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 }


I have to admit: In late 2012, when Zara finally started offering its home collection in the U.S., I didn’t love it. But I recently took another look at the company’s housewares and was rather impressed. Maybe it’s the beachy/summery vibe that their latest lookbook exudes—I know, it’s only the first day of spring and I’m already talking summer!—but I’m into their newest décor pieces.

If these muted hues aren’t quite your thing, Zara Home also has quite a selection of more vibrant furniture and accessories. Once I started clicking around, I ended up spending far more time than I thought I would on the website!

{ All images from Zara Home }


MQuan Bells

by Anh-Minh on March 14, 2014

Tall Raw Rainbow Striped Thrown Bells

I pretty much love everything in the MQuan collection—which includes pieces that are hand-formed, wheel thrown, and slip cast in stoneware, earthenware and porcelain. However, while her vases, platters, and sculptural objects are gorgeous, what I’m really coveting are her bells. There’s quite a range of them, and they vary in shape, hue, texture, and motif.

I could see a single bell adorning a wall by itself, or perhaps integrated into a salon-style gallery wall. A series of them would also be lovely, of course. If you’re considering the latter, good news: The MQuan online studio sale includes some of the bells!

Round Brown Clay Thrown Bells with African Stars

XL Thrown Flower Bell

Pinched Bells with Flowers

Medium Thrown Bells – Teardrop Raw Assorted Glazes

{ All images from MQuan }


{Off Shoots} Lisa Congdon

by Anh-Minh on March 13, 2014

Long before I ever met her, I was a fan of Lisa Congdon’s. Waaay back in 2007, when she had an art opening at Rare Device—which, at the time, was still located in Brooklyn—I bought two pieces. And I still have both of them, prominently displayed in my home office.

Now that I’ve gotten to know Lisa, my admiration extends beyond her work as an artist. So I was honored that she opened up her home to us for Issue No. 14/Winter 2014. She shares the Oakland residence with her wife, Clay Walsh, as well as several pets (including Wilfredo, shown above with Lisa). I hope you enjoy these outtakes from our photo shoot with them.

Lisa and Clay have been renting the house for just over a year. Since they couldn’t change the kitchen’s black, red, and white palette, they decided to embrace it—outfitting it with a white Odyssey table from CB2 and black Salt chairs from DWR.

Lisa, who’s in charge of the home’s décor, carried the color scheme into the art she selected for the breakfast nook. “[This] kitchen corner is one of my favorite places in the house,” says Clay.

A typical scene in the couple’s dining room: Clay reading cookbooks (it’s one of her hobbies) and Lisa sketching (she does it to relax). “Special-occasion meals,” as Clay puts it, are also enjoyed here.

The dining room has a mid-century modern/Scandinavian/Japanese vibe, right down to Lisa’s collection of vintage enamelware and the framed prints on the wall.

To read more about Lisa and Clay, as well as see additional images of their home, be sure to pick up a copy of Issue No. 14—it’s still available through most of our stockists.

{ Photos by Thayer Allyson Gowdy for Anthology Magazine }


Helen Levi

by Anh-Minh on February 27, 2014

Gilded Eye Planters

I definitely go through buying phases. When my husband and I moved into our current house, we found ourselves with a bit more square footage than before, and I went through a chair phase—picking up single chairs here and there that caught my eye, until we no longer had space or a need for additional seating. Right now, I’m on a ceramics kick. Again. I especially love that ceramics can be works of art as well as objects that can be put to use every day. (So I don’t feel like I’m just adding to the clutter in my house!)

Brooklyn-based photographer and potter Helen Levi’s pieces have been on my wish list for a while now. While her drinking vessels (below) are gorgeous, I think it’s her Gilded Eye planters (shown above) that need to come live with me very soon!

Inkspot Mug

Porcelain Drinking Jugs

Artist’s Mug and Camp Mug

{ Images from Helen Levi }