Have you seen Ferm Living before? I'm truly in love with the aesthetic of the store (described as Scandinavian design traditions with retro charm). They also have a pretty cool story. Trine Anderson started the company in Denmark because she couldn't find a wallpaper quite graphic and cool enough. So she took matters into her own hands and designed a wallpaper of her own. I'm a firm believer that if you design from the heart and create something you love, others will too. It's so cool to see that Trine feels the same!
As Sara mentioned earlier this week, I'm going to be rounding up my favorite links here every Friday. I send Sara so many links throughout the week, so at the very least this will be a way to make her read them. :) - Rich
DesignStudio's Airbnb logo process—I love seeing the process of various projects. They tell so much more of the story than the final result. In art school, we often felt that the process became the piece itself.
In one second on the internet there are...—This is a pretty eye-opening info graphic. I had no idea how many facebook likes, emails, google searches etc were happening every second. Also, the fact that none of this was happening 10, 20, 30 years ago makes me realize how much more innovation is in our future.
Responsive logos—Responsive websites are becoming more and more common, but I hadn't really thought about logos being responsive as well. It's an interesting thing to keep in mind as more brands are being recognized by app icons and simpler forms.
A dad's response to the Magic! Rude song—We've been spending a lot of time in the car this year and the Magic! Rude song has been playing non-stop. This YouTube video is coming from the simultaneously sweet and hilarious perspective of the dad (and the guy is super talented!).
goTenna—Our design studio Hexagon had the privilege of doing some last minute front-end work for sibling co-founders Daniela and Jorge Perdomo last week. It's an amazing product that allows people to communicate without cell towers (for example text at a festival or hiking in the middle of nowhere)
Hello Sense—A beautiful sleep tracker that launched a kickstarter campaign this week. I could see myself using this and by the looks of it, other people see themselves using it too. It has currently raised $720k of its original $100k goal.
Rebranding Foursquare—I've been using Foursquare for years and since moving to New York, it's been an amazing tool for exploring the city and meeting up with friends. I'm excited to see what's next for them.
Moscow mule mugs—For the summer in New York, Sara and I wanted to have a "go to" cocktail for hanging out on our roof. We decided Moscow Mules are it. Now we just need the copper mugs to go with them!
Russia lost control of a lizard sex satellite—This can't end well...
Wikia launches Maps—One of the projects I've been working on with Wikia launched this week! It allows fans to create their own pins on maps for whatever topic they want. Working with Wikia on this has been an awesome experience.
Jibo—"The world's first family robot". Cool concept, but I really just want R2-D2.
I think life becomes richer and a little more adventurous when we take the time to notice patterns and make connections about what we've seen. It's worth taking a few minutes every day to really think about not only what you see around you, but about what you are naturally drawn to. I've been thinking about style in this way lately - for example, analyzing what it is that I like about a shirt when I see it. What does that shirt then have in common with that dinnerware set I've been dreaming about?
I've realized a pattern in my own style. The basis is always simple, classic, geometric. We're talking circles, squares, triangles... simple structural tops and sculptural shoes. On top of that simplicity is color, pattern, and texture. This outfit is a true testament to that. The simple shapes of the pieces themselves make them so easy to wear, but the tassels on the shorts, the fringe on the top, and the splashes of color on the watch make them all so much fun to wear.
Have you thought about what elements draw you in to particular items of clothing or any type of design really? Next time you see something you love, take a second to note some characteristics about it... it's so fun to see the patterns! Deep down you know what you love but we don't always take the time to let it surface.
Have you seen these awesome Moroccan rugs around lately? They're called boucherouite rugs (pronounced boo-shay-REET) or rag rugs, and are made from reused clothes. The best part is that they are completely improvised - the ultimate self-expression in the form of a rug. They also tend to be very colorful, making them a perfectly happy Summer centerpiece for your home.
When it comes to creating these rugs, there are no rules. We got ours from a great little appointment only shop call Aelfie.
I love that whoever made this particular one started off with a pattern, and by the end let loose with a mix of oranges, pinks, and blues.
For the last few years, I've been writing this blog as StyleComb. I started off to set a lifestyle for the jewelry I was making - what you would wear with the jewelry, and what it meant to find style in all aspects of life.
Lately, I've been feeling more attached to the word design... I feel that living with design covers more of the details of everyday life that I want to dive into here on the blog. I also want this space to be less about what my style is and more about designers and artists that I find inspiring (though there will definitely still be style posts).
Some of this influence has come from currently living in Brooklyn where I see so many inspiring people around me. It's got me thinking about what I really want this space to be. I've put a lot of thought into it, and with the name change (welcome to DesignComb!) comes a bunch of new columns. Check out the type of content you'll be seeing around here from now on below.
Inspired By I'm very excited about this column - I will be interviewing various creative people that inspire me and discussing what inspires them.
Combing America We named our road trip across the country earlier this year #combingamerica, and from now on anything travel related will be dubbed #combingmorocco, #combingbrooklyn... you get it :)
Curiosities I'm finding myself incredibly inspired by still lives, and I will be experimenting with my own in this column. I think they'll be mostly fashion focused, but we'll see!
Living with Design This is where we'll get into interior design and home goods (some of my favorites!)
Have you Seen? I'm constantly coming across awesome new (to me) online boutiques, designers, and products. This will be a place to share them!
The History of... This is sort of the opposite of Have you Seen? in that it's most likely a brand or designer you've seen before, but maybe didn't know much about.
Nourished Food is an everyday part of our lives and changes it in so many ways - how we feel when we're eating... and afterwards. All of the recipes shared here will be ones that make you feel happy and healthy.
