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Calendar Roundup for 2014

Every year, around Christmas time, I get a new calendar (or two) to get a jumpstart on the new year. Is it me or is there something about a new calendar and a new year that makes you feel like absolutely anything is possible?

So I rounded up eleven of my favorite calendars to give you the kick in the pants you need to start thinking about 2014…

Awesome Things: Best of 2014 Calendars

1. 2014 minerals calendar from Lindsay Jones

2. sung calendar 2014 from Snug.Studio

3. 2014 astrology wall calendar from Prismatic Print Shop

4. 2014 Frankie magazine calendar from Frankie Press

5. oversized wall calendar for 2014 from One Canoe Two

6. 2014 Scandinavian floral calendar from The House That Lars Built

Best of 2014 Calendars (part 2)

7. 2014 prisms calendar from Julia Kostreva

8. 2014 calendar from Linda & Harriett

9. big number 2014 calendar from Decoylab

10. 2014 ‘Ain’t nobody got time for that’ calendar from Cranny

11. 2014 Stendig calendar from Need Supply

Don’t see your favorite calendar listed? Leave a link to your faves in the comments below. Always up for discovering a few more.

P.S. Brittany from The House that Lars Built is giving away a Public bike today, as a part of the 24 Merry Days giveaway event! Enter to win the bike here.



I love natural wood, and my first instinct is always to create a wood wall that looks as natural as possible. But I’ve seen some great painted walls lately, and know that there are times when painting your slat or tongue-and-groove wall surface really is the right call. The great thing is that painting gives you a large range of options. From white beachy horizontal boards to a dark Japanese look with deep blacks, you can give your wood wall some personality.

Maybe you have wood walls and love the texture, but the color of the wood doesn’t go with the rest of your decor. Or perhaps you already have copious amounts of wood in your interior, and need to provide a little visual relief. Painting your wood wall might be just the ticket. Don’t forget great options like a warm grey, or even a color if you’re being a bit daring. Or try one of the new lookalike wallpapers! And if you don’t really want to cover all that natural grain, a stain or wash in a similar tone can be just as lovely.

Do you love wood, and can you stand to cover it up?

(above) Black Vertical Boards


Vertical White Kitchen + Window Seat


Horizontal Black


Textured Grey Boards + Matte Black Stain


Vertical Lines

Amy wrote this post. She is the designer and owner of FormFire Glassworks, where she creates modern lampwork glass beads and jewelry, and by day designs custom homes for a small firm in Southern California. You can follow her twitter @formfireglass.



With all the hoopla about the arrival of the new iPhones, I started thinking about the constant use of tech in our homes. Be it a smartphone, a tablet, a laptop or a desktop computer, we are rarely without some type of internet or computer access. But have you taken a look at many interior shots? How often do you see one of those items, especially in a carefully staged photo? I don’t know about you, but if all of my family is home, in our family room there might be 4 phones, 2 iPads, 3 laptops and a desktop computer down the hall. Thank goodness my sofa has wide flat arms! I’m longing for good ways to handle having all that equipment around the house without it looking like an electronic dumpsite.

One person I know used to keep her iPad in a shelving unit, plugged in and running a slideshow, so it became a photo frame. Another keeps hers on a stand in the kitchen. I tend to carry mine around from place to place, and it always ends up on a counter, table or sofa arm. One of our laptops stays on the ottoman all day long, while I keep mine inside a box on a mid-height shelf when not in use. There are lots of great options for desktop computers and laptops if you have a designated workspace. Any small table will really do. Sometimes the dining room table end becomes the default computer work area. While I was designing a house last week, the idea of a charging area came up. But that assumes you’re willing to park all your handheld devices away for a while. The nightstand that used to house a couple of books and a carafe of water is now comprised of cords and devices that recharge as we sleep.

(above) Corner Desk


Mid-room Workstation


Dining Table Desktop + Dedicated Office


Office Desk + Shelving Unit


Double Duty Hallway

Do you have any inspiring ways to handle tech clutter?

Amy wrote this post. She is the designer and owner of FormFire Glassworks, where she creates modern lampwork glass beads and jewelry, and by day designs custom homes for a small firm in Southern California. You can follow her twitter @formfireglass.