Mio amato

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I fell in love today.  Meet my new crush, the Cerchio chair from the new goop x CB2 collaboration.  It’s got the perfect vintage Italian vibe — without the hassle of toting an actual vintage set back home from Italy somehow.  I think these are gorgeous just as shown, or would be amazing in a matchy-clashy set mixed with some Thonet chairs and Eames shell chairs.  Maybe it is just because it is Monday, but today, I am infatuated.  Be still, my heart.  I have literally zero need for new dining furniture, but girl can dream.

 

Cerchio chair  Vienna chair  Eames-style shell chair

Let’s move to Sweden!

Niki over at My Scandinavian Home has done it again with a house tour that has me dying to move to Sweden rightthisveryminute.  Everything about this space, from the high ceilings and clean white walls to the luxe layers of texture (that linen! the warm wood! those moldings!) has me yearning to call that space my own.  Stunning photos, right this way:

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If you have the flexibility to move to a foreign country and happen to be wealthier than I am, this gorgeous home is actually for sale!  I’ll have to dream from afar, I’m afraid, but if you’d like some more eye candy, visit My Scandinavian Home.

I ❤️ Baleen

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This lovely maker was a happenstance find while in Seattle — meet Baleen!  Billy and Leah started Baleen in 2013 when they saw a niche for quality, affordable handmade jewelry they decided to fill, and their fresh and sculptural jewelry is all handmade in Seattle, WA.  Their jewelry is eco-friendly in a number of ways: about 95% of their materials (silver, brass, and gold-fill) are made from recycled metals, they are a zero-waste manufacturer, their nickel-free and conflict-free gold-plating facility is also zero-waste, and their packaging is printed locally on recycled paper made in Michigan in a green, water-powered factory.  And besides all of this, their jewelry is just plain beautiful!

I fell in love with their Fifty/Fifty earrings when I came across them in the Seattle Art Museum store, then bought yet another pair of their earrings as I shopped at the delightful Butter Home shop at Melrose Market.  Their Herkimer studs almost came home with me as well and still might.

If you’d like to visit, Baleen’s workshop and storefront is located right in Ballard, or you can shop online to your heart’s content.  Necklaces, bracelets, pins, rings… so many fun things to choose from.  And as someone with a mild nickel allergy, I can vouch that their jewelry is comfortable and worry free to wear.  Thank you, Baleen!

More picks: flux necklace  mint bangle  love pin
Via shopbaleen.com

 

New and fresh

Someone dear to me is moving in about 5 weeks and it is going to be a bit of a whirlwind, so I offered to help her pull together a fresh new look on a major budget.  She is keeping most of her current furniture, but I’m excited to give her a pulled-together and homey new look with accents and accessories.  Most of her existing furniture is dark wood, so I’m hoping to lighten up the feel of everything by adding some lighter colors into the mix.  I can’t wait to pull everything together in her new space!

aspens print  striped blanket  stoneware mugs  navy pillow  mint lamp (sold out)  blush bolster  colorblock lumbar  brown square shelf  seagrass basket  geometric pillow

This and that

It’s been a little while since I shared some inspiration images, so here are a few lovely things that have caught my eye on this fine Friday.  A blend of fresh and moody colors and sunshine are on my mind — and judging from the variety of locales, I seem to also be feeling a tinge of wanderlust.  Enjoy, and have a good weekend!

That carved wood cabinet on that wood wall at Casa Warrandyte in Australia is perfection.  Warm woods and leather with all that greenery?  Yes and please.

Dying over this moody teal hex tile, especially paired with a grey concrete shelf.

This sunshiny corner at Sonoma’s Scribe Winery encapsulates their “falling down but still soulful” aesthetic delightfully.

Sisters Hollister and Porter Hovey’s Brooklyn apartment is a maximally chic adventure in design.  (And seriously, how great are their names?)

This serene and light-filled seating area in Sint-Niklaas is exactly where I wish I could spend the weekend.

Blue and rust

Some time ago I helped a friend pull together some inspiration for his new studio apartment.  I love the color combo even though it is a bit of a departure from my own home — it is fun and eclectic with the blues and rusty tan hues in a mix of patterns.

