Etusi Sumetusi: Japan

Finding it hard to write anything snappy about how awesome Japanese aesthetics are right now. We love you Japan.

Blue puppy earrings from LianaKabel Celadon matcha bowl from shyrabbit Crocheted Totoro hat from amiamigos Katakana stamp set from VioletGiftShop Astronaut bag from tacdesigns Awesome paper tape from PrettyTape Cute HiFi Stereos Rings from YuraPockylover Kinkaku-Ji Wall Hanging from japanesqueaccents Drama! buttons from thepinksamurai

Etsy Schmetsy-ish: Sapling Press and Dear Blank Please Blank

We at the Experts have been a bit busy of late, and sadly had little time to prepare a full Etsy Schmetsy today. I did however come across this awesome project and though that in lieu of a Schemtsy, we’d feature an etsy seller. These hysterical prints are a collaboration between Sapling Press and Dear Blank Please Blank. Go check out the rest of the prints here.

via Design Work Life

Flickr Mondays—Angeles Peña

I was having a hard time finding someone to post about today until I happened upon Angeles Peña’s beautiful work. I love that she’s able to capture so many different types of shots with the rainbow. Amazing.

Flickr site here.
More photos here.


50 and 50

I’m really diggin the style of the project “50 and 50” — where 50 designers are invited to make an illustration of their state’s motto. The colorscheme (a sophisticated red white and blue) and format is consistent, and curator Dan Cassaro has a sort of modern-Americana vernacular + workhorse Futura-y look for the site which works great with the selected (typographically skilled) contributors. It’s good to see this style done well by more folks than just Draplin — though looks like he’ll be doing Oregon.

North Carolina by Matt Stevens — I’d have bought a print of this one if that had been an option; as it wasn’t I figured the next thing was to blog it. Please guys, prints? Or t-shirts? Tennessee by Matt Lehman. Massachussets by Mark Weaver.

via Public School

Let’s Swap!

Let’s Swap — a new project from Brooklyn-based hyperakt — is an awesome site that enables artists to swap their art for the featured print. The print that is currently available is the Good Morning/Good Night from Dolce Press.  It is full of awesomeness — letterpress, glow in the dark and an upbeat message. If you’ve got something to trade, go submit your swap and see if you get chosen, otherwise the print can be purchased from Dolce Press’s shop.

UPDATE: Our CMYHey Triangle print was chosen by Dolce Press as a swap. You can go vote for us to put us in the running to maybe be a featured swap in the future!

Superior Servers

I have a bit of a problem with buying more kitchen stuff than I have room for. But, that doesn’t mean I want these from Ladies & Gentlemen and less. The blue would look super lovely in my house, but so would all of the other colors. They are available for purchase here.

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Elva Fields, again

I have posted about my love of Elva Fields jewelry in the past, but since she is having a huge sale right now, I felt it warranted a second mention. Visit Elva Fields on facebook or twitter for a 30% discount code. Man I love that black and yellow one.

We Present: The Experts’ Holiday Gift Guide

We experts are feeling a bit behind on the whole holiday shopping thing this year. We figured some of you might be as well, so we present to you our last-minute gift guide. Since we are having a ton of trouble coming up with gifts for all the people in our lives, here are some things we like — maybe someone in your life will like them too. Happy shopping and happy holidays.

Jessica’s Picks

Top row: As some of you know, I LOVE insects. I have a small collection already, but I somehow have no butterflies. So, this beautiful Peacock Swallowtail Butterfly Display by Bug Under Glass would be the perfect addition to the family.
As for the perfect edition (I am clearly a master of the clever segue),  The Open Daybook by David P. Earle is essentially a perpetual calendar created by hundreds of artists, each interpreting a day of the year.

Bottom row: Come on. Gold. Deer. Measuring cups. There is absolutely no way around me wanting these Enchanted Buck Measuring Cups.
These Chocolate Wafer Cookies from Miette are a simple, sophisticated way to satisfy my sweet tooth. Delish!
In the age of digital photography, I am still a sucker for instant-film cameras, so the FujiFilm Instax Mini 25 Instant Film Camera is a must-have.

And, as far as I’m concerned, teeny-tiny gold frames add a touch of class to pretty much everything.

Samantha’s Picks

Row 1: I think I may need to upgrade my apron wardrobe to include to the Handy Cooking Guide Apron which has cooking tips and conversions printed right at the bottom. So smart and nice looking too.
I love taking pictures, but I hate looking like a tourist with a huge SLR slung over my shoulder. The Cloak Camera Bag seems like the perfect solution. It looks like a bag, but it give you easy access to your camera so that you can shoot pictures without removing it from the bag.

Row 2: How cool would it be to have a bunch of Vintage Globes?
Oh, how I wish I had unlimited funds and could buy a set of Cherner chairs for my dining room…a girl can dream.
The Glasses from Warby Parker seem really awesome. They are all $95, when you buy a pair of glasses, they give a pair to someone in need and plus they are super stylish.

Row 3: I haven’t actually  used the L Letterpress, but I am soooo curious about it. Teeny Tiny letterpress, yes please.
I actually bought  these beautiful wooden earrings from molly m designs while taking a break at Bazaar Bizarre. I think her work is great.
I have long admired Sara Paloma’s work and love her White Matte bottle Collection — I just need more space so I can have this in my house.

Kirsten’s picks

I’m always a fan of anything that looks handmade/natural. Although a lot of these pieces are out of my budget, one can always admire from afar! Hope you all find these helpful or at least somewhat inspiring when doing last-minute holiday shopping!

From top to right: Ring of Light Lamp, Kuba Cloth Pillow, Heirloom Recipe Card Box, Pictorial Websters, Blades of France Knife Set, Natural Horn Cups, Herbs of Provence, Jamie Rosemary Olives, Tallba Pine Soap, Branch Bit Stopper, Vintage French Lamp

Owen’s Picks

A. I have a suit from Dutchess and it’s beyond amazing. It’s the sort of fancy suit that makes you want to wear fancy suits, and get more. The Carnaby is high-buttoning mod cut, and it’s delightful. They have my measurements though my gut’s gotten bigger since they took em.
B. MaxineDear makes one-of-a-kind belt buckles from old hardcover books. Right now she has this yellow script Zoology one that is pretty dang rad. Be the first, and only, person to wear it!
C. These classic-but-slightly-shiny sonic ties are woven from 50% audio tapes — and freakishly cool, you can run a tape head over them and get audio.
D. Nixon watches are often awesome. This yellow/gold Newton is pretty blingy but also pretty pretty.
E. I’ll feel like a character from a recent William Gibson book wearing these handmade (in Namibia) vegetable-dyed Kudu Velskoen. Note the near-future tense of this sentence.
F. Do you know someone who doesn’t read Graphic Novels? For a few decades the answer to this sort of situation was considered to be Maus. Now there’s Asterios Polyp (for designery friends), Blankets (for emo sorts) and Fun Home (for gay/theory sorts) — all of which are absolute masterpieces that’d make great introductions to the form.

FLICKR MONDAYS-Lauren “look left and look right”

Happy Monday All!

These landscapes shots of beautiful Canada are leaving me so excited to visit there again! Canada is one of those places that I keep wanting to go back for more. Such a beautiful place, and I’ve seen so little of it.

More photos here.

FLICKR MONDAYS-“Nothing is clear”

Happy Monday!

Really excited that we have a short week at work with lots of home-cooked meals to look forward to at the end of the week!

Ran across this beautifully curated flickr gallery by “Kid_Curry.” These photos remind me how pretty and cozy fog can be.


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