Any art and antiques collector knows that there’s nothing better than the thrill of hunting for the next addition to a collection. As a lover, and collector, of Chinese porcelain and chinoiserie, you can imagine my excitement when I discovered an abundant assortment of blue and white ceramics at Everything But The House, an online auction marketplace that facilities estate sales. I’m obsessed. Here’s the deal. Every curated item, from jewelry to furniture, is up for auction for 7 days and all bids start at $1. Whenever I place a bid, I can monitor it with notifications when I’ve been outbid or am running out of time on a sale – trust me, when I say the app was a huge relief since I didn’t feel like I had to sit at home, plastered to my laptop. And as competitive as I am, I can proudly say that I know when to quit, especially when I know that thousands of new treasures are uploaded on the site everyday. I appreciate that every item is vetted and inspected by EBTH’s knowledgable staff and descriptions and photographs are detailed and thorough. No surprises delivered to your doorstep. We’ve all been there. I got incredible deals on a couple of beautiful vases and chic plant stands but my absolute favorite scores were a set of antique peony ginger jars and a gorgeous Ralph Lauren chinoiserie lamp. They’re so special and a refreshing addition to my living room, where indigo dominates.
I’ve never met a doodle I didn’t love. And I love Ilias Walchshofer‘s series of doodles. The Austrian-Moroccan illustrator, who also goes by the moniker Dr Propolus, uses fashion photography and historic art as his canvas. Thin black and white drawings bring these otherwise serious compositions to life. Some are amusing, some are cheeky – but mostly, they’re just magical.
How adorable is this new collection of bedding from Kip & Co? The housewares label is celebrating the 100 year birthday of Australian children’s author May Gibbs’ iconic storybook characters in the form of pillows, quilts and sheets. I’m not familiar with May’s books but I learned that she was quite the environmental trailblazer with conservation being the overarching theme in her animated stories. While it’s delightfully nostalgic for most Australians, it’s simply delightful for everyone else!
Christophe Lemaire and co-designer Sarah-Linh Tran have made the progressive women and the independent thinker their label’s ultimate muse. Their brand philosophy is rooted in the importance and practical aspect of everyday wear. This is why we’re absolutely inspired by their latest collection, complete with interesting layers and volumes. High waisted cargo pants were loosely cinched at the ankles, ballet tops were paired with ruffled knit skirts and long camisoles were layered over tunics and cropped trousers. And the series of wood beaded bags?! Obsessed and like I said, inspired.
I couldn’t think of a better time to be reminded of Laura Berger‘s gouache paintings. We’ve previously featured some of her older work on HonestlyWTF but now, I find myself treasuring the uplifting characteristics of her paintings more than ever. Women of all shapes and colors are intertwined, melded and united as symbol of strength, power and harmony. YES. Love.