Sparrow & Co. is a big hit on the blogs these days so I figure I’ll throw my opinion out there as well and join the masses in applauding this lovely new homewares collection by Scottish online shop owner Samuel Sparrow. Samuel is inspired by his travels and traditional crafting skills so his collection has an emphasis on, “Unique, handmade products from countries including Morocco, Uzbekistan, Asia, Central America and of course Scotland.” I love what his is doing to merge all of his inspirations in a cohesive, inspiring product line…
His recent trip to Morocco is highlighted in his product shots above, if you didn’t already notice, and I can’t help but feel a wave of nostalgia as I miss my lovely new friends + students and the teaching trip to Marrakesh last October… That was a very special 10 days that I’ll never forget. Samuel is also inspired by Morocco, the sensory overload seemed to intoxicate him as well and I love how he interprets Moroccan design in way that feels very fresh. It’s a bit rustic but also modern and clean with a dash of country style — rolling hills, stone houses, wide pine floors, antlers, furs, leather poufs… it can all work so nicely with the texture and earthy colors in his collection along with deep indigo, Majorelle blue and teal. Ah, yes.
(images: sparrow & co.)
So, this women loses her job and has the genius idea to turn a double decker bus into a vintage shop. Really? Sounds like a lady that I want to know!
Lodekka is a restored British double decker bus (a 1965 Bristol Lodekka, hence the store name) that was transformed into a vintage dress shop and photographed by the talented Leela Cyd Ross who happens to be a great photographer AND a writer for Apartment Therapy’s Kitchn site. Located in northeast Portland, Oregon the owner, Erin Sutherland, has created quite a unique and lovely shopping experience for those looking for their next party dress or some sparkly shoes. This whole concept makes me happy, a great space and a women who is so creative and just goes for it. Yay to Erin Sutherland!
Psst: Like jazz music? Erin is also part of a band – The Stolen Sweets. What a talented lady!
Thank you Leela for writing to me to share this gem of a shop!
(images: Leela Cyd Ross)
Monique Germon is the proprietor and creative director of Story, a sweet little shop that recently opened its online doors and features curated handmade goods from homewares to fashion and accessories. Story prides itself in, “Exhibiting the work of individuals who make a significant contribution through the production of exceptional art & design… [Story] reveres authenticity above all & pays homage to this as a style unto itself.” I love that thought, that authenticity is a style of its own that deserves as much respect as the creation itself. SO TRUE!
Fantastic stool made from paper
A dozen tiny ceramic mushrooms
More pretty things, including one-of-a-kind art and Australian magazine SOHI, one that I recently discovered and have formed quite a curiosity for because it looks quite fabulous and unique.
Story offers complimentary postage for all items shipped within Australia, but they also ship to locations worldwide so contact them directly for pricing and more information.
Thank you Monique for writing in and telling me about your new and delightful online shop!
I’d like to share Neëst with you today as I know you will love all of their natural wood products which makes my heart so happy. Based in Paris, Neëst is an online shop which merges Japanese and Scandinavian style resulting in a natural, simple style that so many of us are drawn to like a moth to the light. Are you attracted to this look as well? Curated and owned by the talented Sandrine Pigeon, I’m sure you will find her shop, blog and her home very inspirational — it oozes with pure + natural style. See for yourself…
Sandrine also has a beautiful home tour over at the Stir, you can see it there if you’d like. She lives there with her husband and two teenage children and the space is simply divine — mixing lots of mid century classics, pure white walls, small floral prints, linen, and natural hardwood floors. Here is a glimpse below…
Everything is so sweet in Sandrine’s world including her adorable kitty Pompon shown above… that cat in the basket photo has to be one of the sweetest photos ever. :)