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Jessica is a writer and artist living in San Diego, CA. She's lived in New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Madrid, Spain, and she loves to travel and see new places. Her passions include staying on top of pop culture and learning as much as she can about the world.

She is currently studying for a Master's degree in Communication and is thrilled to be part of the Trendhunter team!
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I read a ridiculous amount every day. I often run out of things to read on the websites I visit on a daily basis and I'm always looking for the next cool thing.
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Some degrees lower than lukewarm.
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Keeping my eyes open and finding things that excite me, because if I'm excited then I know other people will be too.
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I love trends that combine advanced technology with retro style.
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Coffee. Chocolate. Caffeine. Repeat.
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I'm inspired by success in all forms, by people who follow their passions, and by great artists. As for exciting, costume parties, Ferraris, and breaking news all get my attention.
Predict something awesome for 2020?
Bullet trains being built in every major American city. Getting from LA to San Francisco in under two hours (and not dealing with airport security), and hopping on a train from New York to Philadelphia just to meet someone for lunch.
Snaking Stainless Steel Seats
Snaking Stainless Steel Seats
Z-Chair for Joli by Tom De Vrieze
The Z-Chair is made of stainless steel, designed for indoor or outdoor use, and is only available in a limited run at the moment. Designer Tom De Vrieze has created a chair that will add elegance to any… MORE
Surreal Folk Art
Surreal Folk Art
Megan Campbell Gives New Life to a Tired Genre
Megan Campbell is a New Zealand artist who has found her niche creating surreal folk art. Her work shows run-of-the-mill, everyday scenes, but adds a lot of emotion to them. Megan Campbell has been honored… MORE
At-Home Coffee Covers
At-Home Coffee Covers
The Mug Hug Seals in Your Morning Brew, Just Like at the Coffee Shop
The Mug Hug, aside from having a pretty cute name, serves a useful purpose: it covers your coffee cup so your delicious latte doesn't spill. The lid resembles those with which everyone is so familiar.… MORE
Interactive Avian Lighting
Interactive Avian Lighting
Design Drift Uses Bird Patterns as Artistic Inspiration for Flylight
Design Drift took great pains in studying the flight patterns of birds before they began building Flylight, an interactive light experience. Flylight reacts to the audience that is viewing it. The idea… MORE
Color Contrast Coffee Tables
Color Contrast Coffee Tables
The Pebble Table by Demacker Design
The Pebble table was designed by Matthias Demacker for Bonaldo. It's called 'Pebble' because the outside of the table resembles a well-worn stone. It's all smooth edges and even surfaces. The interior… MORE
Definitive Design Retrospectives
Definitive Design Retrospectives
The Greta Magnusson Grossman Exhibit at Arkitekturmuseet
Famed Swedish-American designer and architect Greta Magnusson Grossman made vital contributions to the world of furniture design. Her part in the shaping of modern decor will be on display at Arkitekturmuseet… MORE
Easter Rabbit Purses
Easter Rabbit Purses
The Orwell Clutch Silver Rabbit Purse by Tsuru Bride
Whimsical is one word for someone who has a rabbit-shaped purse. I won't list the other ones. This Silver Rabbit Purse was designed by Etsy seller Tsuru Bride. The design is well done, even if the occasions… MORE
Adorable Eggshell Art
Adorable Eggshell Art
Chez Larsson Makes Elaborate Egg Crafts
The childhood pastime of painting Easter eggs pales in comparison to these egg crafts by Chez Larsson. Larsson uses eggs as the basis for elaborate art pieces, most of which continue the egg theme by including… MORE
Morbid Easter Accessories
Morbid Easter Accessories
The Bunny Cell Phone Charm by LA Plush and Stuff
This mobile charm is perfect for Easter. Well, perfect for Easter if you hate Easter, and want to scare kids with the dead bunny charm hanging off of your mobile. Etsy seller LA Plush and Stuff is selling… MORE
