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Roost Living {UK}

I never tire of peeking in on what’s new over at Roost Living, a site that showcases the work of emerging talent within the UK with some of the most fantastic items for sale. Their ceramics are so delicate and beautiful, I can’t stop staring at this pendant light…

The textural white earthenware Blaue Blume Tea Cup and Saucer by Tina Tsang was designed with a goal in mind, to solidify the texture of lace into ceramics. I just adore the legs-as-handle cuteness, so feminine but also with a hip edge to it. I also have my eye on the Lemon Squeezer with gold trim by Sena Gu because it’s so unique — I’ve not spotted anything like it before. And with the overwhelming array of lighting out there, the Star Light by Kathleen Hills stands out from the rest — truly a breath of fresh air to see a pendant made in a less-than-common material like china. Of course, who can go wrong with a white Ruth Cross knit bag?

(images from roost living)

Posted in Handmade, Objects on April 03, 2008

Listography {Your Life in Lists}

On the whole self help theme, or shall I say, finding your true calling in life, which I love talking about by the way, why not try this fun book/writing exercise… I picked up this new journal tonight since I thought it would be fun to practice what I preach and hey, all of us can learn a thing or two (or 100) about ourselves because the process of growth is never quite complete.

Listography – Your Life in Lists is a book authored by Lisa Nola and it’s pretty much self explanatory, pages contain a single sentence meant to push you to fess up like, List Your Guilty Pleasures, List The People You Love The Most, and List Professions You’d Like To Try. It’s a great way for you to open up and write your own autobiography and for $12 it’s a lot cheaper than a therapist.

My list above is taking shape…

It’s especially helpful for those who have a hard time maintaining a spot where you record your daily life. Some people buy journals with every intention of filling them but then crack it open and ———— draw a blank. Nothing comes to mind, the white pages stay white, and well the book lays in the drawer of your bedside table for months neglected and alone. Poor little journal. This book gets you thinking and writing. How about trying this out for a bit of self discovery? Even for those of you who think you have the world in your hands, it’s still good to take an honest look at yourself because there’s always something new you can learn no matter how far you’ve come. Plus, the more you write lists the more you reveal that deep dark buried under 10,000 layers of clay stuff that otherwise rests untapped in your brain. Dig it out and write about it.

(images from listography)

Posted in Books + Magazines on April 03, 2008

Spruce Upholstery

I feel like I discovered a gold mine today when I found Spruce Upholstery, I love what owners Amanda Brown and Lizzie Joyce in Austin, Texas can do to the common chair. Just look at these beauties.

They upholster a wide variety of chairs with ridiculously pretty fabrics and the prices are so affordable for what you’re getting. I think these ladies and their business will really take off once they get some blog exposure, I mean who wouldn’t love a custom Amy Butler chair? I love the eye that they have for mixing fabric as well, what talent!

They even do custom work over the phone or via email and they have a small selection in their etsy store.

(images from spruce upholstery)

Posted in Etsy Faves, Objects on April 02, 2008

Williams Sonoma Home Spring

Williams Sonoma Home deserves a nod for Spring, their selection has all the key players when it comes to hot trends for the season. Stripes, chain links, zig zags, corals, arabesque prints — they’re all at WS Home. Here some of my picks for the season along with a few tips.

This bold stripe outdoor rug would look great on the patio. I love apple green, fancy legs, and tufting so the James chair has a good dose of all three. I also love lacquer trays, so these yellow-tipped trays have my attention. I’d like to use one to top an ottoman. And if your budget doesn’t allow it, then find a tray at a store like Target (here’s one for $17) and lacquer it yourself. I really like these Coronelli prints, well not so much the print but the idea of displaying 3 round black frames with something sepia-toned inside. Whether it be vintage photos or pages from old books, the idea is a good one. The price of these prints at WS, not so much. Sheesh.

Bold print outdoor pillows make a strong statement. Pierced ginger jars are so pretty in the kitchen for storing nectarines and lemons. I also like the beehive motif shown here on the Lynn lanterns which I imagine would look so pretty glowing on the patio or coffee table at night. English Colonial makes an appearance here with the Hampstead bamboo mirror. Looking for the perfect gift? This silver raffia clock is under $100 and oozes casual chic. And while I love the base of the Porcelain Bamboo Lamp, I’m not keen on that circa 1980’s shade so I say ditch the shade and top it with a white drum shade with grosgrain ribbon trim also in white to add some interest.

(images from ws home)

Posted in Objects on April 02, 2008


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