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We all have our go to looks for certain moods. The sexy heels when we feel like taking over the world. The comfy lounge wear for relaxing. The suit we pull out for important meetings. Now, thanks to VanDerWaals, you can have one purse that you can match to your mood with a swipe of your finger. That’s right, a purse with an app that allows you to pick what color you’re in the mood for carrying. Right now there are two different designs that both come in two different sizes to choose from. In case that’s not enough for you, this fantastic new handbag can also charge your cell phone. VanDerWaals definitely knows the way to our hearts!

Pre-order your new favorite handbag now.

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Photos from VanDerWalls

It’s no secret, we love art showcased in unusual places. The ability to think outside of the box to create beauty in unexpected places is a true talent. We aren’t the only ones who appreciate this gift. Design Curial recently ranked the “Top 10 Best Designed Benches in the World“, and we have to admit we’re glad we didn’t have the tough job of ranking these benches. There are some incredible designs in the mix.  They are all very different but beautiful in their own way.

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To see the entire list and learn a little about each of the benches go to Design Curial. Do you agree with their choices and rankings?

Those of you who follow us on Instagram might have seen we’ve been hard at work on Velvet’s new Southampton store. The store is officially open with plenty of spring and summer clothes to add to your wardrobe. We always love working with the great people at Velvet and were very excited to be a part of the new store opening.  If you’re in the Hamptons, swing by and check out our work and get in some awesome shopping at the same time.

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Have you checked us out on Instagram yet? If not you’re missing out on behind the scenes fun, sneak peeks into what we’re working on, and all the cool things we come across. Head on over and follow us so you’ll stay in the loop.

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David G. Flatt on Instagram

Memorial Day weekend is upon us.The unofficial beginning of summer, despite when the calendar says it technically begins. Everyone is searching for the nearest body of water to cool off and enjoy a long weekend with friends and family. As much as we love to use a long weekend to get away for a bit, there’s something to be said for making your own backyard a destination in and of itself. No fighting traffic, long lines, or crowds. You could just open your back door to enjoy your own personal paradise. You used the space for entertaining guests or as a quite place to unwind at the end of a long week.

With this in mind we decided to share a few of our favorite backyard entertaining areas. They range from simple to palatial but all offer their own unique charm. Maybe we can find some inspiration to make our own outdoor entertaining areas a reality.

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Spike Powell/Woman & Home

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Ben Anders/Livingetc/IPC+ Syndication

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Dan Duchars/Homes & Gardens/IPC+ Syndication

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From the show Indoors Out on the DIY Network Episode: “Elevated Entertainment Room”

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From the show Indoors Out on the the DIY Network Episode: “Open Range Saloon”

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From the show Indoors Out on the DIY Network Episode : “Dockside Lobster Bar”

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From the show Indoors Out on the DIY Network Episode: “Fresh Air Dining Room”

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From the show Yard Crashers on the DIY Network Episode: “Chess Board Patio”

To learn more about the wonderful outdoor entertainment areas here or to see even more spaces check out the DIY Network or Real Simple.

We always applaud communities who have public or interactive art. These pieces bring an extra layer of excitement, beauty and charm to an area. When the work is interactive, it encourages citizens to join in on the fun of making their cities a little more beautiful.

Most people would agree that Boston is not lacking any interesting things to see or do, but it is still nice to see the interactive public art the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) had installed at Lawn on D as part of an initiative to create the first interactive public space in Boston. Lawn on D is a park in south Boston, which also hosts corn hole, bocce ball, an open air bar on weekends, and even music events. This is why designers Eric Howeler and Meejin Yoon, of the Boston firm Howeler and Yoon Architecture, thought their exhibit “Swing Time” would be a perfect addition to the space.

“Swing Time” is composed of 20 swings made in three different sizes using LED lights. The lights change colors depending on the speed the swings are moving. They are fun to take a ride on whether day or night, but they are absolutely beautiful to see when being used in the dark.

We can’t wait to see what else the MCCA comes up with for Lawn on D!

Read more about “Swing Time” and its designers here.

