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Our Favorite Creative Shopping Bag Designs this Season


One of the most overlooked aspect of product marketability is the special packaging it comes in as this can help cultivate a following by attracting attention. These bags create enviable hype and shopping memories by bringing customers flocking into stores so they can experience the joys of displaying this intriguing modern world art.

These are way more fun to carry around and most can be reused. We've put together a few of our favorite examples from Architecture & Design that we think are eye catching and cleaver. Hope you enjoy and, of course, feel free to check out the original article here.


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At Diseno we prefer simplicity with a twist. We call it the holiday gift explosion; mix and match items to make the perfect bag of gifts for your loved ones! We make it easy, place your order and then pick up your ready to go gift bag on the same or next business day!



Cheers,
Frank Campanale

updated: 5 years ago

How To: Display Your Art

How To Display Your Art
Art brings a kind of integrity into our lives, reflecting a bit of who we are by showcasing our creativity, balance, and nature. It's not just paintings or drawings. Art includes photos, objects, textiles, and even items from nature! So what makes the perfect balance?

Here are some of the most common art displaying mistakes that can be avoided from an article we saw on Apartment Therapy. We've summarized, added some thoughts, and a few images from our clients' homes.

The basic mistakes and how to avoid them:

Art hanging too high. The most common art display mistake and the easiest to fix. Bring it down; artwork should be around or below eye level, letting everybody enjoy the stunning view.

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Applying the wrong scale. The term “go big or go home” applies here. If the piece of art doesn’t fit, don’t panic. Using a larger mat or a thicker frame can often be a quick remedy. Painting an accent color on the wall can also add scale. Always remember if it doesn’t look intentional, make it stand out.

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Matching, matching, matching.
Art isn’t about matching, it’s about being creative, free, and individual. Don’t be boring, mix up the room with colors! Show us what you love.


And think it through! We love a well done gallery wall. Here's a great technique to finding the right arrangement for your space. First, lay out the collage on the floor across a span the same size as the wall space. Then, rearrange and reorder until you find the right design. From there you can make small adjustments and hang them up!

All about variety.
Art is supposed to be fun. It brings out imagination and enlightens the mind. Have it be personal and more than just framed paintings. Use tapestries, canvases, quilts, old tools, sculptures, and other collectibles. Spice it up; nobody wants to live in a museum after all.



Leave us some space. Negative space is necessary... you need it! We think of it as a balance. Space allows rest for your eyes.

Connecting the art to the rest of the décor. Don’t be shy. The art in your home should be connected to the rest of the space, creating a more sophisticated style while also adding a layering technique. It's a form of texture, which is a benefit to any space.



Hanging properly. Tired of correcting crooked picture frames every time you come home? Well we’re tired of looking at your crooked art, just put some thought in the layout, and hang it up with two nails! Seriously. There are lots of fantastic hanging systems available online, as well as a great variety of options at your local home improvement store. Shop around for what works for you.

Being bound by the walls. Art is more than a painting that can be placed on a wall; it can be anything that expresses humanism. Keep it loose and creative. Don't worry about rules. Leaning artwork against the wall can be a great way to get the feel of something new, just having it visible to you and others in the space. Things can always be rotated and moved with ease. If you’re feeling extra creative, just place some art on shelves or on other furniture. The possibilities are endless so have fun with it and have it reflect a little of who you are!


Check out the original article on Apartment Therapy.

Cheers,
Frank Campanale

updated: 5 years ago

Get the Look: A Statement Making Mud Room

Get the Look A Statement Making Mud Room

Photo by Patrick Cline/Lonny

In Hudson, Ohio this mudroom is impressive, flaunting a seriously stylish sitting/dining room with key design components:

  • Statement-making wall accents
  • Settee with a pop of color
  • Pared-down Midcentury pieces
  • Nature-inspired elements

This solicited look might seem complicated to pull off, but we've done the research for you and provided you with everything you need below!



