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Friday, November 8th, 2013

Weekend Shopping: Sale Reminders

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We have a lot of really good sales going on at Design Public right now and some of them are ending soon. While you’re sitting with your feet up, playing around with your tablet and watching the big game this weekend (I know you parents are like “yeah right, as if that ever happens!”) make sure to check out all of the items you can save on. It’s a great way to get your Christmas shopping rolling ahead of schedule and save money while doing it.

Ending November 10: Blu Dot 20% Off Sale


Cerno Silva Table Lamp

November 15: Select Items from Cerno up to 10% Off Sale


Check out all the current sales and promotions at Design Public

Also, there is always an ever-changing inventory of stock in the Design Public Outlet. These are returns that are discounted for reasons like “opened box” or  the plastic wrap has been opened. In fact, almost every item I’ve purchased here came from the Outlet, because I watch it like a hawk! The outlet does not give you time to dilly-dally around, there is usually only one of each item shown, but if you’re sure you want something, get it while you can, like this Thomas Paul Flax Pine 22″ Pillow in Cocoa. I love that this is business in the front, party in the back (or vice-versa? you decide):

FRONT

BACK

Check out everything at the Design Public Outlet

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Monday, November 4th, 2013

Field Trip: The University of Virginia

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If you follow us on Instagram (please do, we’re new to it and we’d love to see what you are posting!), you may have noticed I had a little Charlottesville getaway this weekend. The fall foliage peak was just tipping, but I was just in time to see brilliant oranges, reds and yellows all over this small city in central Virginia. I may be biased, but the beauty of my alma mater’s grounds (at UVA, we don’t say “campus,” I don’t know why) never ceases to amaze me. Here are a few reasons why the Academical Village is the only university campus in the United States that is designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

photo by Becky Harris

The lawn. Thomas Jefferson created his Academical Village around a central lawn with dorm rooms for students and pavilions for profs down the sides, and the rotunda at the end. (The other end was to remain open to the view of the mountains, but alas, it no longer is.)

photo by Becky Harris

The pavilions. Jefferson loved to experiment with architecture,and his pavilions were meant to serve as examples for study. On this pavilion, the balcony railings all have different patterns. He also used different classical details on the tops of columns.

photo by Becky Harris

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The rotunda. Jefferson’s original rotunda burned down in 1895. Just as well, an ugly annex had been added onto it for classroom space, throwing off its Palladian proportions. Stanford White directed the restoration of the rotunda that stands today. Oopsies, he also added the buildings that block the view of the mountains on the south end of the lawn. We’ll forgive him.

photo by Becky Harris

The Serpentine walls. Behind the pavilions are beautiful gardens, each one with its own distinct personality. Alleys between gardens are lined with  serpentine walls, which lead to additional student rooms on the Range. Jefferson designed these walls, which are only one brick thick.

Photo by Meredith Swierczynski

Edgar Allen Poe’s on the Range. You can stop by Edgar Allen Poe’s old room, which has been restored to look like it did back in the day, and press a doorbell to hear the poem “The Raven.” I always felt sorry for whomever lived on either side of that room and had to listen to that poem dozens of times per day and wondered how it affected him or her.

photo by Becky Harris

Newer architecture. The original architecture school at UVA celebrates the brutalist architecture that was so popular at the time (1970), but also incorporates the university’s ubiquitous brick. This is not the most popular building on the grounds, but those huge windows that face north gave us great light in the studios.

My personal favorite is Bryan Hall by Michael Graves. Unfortunately, I forgot to snap a photo of it.

photo by Becky Harris

Just below the A-school and the new arts campus surrounding it is this installation by Patrick Dougherty. The whorled stick hut-like shapes make for a wonderful interactive experience. One can’t help but jump in and pose for a picture peeking through one of the openings.

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Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Woodsy Homes With Treehouse Chic

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There’s something about a woodsy perch that has universal appeal. Whether it reminds you of making a fort when you were a kid, feels exciting to be up high or just makes you want to nest, a home with a treehouse feeling makes brings you closer to nature and free like a bird. Here are a few favorite homes I’ve spied around the web with  wonderful treehouse qualities.

by FINNE Architects

Sometimes it’s just about some big beautiful windows on a site that’s thoughtfully nestled in the woods, even down at ground level. Bathing in this home, renovated by Seattle’s Finne Architects must feel almost primeval.

by Synthesis Design Inc.

This beautiful home by Vancouver, B.C.’s Synthesis Design Inc.’s extensive decks create a perch among the trees. The wood trim blends in beautifully with the forest.

