A couple of years ago Andrew and I gave a talk for a local group of small business owners about my blog and career and afterwards a reader came up to me and gave me a gorgeous little malachite print tray from her own company, Decorum. I kept it on my coffee table to corral my candles and matches and ended up using a photo of it in my book, below…
One of my brothers tagged me in an Instagram picture he took of a visit to Faribault Woolen Mills in Faribault, MN the other day. He suggested I check out the company’s story- and I had to share it with you too. In a time when so many products are made overseas, I love finding small businesses that still craft their goods in America. And Faribault has an interesting story too- founded in 1865 this mill is the last standing vertical mill in the US. Still in the same location, and using many century old machines alongside new technology to craft these gorgeous blankets and throws. In 2009 the mill had to close but in 2011 two local businessmen rescued it, reopened it and since then it’s been a wonderful comeback story! George Clooney ordered blankets for the cast of one of his movies, they were featured on ABC’s World News Tonight and now they’ve landed an amazing deal with another very famous Minnesota company (more on that after the jump…)
I’ve always loved Nordstrom for clothing, accessories, makeup and shoes but never really thought of them for home goods. Well, they are adding a lot of great stuff to their e-commerce site for the home and they asked me to share some of my favorite items (most for under $200!)
10. OK, this little plate made me laugh because it reminds me of this one time my parents got a grill with a rotisserie and after working so hard to get the chicken on the thing and then actually roasted, my mom could notfigure out how to get it OFF the rotisserie. Cut to me walking outside to find her whacking at the chicken with a butcher knife in frustration, with all the dogs standing around her delighted as pieces of chicken rained down on them. I think she needs this.
22. Another hilariously awesome gift- a wine holder for the bathtub or shower. I mean, if you drink wine in the shower you might have a problem, but in the tub is TOTALLY acceptable. And this keeps it from slipping off the edge of the tub and INTO your bath (which has totally never happened to me. Ever.)
I saw these incredible photographs by Álvaro Sánchez-Montañés and was not only inspired by the magical subject matter but also the colors found in these images. That pale minty green mixed with white and sand is such a soothing palette.
Here’s a roundup of some items that reminds me of this palette- from sandy rugs to crisp mint bordered sheets….
I was flipping through some magazine this week when I spotted this perfect gold canopy bed… and lo and behold it was from Pottery Barn Teen! I got to poking around and found a bunch of great gilt pieces I never thought in a MILLION years I could find here.
The aforementioned canopy bed– it doesn’t come in king, but if you need a queen (or two twins) this is fantastic.