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8 Things Happening In The Design World That Have Us All Real Excited…So You Should Know Too

The design world has been pumping out great news nonstop and it’s all too good not to make sure all of you know too! It’s especially exciting when new collections come out because while you or I may not be in the market for anything new, it’s so incredible to see the love and creativity these designers pour into their new work. We also figured that today might be one of those fun/hectic days given that it’s Halloween and a fun quick post might be the most appreciated:) So grab a piece (or two) of candy to eat while you stare at some really good eye candy.

Carmen Ellis Studio’s Illumination Series

design by julie rose | photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: julie’s huge (and diy packed) bedroom upgrade

You may remember Carmen Ellis from Julie’s MOTO bedroom a few years back. Carmen is the designer of that incredible footed planter. It’s so fun and unexpected while still being beautiful and clearly handcrafted. Actually, every piece is made by hand in Los Angeles! Well, last week she announced her new collection, Illumination Series, and it’s stunning. I mean just look below.

Footed Candle Holders | Flora & Fauna Lamps | Face Lamp

I love that she’s working with brass now. How incredible is that table lamp?! And it’s much bigger than it looks. They are almost 3 feet tall! So while not budget-friendly, what a special piece to own if you can. Go check out the rest of the series here!

Max Humphreys’ New Book, Lodge: An Indoorsy Tour of America’s National Parks

Our friend and co-designer of the River House (update coming soon), Max Humphrey, wrote another book! This time it’s all about 10 historic lodgings in different National Parks. What a cool idea to go into these beautiful old lodges and get inspiration from how they look in 2022. Below is a teeny tiny sneak peek.

This would be such a great gift for anyone who loves the outdoors! It’s available for pre-order now so you’ll get it on April 4, 2023.

Nate And Jeremiah’s New Living Spaces Collection

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I know. I can’t believe it either. Did Nate and Jeremiah crack the code and find more hours in the day?? In our last design news post earlier this month, we feature two things they designed/created. Their taste is impeccable so you know when you see their names attached to something you won’t be disappointed. Let me prove this to you by showing you some of my favorite pieces from their newest Living Spaces collection

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Yes! The large pieces of furniture in the picture above are from their line and because it’s Living Spaces they are at real affordable price points. I really appreciate when designers like this share their talents and collaborate with companies that really try to make and sell reasonably priced decor. Let’s see what else they’ve got…

Lyon Console Table | Gustav Buffet | Lyon Coffee Table

Love that chunky console table. So pretty and really versatile style-wise. Then that buffet cabinet is so stunning and reminds me of the Athena Calderone Cabinet in her Crate & Barrel collab. Do I smell a trend or are they just great friends that have similar taste?? Oh, and that coffee table is cool! Again, could easily go with a farmhouse or rustic-styled home but with the right accessories could look chic and modern.

Gustav Adjustable End Table | Blakely 32″ Accent Chair | Marion 2 Piece Sectional With Right Arm Facing Chaise

Ok, this stool is dope. Not only is the shape just cool but the seat has an adjustable height! So it can be used as a side table or stool. It comes in a light wood too:) Moving right along. I love the clean shape, color, and fabric they chose for that chair. It’s perfectly Nate and Jeremiah. Then what I love about that sofa is the simple modern shape, but also that wide chaise. I would happily lounge there all day.

Anthropologie’s House Of Hackney Collaboration

This collab was announced only days after our other design news post but boy is it exciting. If you appreciate the neutral tones of most collaborations these days but are yearning for color and pattern, this is your remedy. We love House of Hackney over here. Emily’s chaise was reupholstered in one of their fabrics. So let’s dive in!

Organic Sateen Duvet Cover | Opia Fringed Velvet Pillow | Jacquard Throw Blanket

There is just something about those blue and white sheets that I really love. I think it’s the scale of the pattern and the simple yet moody color palette. It’s a 10/10 for me. Then the gold in this pillow is SO good. And that fringe?? Also almost too good. That blanket may have a lot going on in the pattern but the tonal blues really calms it down while still making it totally interesting to look at.

Coupe Glasses (Set of 4) | Flora Fantasia Jacquard Lampshade | Ice Bucket

Pretty glassware gets me every time and these coups are classic Anthro but with that moody House of Hackney twist. Then they have a bunch of fringed lampshades so this is just one of them! And lastly, how cool is that glass tortious shell ice bucket?? I think Caitlin needs it for her bar, right? 🙂

Colin King’s New Book, Arranging Things

Colin King is absolutely one of my favorite stylists so you bet I’m going to pre-order this book. I really appreciate his textured, minimal, moody vignettes. So if you love beautiful decor books, this should 100% be on your list.

Sarah Sherman Samuel’s SSS Atelier Furniture Collection

You might have seen on Instagram that Sarah Sherman Samuel has launched her own atelier and man is it good. I believe she started with art and now she added furniture which is also verrrry good. Take a peek!

Fort Credenza | Skimming Stones | Ledge Dining Table

That credenza has been on my mind from the moment I say it. Everything about it is perfect but can we talk about those legs and how she placed them?!!!! The other two tables are also just perfect. The scale, the shapes, the little details! I’m really excited to see how she expands:)

deVol Kitchen’s For The Love Of Kitchens Is Coming Back!!!

