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Emma Cassi + An Inspiring Visit

September 29, 2011

This past Sunday in London I knew I was in for a treat, but I didn’t know just how BIG of a treat. You see, I’ve been a big fan of French jewelry designer and stylist Emma Cassi for at least three years, but most likely longer. She’s been a huge inspiration to me and my work but even more than that, she has been a lovely source of inspiration to so many of my friends and readers.

Emma Cassi + An Inspiring Visit

Above: Emma changes up her office space with each new season since it’s common for buyers to visit her at home.

That’s why when I found out that my friend Sania Pell lives nearby to Emma and they know one another very well, I jumped out of my seat! I knew I had to somehow arrange to meet her. In addition to my obsession with Emma’s creations, my friend Leslie Shewring, also visiting London this past weekend, is equally a fan. We all love Emma and her work. That’s why when we asked Sania if she could arrange for us to visit Emma at home, I nearly fell off of my seat when she quickly pulled it together and before I knew it, we were entering her petite paradise in London filled to the brim with gorgeous handmade things! Eep! I knew that this was going to be a most inspirational visit and it was. So now I’d like to show you a wee bit of what I saw. I’m still aglow and a bit light-headed from it, ahhhh.

Emma Cassi + An Inspiring Visit

Emma Cassi + An Inspiring Visit

Emma Cassi + An Inspiring Visit

Above: I love her handmade dream catchers.

Emma Cassi + An Inspiring Visit

Emma Cassi + An Inspiring Visit

Lots of yummy colors, lace and shots of black and beige.

Emma Cassi + An Inspiring Visit

Above: I loved her little Abigail Brown owl displayed proudly on a cabinet. So sweet.

It was the type of visit a blogger like me needs – to gain a new perspective, to have some tea and a chat, to wander through the beautiful corners of a most thoughtful space and to browse tiny drawers filled with jewelry in her magical corner atelier which happens to be in her living room. We met her daughter, her husband and her sweet little son.

Emma Cassi + An Inspiring Visit

I poked around her corner studio space to see how she makes…

Emma Cassi + An Inspiring Visit

Jewelry spilled out from every corner. Such a treat! I really liked seeing her palette for the upcoming season as she’s already working on things for 2012 – lots of lemonade yellow and bright pink. Gorgeous.

Emma Cassi + An Inspiring Visit

I spent lots of time looking at her many inspirational nooks, including this pretty corner above where she posts what has her eye at the moment onto the wall above her desk.

Emma Cassi + An Inspiring Visit

Sweet Emma made us rose tea served in Astier de Villatte mugs and she shared some Japanese catalogs that inspires her that I also found quite beautiful.

Emma Cassi + An Inspiring Visit

We looked (drooled, in all honesty) at her gorgeous jewelry collections, some seen and some unseen (until now at least) for upcoming seasons in 2012. We even purchased some to enjoy for years to come. I wore lots of her jewelry on Sunday and Tuesday during London Design Week, so if you saw me and admired any of it (some of you asked), then Emma Cassi is the designer of most of what I had on. Emma showed us so many beautiful things (you can see her above – she is beautiful in every way), I floated away after we left her apartment. What an honor to be there with such a creative lady.

Emma Cassi + An Inspiring Visit

And in the end, we all posed for a photo taken by her husband. Above: from the left is Emma and her little girl, Sania, Leslie and then me on the end. I will never forget this morning, organized by dear Sania, hosted by Emma and her family and well… it was a morning that I’ll never, ever forget. Truly a dream visit for me.

Emma thank you from our hearts for your hospitality and friendship. You made my London trip magical!

To see more of Emma’s work and to purchase it, please visit her website.

(images: taken by holly becker except for the last one, taken by emma’s hubby.)

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44 Comments

  • Reply Angela September 29, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    LOVE Emma Cassi – and the photo Thorsten took of your girls!

    • Reply decor8 September 29, 2011 at 4:05 pm

      Hi Angela – Thorsten didn’t take that photo – he wasn’t there, it was photographed by Emma’s sweet husband!

  • Reply Kate MacAndrew September 29, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    What a beautiful and inspiring home! I love Emma’s work and it’s a treat to see behind the scenes of her life and work in London. Thanks for a lovely post Holly x

  • Reply Emily Rose September 29, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    I am in love with her bead/lace necklace rosette creations with the leather-tassles at the bottom. What a fantastic piece. Emma’s work is so intricate and unique, hope to visit soon!

  • Reply Jennifer Leible September 29, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I love the green & gold clips and the dreamcatachers! So pretty! I’m going to check out her stuff right now! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Ericafpc (Erica Cottrill) September 29, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Lovely story. Interesting profile and love the whimsical designs!

  • Reply Marie @etincellestudio September 29, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    I told Leslie I hoped for a post when she tweeted that she visited Emma’s atelier, and what I see here on Decor8 doesn’t disappoint… Emma Cassi is my inspiration, I am an absolute fan of everything she’s doing. You are extremely lucky Holly ;)

  • Reply Starlet September 29, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    I don’t think I can open another browser than I just did to venture into Emma Cassi’s world! Tons of gorgeousness.

    And how lucky are you Holly to be able to meet her in person and see her workspace. Love all the colors and pics you took. And you all look super fab in the last pic.

    I’m also in love in the pink, yellow, and orange {?} containers. Are those bamboo? Rattan? or plastic, do you happen to know?

    Thanks Holly!

  • Reply elisa September 29, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    well that just looks incredible! you could eat it, such a beautiful studio. i’d have been in heaven to live in such a place as a child, treasures everywhere. and you all are gorgeous x

  • Reply manon September 29, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Un vrai talent…

    Manon

  • Reply Karena September 29, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    How wonderfully unique!! I love her studio/ home and designs!!

    xoxo
    Karena

    Art by Karena

  • Reply Rebecca September 29, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Looks like a dream come true! I wish my studio space looked as inspiring as this, rather than just a desk in the corner! x

  • Reply nualan September 29, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    I love too the handmade dream catchers….!!

