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Paula Greif

by Joanna on February 25, 2015

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Drawing on her background in graphic design, Paula Greif has created a gorgeous line of ceramics. Actually, her background is extremely diverse and includes art direction at Condé Nast and Avedon Studio, a Super 8 rock video for The Smiths, and directing TV commercials.

Most of Greif’s pieces are made of porcelain glazed in white and featuring her visually interesting wobbly-line artwork. She pulls inspiration from 20th-century potters such as Lucie Rie, Beatrice Wood, and Rosanjin-Kitajoi, as well as traditional Mexican folk pottery and American stoneware. Personally, I’m just excited to see a potter who embraces the cat form!

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{ Images via Paula Greif }

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J.M. Generals

by Joanna on February 24, 2015

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The closer my new apartment comes into sight, the more I daydream about what I want to use to fill it. My latest home decor crush is J.M. Generals, purveyor of hand-woven textiles, American cashmere, scented candles, and soaps. New York-based designer Jeffrey Monteiro started J.M. Generals with the idea of designing essential products for conscious living. Each product feels totally useful, but also very minimalist as well.

J.M. Generals works closely with independent makers, farmers, and producers, and possesses a strong affinity for the use of recycled materials, as well as sourcing materials made in America and selling goods free of traditional retail markups. The result? Products that make you feel good all over. Personally, I’ve got my heart set on an American cashmere throw, something I can envision being in my family and home for many years to come.

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{ Images via J.M. Generals }

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Chipper Things

by Joanna on February 23, 2015

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Becky Murphy, also known as Chipper Things, is a self-proclaimed “avid doodler, positive thinker, and pun-maker.” More specifically, Murphy is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer from Austin with a fantastic sense of humor. My personal favorite among her clever prints is the Should I Wash My Hair Today? design, but, really, they are all pretty damn phenomenal.

To enjoy even more of Murphy’s humor and gorgeous lettering and illustration, be sure to pick up a copy of her first book entitled, 100 Reasons Why It’s Awesome To Be Small.

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Ohhio

by Joanna on February 19, 2015

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Holy cow—at least that’s what I said when I first discovered these oversized knit blankets by Ohhio on Etsy. Handmade by Anna Mo in Ukraine, these massive blankets are beyond perfect for my new loft apartment.* Each one is super soft and made with 100 percent merino wool, thus ensuring a certain lightness and hypoallergenic properties. The yarn itself originates from Australian merino sheep and comes in a rainbow of colors. As for the most dramatic feature of these designs, each stitch measures a whopping 3 inches, making these blankets both functional and a work of art.

*For more on my move, and the latest news on my next home, hop over to my personal blog, Jojotastic.

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Clay Opera

by Joanna on February 18, 2015

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Pardon my slight hyperbole, but I’ve never seen a spoon rest that I have loved as much as this one from Clay Opera. Created by artist Marta Turowska in Warsaw, Clay Opera is an Etsy shop specializing in sweet, yet functional objects with a flare for cute animal shapes. The shop is bursting with fun things that you didn’t even know you needed: a fruit bowl in the shape of a distorted chicken, a cloud soap dish, or even a hand-painted octopus sink. I’d have to say my favorite detail of Marta’s work is her use of a dark-colored clay, which is somewhat uncommon. When she layers the colored glazes, the darker clay base lends almost a milky cast to the colors, something that makes them feel a bit like a fantastic children’s illustration.

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