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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

5 Ways to Keep the “Fall Back” Blues Away


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While I love the extra hour of sleep in the morning after the fall time change, I really struggle with how early it gets dark out. It’s too dark to get outside for exercise after work and I start to feel like I need one of those little anti-depressive head lamps to keep my mood up. But there are plenty of ways to deal with the early sunsets that don’t involve cumbersome headgear. Use those hours around dinnertime to lighten up your home and perk yourselves up. 08342_lighthink_box_03

1) Lighten things up. Literally. When the natural light tucks itself away for the night, it’s up to you to create layers of light to create a mood. Having one overhead light and nothing else is depressing. Bring out the floor lamps, table lamps, heck, maybe even install some sconces or pendants. Don’t forget spots you may not have thought of, like a small lamp on a shelf or mantel. I like these Lighthink Boxes from Seletti because they have happy messages. They even come with three different panels so you can switch up the colors and words.


2) Bring the life indoors. If you go through gardening withdrawal after that last harvest, do a little bit of indoor gardening. Whether it’s succulents, a large fiddlehead fig, herbs or even those low-maintenance air plants, get some life going on indoors.


3) Swap stuff around. I do this twice a year. If your surroundings are feeling stale, you’ll feel blah. It’s easy to switch things up. Trade some lamps, rugs, side tables/nightstands, objects and artwork around from room to room. Get a few new pillow covers. Put a cheery tablecloth on the table. Create a cool new centerpiece.


4) Just go with it. Use the time inside as an excuse for a little hibernation with those books you haven’t opened up in awhile. Put your PJs or not-so-activewear on, grab a coffee, tea or cocoa and pull down different books for the coffee table on a regular schedule so that you can enjoy them and get re-inspired by them. Go to bed early and get up early to make the most of the earlier sunrise.


5) Crank some tunes. Get your music set up so it’s accessible and easy to get going. Enjoy those songs you forgot you had by putting on random mode or running though your entire music library in alphabetical order, explore some new genres on Pandora, or go old-school and check out this thing you have called local FM radio.

What do you do to keep the fall back blues away? Please let us know in the comments section.


Monday, August 31st, 2015

Design Public Guide: The Best Lamps for Homework Stations


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Here at Design Public, we’re gearing up for back to school and homework time with a series of guides to workstation products. What we’ve kept in mind with our curation is not only lamps that will function well and fit comfortably on a desk, but also designs that will not only appeal to your schoolkiddo but also to you. These task lamps are stylish, modern and will last you for a long time after your child has flown the nest. In fact, the only danger is that you’ll be tempted to hijack these for yourself.


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Lights Up! Oscar Boudior Lamp. Available in a range of colors with whimsical shades(this one is in faux bois shade with paprika base), this cute lamp will personalize your kiddos space with playful style.


Cerno Onus Table Lamp. Available in lamp options of black or brushed aluminum and with a clever base block in black or natural, this nimble LED lamp teaches a lesson about balance while lighting up a work surface.


Louis Poulson AJ Table Lamp. Designed by iconic Danish designer Arne Jacobsen, this classic lamp is a licensed work of art you’ll pass down for generations.


Pablo Tube Top Table Lamp. We love the way this lamp’s acrylic base practically disappears on the desktop. Also, be sure to check out the small version in bright colors, seen below:


Pablo Tube Top Colored Small Lamps


Light and Contrast Trapeze Small LED Task Light. The elegant design of this dimmable task lamp might just encourage your child to pursue a career in engineering.


Blu Dot Stilt Table Lamp. A handsome walnut tripod base meets a crisp white shade, accessorized by a happy red cord.


jefdesigns Leaf 1 Stem Table Lamp. This spunky lamp comes with a choice of contemporary botanical print shades, and has the option of using a 150-watt 3-way bulb.



Pablo Clamp FS Task Lamp. This elegant cantilevered wood LED lamp comes in full size (seen here) and mini. The red cord adds dynamic energy to a desk.

Shop all table lamps at Design Public

Coming soon: The Design Public Guide to the Best Homework Station Chairs.




Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Don’t Miss This Fatboy Deal!

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Whether you’re craving a colorful hammock to swing in or big fat comfy seats to replace those rickety old lawn chairs, there has never been a better time to stock up on Fatboy’s clever and colorful outdoor furniture offerings.  Now through June 15 2015, spend $600 on Fatboy Outdoor Furniture and save $100.




This is not your 1970s bean bag. The Fatboy Original Outdoor comes in way cooler colors, is much more comfortable as a real seat and its jacket is moisture repellent Sunbrella™ fabric.



You know it’s the best time of year to lounge and swing from side to side. The colorful nylon on the Fatboy Headdemock Hammock is easy to wipe down, and there’s no need to find two perfectly placed trees — it comes with a tubular base.


The Fatboy Buggle-Up Lounge Bag is a very versatile piece. You can prop it up to sit up straight, punch it around for a lounge or lay it flat as a relaxing mattress at naptime. The outdoor version has straps that make it easier to lug around and prop up. After you try a Buggle-Up, you’ll never want to sit on wrought iron outdoor furniture again.

Once you start planning out your colorful new outdoor color scheme with Fatboy, you’ll be scooping up the deal before you know it. So get shopping; you only have until June 15, 2015.






Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Last Day to Save Big at Design Public!

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One last temptation for you — here are just a few of our favorite things you can buy on sale through the end of the day today (March 19, 2015).


The OFFI Perch Lounge Chair. A modern-day classic, this super cool chair is one you’ll pass down through generations. Shop all OFFI


Louis Poulsen PH50 Pendant. A Danish modern classic, this beauty delivers big light without any glare.  Shop all Louis Poulsen


mater Bar Height Stool — Dark Stained Hardwood. Graceful subtle curves and beautiful materials compose this simple, sleek and sustainably manufactured stool. Also available in other heights. Shop all mater


Pablo Link Task Lamp. Playful, super high-tech and functional, this lamp will make you want to keep a more efficient office. Shop all Pablo


Versus Pump 3-Seater. This minimalist sofa is dangerous — it’s so comfy you may never get out of it. Shop all Versus


Panton Classic Chair. MoMA has one, and so can you. From dining rooms to dressing tables, nurseries to patios, this chair works everywhere. We’ve never seen it fail. Shop all Vitra


Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Giveaway Day 4: The Fatboy Edison the Petit Lamp


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Here at Design Public, we’re kicking off the holiday selling season with a 11 days of fantastic giveaways. Now through Cyber Monday, we’ll be giving away great prizes (including free shipping) . Check in every weekday to see which product we are giving away that day. You may enter to win every single one.

Today marks day four of our giveaways, and today’s prize is the Fatboy Edison the Petit Lamp. This modern cutie is great to have around at all times, providing a great glow. But it’s even better to have when the power goes out or you want to take the party outside, because it comes with a battery and charger, and lasts up to six hours on the highest light power on one charge. It’s also splash, oxidation, dirt and moisture resistant.


We’re announcing a product giveaway every weekday through Dec 1, 2014.

To enter, re-post the photo above to Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter. Tag it with #DESIGNPUBLICGIVEAWAY4

You can enter once per day per social media outlet. Each re-post counts as an entry into the random drawing for that product.

On Dec 15, 2014 we will announce the winner for each contest.

No purchase necessary.

Click here to check out and enter Giveaway #1, the Miller Goodman Mini FaceMaker


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