Leah Ball

by Anh-Minh on April 17, 2014

Perhaps it’s because my childhood home was filled with greenery and my parents are avid gardeners—I’ve got a thing for hanging planters. The only problem? I am terrible at maintaining plants! Even succulents and air plants, which are supposed to be easy to keep, don’t survive in my care. But that doesn’t stop me from coveting planters—I just re-purpose them to hold other things. (They’re great for pens and pencils, as well as small office supplies like my stash of Post-Its and binder clips.)

Right now, I’ve got my eye on Leah Ball’s planters. I love the contrast between the marbled porcelain of the vessels and the natural rope. There’s a variety of hues, but my favorite is probably the blue-and-white combination (shown below)—although the black-and-green is a close second!

In addition to hanging planters, Leah makes dishes, cream-and-sugar sets, mugs, and tabletop planters. And she is a talented jewelry designer as well, as you can see from the cast metal collection sold in her shop. I was also thrilled to discover the “Portrait Series” section of her site; it includes a handful of short interviews with some fantastic creatives.

{ All images via Leah Ball’s Etsy shop }


Fort Standard

by Anh-Minh on April 10, 2014

I’m always excited to come across a new-to-me store that stocks home accessories and furnishings that I haven’t previously seen. That was the case with Fort Standard, a Brooklyn-based studio founded by Gregory Buntain and Ian Collings. They’ve collaborated with other brands (such as Roll & Hill, Areaware, and All-Clad), as well as design and make their own products that, as they put it on their site, “exemplify an understanding of materials and the balance between form and function.”

Some of my favorite Fort Standard pieces are shown in the above photo, and you can see them in more detail below.

Standard Ware is a collection of faceted bone china, made for 1882 and produced in England.

Fort Standard’s cutting boards come in three shapes and in either American walnut or curly maple. I especially love the large donut-like hanging hole!

And on the furniture front, I’m coveting the stone and wood Elevate Table. The design is available with different geometric-shaped tops (e.g., hexagon, triangle).

{ All images from Fort Standard }


If you follow Anthology on Instagram, you may have noticed that earlier this week we spent some time at the new Madeline Weinrib showroom in San Francisco. It was a real treat meeting the designer herself and checking out the gorgeous 4,000-square-foot space.

The showroom is in the Design Center, but is open to the public (i.e., not trade-only) and the plan is to have the entire Madeline Weinrib collection available at the outpost. Which is great news for fans like myself, who used to have such a hard time sourcing her products—I still remember lugging my first MW rug back from New York years ago! (My wallet, on the other hand, may consider this bad news.)

Clients can work with the showroom staff (or their own designer) to develop bespoke pieces. The bins on the right are filled with color samples.

How gorgeous is this wall of Weinrib’s ikats?

And this wall of pillows!

A rack of carpets allows visitors to examine the handwoven designs.

I especially love the postcards that represent the myriad rug patterns and colors.

Perhaps your wardrobe could use a bit of Weinrib in it? You’re in luck: Apparel and accessories are also available.

If you’re in San Francisco, I highly recommend a visit to the Madeline Weinrib showroom. (My photography does not do the place justice.) It’s located at 101 Henry Adams, Suite #101. On the ground floor, near the main entrance to the Design Center, it could not be easier to find.


Alice Tacheny

by Anh-Minh on April 3, 2014

I’ve been an admirer of Alice Tacheny’s simple and modern furniture for quite some time now. But I only recently discovered that the Bay Area-based designer also makes smaller home accessories. When I came across her Headlands series of concrete and brass vessels (shown above) at Gallery Lulo in Healdsburg, Calif., I couldn’t resist purchasing one for my entry table.

Next up on my Alice Tacheny-designed wish list? A few of her Teddy hooks, which are crafted of maple and leather; I love the combination of a peg hook and a strap. And, of course, a Tasche leather wall pocket. Measuring 9.5-by-2-by-11 inches, it should fit at least a handful of Anthology magazines. (In fact, I think I see one peeking out behind the copy of Apartamento!)

{ Images via Alice Tacheny Design }


Fireclay Tile

by Anh-Minh on March 27, 2014

When my husband and I bought our house about six years ago, I promised him that I wouldn’t push for renovations of any sort for a while. There was nothing really wrong with the interior; the bathrooms and kitchens just weren’t my style. Now that “a while” has passed, I’m starting to get antsy—thinking about the changes I’d like to make.

Toward the top of my wish list? Fireclay Tile designs. The Bay Area company produces beautiful glass and ceramic tiles made of locally sourced and recycled materials. I especially love the array of colorful handpainted tiles, shown above. Since I haven’t been able to commit to a kitchen backsplash or bathroom wall full of them, right now, I’m using a few as coasters. Fingers crossed that I’ll be able to incorporate the Fireclay tiles in my home on a larger scale very soon!

P.S. Fireclay currently has a showroom in San Jose, CA, and is officially opening a new location in San Francisco next week! The space, below, looks gorgeous.

And here are just a few installation shots (good inspiration!):

{ Images from Fireclay Tile }