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New blog, new blanket.

Yes, I redesigned! It’s been more than a year since the last D16 makeover, which much longer than I like to leave things alone. I’m a bad client, though—I kind of want everything to stay the same at the same as I want it to change. Kind of like how I feel about my house, my clothes, my food…

I’m sure there are going to be some bugs (I’m way less fastidious about cross-browser happiness when it comes to my own stuff than I am with other people’s sites), so if you happen to discover anything weird, please do let me know what operating system and browser/version you’re using so I can address the problem! Oh, and there’s a new FAQ page. The link page is taking a nap right now, but it’ll be back soon enough.

On to more important things…


If you’ve been reading this blog for a while then you know I am completely obsessed with Pia Wallén’s Crux blanket. I dream about it. I refer to it for proportional guidance when painting medicine cabinets and cord cozies. Basically, I talk about the Crux blanket incessantly to anyone who will listen.

About six months ago, I found out that the original wool version of the Crux blanket is no longer being produced—once the current stock is gone, it’s gone. Despite the fact that the wool blanket is prohibitively expensive (the price being the sole reason I haven’t upholstered my entire house with them), I did get a little mopey…until I learned that it had been replaced by a far more affordable (but still spendy, let’s be real here) cotton flannel version.

Blah, blah, blah, months of waiting and pondering and bribing of toothy Chihuahuas…and then I thought the blanket sure would be a nice birthday present from Evan (he agreed)…followed by more months of me agonizing over committing to the actual purchase. A couple of weeks ago, though, I finally went ahead and ordered my very own Crux blanket from the superfabulous Juli and John at Mjölk in Toronto. Their service could not have been faster or kinder, and they even tweeted a photo of my blanket being packed for shipping!

And yes, I do realize I’m talking about a blanket here. Humor me, OK? It’s just sooooo soft and thick and luxe and perfect…and it’s reversible, so it’s really like two blankets in one. And did I mention it’s soft? As much as I would have loved to have put it on the living room sofa and made it available for snuggling at all times, I am all too aware of Fritz’s reputation when it comes to blankets, so the bedroom it is. Totally fine with me.

!!!!BLANKET!!!! !!!!BLOG!!!!

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  • Reply Alana December 30, 2011 at 5:02 am

    Looks amazing, Anna!

  • Reply Monica December 30, 2011 at 5:09 am

    Yes! Love it all. The crux blanket and the cruxes on your blog. Is that a door symbol in the d of the Door 16 circle? Love the little details.

    • Reply Anna @ D16 December 30, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      It’s wasn’t meant to be, but that’s OK if that’s what it looks like! :D

  • Reply Simone December 30, 2011 at 5:23 am

    Nice, clean. Abstract. I like that.
    Beautiful blanket.
    Personally, I think that all blankets should be made of wool (for warmth), but sometimes I think I might be too old fashioned about these things.

    • Reply Anna @ D16 December 30, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      You’d be surprised by how thick and warm this blanket it! If I didn’t know differently, I’d think it was felted wool.

  • Reply stuffedmice December 30, 2011 at 5:25 am

    l-o-v-e the new design! great job!

  • Reply Diana December 30, 2011 at 5:28 am

    Everything looks really good Anna! :)

  • Reply kimberly December 30, 2011 at 6:02 am

    gorgeous redesign with the perfect little washi tape detail….

    i too have had the new crux blanket on my radar but have been less successful with my husband. we have that same $12.99 black and white throw from ikea ( )on our bed which he thinks is pretty fancy. we also have sheets full of rabbit holes so i’m not sure a crux blanket – no matter the price – is really necessary. i shouldn’t say that about the crux though. i hope lightning won’t strike me.

    • Reply Anna @ D16 December 30, 2011 at 12:50 pm

      I totally hear you on the rabbit holes!! Except ours are Chihuahua-holes.

  • Reply Maria December 30, 2011 at 6:15 am

    This is my first comment but i had to let you know, about the Ikea blanket. I was at Ikea just 3 days ago and i fell in love with that blanket you have. So cozy and soft, but well made and sturdy at the same time, except for the tassels, don’t like them, so i opted for another blanket, thinner, not so cool and without the tassels.

