How incredible are these handmade forts? Cheeriup thickets are the brainchild of Kelly English, a mom who was inspired by her own daughter’s imaginative play. Each indoor, outdoor and miniature fort is made to order using willow branches and other natural materials in her Minneapolis studio. In the fall and winter, Kelly harvests saplings and cures them in her studio and then come spring and summer, she gets busy weaving her incredible shelters. Just dreamy, right?!
I have my mother in law to thank for my infatuation with rugs. I always had a great appreciation for her extensive collection and even benefitted from her loaners when my husband and I moved into our first apartment together. But it wasn’t until we traveled to Turkey, where we splurged our first hand knotted carpet and hauled home an additional 5 kilims, that my carpet love affair began. But finding the right rug can be an intimidating and arduous process. Enter Kelly Vittengl of Francis Loom. The self proclaimed rug slinger curates an exquisite collection of antique Persian and Turkish rugs at sensible prices. I’ve been “needing” a runner for my closet and am just so happy I stumbled across her site. Now, I’m just waiting for the right one . . .
Jennie Kwon is at it again with yet another lustworthy collection, I’m not quite sure there is enough room on my fingers or ears to accommodate all dainty and delicate prettiness. I love Jennie’s knack for cleverly incorporating the tiniest precious stones and mini diamonds – this season, she’s floating them in between the negative space of a ring, embedding them on long bar earrings and dotting them along caged rings. So good.