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Friday, August 15th, 2014

Last Chance To Save 20% Off Gus*Modern Upholstered Pieces

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Just a reminder that our sale on Gus*Modern upholstered pieces is ending soon. So take the weekend to think it over and get your orders in by Sunday (August 17, 2014) at midnight EST. If you haven’t had a chance to glance over the options, here’s a peek at a few of the highlights.

Gus*Modern has great sofa selections, whether you’re looking for a loveseat, full-sized or a sectional. The Jane Loft Bi-Sectional Sofa is very versatile. Its metal base lends it well to a loft, while its tufting lets it fit right in with a more traditional family room.

Speaking of versatile, one of my favorite pieces is an upholstered ottoman. The Gus*Modern Henry Ottoman can serve as coffee table, a footrest and extra seating in a pinch. It also looks great at the end of a bed or in an entryway.

Gus*Modern GT Rocker is a new classic. WIth its simple modern silhouette, it references mid-century style with a contemporary twist. The hard steel base contrasts with the contoured soft upholstered seat and back. It’s a great accent piece for a living room, home office, family room or bedroom.

Gus Modern Carmichael Bed

The Gus Modern Carmichael Bed is clean-lined yet soft. Its wingback headboard nods to traditional style in a contemporary way. It also includes a support system that eliminates the need for a box spring, and its upholstered side rails eliminate the need for a bedskirt.

This is just a tiny sample of all the great modern pieces you can save on through Sunday. So go take a last look and make your decision while you can still save 20%!

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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

The Trustees of the Reservation Part I: A Visit to World’s End

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Last week I was lucky enough to travel up to the coast of Massachusetts and visit some wonderful places. Thanks to the Trustees of the Reservation, 100 sites and 25,000 acres of land have been conserved. They manage a wide variety of sites, from the National Historic Site of Naumkeag, with it’s amazing gardens designed by Fletcher Steele, to more than 5 miles of trails through the dunes and greater site surrounding Crane’s Beach on the North Shore of Boston.

photo - The Trustees of the Reservation

I was able to visit two remarkable sites maintained by the Trustees of the Reservation. The first is an all-time favorite, World’s End in Hingham. This amazing site is a glaciated landscape consisting of four drumlins that jut out into Boston harbor. Way back in the day, Frederick Law Olmsted designed carriage paths lined with oak allees,when the site was slated for subdivision. Luckily that, plans for the UN headquarters, a potential nuclear power plant and who knows what else were all thwarted, and World’s End remains and incredibly beautiful spot for hiking and picnicking. There is a rugged cliff trail and a panoramic view of the Boston skyline, Hingham harbor and the town of Hull from its highest points.

There is so much more to maintaining these properties than mowing the grass. This modern birdwatching blind is a recent addition at World’s End. Recently, the adjacent salt marsh it looks out upon was completely rehabilitated. I love to spy egrets here.

Once dammed up and blocked from the harbor, the marsh had filled in and become overrun with invasive plants. A recent project was taking out the dams and reestablishing the marsh. The new bridge at the far end of this photo replaced the dam.

On my last visit this deer and her mother crossed right in front of me on a walking path. The 251 acre site is a wonderful habitat for all sorts of wildlife.

From atop the highest drumlin, you can spy the skyline of Boston in the distance.

For more information on visiting properties protected by The Trustees of the Reservation or leaving a donation to help them keep up the good work, visit thetrustees.org. To see more photos from my trip, check out Design Public on Instagram.

Our next visit will be to Norris Reservation in Norwell Massachusetts, which abuts the scenic North River. Stay tuned.

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Monday, July 28th, 2014

Sale! 20% off iittala

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You have approximately one week to scoop up great deals on iittala — our 20% off sale ends on August 5th, 2014.

In case you are unfamiliar with iittala, it’s a brand that offers many iconic pieces for design lovers, from hand-blown glass birds designed by Oiva Toikka to classic vases by Alvar Aalto.

iittala Toikka Barn Owl

By the way, in case you were wondering about the man who behind the birds, this is Oiva Toikka:

But there is so much more to iittala than just the coolest glass birds around. It’s my go-to for host/hostess and wedding gifts. When there’s a sale like this, I like to stock up. Don’t tell my friends, but my standing wedding gift for everyone I ever met in architecture school is an Aalto vase. I like to scoop up a few when I can save 20%.

Kaj Franck’s Kartio Carafe

Of course, don’t feel like you have to buy stuff for other people. When there’s a sale, it’s an even better justification to shop just for yourself. The simplicity of Kaj Franck’s Kartio Carafe will please you minimalists and fans of all things Finnish.

iittala Sarpaneva 2.9 Cast Iron Casserole

The iittala  Sarpaneva 2.9 quart Cast Iron Casserole with the wooden handle will become your favorite piece of cookware, and you’ll leave it out on the stovetop 24/7 just to show it off. I gave one to my very picky impeccable Aunt Sally Wittenberg many years ago and it is always out on her stove. And Aunt Sally was never one to just leave things on the stove that weren’t in use.

