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January
28

10 Ohio Interior Designers You Should Be Following on Instagram

When looking to tackle a home renovation, it's important to gather design inspiration from a variety of sources — magazines, the latest home design show, or even a friend's home. In this day and age, many of us turn to Instagram for our #homeinspo, relying on gorgeous photos to fuel our design dreams. Luckily, our Ohio interior designers do not disappoint, curating their feeds with gorgeous, colorful and inventive home designs worth sharing. If a home remodel is on your to-do list this season, or if you simply like scrolling through beautiful pictures, give these talented local artists a follow — and go ahead and follow us, too while you're at it. COLUMBUS

Crimson Design Group

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Clean and classic, global influences, sophisticated grace — this award-winning interior design firm can do it all. Based in Columbus, the team brings color, modern finishes and bold details into its projects, the highlights of which you can see on their gorgeous Instagram page.

The White House Society

Instagram
There's a reason white paint never goes out of style — it's simply beautiful! This designer combines a decade of experience in the fashion industry with a love for beautiful homes, resulting in a carefully curated, elegant look for your space. You'll find these designs on her Instagram, alongside a few adorable photos of her son.

Anne Rogers Interiors

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Anne Rogers Interiors is a perfect collision of high style, chic details and functional design. The team works with talented architects, builders and contractors to create their client's dream home, and provides insight throughout the project.

K Wilson Design

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Kacey Wilson pours all of her creative energy into K Wilson Design, and her talent shows through in her thoughtful, colorful and surprising designs. Her Instagram is filled with gorgeous and inspirational photos — and a few of Frankie, her adorable chocolate lab.

House of L Designs

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The House of L team works in unison to create beautiful looks tailored to their clients' preferences and tastes — whether they are traditional, contemporary or eclectic. From the initial idea to the final installation, the talented designers will oversee all of the details so you don't have to lift a finger.

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  NORTHEAST OHIO 

Grace + Polish Designs

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Soft colors, brushed metals, bright florals — oh my! Kim of Grace + Polish Designs has spent years perfecting her design chops, and specializes in bringing chic, modern looks into the home.

W Design Interiors

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W Design Interiors, a talented team led by Wendy Berry, produces functional designs with sophisticated elegance. The award-winning firm specializes in high-end residential work, and each member of the team works with the client to reflect his or her unique style.

Reflections Interior Design

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You might not know what you're looking for in a design, but that's where Reflections comes in. This talented firm takes items you already have in your home and combines them with thoughtfully curated pieces to create a look you will love!
  CINCINNATI

Reusch Interior Design

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Laney Reusch, owner and head designer of Reusch Interior Design, specializes in unexpected color combinations, patterns, and functional designs for every home. Her Instagram is filled with her own projects and inspiring setups.

Adorn Interior Design

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Established by designers Marjorie Smyth and Megan Berger in 2010, Adorn Interior Design creates thoughtful spaces for the style-savvy. Each design is surprising, gorgeous and functional all at once.
 

Happy 'Gramming!

Looking for more inspiration? Check out the 25 Most Instagram-Worthy Dishes in Columbus.
January
19

10 Things to Do With The Kids over Presidents' Day Weekend in Cincinnati

Presidents' Day is a time to honor our fearless leaders and figureheads, and in Ohio, we certainly know how to throw them a good party! Our state is actually unofficially nicknamed "The Mother of Presidents." Eight of our nation's 45 Presidents hailed from Ohio, and of those, four called Cincinnati home. Our city is filled with fun things to do, great charities, sweet happy hour deals, dog-friendly facilities and more. Not to mention, an impressive lineup of fun events every weekend. So get out there and take advantage of the three-day weekend at one of these exciting family-friendly events, which begin on Friday and go all the way through Monday.

See the Cincinnati Ballet at the Carnival of the Animals

Friday, February 16, 7:30-9:30 pm

Graphic courtesy of the Fitton Center

The Cincinnati Ballet will perform at the Fitton Center for the very first time for this month's Fitton Family Friday. Come experience a humorous and enchanting production with all of your favorite animals, performed by some of the area's best up-and-coming dancers.

