Each season I select a “Best of Show” from the Atlanta Gift Show. Now, to be clear, there are a bajillion awesome brands to be discovered there, and I’ll be highlighting other favorites in the coming weeks. This season what stood out for me was a brand called Zestt, based in Washington, DC. Founded by Benita Goldblatt and Jess Diehl, childhood friends who held a vision for bringing an approachable aesthetic to home decor. That’s what I loved best: the products are just so livable, yet feel totally updated. Nothing too contrived or over-designed; just easy, democratic pieces that could freshen up anyone’s decor.
I spent last week in Atlanta, attending the gift show and taking in some local shopping. A LOT of shopping… 1500 photos later, I have oodles of eye candy to share with you over the next couple weeks! Where did we visit? Check out this link if you’d like to see the stores (and more) list.
Here’s the first batch of pics!
Spent a day exploring fancy new builds around the Twin a Cities area last week. Lots of great inspiration, of course, but it came at a cost: I now totally have a complex about my own 100+ year old house, which was built without massive closets, a fancy laundry room, a screened in patio with fireplace and no basketball court to speak of. Even my doorknobs seem inferior. Sigh. Still, she’s home sweet home and I’m grateful to cozy up in her everyday. Here’s a peek at some of the other spaces around town…
The idea of the restaurant is “be simple, eat simple”, it implies cooking from local, fresh, not preserved products, but in unusual combinations. For this reason, we used natural colors and simple materials like wood, plywood, craft paper, etc. without complicated refinement. We also decided to look at usual details from a different point of view. That’s how we got a shovel as a door-handle, rakes as coat hooks, rolling pins as a menu for drinks, concrete lamps made of recycled plastic bottles and so on. We honestly bought all that at the market and adjusted in the interior.
Mosaic House is a New York based tile company specializing in a variety of Moroccan tiles; hand-painted, cement, mosaic, chiseled and wood. As the newest generation in a centuries old family of tile makers, they draw upon the traditional craft expertise of Morocco, while embracing a modern taste for texture and design. If you poke around on the site a bit, you’ll find videos showing how each tile is made, like THIS. Amazing.