Even if you’re just looking up to pick up a little something, there’s something special from iittala. My choice is the iittala Kastehlmi in light blue. The little beads make this such an elegant and charming piece.  While it is practical glassware, I’m thinking it’s going on my nightstand to corral my watch and jewelry, or perhaps with one floating flower in it.

But don’t let me tell you what to buy, go shop the sale yourself!

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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Designer Interview: Sarah Jane Studios

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We are so excited to announce the launch of a collaboration made in heaven. Illustrator Sarah Jane of Sarah Jane Studios has teamed up with Pop & Lolli to bring her charming and whimsical creations to removable fabric wallpapers and decals.
Pop & Lolli founder Mia Viljoen first fell in love with Sarah Jane’s work when her daughters’ South African grandmother made them matching dresses from Sarah Jane’s fabric. She then realized the charming illustrations would make brilliantly gorgeous wall decor, decals and wallpaper .
Today we’re sitting down with Sarah Jane to learn more about her inspirations for this charming collection. Thanks so much to Sarah Jane for sharing her thoughts and inspirations with us!
PHOTO CREDIT: Tara B Photography
How does this collaboration differ from others you’ve done before? My products in the past mostly have been created here at Sarah Jane Studios. My fabric that I design is a collaboration … a licensing relationship. And this one is just that. I love that I can design for Pop & Lolli while still keeping the Sarah Jane esthetic as a strong brand. This collaboration is different in that I am actually able to sell and market the wallpaper myself as well, which I get really excited about. I love being directly involved with the customer!
What’s it like to go from prints and textiles to wallpapers and decals? Is your approach any different? If so, in what way? From textiles, wallpaper is an easy translation. Most of my wallpapers are directly from my fabric collections. My approach with the wall decals took a bit more preparation. It was a matter of in some cases redrawing the illustrations to fit the end result of being enlarged and used separately.
How can parents help keep the magic of childhood alive the way your illustrations do? Creating creative spaces for children is key. Children live in their imaginations, and will do that naturally regardless of their environment….for a time. Keeping their spaces a live with color, design and story is what keeps that whimsical thinking an ongoing experience for them. I’ve also found that when  children’s space is designed with creative play in mind, the parents are more likely to engage in that play as well. Fostering creative play is always easier when the space is fun, colorful, and whimsical first.
What inspired this collection? Is there a particular message seen in it you’d like to reiterate? What does this message mean to you? Simple, imaginative play inspires most of my designs. I am a firm believer in letting children be children. Not growing them up too fast. The world does a pretty good job of that already. Children parading around with balloons and bugles, mermaids that seem classic and timeless, and children riding bareback through an open field might seem unrelated in context. But in feeling, it’s the same. Let children imagine themselves without boundaries, keeping play simple and creative and imagining themselves in the art.
But on top of that, I also care greatly about making sure that a children’s space is in line with the design-minded parents. Color that’s fresh, line work that’s simple and expressive. The parents have to love it too!
Thanks so much Sarah Jane! We’re so excited that everyone who makes a Pop & Lolli purchase will be entered to win a $50 gift card from Design Public, now through August 8, 2014, so be sure to check out all things Pop & Lolli.
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Monday, June 30th, 2014

Time to Bunk Those Kiddos Up. Flexa Children’s Furniture is on Sale!

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If your tot is in the need for a big-girl or big-boy bed, or will be soon, now is the time to scoop it up. Why? Because right now all Flexa products are 25% off. You can take some time to think it over, as the sale does not end until July 31, 2014, but start perusing now.

Flexa Bunk Bed

Here’s what is so awesome about Flexa. When your kiddo is in the bunk bed phase, the two beds stack safely one atop the other, complete with ladder.

Flexa Bunk Bed with Jungle Curtains

Next you can add cool curtains that turn it into an inviting fort. There are Princess, Jungle, and Pirate to choose from.

Flexa Bunk Bed with Pirate Cave and Pirate Curtains

On top, you can add a Flexa cave to create a penthouse fort.

Flexa Princess Pockets

Another accessory are the pockets in all three themes — these are great for keeping a flashlight, favorite stuffed animal and books within bedside reach.

If one kiddo is handing down the beds to another, you can switch out the theme to suit their tastes — maybe your son is into the jungle theme and your daughter’s favorite word is “ARGGG!” — it’s an easy switch from a jungle loft  to a  pirate ship. Or a princess cave can top some pirate curtains.

Finally, once they trade jungles and pirates for Teen People, they may want to lose the bunks all together. This is easy, as the two beds easily transform into side-by-side twins, totally ready for tween slumber parties.

Flexa Bunk Bed Converts to Twins

Think it over, check out the different finishes and themes and decide if Flexa’s versatile line will fit your growing toddler’s lifestyle. If so, jump on it while you can save 25%. Sale ends July 31, 2014.

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