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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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Nightwood NY

by Anh-Minh on February 20, 2015

ag_nightwood_issue18I’ve been working in Park City, Utah, this week and woke up to a flurry of snow today. It got me thinking about Anitha Gandhi’s home, shown above and featured in Issue No. 18 of Anthology. It may seem odd that I associated wintry weather with such a colorful abode—unless you know Anitha’s approach to her décor:

No matter what the conditions outside, she could at least conjure an interior that transports her to a warm destination. “I wanted it to feel like the Caribbean, with super saturated colors,” Anitha says.

Anitha worked with Nightwood NY, a Brooklyn-based furniture, textile, and interior design duo. Ry Scruggs and Nadia Yaron were responsible for so many of the pieces in Anitha’s home. I couldn’t believe how much they designed, built, or sourced! Below are a few more images from their portfolio.

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The next time I’m in New York, I’d love to visit Nightwood’s showroom, which is open by appointment only. In the meantime, I’ve been checking out their online shop and have got my eye on the totem weaving.

P.S. If you’d like to see the full feature on Anitha’s home, be sure to pick up a copy of Issue No. 18 from one of our stockists.

{ Top image by David A. Land for Anthology. Remaining images via Nightwood NY }

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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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{ Images via Ohhio }

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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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{ images via Clay Opera }

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Spartan

by Joanna on February 17, 2015

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Ever on the hunt for destinations when traveling, Spartan is at the top of my list for an upcoming trip to Austin. Partners with the San Francisco shop Voyager, Spartan is chock full of gorgeously designed goods that are each special in their own right. To me, this aesthetic has a modern bohemian vibe—rich, but casual, and definitely useful.

In their own words, Spartan seeks to offer objects that are practical, but “without straying far from our core inventory of reliable, classic items.” Everything in this shop is so beautiful, I’m going to need an extra suitcase for all the goodies I plan to buy.

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{ Images via Spartan }

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