Battle Sandcastle

In the West, sand sculpting isn’t just a beach day activity. People take it seriously, and they’ve been competing to prove their skills for decades. Here, a few of last year’s memorable entries.

String Gardens: Elevating Hanging Plants to Art

I love a hanging fern or succulent, but they’re nowhere near as eye-catching as my new obsession: Dutch horticultural artist Fedor van der Valk’s string gardens, which are essentially hanging works of floral art. Behold: For more eye candy, check out Pop Sugar Home’s interview with van der Valk, featuring more photos of his dazzling work. Photo source: Annelie Bruijn / Pop Sugar Home

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Designers’ Digs: Sonja Rasula’s L.A. Studio

Today: Sonja Rasula’s office in the heart of downtown L.A.’s burgeoning Arts District. Sonja is a designer and the brains behind State of Unique, the enormous two-day marketplaces that take place in San Francisco, L.A., and New York and only sell American-made products.

Designers’ Digs: Illustrator Kate Bingaman Burt

This spring, we’re taking a peak at a few of our favorite designers’ studios and workshops. Today, we meet illustrator-designer-maker-of-things Kate Bingaman Burt in her Portland studio, which is just upstairs from ADX, a communal workshop for crafter-thinkers.