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Saturday, 23 September


Supporting Storm/Disaster Relief + Best of the Web Design*Sponge

My mind can hardly wrap itself around the catastrophic photos coming out of Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominica and all of the islands affected by both Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Seeing families searching for loved ones in Mexico City after the earthquake and watching as our friends at The Sato Project (where our dogs Hope and Winky were rescued) desperately try to support those at their home base in Yabucoa, PR has been heartbreaking, to say the very least. So as we head into the weekend, the only thing on my mind is: how can we help? Rather than our typical wrap-up and links out to other sites this week, this post is dedicated to ways you can support those trying to rebuild, from Houston to Mexico City to the Caribbean.

If you know of any other organizations doing great work, please feel free to share them below. We will continue to look for ways to help and give back individually and as a company here at Design*Sponge, so stay tuned for more updates as electricity and connections resume in these areas and direct calls for support start to be shared. Ou...


Tandoori Spiced Cauliflower Design*Sponge

I was never a huge fan of cauliflower until I read Lukas Volgers cookbook, Bowl. I didnt dislike it, but I didnt look for it at the market. Lukas book was the first time I had seen a recipe using cauliflower couscous. It made me think of the vegetable in a whole new way, and consequently Im always on the lookout for new ways to try it. One of my favorite cookbook authors, Anjum Anand, has a recipe for Tandoori Cauliflower in her most recent cookbook, I Love India, which is all about Indian street food. The preparation for Anjums tandoori cauliflower is quick and easy, and the cooking is hands-off. Its a beautiful dish for entertaining, or even during the week. If you would like an alternative to tomatoes and sour cream atop your cauliflower, Anjum notes that you can skip those and simply serve it with a more traditional mint chutney, if you prefer. Kristina

To win a copy of Anjums I Love India, leave an answer in the comment section below. The question is: What is your go-to appetizer for entertaining?

Why Anjum loves this recipe: I have always enjoyed cauliflower cooked in every way imaginable, even grated, spiced and stuffed into breads. In recent years, in the West, cauliflower is finally receiving some much-deserved love after a decade of neglect. In India, it never went out of fashion and tandoori cauliflower is a restaurant staple. Tandoori dishes refer to foods baked in a coal-fuelled, super-hot, barrel-shaped clay oven which was traditionally used to bake breads,...


Makers Lend a Hand in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey and Prep for Maker Faire Houston Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

Houston's first fully featured Faire takes place next month on October 22 and 23, with a special emphasis on humanitarian aid for hurricane victims.

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10 Inspiring Illustrated Quotes for the Weekend Design*Sponge

Im in the midst of a big new project (a spinoff of our latest book, In the Company of Women) and I could use a little pick-me-up right now. Sometimes when deadlines are looming and every day feels like a new hurdle to jump, the right bit of inspiration can get you through a tough spot. I follow a number of artists and makers on Instagram who specialize in turning inspiring words into beautifully illustrated or decorated pieces, and today Im sharing 10 of my favorite for anyone who could use a little lift. Heres to getting through that next challenge! Grace

Image above via @mamastryin at Instagram



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Friday, 22 September


The Man Who Makes Lightning on Demand Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

Electrical engineer Greg Leyh is no stranger to high voltage. He invites it, measures it, and controls it.

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Amazing Social Media reaction to @TeamUnLimbited for their brilliant work #shedoftheyear

The other day Channel4 tweeted a video of Max Mcmurdo meeting Stephen Davies and talking about is brilliant work to create 3D printed hands and arms to children across the world. Heroes are ordinary people that do extraordinary things. Channel 4 (@Channel4) September 19, 2017 It went a bit viral, from JK Rowling,...

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First Day of Fall Giveaway At Home In Love

Thanks to Micro Cotton for sending me these towels to review. All opinions are my own.

Happy Friday, and happy first day of fall! It definitely feels like the season has shifted here in Spokane. We've been fully enjoying taking walks in the cool, crisp air, eating warm soups and toasty bread, watching shows while it rains outside, and taking long hot baths at night. So ready for this season of "hygge" (that's a fun word to use). I wish we were remodeling our bathrooms this fall and getting a big soaker tub (my dream!), but unfortunately that's probably not gonna happen for awhile. In the meantime, I made our bathroom feel a little more cozy and luxurious by lighting a sandalwood scented candle, adding a vase of fresh eucalyptus, and getting some plush new towels.

Love these towels

Ok, these towels! They are the Hotel Collection Ultimate Micro Cotton towels from Macy's, and they are not your average bath towel. They're super soft, extra-absorbent, and they make you feel like you're at a fancy hotel. They're definitely not cheap (they retail at $78 for a set), but they're majorly on sale right now so it's a great time to stock up. AND I get to give some away!