Go to A Glass-Blowing Class Together

Saturday, February 17, 10 am Many Presidents, when they weren't busy running the country, were art enthusiasts! Celebrate the day by going to an art class with your little one. Brazee Street Studios will host a family-friendly glass blowing class over the weekend, which will allow your child to make a beautiful glass creation to display in his or her room. Also, don't miss the "Make a Mess: Alphabet Tree" workshop on Monday, February 19, which will take place at the Blue Manatee Children's Book Store in collaboration with Brazee Street Studios.

Family ARTventures at the Cincinnati Art Museum

Saturday, February 17, 2 pm

Photo courtesy of the Cincinnati Art Museum 

Of course, there is more than one way to celebrate art in Cincinnati. Head to the world-renowned Cincinnati Art Museum for Family ARTventures, which takes place every Saturday at 2 pm. You'll enjoy a docent-led interactive tour with fun facts and hands-on activities for the whole family.

Hop on The Hero Train

Saturday, February 17, 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm What's better than taking the train? Taking the train alongside some of your favorite heroes! Embark on a 15 mile round-trip ride through scenic Warren County in the 1930s restored Lackawanna coach cars. Also on the train will be a cast of fun characters that will engage in activities and pose for photos with their biggest fans.

Gaze at the Stars

Sunday, February 18, 1-3 pm Prepare for an absolutely out-of-this-world experience at the Winter Star Quest! You'll be able to marvel at the night sky in an inflatable planetarium while learning about the most famous planets and constellations. It's all happening at the Winton Woods Centre this weekend, and costs only $2 per person.

See Pinocchio at Playhouse in the Park

Friday, February 16, 7 pm Saturday, February 17, 10 am and 2 pm Sunday, February 18, 2 pm The beloved tale of a wooden puppet dreaming to be a real boy is this season's hit at Cincinnati's Playhouse in the Park. Enjoy four showings over Presidents' Day Weekend at various venues throughout town. Check the performance schedule for details.  

Explore the Ark

All weekend

Photo courtesy of The Ark Encounter

The Ark Encounter is a larger-than-life display of biblical history, and has been immensely popular since its opening! See inside of the ark and explore three decks of world-class exhibits. This season, you can enjoy open access to the Ark Grounds for no charge.

Celebrate President's Day at the William Howard Taft National Historic Site

Monday, February 19, 10 am Every year, the William Howard Taft National Historic Site celebrates Presidents' Day by offering Junior Ranger Activities and free admission to all. Visitors of all ages are welcome to join in the fun, which include family-friendly games and prizes!

Go to the Presidents' Day Cup Volleyball Tournament

Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18, Times Vary Your up-and-coming sports enthusiast will have a ball at the Presidents' Day Cup Volleyball Tournament. Cheer on your favorites alongside fellow fans at the Duke Energy Convention Center!

Have a Maple Syrup Day

Monday, February 19, 11 am Did you know that President Thomas Jefferson was one of the original supporters for maple syrup? What better way to honor him than eating the sweet delicacy? After your morning pancakes, head over to the Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, which will host classes on maple sugaring, a fun hike, syrup tasting, a movie and more at its Kids' Day at the Park.  

Go to a Presidential Storytime At the Blue Manatee

Monday, February 19, 2:30 pm The Blue Manatee is one of the area's most beloved children's bookstores. Bring your child on Presidents' Day to learn more about Presidents Lincoln and Washington through exciting stories. They'll also get to make a special craft to take home with them! Bonus: This event is completely free for kids ages 3 and older.

Happy Presidents' Day, Cincinnati!

Have fun out there, and make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more local event recommendations.
January
19

The Best Shopping in Columbus | 16 Local Shops + Boutiques We Love

When it comes to shopping, there's no better place to spend your time and money than at a small business or boutique. These shops often make their own wares or source small batches from other brands or artisans, resulting in unique looks and objects with plenty of personality. This rings true in fashion, kitchen goods, home decor and art, so whether you're looking to treat yourself or give a thoughtful gift, consider shopping local first. Here are 16 Columbus shops and boutiques we love! MEN'S AND WOMEN'S CLOTHING

Ladybird

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716 N High Street

Photo courtesy of Ladybird

You can't leave the Short North District without visiting Ladybird. This fashion destination has been around for years, offering a diverse assortment of effortless yet fabulous pieces for those looking to stand out on the streets of Columbus! And the shop itself is almost as beautiful as the styles it carries (read: almost).

