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Sweet Gum Co.

by Joanna on November 12, 2014

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As a fan of one-of-a-kind and handmade design, I was delighted to recently discover Sweet Gum Co., a boutique specializing in Southern-made provisions. The shop is bursting with pieces both vintage and handcrafted, hailing from Tennessee and the South. The real treat here is that each item is selected to carry on the storytelling tradition of the South. Whether it’s a wooden stirring spoon that’s made to use a family recipe or a handbuilt serving bowl full of warm biscuits, these pieces tell a story while also bearing witness to the new stories you create in your home.

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{ Images via Sweet Gum Co. }

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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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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 }

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The Making of a Rag Doll

by Anh-Minh on September 5, 2014

jessbrown1Since launching Anthology four years ago, I’ve had the opportunity to interview and write about people whose work I’ve long admired. Among them is Jess Brown; her work, studio, and home are featured in Issue No. 16/Summer 2014. The Petaluma, California-based maker of artisan rag dolls also offers home and apparel collections—and now she can add “author” to her list of accomplishments!

Jess’ book, The Making of a Rag Doll: Design & Sew Modern Heirlooms, which includes photographs by Tristan Davison, came out just a few days ago. It includes patterns and instructions for creating your own rag dolls and ensembles for them. I’m excited to try my hand at the projects, and am thinking that they’ll make some excellent holiday gifts this year.

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{ All photos from The Making of a Rag Doll }

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Fabric Food

by Joanna on September 4, 2014

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Confession: I love playing with my food. This could explain why I was so pumped to find this awesome collaboration between designer Anna Lomax, photographer Victoria Ling, and art director Mark Kenney. This series of fabric food was inspired by pop culture and focused on the meals they wanted for the day. Each meal—whether salmon with veggies or eggs on toast—was rendered by Anna in fabric with needle and thread. The beauty is really in the details. For example, how incredible is the tape measure egg including a smear on the knife?

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