Katy Skelton creates beautiful products, and she does it right. Everything in Katy’s Made in the USA line is designed and manufactured with social responsibility in mind – responsible manufacturing, fair wages, and property safety equipment and training are all requirements. Not to mention high quality in-house design and construction, and Katy’s well-versed background in the industry. It has to feel incredible to be able to attach your name to something like that.
I love getting the down and dirty back story on products and companies that I want in my home. I love it even more when I find out that the story is a good one, one that I want to be a part of. Such is the case with Elephant Landing, a beautiful line of textiles founded by Caroline and Jayden (who you may know as Woodnote Photography) and created by women in India. You can watch the beautiful background story, then peek at the entire line of textiles. Both are bright and full of promise.
It’s been almost a week since the last snowfall, so I’ve decided that spring is definitely almost maybe here. Probably. Anyway, I thought I’d do my part to urge it on by starting some spring updates around the house.
My first refresh is the art in my master bedroom, because it’s been several years since I hung a large-scale photograph by Kelly Lynn Jones above my bed and called it a day. This room is my sanctuary and I really wanted to add to that vibe, especially considering my office is directly across the hall.
I went with four prints from Minted that gave me that daydream-filled, relaxing feel that’s so necessary to helping me unwind at the end of each day. The color palette helps reflect it as well, while the white frames I chose for all four pieces hold everything together cohesively.
To keep things interesting I made sure to select varied sizes – 30 x 40″, 24 x 18″, and 16 x 16″. To be honest, this is the most art I’ve had in this bedroom. Ever. I was nervous that it might start to feel cluttered or just be too much but it really isn’t, and I couldn’t be happier with the end result.
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Country Road is anything but country in style. Sleek pieces with curves and an incredibly appealing color palette make this Australian company simply Scandinavian by design. Great quality, value, and attention to detail doesn’t hurt either. I’d love to outfit some open shelving with the entire collection.
If these textiles from A Sunny Afternoon don’t make you want to pack up a picnic basket and eat al fresco, well, nothing will. I’m going ape for the bright, abstract napkins and dish towels that have me mentally rummaging through my belongings for a big, bright blanket to set up on. (There’s even a beautiful picnic basket if you need more inspiration!)
Tie-dye is experiencing yet another comeback, but not just any tie-dye – shibori. Shibori is a Japanese process for resist-dyeing cloth by binding, folding, twisting and compressing. There are tons of ways to manipulate fabric for shibori, each one creating different designs and patterns. And right now it’s showing up everywhere in the home and on the runway.
I’m thrilled to see Susan Connor of SusyJack fame branching out into the world of textiles! She’s a self-taught pattern designer whose new new shop – Susan Connor New York – is full of textiles that are both modern and relaxed. Most of the pieces are being created in limited runs to afford Susan the ability to consistently explore and create new and exciting things. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how this line evolves!
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For me, 2014 is quickly becoming the year of the large basket. How have I never realized they’re perfect for just about everything? Use one to house an indoor tree’s ugly plastic planter, grab another to store rolled up blankets in the living room, and put yet another next to your bed filled with magazines and books. The possibilities are endless as are the options, take a look at 14 of our favorites below.
ROW 1: Decorative Woven Storage Basket // Blue and White Basket // Bright Band 2 Handle Basket ROW 2: Snake Charmers Storage Baskets // Bolga Baskets // MAFFENS Basket ROW 3: African Senegalese Lidded Mini Storage Basket // Load Bearing Round Storage Bin ROW 4: Black Round Jute Bins // Round Belly Baskets (Set of 2) // Light House Braided Basket ROW 5: Blue Anansi Bolga Basket // Haute on the Range Basket // Yellow-White Stripe Laundry Hamper
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I might have mentioned before that a little over a year ago I started collecting cutting boards. It took me approximately 2.4 seconds to fall head over heels for these two exceptional black walnut pieces – 1.5.2 Ray Long and 1.5.2 Ray Large. Food, design, and contemporary craft all combined in a perfect storm to create these beauties that would be just as at home on the wall as are as on your kitchen table.