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Before & After: A Studio Apartment Is Brought To Life With Color

3 hours 58 min ago

Like many things in life, a studio apartment can be both awesome and horrible—it really all depends on your perspective. On one hand, studios are a relatively affordable route that provide numerous design options for the creatively-minded. On the other hand, they can be cramped, ill-equipped and awkward—all things that, at such a confined scale, can become glaringly obvious. There are steps that one can take to maximize charm and minimize awkwardness when living in a one-room apartment, though—things that designer Gala Magrina was keenly aware of when she moved into one of her own. Hellbent on making a home out of the limited space she had to work with, Gala decided to put her eclectic modern taste to good use—utilizing color, touches of whimsy and bold decorative elements to create charming, functional spaces within her singular space. The end result is one that any apartment-dweller would be envious of! Check out all of the photos plus Gala’s design notes after the jump! —Max


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We Want Your Job: Kate Spade Designer

4 hours 58 min ago


I’m so excited that we’re finally getting a look behind the curtain at a reader favorite – Kate Spade New York. It’s hard to imagine a happier brand, so I’m excited to get the 411 on all things design from Dana Lucas. As Senior Designer, Novelty Prints and Graphics, Dana works to design products in all categories – she’s usually working around a theme to create a mini collection. For example, should the creative minds at Kate Spade New York be obsessed with typography, it’s Dana’s job to create jewelry, handbags, scarves, stationery, etc. which reflect that interest (and across different channels and price points), whether it’s a throw pillow printed with a beautiful, oversized ampersand or a clutch with a quirky question mark-shaped handle.

Dana came to Kate Spade New York as a graphic designer in the marketing department. They were a very small company at the time, so Dana was able to have her hands in many pots – everything from designing invitations for PR, developing packaging for stores, creating seasonal showrooms for market – any graphic need the company had was delivered by her team. It was a fantastic opportunity to try out many disciplines and build her skill sets. The product design team projects were some of her favorites to work on, as product designers often reached out to the graphic designer team when a conversational or type-driven pattern was desired. Because of this cross-departmental sharing of ideas, Dana was able to contribute to product design on a regular basis and eventually moved over to the product design team full-time. These days to she’s up to her elbows in designing everything from stationary to rings to – her favorite – the recent Kate Spade book, Things We Love. -Amy

(See more cool, creative jobs right here!)
Design*Sponge: What did you study in college?
Dana: I majored in graphic design while taking all my electives in sculpture and textile arts and spending summers woodworking. It was important to me to maintain my connection with tactile forms. Looking back, I am so happy I did this. For me, a multi-disciplinary approach to design has enriched my tool kit and opened up many doors for me.


Design*Sponge: What did you want to be when you grew up?

Dana: Despite evidence to the contrary (that’s Dana’s childhood dream for her future above!), I do have distinct memories of wanting to be an astronaut or an artist. Sadly, my math grades being what they were, space was not in my future. Art seems to have worked out for me, though.


Design*Sponge: What’s the best part of your job?

Dana: Without a doubt, the best part of my job is the people I work with. Over the years my coworkers have been a tremendous source of inspiration to me. I am constantly inspired by what they bring to the table creatively. They come to the office with all of their years of experience to share and I have learned so much from them. I am not only motivated by their creativity at work, but by their interests outside of the office as well – in my cubicle section alone, we’ve got a reiki practitioner, a gallery owner, and a model. More than any other reason, getting to work with such a curious, smart, funny and kind group of people is why I’ve stayed in this job for seven years.

Image above: A spread from one of Dana’s favorite projects, Things We Love


More about working at Kate Spade after the jump!
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A Bakeri Grows in Greenpoint

5 hours 58 min ago


I’ve spent some of the best years of my life living in the northern end of Greenpoint. Though I’m by no means a native, I feel like this small area just south of the bridge to Queens is my home. While it seems like a new space opens up every week in the neighborhood’s mid-way point (on Greenpoint Avenue), there hasn’t been quite the same rush to turn empty storefronts into retail shops and restaurants a few blocks north.

Freeman Street between Manhattan Avenue and Franklin Street is a quiet block just a short walk away from the last subway stop in Greenpoint. The first week I adopted Hope, I walked her around this block countless times (sometimes at 2 in the morning) and never imagined that it would become the home of something so special and beautiful. But it has, thanks to Nina Brondmo of the beloved bakery, Bakeri.



