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Carin’s Paper Party

by Joanna on December 15, 2014

carinspaperpartyAre you one of those people who sends out cards every holiday season? I always try to be, but it seems like my intentions get the best of me. That’s why I was delighted to discover the Etsy shop of my college friend Carin, called Carin’s Paper Party. Not only are her adorable holiday cards available in paper form, but they are always available as a download!

Here’s what that means: You can save on shipping time by downloading her awesome Hanukkah artwork and printing it yourself. Perfect for all those last-minute people out there (read: me). Oh and my personal favorite? The adorable doxie menorah design shown above.

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Hopscotch

by Joanna on December 11, 2014

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It’s that time of year again—gift-shopping season! I’m always on the lookout for gift-giving sources and my latest favorite is Hopscotch, a London-based online boutique. They believe in good design and have stocked the shop with some gorgeously hand-picked pieces. The mix is a curation of products from the U.K., along with works by international designers and vintage pieces from Europe. From yummy fragranced candles to linen pillows and pastel pens, they make for some truly unique gifts.

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Kalon Studios

by Joanna on December 9, 2014

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I am kind of always on the lookout for good furniture, to the point where my apartment sometimes feels like a revolving showroom. I’m in that phase of life where I’m finally starting to accumulate pieces that are meaningful, pieces I want to keep forever. Next on the list? Furniture from Kalon Studios, such as these adorable Stump stools or maybe even the Backcountry stool for all of my road-trip adventures.

With a devotion to sustainability, Kalon Studios uses renewable, biodegradable, non-toxic, and food-safe raw materials. In fact, being green is so important to them that they use a combination of both old and new manufacturing techniques to create their heirloom-quality furniture. For example, the Echo dresser is made with FSC-certified solid maple that is finished with non-toxic wood oil. It’s great when a firm is doing work that you can appreciate and admire on so many levels.

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Jude Allman Pottery

by Joanna on December 8, 2014

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This holiday season, I’m trying to focus on giving gifts that are handmade and unique. Among my favorite lines is Jude Allman Pottery over on Etsy; it’s full of beautiful, hand-thrown stoneware pieces. Allman’s aesthetic is simple and uncluttered, making his wares a seamless fit into any kitchen.

I especially love the dipped line, which is reminiscent of landscapes. From pitchers to bowls to vases, these functional works of art are definitely on my list to give (and receive).

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Lighting by Score + Solder

by Joanna on December 3, 2014

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We previously shared the terrariums and planters by Score + Solder; but now that it gets dark so early, it seems like a great time to revisit the British Columbia-based studio of Matthew Cleland and highlight his incredible lighting collection. These geometric beauties combine various materials and techniques, such as reclaimed fir wooden bases and richly tinted stained glass. Each lamp is handmade and uses lead-free solder. What I find most interesting about Cleland’s work is how modern it feels, while incorporating very traditional techniques.

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