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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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Fashion’s beloved “It Girl,” Garance Doré recently collaborated with another favorite, Rifle Paper Co. Photographer, illustrator, and author, Garance’s whimsical aesthetic and refined sensibilities are a great addition to the world of specialty stationery. The collection features some really charming items, ranging from French-adorned cards to quirky notepads and pocket notebooks. Staying true to her first love, this collaboration also showcases Garance’s lively, evocative, and sweet fashion illustrations. As a stationery hoarder, it’s hard to pick a favorite!

{ Images via Garance Doré and Rifle Paper Co }

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Valek Rolling Pins

by Joanna on April 14, 2014

Polish designer Zuzia Zuber creates these quirky, clever laser-engraved rolling pins for her Etsy shop, Valek. As an avid baker, she was not satisfied with the decorative rolling pins available on the market. So she purchased a laser engraver and sought to make her own. Thanks to tons of testing—and presumably eating—Zuzia has designed a rolling pin that is perfect for making cookie decorating a breeze. The pins emboss the dough with adorable patterns. With an array to choose from—ahem, cats—it’s really hard to select a favorite.

{ Images via Valek }

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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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Ashley Le Quere

by Alexis on April 9, 2014

I first spotted the work of Melbourne-based illustrator and surface designer Ashley Le Quere on a wall—several of her patterns have been translated to wallpapers—and wanted to find out more about her. Well, I found plenty more to love in her portfolio. Ashley studied illustration at the University of the West of England and graduated in 2009. While she does work as an illustrator, her real passion is for surface design. Ashley combines traditional media—like watercolor and pen and ink—with digital creations. I especially love the way the scale of her motifs translate. The detail and texture is just as beautiful in smaller scale prints as a floor-to-ceiling application. Many of Ashley’s works are available in her Society6 shop.

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