I came across this achingly beautiful entertaining spread while browsing the online wares of Spartan Shop, the impeccably styled and stocked boutique based in Austin, Texas. Entitled Sobremessa, this collaboration between Spartan and NYC-based clothing shop Apiece Apart celebrates that wonderful time after a meal when everyone lingers at the table, perhaps nibbling a few last bites and reveling in the pleasure of good food amidst good company.

Like the colors of a Dutch painting, the velvety greens, peaches and neutrals of these images are so rich and creamy—you can almost taste them. If you are feeing inspired to host a similarly elegant communal gathering, you’re in luck: All of the linens, tableware, and serving pieces are available for purchase through Spartan. Made of durable, timeless materials, these pieces will last you and your family a lifetime of sobremessa moments.



 { Images above: photographed by Currie Person and styled by Sarah Baker, via Apiece Apart }


{ Image above: some of the tableware pieces included in the spread, all available at Spartan Shop }


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 }


Workaday Handmade

by Anh-Minh on August 15, 2014

workadayForrest Lewinger is the Brooklyn ceramicist behind Workaday Handmade, a collection of one-of-a-kind vessels. I was immediately drawn to the carefree nature of his patterns. And I became even more enamored with his work when I read the story of how he launched his business, as shared by Of A Kind (which is one of my favorite shops ever):

“A Georgia guy who moved to NYC in 2011, Forrest, who spends his days as a potter and production assistant for a high-end ceramicist, decided to commit his midday meal time to creating one original piece of artwork per day—clay creations, glazed blue, that he called lunch pots. After a few months at it in 2012, these projects began to take over his apartment—and friends asked to take them off his hands. … In fact, they were the start of his own company. Since those early days, he has expanded his scope to hand-thrown and -painted cups, bowls, and vases, has mixed up his color palette, has gotten a studio space, and has added some after-hours time to the schedule.”

Quite a few of his pieces are sold out on his site, but luckily, there’s a handy list of stockists so you can track down more of his work.

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{ Images via Workaday Handmade }



Ceramics by Leah Goren

by Joanna on August 4, 2014


Best known for her quirky-cool illustrations and surface designs, Leah Goren is also trying her hand at ceramics. The Brooklyn-based artist’s fun patterns feature myriad motifs—I’m partial to the cat-inspired one above—and you can now find them on plates, vases, mugs, and cups. The ceramics are hand-built and therefore one of a kind.

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{ Images via Leah Goren; found on Cool Hunting }


Leah Ball

by Anh-Minh on April 17, 2014

Perhaps it’s because my childhood home was filled with greenery and my parents are avid gardeners—I’ve got a thing for hanging planters. The only problem? I am terrible at maintaining plants! Even succulents and air plants, which are supposed to be easy to keep, don’t survive in my care. But that doesn’t stop me from coveting planters—I just re-purpose them to hold other things. (They’re great for pens and pencils, as well as small office supplies like my stash of Post-Its and binder clips.)

Right now, I’ve got my eye on Leah Ball’s planters. I love the contrast between the marbled porcelain of the vessels and the natural rope. There’s a variety of hues, but my favorite is probably the blue-and-white combination (shown below)—although the black-and-green is a close second!

In addition to hanging planters, Leah makes dishes, cream-and-sugar sets, mugs, and tabletop planters. And she is a talented jewelry designer as well, as you can see from the cast metal collection sold in her shop. I was also thrilled to discover the “Portrait Series” section of her site; it includes a handful of short interviews with some fantastic creatives.

{ All images via Leah Ball’s Etsy shop }