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Love these deliciously scented candles from Brooklyn Candle Studio, where their small batch, hand-poured candles are a nod to 19th century apothecaries.

Brooklyn Candle Studio was founded as an homage to the meditative approach of the small batch process. Production is kept small and simple — candles are poured by the team in batches of 9 or 10. Each candle, from wicking to wax melting to pouring and wick-cutting, is created with the utmost care and precision. Known for their fresh, calming botanical fragrances and gorgeous packaging, these candles are simple and modern with a hint of vintage charm. (As always, click to shop!)

Brooklyn Candle Studio

 

One Sunday in New York – part 1

i spent last Sunday visiting a few home stores in Manhattan, snapping pics of stuff that tickled my fancy as I went along. Here’s a visual travelogue of the shopping adventure! Hope you enjoy the eye candy. (More to follow next week!)

   

                                   

Luli Sanchez

Luli (Lordes) Sanchez worked as a designer creating prints for the fashion industry in Manhattan for 18 years, before deciding to I rent a teeny tiny workspace in NYC’s East Village, where she basically painted non-stop and began selling her artwork to designers of both fashion and home furnishing. These days, she divides her time between Brooklyn N.Y. and Merida, Yucatan.

My work is still hand painted, in inks or watercolor. I do not actually paint on fabric, or produce fabric and do not have plans become a brand, (or a lifestyle brand for that matter – I think people are perfectly capable of coming up with their own lifestyles without me butting in) and I practically leave the room if someone says “color separation” or “repeat” or “disc”, and need to write positive affirmations in my journal while eating crunchy snacks for some time afterwards to recover.

My objective with my designing, has been to capture an organic and moody yet optimistic spirit and have designs out in the world that in their own small way may invoke a feeling that underneath it all, it is a benevolent universe.

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The ABC’s of NYC

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Had a chance to visit ABC Carpet & Home while I was in New York late last month, and snapped a few pics to share. They continue to astound me with their amazing eye for visual merchandising, ability to transport me into a decadent fantasy land, and curate a stunningly eclectic assortment that somehow all works together. Oh, and that pink!

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Today’s Track – Dangerous (featuring Joywave), Big Data

Just back from a couple days in NYC, so I figured some tunes out of Brooklyn would be appropriate today. Dangerous (featuring Joywave) – the single – by Big Data.

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Today’s Track – Meant, Elizaveta

It’s quite possible I’m somewhat obsessing with the concept of destiny these days. More as it relates to vocational fate than love and life, but still. Meant by Elizaveta from her self-titled album, 2011.

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Paula Greif Ceramics

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Paula Greif is a NYC-based ceramic artist who was originally trained as a graphic designer. Her enviable and varied career began in the art department at Rolling Stone, followed by stints at Mademoiselle and Barneys NY, after which she turned to making rock videos for the likes of the Smiths. It wasn’t until later in life that she decided to take a pottery class with the intent of “remaking everything in her kitchen”. These days. she hand-makes small batch ceramics (only about a dozen of each design) of things she finds useful and beautiful. Indeed. (As always, click to shop!)

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Big Speckled Circles Bowl, $265
Big Speckled Circles Bowl, $265
Three Blue Lines Stoneware Bowl, $210
Three Blue Lines Stoneware Bowl, $210
Flat Black Terracotta Platter, $90
Flat Black Terracotta Platter, $90
Blue Circles Stoneware Bowl, $235
Blue Circles Stoneware Bowl, $235
Brown Black Circles Stoneware Vase, $180
Brown Black Circles Stoneware Vase, $180
Blue Pinstriped Bowl, $235
Blue Pinstriped Bowl, $235

 

Impressive Stock

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As you know, I’m a sucker for typography. And when I stumbled into what has become my very favorite Thank You note du jour, I had to learn a bit more. Turns out the designer is Brooklyn-based Bessie Anderson, who uses hand-set letterpress printing to create her small line of stationery products. (As always, click to shop!)

Thank You from the Bottom of My Heart, $25/set of 6
Thank You from the Bottom of My Heart, $25/set of 6
I'm So Sorry, $5
I’m So Sorry, $5
Bridesmaid, $25/set of 5
Bridesmaid, $25/set of 5
Maid of Honor, $4.50
Maid of Honor, $4.50
Break Up Card, $5
Break Up Card, $5
Brooklyn Type Letterpress Print, $35
Brooklyn Type Letterpress Print, $35

NYC Visual Recap – part two

As promised, here’s the second batch of pics from my visit to New York earlier this month. These photo montages represent a bunch of the inspiring eye candy I took in while perusing NY Now (the International Gift Fair) as well as exploring Manhattan’s retail scene. This series is less so about color than the first, and much more eclectic. Hope you enjoy!

And if you missed the first chapter, you can check out the images HERE

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Visual Recap NYC – part one

I’ve been stomping around Manhattan this week, visiting my favorite home decor haunts and the NY NOW gift show in search of directional trends and a bit of inspiration. The city certainly delivered this time! Generally, the tone is still very casual and livable. I saw an explosion of fresh color palettes, pattern mixing, mid-century & “farm to table” influences and artisan sensibilities. Here’s the first batch of pics from the trip – more to follow next week!

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