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StayGoldMaryRose

by Joanna on September 17, 2014

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Based in Brighton, England, StayGoldMaryRose is the Etsy shop of designer Abigail MaryRose Clark. Since 2004, Clark has repurposed vintage teacups into these oversized, fun bracelets. The teacups themselves come directly from the U.K.’s biggest manufacturer of china. By using seconds and damaged cups, Clark is able to give new life to pieces that would otherwise be tossed. The bangles have been featured in boutiques across the U.S. and the U.K., including Anthropologie. Don’t you just love the way each piece is cropped to showcase the traditional artwork in a modern way?

(Psst … Right now, with promo code SUMMERSALE15, everything in her shop is 15 percent off!)

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{ Images via StayGoldMaryRose }

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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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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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