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Monday, December 28th, 2015

Five Super-Easy Organizational Resolutions

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We’re gearing up for New Year’s Eve, and by gearing up, I mean putting my favorite Chinese restaurant that delivers on speed dial and updating my Netflix queue. Starting off the year with only a green tea ice cream hangover is always a good thing. But then there’s New Year’s Day. That’s the day we have all sorts of lofty ideas about how we’re going to improve ourselves and our lives in the coming year. These things usually fall apart by Martin Luther King Day. So we’re starting simple with some painless ways to make things run a little more smoothly in 2016.

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1) Simplify the great closet clean out. The thorough closet clean out is a great thing but can be overwhelming. Here’s what: instead, place a bin or laundry basket in your closet or laundry room. Whenever something is too big/small or just not liked, toss it in. When the bin is full, donate it. If the item is unsalvageable, turn it into cleaning rags.

2) Get that email box cleaned up. The second you receive something you have no interest in, go to the trouble to unsubscribe to it. Report Spam. Mark as junk. If you have gmail, keep promotions relegated to the Promotions folder.

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3) Get that old-school mailbox cleaned up. Keep the paper clutter from ever entering the house. Whenever you receive a cumbersome financial report, a paper bill or other correspondence that needs shredding, go to the trouble of signing up for the paperless route right then and there. Opt out of pre-approved credit card offers and other junk mail at OptOutPreScreen.com, catalogchoice.org and DMAchoice.org. While you wait for this all to take effect, open the mail next to the recycling bin.

4) Never lose another password. I swear, this will save you countless hours of having to answer security questions about your first pet’s name and waiting for emails that contain temporary passwords. Sign up for LastPass (lastpass.com) right now. It is life-changing. The only password you’ll ever have to remember again is the on you use to log into LastPass.

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5) Streamline your social media presence. I don’t know about you, but I find it boring and annoying when my friends post the same stuff to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. It’s like dude, is it that important to you that we don’t miss the umpteenth photo of your dog? Do you really think that cheesy inspirational quote is so profound that we need to read it in three times in three different places? The answer is no (even though “Hang in There” in a terribly dated font paired with a cat does rule.) Social media hogs up way too much of our productive and real face-to-face social time. Try to pick one platform for personal use and stick with it. (OK, you can have two if you must, but no double-dip posts allowed.)

Do you have any plans to make 2016 less cluttered and more productive? Please share them with us.

 

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Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Six of Our Favorite Modern Fireplaces and Wood Stoves

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Contrary to popular belief, it’s possible to be modern and warm. And we’re going to go ahead and take the “warm” literally and aesthetically. Here are a few of our favorite modern and contemporary fireplaces and wood stoves.

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This glossy wood stove has retro and modern-day appeal. It provides a big red exclamation point in the middle of a stark white space. Photo by Bruno Suet

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This beautiful home on Cape Cod combines classic mid-century modern architecture with warm touches like cushy upholstery, handmade rugs and a funky twig rocker. But the star of the room is the Fireorb, which looks like something straight out of The Jetsons. It is a new part of the extensive renovations by Hammer Architects, and is suspended from the ceiling and can be turned to face different areas within the space.

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This Finnish cabin by Avanto Architects is minimalist yet super-toasty. There’s nothing like falling asleep to a glowing fire in the bedroom. Photo by Kuvio, via ArchDaily

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While I have to wonder if it’s impossible to keep this clear glass surround clean, I can’t help but smile at this fresh take on a chimney. The log storage niche is an ingenious addition. No idea how to credit this as it’s like following a rabbit hole down Tumblr and Pinterest

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This gorgeous loft looks super toasty thanks to a super-cool fireplace/wood stove hybrid. Kinda makes you want to gather around it and have a singalong. No idea how to credit this as it’s like following a rabbit hole down Tumblr and Pinterest

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Finally, I love a bedecked mantle/chimney. This one is is strong in its elegant simplicity.Photo by Yayo Ahumada, floral design by Moon Canyon, via Domaine Home

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Monday, November 30th, 2015

Great Gifts for Tea Lovers

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Oh the blogs are always filled with talk of a warm cup of tea as the ultimate sign of comfort and even civility. Sometimes it’s such a cliche that it makes me roll my eyes, to be honest. But I have to admit, there’s something to it. Finding that perfect flavor, warming ones hands on a chilly day and relaxing with a few sips is a wonderful way to relax and creates an afternoon ritual — a time to take a little mental and physical break. OK, now you’re probably rolling your eyes at me.

Of course you likely have a loved one who talks tea more than anyone. They order Earl Grey at breakfast, Lemon Lift in the afternoon and get crazy with a mug-o-chai at Starbucks. They extol the virtues of antioxidents. The tea snob will usually hail from the U.K. and poo-poo our lazy teabags here in the states, and American tea aficionados have taken note and followed suit. These gifts are perfect for those folks who have turned tea into a hobby and passion. And they are long on style as well, from classic Royal Copenhagen to sleek Stelton to whimsical iittala. And while their odes to tea may make us roll our eyes, after they fix us a cup, we change our tunes.

 

 

Gifts for Tea Lovers

 

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Monday, November 30th, 2015

Great Gifts for Cooks

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I love it when there is a great cook, budding chef or foodie on my list. While I have no culinary skills whatsoever, I love shopping for all of the fun tools that help them mince, dice, juice, chop and whatever else people do in the kitchen. However, I can attest that I have the funnel below and it works great, especially when trying to transfer that pesky dish soap and hand lotion from the big refill container into the sink-side dispenser. It even flattens out for easy storage. For the rest I relied on reviews from cooks who have used these gadgets for the function, and my own eye for the style.

Here we’ve curated some of the most useful, stylish and popular kitchen gifts at Design Public.Whether you need to grab something special for under $15 or your splurging big time on someone who really heats your burners, we’ve got something across a range of price points.

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Monday, November 30th, 2015

Favorite Gifts for Pets and Animal Lovers

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There’s a certain person on your shopping list who is usually pretty easy to buy for — the animal lover. But let’s face it, lots of pet products don’t put aesthetics on the priority list. While form follows function for the pet products we curate at Design Public, we know you care about style too. Why can’t a litter box be stylish? Why can’t your favorite chickadees enjoy some mid-century mod-inspired room and board.
Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite pet and pet-related products for those animal lovers in your life. And yes, the birds you feed in the backyard count. Pet Gifts

 

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