A Guide to Holiday Markets in NYC

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The holiday season is one of the BEST times to live in or visit NYC! Many parks around New York create holiday markets, fairs, and shops with hundreds of vendors from local shops, restaurants, boutiques, and cafes. From ice skating to eating and shopping, the options are endless at these fun festivals around the city.

The Union Square Holiday Market is located on the south side of the park, and it is the perfect place to search for unique holiday gifts while enjoying a variety of amazing food and drinks. This market also features live music, a “Warming Station” to make the cold weather more bearable, and a Kids Art Studio. We recommend stopping by NY State of Mind for trendy NYC themed apparel and accessories, Black Lamb BK for adorable shadowboxes & greeting cards, and Shaya NYC for beautiful handmade jewelry.

Another favorite is the Winter Village and Holiday Shops at Bryant Park. This holiday festival is well-known for its ice skating rink (which is free if you bring your own skates!) and a beautiful Christmas tree, which is lit on December 4. This park is also home to over 150 booths with amazing food, handmade artwork and jewelry, and even an outdoor beer garden. Min & Mon sells funky, textured and colorful handbags and keychains that everyone should check out. The “Good Vibes Station” is another essential for both New Yorkers and tourists, selling silk screened and painted prints from the artists of from EWBA (Everything Will be Amazing).

For those who can’t stand being outside in the cold, the Grand Central Holiday Fair is perfect! Enjoy forty amazing booths with handmade and unique goods within Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall. Kent Stetson Handbags is a must see- his incredible clutches and bags feature interesting and unusual images of food, animals and other objects. Tuff Kookooshka sells adorable cold weather gear such as jackets and hats for children, while Case Island Glass exhibits incredible, colorful glassware.

The Columbus Circle Holiday Market is also great due to its proximity to Central Park, as well as many other holiday attractions in the city. Be sure to stop by Jet Set Candy for New York themed jewelry and charms, the famous Strand Book Store for books and stationery. Texturables by Claudia Rosillo sells beautiful handwoven blankets and textiles made by Claudia in Uruguay. They are simple and comfortable, and would make an amazing holiday gift!

 

Let us know what your favorite holiday market is!

In the name of print, pattern, & holidays,

DW

Design Works International is a lifestyle studio located in the heart of Manhattan that’s been helping to define and capitalize on trends for over 30 years. Originally (and still) a print studio, the in-house artists at Design Works International are busy every day exploring, inspiring, and creating to bring you original prints that are on-trend and sure to sell!

Falling Leaves| Freebie October 2018 Tech Wallpaper

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Hello Fall!

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In the name of print & pattern,

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Design Works International is a lifestyle studio located in the heart of Manhattan that’s been helping to define and capitalize on trends for over 30 years. Originally (and still) a print studio, the in-house artists at Design Works International are busy every day exploring, inspiring, and creating to bring you original prints that are on-trend and sure to sell!

Instagrammable Spots in NYC

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Need to post a gorgeous Instagram picture? Yes?! Well, we have found the most instagrammable spots in the big apple. 🍎 These places are guaranteed to elevate your Insta-game! Stop by these spots in your next Instagram post:

Sézane L’Appartement: This spot is covered with vibrant florals and a pastel bike that will make your next picture POP!

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254 ELIZABETH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10012

 

Pietro Nolita: Think PINK. This spot is known for everything pink! You have to pay $1 to take a picture in front of this heart backdrop 💕, but it is well worth it. 

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174 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

 

MET Steps: Channel your inner “Gossip Girl” and snap a picture on these iconic steps! xoxo 💋, -DW

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1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

 

Angel Wings: These wings will make you feel like an angel! Created by artist, Kelsey Montague, this mural is truly angelic. 👼

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250 W 52nd St New York, NY 10019

 

Audrey Hepburn: Tristan Eaton created this colorful visual of the legendary Audrey Hepburn. 

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176 Mulberry St., New York, NY 10013

 

So what are you waiting for? Share your pictures with us @designworksinternational!

In the name of print & pattern,

DW

How to Add a POP of Color to Any Outfit

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If you struggle with boring outfits, this is the article for you! It’s easy to add a POP of color to your wardrobe so that you can show the world your ~fun~ side. All you need is a few simple accessories, creativity, and your beautiful self!

Colors and textures can catch the attention of anyone and there are endless possibilities to take your outfit to the next level!  Take these tips to look colorful at your next outing. 

EARRINGS: Earrings can be a statement, so why not make them FUN! Pom-pom and tassel earrings are my favorite because they come in so many colors. Here are some for inspiration.

 

 

ESPADRILLES: Espadrilles are a huge trend this summer because they are cute and comfortable. They can easily change a bland outfit! Here are some of my favorites.

 

 

BANDANAS: Bandanas are inexpensive, colorful and can complete any outfit. They can be used as a headband for a bad hair day or even function as a unique belt!

 

 

Hope these tips inspired you to live life colorfully!

In the name of print & pattern,

DW

DIY Denim Choker

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Try this super easy DIY denim choker! Tag @designworksinternational if you share on Insta!

 

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What you will need

-old jeans or denim

-velcro you can cut

-scissors

Directions

Step 1: Decide if you are using denim fabric or an old pair of jeans. I went with an old pair of straight leg jeans for this.

Step 2: Cut the hem off of the pant leg of the jeans, make sure to cut close to the stitches to make sure it’s even.

Step 3: Cut the hem in half, make sure both sides are symmetrical.

Step 4: Cut a small piece of velcro and attach to the ends of the hem.

Step 5: Voilá! You’re done!

Tropical State of Mind

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It is almost less than 100 days until SUMMER & we can’t wait!

We are already working on summer prints in the studio and have seen the tropical influence stretch from Germany to Paris to NYC. Here are some of our favorite tropical inspired products and prints from our travels.

Also, make sure you SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM of this blog post to see some of the fun prints our in-house artists are working on!  

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Here are some great examples of what our artists are working on now. If you are interested in purchasing any prints or want to see what else we create, CLICK HERE 

 

In the name of print & pattern, 

DW 

4 Heimtextil Color Trends

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Check out these year-around colors we saw all over the Heimtextil show in Germany this month. They all have a subtle feel to them and work really well together, or when accenting a neutral. Say “hi” to Merlot, Deep Teal, Cobalt, & Pistachio.

 

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Merlot is still thriving and now can be seen popping up on more textured materials like that great shag throw or a woven tablecloth.

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Deep teal is a great blue-green shade that has a calming effect. It looks even more amazing when accented with bright colors (we especially like it with the lime green).   

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Cobalt is a playful and fun color that reminds us of the summertime. Lets all jump in the pool and relax on the beaches of the Amalfi Coast… Is it summertime yet?

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Coming off of the greenery trend, Pistachio brings the outside in with this bright but calming shade. We love this color for a bathroom or entryway!

 

Do you like these colors from Heimtextil? We are forecasting these colors showing up on a lot of products this year. We will keep you updated!

In the name of print & pattern,

DW

Happy Holidays from DW

WOO HOO! We made it to the week before Christmas! We just want to take this time to thank people for sticking with us as we share print, pattern, trends, and color with you every day. So…..

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Have a great holiday spending time with the people you care about most.

Catch you in 2018!

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In the name of print & pattern,

DW