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[Etsy] John W. Golden Collection

I am absolutely, completely, totally obsessed with nearly everything in John W. Golden's Etsy shop.  He sells brightly-colored prints featuring quirky phrases, robots, rockets, and more, but what really caught my eye are all of his art blocks, like the Hoods on Wood ($18). 

More great products after the jump.

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My 5 Best Gifts: Sandra Espinet

Let's face it: giving the perfect gift to someone is like standing on top of a mountain and shouting, "HEY EVERYONE, I'M NOT AN EMOTIONAL CRIPPLE!"   

My 5 Best Gifts is a recurring feature that asks people to give up the goods on the best gifts they've given or received. 

Sandra Espinet is a renowned designer, who was named the 2010 Designer of the Year at the CH+D Awards.  She'll also be appearing in an episode of HGTV's newest show, HGTV'd, where designers show up at the homes of unsuspecting viewers primed to give them a home makeover.  

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[GIFTED] Walk-Up Press Cards

Listen up, David After the Dentist: life doesn't get more real than when you live in New York City.  Or maybe when you're in jail.  I've seen Oz, I know what crazy shit goes down in there. 

Local Brooklyn design company Walk-Up Press has created a "local" series that depicts what it's like to live in Brooklyn: cockroaches, rats, and water towers. 

Pretty accurate.


[LINKED] Million Dollar Decorators Recaps

If you caught the premiere episode of Million Dollar Decorators last night, you know that it was RIDICULOUS.

These people say things like, "I don't get out of bed for less than one million dollars" and "I think my job is more important than the President of the United States."

I'll be doing weekly recaps over at Design Blahg, and I promise that they will always be at least partially hilarious. 

Check out the first one here.


[GIFTED] Jack Spade/Kate Spade

I was reading GQ on the subway this morning and came upon a new bag from Jack Spade for $136, which looked suspiciously like the Kate Spade bag that I had just bought for $255.

Yes, the husband and wife team behind Jack Spade and Kate Spade are copying each other's looks, but I can't even be mad about it.

Normally, I would lean towards Jack Spade's clean and simple looks (I have this bag), but I love the Magazine Tote I bought from Kate, mainly because it looks nice without being overly girly like everything else she makes. 

She's usually all like, "This bag has 12,000 seashells hot-glued to it because what woman doesn't love the beach LOL!"


Make more simple magazine totes, less flowery bullshit.