Hand-crafted Midcentury Modern pendant light imported from Argentina





Natural Argentine cowhide rug



Custom round dining table



Vintage Textile Throws for a dash of subtle color



Patagonia Sheep Skin stool with wood base




Check out the Original article on Lonny


Cheers,
Frank Campanale

updated: 5 years ago

Home Tour: Alejandro Sticotti’s Buenos Aires Oasis

Home Tour Alejandro Sticottirsquos Buenos Aires Oasis

(All PHOTOS BY CRISTÓBAL PALMA)

Alejandro Sticotti is a devoted modernist who is addicted to the “natural materials, clean spaces, less is more” approach in both his furniture and building designs. After living an accomplished life with his wife, Hernaez, the couple bought a 5,400-square-foot garden outside one of the houses they were considering. After landing the sale, they set out to fulfill a lifelong dream--designing their own dream home from scratch! Slowly, after much thought, the concept of their house came together; they were building a home floating in a garden, which was not an easy task.

“I try to use simple, honest materials. I don’t like paint or plaster; I prefer to leave things as they come, and show how things are made.”

The construction uses primarly recycled materials from the local region. This helps support the local economy and keeps sourcing costs low. Inside the home there are floors of recycled pine, walls paneled in full sheets of recycled plywood, and slats salvaged from an old house in La Boca. Sticotti provided a majority of the home's decorative flourishes including a scattering of design icons—wire Bertoia chairs and a pair of cowhide-covered butterfly chairs, invented in 1939 by three Buenos Aires designers—which are a plethora of classic products.

“Reflecting that economic and architectural climate, as well as Sticotti’s own aesthetic leanings, the finished house is very much “of Argentina,” as he says. “People always say that Buenos Aires is like a European city [because of the baroque architecture and Italian heritage], but at the same time, we have our own culture, our own materials. This house is all B.A. In a way, I was trying to find something that represents us—and what we’ve got here is leather and wood and concrete.”



This building style has set a new design direction for South America as they inspire themselves as well as the rest of the world with their efficiency, use of recycled materials, and space saving innovation, all representing the newest modern design language.

Check out the original article on Dwell as well as our Pinterest which has our favorite design articles!

Cheers,
Frank Campanale


updated: 5 years ago

Home Share in Gorgeous Designer Homes

Home Share in Gorgeous Designer Homes

Home in Kingston, Australia

We are inspired by this new innovative concept! Behomm offers an invite-only, curated home swap for the design community. The site lets designers and artists see and stay in over 1,000 inspiration spaces across the globe, buy why…?

Becasue Behomm was founded by passionate home exchange travelers with the idea of making travel easy. They wanted a secure community of friends to be able to share their experiences with, all while making them feasible. But, first they needed a cleanly designed site that brought members together in an easy and efficient way that would also promote the business.

7 of the best places to stay


Another great reason to use this community is that 5% of Behomm profits will be donated to Architecture for Humanity!

For more information, see the original article on Dwell or visit Behomm.


Cheers,
Frank Campanale

updated: 5 years ago

Food and Drink: 8 Awesome Latin Recipes For National Pork Month!

Food and Drink 8 Awesome Latin Recipes For National Pork Month

(William Neuheisel)

Americans think of pork as "The Other White Meat" partly because this was the National Pork Board's slogan until three years ago, when it was changed to "Be Inspired."

"For Latinos celebrating pork is a lifelong commitment; a 24/7, holidays, wedding days, everyday affair"



You like pork, and want to enjoy it. That’s why we put together a few recipes for National Pork Month that will make your mouth water and help you mix up the pork marathon.

Tacos al Pastor

Pork and Cassava Stew (Estofado de Cerdo y Yuca)

Guacamole with Crispy Pork

Kimchee Fried Rice

Cuban Pork & Black Beans

Pork Pimentón Sliders with Bacon Jam

Ecuadorian Pork, Hominy, and Peanut Soup

Chocolate Chile Glazed Pork



Hope you enjoy! Check out the original article by Amanda Cargill.

updated: 5 years ago

Home Tour: Inside a Connecticut Farmhouse With Vintage Soul

Home Tour Inside a Connecticut Farmhouse With Vintage Soul


Settled into a career as the author of her lifestyle site, as well as being an interior stylist and floral designer, Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo and her husband decided to leave the city life. They sold their SoHo loft and purchased a property in the hills of Litchfield, Connecticut, for weekend getaways and rented a small postage stamp-sized apartment in New York City for the workweek.




