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The Etsy Design Files #3

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  Chelsea Matthews, the Founder of Matte Black, does more than love home decor – that’s part of her business!  Therefore, we were more than stoked when Chelsea gave us another round of her favorite Etsy picks to decorate our abodes with.  Whether it’s for the desk, your sofa, or the wall, it’s definitely a piece that will add to your home. #1::  Brass Himmeli Hanging Planter #2::  LOVE Hand-lettered Card #3:: Vintage Brass Piggy Bank #4:: 2014 Calendar Mid…

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The Etsy Design Files #2

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In this second edition of the Etsy Design Files, I found myself drawn to peaches, pinks, golds & nudes (Real talk though, isn’t it always?!). You should have seen the chair dance that took place when I stumbled across the tassel garland from Studio Mucci – these amazing party accents are typically found at a much higher price point! I’m also a total sucker for anything that houses succulents & plants in a fun way, and these cement planters do…

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DIY:: Your Desk!

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It’s totally normal to avoid IKEA like the plague. It can be a little overwhelming, and often times feels like a design no-no. Why buy a desk that two million other people will have too? But it’s truly amazing what a little spray paint and imagination can do. Here’s a how-to on this very (verry!) effortlessly chic desk you can make for your home or office. Items Needed:: Tabletop: IKEA Linnmon High Gloss White // $36 Legs: IKEA Lerberg //…

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The Etsy Design Files #1

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While Etsy has always been a great resource for sourcing local designers & vintage items, in recent years it’s become a treasure trove of incredible interiors & decor. Hence, we introduce a new series: The Etsy Design Files – your go-to guide for all the home & hosting items you could ever wish to uncover in the vast Etsy community. We’ve pulled together of our favorites this month, sure to add that perfect accent to your apartment or office. 1.…

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How To Build an Urban Garden

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Determine your urban garden look based on space: Do you have a wall you want to cover? Woolly Pockets are great for that. Create a cluster of pots (all different shapes & sizes) by searching on Etsy:  Here’s an inspiration photo. Outside your kitchen window? Create a little herb garden using mason jars. You can even give your jars a cool look by spray painting them, like this DIY (originally done by The Beauty Dept). Only have a windowsill? Create…

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Flat Vernacular

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I’ve been wallpaper hunting for two different design clients, and yesterday I wandered into LA’s tip top wallpaper shop, Walnut, to nearly topple over in lust with this new (or at least new to me) wallpaper company from Brooklyn. Their patterns are what I can only describe as rambunctious, and I love it. Oh, and they just launched lampshades. Check ’em out.…

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Tablescape: Dinner Party for Co-Workers

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Inviting a group of people into your home can be stressful, and even more stressful when entertaining co-workers (…worse, your boss!). You don’t want to over-do or under-do anything, from the food to the cocktails to the conversation. Todays Tablescape edition is all about creating the perfect table for those evenings when you’re hosting your work crew by creating a simple, yet refined table. Don’t go overboard on the flowers, and definitely don’t do name cards (that’s fun for girls nights,…

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Tchotchke Heaven:: Kitchen Edition

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I’ve said it once and I’ll say it ten times over: I love tchotchkes. What’s better is how they can completely transform some of the lesser attractive kitchens out there. Mine, for example, is very old spanish style with traditional yellow & black tiling (beautiful, but not my fave) so I have to get really creative with how I glam it up a bit, while still matching the tile coloring. Poketo‘s offering of unique dining & kitchen items above would…

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Plum Alley

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I recently stumbled upon this site, Plum Alley, and got lost in it for what felt like ten hours. Not only is it a beautifully designed website stocked with beautiful design & decor products, but it’s sole ethos is to support female run businesses. These are just a few of the products I’m swooning after on the site (I mean, that green credenza? Stop it.) from brands such as Eskayel, RadLabs, Jill Malek & Regeneration Furniture.      …

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