Turning your ordinary writing utensils into your favorite pens, the Seven Year Pen greens up your office supplies, writing up to 6.5 feet a day for 7 years (uh, can you say “hand cramp?”). Available in colorful designs and clever graphics, the best part about these pens is that they’re eco-friendly — reducing waste by increasing the barrel size inside each pen up to six times the amount in your everyday BIC.
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that a new pope, Pope Francis, was elected on March 13. The biggest news, though, is that he’s the first non-European pope in history. (Jorge Mario Bergoglio is from Buenos Aires, Argentina.) With Italy being all over the news, I figured I’d take this opportunity to give you a virtual vacay to Roma this Monday morning. Sit back and enjoy, friends.
All the Days Ordained / Design in Progress / Why Go: Italy / 100 Layer Cake / Flickr / Glamgerous / Bloun Artinfo
Come back every Monday for an inspirational mood board. Miss a day? See all the posts here.
Recently, we have noticed that readers (you) are searching HGTV.com for “Spanish-style” decor ideas. Is it because this is Hispanic Heritage Month, perhaps? Whatever the reason, what better time than now to highlight these stunning handmade plates from Spain?!
Made from enamels and 24k gold, these plates come in a variety of sizes from just over three inches to over 13 inches in diameter. Que bonita!
More Spanish-Style Talk:
Spanish-Inspired Outdoor Spaces
Spanish-Inspired Design Ideas
You may recall, I hate camping. And yet, here I am — delighted once again by something that involves sleeping outdoors. Perhaps I do like the idea of camping and just detest the actual activity? Whatever — I’ll self-diagnose some other time.
Look at this! You (not me), but YOU can now camp suspended from a tree on top of a Bavarian mountain in Germany. It’s sort of crazy, but it’s sort of awesome (again, for you — not me).
What do you think? Are you brave enough to hang out in nature? I’ll be happy to cheer you on from my hotel window.
Any postcard collectors out there like me? All of my friends know that when they travel, they are required to bring me back a postcard (they get extra friend points if they actually mail it — the postmark makes it even more special).
This world traveler cork board from Blue Ribbon General Store is ideal for displaying these little paper mementos.
Now, in the comments below, tell me the postcard-worthy places you and your family have visited this summer.
Since the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics, I’ve been glued to the TV watching everything from fencing to table tennis. (Talk about some serious hand-eye coordination.) For some reason I’ve been drawn more to these games than ever before. Maybe it’s because I can integrate Olympics-themed desserts and cocktails into my nightly watching? Or maybe it’s the charming host city of London that has me so attached? Either way, I’m a fan, and I’ve found a few Olympics-inspired accessories that will leave the games on your mind and in your home long after they end.
Mammoth & Company > Olympics Tapes Print
myMzone > Olympics Print
Etsy.com/caitlinhinshelwood > Boxer Pillow :: Etsy.com/bellalulu > Vintage Tennis Player Pillow
Etsy.com/belleandboo > Olympics Belle Print
Not on the High Street > “You’re the Best” Tea Towel
Do you have Olympics fever, too? How are you celebrating the games this summer? Tell us in the comments below.
Today various cities and countries all over the world are celebrating Bastille Day (or La Fête Nationale, as it’s formally called). In France the sky is often lit up with fireworks, and the streets are filled with parades, festivities and celebrations from dusk ’til dawn. What I would give to be in Paris during the Bastille Day Military Parade. But no matter where you are, from Baltimore to San Francisco, you can most certainly find a way to celebrate this occasion even if it means throwing a Bastille Day party of your own. All you need is a little blue, white and red … and food, of course.
Cannelle et Vanille: Raspberry + Pink Peppercorn Macarons
Sweetopia: French-Inspired Cookies
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During the last quarter, HGTV’s Home Studio interns, Diana Stercula and Monica Blair from the University of Cincinnati, have been working on various design projects in and outside the building, including HGTV Headquarters’ newest interactive vignette: East Meets West. The Home Studio university co-op program allows up-and-coming designers, like Monica and Diana, to work closely with design experts to offer unique and educational takes on interior design elements. For this globally-inspired vignette, Monica and Diana worked with Vern Yip and other HGTV professionals to create a one-of-a-kind concept, living right here at our offices. I recently talked to the designers about their piece. See what they had to say:
East Meets West: Spiritually-inspired designs of the East merge harmoniously with styles of the West.
One of the best things about being a blogger is hearing from those who read the AphroChic blog and my posts here on Design Happens. Every now and then a wonderful reader will send me a link to a site they think I’ll like. That happened earlier this week, when a reader sent me a link to KMP furniture in Miami (a city I still need to make a trip to). He must have known how much I love suzani prints, and how much I would love this site filled with suzani-upholstered seating. Oh, it’s just fantastic!
From deep and cozy side chairs to egg chairs, these pieces are truly one-of-a-kind, featuring 18th-century fabric designs on modern furniture silhouettes.
The variety of pattern and color makes these chairs remarkable statement pieces.
In classic styles like this wingback chair, these furnishings can also fit into the most traditional of spaces. I could see a set of these in a sitting room. Wouldn’t they look incredible?
And for something a little unconventional, how about this embroidered swan-style chair? It’s the perfect mix of modern and traditional. It’s fantastic to see old-school design made new again.
For more suzani inspiration, check out my Oh Suzani post featuring some gorgeous textiles.
Through the process of researching our September Color of the Month and compiling inspiring interiors and decor in this shade, I came across some pretty interesting online debates that verged on hostile. Apparently, defining this color can stir up some heat. Surprising for such a peaceful color. (You’d think we’d picked fire engine red.) Is it possible that a greater internal struggle surfaces not when asking “To be or not to be” but rather…