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Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Some Easy Swaps and Props for Summer Decor

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If you’re not going anywhere this weekend, it’s a great time to summer-fy your place. Or for those of you lucky enough to have a cottage or a summer share it’s the prime weekend to open it up and give it a zshush. Here are 10 favorite products that will help you get ready for summer.

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1. Lobstahs! Go for that overt sea creature theme, because now is the time. A favorite lobster accessory of mine is the Thomas Paul Lobster Sketch Pillow.

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2. Candlelight.  Get ready for some outdoor candlelight. The usual tealight holders won’t keep the breeze from blowing out your flames. Add color and cute little perforated designs to your moody candlelight with notNeutral Hurricanes (set of 2).

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3. Be picnic-ready. The Fatboy Picnic Lounge has plenty of room for your entire picnic party and comes with four pins to keep it grounded and a brush to keep it sand-free.

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4. Embrace the BBQ, and take it wherever you go. The RS Barcelona Mon Oncle BBQ is portable, has retro style and you tote it down to the beach  in a cool little briefcase. This makes it a cool little accessory when it’s stashed in the house, not in use. you won’t want to hide it in a garage like those other grills.

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5. Add some summery art. I love to switch up my color scheme in the summer. One key work of art can inspire all of your choices. The pastels and bright greens in this oil painting by Ginger Marshall will make the room feel instantly airier.

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6. Accessorize your mojito. Hot days call for cool cocktails. Jazz them up with these playful patterns from See Design.

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7. Have the lemonade or sweet tea chillin’. Also, you must have a pitcher of iced tea at the ready at all times. Them’s the rules. The ittala Aino Aalto Pitcher is a mid-century classic, and seeing it every time you open up the refrigerator will make you happy.

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9. Swap in cotton for wool. Lighter brighter rugs will remind your bare feet it’s summer. This is the Blu Dot Bravo Rug in Orange.

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10. Hang a summery shower curtain. This is the easiest and least expensive way to give your bathroom what will feel like a total makeover. Thomas Paul has everything from the squid to the whale on his sea-inspired shower curtains, but I find this pair of seahorses too cute to resist.

What’s your favorite summer design move? Please share it with us in the comments section.

 

 

 

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Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Industrial Modern: Our Top Picks

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Industrial modern is a design phrase that gets thrown around a lot but what exactly does it mean? To us, there is always an element that throws back to the era between the start of the  industrial age and the dawn of international style. Industrial modern style can spring from living in a loft that used to be a warehouse back in the 1930s, adding reclaimed wood with a long interesting history, going a bit steampunk or using pipes as part of shelving structure, adding factory-style windows, providing classic metal stools inspired by 1930s French cafes and more.

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A good industrial modern room is never cold — It’s not a sleek lacquer and metal minimalist space.  There’s rough-hewn wood, glints of copper, exposed brick and/or patinaed concrete that add warmth. The story is in the shapes and textures. Here are ten of our favorite industrial modern pieces at Design Public right now.

Swish-ConsoleDesk-Slate.jpegBlu Dot Swish Console Desk. A mix of the powdercoated base and white ash wood hits the right balance.

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Gus Modern Vintage Swingarm Lamp. Stainless steel arm and a vintage-y filament bulb. Plus, we prefer the wire hanging down the wall in an industrial modern space. Hiding it in the wall = too fussy.

AcuteHighStool_AmberPlum_Web.jpgBrave Space Design Acute High Stool. This looks like it could have been crafted in one of the warehouse spaces described above, by some modern-day carpenter/welder/all-around Renaissance person who studies the older ways of crafting objects.

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Menu Wine Decanter. It has a beaker-like shape and a stainless steel top. 9000539_Wire_Bin_Black_01.jpg_1Menu Wire Bin. It has has a simple wire look. Great for stashing all of your rolled up architectural drawings, toys, towels, flip flops, or, you know, wastepaper.

 

18357_f8e4dbea2cBlu Dot Real Good Chair in Copper. It glints. It changes over time. Its got great lines inspired by flat-packing. Your fingerprints only make it better. Sold.

02774_b294d0de6dDESU DESIGN Aperture Spice Rack. Strong horizontal lines, and the colors of the spices transform it into art.

