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Friday, February 7th, 2014

Cool Stuff We Spied Around the Web This Week

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What caught your attention on the web this week? Certainly there was plenty of Sochi not-so-funny terrible conditions fall over the internet. Here are five things that made me say wow this week.

1. Swimming on the Metro. The proposals for the abandoned Metro stations in Paris was my favorite link this week. Can you imagine if this:

Magically transformed into this?

What a beautiful and unique subterranean spot for getting some laps in.

Photos via NK Paris and RATP/ 20 Minutes; story via Messy Nessy Chic

2. Sochi, oh Sochi. I don’t know where to start, but this graphic certainly lightened the mood for me. Yes, I’m 12, potty humor gets me every time. I have to wonder about the graphic artist who had to sit and illustrate things like “don’t put a fishing pole in the toilet,” or “don’t do your business in the ‘upper deck.'” Is the one on the bottom right some sort of Olympic athlete-caliber calisthenic? That position looks tougher than eight-angle pose:

photo via @SebToots/Twitter

3. Thomas Wold adds his magic to Pinterest’s offices. I was so excited to see ingenious designer Thomas Wolds installation at Pinterest get attention from The Wall Street Journal online as well as at Fast Company. Though I would like to state for the record that I asked him for an interview about it months ago but the man was too busy building more magical things. Way to go Thomas!

Photo by Victor Ng

4. Other people’s Facebook Movies (or even your own). JUST KIDDING! Seriously Facebook, when we X it out as “annoying or unintesting,” stop putting them in our news feeds! Sheesh.

5. Vintage NASA photographs. There’s something so cool about these, I want to blow one or two up and design a room around them. I think it would be really neat for a kid’s room as well:

photo by Neil Armstrong/NASA via NBCNEWS.com

What kinds of cool things did you catch on the internet this week? Please let us know in the Comments section.

Also, we’ve been trying our hand at Instagram (I know, we’re WAY behind the times on that one!) Please feel free to give us any suggestions on how we can be better Instagrammers, we could use the help. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Yummy Kitchens

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We love pinning our favorite kitchens to our Pinterest board, Yummy Kitchens, and the latest pin was Cameron Diaz’s  New York City apartment (interior design by Kelly Wearstler). As her chic pad goes viral after being featured in Elle Decor’s latest issue, I thought, why not jump on the bandwagon? The entire apartment has a luxe-meets-bravura modern vibe, full of rich fabrics and amazing metallic finishes, like this stunning reflective backsplash.

photo by William Abranowicz for Elle Decor

White kitchens still seem to rule and they are everywhere you look, so seeing the emerald green cabinets and unlacquered brass counters and backsplash were refreshing to see.

Jeroen van der Spek for VTWonen via The Kitchn

It’s fun to see people experimenting with metals besides stainless steel. This clever use of copper pipes adds great shine, patina and a dash of steampunk style to this kitchen.

photo by Manhattan Nest

I’m also digging the contrast of black and white and black and gray in today’s kitchens, and really love “the inky blue black” of these cabinets. This renovation on Manhattan Nest left me gobsmacked. Even more shocking, it was completed on a budget of $1230.74. That is just ridiculously inspiring, isn’t it?

All of the new tile patterns out there these days offer endless possibilities for unique backsplashes. A lack of upper cabinets and shelves allows these horizontal stripes to stun and the kitchen to appear very open and airy.

photo by Michael Graydon

It may seem tough to sacrifice upper cabinets for clear wall space or open shelving and it’s a personal choice. However, if you really pare down your china, glassware and cookware to the bare essentials, you may just find you have room (do you ever really use that “World’s Best Boss” coffee mug, or that extra set of china?). One idea I love is this plate rack. It creates an organized, beautiful and functional way to stash china within reach while keeping things open. One tip to those considering such a move or open shelving – you’re going to have to dust more, so keep that in mind.

What kind of kitchens are you finding yummy today? Please let us know in the comments section, and/or add “#yummykitchens” to your kitchen pins so that we can all find them with ease!

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Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

What Are You Pinning These Days?

