Thanks to a retweet from Kate, I just discovered the beautiful home goods store Cotton & Flax. Run out of Los Angeles by artist/textile designer Erin Dollar, Cotton & Flax has a product line that is pretty much demanding to climb into a box and fly across the country to my house. I just spent about half an hour clicking through the shop, and I think I may have marked every single item as a favorite.
Clockwise from top left:
♡ Black Diamonds Tea Towel
♡ Confetti-Patterned Wool Felt Coasters
♡ White Plus Tea Towel
♡ Linen Brushstrokes Pillow
Erin also writes a Cotton & Flax blog, where she shares some of her own favorite handmade goods, as well as behind-the-scenes peeks at her studio. PLUS!! She also shares freebies for download, like these insanely cute patterned iPhone wallpapers. I don’t know about you, but I like to try to match my phone to my tea towels.
EEEEEE! Postcards!! I used to send postcards out all the time because they’re so low-hassle: Cheap stamp, no envelope, small space = fast writing, not to mention the fact that anyone can and will read the back keeps me from saying anything too dumb. I don’t know why I stopped, but I need to order a couple of packs — because who doesn’t like to get a little real mail every now and then? Especially if it’s neon pink.
All photos © Cotton & Flax
When I was in San Francisco, I visited the new Little Paper Planes storefront, run by my friend Kelly Lynn Jones. Kelly has such a good eye for art and design, and I’ve been a fan of her online shop for ages — it was so cool to see it all come to life in one beautifully curated space.
I must have touched/admired at least two dozen objects while I was in there, but the ones I was drawn to immediately were the pieces by Brooklyn-based Small Spells, created by ceramist Rachel Howe. I picked up a crescent moon cup as a thank you gift for a friend, and made a mental note to check out Small Spells online later in the day. I’m so glad I did, because Rachel’s work is really up my alley — that perfect combination of bold geometry and soft, organic shapes and muted (yet rich) colors. I want everything in her shop!
These planters are so sweet. I’m a notoriously black-thumbed when it comes to indoor plants, but lately I’ve been trying to practice by caring for a few smaller plants at once instead of one giant, potted creature that’s basically like having a pet. These little pots are perfect for putting on a windowsill or a small ledge in the kitchen, and I’m going to need to get a hanging planter for our bathroom. I love that wee cactus peeking out of the top!
And finally, a few pictures from the Small Spells Instagram! The mudcloth-inspired cup on the top loft is from a new series Rachel is working on. I can’t wait to see more! I’m feeling a Small Spells collection coming on…
✚ Bright green and black vintage wool blanket from Hindsvik
With any luck we’ll be heading out of wool blanket territory soon (28°F in the third week of March? Ugh!), but you know me and blankets. I really love the intense green of this vintage striped one from Hindsvik. Bright green looks so great with pale wood and black/white interiors!
✚ snug.abc poster from Snug Studio
The shapes that make up the alphabet in this poster from Snug Studio are based on the shape of classic building blocks—like the ones I’m playing with in this photo! The next time I know someone who’s having a kid, this is what they’re getting from me.
✚ Plus Sign vinyl wall decals from UrbanWalls
I don’t really think of myself as being a wall decal person, but these guys from UrbanWalls are really appealing to me. They come in a whole bunch of color options, including GOLD! Can you imagine a bathroom covered in gold crosses on black walls? Swanky!! Or pale gray walls with white crosses? So pretty.
✚ Hand printed Mountain leggings and Mountain pillow
I couldn’t choose between the leggings and the pillow, so I went with both. To be honest, though, I kind of want everything in the Thief & Bandit shop. (p.s. They have another shop full of amazing kids’ stuff, too!)
✚ Festoon ceiling light set from Raw Dezign
This is such a simple idea, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it done before. This string of ceiling-mounted lights from Raw Dezign comes with hooks for hanging and a choice of 13 different colors of braided cloth cord. You can contact them directly if you’re interested in a different length, too.
What’s on your Etsy wishlist right now?
This is Mommy and Evan, both looking very cute in stripes over the weekend. I wonder if they called each other in the morning and planned their outfits. They claim coincidence, but I’m not so sure!
Isn’t that color-blocked, knitted necklace my mother is wearing great? I gave it to her for her birthday. It’s the work of Nguyen Le, a crafter based in Brooklyn who sells handmade accessories under the name KnitKnit. I found it at Clay Wood & Cotton in Beacon (which is a great little store to check out if you happen to be up that way), but you can get one through the KnitKnit Etsy shop.
That’s all. Amid all of the hurricane news and anxiety over tomorrow’s presidential election, I felt the need to post something that just makes me smile. My mother and my husband make me smile, especially when they’re in matching stripes.
✚ Geometrical Illusion pouch from CORIUMI
I love how delicate this pouch looks despite the geometric print. Big zippered pouches like this are great for organizing stuff inside of larger bags, and I can’t seem to stop buying them! Fancy people who go to fancy events (I’m not one of those people) could even use this one as a clutch, too. Have you ever looked at the CORIUMI shop? There are all kinds of nice things for sale in all different colors.
✚ Collages and prints from Edu Barba
I first spotted Spanish artist Edu Barba’s work hanging in the kitchen at Manhattan Nest. A bunch of them have a Dadaist sensibility that’s really appealing to me. Three is my favorite number and I’m a sucker for soft textures and subtle geometric forms, so this guy is coming home to live with me. I have a feeling more will follow.
✚ Color block iPhone cases from Blissful Case
Yeah, these have Anna written all over them, I know. These two are my favorites, but there are a bunch of cute, reasonably-priced options in the Blissful Case shop. I like having a few “clothing” options for my iPhone—less for protection than for fun, I guess.
✚ Brass himmeli mobile from Veronika Maria
I saved this himmeli mobile for last because I’m completely obsessed with it. Traditionally these Finnish mobiles are made of straw and used as Christmas decorations, but this one is built from thin brass tubing and would really look incredible hanging all year round. It’s not in my budget, alas, but I can still admire it from afar. If you buy it, send me a picture if it in your house so I can feel envious!
p.s. Last year I wrote about himmeli made of stirrer-straws from AMradio over at Honey Kennedy. I love them, too!
All product photos from the respective shops linked beneath them.