Attention green friends: my second kit with Makers Kit drops today! It was a recent obsession with cultivating my own green thumb (more on that later) and a nostalgic rediscovery of sand art that inspired the concept behind this easy to make terrarium. I’ve always enjoyed building my own mini eco-system as you can have so much fun experimenting with different plant species on an adorably small, manageable scale. Trust me, for someone who has a long history of wiping out cacti, this testimonial speaks volumes. And what better way to change up the standard terrarium formula than with layered sand art, a favorite childhood craft? I told you this would be fun. One of the most exciting parts about this kit is that we’ve provided you with a packet of assorted sedum seeds so that you can germinate them yourself and watch them sprout into a variety of luscious succulents in a few weeks time. After all, all good things require patience . . .
Ladies, get those credit cards ready and your fingertips prepared to click like crazy as the Rodarte capsule collection for & Other Stories launches tomorrow! The highly anticipated collaboration exudes a 70s aesthetic with the Mulleavy sisters’ California vibe. Our favorites are the leather patchwork skirts and boots, piped pajama-style blouses, sequined dresses and layerable velvet and silk bras. All of it runs under $400. Just do us a solid, early risers, and save some pieces for the rest of us, okay?
There’s something so satisfying about the Donald Martiny‘s hefty brushstrokes. These larger than life pieces of art are more like sculptures than paintings, as the American artist use gallons upon gallons of polymers and dispersed pigment paint to create his work. Amazing how a single gesture can feel so powerful.
I’m a firm believer that the most crucial element, when decorating a room, is the rug. Not only can a proportionately sized rug make a space feel larger and cozier, it has the ability to unite all the furniture and components of a room together, rounding out the overall vibe. For me, a self proclaimed textile hoarder, knowing the intricacies and methodical care that goes into the age old craft of hand knotting and weaving a rug is enough for me to know that the rugs I’ve collected over the years are worth every bit of the investment. They are functional works of art that will last several lifetimes. This is why I love Loloi, a rug company that is keeping the time honored tradition alive by making hundreds of gorgeoushand crafted rugs accessible to all. While on a recent visit to their skilled artisans in India, Loloi documented every step involved in the rug making process – from spinning raw bundles of wool into skeins to hand knotting the rug on it’s loom to the washing technique that gives each piece a one of a kind, aged appeal. This special peek into the remarkable approach inspired me to create a little outdoor oasis in the corner of my backyard, using some of my favorite Loloi pieces, like the shag rug from the Justina Blakeney x Fable Collection, with it’s rich terra cotta and mellow mustard hues, and a large, hand knotted rug from the Ashton Collection, with it’s multi-colored pattern and indigo edges. I had so much fun pushing the boundaries here, layering rugs and throw pillows of different textures to create a cozy sitting area. I must say, it’s the most popular inside and outside the house . . .