Founded by creative director and designer Sarah Sherman Samuel, A Sunny Afternoon is an eclectic online boutique with an exquisite range of tabletop textiles. This bright and cheerful collection was “born out of Sarah’s desire to create a line that marries her style with her love of the outdoors, gathering for a meal, and the handmade.” In fact, most of the items in the shop are made in her father’s Michigan workshop, including the heirloom-quality wooden serving boards. We also love Sarah’s cheerful textiles—especially the napkins. Each piece is handmade in the U.S. using a linen/cotton blend fabric and brightly colored prints. These pieces are picnic-perfect, don’t you think?

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Ombre Tiles from Clé

by Joanna on March 10, 2014

Attention anyone remodeling a bathroom or kitchen: these ombre tiles from Clé are all that you need. The Watermark Collection is made of porcelain dipped, painted, stained, and washed with indigo pigments for this “dreamy, meditative, and wildly dissimilar” appearance. The effect is both striking and calming, much like the ocean. Plus, because the tiles are hand-formed and slow-fired, each one differs from the next. The end result is as much art as function.

{ Images from Clé via Remodelista }

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Allied Maker

by Joanna on March 4, 2014

Inspired by geometric simplicity, a respect and love of craftsmanship, and high-quality materials, Allied Maker is the ultimate in contemporary lighting. Composed of a delicate balance of metal, wood, glass, and even fabric, each handsome fixture is “minimalist, but expressive.” Lightbulbs are held in place with hand-stitched vegetable-tanned leather, juxtaposing organic and industrial elements. Even the humble cord is elevated when it’s made of cotton braided into a herringbone weave. Small details such as these promise that pieces from Allied Maker will become treasured heirlooms.

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Scout & Whistle

by Alexis on February 25, 2014

I knew I’d love the wares at online shop Scout & Whistle when I read their mission to “combine modern design, natural history, and cabin life, making housewares for your imaginary A-frame in the woods.” Wait, I’m not the only one with an imaginary A-frame? Vanessa Boer and Darren Pasemko are the creative minds behind Scout & Whistle. Their day jobs keep them busy as an illustrator/craft stylist and filmmaker/animator, respectively, and on the side they curate Scout & Whistle with both new and vintage finds.

The shop doesn’t disappoint, with a beautiful line of pillows made from wool sourced from Oregon-based Pendleton. (Vanessa and Darren recently relocated from Brooklyn to Oregon.) Indeed, any of these would be perfect in an imaginary A-frame, and in the meantime, even in a real life home.

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Ace & Jig for Beautiful Dreamers

by Joanna on February 18, 2014

Hailing from Williamsburg, Beautiful Dreamers is the ultimate retail and art space for the free spirited, bohemian set. Founded by stylists April Hughes and Marina Burini, this boutique is beautifully curated. Recently, they debuted a collaboration with fashion design team Ace & Jig. The line is made from hand-loomed Indian textiles pieced together by Pauline Boyd of Counterpane. Each pillow and quilt features a unique composition of shapes, textiles, and textures in both unexpected and traditional patterns. The total patchwork effect is a look that has touches of heirloom, while also being totally new and very, very cool.

{ Photos from Beautiful Dreamers }