Jailhouse Home Decor
Jailhouse Home Decor
Philippe Malouin Design Presents the Gridlock Lamp
The Gridlock lamp is just one piece in Philippe Malouin Design's new collection of Gridlock furniture. Each piece is somehow formed with a steel cage. It doesn't exactly give off a 'home sweet home' feel,… MORE
Perfectly Staged Lamps
Perfectly Staged Lamps
Confused Direction Sets the Scene for the Melle Lamp
The Confused Direction design company came up with this setting for its Melle Lamp. Instead of just having the Melle lamp on display by itself at the Blickfang/Stuttgart2010 show, the company surrounded… MORE
Modern Cabin Architecture
Modern Cabin Architecture
G.Natkevicius and Partners' Modern Design for the Kaunas Residence
G.Natkevicius and Partners designed this home, known as the Kaunas residence, in Lithuania. The Kaunas residence has a cabin feel to it, even though every aspect of the design and decor is contemporary… MORE
Gnarly Neon Lighting
Gnarly Neon Lighting
Michael Sillitoe Uses a Neon Conduit to Light Up an Entire House
Designer Michael Sillitoe created this lighting installation specifically for the home it is in. The Neon Conduit traces the architectural structure of the home, both illuminating the rooms and highlighting… MORE
Multi-Generational Home Design
Multi-Generational Home Design
BSZ Arquitects Designed 'Casa SV' to House Three Generations
This unusual home design was realized by BSZ Arquitects. The Chilean design company was challenged to create a home design that would house three generations of a family. Each generation needs its own… MORE
Instructional Fire Containers
Instructional Fire Containers
The Prairie Campfire by Kodjo Kouwenhoven is Fire-Building for Idiot
If you're constantly bewildered about how to place your firewood when building a campfire, the Prairie Campfire is for you. Kodjo Kouwenhoven designed the unusual apparatus, which would take the place… MORE
Fire-Breathing Dragon Accessories
Fire-Breathing Dragon Accessories
The Dragon Firepit by Kodjo Kouwenhoven
This Draken vuurkorf, or Dragon firepit for you English-speakers, is interesting in the daytime and kinda freaky at night. And by kinda freaky, I mean it's fit for a devil-worshiping ceremony. The Dragon… MORE
Existential Furniture Exhibits
Existential Furniture Exhibits
Ales Villegas Stages a Spatial Battle at the Galería Die Ecke
This Batalla Espacial, or Spatial Battle in English, was staged by Chilean artist Ales Villegas. Villegas has filled the Galería Die Ecke with paper mache creations that resemble normal furniture. By… MORE
Collapsible Toy Chairs
Collapsible Toy Chairs
The 'Miniature Lazy Chair' by Fresh West for Laikingland
The 'Miniature Lazy Chair' by Fresh West is reminiscent of those childhood toys that usually had a stickman who would collapse when you pressed the bottom. Instead of a man, however, Fresh West's creation… MORE
Ticker Tape Storytelling
Ticker Tape Storytelling
Story Time by Atelier NL is a Narrative on a String
Story Time is a project from Atelier NL. The idea is a reel of thin tape with a story written on it. The reel has to be unraveled in order to read the story. Atelier NL is looking to collaborate with… MORE
Shipping Container Homes
Shipping Container Homes
Christopher Nogry Expands Living Space with Shipping Containers
Used shipping containers are an unusual source for home-building materials, but architect Christopher Nogry has made good use of them. This shipping container architecture is located in France. The containers… MORE
Internationally Designed Embroidery
Internationally Designed Embroidery
Flat Design Brings International Designers Together in Textile
Flat Design collected the work of well-known international designers to create this collection of designer embroidery. Each fabric piece has a design by one of the featured artists in the center. By keeping… MORE
Super Spaceship Lighting
Super Spaceship Lighting
Skysurfer by Emmanuel Gallina for Omikron
Emmanuel Gallina designed the Skysurfer light for the new lamp collection from Omikron. Both Skysurfer designs look like spaceship lighting. The grey Skysurfer light looks like it could take off at any… MORE
Misplaced Modern Architecture
Misplaced Modern Architecture
Texas Studio and Loft for Kyle Farley by MJ Neal Architects
