Designer Loves : Year of the Horse

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Happy Lunar New Year! It’s the year of the horse, one of the earth’s most mystical animals. Here are some designer loves to celebrate :

1. The Power of 10 Horse Print via Eye Poetry Photography on Etsy »
2. Kimberly Horse Scarf »
3. 14 Hands Too Hot to Trot Red Blend »
4. Horse Bookends »
5. Horse Studs »
6. Horse Pillow »
7. Giant Ceramic Horse Bowl »
8. On the Gallop and Up Dress »
9. Unicorn Salt & Pepper Shakers »
10. Thinking of You Letterpressed Card »
11. Pre de Provence Horseshoe Almond Soap »

And just for kicks, catch this beauty …

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Major Scale Musical Wine Glass

WHAT.

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This is crazy! All I keep thinking is a dinner party of 8, where everyone has one of these genius Major Scale Musical Wine Glass from Uncommon Goods and we’re rocking out to a harmonious symphony of merlots & cabs. The pair would make an awesome gift for those who are in the know of both vino and metronomes. {Oh yeah, I’m thinking wino holiday gifts already… can’t help it! I love giving gifts : )} Here’s a favorite quote from the designer of the wine glass. Catch his post about the design process here »

The cat’s pajamas.
Cheers, Court

Artifact Uprising – Gift Your Instagrams!

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I love the idea of book design. Each spread is a blank canvas – yet together, an entire body of work is concluded between a cover, that you can hold, touch, journey with, and keep forever. I also love the idea of Instagram, my little artistic library of square photos that have been documenting not only my life, but my closest friends and design gurus for years. These little live streaming (and carefully curated) set of photo memos keep me connected to a beautiful world of inspiration. [Ah, designer daydreams …]
Enter my new discovery, Artifact Uprising. I’m stoked! Pull your favorite ‘Grams and turn them into a gorgeous catalog of your smartphone explorations. I’ve wanted to create a 2nd year anniversary book for Blaise – in my copious spare time, HA! – and many of our most beautiful shots are already in my Instagram account. Their Instagram Friendly Books and this Set of 12 Prints seems like a sure bet, hurray!
ps – These would be stunning gifts you could quickly toss together for the holidays (hint, hint!).

Check out Aritifact Uprising »

Cheers! Court

Etsy Love : Atelier Stella London

Atelier Stella London Cute Handmade Plant Pots xo~ Design Wine SunshineY’all, seriously…
Tell me these aren’t the cutest little mini planter pots you’ve ever seen. Each one hand tossed, carved, glazed, and fired by the Etsy artist Stella of Atelier Stella. I AM SO IN LOVE. And shhhhhh… this artist only does a few sales here and there, but her next is coming up on the 18th! Catch her Etsy store here » Can I mention an -ahem- early bird Christmas shopping? I’ll race you to anything in blue. So sweet!
Cheers,
Court

Sunny Sunday / Kitty Approved : Cat Teepees

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You may have gotten the hint by now that I absolutely, unconditionally love animals. So much so that I dream of having a whole farm full of rescued animals one day. ‘Til then, my digs are bound to a psuedo-city life – in my studio and a happy little condo in Boulder. When I was in college one of my design professors once told me that you don’t truly have a design studio until you put a cat in it. Strange advise I thought at first, but then I started to compile their many quirks and knew why creatives belong with cats. They’re zen, playful, simple, definitely have honest opinions about your work, and love to sit in your lap while working, locking you into your seat & steadily purring to help you focus. Totally get why Hemingway was such a cat guy. I could imagine that in my sunny studio our cat (her name’s Kitty), would be all sorts of excited to have her own super-cool hipster teepee. Perfect for the studio cat with style. Find them here :  1, 4, 6 : The Algonquin Teepee via Etsy    2. Energy Pyramid Cat Teepee    3. Olga by Cat Tipi    5. Zuzu by Cat Tipi