Originally from Norway, Nina Brondmo opened her delicious, bread-filled hotspot in an old home in Williamsburg in 2009. Its sweet treats, sandwiches, salads and desserts developed a devoted following almost instantaneously and fans now come from far and wide to not only sample the delicious food, but to admire the decor – a look that is uniquely Nina’s. A bit of old-world charm mixed with handmade touches (Nina’s good friend painted beautiful scenery and signage on the shop’s windows and doors), Bakeri is quite simply my favorite spot to grab something special and sweet.

You can imagine my delight when I saw, on Instagram, that Bakeri had opened a new location in Greenpoint. A few quick emails later, Max, Amy and I are walking up the block to photograph Nina’s latest location – and what I’m convinced is the most beautiful wall in Greenpoint.

Photographs by Maxwell Tielman

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Categories: Design, Home Design

A Bakeri Grows in Greenpoint

5 hours 58 min ago


I’ve spent some of the best years of my life living in the northern end of Greenpoint. Though I’m by no means a native, I feel like this small area just south of the bridge to Queens is my home. While it seems like a new space opens up every week in the neighborhood’s mid-way point (on Greenpoint Avenue), there hasn’t been quite the same rush to turn empty storefronts into retail shops and restaurants a few blocks north.

Freeman Street between Manhattan Avenue and Franklin Street is a quiet block just a short walk away from the last subway stop in Greenpoint. The first week I adopted Hope, I walked her around this block countless times (sometimes at 2 in the morning) and never imagined that it would become the home of something so special and beautiful. But it has, thanks to Nina Brondmo of the beloved bakery, Bakeri.



Originally from Norway, Nina Brondmo opened her delicious, bread-filled hotspot in an old home in Williamsburg in 2009. Its sweet treats, sandwiches, salads and desserts developed a devoted following almost instantaneously and fans now come from far and wide to not only sample the delicious food, but to admire the decor – a look that is uniquely Nina’s. A bit of old-world charm mixed with handmade touches (Nina’s good friend painted beautiful scenery and signage on the shop’s windows and doors), Bakeri is quite simply my favorite spot to grab something special and sweet.

You can imagine my delight when I saw, on Instagram, that Bakeri had opened a new location in Greenpoint. A few quick emails later, Max, Amy and I are walking up the block to photograph Nina’s latest location – and what I’m convinced is the most beautiful wall in Greenpoint.

Photographs by Maxwell Tielman

Click through for the rest of the story after the jump!

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Categories: Design, Home Design

A Bakeri Grows in Greenpoint

5 hours 58 min ago


I’ve spent some of the best years of my life living in the northern end of Greenpoint. Though I’m by no means a native, I feel like this small area just south of the bridge to Queens is my home. While it seems like a new space opens up every week in the neighborhood’s mid-way point (on Greenpoint Avenue), there hasn’t been quite the same rush to turn empty storefronts into retail shops and restaurants a few blocks north.

Freeman Street between Manhattan Avenue and Franklin Street is a quiet block just a short walk away from the last subway stop in Greenpoint. The first week I adopted Hope, I walked her around this block countless times (sometimes at 2 in the morning) and never imagined that it would become the home of something so special and beautiful. But it has, thanks to Nina Brondmo of the beloved bakery, Bakeri.



Originally from Norway, Nina Brondmo opened her delicious, bread-filled hotspot in an old home in Williamsburg in 2009. Its sweet treats, sandwiches, salads and desserts developed a devoted following almost instantaneously and fans now come from far and wide to not only sample the delicious food, but to admire the decor – a look that is uniquely Nina’s. A bit of old-world charm mixed with handmade touches (Nina’s good friend painted beautiful scenery and signage on the shop’s windows and doors), Bakeri is quite simply my favorite spot to grab something special and sweet.

You can imagine my delight when I saw, on Instagram, that Bakeri had opened a new location in Greenpoint. A few quick emails later, Max, Amy and I are walking up the block to photograph Nina’s latest location – and what I’m convinced is the most beautiful wall in Greenpoint.

Photographs by Maxwell Tielman

Click through for the rest of the story after the jump!

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20 Multi-Color Images to Inspire Color at Home

6 hours 58 min ago


When one color palette just won’t do, sometimes you have to create a whole new category. Last month’s DS Hashtag Challenge was all about COLOR and got the largest number of entries we’ve seen so far- almost 4,000 of you entered photos in all shades of the rainbow. Over the past few weeks I’ve shared our favorites in the red/pink/orange family and blue/green/purple range as well. But I was holding on to 20 extra photos that didn’t quite fit in either category because they were so bright and multi-colored. So today I’m sharing 20 beautiful photos from DS readers that are bound to inspire a new coat of paint, wallpaper choices or any other color decision you could need to make at home. What I love most about these photos is that so many of them are from the natural world. Flowers and seashells provide such a wide range of colors and it was so nice to see people look up, down and all around them to find color inspiration. Thanks so much to everyone who entered- and stay tuned for a new hashtag challenge this week! xo, grace

Click through for all 20 images after the jump!

