October 7th, 2014
Growing from little to big is an adventure in itself, which is why it pays to be prepared for whatever monster may jump into your path. For creepy critters with sharp teeth and scaly tails, we’re going incognito with items for casa and kid that take the fright out of creatures in the night:
1. This Raindrops fabric by Donna Wilson guarantees no crocodile tears will be shed when used for a pair of shams or impromptu pillow forts. Made of lightweight cotton, this sold-by-the-yard fabric is printed in the historical silk town of Macclesfield in the UK. Click here for more mom-worthy finds.
2. Keep hidden from scales and tails until morning inside Land of Nod’s cargo tepee. Two large pockets are perfect for holding your field guide and extra pair of safari socks.
3. Fine Little Day’s new Gran pillow in indigo remind us of sharp pearly whites, great to lay on while chomping on your own late-night snack. More unique gifts for her found here.
4. Have the jungle going bananas over your Wombles wind breaker from Indikidual. The full hood with fleece lining is sure to keep you dry during the temperamental Amazon weather.
5. Handmade gator booties from Uncommon Goods act as the perfect camouflage when spying on prey. Made in Kyrgyzstan from locally-sourced sheep’s wool assures you’ll feel just as good about your eco-friendly purchase as your little one will feel about their sense of style.
6. Problem solving in the wilderness could be a matter of life or death; luckily, School House Electric’s Figure It Out Banner gives just the pep talk you need to survive.
7. Don’t lose sight of home with this marine-grade brass compass from School House Electric. Each comes with a brass split ring for attaching to a pet collar or keychain.
8. Do the crocodile hop with Areaware’s Croc Pile wooden toys. Solid beech wood ensures this set of five reptiles are safe for kids both young and old.
This post is sponsored by Uncommon Goods, a B Corporation that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Help support their non-profit organization American Forests by shopping online or donating here.
August 7th, 2014
If you follow us on Facebook, you heard some exciting news last week about our new office space; a renovated three-story school house on the Eastside (above). As renovation takes way to turn a single floor of individual classrooms into a collaborative studio, we can’t help but pull interior elements that evoke the back-to-school vibe. Because we move in this Fall, there couldn’t be better timing to think about notepads and freshly sharpened pencils to deck out the new studio. For a fresh schoolhouse look of your own, here are our top picks for an office space that’s sure to bring home straight-A’s.
1. Sharpen those geography skills well before the first bell rings with the new Cities Wallpaper by Rifle Paper Co. Hand-illustrated skylines of famous cities are printed on a parchment background, perfect for a desk nook.
2. This olive green compartment tray from School House Electric is sure to bring you back to long lunch lines and chocolate milk straight from the carton. We love the idea of using it to hold desk accessories and knick knacks.
3. You won’t mind counting down the hour with this handsome wall clock from Lemnos. The molded plywood frame keeps it lightweight and reminiscent of old classroom desks.
4. Keep textbooks and references in order with Pigeon and Poodle’s set of three caged baskets. Metal handles allow for easy transport and integrated name plates are perfect for custom labeling.
5. The GI Joe lunchbox has been reincarnated into this smooth olive green desk chair byWhite on White. Added bonus? The molded fiberglass seat will make waiting for recess a little less painful.
6. Never forget an assignment with Sideshow Press’ desktop accessories, inspired by 1950s stationery. Check out their full array of colorful options to make your desk space truly your own.
7. West Elm’s Mid-Century Desk in white is a modern spin on the classic teacher’s desk. With tapered legs and three drawers, this piece is one apple away from being the perfect combination of form and function.
8. Shed light on your late-night studies with this school bus yellow table lamp from Caravan Pacific. All of their lighting is handmade in the USA and fully customizable.
July 23rd, 2014
Image via CNN
It’s every American’s dream to wake up hearing the streets of Paris and feel time stand still. As the scent of freshly baked croissants linger through your window, you seem drawn to grab a bite before taking a long stroll through a nearby garden. If the vie de francaise has been calling your name as of late, you’re not alone. Maybe it’s the promise of sweet Summer romance, or the call to take an afternoon off and picnic in Forsyth Park. To bring the romance of Paris back home, we’ve put together a French-inspired contemporary master suite that aims to make the days grow longer and the nights to be full of nothing short of magic.
1. We set the tone to this posh Parisian suite with romantic lilac tones found in Noble and Wood’s Berlingot Wallpaper. Place behind the bed for a feature wall or use as a poppy dresser drawer liner in a vintage armoire.
2. It’s not French unless there’s crystal, and what better way to finish a master bedroom than with a stunning chandelier from Eloquence. Hanging the fixture over the bed allows for a lower drop height to add more drama.
3. Shed light by your bedside as you stay up late reading Les Miserables. With a feminine “swoop” swivel arm and white linen shade, the Koleman Swinger from Robert Abbey goes with virtually any space.
4. Keep the bedroom from getting too frumpy with clean, mid-century inspired bedside tables from West Elm. The white lacquer finish promises ultimate flexibility and the brass hardware adds a noticeable touch of class.
5. Keep your favorite eau de parfum on display with Anthropologie’s set of mirrored trays. These also make a great bedside accessory for reading glasses or jewelry.
6. Hedgehouse’s Lavender Heather Throw Pillow is the ultimate, versatile bed accessory. The striped linen is light and airy, and the tasseled zipper adds a perfect little detail to your pillowscape.
7. Simple geometric shapes let these Alexa Canisters shine on your bookshelf or console without adding clutter. Remove the top for an impromptu vase that holds lavender and other scents of Provence.
8. The piece de resistance, Eloquence’s Sophia Silver Two-Tone Bed is surely fit for French royalty. Top with linen bedding for the perfect lazy Sunday morning getaway.
June 10th, 2014
Another ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) is in the books and we had a blast meeting with new and familiar designers alike. With dozens of aisles of furniture, lighting, and textiles from all over the world, it seems hard to believe that you would find a common theme between most. However, as we trekked the “design globe” that is the famed Jacob K Javits Center, we realized that a common thread does, in fact, connect the hundreds of exhibitors: organic modernism.
Clean, smooth lines with round forms and bulbous shapes, this year’s curation took a departure from the strong lines of modern design and went back to its (organic) roots. Take a look at a few of our favorite examples of how designers are abandoning the straight edge and embracing the curve:
Clockwise from top left:
1. Leather Strap Lounge with Ottoman – Matter Made / 2. Pendant Lights – Sonder Mill / 3. Moon Tables – Universo Positivo / 4. Marble Spill Table – Pelle
Clockwise from top left:
1. Woven Table - Hinterveld Design / 2. Pendant Lights – Apparatus / 3. Table Lamp - Pelle / 4. Colorful Stools - Tronk / 5. Woven Outdoor Furniture - Fermob
Clockwise from top left:
1. Nesting Coffee Table – John Ford / 2. Desk - Universo Positivo / 3. Wall Clocks - Leff Amsterdam / 4. Walnut Chair - Councill / 5. Multifunctional Love Seat - Zara Vardanyan
May 15th, 2014
If you’re not keen on relying on meteorologists for weather forecasting, have no fear; Pinterest is sure to tell you which season is swiftly approaching. Our most popular pins of the week strangely all had one common theme: blurring the lines between inside and out. And we don’t blame you. Who wouldn’t want to wave goodbye to sullen grays and hello to vivid green? Follow us on Pinterest for more inspiring imagery to spring you out of your Winter slumber.
Clockwise from top left:
1. Sliding Glass Doors / 2. DIY Brass Planters / 3. Outdoor Dining / 4. Clawfoot Tub / 5. Forest Print / 6. Sun-Soaked Bathroom