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2018 Christmas Gift Guide

When creating this gift guide, I was not emotionally prepared for the sheer multitude of ADORABLE coffee mugs there are out there! Seriously! Its overwhelming.

Buying Christmas gifts has always been something I love thinking about. Barring that one time I got my big brother a stuffed animal just so he would never play with it and I could swoop in, I have always tried to get loved ones things that they need/really really want. As a designer, I couldn’t help adding a few design-centric things in there, but for the most part these are items that could be useful and/or cozy.

Today I have for you three guides tailored to three different, yet still budget friendly price points. Everything is either at or under the price point.

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(1)Cozy Sweater / (2)Infuser Water Bottle / (3)Earrings / (4)Hyperbole and a Half / (5)Scarf / (6)Candle / (7)Stone Paper Journal / (8)Apron


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(1)Sloth Mug / (2)Velvet Journal / (3)Throw Blanket / (4)Leather Tote / (5)Fancy Soap / (6)Hourglass / (7)Breakfast Book / (8) Candle Holder and Sticks


$60 Gift guide

(1)Shoes / (2)Trenchcoat / (3)Jigger and Shaker / (4)Speaker / (5)Print / (6)Decorative Beads / (7)Earrings / (8)Throw Blanket

I hope everyone has an amazing Christmas! Let me know if this guide was useful.

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Colors Today – Sage Green

Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone had a lovely Labor Day weekend. Life has definitely gotten crazy for me over the past month or so and I have felt out of touch with the design world as of late. But now I am diving back in and I am seeing A LOT of sage green!

In spite of the huge surge of warm, earthy colors exploding all over the internet, (see: Vermillion, Mustard and Millennial, Terracotta, and Wine) this color has remained highly popular. It used to be called mint and was usually paired with peachy salmon colors, sea shells, and some hydrangeas, but these days it has grown dusty and much more grown up…

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Unlike a lot of color crazes these days, sage green is being seen mostly on walls and other large surfaces! It is breaking up the barrage of white walled pictures on the internet (nothing against white walls of course!) But to see this color being used so boldly is refreshing. This is due in part to sage green being such a soft and delicate color. It wont overpower the other colors, or darken the room. It is also style ambiguous! It is not only paired with scandi design, but also with french provincial, and traditional styles.

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Sage green loves to be paired with warm wood tones (opposite to it on the color wheel) as seen above. It also does very well being paired with a dark forrest green:


Which fits with the trend of mixing colors in the same hue but with different tones as a way of creating contrast.

Here are some of my favorite ways that I see sage green being used in design these days:

In Interiors:

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In Fashion:

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In Vingette:

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Sofa / Chair / Rug / Coffee Table / Art / Art / Planter / Sconce / Candle / Pillow / Books

Want to incorporate sage green in to your home? As always I suggest starting small, to make sure you like it before you commit to a whole wall, sofa, or other piece of large furniture. Check out some of this stuff:

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Colors Today – Vermilion

Happy Friday everyone! Today is another edition of our Colors Today series. This time I want to highlight vermillion! Other names for this color include “fire-engine Red” “cherry red” or “blood red” and it fell out of popularity a few years ago and is most definitely coming back but (as usual) with a twist. Instead of being used in oriental design, with lots of intricate, patterned things, it is as a bright solid brining contrast wherever needed.

It can be used as a pungent accent to very minimalistic or Scandinavian design…

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…Or in juxtaposition to highly ornate and traditional styles:

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Both of these ways of using red are highly contrasting and make the red jump out at you in a pleasing way.

The red family has traditionally been paired with saturated blues and mint. They are opposite each other on the color wheel, which means they are complimentary. However, as tonal design is coming into popularity, vermillion is being paired with colors in its own family in addition to the cooler colors. Like so:

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This way of using vermillion is also highly contrasting but in a much more subtle way. The difference in saturation of the warm colors used in these photos is what prevents it feeling too warm. To put it another way: the pink appears so soft against the bright vermillion that it creates a stark contrast between the two colors. Even thought they both read as warm, they still contrast each other, which is what creates the interest and eclectic atmosphere.

Okay, enough with all of the trend talk. Heres some good ‘ol fashioned pretty pictures!


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Guide to Gifts for Fathers

Welcome to The Fig Design’s first ever gift guide! The next holiday happens to be Father’s Day so thats what we’re doing here today. Just keeping it real…

For Father’s Day growing up my siblings and I would, in addition to the ties and socks, invariably get our dad some form of comically large chocolate. Giant Hershey’s Kisses, giant Hershey’s bar, giant Snickers, etc. As kids we understood that “dad likes chocolate” and looking back on this holiday, I realize that his exclamations of “Oooo! Chocolate, my favorite!!” while genuine, didn’t represent the total rapture I thought we were providing him.

Thankfully my knowledge of how to buy for men has developed in the last few years, so in ADDITION to the giant chocolate you get your dad this year, consider some of the below items that (I believe) most men would be (hopefully) happy to receive.

(Note: the noticeable lack of power tools and sports gear in the below guide is not lost on me. The fathers in my life, while they have their moments of handiness, don’t have a particularly high desire/need for power-tools or sports gear, so it didn’t really occur to me to include them!)

Fathers Day Gift Guide

(1) Suit – Dads and fashion- the age old dilemma.

(2 Komono Shaun Sunglasses – Geometric glasses are the next thing. Help your dad onto this trend train.

(3) Baseball Cap – Insert favorite sports team here.

(4) Glass Water Bottle – Does your dad loose his water bottle, like, every day?

(5) Beer Brewing Kit – Complicated instructions and alcohol. Great mix.

(6) Running Shoes – To help him get rid of that “dad bod”

(7) Leather Duffle Bag – Traveling in style.

(8) Whiskey Stones – Because dads like whiskey, I guess??

(9) Cotton T-Shirt – Great piece for layering that goes with most stuff.

(10) Toilet Coffee Cup – Because dads like potty humor for some reason??

(11) Eye Glasses Holder – Come to think of it, I might actually get this for me! Super cute little styling thing…

(12) Watch – I love the simplicity of this watch!

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Colors Today – Percussive Black

Colors Today is all about black! It is most definitely up there with one of my favorite colors of all time. It never goes out of style, it goes with everything, it is slimming, and simple, and perfect. It is all those things, but is it percussive? And what does that mean??

The idea of percussive black comes from a discussion Michael and I had about percussion and what it adds to music. He was saying that one of the many things that percussion does is bring structure to a piece of music. Because I am always trying to connect things I thought of black as doing a similar thing in design.

Percussive black is black used in a way that accents, finishes off, or outlines a design. This is applicable for all forms of art and I will give examples throughout this post of interiors (of course) as well as fashion, art, and architecture. Percussive black is NOT a specific shade of black, and it is NOT black that is used in large amounts. Percussive black is usually used in outlined, and highly contrasting bursts.


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Percussive black in interiors is often in the form of lighting, sculptural chairs, or interesting paint. It looks great in any style but it especially stands out in a minimalist setting.


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Percussive black in art is high-contrast and usually makes me swoon.


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Percussive black in fashion can be used in many different ways. A cross body bag, piping, earnings, or even in pattern.


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I love seeing a building with windows that really pop!

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Here is Percussive Black in a boho inspired, feminine living room. I love the quirky monkey pendant from Fenton and Fenton.

So here is the big question: Do you get it? See what I mean? I love the way this color is being used in design and it will absolutely stand the test of time! I could look at B&W all day.