    Do you see where this is going? Yep, i’m going to Ikea again to buy ‘my’ blanket and cut off those little *^%% with a little help from Fritz the doggie interieur designer. I should send him a cookie actually :)

    • Reply Anna @ D16 December 30, 2011 at 12:52 pm

      IKEA really has some great blankets!! I have this one, too, and it’s very good quality.

  • Reply Siobhan C December 30, 2011 at 6:22 am

    So, how long did it end up taking you to categorise all your posts? Site design is rad BTW.

    • Reply Anna @ D16 December 30, 2011 at 12:53 pm

      My categories are still the same (I combined a couple) as they’ve always been. It’s the TAGGING that’s going to take forever. I plan to do 10 posts a day, I guess. ;)

  • Reply Brismod December 30, 2011 at 6:22 am

    Oh well done. Great blanket from a very cool shop. Love the new-look blog too. xx

  • Reply Kelly December 30, 2011 at 6:31 am

    Hi Anna – de-lurking from G-Reader to say Hi, and also, are you still going to have your blogroll of 4 or so blogs every month on your site? I have found SO many new loves from your site… xx

    • Reply Anna @ D16 December 30, 2011 at 12:54 pm

      I did that for a whole year, but I’m not sure it makes sense any longer since I haven’t had time to seek out new blogs! I will be implemented a links page, though…just as soon as I sort everything out.

  • Reply Samantha December 30, 2011 at 6:59 am

    lovely blog (redesign), lovely blanket!

  • Reply Naia December 30, 2011 at 7:03 am

    I love the new design (the old one was also nice!:-)

  • Reply Kathleen December 30, 2011 at 8:19 am

    It’s beautiful! I love the little 3rd column on the left hand side. The header was unexpected (not that I really knew what to expect) but still screams “Anna”. And oh, I have serious blanket envy right now. XO, Kathleen.

  • Reply Sarah @ Knit York City December 30, 2011 at 8:43 am

    When I saw your tweet that you’d received the blanket, I was so excited for you! I’ve been following along so I know how giddy you must’ve been opening that box! (I’m also incredibly jealous! It looks fantastic!)

    Congrats on the redesign. Looks amazing!

  • Reply ilyana December 30, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Love the redesign!

  • Reply jennifer December 30, 2011 at 9:47 am

    it all looks great Anna!

  • Reply rachael adele // for the love of design December 30, 2011 at 10:10 am

    what a great blanket // great inspiration for a blog redesign. i love it.

  • Reply Sherry December 30, 2011 at 10:27 am

    It’s not just a blanket, it’s the blanket and one that definitely deserves a few paragraphs devoted to it. It looks amazing in your bedroom, with the black wall in the background. I love the little crosses on the blog too!

  • Reply laura December 30, 2011 at 11:03 am

    the blog (& blanket!) are amazing. Thank you for always inspiring me. Hope you and your boys have a great New Year! :)

  • Reply Amanda December 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Love the redesign!

  • Reply Adam December 30, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I love the new design Anna! I’m so happy you finally got your Crux blanket, it looks wonderful!

  • Reply Amy December 30, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Ohh, I love it! And *I* was mopey at first because when I saw it I thought “Oh, it’s probably wool.” (I don’t buy wool), so I am extra excited about the new version! Still pricey, but at least I can consider it.

  • Reply Sarah December 30, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    the new design looks really great. also, I have now become equally obsessed with said blanket-thanks ;) hurrah for you for new blanket ownership!

  • Reply Dusa December 30, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    *Happy Kermit arms* at the new design and of course, THE BLANKET!

    But question? The blanket doesn’t have it’s own archive/category listing?

    >>>ducks and runs>>>

    • Reply Anna @ D16 December 30, 2011 at 12:55 pm

      It does have its own tag! :)

  • Reply Cortnie December 30, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    It’s the little things, right? I think the blanket is divine!