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Wise Words from Leonardo Da Vinci

7 hours 58 min ago








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DIY Project: Fabric Covered Photo Mats

Wed, 2014-04-23 17:00


We all love a good gallery wall but, depending on the artwork, it can sometimes feel a little disjointed. One simple, and super chic solution is to use the same color mat in multiple frames to unify the look. The end result is totally bespoke and it’s simpler than wrapping a gift. I choose to use bright blue linen because it worked with my graphic collection of art. Just keep in mind that the fabric you choose will be very prominent, so pick something that is going to play well in your space. To help keep things simple and budget friendly I used frames that came with pre-cut mats inside. Keep reading for my step-by-step guide to this fun and easy project, and be sure to check out my Weekend Decorator column on the One Kings Lane Style Blog for even more fun ideas! -Megan

Photos by Drew Gardner

Click through for the full how-to after the jump!

This Sneak Peek is brought to you by Petit Collage. This new book shows you how to make 25 of their bestselling paper and wooden accessories for your home! Learn more here.

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Hotel Nord Pinus-Tanger in Morocco

Wed, 2014-04-23 16:00


If you’re reading this site, we probably have one thing in common (ok, we probably have many things in common): Morocco is at the top of our travel wish list. It has become a must-visit spot for most design enthusiasts and is a major influence on contemporary design. In addition to the already long list of beautiful places to visit in Morocco, there’s a new space to add to your must-see list: Hotel Nord Pinus-Tanger.


Perched at the top of the Madina (the historical center of Tangier), Hotel Nord Pinus-Tanger oozes glamor. First built in the 18th century as a private residence, the hotel was purchased by French hotelier Anne Igou six years ago and then underwent a sixteen month restoration. North African fabrics and antiques are paired with contemporary furnishings like leather armchairs by Jacques Adnet and Charlotte Periand gooseneck lamps. But the real star of the show is the tile. The hotel is filled with traditional tile patterns – and they’re not just for the bathroom. There’s tile on walls, stairs and even on doors – in one room, I counted seven different tile patterns. My mind is spinning with the design inspiration possibilities!  -Amy

Image above: Traditional doors hand-painted by local artisans serve as dramatic works of art. 



Image above: Brass door keys and just a sampling of the tile found throughout the hotel.

See more of this magical hotel after the jump!
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DIY Spring Flower Arrangement by Ashley Woodson Bailey

Wed, 2014-04-23 15:00


My arrangements always begin with the container. I’m inspired by the vessel and often look for flowers that will fill it perfectly, rather than the other way around. For today’s spring arrangement, I found this trumpted-style aqua vessel at Goodwill for only $5. It’s such a treasure and what an awesomely cheap find!

I like to head to the flower market with a color palette in mind. This time my goal was to focus on yellow, apricot, white and cream. For this arrangement I chose apricot tulips, daffodils, hyacinth, pieris japonica and a few foraged white dogwood branches. Before we dive into the how-to after the jump, be sure to process your flowers when you get them home from the market. Strip the leaves from the tulips and hyacinth and run them under room temperature water to clean the stems, then cut them at an angle before placing them in water. The pieris and dogwood branches are both woody stems – I like to cut them and strip them of low leaves, then I pound the ends with a hammer before placing them in water to extend their lives. -Ashley Woodson Bailey

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A Day In The Life of Max Poglia

Wed, 2014-04-23 14:00


Max Poglia is living proof that an artist doesn’t need to be defined by a single label. Whether he’s creating brand designs and signage for restaurants like Buvette and Bedford Post Inn or designing and producing his own line of leather bags, hand-forged knives and blankets, Max is always working on something beautiful. I first came in contact with his work when Julia introduced me to Buvette. She was working on the cookbook and Max was responsible for so much of the lettering, signage and branding that would go into the photography for the book. So I first became a fan of the graphic work he was creating for that special space. Then I discovered that he had legions of fans who followed him not just for his beautiful branding and photography, but for his incredible collection of handmade leather bags and a line of knives that seems to be every food stylist’s must-have for shoots these days. Clearly this Brazilian-born designer is just getting started, so I can’t wait to see what he’s working on next (a collaboration with Ouigi from Brooklyn Circus is in the works, too!). Today Max kindly offered to give us a peek inside his daily life, from walks in Central Park to packing off knives to be sold and setting up photo shoots for a new project. I hope you’ll enjoy this peek as much as I did. You can visit Max online here, on Instagram and check out his work online here. xo, grace