The Hotel Collection comes in classic neutrals, soft pastels, and rich jewel tones that are perfect for fall. I have the "pine" color above, which is a beautiful deep green...and I also snagged some white ones since you can never go wrong with white towels. The winner will get one set (a bath towel, hand towel, and washcloth) in the color of their choice.

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post and tell me how you're updating your home this fall! I'd love to hear about your projects, whether they're big exciting remodels or small cozy changes.

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Welcome Fall quirky reclaimed wood pumpkin sign Funky Junk Interiors

This summer when I painted my front door Bayberry green, I was soooo looking forward to playing with fall and Christmas decor against it! Its such a lovely natural moss green tone that just seems to go with anything. Nature never fails as inspiration, does it? So blame this project on my 2nd Starbucks pumpkin []

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Rocket Mass Heater On Steroids

This is the final design of the rocket mass heater for the aquaponic geodesic dome greenhouse. It goes a bit above-and-beyond what the typical heater does!




Understanding Gas Pump Credit Card Skimmers Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

SparkFun teams with law enforcement to better understand gas station skimmers and to take evasive action.

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These Robotic Friends Teach Kids How to Code Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

Wonder Workshops' robots Dot and Cue are both valuable tools for teaching aspiring programmers how to code.

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Studio Tour: Marina Dunbar Design*Sponge

Artist Marina Dunbars Studio in an Old School | Design*Sponge
In the heart of the historic district in Columbus, GA stands an old brick building that oozes old-time charm and nostalgia. Despite its stately demeanor and excellent location in the small neighborhood, this old school is still somewhat of a hidden gem, even for locals. When Marina Dunbar was looking for a new art studio space, she didnt even know that this building existed. Most people in the community dont know who works here or what people do here. I heard of this space from a friend and when I came to visit I absolutely fell in love with it, Marina explains.

As spacious and practical studios are hard to come by in Columbus, Marina knew that the old school building, located in her favorite part of town, was a unique find. The tall windows not only add to the historic feel, they also serve as a vessel for one of the most precious tools an artist could ask for light. It makes or breaks a studio space, and the light in this building is incredible, which is how I knew instantly that this would be the perfect workspace, Marina adds.

Marinas studio is an old classroom, with a large chalkboard running along an entire wall and windows facing two directions. Despite the wonderful light and generous size of the space, there were still several things that needed to be updated to make it accommodating to Marinas creative process. To brighten up the studio, Marina painted the lavender-colored walls white as soon as she moved in. Even with the help of her mom and husband, this turned out to be the most challenging and time-consuming part of the update. Its great having tall walls and high ceilings, but painting them is a whole different story!

When setting up her studio, Marina wanted to preserve the openness of the space while utilizing as much of it as possible. She creates her signature, nature-based paintings with layers of ink and watercolor washes, which she applies while the paintings are lying...


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Keep Your Fiskars Orange-handled Scissors Safe With This DIY (Video) Design*Sponge

Were still on the Fiskars Orange-handled Scissors 50th Anniversary party train and last week, when we asked you to share your Fiskars Orange-handled Scissors story, we knew there would be some talk of the forbidden and the do not touch, but seriously that was the overwhelming theme! Keep away from my scissors! We should all just hold hands now and start a Fiskars chant. I feel like our next DIY should be a hollow book where you can hide your favorite Orange-handled Scissors.

Considering the hands off theme rang out loud and proud, we thought long and hard about a pretty (but possibly embarrassing) way to 1. make people think twice about taking your scissors; and 2. to dispel any ideas that the thief wont be caught when the scissor owner realizes their prized possession is gone and they do a quick visual scan looking for said scissors. Aside from a loud alarm and a mini shock collar (kidding!), we thought a large and perhaps a tad gaudy  tassel might dissuade any potential scissor thieves. We didnt add bells to this DIY, but we did purchase them and may consider adding them if our Fiskars go missing again. Feel free to add them to yours from the get-go.

And again: Calling all Orange-handled Scissors lovers! Will you please share your Fiskars story with us in the comments below? Aside from being entered to win 1 of 4 awesome gift packs (DIY or design book + Orange-handled Scissors + Fiskars Kids Scissors) packed by yours truly, your feedback will be contributed to some weird scientific research and possibly a fancy pie chart around the different categories of orange-handled memories that Im obsessed with creating.

Now, lets DIY! Caitlin

(P.S. We used beautiful yarn from Purl Soho and, of course, our beloved...

