I’m running out of places to store my so-called “collections” – planter pots, Kachina dolls, gemstones, shibori linens . . . I can go on and on. So I’m officially on the hunt for a good old hutch, one that I can upcycle and refinish into a charming and functional piece of furniture. A trip to this weekend’s flea market is on the list of to-dos, especially after swooning over these inspiring beauties.
Illustrator Spring Whitaker is an animal lover and it certainly shows in her work. It’s impossible not to fall in love with her two and four legged subjects. I’m charmed by the way she plays up each animals’ different personalities with perfectly suitable names like Blanche The Alligator, Iris The Hippo, Flo The Flamingo, Irma The Pelican, and Pearl The Elephant. All of them are so adorable, I can’t quite decide which one to take home.
The moment I slipped on a Three Graces London dress, I was immediately transported to a place where I could wear the voluminous, semi-sheer cotton gown all day long – in and out of bed and to and from the beach. I never wanted to take it off, only wishing to live out the fantasy even longer. After years of collecting vintage nightwear and loungewear, designer Catherine Johnson crafted her own collection of loungewear, robes, sleepwear and lingerie, cut from the highest-quality cotton, linens and silks. I just love how the vintage inspired silhouettes feel refreshingly modern while maintaining a simple yet sexy appeal. Dreamy, indeed.
There’s something very destructive yet enthralling about the way artist Nicholas Mottola Jacobsen tears into his collages. By replacing his faces with somewhat savage tears gives his subjects an air of mystery and anonymity. It leaves me wanting to see and know more . . .
Honestly, does it get any sweeter than this California made swimwear line for tots? After a career in product marketing and consulting for children’s brands, Morgan Smith was inspired to launch her own label Minnow after struggling to find enough swimwear options for her toddler. Her debut collection includes ruffled one-pieces and bandeau bikinis for girls, short-cut shorts for boys and unisex rash guards. I adore the soft color palette, sweet floral patterns and playful silhouettes – perfect for those end of summer beach trips with the kiddos.