  • Reply Anna @ D16 December 30, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Thanks for all of the nice comments, everybody!! I’m surprised nobody’s found a bug yet. ;)

  • Reply Eliza December 30, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    love the new design!

    hooray for dream blankets!

  • Reply lau December 30, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    the site looks absolutely beautiful, anna. and i’ve got some serious blanket envy going on over here.

  • Reply victoria December 30, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    ooooh!!! i love it, anna! looks so good – but i wouldn’t expect anything less. AND GIMME THE BLANKET!! xoxo

  • Reply annette December 30, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    cool beans!!

  • Reply Dan @ Manhattan Nest December 30, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Yay! Oh, looks so good!! Look at you, all grown up with your third column!

    Very nicely done, friend. And I LOVE LOVE the crux and I’m SO GLAD you finally got one! xoxo

  • Reply Heather Lea December 30, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    LOVE the new layout! Very nice.

  • Reply Mo December 30, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I love it! Love the simplicity, which is hard to get right I think. I like that it’s not really a three column format, but the post info on the left really nicely balances the page. Does that make sense? Anyway, at first I was worried that I didn’t see any colour especially ‘your’ colour. When I clicked not he post link I was pleasantly surprised, there was the Anna neon pink I was looking for.


  • Reply Christian December 30, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Toronto is my hometown so if you ever want me to go to Mjölk and look at anything in real life for you I can! It’s only a 10 minute walk!

  • Reply Rosa December 30, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Great design!

    And I totally agree: blankets are important.
    Blankets are extremely important!
    (whew.. I saved that *g*)

  • Reply Kristen December 30, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Oh let me count the ways I love this post…first, your updates on Twitter were very exciting (I couldn’t sleep so I felt like I was there with you, ha). Good to know that 2 hours of sleep is not recommended by any doctor! :-) And then the fact that your first post after the amazing, awesome, very Anna-like redesign is about blankets?! So exciting! And you’ve managed to really convey in one post how excited you are about THE BLANKET! We’re all kind of a funny bunch (those of us who get so crazily excited about this stuff). Anyway, love the blanket (of course) and the site redesign and most of all, your post just made me smile and smile! :-)

    • Reply Anna @ D16 December 30, 2011 at 2:49 pm

      Awww, Kristen, it makes me happy to know that I don’t come across as COMPLETELY crazy when I’m in late-night/all-night work mode! And blankets should make people smile. :)

      Thank you!!

  • Reply Tania December 30, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Love the blanket …I can understand the obsession.

    Also like the new look of the blog. I’m partial to very clean simple looks. You always seem to do the right font selections too, I have a tough time with that, don’t have the eye for it.

  • Reply Julie December 30, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    I love the new design, especially for the individual posts. You’re always keeping it snazzy and simple!

  • Reply Sonjia Erickson December 30, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Congrats, Anna – the re-design looks lovely. Nicely done.

  • Reply ilyana December 30, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Found a bug…of sorts. When you’re on the FAQ page and you click on the About Me page it gives me an error message. Looks like the link might be wrong? What do I know really. I’m using Chrome and my OS is Ubuntu 10.04.

    • Reply Anna @ D16 December 30, 2011 at 6:10 pm

      Oh, thank you so much!! I was missing a slash in there. All fixed now :)

  • Reply Deborah December 30, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Love your work Anna – especially the header pattern. Love the little detail of capitalising in the comments too! Happy new year!

  • Reply Maggie December 30, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    oh joy of joys! so fun to get an extensively longed for item :)

  • Reply Elia December 30, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    your blog looks really good :)
    I love the crux blanket, I would love one too! Glad you finally got it. I wouldn’t be able to keep it away from my dog quinn, I’m pretty sure he searches the house for blankets, then digs in them and then makes a little nest in them. I guess digging comes with a terrier. oh, and not forgetting the tassel incidents too :)

    • Reply Anna @ D16 December 31, 2011 at 12:15 am

      Yeah, my dogs are really into the digging thing, too! Fortunately they don’t really venture upstairs unless they’re coming up with us, so I think the blanket is in a safe spot.

