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With spring (finally) here and warmer temps on the horizon, now’s a good time to start thinking about potting plants and adding more greenery to your home. If you’re looking for handsome, yet simple planter options, look no further than these leather adorned terra cotta pots from Love Dart. Described as “the plain terra cotta pot transformed,” the designs feature diagonal cross-stitching on full grain leather. With details like contrasting waxed Irish linen thread and three shades of leather, they make for a great gift for a friend—or yourself. And it’s an especially nice that each is made to order and stitched by hand.

{ Images via Love Dart }

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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 }

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Fort Standard

by Anh-Minh on April 10, 2014

I’m always excited to come across a new-to-me store that stocks home accessories and furnishings that I haven’t previously seen. That was the case with Fort Standard, a Brooklyn-based studio founded by Gregory Buntain and Ian Collings. They’ve collaborated with other brands (such as Roll & Hill, Areaware, and All-Clad), as well as design and make their own products that, as they put it on their site, “exemplify an understanding of materials and the balance between form and function.”

Some of my favorite Fort Standard pieces are shown in the above photo, and you can see them in more detail below.

Standard Ware is a collection of faceted bone china, made for 1882 and produced in England.

Fort Standard’s cutting boards come in three shapes and in either American walnut or curly maple. I especially love the large donut-like hanging hole!

And on the furniture front, I’m coveting the stone and wood Elevate Table. The design is available with different geometric-shaped tops (e.g., hexagon, triangle).

{ All images from Fort Standard }

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Paper & Clay

by Joanna on April 8, 2014

Paper & Clay is one of those ceramic lines that is all about special details: the quirky loop of a teacup handle, the casual slope of a spout, and the proportional play of layered glazes. These handmade ceramic pieces are “inspired by the flawless and simple design of the Scandinavian region,” but made in a Memphis studio by artist Brit McDaniel. I especially love her pieces that are simpler in color with an almost dipped aesthetic.

{ Images via Paper & Clay }

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Cotton & Flax

by Joanna on April 7, 2014

Meet Cotton & Flax, a modern, yet casual line of textiles and fine art prints by designer and maker Erin Dollar. Each of Erin’s pieces is created as a limited edition in her Los Angeles-based studio. She begins her designs by drawing artwork by hand. Once she’s achieved a pattern she likes, she transfers it onto a silkscreen and prints onto fabrics with water-based inks. Erin then sews the linens into pillows, napkins, and coasters. The result is a line of textiles that feels like a modern-day heirloom.

{ Images via Cotton & Flax }

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