601000_one_step_up_300dpiNormann Copenhagen One Step Up Bookcase. Yeah, because it looks like a ladder. And it’s so simple.

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LEFF Amsterdam Brick Wall Desk Clock. Because it’s a flip clock. And the font is awesome.

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Cerno Silva Table Lamp. It just has a certain industrial meets craftsman structure to it.

 

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Monday, October 20th, 2014

Blu Dot Sale! Save 20% Through November 9th

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It’s that time of year — Blu Dot is 20% off now through November 9, 2014! If you’re not familiar with Blu Dot, chances are you’ve seen their work around and just didn’t know it. Two best friends, John Christakos and Maurice Blanks founded the Minnesota company in 1997 and it has taken the design world by storm ever since. Founded on the simple concept that Good Design Is Good, creating pieces that are practical and just plain cool.

If you haven’t checked them out, Blu Dot is one of the best companies to follow on Pinterest, as they apply their discerning eyes to all good design and share their creative collaborations. They also ran a two-week swap meet, where folks could propose trades for their products. Successful fans proposed trading Blu Dot products rendered in cross-stitch, carrying a Rook Table Lamp around Boston for a week and even learning a ukelele song to in turn, dedicate to them.

Plus, their product shots always inspire and awe. This one for their Nook Bed is one of our all-time faves:

Their Strut Tables remain one of the most popular items, whether in coffee table form as seen here, dining room table size or console table:

Here is the Rook Lamp one fan was willing to take everywhere with her for a week. Sounds worth it, but personally, I’d rather just save 20%:

No deer were harmed while photographing this shot, which includes a Strut Dining Table,  a 4-Drawer Shale Credenza, a Delta Rug and a couple of Real Good Chairs in Copper:

The best thing about the philosophy that Good Design Is Good is that these pieces are timeless. They aren’t something yo’ll chuck during a move, but rather, something you’ll hang on to and treasure for decades. Blu Dots pieces slip into not only contemporary and modern rooms; they work with traditional, transitional, collected and rustic rooms too.

You have a few weeks to ponder which pieces you’d like to invest in, but do it while you have a chance to save big.

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Blu Dot photos by Dan Monick

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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


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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):

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Check out everything at the Design Public Outlet

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Friday, November 9th, 2012

Around the Web This Week

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What a week! Personally I ruined my fall back extra hour of sleep by staying up late for election results and speeches and never caught back up; it’s like a week-long political hangover and I’m just glad there aren’t 6 billion dollars worth of annoying ads assaulting us anymore. It’s been fun to think about other things; here are a few fun virtual design stops I’ve made this week.

First, let’s get serious. Victims of Hurricane Sandy need help. A lot of helpful tips have been posted all over the web this week; I’m finding first-hand accounts from friends on Facebook have some of the most useful information. Bottom line, these people don’t need your worn-out clothing right now, what they do need includes warm outerwear (coats, scarves, mittens, hats, wool socks, etc.), cash, hand sanitizer, batteries, wipes, cans of soup and can openers, diapers, warm blankets, power cords and more. An easy way to help is to text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Another charity that is doing great work and makes it easy to donate online is Family-to-Family.

If you need to lighten your mood, I highly recommend a viewing of Moonrise Kingdom from the comfort of your living room. If you’ve already checked out Wes Anderson’s latest visual feast but can’t get enough, check out the behind the scenes tours, particularly Bill Murray’s guided set tour.

I loved this post from Tablet about great spots for what they call “the annual man trip” but I have decided to call mancations, dudescursions and/or bro-jurns. While I’m not a man and I don’t really care to go fishing or smoke cigars, I would happily cozy up in any of these awesome spots around the world.

I finally had time to sit down and savor the latest issue of Anthology magazine. The theme is Rhythm and Hues and it’s a great look at the homes of music-industry types. I love that during a time when so many home glossies were going out of business, this talented group had the guts create a fresh and original print magazine. I treat each one like I would a book, and they will never be making their way to my recycling bin.

By the way, if you got too caught up in the fray and forgot to shop our Blu Dot sale, don’t fret. It’s been extended through November 19th. Click here to start browsing and saving.

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