As cliché as it might sound, the part I enjoy most about making things by hand is not the result but rather, the process. Finding the right supplies to successfully make something I’ve envisioned come to life is gratifying – and at times, inspiring. Serendipitously discovering an unexpected component can completely transform a project for the better. This is why I’m so excited to share today’s launch of Etsy Studio with you! Etsy Studio is a marketplace solely dedicated to DIY supplies and projects, brought to you by our friends at Etsy. This means millions of unique materials, parts and components, from all over the world, will now be shoppable at one place. Finally!
It’s taken me years for me to realize that some of the most beautiful and colorful vintage trims are found in Peru. I’ve also learned that some of the best made pom poms come from Thailand and beautiful fringe trim can be found in India. These little discoveries inspired today’s DIY, an embellished straw clutch. And after today, thanks to Etsy, you’ll be able to find everything you need to make your own on the new Etsy Studio.
My husband calls me a hoarder, I call myself a passionate collector. He’s not convinced. I think I can learn something from Ariane Dalle and the way she lives with her treasures in a stylized and surprisingly uncluttered manner. The design director of fabric houses Manuel Canovas and Larsen lives in a modest, 850 square foot apartment in Paris, which means each of her collections are thoughtfully displayed. Dhotis from India are sewn into curtains, antique fencing masks are hung as art, small straw bags are hung as decor next to a bed, and vintage French ceramics line the top of a kitchen shelf . . . so seemingly effortlessly chic.
There’s a new designer on my radar and her name is Stine Goya. The Danish designer studied prints at Central Saint Martins and her expertise is evident in her feminine, artfully printed collections. Her most recent collection, which launches this week, is full of delicately dotted dresses, printed silk separates, retro knits and quirky animal gilded blouses and blazers. I can’t wait to get my hands on any of these oh so pretty and graceful pieces.
My obsession with straw bags has evolved over the last year. First, it was simple straw satchels. Then, it was souvenir straw totes, And now, wicker box bags with lucite details have consumed me! This post is actually a cry for help as I’ve fallen down a deep rabbit hole, scouring the web for these vintage treasures and feeling the need to have them all. I just love how the lucite and bakelite elevates an otherwise simple woven bag. And you can actually find most of them in mint condition for no more than $60! Check out my favorites below and please, snatch them up before I do.
When Thomas Rook stumbled across an original 1901 tenement apartment in Berlin, with all of its original details and features intact, he knew he was destined to make it his own. The German stylist has always been inspired by cultural history, which explains his knack for restoration and incorporation of old world objects and furniture. However, nothing here is too precious – his use of bright color, bold wallpaper and quirky decor makes it feel modern and relaxed . . . a perfect balance.