Music by Latche Swing at FMA

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Design Icon: Sony Walkman

Wed, 2014-04-23 13:00

Design: Sony Walkman

Date: 1979

Designer: Nobutoshi Kihara (1926-2011)

Country of Origin: Japan

Background: Although contemporary people might associate Apple’s iPod with the revolution of portable music, one need look over twenty years earlier for its true origins: The Sony Walkman. Portable music had been available for some time prior to the Walkman’s release, but never in such a distilled, easy-to-use, minimally-designed package—something that literally put music in the palm of your hand. With nary a superfluous design element in sight, the Walkman was a beautiful amalgam of form and function. Barely larger than the cassette tapes it held, the original Walkman featured a precise layout and elegant lines—a surprisingly high-end look for a mass-market product. (Check out this fabulous deep-look at the Walkman on the Minimally Minimal blog.)

Illustration by Libby VanderPloeg.








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Letting it Go: Way More Mrs. Nice Guy

Tue, 2014-04-22 17:00


In college I proudly worked as one of the most successful shoe salespeople at Williamsburg, Virginia’s only Birkenstock store. I worked there mainly because I wanted a discount on shoes (I was a pretty devoted hippie), but also because I liked that our boss referred to me as a terrier. Being compared to a dog doesn’t sound like a good thing, but what he constantly referenced was my tenacity, toughness and inability to let anything (like a sale) go.

As a petite southern woman, I find most people assume that I’m going to be as sweet as sugar. And to be fair, I think I was raised by a family that did a very good job instilling in me the value of manners, politeness and treating people the way you’d like to be treated. But one of the things I struggle with the most about myself is my inability to let things go. I think my diminutive stature has played a big part in my development of a fairly steely interior (I don’t think I look particularly menacing on the outside) that was part of my early attempt to show people I was louder, stronger and tougher than they thought. That interior unfortunately expresses itself all too often as a need to speak up or correct people when I think they’ve done something wrong, unfair or unkind. Sometimes that’s fine. But sometimes that does nothing but frustrate me when the best thing for me to do would have been to let it go and walk away. So for this month’s essay theme (each one of us is embarking on a personal challenge) I decided to work on letting go and being a nicer person.

This challenge might sound overly grandiose or conversely too simple of a challenge, but it’s one I’m glad I undertook because I learned a lot about myself and how much stress I add to my own plate by creating problems where there don’t need to be any. While this challenge taught me a lot about myself personally, it exposed one of my biggest professional flaws: avoiding difficult work by creating small fires that need to be put out elsewhere.

*Wave image above is Abigail Edwards’ Seascape Wallpaper

Click through to read the full article and the steps I took to learn to let go…

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Biz Ladies: Top 3 Questions You Should Ask When Planning Your Website

Tue, 2014-04-22 16:00

Today’s Biz Ladies post comes to us from Emily Thompson, a designer and strategist for creative entrepreneurs and previous D*S contributor. She’s the founder and designer of Indie Shopography, and works with creatives across the country to create their dream businesses through branding, web design, and strategy from her studio in Florence, Alabama. She also blogs about life and work as a creative entrepreneur on her self-named blog, Emily M Thompson. Today she discusses the questions you should be asking when you start planning your website. Thanks for sharing this helpful perspective with us, Emily! –Stephanie

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Biz Ladies: Top 3 Questions You Should Ask When Planning Your Website

Tue, 2014-04-22 16:00

Today’s Biz Ladies post comes to us from Emily Thompson, a designer and strategist for creative entrepreneurs and previous D*S contributor. She’s the founder and designer of Indie Shopography, and works with creatives across the country to create their dream businesses through branding, web design, and strategy from her studio in Florence, Alabama. She also blogs about life and work as a creative entrepreneur on her self-named blog, Emily M Thompson. Today she discusses the questions you should be asking when you start planning your website. Thanks for sharing this helpful perspective with us, Emily! –Stephanie

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Biz Ladies Profile: Ariel Kaye of Parachute

