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Some of our favorite pieces that we've used in projects over the last year are at great Labor Day deals. If you've always wanted to get "that look", now you can for less! Click on the image to go right to the retailer page.
For more great deals, check out these weekend sales:
Anthropologie: Extra 50% off sale, plus up to 30% off select home decor. Even our Fall Trend picks!
Pottery Barn: 15%-30% off with code SAVEMORE
Pier 1 Imports: Extra 25% off Sale & Regular Price with code LABORDAY
Wayfair: Extra 25% off Clearance with code GOFORIT
West Elm: 15%-30% off with code SAVEMORE plus up to 40% off Labor Day Deals
World Market: 30% off furniture with code FURNDEAL30
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As if furniture and decor from Anthropologie was not already at the top of our "Most Coveted List", their fall collection has us all ready to max out our credit cards and go to town.
Warm ochre and nubby textures have us feeling uber hygge and ready to nest in with a cuppa tea and a good book. Florals are not just for spring in rich colors and dark backgrounds. Add a dose of whimsy with an animal motif or two in everything from mugs to lamps. And the 70s boho vibe is alive and well with rattan and cane making a big decor statement. Check out more of our favorite fall trends here.
OCHRE--Move over pumpkin, this earthy, rich hue pairs with everything from blush to navy to your favorite spicy hues.
TEXTURES--Nubby textiles, ribbed glass, textured ceramics and embossed metals are tactile elements that add that one extra detail to make these pieces extra special.
FLORALS--Not just for spring, the florals of fall include rich jewel tones as well as delicate inlay and glass floral motifs.
ANIMALS--Leopards, snakes and birds, oh my! The animal kingdom is invading home decor in both decorative and functional ways.
RATTAN & CANE--Natural elements that bring a boho vibe to any room, rattan and cane details are a light and airy contrast to heavy fall velvets and saturated colors.
To be honest, it was a group effort, so let's all celebrate! Champagne and cake for everyone! Last week, we hit an Instagram Milestone, 100,000 followers. I swear it felt like the last 300 took us FOREVER to reach. But, we made it and celebrated with lunch from Dutch's Hamburgers and then promtly all went home to take a nap.
Speaking of Instagram, one of the things we love about it now is the ability to follow hashtags. If you are looking for design inspiration (other than from us, of course), these are some of our favorites.
#jungalowstyle--Created by blogger and designer Justina Blakeney, the Jungalow brand is boho chic meets bold color and a touch of jungle fever. If you have a love of plants, this was made for you.
#finditstyleit--Treasures can be found anywhere; flea markets, grandma's house, your closet. Get great inspo on how to style these found treasures in new and different ways.
#ihavethisthingwithcolor-- This is pretty self explanatory. Posts include not only home but fashion, travel, food, anything and everything colorful!
#bohoismyjam-- Lots of macrame, natural elements, and plants in addition to pattern mixing and global textiles. A complete boho smorgasbord.
#houseenvy-- A great combo of interiors, architecture, exteriors, finishings, design and decor. Plus some innovative upcycling and repurposing ideas.
#eclectichome-- Lots of British design inspo with this hashtag. A combination of flea market finds, global textiles and bold pattern mixing.
#myinteriorstyle-- More curated, styled photos that focus on design vignettes, before and after images, and weirdly a bunch of photos of dogs.
Raise your hand if you are at the brink of pulling your hair out getting kids ready to go back to school? Just what I thought! Hopefully you are among those whose kids go to a school where UNIFORMS are required and that is one less thing you have to worry about. I used to think that uniforms "stifled a child's ability to express themselves". HA! That lasted a hot minute after a disasterous first day of school "what am I going to wear?!" moment from my 9 year old. Uniforms are most definitely a mom's best friend. And there are plenty of ways for your kid to express themselves with these "too cool for school" accessories we found at Nordstrom.
For the boys; hip sneakers, rad backpacks and lunch bags and don't even get me started on these fab socks.
And for the girls; sneakers in all the hot trends including colorblock, floral and animal print, cute and whimsical backpacks and lunch bags, and fun accessories because you know, more is more.
Shop Nordstrom's Back to School Shop for all of this plus uniform tops and bottoms, outerwear and more.
Happy First Day of School!
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So, we are starting a new blog series spotlighting all of the amazing artists we have discovered along our design journey. Today we’d like to introduce you to Captain Casual, a graffiti artist based in the DFW area.
SGD: So, should I call you Captain Casual? Just Captain?
CC: Captain Casual is good!
SGD: OK, Captain Casual. Can you briefly walk us through your story? How you
started and how you got to where you are today?
CC: My story is an interesting one. I haven’t always been an artist. I actually was a stock and options trader for quite a while. And of course we’ll get into it in a second; but after dying and coming back to life, I completely changed my life around. I actually like to think I just woke up as Captain Casual. People know me for my bright colors and happiness, but what they don’t know is that it’s rooted deep in an appreciation for life and the desire to spread joy. I didn’t study art in college, and I’ve never taken any lessons. But I do know a lot about happiness and the colors just seem to flow, truth be told I’m completely winging it. But I think that’s something we find out as we grow older, that everyone is winging it.
SGD: Has it been a smooth road? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
CC: Being an artist is never a smooth ride. I don’t think it’s supposed to be. That’s one of the ways I got the name casual. Because no matter how crazy life gets, I stay casual. I mean, other than dying, of course. My road has been a bumpy one but I like to think I’m paving it for others. My whole mission of color and happiness is meant to smooth the ride for others. A warm feeling on a cold day. Struggles come in all shapes and sizes, last month I sprained my thumb, couldn’t paint with a brush all month so I just spray painted everything. Haha just adapting and trying to stay casual.
SGD: It's obvious that we are impressed by you and your talent. Tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others?
CC: I think one of the things that sets me apart from other artists is my understanding of colors and how they all work together. When used correctly they can elicit emotions, excite you, or even motivate you. You see, motivating people to be happier and kinder to one another is top priority for me. Like I mentioned earlier, I’m on my second life right now! Not everyone gets a second chance and I try to take full advantage of it. When time is approached as a scarce asset rather than something to pass, you realize the beauty in even the smallest of everyday occurrences. My wife also helps me out so much, she does virtually everything that isn’t painting, true team player and trooper, because believe it or not, I wake up with this amount of energy and I know it has to be exhausting.
SGD: What advice would you give to someone at the start of his or her career?
CC: Advice for other artists, hmm... to stay true to yourself, do it for fun, appreciate your own work and only compare yourself that. Oh, and of course, and most importantly, just be casual.