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Napa Valley Showhouse

by Anh-Minh on October 17, 2014

jrachman_napashowhouse1Not that any of us probably need another reason to visit the Napa Valley—the dining scene alone makes it a great destination!—but now through November 16, there’s this: Traditional Home‘s Napa Valley Showcase at Caldwell Vineyard.

One of my favorite local designers, Jonathan Rachman, is participating in the event. (The space was photographed by regular Anthology contributor Thayer Allyson Gowdy.) “I am an old-school and romantic person, so as soon as I entered the cheesebarn’s breakfast room and explored the bathroom, the entire mood of the rustic space inspired my soul,” he says, adding that the “intention was to preserve the most nostalgic and rustic elements of the barn, while keeping it current.”

If you’re going to be in the Napa area in the coming weeks, don’t miss this great opportunity to see some incredible rooms in a stunning setting.

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{ All photos by  Thayer Allyson Gowdy for Traditional Home‘s Napa Valley Showcase }

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Kim Baise Mobiles

by Anh-Minh on October 16, 2014

kimbaise_mobile1Los Angeles artist Kim Baise‘s work appeals to me on an aesthetic and a nostalgic level: one of my earliest memories involving decorative objects is my childhood mobile (it was a polka-dotted umbrella with animals suspended from it), and I can’t even tell you how many elementary school projects I did that involved papier-mâché (a reindeer for a holiday scene stands out).

Back to Baise: How ridiculously cute are her ice-cream mini mobile strands (shown above)? Each one consists of five treats, among them an orange creamsicle with a bite taken out for extra whimsy. If you’re on the hunt for a cool mobile and already have a particular motif in mind, good news: Baise allows for customization. In addition to what she offers in her Etsy shop, you can see more of Baise’s creations on her blog.

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{ All images from Kim Baise }

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Signe Yberg Ceramics

by Anh-Minh on October 10, 2014

signeyberg_jugSigne Yberg is a Brooklyn-based stylist who, about four years ago, started dabbling in clay. And I for one, am glad she did! On her website, she notes that she is “inspired by color and texture, and drawn to simple shapes, clean lines, and elegant proportions. I like to make functional pottery—pieces that I want to use in my own home—to add beauty to daily rituals and special occasions.”

Yberg’s handcrafted collection includes bowls, cups, vases, and other vessels. My favorite is the Glug Jug—shown above in coral, with gray and white stripes on the speckled buff stoneware. It’s large enough to hold the contents of an entire bottle of wine, and there are also matching cups … Well, when the pieces aren’t sold out, that is!

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{ All images from Signe Yberg }

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Petra Börner

by Anh-Minh on October 9, 2014

pborner_autumnredI was in London last week, which explains why I’ve had UK-based designers and artists on my brain lately—including Petra Börner. Currently based in London, Börner hails from Sweden. And I think you can really see a Scandinavian influence in her beautiful illustrations. I love her bold and graphic interpretation of nature-inspired imagery.

In addition to prints—the above is entitled Autumn Red—Börner offers notebooks, textiles, and other paper goods in her online shop. I might have to pick up a copy of her sketchbook for myself (it includes 18 illustrations from her sketchbook), as well as a couple of coloring books as holiday gifts (yes, December will be here before we know it!).

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{ All images from Petra Börner }

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Shilo Engelbrecht

by Anh-Minh on October 3, 2014

sengelbrecht1Australia-raised artist Shilo Engelbrecht currently works out a studio in Cambridge, U.K., where she creates oil paintings that are later digitally printed on home textiles such as tablecloths, napkins, and pillows. I love the vibrancy and sense of movement that her pieces exude.

The hand-finished housewares are available in limited editions as part of her Älv line. You can even purchase her fabrics by the meter for interior projects like upholstery and drapes. Engelbrecht also does custom work, so you can have her textiles made in whatever color you desire.

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{ All photos via Shilo Engelbrecht }

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