Radius House, Dwyer Design, photo by Joe Fletcher and Caitlin Atkinson

This amazing home, The Radius House, was originally designed by a protege of Frank Lloyd Wright, Daniel Liebermann, and  few years ago underwent an extensive renovation by San Francisco’s Dwyer Design. Open to wide views out the windows and through the roof, the home is a dreamy nest.

The Chemosphere by John Lautner

Look familiar? You may have seen it in Charlie’s Angels (the movie) or Body Double . John Lautner’s Chemosphere in Los Angeles is more like a spaceship that landed in the trees, sitting on a somewhat undeveloped hillside and looking down over the valley below.

via http://inthralld.com/

For more of our favorite treehouse picks (both true treehouses and the treehouse-like), check out our Treehouse Pinboard on Pinterest.

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Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Beautiful Doors Around the World

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One of our favorite things to look for on Pinterest are beautiful and interesting doors. From ancient carved wooden versions to very contemporary steel and glass models, doors are an element that makes a huge design impact and set the tone for what awaits inside a home and add instant curb appeal. Here is smattering of a few standouts; check out our entire collection of favorites on our Pinterest Board, The Doors.

Ornately carved doors – Thailand knows how to get it right.

When Art Noveau design reigned in Paris, intricate designs didn’t stop on the door itself but continued around the surround and integrated the entry into the rest of the building’s facade. I love this building connects to and has a bit of fun with classical style while pushing avant-garde limits.

Photo by Bruno Morandi

While Moroccan doors can be incredibly ornate, this one is now more about color and the simple arched shape. Of course it does show the decorative value that can be achieved with hardware, even when it’s painted over.

Photo by Ricardo DeAratanha for the Los Angeles Times

1972 L.A. had some pretty cool doors – these have a sunburst pattern and are bronze.  bronze, sunburst-patterned front door is original to the house.

By Cambuild (Perth, Australia)

This door punctuates the modern facade with shocking red color, making the point of entrance clear and welcoming, then surprising with the way it pivots open.

Wondering what to do with your existing door that may be a little Plain Jane compared to some of these? It’s incredible what some paint and creativity can do. Why not go for an oversized lion’s head ring doorknocker? Or shock your neighbors with a bold color?

Photo by flickr member Yashvé Pérez

I’m not saying you have to go Pepto pink, but the charm of this door (and bike-as-accent) in Dublin can’t be denied.

Are you considering going brazen with your front door? Please tell us about it in the comments section.

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Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Great Deals on Some of Our Most Popular Lighting

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There are a ton of fantastic sales going on at Design Public right now. As we get ready for that dreaded “fall back” day when we’ll be in darkness an hour earlier, it’s time to cheer up the house with the right lighting. We’ve slashed prices on some of our new classic, most popular pieces from modern pendants to funky table lamps, so I thought I’d introduce a few of them to you.

David Trubridge Kina Pendant Lamp

Right now, all David Trubridge is 15% off (through October 31, 2013). This is the David Trubridge Kina Pendant Lamp. I’ve noticed architects and interior designers scooping up this beautiful natural bamboo pendant. The shape was inspired by the structure of sea urchins.

Kartell Bourgie Lamp

Now through October 27, 2013, Kartell is 20% off, including the ever-popular Bourgie Lamp. Now that warm metals are back in style, you may want the bling of gold, but you can also choose chrome-plated, white or black matte. This silhouette is something a modern-day Marie Antoinette would appreciate, like if Sofia Coppola remade her movie again, in present day.

Kartell FL/Y Suspension Lamp

Kartell also makes the FL/Y Suspension Lamp, which comes in a rainbow of bright colors and has become a design staple. The pendant light adds a classic modern shape, bubbly personality and a punch of bold color.

Pablo Tube Top Colored Table Lamp

Now through October 24, 2013, all Pablo is 15% off. Pablo is one of the very first brands we ever carried and it’s been such a joy to see the company take off and see the designs placed in so many gorgeous design magazine spreads. The Pablo Tube Top Table Lamp is one of the mot popular table lamps I’ve noticed in modern and contemporary rooms; it also adds an eclectic touch to more traditional and collected room styles. The photo above just makes me happy, like a roll of LifeSavers.

The Pablo Link Task Lamp

The Pablo Link Task Lamp has a personality that makes me want to give each one it’s own name, each a funky character and will illuminate your desk or your bedtime reading with adjustable style.

So that’s just a teaser of just a few of the great lighting (in addition to many other pieces of furniture and accessories) deals we have going on. October is a great time to adjust your lighting and cozy up for winter, and there won’t be a better time than now to save big. What are you waiting for?

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