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Dabito is one of our all-time favorite Instagramers. And, of course, we love his blog Old Brand New. All of the homes featured have one thing in common—a unique sense of style.

Case in point: this Santa Monica adobe that draws its verve from an eclectic mix of vintage furniture and global accessories.

Be prepared for a serious case of wanderlust.

Images: © Dabito


Apartment Therapy put together a collection of living rooms from their Small Cool Contests. Each of these teensy yet efficient spaces shows that comfortable things sometimes come in small packages.

Images: via Apartment Therapy

Every profession has some version of creative block. Even if you’re not currently stuck, it’s always fun to engage in a little artistic exercise.

Danielle Krysa, the wildly creative mind behind the blog The Jealous Curator, interviewed 50 successful international artists for her new book Creative Block. The chunky tome offers nearly 300 pages of insights on how to conquer self-doubt, stay motivated, and get new ideas to flow.

Photos: Buy Olympia

Eyes Up: Inspired Ceilings

Househappy —  March 25, 2014 — 1 Comment

There’s a reason “ceiling gazer” isn’t exactly a compliment. Usually there’s nothing up there worth staring at, but Design Sponge rounded up a few creative ceilings that will make you rethink the blank canvas above.


Photos: Design Sponge


What makes us happy at home? asked more than 6,000 people just that—and the results are fascinating.

  • 87 percent said that their home design impacts their overall happiness.
  • Big windows and comfortable furniture top the list—74 percent and 70 percent, respectively.
  • Men are more than twice as likely to derive happiness from a big-screen TV than women.
  • Overall, homeowners are happiest in rooms that are clean, organized, and comfortable.
  • Rural homeowners prefer the sounds of wildlife, while suburbanites love to hear the conversations among children and family members. City dwellers dig music the most.
  • 15% say the kitchen is their happy place.
  • Being surrounded by immediate family is preferred.

Source: Houzz

Illustration: Alice Stevenson


Alyson Fox is a favorite ’round these parts. We’ve followed the designer/artist since Grace Bonney first published her creepy-cool illustrations on Design Sponge in the mid-2000s. Since then, we’ve coveted her collaborations with everyone from West Elm to Fox + Yates.

We were thrilled to see her Austin home featured on the German online magazine Freunde von Freunden. The wide windows, splashes of saturated color, and geometric elements all speak to Alyson’s singular aesthetic.

Photos: FvF

Keeping your desk clean and organized is a daily struggle. But it’s worth the fight—a tidy workspace has been proven one of the most effective ways to get ahead in business.

Case in point: Fast Company reported that executives waste on average six weeks per year searching for lost documents, time they could have spent making progress on projects or chasing down new leads.

So you can see why we were impressed with Rebecca’s minimalist desk, which she posted on her blog The Daily Muse, along with a few suggestions for must-have accessories that will help you organize your office.