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.
I admit, it has been a while since my last post. My vacation to St. John ended just as Vermont decided it was finally time to end winter for real and allow planting without fear of frost. Coming fresh from the tropics there was no way I wasn’t going to try and emulate them here. I’m even trying cactus in my hanging baskets… but that’s for a different post. I apologize for the momentary pause, sometimes you just need to gather yourself and get some perspective.
So I’ve been wondering, what will I write about? What amI inspired by lately?… Well, I know what it is today. This chair.
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.
The past few years has seen a flurry of brand offshoots moving into the natural and garden markets: Anthropologie’s Terrain, William-Sonoma’s Agrarian– speaking to our growing desire to get back to the basics, to get our hands dirty, and to grow and make our own… in style.
The latest is West Elm’s newly launched Market. And a welcome addition it is. Speaking to the home and garden, Market offers “solutions for everyday living” with a beautifully curated collection for kitchen, laundry, garden, workshop, and body. Here are some of my favorites:
I wasn’t going to do it, I thought it was too soon… but I saw this and I couldn’t help myself…
For the holidays (that was my reason for pause – I prefer them to start post-turkey – but I guess one should be prepared, and I guess that is only a few weeks away!) I start again… For the holidays, West Elm has teamed up with party planner David Stark to design a line of decorations which use his knack for taking humble materials, like cardboard and paper, and repurposing them as witty, wonderful objects. Thus, that ridiculously adorable bird.
Made from eco-friendly materials, the decorations, which span everything from garland to flowers to trees, are an eco-friendly alternative to traditional tinsel. And if you want my opinion, they can be used for everyday decoration, and I’d suggest everyday store display (bottom pic – hello hat stand,) because their not overly holiday-ey. For example, I’m going to get that bird, because, as previously mentioned, it’s ridiculously adorable. And I’m going to look at it all year. Here are some pieces from the collection: