have you picked up your june issue of elle decor yet? our very own kishani was featured in the always informative ‘truth in decorating’ series this month! we finally get to reveal the details of her super secret trip to new york and share the full feature. we have been so excited about this for months and are so honored that they called on kishani to share her design knowledge alongside richard keith langham. we should also note that we love the new layout and approach they took this month. it makes us feel a part of the designers’ conversation, and gave us such a quick style lesson on each piece. we wish we could say kishani picked a favorite bench, but really, each bench fits a different need for a different client. thank you again to elle decor for letting kishani share her design advice with all of you! we couldn’t be more excited!
“the expanding small house movement serves as a direct reaction against the excessive consumption and superfluousness of the past- a cultural striptease that becomes more enticing the more it takes off.”
the quote above really struck a chord with us while reading the awe inspiring book we discovered over the holidays, rock the shack: the architecture of cabins, cocoons, and hideouts. although we love luxury, this book has us thinking about going off the grid! if you’re in need of amazing getaway inspiration look no further, rock the shack has 240 pages of dwellings that connect people back with nature, from intricately detailed cabins to sparse tree houses. we chose a couple of our favorite hideouts below, including hut on sleds by crosson clarke carnachan architects, polyhedron habitable by manuel villa architects, and villa asserbo by eentileen with facit homes. every project in the book is unique and intriguing, while promoting the idea of sustainable living.
we all have at least one foodie in our life who talks about ingredients we have never heard of, and has every kitchen gadget imaginable. if not this foodie, you definitely have the foodie in your life who loves food and every single thing about it, even if they might not have their cooking skills up to par just yet! either way, we found some unique gifts that will fit the bill this year!
- cookie stamps for a cute way to ‘trademark’ their homemade treasures
- cooking classes for the foodie who hasn’t quite mastered a certain cuisine
- big jug of organic maple syrup because maple syrup can be used in various recipes and is always amazing
- handcrafted blue net bag to display your produce or transport it home from the market
- smoked arbequina extra virgin olive oil for the foodie who knows the power of olive oil best
- keurig mini because honestly, we couldn’t live without ours and the pop of color makes it even better
- cheese survival kit complete with cheat sheet for storing, tasting, and serving
- garden in a bag is an adorable way for a foodie to grow herbs on their kitchen windowsill
- green herbal tea kit for the foodie in your life who wants to try every tea under the sun
- cocktails by daniel boulud is a two volume collection; one for him and one for her
we all have that traveler in our life who we can’t even keep track of these days; whether it is that awesome job they took or their gypsy soul that keeps them from sitting still. it is hard to find them something unique and useful for their lifestyle, but we think we’ve found a good round up this year. hopefully you’ll agree!
- another destination pouch is a great gift your traveler can keep with them as a reminder of you
- african basket bowl is both beautiful and useful; and small enough to travel along if they like
- diana f+ is a classic and cool way for the traveler to capture all of their memories
- luggage scale to keep that impulse buyer and/or excessive packer in check while traveling
- standard travel umbrella in ultra compact case, complete with lightening bolt design
- 4 in 1 color blocked adapter for the traveler who never knows what country they will be in tomorrow
- f1 lift for baggage eye mask because if they’re going to look silly on the plane they might as well make a joke about it
- chalkboard globe for the traveler who gives many meanings to making their own map of the world
- compact blender and chopper for the traveler who loves to make their own creations anywhere they go
- 36 hours. 125 weeks in europe. may present itself as a challenge to the ambitious traveler in your life
your boss will never tell you anything on their list, so you’re left to guess what they don’t already have and would love to receive this year. this can be tough, but thankfully we put some real thought into our top ten picks this year!
- owl-engraved desk calendar is a gorgeous and simple take on the expected new year calendar gift
- white whale mixers are bold in every sense; design, humor, and flavor
- miky ipad slipcase with cardholder and usb card holder is sleek and practical
- copper patina planter because how can you go wrong with a copper planter?
- pine made pie box for safe and chemical free transport of their beloved homemade pies
- brass magnifying stand is both aesthetically pleasing and useful in viewing the finer things in life
- wire pencil holder for a more industrial and stylish way to organize writing utensils
- black push pencil from the classic company, kaweco, comes a sleek mechanical pencil
- therm-o bottle is the ultimate eco-friendly, reusable bottle; featuring a removable tea strainer
- acrylic and gold tone stapler and tape dispenser would look great on any stylish boss’ desk this year
we know the art lover in our life doesn’t want for us to buy them art, but we still want to find that unique art related item that they never knew they couldn’t live without! we found some seriously artsy items we are particularly excited about this year!
- ancient kauri wood geo sculpture for the modern art and sculpture lover in your life
- modern art desserts by caitlin freeman pleases the eye and the tummy, if you’re ambitious enough to try
- paint strokes iphone case by rifle paper co. is the perfect pop of color and unexpected design
- antique style craft scissors because honestly, these are beautiful and we need them just because
- mirrored half circle garland for the art lover who could also use a little mirror action in their home
- rising of the setting sun painting by wayne pate for an affordable and cheery piece of art
- mini coloring book for the art lover in your life who enjoys drawing and/or coloring
- pantone inspirational color palettes for the art lover who truly loves color
- moca membership for the art lover who frequents the museum and would love to do so freely
- decorative hand painted arrow to serve an aesthetic and possibly symbolic purpose for an art lover
we can probably all agree that children are the most fun to buy gifts for, partially because we get to channel our own inner child and reminisce on our childhood holiday celebrations. while the options are endless, this can leave us overwhelmed as well, so we’ve gathered our top ten items for this year!
- metallic piggy bank is a funky take on the classic saving method we grew up with
- chalkboard door hanger because what kid doesn’t love to put a message on their door?
- colorful splash tray that a kid can imagine many uses for; food, junk holder, or pencil tray
- cardboard animal heads because they’re playful, eco-friendly, and animal friendly
- silkscreened kite for a day at the beach and a lesson in flight (and patience)
- multicolor pompom garland for a colorful and festive accent to be enjoyed all year round
- fashion designer kit for that stylish child that loves all of your fashion magazines
- sleep like a tiger is a new and adorable bedtime read that is sure to become a classic
- slim sonic toothbrush because kids love electric toothbrushes and now they’re super cool
- mr. food face plates which of course, reminds us of our beloved wooly willy toy
we all have an animal lover in our life, and we are proudly that animal lover who has dogs instead of children! we’ve rounded up our top ten picks for the animal lover in your life this year!
- animal prints because they’re totally adorable and would brighten anyone’s day
- vintage butterfly tray mostly because it is beautiful, but useful and unique as well
- dog grooming tools so the pups can always look and smell their very best
- soopertramp preppy dog collar for the sophisticated and stylish pup (matching leash available!)
- phoney baloney bacon & coconut treats because who doesn’t love bacon, especially when no piggies are actually involved
- cat tipi for that cat who needs a stylish abode to hideaway in after a long day of sun bathing
- dog peacoat because contrary to popular belief, some pups are sensitive to the cold
- turtleshell lidded candle serves as a decorative object when not in use
- fancy dog bowl for the design minded dog owner in your life who appreciates a good gingham
- bird by andrew zuckerman is an incredibly vibrant and beautiful book that anyone would appreciate
as exciting as it is to host gatherings, we all know how much work it also includes, so we never show up to a party empty handed! see below for our favorite gifts for the hostess this year to show your appreciation!
- metallic zebra dish makes a glam catch all that can be used almost anywhere
- paper placemats for an interesting yet disposable addition to any gathering
- embroidered bucket is an adorable place to stow cooking utensiles or even makeup brushes
- dipped salad servers are eco-friendly and bring a pop of color to the table
- hand painted ceramic vases for the hostess who needs some creative storage
- baking kits from babycakes because if anyone isn’t obsessed yet, they will be
- photo tips towel for the hostess who likes to photograph her kitchen adventures
- soma water filter because we truly believe everybody on your list should have one
- sparklettes for a hostess to have on hand for any special occasion that arises
- test tube to spice rack is great for space saving, convenience, and display
we also like to show our neighbors some thanks for the holidays, just for being near and dear! below we have some no fail gifts that are perfect for someone you may not know so well!
- colorful backgammon set because nothing breaks the ice like a classic game
- antique mirror box to be used as a catch all or to hide away special items for safe keeping
- universe terrarium for the plant loving neighbor who appreciates good design as well
- vintage blue glass bottle is beautiful and can be worked into almost any style of decor
- brass plant mister because who doesn’t want to hydrate their plants in style?
- stick lighter to keep out on any table or windowsill without being an eye sore
- stargazer lights to accent any area of the home without feeling cheesy
- soap bars that might be too pretty to use but are great to have on hand for guests
- silver pyramid vase because this unique vase can serve many purposes
- incense for the neighbor who loves a wonderful smelling home
world renowned, award winning artist, andy goldsworthy, has had the world in awe for close to 40 years. thanks to mister finch we got a look at some of his newer work recently and are enraptured all over again. goldsworthy, is a british sculptor, photographer and environmentalist, who produces site-specific sculpture and land art situated in natural and urban settings. most of us were introduced to goldsworthy in the 2001 documentary directed by thomas riedelsheiner, rivers and tides, which documents goldsworthy in action, at home in his natural surroundings. if you havent seen it, is a must watch and can be viewed in its entirety on youtube.
goldsworthy is most famous for his ephemeral works, in which he often uses only his bare hands, teeth, and found tools to prepare and arrange the materials. the materials used in his art often include brightly colored flowers, icicles, leaves, mud, pinecones, snow, stone, twigs, and thorns. there is no glue involved, no paint, no scissors, just nature. goldsworthy takes great pride in the process of his art, which seems to provoke a meditative quality in creator and viewer. his work below is just a small sampling of his large and ever growing collection.
we’ve been using wood for thousands of years for both construction and fuel, but artists are constantly trying to expand our perception of how wood can be used. once we saw the unique wooden textiles of elisa strozyk, we began searching for other innovative wood projects. with the ongoing trend of repurposing reclaimed wood for all types of projects, the natural beauty of wood has come back into focus. the artists’ work shown below has taken wood and furniture construction to the next level.
yard sale project is made up of two artists, ian spencer and cairn young, based out of london. with their many furniture pieces, they have utilized a chaotic mixture of woods and made them feel harmonious and balanced. by using this chaotic construction technique, ysp has broken free of traditional woodwork boundaries. we are amazed by their chair, roccapina v, and would love to see it in person! for more work by yard sale project, check out their website.
best known for being a well-rounded artist and social activist, ai wei wei’s work encompasses diverse fields including fine arts, curating, architecture, social criticism, and more recently, music videos. his work entitled “grapes” 2011 is a poignant example of artwork that defies outdated notions about culture. the stools, from the qing dynasty 1644-1911, have been expertly utilized to complete ai wei wei’s grape-like design. If you like “grapes”, check out his website, where you can see how diverse and adept ai wei wei really is!
via ai weiwei
chilean born, and now new york based, sebastian errazuriz is an artist and designer capable of holding two opposing ideas in his mind at once. the porcupine cabinet does just that, and questions the traditional cost-efficient paradigm of how furniture must be made. pieces from errazuriz will make a statement in any home or place of business, as well as function for everyday use. pictured with his tree table, sebastian is as sleek as his designs. for more statement pieces by sebastian errazuriz check out his website.
being a huge fan of fibers design and innovative wood work, we were in awe when we spotted the experimental work of elisa strozyk. born in berlin, strozyk received her master’s degree in future textile design from londons central saint martins college in 2009. although she is a young artist, her work is redefining the way we use and relate to everyday materials. wooden textiles, her most indepth series of work, challenges us to break through the self-imposed limitations we currently have on decor accents. wooden textiles was created for an entirely new tactile experience, and to literally reconnect us with an extremely familiar material in a way we have never known. beyond reconnecting us, it is reminding us to use natural materials that grow abundantly, over man made products that create much more waste and may harm the environment. her incredible half wood, half textile creations are something we have surely never seen before! to see more of her work visit her website.
all images via elisa strozyk
for better or for worse, 2012 was the year of the chevron stripe. we had chevron headboards, chevron coffee mugs, and an excessive amount of chevron stripe throws. while looking for an updated throw for this fall, we saw the classic herringbone, and the traditional ultra soft throw with fringe, but we are prepping for fall with moroccan inspired textiles! the typical kilim textile is based on a specific type of weaving, and can be very intricate and full of color. today we are opting for a more modern kilim style print, merging eastern technique and western simplicity. whether you are looking for eco-friendly, inexpensive, or simply luxurious, you’ll find your match with one of our picks for the season.
via miss buttercup
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