LABOR DAY GETAWAY

Who doesn’t love a relaxing vacation? This Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to celebrate the end of the summer season and the beginning of crisp air. And what better place to relax than a bright, spacious lakeside sunroom! Whether or not you’re able to get away this weekend, we’ve gathered up some of our favorite nautical designs inspired by a classic lakehouse space, letting you enjoy the look wherever you may be.

 

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Let’s hear it for the pups.

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We LOVE our dogs. Like, a little TOO much. With dogs in the office almost daily, we get to have our fur babies nearby to make every day extra fantastic!

And they happened to dress up for National Dog Day today:

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We love to pamper our pooches with stylin’ accessories that scream “I’m the artsy-est dog on the block”.

So, in honor of National Dog Day, we’re highlighting some of our favorite picks for our furry best friends:

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SHOOT ME TO THE MOON

Representations of the moon are popping up everywhere. We’ve seen nods to this celestial body in hipster clothes, jewelry, music festivals, and even in beer that’s brewed with certified moon dust. So in honor of yesterday’s new moon and the beginning of the longest lunar month of 2014, we’ve compiled some of our favorite out-of-this-world designs from DENY artists.

 

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 A TRIP TO THE MOON TEA by Natt

 

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I AM GONNA BRING YOU THE MOON by Belle13

 

 

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MODERN DANCE MOON SONG by Madart Inc.

 

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MOON TRAVEL by Eric Fan

 

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BACK TO MOON by Ceren Kilic

 

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ORANGE MOON by Natt

 

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BIG MOON by Ginette Fine Art

 

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THE MOON by Terry Fan

 

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PURPLE SUNSET by Viviana Gonzalez

 

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MOON MAGIC by Shannon Clark

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MYSTERY OF THE MOON by Madart Inc.

 

 

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LOST MOON by Madart Inc.

 

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MEOW AT THE MOON by Randi Antonsen

 

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GOTHIC MOON MAKER by Ceren Kilicrandi-antonsen-cat-at-the-moon-small-storage-box-top-v1_1024x1024CAT AT THE MOON by Randi Antonsen

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MOON by Bird Wanna Whistle

 

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JAPAN MOON by Randi Antonsen

Happy stargazing!

DENY Designs Artist of The Week: Valentina Ramos

The DENY Designs featured artist of the week is Valentina Ramos.  Her bright and playful artworks have been a consistent hit with DENY Designs fans – we love working with her!

About Valentina Ramos:

“After 15 years working as a graphic designer, Valentina Ramos started to create other arts and crafts. From these creations, Valentina Design was born: her world of fantasies and dreams; where her uplifting drawings and designs took shape.”

“In her Miami studio, this Venezuelan artist spent countless happy hours playing with her paints and her Rapidograph Pens. She enjoys working with different materials, but black ink is one of the mediums you will always find in her original prints, paintings and drawings. Her love for artworks with little intricate details are a signature of her own drawing style.”

 

To see all of Valentina Ramos‘ artwork on DENY Designs products, visit her artist page here: http://denydesigns.com/collections/valentina-ramos-all-art

Wednesday What?! Looking At Pictures of Cute Animals Makes You More Productive

Oogle away! A Japanese study has just been published that claims that looking at pictures of cute animals improves your mood and increases productivity in the workplace. So now your 27 minutes spent on Daily Puppy at work when your boss isn’t looking are totally legit.

According to the  study lead by Japanese researcher Hiroshi Nittono for Hiroshima University, looking at pictures of puppies and panda cams and grumpy, grumpy cat videos at work is great for both you and your boss.

Results show that participants performed tasks requiring focused attention more carefully after viewing cute images. This is interpreted as the result of a narrowed attentional focus induced by the cuteness-triggered positive emotion that is associated with approach motivation and the tendency toward systematic processing.

For the study, Nittono and his colleagues studied a group of 48 students as they completed a task similar to the American board game “Operation.” The students attempted the task three times; the first after looking at a series of pictures of baby animals, then after seeing adult animals and finally after seeing pictures of delicious foods.

The students who looked at cute animals did far better at the game then did peers who observed adult animals or food, outperforming their peers by a “significant margin,” according to Gawker.

Why the improvement in mood and productivity? One reason was linked to a behavior tendency of adults to slow down speech when talking to puppies and kittens. These behaviors “may transfer to subsequent task performance,” according to the Washington Post.

Another reason may be connected to human nurturing instincts. “If viewing cute things makes the viewer more attentive, the performance of a non-motor perceptual task would also be improved,” the study stated.

So continue awwww-ing at your desk, because these little guys aren’t really a distraction.

 

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