Tuesday, June 22, 2010


I recently came upon this wonderful Australian homewares company called Ponyrider and fell in love immediately with their wall dots and typographic pillows made out of beautiful birch linens. All the products have a rustic simplicity and great graphics. Shown from the top: Sliced Player cushion cover, Players Welcome cushion cover, Bambi Nights Wall Dot and the Bambi Nights cushion cover.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Thumbs Off

Despite having had a pretty horrific accident this week (big glass water bottle fell & shattered in my hands) I have had to adapt to having only 9 digits available for use for what looks like 3 months. As mentioned in the prior post, I've been busily baking, designing labels and getting packaging together for the Eat My Blog charity bake sale when this all happened. Well, I'm proud to say after 3 days of hell I am figuring out how to do most everything without it and finding clever ways to keep it waterproof. I'm off to bake more of these Rosemary Honey shortbread wafers and call it a night.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Eat My Blog!

Getting very excited to sample sweets and participate in Eat My Blog charity bake sale this coming Saturday here in West Hollywood at Tender Greens. To make this upcoming event even bigger and better than before, the organizers have recruited 70+ bakers/bloggers who will be cranking out over 2,000 baked goods. Expect to see carrot cake cookie sandwiches, bacon chocolate chip cookies, homemade salted caramels, Momofuku’s Crack Pie, and chocolate Guinness cupcakes with bacon cream cheese frosting at the event. I am making Rosemary Shortbread Wafers for my donation to this great event. All proceeds will be donated to the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank.

The Eat My Blog tables will also be lined with special donations from local chefs and restaurants including Evan Kleiman, Chicks with Knives, Debbie Lee, Drago Centro,Starry Kitchen, Bakelab, Cube, Fraiche, Hollywood Corner, Choppe Choppe, Valerie Confections, Plaisir, Scoops Ice Cream, Chef Ludo Lefebvre and Tender Greens. Please come and join us for a day filled with tempting sweets, good company and very good intentions!

Friday, June 11, 2010

and the Winner is…

I’d like to congratulate the lovely Jessica from the delightful blog Style-Obsessed for winning a $60 gift certificate for CSN stores! Head over to her blog for lots of eye-candy and loads of great finds. A big thank you to all who participated, keep checking in for more fun offers and global design coolness from Design Nomad!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Behind the Type Curtain

Target continually tempts me with items I never thought I would need. From their online shop, I found this great typographic shower curtain and matching towels. Now if only I didn't have vintage green and yellow tile in my bathroom, these would be a great option. Not available in store, online only.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Hot Doggie

This just made my day, a great packaging design for hot-dogs. Designed by Subconscious Co. Via: Lovely Package

Rockin' It Mid-Century

I won’t pretend that many of us aren’t being hit hard with the economy and job situation out there. Just because we are all watching our money more carefully doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice style. I was helping out someone to find a reasonably priced Eames-style rocker when I discovered this beauty that sells for $176.00, a fraction of the cost of the original. While it might not be the exact design of the 1948 Eames RAR rocker, it certainly has eye-candy appeal and a tempting price point! Only available in white and this beautiful baby blue, get it here.

*Just a reminder: Don't forget to enter the CSN $60.00 gift certificate contest below, it will end this Thursday at 8:00 PM.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

CSN Gift Certificate Giveaway

The good people of CSN stores have generously offered to host a $60 gift certificate giveaway to one of my readers from any of their 200 online stores. From bathroom vanities, to Herman Miller and Eames furniture, to Bodum glassware and coffee accessories, to Dwell baby bedding — well, the choices are simply vast.

It seems like everyone I know lately is pregnant or has small children as I find myself constantly hunting for cool, hip baby products and CSN is where I've been shopping. The Dwell baby bedding, the Oeuf Classic convertible crib, the Vitra Eames Children's Elephant, Offi Dachshund Pet Lamp, and the Dwell Baby soft blocks are on my radar for shower or birthday gifts and are all available from CSN's All Modern store.

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment with your name and email, state if you follow my blog or @designomad on Twitter. For additional entries tweet and/or blog about the giveaway and provide a link in the comment section. (Offer is only good for US and Canada residents) This contest will end in one week, Thursday June 10, 2010 at 8:00 PM PST. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Friday, June 11, 2010. The Best of Luck and happy guilt-free shopping!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Organic Landscapes

This life-long fascination of mine with dioramas and miniature landscapes is fueled by discovering these organic shaped, modern terrariums by artists Paula Hayes and Lauren of Lítill. The combination of the hand blown glass vessels and the miniature desert landscapes are nothing short of delightful. I really wish I had enough light inside my house to successfully upkeep one of these. See much, much more at their websites. The first two photos are from Paula Hayes and the last two are by Lítill.