I’m inspired by a dear friend, Lisa Occhipinti, and her artwork. Lisa is a talented artist with a real passion for design and painting, a person that I really admire. She’s currently working on a collection for the new addition that we’ve added to our space consisting of 6 paintings, and I simply cannot wait until they’re ready and then, installed.
As a mixed media artist, she includes collage elements of images and text along with color applied in glazes to create a rich layered surface that follows somewhat of a story, or a history of ideas, as she says. Each painting will have a theme, and here are the ones I’ve chosen for this commission: fashion, travel, architecture + interior design, writing, forest and finally, ocean.
Lisa is a very dear person to me, and having developed our friendship slowly over the years, I am at a point in our relationship where I’m certain we will always remain good friends. I’m inspired by her great fashion sense, her contagious laughter, her gift of gab. Lisa loves shoes, Anthropologie, and spontaneity. I also love her design sense, her condo is intoxicating in fresh lime and red, with lovely neutrals and lots of texture everywhere from textiles to faux fur throws.
(photo from Jules Place and a special thanks to Lisa Occhipinti.)
Lotta Helleberg, a Swedish native and graphic designer based in Charlottesville, VA founded Inleaf in 2003. Based on her passion for botany, gardening and sewing, Lotta coats leaves and other plant material in fabric paint and presses them onto dyed linen or paper to make tablecloths and napkins, pillows, table runners, handbags, sachets and stationery. I’m sure you’ve spotted her lovely collection at elsewares, but did you know that Inleaf has a sample sale page on thier website where you can save up to 30% on select items? Worth your time to check it out!
If you’re ever in beautiful Charlottesville (a small city on my list this year to visit), you can find Inleaf items at The Barn Swallow located in a picturesque 1800s barn just west of Charlottesville, Virginia.
(photos from elsewares + inleaf)
Just in! New treasures from Branch!
Eco-friendly recycled paper table where your current reading materials complete
the form. Handmade by Matt Gagnon Studio, Brooklyn, NY. Made of Homasote (100% post-consumer recycled paper board), bolts, finish of linseed oil. $2,940.00 + free shipping. A little pricey, I know, but quite interesting nonetheless.
Fresh from Transylvania, Romania (bet you don’t hear that often), this bold red and white embroidered pillow is a classic design gone mod vs. mad. Dracula approved since he’s a big fan of red. Handmade of natural materials using vintage fabric, hemp and cotton. Natural feather and down filling. $98
Kids? What kids? I want this owl backpack, handmade using natural wool yarn by artisans in rural Kenya. This hand-knit backpack is perfect for carrying a set of jammies and your hello kitty (or power rangers) toothbrush for a sleepover. Not yours, silly. Your cute little spawn. Hoot hoot! So cute! $54
While you’re packing your sleepover kit, don’t forget to include this thoughtfully produced cozy child’s plaid blanket designed by Tina Ratzer, handmade in Denmark with a studio also located in Berlin (on my list to visit this summer!). The blanket is reversible, and in the rectangles where the pattern disappears on one side, the pattern is revealed on the other. It’s soft, it’s warm, and it’s a blanket you’ll cherish for years to come. Also a great sofa throw to enjoy with your honey! $226 and free shipping.
And…for the ultimate splurge, the piasa room divider, handmade in Mexico and designed by Emiliano Godoy (view his impressive portfolio here). The stunning form of this screen comes from the simplicity of its materials: just wood and cotton rope. Comes in your choice of FSC-certified beech (pictured), maple, or pine, with cotton rope. $5,748.00 + free shipping. Okay…back to the real world (sigh).
(photos from branch)