This was the best news ever! I actually only watched the first season a few months ago and didn’t want it to end. It’s the most lovely, sweet, and inspiring design show out there. No drama, no fighting, just people who love what they do and do it so well. It’s a MUST-WATCH in my opinion.

Amber Lewis’ Visual Comfort Collaboration

I watched Amber’s instastories when she announced this collab and it was so sweet. She told a story about how one of the first nice lights she bought was from Visual Comfort and that this meant a lot to her. I think those type of stories are the best and are only made better when the collection is also great. And as you will soon tell this is a great story…

Bernard 14″ Pendant | Griffin Grande Linear Chandelier | Cyrus Medium Articulating Wall Light

Simple, elegant, but approachable. Most of the light fixtures have at least one additional color option but these are all my favorites:) That wall sconce is so pretty and simple, yet still looks a bit utilitarian.

Dume Large Arched Floor Lamp | Ruby Medium Table Lamp | Laken Small Desk Lamp

How cool is that giant floor lamp? She took something so simple and elevated it by exaggerating the curve and using a big shade. The other two table lamps are so versatile and pretty that they could go in almost any room, in any style. They are keepers for sure:)

Ok, that’s all the news we have for today. Any thoughts on any of these collections??

Love you, mean it.

Opening Image Credits: Home and Design by Ben Medansky | Styled by Velinda Hellen & Erik Staalberg | Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp


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41 thoughts on “8 Things Happening In The Design World That Have Us All Real Excited…So You Should Know Too

  1. Max Humphrey’s book would be the perfect holiday gift for my mother-in-law, but it’s not available to ship until April. Might want to add it would make a great holiday gift in 2023. 😬

    Thanks for sharing – Love all these collabs, and I would miss them if you didn’t post them. So many beautiful pieces.

    1. they reached out for a one-off social partnership – but if you are in the market for a family friendly cruise it looks pretty incredible. launches next year. xx

    2. Hounded by people who read a blog for free and want to punish someone for not following ‘the rules’.

      1. “Cruise ships are a catastrophe for the environment — and that’s not an overstatement. They dump toxic waste into our waters, fill the planet with carbon dioxide, and kill marine wildlife. Cruise ships’ environmental impact is never ending, and they continue to get bigger. They once were small ships, around 30,000 tons. Now, corporations are building billion-dollar cruise ships to hold more than 9,000 people. They’re doing everything they can to pack these floating cities full of tourists while polluting everything in their path.”

    3. It’s a little hard to understand the thought process here. On one hand she’s using her blog to promote earth friendly options in regards to design etc; yet on Instagram she’s promoting one of the world’s worst polluters. I accept that everyone has an absolute right to make their own decisions on how their live – but you can’t proclaim to be environmentally conscious and then cheer on the cruise line industry.,small%20ships%2C%20around%2030%2C000%20tons.

      1. Ok, so unless you walk to your holiday destination in shoes made of pulp, wearing sustainable clothing, sleeping in a hut you found already constructed from trees that only a natural storm felled, burning bean fuel to cook the free range, organic, tucked in at night food, you cannot take time away with loved ones.
        These commenters are relentless and exhausting in their expectations of EHD to be the change for all wrongs in the world. Take your energy and put it towards good instead of always berating EHD for your impossibly high standards. And don’t come back at me with your nonsense, I’ve read the comment section long enough and I don’t care to read it again. If you don’t like the content, move along and follow a different blog.

        1. No one is expecting EHD to right all the wrongs in the world or hold her to impossible standards. However, if EHD is advocating for better choices in home design so to consume less, be more efficient, care for the environment, etc. etc., it is not unreasonable to expect her partnerships to reflect this philosophy. For this blog, in one post, to wax lyrically on the advantages of a heat pump and then, in the next, to promote plastic holiday decorations or a cruise line is a big disconnect for many readers. From a reader’s perspective, it looks like EHD will promote any product as long as there is a monetary reward involved. We all know this is a business which needs revenue. One quick way to lose readers and therefore revenue is not to make thoughtful decisions on partnerships, messaging and brand awareness. This is basic marketing 101. Maybe the people who need to rethink things aren’t the readers but EHD.

          1. I’m sure they got the message when they saw comments under the promotional video. What’s the point of hounding? Would you even take her apology, or would it be not enough anyway?

          2. Voicing disappointment in a public forum is not hounding. If EHD doesn’t want to hear warranted criticism from readers, they can close the comment section. Or EHD can honor its readers by being careful with the selection of partnerships and sponsors in line with the blog’s current philosophy of less consumerism and more environmental consciousness.

          3. You are absolutely right, but why are you pressuring her to respond? Why do you need that if you are honestly just offering constructive criticism?

          4. Lol. You’re just rationalizing being a judgmental bully. People are imperfect. And it’s a reflection of the idiocy of our national politics and insane intolerance that you are ready to tar and feather Emily for a cruise ship ad.

