You can’t visit Guatemala without noticing women toting around bags, hand woven from multi-colored, recycled plastic fibers, to and from work, the market . . . everywhere. Architect and design consultant Cecilia Pirani has reimagined the ubiquitous tote in a variety of shapes and gorgeous, mostly subtle and solid, colors. I love the modern interpretation of such a utilitarian bag.
Honestly, I must have been a rug dealer in a past life. Or at least that’s what I tell myself as the saga of rug hoarding continues in our household. My latest project? Our kitchen. I’ve been desperately searching for the perfect runner to enhance my favorite room in the house. And really, there’s nothing more comforting than having a soft, warm rug underneath your bare feet when you’re up way too early in the morning, making breakfast and packing lunches for your family. The timing couldn’t be more perfect as ABC Carpet & Home is currently hosting their annual antique rug sale. After browsing through their extensive collection, I’ve narrowed my search down to three beauties, each of which are village tribal runners and distinguished by their geometricized floral designs. I’ve also tapped their rug expert to answer some questions and concerns I had about buying an antique rug. I hope that it educates you as much as it did me. And please help me decide by letting me know which rug is your favorite!
San Francisco designer Nikki Garcia is the brain and beauty behind First Rite, a label of well tailored, minimal silhouettes made using the finest natural fibers. The clothing has a subtle and relaxed vibe yet look closely and you can immediately see the thoughtfulness in the details and refinement. Standouts include pantsuits in washed down tencel denim and a relaxed trench in a variety of colored, lightweight linen blend. Pieces to live in . . .