While searching for a few things to get my Thanksgiving table ready for next month – the first ever held at my house! – I tripped across Huddleson Linens. Our busy lives make it easy to forget how important it can be to take the time to have a nice meal while sitting at the table instead of in front of the television (or laptop). Huddleson marries pure linens from Italy with modern designs to bring things into the 21st century with their suites of tablecloths, runners, placemats, and napkins. These are definitely heirloom quality pieces that are sure to last a lifetime and beyond.
Modern heirloom quilts are a beautiful thing. I love that such an age old tradition has been taken by the reins and flipped on its head to create something fresh that stays true to technique. These quilts by Lindsay Stead fit the bill exactly with their geometric designs and thoughtful color palettes. Each time consuming quilt is handmade in her Toronto studio as what can only be described as a time-intensive labor of love. Make one of Lindsay’s quilts or pillows (equally lovely) your own by visiting her shop.
“They” say that you can’t do everything well, that you should find your specialty and hone in on it. Practice and practice until it’s perfect. And then you come across someone like Molly McGrath and you realize “they” couldn’t have been more wrong. McGrath is one of those people who can most easily be categorized as a designer, but whose abilities go much deeper. As the talent behind Molly M Designs, McGrath creates jewelry (15 collections thus far), homewares (coasters, trivets, prints, one of a kinds), and pouches. Just goes to show, sometimes a broad spectrum can be a very good thing.
These five large vessels, intended for use as centerpieces, are aptly named for sure. The Seams series by Benjamin Hubert for Bitossi takes its name from the way each piece is created, in a mold with many seams that stay with them for life (aka slip cast seams). Fantastic pieces that I can imagine any umber of uses for.
(via Design Milk)
I’ve been a fan of Avril Loreti and her colorfully patterned home goods for years now, and the line just keeps getting better and better. Choose from signature tea towels, table runners, napkins, and more – all emblazoned with Avril’s keen designs that add visual interest to your space. She regularly introduces new patterns, so be on the lookout!
The time of year that demands steamy beverages and mugs you can wrap your hands around for warmth is knocking at the door! Most of us probably have a go-to favorite mug for such occasions, but if you’re like me there’s always an excuse to make room for another.
ROW 1: Limited Edition Winter Landscape Mug by Paper & Clay Studio // Mint Ceramic Mug by Biscuit Cuit // Handmade Porcelain Cup by Yulia Tsukerman ROW 2: Ceramic Mug with Blue Circle by Yulia Tsukerman // Mug with Hooves by Bar Ceramics ROW 3: Porcelain Doll Head Cup with Saucer by ENDEsign // Bryce Porcelain Espresso Mug by Red Raven Studios // Blackstone Tumbler by Waupecony River Studio
ROW 4: Reverse High Five Mug by Self Press Studio // 3D Nose Espresso Cup with Saucer by Kinsksa Shop // Copenhagen Mug in Mint + 22K Gold by Paper & Clay Studio
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In no particular order, three of my favorite things in life are reading, being cozy, and autumn. Luckily they go together perfectly, so this month I’ve teamed up once again with Target to create a reading nook that’s both chic and inviting. My recipe for a comfy little space like this one is one part knit, one part organic, and one part metallic.
In this case, the knit comes in the form of an afghan my 90-year-old grandmother made for me as a housewarming gift; it’s gorgeous and the perfect weight for chilly fall evenings. A colorful bouquet of flowers adds the organic touch, brightening up the neutrals that are popular this season and adding color to autumn days that tend to be slightly overcast. The metallic comes into play by way of this gold wire and wood accent table that manages to warm up the entire space, even with its slim silhouette. (And what reading nook could possibly be complete without a steaming cup of tea?)
Right now I’m in the process of finishing up The Vacationers, which has me and a few friends planning a trip to Greece and Turkey come spring 2016. I love how books have the ability to inspire real life adventures! What’s on your reading list at the moment?
This post sponsored by Target.
01/ A behind-the-scene’s look at the Crayola factory.
02/ Krispy Kreme’s UK division made a box of 2,400 donuts.
03/ Why not park your keychain in a mini garage?
04/ Help the homeless by buying a font made with their handwriting.
05/ A smart necklace that’s like a locket for the 21st century.
06/ Three cheers for net neutrality! Support it with this enamel pin.
07/ Ten modern tea pots and kettles for fall.
08/ Show off your photos with this affordable smartphone projector.
09/ A colorful, modern chess set that can be used in a multitude of ways.
10/ The Planets is a 12-part animated short film about an alien solar system.
This week on Design Crush:
Modern wooden jewelry from BOUND.
One of my favorite breakfast/dessert hybrids – the Spiced Apple + Granola Parfait.
Risque textile art from Sally Hewett.
Checking in on a personal note for September.
House of Cardboard is exactly what it sounds like.
Fun, modern dog collars from K9 Couture Co.
Creepy India ink forests by Pablo S. Herrero.
Beautifully clean home goods from Ladies & Gentlemen Studio.
Furthering my fall scarf obsession with Dealtry.
I first took notice of Ladies & Gentlemen Studio after seeing their modern wind chimes, but when I dug a little deeper I realized that was only a tiny part of their clean aesthetic and offerings. The Seattle-based design studio is an ever-evolving set of ideas and experiments in small objects, home decor goods, jewelry, to furniture, lighting, and beyond. Here are some of my favorites.
(via Design Milk)