  • Reply TheLinenHouse September 29, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    What a lovely, inspiring place to live and work! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Britt September 29, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    I love the way things are just hanging everywhere. Very fun stuff!! The colors! The laces! The beads! Dreamy!! I absolutely love that little perched owl!

  • Reply Cristina September 29, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Emma’s work is so nice! :-)

  • Reply Jessica Senti September 29, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    It looks like a very inspiring place to work! It’s so pretty!

  • Reply Lisa September 29, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Wow! What an amazing treat to get to meet Emma Cassi + see the interior of her house! I can’t believe it has been over a year since I first saw a feature on Emma in Selvedge. It is so fresh in my mind. I guess her work/aesthetic really stuck with me.

  • Reply cecilia September 29, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Holly, I’m really excited to check out Emma’s line via the link in your post. Her necklaces are beautiful! And that photo of all of you with Emma’s little girl is really gorgeous — how her daughter is staring right at the camera and pulling on Emma’s necklace, with that floral backdrop (fabric? wallpaper?).

  • Reply Ege Denne September 29, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    So lovely :) LOVE LOVE how do you find this? :)

  • Reply Ariana September 29, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Wow, what a talent! I can tell by her space that she has such a joyful, organic creativity. I can’t wait to check out more of her work.

  • Reply Rebecca via Sanctuary September 29, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I’m constantly amazed at the wonderful opportunities these blogs create to get to receive and share so much inspiration and meet such amazing people. Excited for all of you to have met. Emma Cassi is a true favourite, such a unique and beautiful style.

  • Reply Anna of :green gable: September 29, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Lovely jewelry!

  • Reply sécia September 29, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Loving all that lace!

    sécia

  • Reply Jen September 29, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Love the feminine details!

  • Reply Sania Pell September 29, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    What a great post Hollly! I’m really glad you enjoyed meeting Emma, she is so talented and her home is gorgeous. I thought you would love it!
    Love Sania xo

  • Reply Kristina Gulino September 29, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    What a darling home office! I would be all over that in a heartbeat. You girls look gorgeous!

  • Reply leslie September 29, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    The best morning…cannot wait till our eclectic crew can get together again.

  • Reply charlotte* September 29, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    merci beaucoup!! my computer crashed this summer and I lost all my precious folders and bookmarks… Emma’s work was in them; it’s such a magical moment for me to see her work again, thank you!
    * bravo Emma pour toutes ces merveilles! *

  • Reply emma September 29, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Thank you so much Holly, it was lovely to meet you and
    thank you to all of your readers for these wonderful comments!

  • Reply Julie the Alkaline Sister September 30, 2011 at 3:16 am

    Oooh I’m green with envy-not from all my green juice!! How exciting to meet her and with your creative friends to share it all with. There’s nothing better than a room full of like minded creative spirits! Thanx for sharing:)

  • Reply fenny setiawan September 30, 2011 at 3:31 am

    I love this beautiful and delicate jewelry collection. I will check her website to find out more. And you are ladies have a lovely picture together :)

  • Reply Valerie @ Chateau A La Mode September 30, 2011 at 6:57 am

    How beautiful are all of those bits and bobs. Gorgeous. Loved the dream catchers…so lovely.

  • Reply deb September 30, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Lovely ladies xxx

  • Reply Lauren September 30, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Wow, what an incredible opportunity! I adore the dream catchers, I’ll be crossing my fingers to find something like that near me :)

  • Reply Nathalie September 30, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Oh wow, the handmade dream catchers… Beautiful! Since I make handmade jewelry myself I find this post VERY inspiring. Thanks for sharing Holly :)

  • Reply Kat October 1, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Ahhh, I shed a little tear reading this, such a dream visit for you Holly, I know how long you have admired Emma’s jewellery and styling, (me too)
    Such a heartfelt post and an inspiring collection of photos. It really is so touching to see photos of people I love, admire and am inspired by daily, all together in one beautiful home.
    Thank you for sharing this day with us here darling
    Love kat x

  • Reply Minna_Blomsterverkstad October 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Another aaah, so fantastic! You lucky duck :) But hey, we’re almost as lucky having you to share all these wonderful pieces of art. Happy! Minna :)

  • Reply Laura Di Francesco October 1, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Amazing! Outstanding!!!

    I will definitely add Decor8 to my favourites…

    love,

    /Laura

  • Reply kalanicut October 1, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Oh Holly. That final photo is SO beautiful. Just oozing with beautiful, creative, inspiring women. Amazingly charming. Thank you for sharing your beautiful, wish fullfilling adventures.They inspire us in so many ways.

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente October 3, 2011 at 3:41 am

    OY! SO incredibly inspiring and beautiful! I adore Emma’s work and I simply LOVED getting a glimpse inside her beautiful world and studio. Such a special time you all had and I cannot wait to see her new work! I hope you picked up something special for yourself! ;) Thanks for sharing this with us hunnie!
    Just gorgeous….
    xo
    Melis

  • Reply Trina October 3, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I absolutely LOVE her collections of various “things” about, and wish I could do this as well….not that I haven’t tried, just haven’t found a “neat” way of organizing it, without have stuff all over the place in harms’ way of my 2 year old!

  • Reply Marisa Frade October 3, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    This is all so cute! I just find you blog now and I already in love!! ;)

  • Reply ana {bluebirdkisses} October 4, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    I love Emma’s work, and these photos are so lovely. It looks like you all had a super gerat time!

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