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Recreation Center Ceramics

by Joanna on October 28, 2014

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Talk about a pattern party! Meet Recreation Center. Started by Josephine Heilpern after she graduated from New York’s Cooper Union, Recreation Center is all about functional and fun ceramics. The forms themselves are simple, while the patterns and finishes are totally unique. Heilpern’s background is rich in print and sculpture, and her aesthetic is inspired in part by the Memphis design movement. These pieces are sure to perk up any dining table.

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Wallpapers from Black Crow Studio

by Joanna on October 27, 2014

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Wow, just … Wow. These wallpapers and murals by Black Crow Studios make quite the statement, don’t you think? Available as-is or totally customized, these designs are the perfect way to make a statement in your home. I find myself especially drawn to the bold watercolor series and the gemstone series and wish I could wallpaper my bathroom with them. If you’re a renter like me, Black Crow Studios also offers the ability to print their motifs on canvas or fine-art paper for framing, thus minimizing the commitment. Believe me, my interior design wheels are turning.

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{ Images via Black Crow Studios }

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Living Room by House of Honey

by Anh-Minh on October 24, 2014

houseofhoney1I have admired the homes done by Tamara Kaye-Honey of House of Honey for years; she has this refined yet fun sensibility that I just love. Yesterday, during a visit to Decorist founder Gretchen Hansen’s house, I had the pleasure of meeting the Los Angeles-based interior designer. Tamara was enlisted to work on Gretchen’s living room, and the entire scheme was developed virtually (Decorist is a site that specializes in e-design).

A photo of the living room was posted to the Anthology Instragram account yesterday, and I wanted to share a couple more images of the space here. Tamara incorporated some of the homeowners’ existing pieces into the design, which includes some chairs that I’m seriously coveting now (the tri-legged leather sling, the carved wood hand-shaped chair).

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While Gretchen wanted to stick to a fairly neutral palette, as you can see from the photos below of Tamara’s retail showroom in Pasadena, she also enjoys working with color.

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Sandro Lopez

by Joanna on October 23, 2014

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Architectural, clean, and modern—this is the work of designer Sandro Lopez, who believes in the importance of process during the creative journey. As he says: “To faithfully preserve the purity of a vision, the responsibility of the designer needs to encompass the entirety of the journey.”

Lopez recently exhibited a new collection at the London Design Festival. Isn’t the overhead view of his Parallax coffee table (below) amazing?

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{ Images via Sandro Lopez }

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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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