Vernacular

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1392 Grandview Avenue and three other locations
Vernacular is run by Chelsea and Kris, a husband-and-wife team who decided to pursue their dreams after college. This womenswear, lifestyle and home brand merges East Coast Classic with the more chill West Coast Vibe, resulting in something truly special. Explore one of the four locations across Columbus!

Artisan Deluxe

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761 N High Street

Photo courtesy of Jason Dowell via Artisan Deluxe

Artisan Deluxe welcomes passersby on High Street with its sleek design and chic casual fashions from high-end designers. You'll find men's clothing, women's clothing, accessories and gifts from your favorite brands!

THREAD on Grandview

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1285 Grandview Avenue
Fashions at THREAD range from vintage bohemian to minimalist, but as varied as the styles are, they are all equally fabulous. Owned by fashionista Miranda Boyle, the boutique offers items for women and men, and brands that no one else carries.

Chunky Armadillo

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726 N High Street

Photo courtesy of Eye of Storme Productions via the Chunky Armadillo

Chunky Armadillo is just as quirky, colorful and fabulous as it sounds, boasting bold styles and locally made gifts for those who are wild at heart. The fashion mixes southern sass, country charm, new bohemia and urban chic.

Rowe Boutique

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718 N High Street

Photo courtesy of Rowe Boutique

Rowe has served the Columbus area for more than 10 years now, offering a unique collection of contemporary and emerging designs for the modern woman. Owner Maren Roth is actually a Columbus Native who has lived in Spain, New York, Minnesota and Wisconsin! Ask her about her travels when you stop in.

Kiln Mercantile

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988 N High Street

Photo courtesy of Marc Desrosiers via Kiln Mercantile

For men's fashion and gifts that stand out in the best way, step into Kiln Mercantile on High Street. The shop opened its doors in May 2017, but is already off to an incredible start! The shop exudes effortless style, and includes classic European looks that are difficult to find anywhere else.

SAMSON Men's Emporium

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772 N High Street
Focusing on sophisticated yet casual looks, SAMSON features an incredible selection of men's fashion, barware and more. The space, which conveniently sits in the heart of the Short North District, harkens back to days gone by. After all, classic never goes out of style. GIFTS

Tigertree + Cub Shrub

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787 N High Street AND 749 N High Street
Tigertree is known across town as one of the best one-stop-shops around. Featuring hip men's and women's clothing, quirky gifts, colorful housewares and accessories, the shop is nearly impossible to depart empty-handed. Just next door, Tigertree's sister store, Cub Shrub, boasts colorful shelves filled with children's apparel, gifts and toys from your favorite brands. There is truly something for everyone here!

The Red Stable

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223 E Kossuth Street
The Red Stable is your go-to stop for a thoughtful, Ohio-made gifts. The Red Stable is actually housed in an old red barn in the German Village that was built in 1872. Over the years, the barn has held many businesses, including an auto repair shop, a wagon repair shop and a coal storage facility. Nowadays, however, it boasts a gorgeous art gallery and shop with goods from more than 100 local artists and vendors.   ACCESSORIES AND HOME GOODS

One Six Five

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3171 N High Street

Photo courtesy of One Six Five

One Six Five offers up the latest and greatest in handmade jewelry, accessories, home goods and just general knick-knacks to lift your spirits — all with affordable price tags. Stop in to buy a cute gift and card for your gal pal, or simply treat yourself to something shiny.

The Candle Lab

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1255 Grandview Avenue and two other Columbus locations
You can never go wrong with a good candle. The Candle Lab offers pre-poured natural soy candles in more than 100 fragrances, but also the chance to customize your scent. Find what suits you in one of the store's three Columbus locations, and then pour your own candle to take home (or give to a loved one).

Red Giraffe Designs

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847 North High Street

Photo courtesy of Red Giraffe Designs

Owned by an Ohio University graduate with a passion for jewelry-making, Red Giraffe Designs (or RGD for short) boasts statement-making pieces at an affordable price. Though the collection is available online, we highly recommend stopping by the shop on High Street!

