[uhp-steyt fan-see] - adjective

1. not exorbitant or extravagent by city standards, however in a rural setting (like upstate new york) it is in fact, quite fancy.

2. a wonderful blog dedicated to art, design and other things that are indeed upstate fancy.

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Mar
12
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MORNING BIRDS on your breakfast table

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The weather here in Brooklyn is a bit Dismal but the birds in the backyard are chirping up a storm. This new little breakfast set from Louche Lab would be the perfect accomplice to my morning breakfast. All of the work in this lovely shop is painted by hand which makes for a really stunning unique piece! I always enjoy seeing what’s new in the Louche Lab shop and am just blown away by this new little set, it also helps that green is my favorite color.

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Mar
11
housewares
COLOR ME HAPPY with pantone espresso sets

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If you read this blog with any regularity you also know aside from writing this blog, and running peppersprouts, I also work full time as a graphic designer. So it’s safe to assume I’m a sucker for anything pantone related. These little espresso sets feature some very vivid pantone colors and are just waiting to be filled with caffeine infused liquids that will keep me going to finish that logo new site design that has been sitting on the back burner. These sets come in two amazing colors variations, warm and cool. I can safely say that if your looking for a gift for that kooky designer friend of yours, this is a safe bet! Available at pop-deluxe.

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Mar
10
housewares
MODERN FURNITURE to make yourself

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Ever wanted one of those ultra-modern coffee tables but didn’t want to shell out the big bucks for them? Well if you are a true D.I.Y.’r then check out the furniture plans over at the Plan Canvas shop. If I had a garage and some powertools I would have a new project this weekend. But maybe you do have the setup ready to begin making your own furniture! Consider me jealous.

Mar
04
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COME ON SPRING with perch! design

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If you know me at all you know I am not a fan of warm weather. Give me a pair of jeans, a hoodie and a high of 65 I would be set for life. I do however love the changing of the seasons, spring included. That time of year when  the colors come back into the world. Perch! design also seems to have a strong attachment to spring as well with their beautiful glazes they use on all their pieces. My two favorites are of course the Frida desk lamp and these mini fade pots. How cute would these be lining your windowsill or sitting on the back deck? Now if only I could buy a green thumb to go with them!

Feb
22
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REDESIGNING the clock

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I’m so amazed when people just completely redesign the way we look at something. When you think clock you either see in your mind digital flashing numbers, or a circle with two or three long sticks that rotate around the circle. If you want to be different and extraordinary you need an Aspiral clock handmade by the designers Bespoke in London. These spiral based clocks contain a single ball that tells the time while the spiral encasement rotates throughout the day. It really is cool to watch, so jump over to their site and check out the video!

Jan
21
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AN EXTENSION CORD that’s not ugly

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Check out this prototype for a built in wall extension cord, the rambler socket. A great concept designed by Meysam Movahedi. Reminds me a little of the wrap around hose caddy we used to have in the backyard. I really just love this idea, simple and uncluttered.

Jan
11
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BURNED FURNITURE you will never throw away

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The work of Cecilia Galluccio is in a word, stunning. I love seeing a traditional craft taken to a whole new level with a modern design sense. Cecilia markets her work under the moniker of Burned Furniture but these are pieces that will become instant heirlooms. She burns each of her designs freehand into the wood so no two works will ever be the same. If you are ever looking for a housewarming gift that will make the new home owners jaw drop, look no further. These are sure to be the first thing you grab if your house really was on fire.

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Dec
14
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DON’T FORGET to check out our gift guide & contest

Hanukkah is here and Christmas is just around the corner. I hope you have had some time to check out our Handmade Holiday Gift Guide for 2009. So many great picks and amazing artists. We have picked some of our favorites that you can actually enter to win this year. You know so you can get some great goodies for yourself in the new year. We actually have a last minute donation from Ryan and Lucy of Berkley Illustration. They have been so kind to donate a print and an awesome bottle opener as well. So get your name in, twitter to your friends for an extra entry and keep your fingers crossed. Happy Holidays!

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Dec
11
housewares
TAP WATER is the new bottled water

If tap water was a little more stylish would people buy less bottled water? Faucet Face thinks so. Tap just needs a little makeover. These BPA free glass bottles feature work of several amazing artists ( Seb Lester, Ray Fenwick& Annika Tran) and are sure to fancy-up your tap water next year. Through the month of December these awesome containers are 25% off and will ship out between feb/march. Perfect for that springtime picnic!

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Dec
10
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LASER CUT animal clock

Stunning. I’m in love with this clock by Japanese designer Takuya Oi. The layers that combine to make an almost shadowbox effect leave me speechless. I always love seeing other work done by designers working with lasers. I find it inspiring and almost pushes me to keep creating. This clock is available at MollaSpace.

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