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So peeps, are you on Pinterest? What do you like to pin? Are you planning out renovations by pinning inspirational ideas to one board for each room? Do you like to pin fashion style? Inspirational quotations? National Geographic wonders? Cats playing the piano? I find I like it all and have a little bit of everything. I also get to contribute to our Design Public Pinboards sometimes, so when you see something weird on there, it probably came from me, like this:

So whomever I pinned it from says it’s the “Waiotapu Thermal Reserve, Rotorua, New Zealand.” The thing is with Pinterest that you just have to hope that’s true and be grateful that anyone left any sort of note whatsoever. If there’s one problem with Pinterest, it’s their crediting proecss. Luckily, this one linked to a conscientious Tumbler user who linked it to the original picture taken by lengkiong on Flickr.

Other boards we’ve been having fun with as summer approaches are I Want To Go To There, full of bucket-list worthy destinations with a disproportionate amount of them in Greece.

We’re also having fun grabbing up pictures for a Treehouse pinboard. Is it because it makes us feel like kids? Probably!

Of course, we’re loving Outdoor Spaces and Vertical Gardens for spring and summer, and have been stashing up photos during our winter hibernation!

The possibilities are really endless; what are you guys pinning these days? Is there anything you’d like to see us gathering? I so appreciated it when a reader requested that we start to collect Modern Basement Renovations – it was a great idea I had not thought of. Please dont be shy, shoot us a comment and let us know what you’d like to see from Design Public’s Pinterest Page!

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Friday, May 11th, 2012

What We’re Clicking This Week

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What are you clicking this week? My colleague Janet shared this video with me and now I’m dreaming of treehouses and visiting Whistler.

I’m also dreaming about fantastic topiaries, because The Aestate rounded up a fantastic group of them. Also, I watched a whodunit show this week where the culprit was a topiary gardener, SPOILER ALERT! I think it was on Bones. Anyway, here’s a favorite from her collection:

What to you think of this list of the top 10 world’s ugliest buildings? I agree with most of them, but I actually like the pixel building, even if it is a bit gimmicky.

Do you subscribe to Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle newsletter, GOOP? I totally dig it, and this week’s feature on Food Hero Seamus Mullen has me dreaming of chowing down on some shellfish this summer. Just curious – what do you think of GOOP?

What are you pinning this week? I haven’t had a spare second to Pinterest much this week, but I did find my pal Leah Hennen’s amazing Indigo Board and now it’s the only hue on my mind. It’s making my beige walls bum me out, in fact, so know that might happen if you have beige walls and you happen to check it out.

Note: In trying to track down the credit for this image, I ran into a dead end, so if you happen to recognize where it originated and who the photographer was, please let me know in the comments section so that I can add it.

What caught your eye online this week? Please share a link with us in the comments section. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Around the Web This Week So Far…

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1. Magic Bus in Mexico City: It’s not just the fact that it’s been yarnbombed, but also the patterns and colors that make it part Partridge Family/part Harajuku. I spied this on Pinterest via Casapinka.

2. Five Hotels Across the Room with Stunning Interiors: A feature from The Wall Street Journal that will make you want to go to there.

photo by Beatrice Amagat for The Wall Street Journal

3. Happy 5th Birthday Making It Lovely! I had no idea I had posted about you within about a week of your launch, but I do remember Nicole’s work catching my eye via all of those fabulous images she posted on Flickr! It’s been wonderful to watch her home, business and family grow over the past five years. Congratulations!

4. Middle of the country fights “flyover” derision; small cities grow and flourish: GOOD mag has a great article about how small cities that a lot of planes may happen to fly over are improving, growing and spreading the word about what they have to offer.

PET PEEVE ALERT: As someone who spent her formative years in Cincinnati Ohio, I don’t like the term “flyover state.” In fact, the kind of people who say it are the ones I hope don’t land anywhere near me anyway. You can keep your insane  rents and stinky cabs, your hideous traffic and your earthquakes thank you very much. Those of us under the flightpath know what great places these smaller cities can be.

5. Oh Pinterest, you are a danger. On a more positive note, I’ve been trying my hand at pinning, repinning and liking too much this week; I even let it distract me from watching The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills the other night. We’re just starting to dip our toes into Pinterest over here, so Pinners, let us know how to follow you in the comments section.  Here’s our Pinterest action.

What caught your eye on the web this week? Let us know in the comments section!

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