Decorating

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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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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Onefortythree

by Anh-Minh on September 24, 2014

onefortythree_industrialI recently visited a friend who bought her first apartment last year, and she has been slowly decorating it ever since. When I saw her bedroom, I had to ask about the sconces flanking the bed; they were from Onefortythree. As soon as I got back to my computer, I started clicking around the site and found the perfect sconce for my home office. I had a very specific list of requirements and had been searching for quite some time, so I was thrilled. (I can’t believe I hadn’t come across Onefortythree sooner!)

Onefortythree started out as a blog by Logan and his wife Roxy. In the process of furnishing their own house (the street number = 143), he was making a bunch of cool stuff and documenting them online. That eventually led to an e-store with his handcrafted designs. In addition to lighting, he fabricates chairs and small-scale storage—all fairly simple and exhibiting clean lines that would work well in pretty much any interior. The pieces are made to order, so there may not be instant gratification, but it’s worth the wait.

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{ All images from Onefortythree }

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Thing Industries

by Anh-Minh on September 12, 2014

thingindustries1Much to my neat-freak husband’s chagrin, there’s a chair on my side of the bedroom that basically gets used as a landing spot for recently worn clothes or garments that need to be hung/folded properly. It’s a shame because it’s a lovely Chippendale chair that is often obscured by piles of sweaters, skirts, and jackets. So what I could really use is Thing Industries’ Sacrificial Chair, which is described as follows: “Like a lamb to the gods, we give you this chair to sacrifice to your clothes.” (I hope it’s back in stock soon!)

I’ve also got my eye on a couple of other Thing Industries pieces: the felt Beast Rug (which is available in dark grey on their site as well as in a spotted pattern at Of A Kind), and the Indoor Stoop which can serve as both seating and storage (clever!). I’m looking forward to seeing more great designs from this New York/New Zealand-based creative studio and store.

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{ Top and bottom images from Thing Industries. Middle image from Of A Kind. }

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