Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Around the Web This Week: From Fab Offices to Sparkle


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1. First of all, I’m happy to announce that Design Public has finally jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon. Be sure and follow Design Public on Pinterest! Who do you like to follow on Pinterest? I haven’t had a lot of time to delve into it, as I know it will be a huge time sucker, but right now I’m loving checking out Tobi Fairley’s pins.

2. Speaking of pins, a great place to find pin-worthy images of places that are available for you to rent is Airnb. We love the images of their new offices that we spied over at Office Snapshots:

The spaces are incredibly dynamic and diverse; one great pairing is this super-sleek white meeting area that uses Panton Chairs by Vitra. I love the contrast between the space above and the space below, which has some vintage granny chic happening. A way cool granny; one who hung out at The Factory back in the day but who also likes to get comfortable with a cat in her lap:

This is just a teaser; be sure to check out the full post for all of the surprising and beautiful spaces within their offices.

3. I loved getting a peek in Jamie Wyeth’s studio in Preservation magazine this month. I’ve admired the island it’s on from the shores of Tenant’s Harbor, Maine, many times, from the wonderful East Wind Inn, which has the most out-of-control, delicious coconut cream pie on the planet. By the way, when you become a member of The National Trust for Historic Preservation, you receive this beautiful and informative magazine.

That island to the left is Wyeth’s, the view is from the East Wind Inn’s porch. Wyeth gave the owner some wonderful work to decorate the beautiful dining room.

4. We’re keeping our eyes open for new ways to decorate for the holidays, and freshome has a great feature this week: 10 Ways to Bring Sparkle Into Your Holiday Home. One of my favorite things about the holidays is sparkle!

5. I’d like to give a shoutout to Brittany at Curvy Girl Guide for including the ever-squnchy, super-comfy, and always cute Fatboy in her fabulous Gift Guide for Kids! Also, I really wish they would make those Metallic Mocs for tots in adult sizes. They are the coolest! Here’s a peek at her picks, head on over to Curvy Girl guide to grab the links and order her recommendations.

What have you been checking out on the web this week? Spotted any great holiday decorating ideas or outstanding gift guides? Please share with us in the comments section!


Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Stay Tuned for Fun, Modern Holiday Gift Guides


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I know you’re still munching on your kids’ Halloween Candy, but November means one thing – and I’m not talking about turkey. It is time to get a jump start on your holiday shopping, and the peeps at Design Public have been working hard adding new products and highlighting some of our favorites for the Holiday season. This year’s gift guides will feature products for all of your loved ones. Here’s a little teaser to get your gift-giving creative wheels turning:
Well first off, I can whole-heartedly endorse this product because it was given to me as a gift and I was gob-smacked. It’s the Thomas Paul Octopus Shower Curtain. It’s perfect for that person who loves the aquarium, octopi, or Sea of Shoes (that amazing blogger is responsible for my octopus love). It’s also perfect for someone who has a ho-hum bathroom and a pathetically boring shower curtain. Just be warned that this sea creature will dominate the entire room, and all other elements will have to tread water around it.
Wondering about that bathmat? It’s a great alternative for someone who may not want their bathroom taken over by an 8-legged beast. It’s the Thomas Paul Shell Bath Mat. It’s also a great complement to said beast because it’s in the same colorway and has similar graphic style.
A smaller way to add octopi to your home décor is via the smashing Octopus Tea Towels. I use them as hand towels in my bathroom, but they are also great in the kitchen of course.
Next, another one of our all-time best sellers is the David Weeks Cubebot:
This thing is awesome for kids and grown ups alike. You can put him into all kinds of Hans and Franz-esque poses. Personally, I like to sneak in, re-pose him and leave it as a surprise for his owner:
He also transforms into a simple wooden cube, one that can be opened and provide fun surprises:
Finally, another one of our most popular, stylish and functional items is the Fatboy Junior, a modern beanbag that is perfect for lounging…
…or sitting up straight:
I first fell up with the grown up version at The International Contemporary Furniture Fair. How? Fatboy had plopped a field of these down in the middle of the show for all of us to flop down and try to save our tired feet.
Stay tuned to Hatch: The Design Public Blog for help shopping for the season. You won’t have to leave your sofa to find something for everyone on your list.

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Father’s Day Gift Guide


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Last Christmas I had to write a Gift Guide for Men. Hilariously, someone commented “you can tell that a woman wrote this guide for men” and I was like “duh, it says ‘by Becky’ and I have no clue what to get for men in general, except for my gay husband, because we like all the same stuff. So what I do know is that all fathers really want is to spend time with you. Make a special meal, plan a special day, if you can’t be there in person take the time for a nice long phone call. Dad doesn’t need a bunch of tchotchkes. However, if you feel you need to show your love by burning up the credit card, we are always here to help. Let me thwart the comments that say “this collage looks like it was made by a girl and that she only wanted to stay within a black, white, warm wood and chrome color palette.” Guilty as charged. I mean, what’s the point of a collage without a nice color and texture palette? I did spare you the obligatory Harry Allen dumptruck shot, which I usually cannot resist. However, I cannot resist a bunch of clocks, for some reason. I mean, I’m not sure how many clocks a person needs, but whatever…

Now, only you know what your particular papa will love. He may be a luddite who wants you to figure out that newfound iTunes mumbo-jumbo and make him a CD of his favorite songs. He may be a total techie who wants the latest speakers, radios, iPad covers, what have you. He may want a comfy spot to rock and read. He may be a New Age yogi who needs a new yoga mat. He may be a lot like Phil Hartmann as “the anal retentive handyman” (see tools below). He may want a hammock and stand for a long nap. He may be a mid-century modern fan, or have no sense of direction (compass below). He may be one step away from actually carrying a murse (man purse – see messenger bag below). Whatever you’re dad is ready for, no one knows better than you. And if it happens to fit into my strict collage texture and color palette, well, good for us. Cheers to Dad!

$230 –

Perf Boxes 3 Stack
$499 –

Blu Dot Buttercup Rocker
$849 –

Fatboy Headdemock Hammock Fatboy
$499 –

Nelson Ball Clock Natural Wood
$335 –

Sonoro Cubo Sonoro
$299 –

Nanda Home Clocky Alarm Clock Nanda Home
$45 –

Jonas Damon Tool Set Jonas Damon
$95 –

Singgih Kartono Compass Singgih Kartono
$24 –

Vers Wood iPhone Shell case Vers
$40 –


Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

DP in the News: domino mag’s Online Gift Guide


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domino mag, flowie bagA big thanks to Grace from design*sponge for including the Flowie Garden Love Dumpling Bag in her lineup of “under $100 gift guide” for domino mag’s online gallery.