Vintage Toast

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3284 N High Street
Lovers of old, classic styles should not pass up Vintage Toast. This newer boutique on High Street features vintage fashions, homewares, jewelry — all of which make it easy to kick it old school.

Happy Go Lucky Home and Her

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992 N High Street
Happy Go Lucky is actually two stores in one — Home and Her. Happy Go Lucky Home features custom furniture by LEE Industries, home décor, gifts and jewelry. Venture under the archway to the sister store, Happy Go Lucky Her to find an eclectic assortment of apparel and accessories to fit every style!   Happy shopping!
January
10

The 10 Best Flower Shops in the Akron and Canton Area, Mapped

Gifting a fresh bouquet of flowers is one of our most beloved traditions. Whether you're purchasing an arrangement for a special event or looking for something to help a relationship bloom, flowers have the power to draw people together. But sometimes, finding a talented florist to fit your needs can be as tough as "pollen" teeth, so we decided to round up some of our local favorites to help make your search a bit easier. Next time you're looking to brighten up the room or bring a smile to someone's face, check out one of these incredible flower shops in the Akron and Canton area.

Akron Area

Kern's 2438 Canton Road, Akron The hanging flower baskets are the most popular item at Kern's, and for a good reason. The shop offers one of the largest selections in town, each basket carefully designed with complimentary colors and beautiful blooms. Stop by when you need an easy gift to make that special someone smile! Every Blooming Thing 1079 West Exchange Street, Akron Every Blooming Thing features a variety of arrangements and gifts to feature every style and budget! The shop has been serving the Akron area for more than 20 years, but the formula for success has not changed — incredible customer service, and hand-wrapped bouquets designed to wow. Pam's Posies 110 Merz Boulevard, Akron Pam's Posies offers same-day delivery to the Akron area and surrounding towns, and creates beautiful arrangements for occasions ranging from birthdays to funerals to weddings, as well as for those "just-because" gestures we love so much. Shop online, talk to a staff-member over the phone, or simply stop by to grab a bouquet in person. Pink Petals Florist 1960 West Market Street, Akron With its gorgeous arrangements, thoughtful staff-members and top-notch customer service, Pink Petals Florist has easily gained a loyal customer base. In fact, many people who buy an arrangement here swear that they will return for all of their flower-purchasing needs in the future. Stop by to see what all the fuss is about. Sisters Flower Haus Too 1245 S Cleveland Massillon Road, Suite 303, Copley Sisters Flower Haus Too might be a small company, but the quality and service found here impresses customers in a big way. Shop here for breathtaking custom bouquets and thoughtful gifts in the heart of Copley, Ohio. House of Plants 1760 Merriman Road, Akron At House of Plants, the mission is simple — to make people happy. Of course, with such colorful options, creative florists and inventive arrangements, accomplishing that mission isn't too difficult! Order something pretty to be delivered to a loved one, or stop by the shop to pick out a ready-made bouquet.

Canton Area

Botanica 4601 Fulton Drive Northwest, Canton If you're looking for a creative, carefully crafted and beautiful bouquet to wow, Botanica is your place! This adorable flower shop is located on Fulton Street, and offers custom bouquets and arrangements for every occasion. And even if you have no idea what you're looking for, a friendly staff-member will be happy to make recommendations. Cathy Cowgill Flowers 4315 Hills and Dales Road Northwest, Canton Cathy and the dedicated team at Cathy Cowgill Flowers have been creating beautiful arrangements since the 70s, and never fail to disappoint. Step into the colorful shop for a grab-and-go bouquet, or chat with one of the staff members about custom arrangements for an upcoming event. For you last-minute shoppers, same-day delivery is also available. Seifert's Flowers 7360 Wales Road Northwest, North Canton For beautiful flowers at reasonable prices, Seifert's is your best bet. The team here goes above and beyond to ensure the satisfaction of their customers, making recommendations, explaining the significance of certain flower types and colors, and putting bouquets together in a hurry if needed. The English Garden 7376 Middlebranch Avenue, Canton This charming shop on Middlebranch offers bouquets you won't see anywhere else, with fun color combinations, lush greenery, and top-notch vases. Whether you're just looking for something to spruce up your dining room table, or hoping to decorate an entire wedding venue, you'll find what you need at the English Garden.

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