Thursday, 21 September


Three Women Making Waves on the Colorado Maker Scene Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

These three women have all had a large impact on their respective maker communities. Meet them all at Maker Faire Denver.

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Trip Recap: Seattle Southside At Home In Love

Thanks to the companies linked to below for hosting us on this trip.

Last weekend we took a quick mini-vacay to the Seattle Southside. To be honest, I've never really considered that area as a vacation destination--unless you count starting a vacation by leaving from SeaTac Airport. But when we were invited to come stay for the weekend and explore, we couldn't turn down an excuse for a little getaway. And we had a blast! I was impressed with how many fun, family-friendly activities are there. Plus it was a nice, affordable launch pad for visiting the overall region, and less hectic than staying in downtown Seattle. In addition to our planned activities, we were able to meet our new nephew Seth (who was just born last month), see Ben's parents, and buy a few things from IKEA (Spokane doesn't have one yet). Worked out perfect!

Trip to the Seattle Southside

We stayed at the Marriott Courtyard right by Southcenter Mall. It was a convenient location, clean and modern inside, and their hotel breakfast was really good...instead of a continental buffet, they had made-to-order French toast, eggs and bacon, avocado toast, etc., plus Starbucks drinks. It was also located right by iFly, an indoor skydiving place that Ben has wanted to try. We didn't do it this time because of Ian (you have to be at least three), but maybe in the future!

Jumping on hotel beds

Our first morning there, we visited the Des Moines Farmer's Market, which is right on the harbor. Supposedly there's a great view of Mt. Rainier, but it was still really smoky in the air from all the fires in the Northwest so we couldn't see the mountain at all (thankfully it's rained since then and the air is MUCH clearer now). The farmer's market was really cute and reminded me a lot of the one in Edmonds, where we used to live: a charming waterfront community market with seasonal local crops, inexpensive bouquets of fresh flowers, and yummy food trucks. We got some hot kettle corn and a twice baked almond croissant, and I ogled the gorgeous dahlias.

Farmer's market



A Zero Waste Food Diary (Part 1): Mealtimes Treading My Own Path | Zero Waste + Plastic-Free Living

I get asked about this a lot and Ive been intending to write about this for ages: the kinds of things I eat in a typical week. I confess, I tend to get stuck in a rut of eating the same 5-7 meals week in, week out until inspiration strikes again. (Can anyone else relate []


The modern vanity that amazingly became so much more Funky Junk Interiors

Do you make lots of mistakes? Get ready to laugh AND feel good about it! Because the blogging worlds greatest storyteller just wrote a feel good story book that celebrates the blunders in life! Im referring to KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms and her new book, So Close To Amazing.   Click to Shop on Amazon (affiliate link) HERE Visit the original []

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Tiny House has PLENTY of space to COOK and ENTERTAIN

The Rocky Mountain Tiny House folks certainly outdid themselves again as we get a look at a guest tour of a home built in recent years by their team. This 26 tiny house on wheels has a great kitchen, complete with a full refrigerator, a second loft space JUST for crafting (atop a steel framed loft to save space), and a some great storage options- some of them hidden.




Two Tool Coffee Table Shanty 2 Chic

You read that right!!! We built this coffee table with only TWO tools: Our 18-volt miter saw and our 18 gauge brad nailer! So we are calling this coffee table Table for Two! Not only is this a two-tool project, we also built it with only 13 14 boards, which means we spent about $65 {...Read More...}

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Three Jewelers Choose Collaboration Over Competition Design*Sponge

3 Jewelers Choose Collaboration Over Competition via Design*Sponge

I recently caught up with one of my close friends from architecture school. We reminisced how our school years were simultaneously the most challenging years of our lives and the most fun. We reflected on how our collective studio environment was both intensely competitive (cut-throat even) and collaborative. We were all fiercely committed to our studies, to bettering ourselves and presenting work of which we could be proud, but we were also nearly dependent on each other for encouragement and constructive feedback. In talking with my friend, I realized how much I still seek that balance of collaboration and competition in my professional world and how difficult it is to find.

Jewelers Sharon Zimmerman, Corey Egan and Christy Natsumi are three independent business owners who have managed to strike that balance. Each woman has her own brand, but they share a San Francisco studio and showroom. As Christy explains, In an industry that is traditionally secretive and competitive (not to mention male-dominated), weve found a way to work together as torch-and-hammer-wielding metalsmith businesswomen. In fact, we spend so much time at the studio together that weve started calling each other studio-wives. We hope our way of working can be inspiring and helpful to [the Design*Sponge community]. Below, Sharon, Corey and...

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