  • Reply satsuki shibuya December 30, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    the blog redesign is just beautiful!! i am loving & enjoying all the little details that you added/changed. simple with just enough quirks to make it visually stunning.

    a bit early, but wanted to wish you a wonderful new year to come! happy new year! xx

    • Reply Anna @ D16 December 30, 2011 at 9:37 pm

      Thank you so much Satsuki!! That means so much to me coming from you. :) Happy New Year to you, too! xox

  • Reply jan December 31, 2011 at 1:22 am

    Yay for you! Love them both! Happy New Year!

  • Reply Ileana December 31, 2011 at 9:02 am

    the redesign looks fantastic. and the blanket is beautiful, very clean and sofisticated. I liked your FAQ page and how the answers just scrolled out beneath the question. happy new year!

  • Reply elisabeth December 31, 2011 at 9:21 am

    So happy that you got your blanket. All things DO come to those who wait (and save and hand wring). Love it in orange too. Happy New Year! Looking forward to continued inspiration from you in 2012.

  • Reply Krissy December 31, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Love the redesign (the door symbol in the D is so clever), and of course that gorgeous blanket! Lucky you.

    • Reply Anna @ D16 December 31, 2011 at 12:54 pm

      Any resemblance to a door is purely by accident, by you’re the second person to think that, so maybe I should start pretending it was intentional. ;)

  • Reply Nora December 31, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Congratulations on your blog makeover! I like it al lot, even though I also liked the old one! Happy New Year!

    • Reply Anna @ D16 December 31, 2011 at 12:55 pm

      I liked it too (obviously!), but I don’t like to keep the same thing for too long. :)

  • Reply Mariela December 31, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Love your new design and your blanket. Have a Happy New Year, hope 2012 brings you happiness and joy!.

  • Reply Jennifer December 31, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Love the new design and, of course, that blanket!

    Happy New Years!

  • Reply Lauren December 31, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Love the new blanket. Definitely have blanket envy . . . I have an obsession with all sorts of covers for my bed to begin with. Now there’s a holy grail to wish for!

    Also, the new look is great! It’s so Anna, you have such an identifiable style from your interiors to your dogs to your blog everything is so graphic and clean and cool.

  • Reply Meg @ made interesting January 1, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Eeek!!!!! Happy new year to me!!! That blanket is also my one object of obsession so the more blanket talk, the better IMO. It looks perfect in your room. Im headed over to those crazy design kids’ site to look at them now.

    Love the new blog look too!

  • Reply Jeanne DeKay January 1, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Love your “new” blog and new blankie. :-)

  • Reply Kathy January 1, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Looks great—both the blog and the blanket!

  • Reply Ashley January 2, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Love the blog redesign, it’s so crisp! And way to go on that to-do list! I was also off for a week and only succeeded in watching far too many episodes of Big Bang Theory and cooking superfluous meals/sweets just so I could give a holiday present a good test run.

  • Reply Lizzie January 2, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Little late with this reaction, but it looks absolutely lovely. You’re inspiring, you know!

  • Reply PhillyLass January 3, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Oh, my! That shop has all sorts of loveliness in it. And the redesign is wonderful too!!!

  • Reply Alison January 3, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Funnily enough, yesterday I was out for a walk on Dundas (in Toronto), and spied that blanket through the window (they were closed). And then I happened upon your posting last night.
    It’s a beautiful store – so many tempting goodies.

  • Reply Martina January 5, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Happy New Year Anna! Love your new blog design! Am so happy to know about the more affordable version of the blanket – have been yearning for one myself…maybe in February when I am a little more flush with cash! Oscar and Sadie send new year greetings to cousins Fritz and Bruno!

  • Reply Juli January 7, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Hi Anna! Love the blog redesign! And the blanket of course looks amazing. Glad it arrived quickly and that it’s everything you wanted it to be! It of course fits right in in your home. All our best for 2012!!!

  • Reply Ashlae January 31, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    The shelf over your bed is perfect. And the blanket was worth every freaking penny – gorgeous!

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