          5. I personally don’t think she should apologize for the instagram post. I’d much prefer her to ‘own’ it with a ‘Yes, the cruise is a great idea and I fully endorse it’ opposed to ‘Listen, I’m not really in love with cruise liners they go against my values but they paid a lot for the ad’. The first one seems more honest and authentic (whether I agree with it or not). From there the followers can make an educated decision on whether to follow or not. I don’t want to follow a blog where the writer will just accept sponsorships because it’s a bankable regardless of whether they stand behind it or not; once they do that it becomes incredibly hard to give any credence to the posts. With this blog, I’ll always wonder if the product is genuinely good, or is it listed because there’s a monetary incentive. At the end of the day, it’s just a very sad commentary of where we are in the world today with social media. It’s just one long infomercial.

        2. Your comment is missing the liminal understanding: that we can all do a bit of the ‘carrying’ to make the difference. It’s simplistic to frame it as all-in or all-out.

          Those with more reach (such as influencers) can make more of an impact
          – either for good OR for bad.
          And yes, there is a ‘duty’ that goes with the position.

          Emily tries hard to do good, yet there is still a question of making good choices, especially if it’s a “one-off social partnership.”
          It wasn’t a great choice. We’re all imperfect humans.
          Hopefully, we all live, learn and grow into better ways of being.💞

          1. We are all imperfect humans, you’re right, Rusty — but we all don’t have almost a million Instagram followers, plus however many readers of this blog. It’s not unreasonable for the readers and followers of EHD to expect thoughtful partnerships, both a) because Emily (and EHD) presents an image of being environmentally conscious, and b) it’s precisely our readership that has made EHD so successful. It was a glaring misstep, completely out of line with the values Emily and this company supposedly represent, and so presents them as money-grubbing — hardly the image I imagine they want to show the world. There is value in admitting faults, in saying “sorry, guys, we got this one wrong”, but the radio silence is speaking volumes.

          2. Deoends if one stands by their values or not. Talk is cheap. A free polluting holiday in a petri dish does not tempt me for a hot second. My values are steadfast.

          3. “It’s precisely our readership that has made EHD so successful.” Lol. What arrogance. Actually she’s lost readers because of this. Plenty of readers are tired of the preaching and of the nasty comments like yours against anyone who fails your enviro litmus test.

            Emily Henderson’s blog was hugely successful long before she started writing about trying to find a balance in her life and design on the consumerism front.

          4. People aren’t “preaching”, they’re enquiring, questioning. It’s a debate.
            Don’t ‘get’ the debate? Move along.

          5. She’s not an expert in eco friendly anything. She lives and learns like the rest of us. She offers a mere introduction to some eco friendly or more sustainable things. If you guys want experts then go to Rusty for expert advice or look for a different blog on the topic.

          6. Anyone else absolutely tired of the judgement, preaching and the environmental, green indulgences from a vocal minority?
            I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s toned down coming here – the comments were excellent, relevant and on point ‘back in the day’.
            People get a kick out of projecting and lecturing others anonymously behind their keyboard (which is hardly eco).

    4. Just want to point out that yes influencers bear more responsibility because of their platform. But we all need to be self-aware, too. People in these comments love to snark that anything over $120 is “too expensive” — you think your Target lamp is good for the environment? Put your own money where your own mouth is if you’re gonna harp on EHD to do the same thing.
      Brands change – don’t like them, don’t look. Easy!!!

      1. Yes I sure do! Especially when it’s in the comments over more than just one post…… does this happen in these peoples daily lives that they feel the need to have “teachable” moments constantly and to the point where yes, it’s badgering. Then disguise it as “but she is an influencer.” It doesn’t stop her from being human! She has ups and downs, faults, etc just like the rest of us. We are all learning and we are all making mistakes, big and little, all the time.
        I’m not saying it wasn’t a mistake but imagine having someone or multiple someone’s go on and on.
        She likes feedback sure but we can all evaluate how much and how we present that feedback.
        We are all coming to a design blog which is inherently wasteful.
        She gives us exactly what we want- design and lifestyle content with an effort (albeit up to you to feel how big or small it is) to do better by other human beings and the earth.

  2. I’m not sure I’d call Amber Lewis’s collection approachable. The Medium wall lamp is $1300 and the small desk lamp is $700. Yeah, no.

    1. Oh, I meant approachable in terms of the designs, not price. Maybe versatile is a better word:)

    2. The lamps look solid and simple, but the prices are not approachable. I understand who her clients are, but at the same time I’m a little sad when designers become so exclusive that their designs become unattainable to the average person.

  3. Wow – those Carmen Ellis lamps are so amazing! Given the price, I don’t see them in my future but I’m ever so glad I saw them. Thanks for sharing fascinating functional artwork like this!

  4. I wish there were more BIPOC designers and contributors here. This all feels very Euro Waspy. Sigh.

  5. Hmm. Other than the Humphrey book, little of this excites me. Many of the photos suggest products and style that are overdone (boucle still … really?), impractical, overpriced, or already on the fast rack to outdated. Glad others are getting ramped up by things on the list though. Diverse tastes make the world go round … or at least keep more people in business.

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