salute summer with a beachy print from simply hue

pink umbrella

Maybe it’s because I just returned from a short vacation, or the fact that August is upon us, or the barrage of fall products invading stores, but around this time I sometimes begin to panic about the end of summer. This year I’ve resolved to ride out the season happily with a little help from some strategically planned weekend getaways and subtle reminders like these prints from Etsy seller Simply Hue. For around $25 a photo you can capture the simple summer vibe all year round. — Sarah C.

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a new must watch: american pickers

american pickers
carnival ride

I’m kinda obsessed with the History Channel’s “American Pickers”. Two guys, Mike and Frankie, travel the country picking through garages, sheds and barns to find buried treasure. You can buy some of Antique Archaeology’s picks on their site or eBay store, including a vintage carnival ride just waiting to be restored. The real fun though? Watching the show. Catch it at 9/8c Mondays on the History Channel. If you have a barn or garage full of treasures waiting to be picked, you might even make it on the show. – Sarah L.

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that’s it! i’m getting a new ice cream maker

new ice cream maker!

I was all set to write a real life test kitchen for you guys, a delicious sounding gelato recipe made with the most luscious black cherries and mascarpone cheese. But, after getting the base all ready to go and poured into my fully-chilled-for-two-weeks ice cream bowl, it never set properly. So instead of creamy gelato heaven bursting with cherry goodness, I got chunky cherry ice. Don’t get me wrong — the flavor was great, and I’m sure it’s a great recipe, but getting the “custard” below freezing is just not possible when it is 78 degrees in my house with my system. So I’ve decided I’m upgrading, dammit! To the DeLonghi Gelato maker. It’s got an internal compressor so there aren’t huge bowls to pre-freeze that will later occupy precious freezer space, which reserves room for the pints and pints I’ll be churning continuously. I’ve seen it’s magic in action, churning the silkiest sorbet in a 85 degree kitchen without a hitch. It’s so effective that I may just have to start my own ice cream empire! –Megan B.

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strangely appealing: the you stuff it cargo chair


When you just have too much stuff for your bookshelves and closets to contain, get the “You Stuff It Cargo Chair”, by designer Stefan Schulz, and cram it with your overflow. The basic wire structure is designed to be filled with whatever your heart desires. I love the look of the firewood stacked inside, but the rest of the options look far to cluttered for my eye. I wonder about the comfort factor of that wire frame, too…. But I guess If you used enough stuffed animals, it would cushion the blow? — Megan B.

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site we’re psyched about:


If you thirst for real, lived-in design you may have heard of photographer and blogger Todd Selby. If you haven’t, click on over to, his well-edited and superbly photographed homage to the people he finds interesting and the homes they create around themselves. Disinterested in the “rich and boring” and those who’ve paid professionals to create an instant existence, Selby seeks out creative types; artists, designers, intellectuals, writers and actors whose spaces tell their stories genuinely. And people seem to like it. Since its launch in 2008, the curated encyclopedia of hip living has exploded in popularity and inspired a book, The Selby Is in Your Place, packed with the same alluring cocktail of celeb fabulosity and eclectic design uploaded weekly at the site. The New York Times chronicled his process, which concludes with subjects completing a survey in marker that accompanies their moment. For a refreshing break from glossy design titles, The Selby is not to be missed. — Sarah C.

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