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Quilts by Lindsay Stead

by Joanna on September 16, 2014

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Traditional quilts haven’t always done it for me. True, there is a nostalgic, Americana vibe that is not to be denied. But design-wise, they just didn’t excite me—that is, until I discovered these incredible quilts by Lindsay Stead. Graphic and modern, these strike the perfect balance between traditional quilting techniques and a bold new approach. I am truly obsessed with the “scale, asymmetry, negative space and the use of solid colors.” Each quilt is entirely handmade in Stead’s Toronto studio, making the process very personal and time-consuming.

Be sure to also follow Lindsey on Instagram for behind-the-scenes shots!

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images via Lindsay Stead

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Recipes Suspended in Mid-Air

by Joanna on September 15, 2014

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As if I needed another reason to play with my food, check out this Recipes series by Germany-based designer Nora Luther and photographer Pavel Becker. According to Luther, “the image serves as a foretaste not only of the dish but also of its preparation. The look of the ready cooked dish is left to your own imagination.” She came up with the concept, while Becker shot it.

The result is truly dynamic, energetic, and exciting—don’t you think?

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{ Photographs by Pavel Becker; via Honestly Yum }

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Thing Industries

by Anh-Minh on September 12, 2014

thingindustries1Much to my neat-freak husband’s chagrin, there’s a chair on my side of the bedroom that basically gets used as a landing spot for recently worn clothes or garments that need to be hung/folded properly. It’s a shame because it’s a lovely Chippendale chair that is often obscured by piles of sweaters, skirts, and jackets. So what I could really use is Thing Industries’ Sacrificial Chair, which is described as follows: “Like a lamb to the gods, we give you this chair to sacrifice to your clothes.” (I hope it’s back in stock soon!)

I’ve also got my eye on a couple of other Thing Industries pieces: the felt Beast Rug (which is available in dark grey on their site as well as in a spotted pattern at Of A Kind), and the Indoor Stoop which can serve as both seating and storage (clever!). I’m looking forward to seeing more great designs from this New York/New Zealand-based creative studio and store.

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{ Top and bottom images from Thing Industries. Middle image from Of A Kind. }

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Mineral and Sage

by Joanna on September 10, 2014

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Just because it’s almost fall doesn’t mean you have to give up on gardening. Lately, as the temperature has dropped, I’ve been thinking of ways to bring greenery into my home. Air plants are a personal favorite, so these beauties from Mineral and Sage are at the top of my list. Not only do you receive a Caput Medusa air plant when you shop, but you also get your pick of gorgeous gems and geodes to display them with. I love how each resembles, as shopkeeper Hannah Rich puts it, “an extraterrestrial emerging from a fallen meteorite.” While I’m picturing a grouping of these on my coffee table, they’re just as lovely as solo presentations.

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Unitedthread

by Joanna on September 9, 2014

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Around the start of summer, Alexis posted about Michelle Morin’s work. With the changing of the seasons, I have a tendency to look to new art to refresh my apartment. So I recently revisited Morin’s Etsy shop, Unitedthread, which she started as a way to share art “that is inspired by the imaginary worlds and narratives within nature.” True to this mission, her beautiful work explores nature and botanicals in a truly gorgeous way. The pieces have a great energy about them. I’m gravitating toward the ones with a black ground—they are so dramatic and feel just right as we move into that time of year when darker/cozier palettes are especially welcome! Morin is based in New Hampshire, so it’s easy to understand how nature and the water inspire her. Executed in watercolor, each work features stunning details and quirky elements.

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{ Images via Unitedthread }

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