 

For a cleaner, more streamlined vibe, just swap out the pillows and the rug.  There is still a lot of visual interest with the combination of textures and materials, but less pattern and a tighter color palette give it a quieter overall feel.

 

Which do you prefer?  Either way, that sofa and leather chair have my heart!

dhurrie tassel pillow  blue velvet pillow  rust embroidered pillow  turquoise medallion rug
leather accent chair  faux sheepskin  copper end table  live edge wood tray  marbled glass lamp  acrylic nesting tables  faux snake plant  midcentury sofa
rust pillow  ink wash pillow  knotted pillow  erased lines rug

 

I ❤️ Zuri

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Zuri is working to create sustainable livelihoods with a focus on women’s empowerment.

Next up is a maker a could not be more tickled about: meet Zuri, a company striving to embody good in everything they do.  Zuri offers a streamlined product lineup that includes dresses, shirts, bags and baskets that come in tons of amazing prints and colorways, all inspired by kitenge and ankara, the traditional wax print fabrics of east and west Africa.

“The history of African textiles is a global story, both ancient and modern, and a powerful symbol of the changing tides of culture, politics, and trade. While we are continuously inspired by the beauty of these textiles, we’re also motivated by the history that they represent and the opportunity they offer to create social and economic change.”

shopzuri.com

Founders Sandra and Ashleigh spent a combined 8 years in Nairobi, and saw firsthand how both corruption and aid can distort markets.  It is their hope “that by paying fair wages, sourcing locally, and making a product that our customers truly love, we will be helping to support a long-term, sustainable economy in Kenya.”  Zuri’s production partners SOKO and Tushone in Kenya are focused on ethical and sustainable practices, and also on building and supporting communities.  Their clothing is wax-print cotton, and their totes are crafted with all-natural fiber Kenyan sisal.

Not only do they do well by their production and suppliers, but they offer a more inclusive size range than many brands out there.  Many of their items are available from size XS through to 2XL, with styles that are made to flatter most body types.  Sustainable, ethically produced, community-oriented, AND size-inclusive?  I am sold.

I purchased the Nuclear print dress and loved it so much that I purchased the Trivial Pursuit version a few weeks later.  I don’t think I have ever gotten as many compliments on a single item of clothing.  And as a delightful extra touch, each was shipped in a surprise printed tote bag.

Their name is inspired by the Swahili word mzuri, which means good.  And their tagline?  “Look good. Feel good. Do good.”  I feel great in my dresses, and I feel even better knowing what a difference you are making in so many people’s lives.  Bravo, Zuri!

Via shopzuri.com

I ❤️ Cathy Terepocki Ceramics

Next up in my little series of makers is the delightful Canadian ceramicist Cathy Terepocki.  She appeared on my radar with her lovely Ontario line at Anthropologie, and now I can’t get enough of her beautiful Instagram images and down-to-earth ethos.  (Yes, I may have a set of plates from her line that were more of a want than a need.  #sorrynotsorry)

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Visit Anthropologie if you’d like a piece (or eight) from her Ontario line, or visit her website for some beautiful videos, photos of her work, and of course, the opportunity to shop her wares.  Or if you need a semi-regular dose of her style like I seem to, you can follow her on Instagram.

Via anthropologie and cathyterepocki.com

 

Year & Day

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Current obsession: Year & Day tableware

I’ve been gravitating towards clean lines and simple ceramics of late, and these dishes are just about perfect.  I love the shapes, the soft pink hue combined with graphic neutrals, and their conscious and creative business model.  Really the only question now is what combination of colors and shapes I’ll be buying to create my own set!

 

Spring refresh

As if it wasn’t hard enough to get out of the store with out purchasing EXTRA STUFF, Target has been killing it with their home decor lately.  Between their Project 62 and new Opalhouse lines, I can’t get enough.  After mulling over wallpaper options here, I finally decided to go with the pretty floral with birds, above.  Paired with a new tasseled bathmat and some greenery, our bathroom is looking 100% better.  And candle snuffer, where have you been all my life?  We may or may not have a couple new pillows in the living room, too, because give me all the pillows.

wallpaper  floor pillow  faux plant  lumbar pillow  faux jade plant  bath mat  snuffer