by getting a nice organized workspace set up. It all starts with a good base — a desk with enough surface to spread out books, a computer and paper to do work. Here are seven great options. desk-51-modern-desk-red_1


Blu Dot Desk 51. While this desk comes in ivory/gray, slate and white, we recommend red. Red has intense energy, symbolizing willpower, passion and leadership. It is seductive and hopefully that will draw your kiddos over to the homework area.


MASH Studios LAX Wall Mounted Desk. If you’re short on space, this unit is a stylish solution. Made of English walnut, the desk includes a sliding door to hide clutter and holes to keep wires organized and out of sight.


Stoller Works Yellow Frame Standing Desk. This is a great desk to keep handy for the whole family (or for those who aren’t tall enough for it, add an adjustable stool). Since according to health reports, standing is the new sitting, a standing option is a healthy option to have at home. The elegant trestle design is sleek and industrial while the lower shelf adds a spot for out-of-the-way but handy storage. Stoller Works standing desks come in 38-, 40-, 42- and 43-heights. Shop all Stoller Works Tables and Desks


Context Furniture russ Library Desk and Desk Shelf. Designed by Scott Klinker, the geometric shapes seen in this clean-lined design inspire and add playful style. The added shelf option adds space to help keep the surface clear.


Blu Dot Hitch Add-On Bookshelf and Desk. This flexible system keeps books at hand and adds much-needed storage to a child’s bedroom. The best news is that when the kiddos leave the nest, it will make a stylish shelving system in a grown-up living room, family room or workspace that will never go out of style.


Gus Modern Junction Desk. Speaking of adapting these furniture piece later, this desk is one you may try and steal from your child while they are still at home. Handsome and contemporary, it will serve you well not only as a desk, but also as a console, entry or sofa table in the future.


OFFI Overlap Tray. This is a version of one of the original items we sold back at the very beginning of Design Public, and it’s popularity has never wavered. Sometimes a kid or a teen simply needs to prop up someplace extra-comfortable after a long day at school. The tray holds a book, writing utensils or a laptop with ease.

As you outfit your homework space, stay tuned for our guide to task lamps, desk chairs and workspace accessories.




Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Instagrammers We Love to Follow


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I have to admit it, while Design Public was quick to hop on Facebook, tweet tweet tweet and Pin away early on, we arrived really late to the Instagram party! But it’s probably a good thing, or else we never would have had any time to get any other work done. Instagram is so much fun to play on that we have to drag ourselves off the app. At bedtime, I tell myself I’m going to just check in for five minutes and then realize an hour has passed, which is probably why I feel like a zombie most mornings.

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We’re still experimenting with what kind of posts you’d like to see from us, so suggestions are very welcome! But enough about us, here are some of the Instagrammers we are having fun following.

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MoMA (themuseumofmodernart) Instagram is my favorite way to keep up with their events, check out what’s on exhibit and get inspired by one of the finest art collections in the country.

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Ann Sage (citysage) We’ve been fans of Ann’s for many years, and it’s no surprise she’s got the magic touch when it comes to her Instagram account. Beautiful photography, a wonderful understanding of white space and a pleasingly arranged Instagram grid. (Do you think about how your photos will be composed on the grid when you post them? We’re trying to get the hang of it.) Clicking on citysage and browsing through her photos completely relaxes me, and then gives me a kick in the butt to go organize and pretty-fy some disastrous area in my home.

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Gus*Modern (gusmodern). We have known these guys for a long time and were not surprised to see that their Insta feed is full of bright and beautiful spaces layered with personality. It’s a great way to see how people are using their furniture in real homes, as well as keep up with the latest products. This is important to us, to see how the products we sell are used once they leave the showroom.

We would love to know who inspires you on Instagram, and we’d also like to share some of our favorites each week. So please add your faves and your own account usernames in the Comments section so that we can check out what you’ve got going on!


Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Brand Spotlight: Get to Know TrueModern

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Do you know TrueModern? If not, it’s a greet time to get acquainted. We are happy to announce that for the first time ever in TrueModern’s history, we are launching a fantastic sale. Take 20%  off all of TrueModern upholstered pieces from August 17 through September 17 2015.

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Julia and Edgar Blazona have combined experience of working for Williams-Sonoma, Target, Pottery Barn, and West Elm before branching out with their own brand, TrueModern. You’ll love their stylish, comfortable, pet and kid-friendly sofas, chairs and ottomans, and they’ll be a big part of your home furniture for decades to come as they are not only classic but also very durable. Available in several styles and all the different configurations and sizes you’ll need, they offer comfortable and chic seating for everyone in the family.

Take a look at TrueModern’s corner pieces, chaises and sofas to see which configuration will work for your room. Then study the colors to see which one you will love for years to come. This is the TrueModern Jackson 104-inch Sofa with Chaise:


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All of TrueModern’s pieces are available in a range of colors. This is Blue Bird, which adds lovely color but can also serve as a modern-day neutral:

If you’re looking for something that will add a big jolt of color to your space, check out Parrot:



The TrueModern Jackson Chair is dangerous because once you sink into it you may not ever want to get up.




You have a few weeks to play around with layouts and think about color, but don’t wait too long. The sale ends on September 17, 2015.

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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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Friday, July 17th, 2015

Don’t Miss the Gus Modern Summer Sale!

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Buying a new sofa is a big deal. It’s one of those big purchases that you hem and haw over and save up your money for. Don’t miss this chance to save 20% on Gus*Modern’s upholstered pieces. There is a range of beautiful styles, fabrics and colors. Also while you’re shopping, why not pick up a chair or two, and/or an upholstered ottoman? The sale is on until August 16, 2015, so you’ll have plenty of time to hem. And haw. Then decide.



The Margo Sofa is a beautiful new classic with French flair. And deep jewel-toned blue is the new neutral. Upholstered in jewel-toned velvet, you’ll want to channel your inner George Costanza and ensconce yourself in it. By the way, if blue velvet’s not for you, it also comes in quartz, zinc and goldleaf.


If Don Draper was shilling on Madison Avenue in 2015, I think he’d choose The Davenport Sofa. Its clean lines are a current update on mid-century modern style, and its sleek stainless steel base adds a contemporary touch.  It also comes in a bi-sectional version as well.


The Thatcher Sofa combines a steel frame with unique diamond-patterned upholstery that adds a slightly more traditional touch.




Need more space to stretch out and seat more people? The Jane Bi-Sectional Sofa gives you room to put your feet up and relax. Warning: This may induce a fat nap.



The Mimico Ottoman is one of those pieces that will serve you in many ways, in a bunch of rooms, for many years to come. Place it in the entryway as a landing strip, where you can take your shoes off and stash them, your bag and other equipment out of view inside. Use it as a coffee table that doubles as an ottoman. Place it at the end of your bed as a bench and keep an extra throw blanket stored inside. There are so many possibilities.


The Spanner Chair was designed in 1950 and its playful style has endures. In fact, it was out of production for about 50 years before Gus struck a deal with the Spanner family to bring this beauty back to life.

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