The move to the new Design Crush HQ is officially over and I’m beyond happy to be back to some sort of schedule amidst all of the hours of unpacking! This week might me slightly slower than usual with one post a day intend of our usual two, and I thank you for your patience again and again.
Hoyz means “house” in Yiddish and this line – Hoyz Rings by Chloe Lee Carson – is heavily inspired by Jewish wedding rings that featured these architectural symbols. The tiny palaces, castles, and temples are available in a range of finishes and can almost feel like a little getaway full of deeper meaning when you look down at your hand.
Shayna from Pattern Pulp here and I’m excited to do a guest post for Design Crush, as this is something I’ve been secretly coveting for a while and it’s time I shared it with the internet. Ladies and gents, meet Arpana Rayamajhi. Arpana’s both a friend and an extremely warm and talented artist from Kathmandu, Nepal, living in New York City.
She and I met a few years back through my husband, his brother, and her boyfriend, and I’ve been following her creative career ever since. When she first moved to the states, I was completely intrigued and smitten with her vibrant geometric motif paintings that found their way onto canvases and walls when she would visit Nepal on family visits home.
As her art education has evolved (she’s currently a student at Cooper Union), so has her style. Always infused with bold color and her cultural roots, these recent jewelry creations are part of a beautiful growing collection. Each piece is unique, handmade and one of a kind. To learn more and purchase a thing or two, visit her etsy shop.
Après Ski is the work of designer Lucía Vergara, who crafts her line of jewelry in a Barcelona studio. Lucía has an obvious gift for pairing color, texture, and pattern, giving each piece a beautifully finished look. When you make a purchase each Après Ski piece is shipped off in a matchbox that’s been designed by a guest artist – such a nice touch to the overall experience!
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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.
Embroidery is one of those trends that ebbs and flows, but never truly goes away in entirety. I think that has more to do with the style than the technique, because it can be everything from intricate and Victorian in nature to geometric and modern. We’e all seen it play out this summer on light and airy sundresses, so I’m interested in seeing how (and if) it translates to fall’s fashions!
Rebecca Mir Grady offers a collection of 50+ pieces of hand-designed minimalist jewelry, each crafted from reclaimed precious metals and ethically-sourced stones. I love the finishes of the sterling silver and 14K gold she uses, they feel soft and perfect for layering.
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.)
When it comes to fashion there’s wearing color and then there’s wearing COLOR. Chicago’s Boo + Boo Factory has the all caps version down pat. Not only are the color selections bold and mesmerizing, but the textures of the leather take every piece to a new level of stylish interest. Adding one of their necklaces to the plainest of plain outfits might just be the most fun accessorizing ever!
Geometric Bib Necklace // Holographic Leather Fringe Necklace // Holographic Fringe Metallic Bib Necklace // Stud Earrings // Neon Statement Necklace // Tassel Key Chain // Red and Mint Polka Dot Wallet
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Far & Wide Collective partners with some of the most talented artisans in post-conflict and emerging economies, then connects them with the international market. The high quality pieces that are found in tucked away workshops and rural villages are then made available to us consumers, and a more sustainable infrastructure within these communities are given more stability. Add an exotic touch to your space with a beautiful basket or some color to your wardrobe with a caftan or beaded bracelet. Here are a few of my favorites.