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Bloggers Who Believe It’s Better to Give

October 27, 2016

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Thanksgiving Day is less than one month away, which means that we are officially entering the eye of the holiday season! (Cue “Eye of the Tiger.”)

Between between hours of travel, days of holiday dinner prep, and months of coordinating reunions with loved ones, it can be hard to take the time to plan anything that doesn’t revolve around your own seasonal traditions.

But there’s no denying that taking the time to give back is invaluable. All year long, we offer our customers the chance to give back through our Better to Give program. With every purchase you make, we’re proud to donate $1 to a Better to Give partner of your choice (at no cost to you). This year, we want to make sure that giving back is part of your holiday planning. So, we turned to our community to spread the word about our Better to Give program.

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The Uncommon Life

Uncommon Personalities: Meet Jen Coleman

July 22, 2015

Jen Coleman, PR & Social Media Coordinator

My hometown…
Coral Springs, FL.

I’m passionate about…
Good food, travel, and sustainable living.

If my 6th grade teacher could see me now, he or she would say…
I had two teachers in 6th grade, and I’m sure both of them would make the same comment that every adult who knew me as a child always says: ”When did you get so tall?”

If any fictional character could be my best friend, I would choose….
This is hard! Some people might expect me to say Liz Lemon, but she’s far too busy to be a proper best friend. I would want to be best friends with Deb Perelman, the blogger for Smitten Kitchen. I know she’s not fictional, but bloggers have an online persona, so I consider her a character people follow…yeah, it’s a stretch. But anyway, I just want her to cook for me and tell me funny stories.

Something that always makes me laugh…
Alpacas. They have the funniest facial expressions!

My relationship with Mother Nature is…
Connected and important, but often leads me to a guilt trip. There are so many ways I should improve my choices, starting with cutting down on disposable coffee shop cups.

A song I love so much that I played it until I was sick of it…
I think I have a bad habit of doing this to every song that I fall in love with, so I’ll go with an album instead. Over the years, I’ve played the heck out of Pet Sounds until I can’t listen to it anymore. But usually I just need a little break before I start bingeing again. I love how the same songs take on a new meaning as I get older.

My guilty pleasure is…
Dawson’s Creek. I thought I would outgrow that show and the unrealistic dialogue, but I’m still hooked whenever I watch it.

An uncommon fact about me…
I’m a boxer! (Yes, really…)

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Best of the Best Design Blog Posts of 2011

January 3, 2012

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January is a time to reflect on the passing year and plan for the one ahead. Some of my favorite design blogs are doing just that and rounding up their favorite posts of 2011 to share again for inspiration. Think of it as creative recycling when we need it most. I thought I would be clever and compile a round-up of round-ups.

Stefanie from Brooklyn Limestone has shared her favorite posts from 2011 including home organization tips, beautiful travel photos and exciting DIY tutorials. She also just curated a collection for us– here are her top picks for getting organized in the new year.

In case you don’t have enough blogs to follow, over at Rambling Renovators they have compiled a list of the best blogs from 2011. The series is broken up into different volumes and includes a description of their favorite post from each blog.

Apartment Therapy has been doing a lot of reflecting on 2011. They have even round-up their favorite house tours by month. My favorite is their January round-up for its diversity.

Nole at Oh So Beautiful Paper collected her favorite blog posts from this year categorized by design style. I absolutely love colors and type placement on her pick of neon wedding invitations and watercolor designs.

Having resolved to add more color to my life, I am smitten with re-nest‘s round up of color inspiration posts. After perusing the posts you may have the urge to make a colorful statement in your home.

It may be cathartic for these bloggers to look back and share their successes but I find it so helpful as I plan the improvements I will make in 2012.

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