Cleburne, Texas is one of the last places you might expect to find such a fine example of modern architecture, but Cleburne is where Kyle Farley wanted his home. MJ Neal Architects created the home, which… MORE
Awesome Ascending Furniture
Awesome Ascending Furniture
DMY Presents 'Lift Tables' by Mark Braun
Mark Braun will be part of DMY's show at the Milan Design Week next month. His contribution includes the 'Lift Tables,' which look like they're part table, part staircase. The two tables go together, creating… MORE
Playful Pacific Northwest Photography
Playful Pacific Northwest Photography
Adam Satushek Finds Irony in the Everyday
These photographs, taken by artist Adam Satushek, show irony and humor in normal settings. Satushek specializes in photographing normal objects that take on a very different meaning when given attention… MORE
Floor-Covering Mashups
Floor-Covering Mashups
Kymo Brings a Virtual Idea to a Real World Objects with Mashup Carpets
Mashup carpets are an idea that could only have taken off with the simultaneous rise of the idea of the mashup. Design company Kymo took vintage rugs -- oriental rugs, mostly -- and recreated them into… MORE
Deliriously Delicate Drawings
Deliriously Delicate Drawings
'Yellow Bird Machine' by Amy Martino
Amy Martino created this series of drawings and sketches as part of her collection titled 'Yellow Bird Machine.' These drawings feature women in unusual outfits. It's unknown whether these women are under… MORE
Bold Botanical Illustrations
Bold Botanical Illustrations
Judy Kaufmann Brings a Unique Perspective to Flora
These simple drawings by artist Judy Kaufmann bring to mind the botanical illustrations of the 1700s and 1800s. Back then, scientists painstakingly drew each part of flowers in order to catalogue them.… MORE
Colorblasted Geometric Art
Colorblasted Geometric Art
Sarah Gee Creates Amazing and Fun Images
Canadian artist Sarah Gee uses color in a very bold way. Check out some of her work in the gallery, which shows geometric shapes brought to life with psychedelic colors. One of her most interesting pieces… MORE
Ghoulishly Eerie Photography
Ghoulishly Eerie Photography
Todd Hido's Photographs are a Perfect Background for Ghosts
Photographer Todd Hido captures scenes that are conspicuously empty. The lack of human (or animal) subjects seems purposeful, and it's easy to imagine that there indeed are subjects in the images, just… MORE
Super Surreal Absract Art
Super Surreal Absract Art
Kristine Harper Follows in the Footsteps of Monet
Artist Kristine Harper appears to have taken over where Monet left off. Monet, the legendary artist, began drawing ponds and flowers somewhat realistically. As he aged, his drawings became more and more… MORE
Anthropomorphic Avian Art
Anthropomorphic Avian Art
'Bellena Belle and the Birds' by Mike Nelson
Artist Mike Nelson used family as inspiration for this series, titled "Bellena Belle and the Birds." Nelson's grandmother had a love for birds, and in this series the birds, along with his grandmother,… MORE
Abstract Musical Tribute Art
Abstract Musical Tribute Art
'The Pixles' by Jonathan Lewis Pays Homage to The Beatles
Artist Jonathan Lewis was inspired by the legendary group The Beatles to create this series of pixelized art titled, 'The Pixles.' Each pixel-filled square is based on a song. The abstract representations… MORE
Manifestations of Mixed Media
Manifestations of Mixed Media
Brooklyn Artist Rebekah Potter at Abode New York
Brooklyn-based New York artist Rebekah Potter uses multiple materials to create her mixed media canvases. In the gallery, you can see how she uses cloth, paint and stencils to make an otherwise simple… MORE
Ferocious Feather Sculptures
Ferocious Feather Sculptures
Kate MccGwire Uses Birds and Snakes for Inspiration
These sculptures by artist Kate MccGwire may inspire more terror than awe. Each uses bird feathers to create almost abstract shapes -- almost, because they definitely resemble coiled-up snakes. Most of… MORE
Luminescent Abstract Artwork
Luminescent Abstract Artwork
Michael Lowe and His Ethereal Abstract Paintings
Michael Lowe's paintings may not actually have lights in them, but that doesn't make them any less luminous. The series featured in the gallery above is just a selection of Michael Lowe's work, which uses… MORE

Featured Ideas

Great Geometric Carpets
