It’s been years since I’ve stepped foot into an Ikea. I’m sure it’s because at some point in my twenties, I finally swore off ever having to assemble another dresser with a hex key again. Never again. After my first real job, there was a lot of pride in thinking I was above build-it-yourself furniture, paper lanterns, plastic waste baskets and Swedish meatballs. Oh, how out of touch I’ve been. My recent visit to Ikea set off a hundred lightbulbs and I was probably most excited when I came across a huge bin of $3.99 woven rugs. Hello!! This is what I’ve been missing out on? DIY, DIY, DIY, DIY. The Signe rug is far too small for its intended use. It is, however, the perfect size for so many other things, including a large market tote. Bingo. After brining home the rug in every color way (I had forgotten how you always spend more than you plan to at Ikea), I experimented and created the easiest method to creating the perfect summer beach bag. And just you wait, there will be many more Ikea inspired tutorials (or should I say “hacks”) coming soon!
Take a close look at this home. Pay close attention to the details and you’ll realize it’s the little subtleties that make this home, belonging to Swedish interior and furniture designer Amelia Widel, so incredibly special. The mix of greyish blue walls, the layered art (who knew the back of a stretched canvas could look so chic?), the use of a sideboard as shoe storage, and the luxe velvet seating makes for an effortless, Parisian-esque boho vibe.
Perfecting the art of shirting was the mission behind Paloma Canut and Ana Marroquín’s label, Sunad. The Spanish designers’ slow fashion approach means a commitment to ethically sourcing natural cottons and luxurious silks, as well as paying fair wages to local manufactures while still keeping prices as low as $130 a shirt. This season’s offerings include floral mens-inspired silk shirts, cotton shirts that button up the back, and sheer striped shirts with a relaxed fit. Button up!
If I had to pick one thing I love most about my job, it’s uncovering unique designers and discovering emerging fashion brands – ones that defy current trends by creating from a place of pure passion and talent. That’s why I’m smitten with Esqueleto. I met founder and jewelry designer Lauren Wolf years ago, when she was designing for her own namesake label, and serendipitously ran into her at event in New York in 2011, just as she was about to open a new boutique in my neighborhood of Oakland. Since then, Esqueleto has been my go-to when it comes to engagement referrals, gift ideas and those occasional ‘treat yo self’ moments. Her collection of fine and estate jewelry, art and objects is so thoughtfully and impeccably curated, you’ll walk away from the store wanting everything, even that perfectly broken in vintage rug on the floor. In 2015, Lauren opened a location in LA’s Eastside, which is equally filled to the brim with unique jewelry, rotating artwork and handcrafted objects. What I love most is the selection of rings, which the staff is so adept in inspiring me to think outside the box when it comes to building layers onto my wedding stack. Old and new, rough and shiny, gold and silver . . . anything goes! So, with Mother’s Day just around the corner, I highly suggest you pay good ol’ Esqueleto a visit. Just sayin’.
Made in collaboration with artisan partners in Oaxaca, Mexico, Los Angeles based Crescioni has reimagined six classic jewelry silhouettes in woven palm for spring. Each piece has been hand woven over brass by artist Norma Lilia Cruz Santiago using age-old techniques. Another additions are crisp white and warm saddle brown to the leather pieces, including handbags, belts and leather wrapped brass necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Andria Crescioni always gets it right, every single time.