I have been a fan of floral designer and stylist Amy Merrick for quite a while. Her flowers are sublimely nostalgic, moody, and feminine. Beautiful, every last detail. I was so pleased to see her collaboration with West Elm on a collection of ceramic and sandstone vases. Simple shapes, subtle textures. I love how the swirls of the sandstone add movement and dimension. Yes please.
If only. The Native Line Wall Hangings are amazing. A bespoke collection of wall hangings which are hand loomed by artist Justine Ashbee using a four shaft weaving process. Inspired by indigenous woven craftwork, each piece is unique. Mixing natural fibers and shimmers of gold they are an inspired blend of textile and jewelry. Simply stunning.
A design trend that I can’t get enough of, Shibori continues to please, and for good reason. The deep, saturated, evocative patterns and hues draw you in, melding modern, geometric, and abstract with a global, painterly feel. Shibori is a form of Japanese tie dying in which there are an infinite number of ways to twist, bind, and tie the fabric to achieve patterns. What is interesting about Shibori, is that it is not only the desired pattern that dictates the technique used, but the type of fabric. The Shibori techniques work in harmony with the characteristics of the cloth used. I appreciate that.
Pepa Martin and Karen Davis are the Australian design duo behind Shibori, a boutique textile agency which has pushed the boundaries of this ancient Japanese craft, modernizing the shibori techniques on new materials. Shibori Wallpaper is an example. So striking, I love them all. The wallcoverings are available both at retail and to-the-trade. In the U.S. they are available at Studio Four NYC. See all the colors and patterns here.
For some people this Friday is Friday. Not roses and romance and hearts and fluttery feelings. Not lingering looks and love and cherubs and chocolate. But fear not, whether self-imposed and you’re celebrating or inflicted upon you and you’re suffering, these will help.
Made by the artful and offbeat Dude, Sweet Chocolate, these potions give the perfect fix to the free-of-heart. Made to be mixed into martinis, drizzled on desserts, or enjoyed by the spoonful… or bowlful. I mean, who would know?
Well I am already a pretty big advocate of the Baggu, especially this size which I can’t seem to get enough of. They do such a great job creating simple, easy to pair pieces that are also very functional. And their eye for color is equally spot on, which is why it is so hard to choose just one. So imagine my delight when I saw the gold-dipped baggu tote and weekender – a collaboration between Baggu and West Elm. Stripes? Gold? I’ll say yes please to almost anything with either of the two.
When I was a little girl I was an avid “painter”. I used to love putting globs of different colored paints on paper and then folding it and squishing it around, opening it to reveal the surreal, saturated swirls of color. It’s no surprise then, that the inkblot wallcoverings from Timourous Beasties blow my mind. Perhaps that is the point as they are inspired by the infamous Rorschach inkblots. Truly stunning, truly a statement maker.
Whether by campfire or by couch, these traditional Mexican blankets, serapes, and textiles add a natural, bohemian, yet modern feel. Created by Mexchic, a contemporary design company which works in unison with master Mexican artisans in fusing elements of modern design with traditional Mexican handwork. Founder Christina Hattler studied fashion design at the Pratt Art Institute. From there she went on to create one-of-a-kind designs for celebrities and the like, while also working at Condé Nast’s House and Garden. In 2005 she moved to Malinalco, Mexico with her husband and soon-thereafter created Mexchic which prides itself on creating low impact, socially and ecologically responsible, hand-made, high-end products. I’m smitten.
The blankets are made in the beautiful mountainous, pine tree-filled region of Central Mexico using the highest quality, pure virgin wool. The wool is left undyed, in natural shades of cream and grey and woven into these fabulous designs. They are traditionally used in Mexico as a ‘sarape’ or shawl and also as a garment worn by ‘vaqueros’ or cowboys to shield them from the cold when riding at night. Perfect for the creeping chill of fall nights.