Mar
18

Olivia + Joy

Spring means different things to different people – buying a new scent to wear, changing up the accessories in the living room, or being able to shed some extra layers. For me it means my yearly purse purge and choosing a new bag. My current one is a cross-body, cappuccino-colored leather number that’s simple and wearing extremely well. But it’s time for something new. A different shape, a different color, a different look.

 

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I was introduced to Olivia + Joy a few weeks ago and was immediately drawn to some of their more structured pieces. The line offers something for everyone, from the edgy girl who likes metal accents to muted pastels for a more feminine look. No matter what your style, all of Olivia + Joy’s bags are affordable. I went with the blue Rory Perf Tote for a pop of color. It has plenty of room to carry my business essentials by day and still looks casual and chic for evening.

 

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Maddie Satchel // Maddie Tote // Valerie Double Handle // Cyprus Tote //
Seattle Tote // Cary Tote

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Mar
02

Maker & Mineral

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Samantha Ives’ Maker + Mineral shop shows off her love of textiles and amazing pattern choices. Each item is screen-printed and sewn by hand in San Francisco for one-of-a-kind pieces. (That hand print is calling to me to buy it in a big way!)

 

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Feb
18

Epoché

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I’m forever on the lookout for a great leather bag, and when it happens to be paired with some great art all the better. Epoché manages it all by pulling inspiration from painting, printmaking, and pattern design to merge art and fashion. The bags are also very high quality and on sale right now to make room for a new collection! No time like the present to add a piece that’s sure to be a favorite for years to come.

 

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Feb
17

12 February DIYs

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RAISED-WOOD-+-GLASS-DESK-ORGANIZER-Oh-So-Beautiful-Paper-Design-Crush

HAND-STAMPED-CITRUS-WALL-The-Paper-Mama-Design-Crush

MARBLE-MOON-PHASE-WALL-HANGING-Almost-Makes-Perfect-Design-Crush

MINI-ZEN-GARDEN-The-Merrythought-Design-Crush

OLD-BOOK-PURSE-A-Beautiful-Mess-Design-Crush

REMOVABLE-FABRIC-WALL-TREATMENT-Design-Sponge-Design-Crush

PAINTED-CANVAS-CLUTCH-The-House-That-Lars-Built-Design-Crush

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Nov
05

8 Leather Totes

Aside from chunky sweaters and scarves, not much screams AUTUMN! to me quite like a new leather bag. In this case, a tote. It’s time to swap out that light and airy canvas one from spring and summer for something a little more substantial for the colder months that are on their way.

 

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ROW 1: Dark Brown Leather Tote Bag // Large Black Leather Tote // Simple Leather Tote    ROW 2: The Monte Cristo Convertible Leather Tote // Leather Tote    ROW 3: Vintage The Bridge Leather Tote Bag // Light Brown Leather Tote Bag // Benecio Camel Tote

Oct
28

Molly M Designs

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“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.

 

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Gold Lustig Necklace // Hadijah 2 Necklace // Geometrics Coasters // Atlas // Pouch 11

Sep
17

10 September DIYs

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COLORBLOCK-GUITAR-STRAP-The-House-That-Lars-Built-DESIGN-CRUSH

 

CREPE-PAPER-PETAL-WALL-HANGING-Oh-Happy-Day-Design-Crush

 

GEMSTONE-PICTURE-FRAME-Poppytalk-Design-Crush

 

GEOMETRIC-ART-HEADBOARD-PANELS-A-Beautiful-Mess-Design-Crush

 

GEOMETRIC-CUBE-PAINTED-FLOOR-Little-Green-Notebook-Design-Crush

 

INK–DYED-CLUTCH-The-House-That-Lars-Built-Design-Crush

 

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All photos copyright of their respective sites unless otherwise noted.

Sep
08

Swift

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Hey there. Brittni here from Paper & Stitch. I’m excited to be guest posting today, while Kelly is busy moving. Admittedly, I have a lot of design crushes, but one in particular has really impressed me recently. So, I thought I would write about that today.

I’m always searching for new independent designers that have a similar aesthetic to my own. Minimal, modern, and a tiny bit trendy. And since I’ve been on the hunt for a few more specific pieces to add to my collection lately, mainly in the textile department, my casual search turned into a more specific quest to find the perfect shop. Shortly thereafter, I stumbled across Swift. After reading the background of the designers behind the label, I bookmarked the shop immediately and started adding things to my wish list.

Textile designers Michal and Roni are melding modern design with traditional textile techniques, like tie-dye, block printing, etc. So, in that way, each piece is one of a kind, which makes these designs all the more special. And puts this shop at the top of go-to list for all things textiles.

 

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Tie-Dye Scarf // Kitchen Tea Towel Set // Natural & Black Tote Bag // Numeral Tank Top

Sep
01

Fall Wish List

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1. A pair of Capital Pants that will look equally fantastic with a sweater or peeking out from under a coat on cool days.

2. An embossed black and white Rider Satchel to bring some pattern to any outfit.

3. Bret slip-ons are timeless and sans laces, great with a dress or jeans.

4. The über comfortable Field Dress that can be worn alone, with a jacket, or layered over a long-sleeved tee.

5. Vintage meets modern in the Mobile Necklace, which I’d love to layer with other pieces.

6. I’d wear these Skull Earrings every day from Labor Day through Halloween!

7. I love pieces like the Cocoon Cowl Pullover for cooler days.

8. Every season needs a new statement necklace, the Kalaa fits the description nicely.

 

Aug
25

Marketplace: August

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This morning I’m happy to be starting a new monthly feature, highlighting the goods of a few makers I’m currently carrying in The Marketplace! You might remember that a few months ago I opened a shop through Great.ly and have been keeping it stocked with the best of the best art and design ever since. I’m so happy to be able to share the work of the creators I love and now to be able to give you a fast and easy way to bring them into your own home.

 

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One of the first pieces I added to the shop was this set of four Raindrop Napkins by Hallie Gray. Each one measures a generous 19 x 19″ and is hand-block printed with non-toxic AZO-free dyes. I’m looking forward to using them at dinner parties this fall and socking a few sets away for hostess gifts this holiday season!

 

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I’ve been using this Expandable Pop Market Tote made by Orchid Sage for just about everything – the market, the lake, and more. Its leather handles and waxed canvas body make it feel nearly indestructible and I especially like the expandable side pockets that give me extra space for things like snacks and/or the dogs’ leashes.

 

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The latest addition to my jewelry collection is this sweet brass cuff with cord from Meredith Peck. I’ve found it goes with just about everything and is great for layering with other pieces, it’s also large enough that I’ll be putting it over sleeves come cooler weather. The addition of the thin Chinese knotting cord takes this piece from average to extra special.

 

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I’ve been a longtime fan of this artist, so it’s always nice to see her work gracing the “shelves” of my shop. Twenty-One by Lisa Krannichfeld is in her typical style of portraits of watercolored beauties, and for now this one is gracing my mantel alongside a boastful mermaid. (I think suspect they have some interesting conversations when I’m not looking.)