Before I started Design*Sponge, I knew little to nothing about basic home materials. I had only ever been a renter, so I knew more aboutÂ wood paneling, linoleum and fake terra cotta tile than anything else. But after publishingÂ thousands of homes here over the past 13 years, I’ve gotten to see some exciting materials and options that I never knew were possible. And while marble gets most of the love these days, my heart belongs to soapstone.
Soapstone has always been my dream counter material of choice, but after seeing concrete pop up in more and more modern homes, it’s become something of a fascination of mine. I’m always afraid I’ll whack my arm on it and hurt myself (I know, I worry too much), but seeing it in these beautiful modern homes — especially against bright paint colors (above) — makes me rethink this industrial material. Need some inspiration for a concrete project? Check out five of my favorites from kitchens we love.
As summer gets closer and more and more of us are spending time outdoors, I’m keeping an eye out for great new street and outdoor installations that bring beautiful art and design to public spaces. One of my favorite projects happening right now is part of Providence, Rhode Island’s PVDFest, where local artist Rebecca Volynsky has created a gorgeous mural, called Cultivate, Then Bloom, that crosses several different neighborhoods.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".