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Weekend Summer Inspiration + Best of Web

Above photo by @two13vintage. You guys—September is a week away. If that sentence doesn’t make your blood run cold and your soul want to hide in a corner, I don’t know what will.

In the Kitchen With: Elaine McCardel’s Sicilian Trifle

The trifle is a traditional English layered dessert generally made of alcohol soaked sponge cake, layered with custard, gelatin, whipped cream and fruit (not necessarily in that order), and served in a glass dish.   As a child, I remember being fascinated by desserts layered in glasses such as trifles, sundaes and what we refer to as parfaits in the US.  I even like to think of tiramisù as a trifle, even though I am sure very many people would disagree!

Provincetown’s Salt House Inn

Once cottages for 19th century salt mine workers, the Salt House Inn opened as a refuge for those escaping from their own version of the salt mines in the city to the beach town of Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Knit Wit: A New Magazine About A Timeless Craft

The art of textile making is one of the world’s oldest, a pursuit that has followed practically every civilization since the dawn of mankind.

The Consumption Conundrum: Connecting With Makers and Making Mindful Purchases

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been contemplating our spending habits and, more specifically, what it means to splurge.

Before & After: A Basic Garden Shed Gets Spruced Up

If you’re anything like me, the hot days and nights of summer are spent on the front porch or in the backyard, soaking up as much of the outdoors and fresh air as possible before winter shoves me back inside.

10 Vacation Worthy Hotels

When it comes to most things in my life, I’m pretty low maintenance. I rarely wear makeup or blow dry my hair, I wear the same outfit pretty much every day and I think a little bit of dirt never hurt anyone.

After the Jump: How Design Can Change The World

This week marks the the 85th episode of After the Jump and the last show before our radio station takes a quick summer break to gear up for fall programming.

DIY Refrigerator Update

Yesterday we got to learn more about Elsie and Emma of A Beautiful Mess and today I’m thrilled to be sharing one of my favorite project ideas from their new book, Happy Handmade Home.

10 Easy DIYs for Summer Break

Every year at Design*Sponge we take a weeklong break from the office to relax and be with friends and family, so I’ve been thinking about what I want to get done during my break.

Our Best of Texas

I don’t think I’m going to surprise you when I say that Texas is a big place. A big place made of some very different cities and that means there are some very different homes.

A Day In The Life of Natalie Chanin

One of my secret (although it’s not so secret now) dreams is to move back to the South and work on creating a more unified and formalized community of southern designers to promote and celebrate in the design community at large.

Biz Ladies Profile: Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman of A Beautiful Mess

The ladies of A Beautiful Mess, Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, know a thing or two about making it happen.

24 Hours in Charlottesville, VA with Elisa Bricker

To share a day with a local is always the best way to see a city. But if you can’t find one to take you around to see the sites, it’s always nice to have a photographer give you some amazing imagery to help guide you.

Biz Ladies: Top 10 Things I Learned from The Female Business Leaders of Tomorrow

For the past year, Erin Bagwell has been interviewing female entrepreneurs for her blog Feminist Wednesday.

Rebecca Atwood Fall/Winter 2014 Collection

I know there’s no such thing as overnight success (there is always an immense amount of behind-the-scenes work we don’t see), but Rebecca Atwood seems to have been a hit from the second her website launched – and our entire DS team happily counts itself among her first fans.

White on White in Nantucket

The first time artist Paula Madonna walked through this Siasconset, Nantucket home, it was staged with the seller’s furniture – part traditional/part antique with dark furniture and lots of shiny chrome.

Turning a Rental into a Home

When documentary filmmaker John moved to this apartment in San Francisco’s Noe Valley, he really wanted to turn this rental into a home.

Who needs a couch with a view like this?

What does it mean to live in a 350-square-foot space in the middle of downtown San Francisco? It means that Rachel Gant and Andrew Deming have killer views from their 11th floor apartment.

15 Interior Design Feeds to Follow on Instagram

BuzzFeed and HomePolish were nice enough to include us in a post on their favorite interior design Instagram accounts, so it got me thinking about the accounts that we all love and follow here at D*S.