Great Geometric Carpets
Boconcept Channels Escher in the Geometric Carolina Rug
The black and grey Carolina Rug by BoConcept is reminiscent of Escher with its visually intriguing design. If you stare at the geometric design long enough, you might expect a picture to emerge. The Carolina… MORE
Radiant Religious Lamps
Radiant Religious Lamps
The Bless You Lamp by Dima Loginoff Shines a Theological Light
The Bless You Lamp by Dima Loginoff is a concept with some serious religious undertones. If you’re looking for some decor that expresses your theological beliefs, the Bless You Lamp may be for you. The… MORE
Granny Chic Decor
Granny Chic Decor
Like French Country, but Older, More Eclectic, and a Little Creepy
‘Granny chic’ sounds more like an oxymoron than a design choice. Alas, Libby and Ryan, who live in Chicago, have decorated their home with a decidedly granny chic style. That includes delicate details,… MORE
Bright Wood Blocks
Bright Wood Blocks
Julian Robin and the Cub Lamp, a Block of Wood and a Lamp
French designer Julian Robin has designed a tricky piece of furniture. The Cub Lamp looks like a normal block of wood (because it's totally normal to have a block of wood sitting in your house), until… MORE
Pixie Stick Lighting
Pixie Stick Lighting
Antoni Arola's Peled Light Illuminates the Room With a Multitude of Lights
Antoni Arola's new design, the Peled Light, is made with a grouping of pipes with lights at the end of each one. The Peled Light won't brighten a room all by itself, but it will provide some awesome modern… MORE
Contemporary Clock Art
Contemporary Clock Art
Real Time by Netherlands Artist Maarten Baas
Sometimes modern art can astound, amaze and inspire. Other times—actually most of the time—it confounds, confuses and annoys. I’m not going to say which one of these categories Maarten Baas ‘Real Time’… MORE
Disembodied Elegance
Disembodied Elegance
Harry Allen Hand (Vase) Reaches Through Walls (to Hold Your Flowers)
This one’s tough. Is the Harry Allen hand vase elegant and modern? Or is it just a creepy hand reaching out of the wall? Either way, it seems to be an appropriate decoration for Halloween. The hand vase… MORE
Mirrored Modern Meditation
Mirrored Modern Meditation
The Soothing Bondi Beach Apartments by Stanic Harding
Bondi Beach, located near Sydney, Australia, is an ocean lover’s dream. And this complex of Bondi Beach apartments, redesigned by architectural firm Stanic Harding, is the epitome of modern beach style.… MORE
Framed Fashion Accessories
Framed Fashion Accessories
Large Square Finger Frame Ring by JKAT Jewelry
JKAT Jewelry created the Large Square Finger Frame Ring to showcase you. Your finger, that is. The simple design is made from solid sterling silver, with a shiny finish and an impeccable form. Check… MORE
Luxury Convertible Furniture
Luxury Convertible Furniture
The Niels Bendtsen Sleeper Sofa for Affluent Sleepovers
The term sleeper sofa doesn’t usually call to mind elegance, luxury or great design, but the Niels Bendtsen sleeper sofa does. The designer took a solution for the economical, and translated it into fine… MORE
Post-Holiday Decluttering Books
Post-Holiday Decluttering Books
Clever Ways to Get Organized and Get Relaxed
Why wait for spring cleaning when you can get started now? Decluttering is one of the best ways to get a grip on the fast-paced world around you. The Decor8 blog has some great tips on how to do just that,… MORE
Graphic Site Redesigns
Graphic Site Redesigns
Koren Shadmi Sets the Bar for Graphic Designer Web Site Portfolios
Koren Shadmi has designed for everything from Harvard Business to Village Voice. He recently unveiled his brand new Web site design, which (although it’s a little slow right now) sets a high standard… MORE
Double Dipping Dishes
Double Dipping Dishes
The Ooma Bowl is Thomas Both's New Piece for Cube and Corner Design
The Ooma Bowl is the first product from the new design company Cube and Corner Design. The Ooma Bowl is designed for dipping, with two spaces. It's easy to think of multiple dishes that would be perfect… MORE
Backwards Day Fashion
Backwards Day Fashion
High Waisted Leggings with Inside-the-Knee Pads
Etsy designer Kitty Dearest is quite handy with a sewing machine. She created these Dusky Gems High Waisted Leggings with some mauve fabric and some ingenuity. As Craftastrophe points out, however, that… MORE