You guys… this is beyond exciting: I am participating in this fall’s One Room Challenge! Over the course of the next 6 weeks, I’ll be walking you through the renovation of my loft’s bathroom, or as I refer to it “the bath cave.” I call it that because this room is truly the darkest room in the entire loft. I suspect it feels so cave-like because of the 12 ft ceilings and the narrow width of the room itself.
I also really despise the current paint color. What is that?? I’ve been calling the color ‘pesh,’ which is a combination of peach + flesh. It sort of reminds me of the color of my makeup. Not exactly the look I’m going for… (more…)
With evening temperatures dropping and cloudy skies rolling in for fall, it’s definitely time-to-get-cozy weather. This season calls for plenty of cuddling up on the couch with hot chocolate or warm cider for some guilt-free hibernation. My favorite ingredient for a comfy evening in evening has to be a super soft throw. If you’re still searching for the perfect blanket to complete your sofa snuggling setup you can’t go wrong with any of these throws.
The Citizenry’s Diamanta Throw (pictured above) in dove grey is one of my favorites. It’s made of super soft baby alpaca and has gorgeous rows of hand-knotted macramé fringe.
Talk about stunning, the Mara Throw by Susan Connor has a hearty weave that contrasts beautifully with the delicate triangle motif. This understated blanket is 100% linen and sure to become a household favorite.
Shupaca’s Cognac Alpaca Throw is the epitome of cozy. Made from luxuriously soft Peruvian Alpaca fibers, it’s lightweight yet extremely warm. The deep burgundy tones and stripes of soft grey and light pink are just the thing to set the tone for autumn nights.
Manuosh’s Perfect Throw Blanket is jaw dropping. Volumes of chunky superfine merino wool, have been loosely hand knit together into a statement piece that looks and feels like you’re in the clouds. This throw is perfect for chilly nights and adds a welcoming decorative touch to any room.
Bring the night sky indoors with a quilted constellation by Mary Keasler for Tanner Goods. The ‘Cygnus’ Quilted Blanket is a work of art, loosely depicting the ‘swan constellation’ on one side and solid navy on the other. Nothing beets a handmade quilt on a cold winter night.
Sometimes a light cotton throw is just what you need. I love the tassel fringe on the 4040 Locust Zusso Symbology Throw Blanket, perfect for draping on a couch or chair with some other pattern pillows for a totally custom look.
I love a good hostess gift. Whether it’s for a big cocktail party, little get-together or long-weekend at a friend’s, walking in the door with a thoughtful gift sets the perfect tone for the rest of your visit.
When it comes to gifts like these, presentation is everything. My favorite thing to bring is a homemade baked good wrapped in a decorated square of fabric. So when I saw all the beautiful furoshiki (a traditional Japanese style wrapping cloth) from The Link Collective, I knew what all of my hosts and hostesses would be receiving this year.
I’m completely enamored by the concept of furoshiki. These large squares of lightweight fabric can become a scarf, wall hanging or elegantly wrapped present in a matter of moments. Link even has a simple illustrated guide for wrapping Japanese furoshiki.
Their designers are from all over the world, and have created some seriously stunning designs. These individually hand printed textiles are works of art. As if there’s not enough way to use your furoshiki, now you can easily hang it in your home with the hinoki furoshiki display pole. The cypress pole hanging system doesn’t damage the furoshiki and offers a minimal design aesthetic that fits with any style.
My favorite way for wrapping things up has to be for the classic hostess gift, a bottle of wine. It’s elegant, secure, and packs two gifts into one.
Just last week I was sharing amazing new work by an old Anthropologie coworker of mine and now it seems another super talented lady is making great stuff happen. Janelle Pietrzak and Robert Dougherty have combined their knack for carpentry, textiles, and welding to form All Roads — plus, they’ve recently designed a collection for Anthropologie. Isn’t it funny how life is so circular sometimes?
I’ve always been a huge fan of All Roads, especially Janelle’s incredibly detailed and textural weavings. Their style veers very California-cool with a tinge of ’70s vibe. I love how the colors are reminiscent of the scorched desert earth, while the fibers and textures of each textile are cozy and comfortable. And it’s no wonder — their studio is based in the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains where Janelle wanders the canyons for inspiration from nature. (more…)
It all started with this house tour and now all I can think about is putting a mirror above my kitchen sink. I just signed a lease to stay in the space for another year (yay!), so I know for sure that it’s time to really settle in. Aka I need to make peace with the kitchen. The layout of my kitchen feels somewhat awkward — there’s no backsplash, the hardware is pretty boring, and the plain white cabinets are just sort of… there. If anything, the kitchen in my loft is one of the biggest struggles I face. And please don’t even get me started on the hideous laminate countertops.
Adding a mirror, especially a vintage one, feels like a great way to make the space feel way more ‘me’ while also not requiring a big commitment. After all, I am still a renter, so nothing can be too permanent. This one is my absolute favorite, but unfortunately it’s sold out! What do you think of this idea?
There’s just something so wonderful about making a hand dyed textile for your home. It adds instant personality and interest to any space, and it’s lots of fun! So when Joanna bought a new cream colored sofa for the loft she shares with not one, but two (wonderful and messy) animals, I knew an extra throw might come in handy for some added couch cushion protection.
I went with the ice dying technique to create a fluid, organic pattern on a big piece of natural linen. You could use multiple dyes for a tie dye style look or go with one color like I did, for more of an accent piece. If you’ve never dyed fabric before, don’t worry, this is super simple.
I don’t really understand where this summer went. My goal was to have the loft settled by September 1 and, hello, that is pretty damn imminent. I’m all set with my furniture, but now my biggest priority is layering on all of those special details. Rugs, art, plants… the good stuff! I’ve had my eyes on a few special additions to my loft lately, starting with these gorgeous textiles by Susan Connor. I recently splurged on a super-adult sofa in a gorgeous shade of pale grey, so now I’m hunting for the perfect textiles to make it feel a bit casual bohemian.
I also really love her linen throws! Can you imagine wrapping sumptuous linen around your shoulders?? That’s sort of what my dreams are made of…
Then, there is art… Because I live in a loft, my ceilings are quite tall, making a gallery wall a MUST. You wanna know a secret? I’ve never had a gallery wall before and the thought of making one scared the bejesus out of me. None of the pieces I’ve collected over the years go together — everything is a one-off and totally different. I recently decided that I need to pick ONE piece and build around that. I’m quite enamored with this abstract painting by Lauren Packard, especially because it’s from Minted and they have such amazing (and affordable) framing options. This might just be my statement piece…
links: Form limited edition print by Lauren Packard
And while we’re on art, I’m also in love with these mixed media pieces by Xochi Solis on Leif. The colors are bold and bright, while the layering of materials and techniques really speaks to me. The key will be picking one that goes with my statement piece, huh?
And then there’s my houseplant situation. If I could, I’d just have All Of The Plants Ever. When I discovered these architectural, tall plant stands from Forage Modern Workshop, I instantly fell in love. I’m thinking a pair of these will do juuuust fine by the window.
I still have so many more ideas for my loft… stay tuned! I’m even hoping to be able to show you guys some photos soon!
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