Tue, 2014-04-22 15:00

Today’s Biz Ladies Profile comes from Ariel Kaye of the bedding company, Parachute.  After coming upon the bedding of her dreams while traveling through the Amalfi Coast in Italy, Ariel went on an extensive search to locate the sheets she had such blissful sleep on. When she came up empty-handed, she decided to take matters into her own hands and create a line of quality bedding at an affordable price. Today she shares a bit about her path to founding her own business, building her brand from the ground up and sharing her vision with the public. Thanks for giving us this glimpse into your career journey, Ariel! –Stephanie

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Portland, ME City Guide {UPDATE}

Tue, 2014-04-22 14:00


Today’s Portland, ME City Guide Update comes to us from Sarah Lapine, the owner and lead designer of Watershed, a unique floral design studio based in Portland, Maine. A native of the state and lover of all things Maine, Sarah has over a decade of experience as a flower grower and a degree in sustainable agriculture. When not in her studio playing with flowers, Sarah can be found cooking, knitting, running, gardening and exploring the great state of Maine. Today she shares some of the best, most delicious, and absolutely scenic areas of this coastal town. Thank you for taking us on this tour, Sarah! –Stephanie

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Nate Berkus Spring 2014

Tue, 2014-04-22 13:00


It’s no secret that I’m more than a little bit obsessed with the Nate Berkus line at Target. Ever since discovering his splendiferous wool arrowhead rugs there last year, I’ve been hooked—a fanatical devotee, making a beeline for the NB section every time I step foot in a Target store. It’s not just the accessible prices that turned me into such a Berk-aholic (but have no doubt, those are great, too), it’s the designer’s ceaseless ability to distill myriad sources into a cohesive, effortlessly compatible collection; as timeless as it is timely. This past weekend, Nate launched the most recent installment to his line—the Spring 2014 collection. Filled with the beautiful, multicultural aesthetic we have come to expect from Mr. Berkus, the collection is peppered with new shapes, patterns and objects—I’m loving those beach towels! In addition to sharing some of the pieces from his new collection, Nate was kind enough to answer a few of our questions. Get a look at the new line, plus the inside scoop on Nate’s inspirations after the jump! —Max

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A Childhood Home Transformed

Mon, 2014-04-21 17:00


Chris and Amber Earl have only lived in their home for two years, but Chris’ history with the house goes back all the way to his childhood. In the 1940s Chris’ grandparents built this North Hollywood tract home and he spent many a summer playing in the back yard. Now he shares it with his wife Amber, a fashion rep, and together they’ve found a way to transform the space into their own- including a hidden speakeasy that once served as his grandmother’s art studio! Chris works as a wildnerness chef but also loves woodworking and is launching a new furniture line soon. His design and carpentry skills have come in handy at home, where he’s built not only a custom dining table but a bookshelf that doubles as a hidden door to the art-studio-turned-speakeasy the couple uses when friends join them for a meal. Their entire home is full of family details, beautiful travel souvenirs and hand-crafted furniture, all of which seems right in line with the tradition started by Chris’ family. Thanks so much to Chris and Amber for welcoming us into their home and to Denise Bovee and Michelle Mosqueda for the lovely photos! -Amy

Image above: Our bed is the sexiest thing in our house. This king size monstrosity is elegant, yet still masculine. The tapestry and pillow sham were found in Istanbul on our honeymoon.


Image above: This is us sitting on our porch! My sweater is Townsen, my skirt is Parker, and my shoes are LD Tuttle, I work in contemporary fashion in sales and I actually rep Parker and Townsen. Chris’ shirt is Shades of Grey, and his boots are J Shoes.

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A Family Friendly Home in Spain with Mediterranean Light

Mon, 2014-04-21 16:00


Laia Arriols and Jaume Gibert live in Reus, Spain, a town about 100km south from Barcelona. They moved in seven years ago when Laia was pregnant with their second child and the house has evolved and changed a lot since then, each year they add new furniture and textiles.  Laia jokes that the old couch is like a fifth member of the family – well loved, and one of the few pieces that has remained over the years. They wanted to create a home that is comfortable and useful and a place to live freely, not a museum where you can’t touch anything. They also wanted it to feel personal, so Laia’s own illustration work decorates the walls. After the birth of her daughters Joana (8) and Martina (7), Laia felt reconnected with her own childhood and creative expression. Last year she quit her job to to dedicate her time exclusively to Apanona, a name inspired by how her older daughter said “butterfly” when she was two. These days she has collaborations with  l’Affiche ModerneCamaloonDecopeques, in addition to her own shop and blog. Thanks, Laia! –Anne

Image above: The wood plant holder is a family heirloom from my grandmother (from the 50s).


Image above: The kitchen has an industrial/metallic white look; a cold style, but very useful!

 

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