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Spring is in the air. The days are getting longer. Temperatures are getting warmer. We are slowly forgetting about the pile of never ending snow. And last but not least, wedding season has officially begun. Whether you are a bride to be, helping a bride to be plan, or just have a mailbox full of invitations everyone has weddings on the brain in some form or fashion.

Since we like to think of us all as friends here, we want to share some priceless information with all the brides-to-be out there. Two of a Kind Rentals. Remember this name. Bookmark their website. They are here to help you. As Krista Li, the founder and CEO of Two of a Kind Rentals , says she launched the company, “as a way to provide trend-forward yet accessible event rentals to New York (and surrounding) markets.” What this means for you is Two of a Kind offers furniture and decorations from one place for great prices. They have everything from chairs to cake stands and chafing dishes. They have signs, marquee lights, and backdrops for rent or even to purchase if you would like. Their items are high quality and high fashion but for reasonable prices. They will also deliver your items and help you set up for a small fee.

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In the interest of full disclosure, we might be a little biased since we teamed up with Two of a Kind to develop sturdy yet fashionable tables that don’t even need linens. We really enjoy working with this wonderful company, and we love that our work can be a part of couples’ special day.

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Our classic wooden dining table hard at work

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Our metal pipe dining table

Two of a Kind doesn’t just do weddings though. Thanks to their trendy, high quality, competitively priced items, they are perfect for almost any event you may be planning. In fact their items are often rented for fundraisers, TV shows, photo shoots, and corporate events.Boxwood_Topiaries6_500x500_2048x2048RYALE_26Bridge-069_1024x1024

Learn more about Two of a Kind New York Event Rentals

In our line of work we’ve been fortunate to see and develop many grand opening or reopening events. We know how important and difficult it can be to come up with fresh new ideas to make your business’ event stand out. Paris Citadium by Pull and Bear recently pulled this off in a very clever way. They called in four international artists and gave them free reign to decorate vintage VW vans in whatever way they wanted.

 

Michela Picchi, an Italian cross disciplinary artist, who finds inspiration from collage and psychedelia with her own twist of sophistication added in, came up with this colorful design which she says is really her.

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Paris born Shobo Shobo brought his personal universe of half disturbing and half tender figures presented with a touch of pop. He said of the project, “I like improvising with nothing prepared before and I’m also surprised by the result.”cover_2_shoboshobo shoboshobo_1

Martina Paukova added a more vintage twist to her movable masterpiece which was inspired by Palm Springs. Paukova said when she thinks of Palm Springs she thinks of people of leisure, lots of color, and having a good time.cover_3_martinapaukova martinapaukoa_1

Kyle Platts’ work has been featured in Vice and The New York Times. He calls his van “a vehicle version of his sketch book” which he uses to amuse himself. We’re sure he’s work amused many others that saw it as well.

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These are all very unique and eye catching. Pull and Bear did a wonderful job finding artist to help their vision come alive. We hope to see more business owners continue to find new and exciting ways to get us buzzing about their stores.

Go here to learn more about the grand re-opening, the artists, and each of their vans.

There’s a lot of amazing fashion strutting up and down the runway this year, and vogue.com has done a great job of cataloguing it. Check out the full set of top styles at their link here: http://www.vogue.com/2619361/best-spring-2015-trends-fashion-week/

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Ralph Lauren

 

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Chanel – Photo: Yannis Vlamos/Indigitalimages.com

 

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Altuzarra – Photo: Kim Weston Arnold/Indigitalimages.com

 

So often people don’t consider the complexities of something as simple as a typeface. The “Font Men”, Jonathan Hoefler or Tobias Frere-Jones, have made it their life’s work. They work with some of the world’s largest organizations to create typefaces that perfectly express the character and goals of said organization.

As we say many times a day, it’s all about the details. Simple changes in the weights of letters have broad implications, and it takes someone with the appreciation of those details to master a craft perfectly.

Whether its building a retail display or designing a new typeface, it takes passionate people to achieve mastery, and we strive for it every day.