StyleComb Yes, style is definitely still a part of all of this. I just want to share my style now as a small piece in the grand scheme of things.
Read this Weekend Another fun change in all of this is that my husband Rich is now not only going to help with photography on the blog, but will also be writing this weekly column. When it comes to finding cool links each week, he's the man. So he'll be sharing design related links each Friday so you have some fun reads each weekend.
Whew! So I know that was a lot, but I'm really excited to share all of these changes with you guys. There will still be changes to the site in the next couple of weeks as we continue to hone things, but it feels great to have a fresh start! I hope that we can convince you to try out new things, travel more, live with design, and be inspired by all of the amazing people out there creating every day!
I love everything about Kristina Krogh's work. She's a graphic designer from Denmark, and loves texture and contrast of materials as much as I do. If that weren't enough, the styling of these photos are so fun!
Last Summer, I had a bottle of Cilantro dressing from Trader Joe's, and wanted to enjoy some fresh corn. I was feeling creative, so I decided to make up a smoky grill flavored salad that was still crisp and refreshing. My experiments don't work very often, but since I made this it's been a favorite!
This year, I decided to take things a little further, and make a dairy free home made version of the dressing. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
WHAT YOU NEED (serving size: 2)
Dairy Free Cilantro Dressing
- 1 Avocado
- 1 Lime (juiced)
- 1 Garlic clove
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 TBS Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 cups fresh cilantro
- salt to taste
- optional: 1 Jalapeño if you like some heat
- 2 heads of Romaine
- 1 lime
- 2 pieces of corn on the cob
- 1 Avocado
- 1 TBS Coconut oil
- Fresh black pepper (optional)
HOW TO MAKE IT
I recommend making the dressing first so that it can get cold in the fridge while you make the rest of the salad. Simply throw all of the ingredients into a blender until smooth!
For the salad, start by slicing your corn off the cob. Heat up an iron skillet or grill pan with coconut oil. Cook on medium-high until the corn starts to blacken (this gives the salad an amazing smoky flavor). Squeeze the juice of one lime into the corn mixture as it's cooking. I like to leave the lime in there as it cooks - it smells amazing.
Wash and rip up up your romaine while the corn is cooking. Toss with the dressing, as heavy or light as you like. Scoop a few big spoonfuls of corn into the center of the dish. Top with a few slices of avocado and some fresh black pepper.
I hope you had an amazing week! It's been a productive but exhausting one for me with a lot of changes coming along. One of which is this new column, Weekend Reads. My husband Rich is always sending me really interesting links, and I thought it would be fun to do a roundup of my favorites at the end of each week! So here we go...
A ring that vibrates when important people are calling... I might need to get this. I'm the one that everyone makes fun of but is also legitimately annoyed of, because I never answer my phone. Whoops.
"For every one household that collects art there are 37 with the same average income who don't..." Check out this article about how art will be for everyone in the future the way that music is today. Rich and I collect art, and even as artists/ designers it can be intimidating and overwhelming. I love the idea of a future that involves more accessible art.
I guess we're all set living in NYC, because 20 minutes of walking makes your brain significantly more active and releases endorphins. I see this happening with us a lot - we come up with our best ideas walking from place to place.
Speaking of Skillshare, I'm also currently in the middle of a productivity class since I find myself spending more time thinking about all of the things I need to get done than actually doing them. I'm using todoist to write down any to do item that comes to mind, and I'm planning on getting one of these bad boys to plan out my months (and keep it in front of my face so I don't forget).
Have a great weekend!
Redecorating is always fun, and something I like to do about once a year to keep things feeling fresh. It can seem incredibly overwhelming to decorate your space (especially from scratch), but here are some tips and tricks that I've learned along the way.
Create a Pinterest board
This may seem obvious, but collecting pictures of spaces you love slowly over time allows you to pick up on certain patterns in your interests that you may not have recognized before. (before Pinterest I did this by gluing magazine clippings into a sketch book)
Looking through my home board, I realized I clearly have a thing for mid century style, especially in white spaces. This board becomes a visual representation of your style and can answer your own questions along the way. For example, when I was working on redoing my bedroom I was wondering, "What should I do for window coverings?". I looked through my board and noticed almost none of my pins have curtains. It's almost always just simple blinds. Ok then! Blinds it is! I know that you'll find patterns like this too.
Shop Flea Markets
Now that you have your board or sketchbook full of styles that you love, a great place to score some unique pieces is a flea market. If you live in the San Francisco bay area, I highly recommend the Alameda Flea Market. As for east coasters, I've been doing some research and am planning on visiting the Brimfield Antique Show soon. I've heard it's the best!
Give it Some Time
If you go out looking for something and need it that very moment, it never seems to turn up. Keep a list of things you would love to have (side tables, lamps, brass animals for your bookshelf etc), and let those items turn up as you explore flea markets, furniture stores, tag sales etc... You will find it when you least expect it! Can you imagine how happy your home will make you if you only purchase pieces that you truly love? Make sure an item is your best friend before you bring it home.
And until then...
It's not fun living in a space that feels incomplete while you wait to find all of these treasures. The quickest trick for making a home feel more complete is to fill it up with plants! Lots and lots of plants. A couple of my favorites are the Fiddle Fig Leaf tree, and Euphorbia Trigona (my favorite tall cactus plant!)
I keep coming across more and more awesome designers and small boutiques (both online and off). One I can't get enough of lately is Beklina.com. They describe their designers as those "that love to play with color, print and fresh contrast." The entire store is also either USA made or fair trade. Not to mention, this store couldn't be any more beautifully curated.
They have a lovely variety of clothing, accessories, and home goods. Honestly, I'll take it all... but especially this bag. Beautiful!