Amy adapted to country living; she had plenty of space, was able to enojy sunrises and sunsets, and quickly learned to take design cues from Mother Nature. “I was inspired by the colors you see during winter in northwest Connecticut,” she says. “Black, gray, brown, pale blue, and stark white. By the time I added art, rugs, and scatter pillows, the vibe changed a bit, but if you stripped all of my furniture out of here, you’d see only neutrals.”



“I refer to my husband as Mr. Design Within Reach”




Amy, who has been collecting anything vintage since college, styles each room for their purpose. The kitchen has a focus on contrast, the living room is elegant, and the bedroom is dark and gloomy. We Love how Amy styles pieces of different scales and shapes them together, creating unmatched personally in this beautiful Connecticut home.



Check out the original Article here!


Cheers,
Frank Campanale

updated: 5 years ago

How To: Mix Styles with Confidence

How To Mix Styles with Confidence

Unless you are starting from scratch and can afford to buy every last thing for your home at one time, it's completely normal for your aesthetic to develop. This developing aesthetic may still include inherited items, hand-me-downs, "ok for now" pieces, and ones you simply change your mind on.


“Do you do much mixing at home, with the style, age or materials of your furniture? What are your best tips for an eclectic interior that feels effortless?”




The confident mixing of different color, texture, warmth, and style is a skill, so how do you go about acquiring it?


Check out the article here.

updated: 5 years ago

How To: Wash a Pillow by Hand or Washing Machine

How To Wash a Pillow by Hand or Washing Machine


Can you remember the last time you washed your pillow?

Check the care label to confirm that your pillow can be machine washed. Use mild liquid detergent rather than a powder to avoid residue. Keep the machine balanced and run them through the rinse cycle twice to rinse them fully.


This will help keep them fresh, clean, and free of dust mites.

Here at Diseño, we have plenty of fur or hide pillows that are quite easy to clean as well.


For these kinds of pillow, we reccommend not getting them too wet due to the oil in the hair being a natural resistor. A little mild soap like dish washing soap or shampoo will take care of most stains. If not, we suggest taking it to a porffesional leather or fur cleaner.

Read more here!

Cheers and stay clean,
Frank Campanale

updated: 5 years ago

Fun Fact: What Does it Take to be a Craigslist Pro?

Fun Fact What Does it Take to be a Craigslist Pro

Source: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/secrets-of-craigslist-tons-of-133405

Mostly everyone has heard of Craigslist.com, a modern, online version of the classified ads found within the pages of most newspapers. Craigslist, however, offers more benefits to consumers across the world.

Whether you're looking to buy two last minute tickets to that sold out concert, an old couch for the school year, or some great electronics, you're almost guarenteed to find what you're looking for by searching through the various sections.



Craigslist is an easy to use site that is accessible to anyone who has a computer and internet access. Another great site that we sometimes use ourselves is Ebay, where you can find great vintage finds for your home such as our vintage seltzer bottles or textiles.



Check out the article here, if you want to learn about becoming a Craigslist pro and develop a keen sense of how to buy and sell!

Cheers,
Frank Campanale

updated: 5 years ago

Trends We Love: Tumbling Block Patterns

Trends We Love Tumbling Block Patterns

By Catherine Dash on October 14, 2014

"The classic trompe l'oeil cube motif—most commonly associated with flooring, playing cards, throws, pillows, and wallpaper—nearly every type of home decor accent has been done in this geometric pattern."

Check out these new geometric arrivals at Diseno:

Pedal-loomed wool carpets imported from Guatemala - Carefully handmade with an unbelievable blend of wool and cotton incorporating traditional weaving techniques with modern design. We help support a better tomorrow for Guatemala by employing over 500 artisans in equal opportunity employment and creating trade opportunities.


Rombos or Doppio Pattern Cowhide Rug imported from Argentina - This geometric pattern brings out the natural texture and variation of color in the hide. Comes available in all natural colors as well as dyed colors, custom sizes available.

Guayruro Chaguar Pillow imported from Argentina - Made with native chaguar seeds & fibers known for their resistances in the rainforest, these beautiful pillows bring character to any environment. Each pillow is hand-woven with love, selecting only the best fibers.


Check out more Trends We Love or the original “Tumbling Block Patterns” article by Catherine Dash on Lonny.

updated: 5 years ago

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