We’re kicking off a new series on our blog, profiling designers who catch our eye and make us think. We’re starting with the clever and colorful Emily Henderson. Her blog, Style By Emily Henderson, is a constant source of fresh ideas, doable DIYs, and fun features, like Trolling Craigslist, in which Emily turns her expert eye on a city’s Craigslist “furniture for sale” feed and links to choice pieces and rare decor finds, proving you can have a well-designed home no matter where you live (and connecting her readers with some pretty good deals in the process). Plus her design philosophy totally speaks to us:

“I believe an object or piece of furniture should be either functional, beautiful, or sentimental and if can be all three then that is design magic.”

The designer was recently appointed the new Target Home spokesperson, and will be releasing a series of home styling how-to videos through the retailer. You can watch the first one here.

Source: Style By Emily Henderson

Finding high-quality simply-designed home fixtures is harder than you might think. For this reason, Belgian architect Eve van Dyck’s lighting line Zangra has become a cult favorite among European design buffs. Now her clean and simple pieces will finally be available stateside. Remodelista tipped us off to the newly North America–compatible porcelain and glass fixtures, and we’re excited to spread the word.

Source: Remodelista

Lighten your load, and never forget your lock at home again. Seatylock is a clever invention that serves as both a bicycle seat and lock. This patented product is a feat of design and innovation, and is compatible with any bike. And with six colors to choose from you’ll be riding securely and in style!

Source: designboom

This rundown of high-design tiles from Portland Monthly will have your head spinning with ideas for bathroom and kitchen upgrades that go far beyond a basic backsplash or simple subway tiles. Ann Sacks’ beautiful and reflective Versailles tiles (above) would be perfect for adding depth to a smaller space. The possibilities are endless!

Source: Portland Monthly

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Pardon us if we drool, but these simple-yet-gorgeous scandinavian rugs are just our style. The line of cotton and wool Kelim rugs from Ferm Living‘s fall collection are an exercise in simplicity, with on-trend colors and geometric block patterns. Oh, Design*Sponge. You really know the way to our hearts, don’t you?

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Source: Design*Sponge

Beautiful Bike: The Wood B

Househappy —  September 11, 2014 — Leave a comment

We agree with Remodelista: this might just be the world’s most beautiful bicycle.

Designed and built by French brand BSG, the Wood B is the first wooden bike manufactured entirely in France—and it’s simple, clean design is definitely lust-worthy.

Source: Remodelista

Fall Back: First Signs of Autumn

Househappy —  September 10, 2014 — 1 Comment

It’s a chilly morning in Portland!

While we still have a couple more weeks of summer, we’re already starting to feel fall’s arrival. So when we saw this photo series showcasing autumn’s colors over at 79 Ideas, it seemed only appropriate to share.

Source: 79 Ideas