Archives For October 2014

When it comes to Halloween DIYs, whether costume, decor, or entertaining in nature, it must be acknowledged that Martha Stewart is the one true master of the holiday. Need proof? Look through this rundown of Martha’s Halloween costumes throughout the years. Impressive, to say the least.

If you need last-minute dress up ideas, spooky cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, or just want to perk up your porch before the trick-or-treaters come knocking, we suggest going straight to the source. To save you some time, we’ve found a few favorites below that will instantly improve your Halloween. Happy haunting!

Cast a shadow with some spooky silhouettes:

Going to a party? Pick up glue, glasses, and plastic insects and your costume is covered:

Whip up some creepy cocktails for your Halloween happy hour:

Take your porch from standard to scary with these hanging paper bats:

Source: Martha Stewart Living

It’s tough to improve upon a product that has existed relatively unchanged for thousands of years, but that’s just what these inventors have done with their redesigned umbrella, the Sa™. “Sa” comes from the Japanese word for rain, and its folding design is inspired by origami. Made entirely of recyclable plastic, the Sa™ is not only more durable and built to last longer than a typical umbrella, it’s also more sustainable.  The Sa™ will be available in six colors, and its designers hope to eventually release a more compact version in addition to the full size original. For now the Sa™ is for sale exclusively through their Kickstarter page.

Source: Kickstarter

We’re kicking off a new series on our blog, profiling designers who catch our eye and make us think. We’re starting with the clever and colorful Emily Henderson. Her blog, Style By Emily Henderson, is a constant source of fresh ideas, doable DIYs, and fun features, like Trolling Craigslist, in which Emily turns her expert eye on a city’s Craigslist “furniture for sale” feed and links to choice pieces and rare decor finds, proving you can have a well-designed home no matter where you live (and connecting her readers with some pretty good deals in the process). Plus her design philosophy totally speaks to us:

“I believe an object or piece of furniture should be either functional, beautiful, or sentimental and if can be all three then that is design magic.”

The designer was recently appointed the new Target Home spokesperson, and will be releasing a series of home styling how-to videos through the retailer. You can watch the first one here.

Source: Style By Emily Henderson

Finding high-quality simply-designed home fixtures is harder than you might think. For this reason, Belgian architect Eve van Dyck’s lighting line Zangra has become a cult favorite among European design buffs. Now her clean and simple pieces will finally be available stateside. Remodelista tipped us off to the newly North America–compatible porcelain and glass fixtures, and we’re excited to spread the word.

Source: Remodelista