Monday, October 5, 2015

Giveaway: Win a $150 Minted Fabric or Art Print

Minted has released its latest trend report, showcasing its original art prints and home fabrics against fall's runway trends. Swoon! I just love a good design crossover. Patterns swing from bold and abstract to nature-inspired, and like all Minted designs, each is created by an independent artist from one of 40 countries around the world. With designs unique to the online marketplace, and loads of printing and framing options, these are prints (and fabrics) that are a serious cut above.

But here's the best part: I'm teaming up with Minted to give one reader $150 toward any Minted art print or fabric!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Caterpillar House and Butterfly House by Feldman Architecture

butterfly house feldman architecture
butterfly house feldman architecture
butterfly house feldman architecture
Butterfly House [photos by Joe Fletcher Photography]

It hasn't rained here in Tel Aviv since sometime around March. Seriously, not a drop. It's not a drought; it's just how things work in this part of the world. But in California, where droughts are now the norm, water preservation has become a key feature in architecture, and two homes on the Saint Lucia Preserve in Carmel have done an exquisite job of addressing the problem.

Completed by Feldman Architecture in 2011 and 2012, respectively, the Caterpillar House and the Butterfly House are two representations of the same species—both custom-built, sustainable homes that harmonize with their natural and biodiverse surroundings. The homes are two of just 300 built on the preserve, which spans 20,000 acres.

Let's work backwards from the Butterfly House's three separate pavilions. Topped by expressive roofs, the design is inspired by butterflies alighting on a meadow.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Ethical Engagement Rings by Boston's Laura Preshong


My wedding may have been nearly two years ago, but you don't think that would stop be from obsessing over gorgeous gowns, floral arrangements and engagement rings, do you? I'm awfully particular when it comes to the latter, though, opting for  modern and minimalist or uniquely vintage and absolutely nothing in between. Boston jeweler Laura Preshong has both those camps covered with remarkable style, heirloom craftsmanship and ethical materials all in one pretty little package.

Just take at a look at the Victorian-inspired Ma Jolie ring above. I thought I hated halo-style rings after seeing them on every well-heeled bride-to-be in the 2000 and aughts, but add in an unusual floating design and square shape, and it's a whole new ball game. With .20 carats surrounding the center stone, the Ma Jolie is available in platinum or white, yellow, or rose gold with a matte or high polish finish.

All of Laura Preshong's pieces incorporate vintage- or nature-inspired designs and each is handmade and set in the Boston studio using 100% SCS recycled metals and ethical Canadian diamonds. If you're in the market for an engagement ring or just a little something sparkly, you can check out the studio at 558 Tremont Street in Boston or online.

*This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions expressed here are my own. Read about my policies regarding sponsorship here.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Sh*t That I Knit Launches on Kickstarter

fur pom-pom hat
hand knit sweater
fur pom-pom hat
[photos via Sh*t That I Knit]

While I'm here in Tel Aviv waiting for the day when I can turn off my air conditioner (come on, November!), I know my friends and family back in Boston are quietly transitioning to their fall wardrobes of ankle boots, cozy sweaters and all things wool. That's where Sh*t That I Knit comes in.

Founded by Bostonian and "Chief Knitting Officer" Christina Fagan, Sh*t That I Knit is made up of a team of 20- and 30-something women (and one dude) who hand knit some super luxe sh*t out of hand-dyed Peruvian wool while commuting to work, binge watching Netflix and getting pedicures. With Sh*t That I Knit selling like hotcakes, particularly their perfect fur pom-pom hats, the company has launched a Kickstarter campaign to ensure they can keep up with demand without sacrificing their amazing quality materials or moving production offshore.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Parisian Floors by Sebastian Erras

Parisian Floors mosaics
Parisian Floors mosaics
Parisian Floors mosaics
all photos by Sebastian Erras [via Instragram]

I'm as tired of Instagram shoe shots as the next girl, but when the floors beneath look as good as these, I'll concede. Sebastian Erras' series, Parisian Floors, reminds us to watch where we tread. Though, chances are most of us aren't walking on surfaces as lovely as these. Take a look...

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Rodarte Spring 2016 Details

Rodarte spring 2016
Rodarte spring 2016
Rodarte spring 2016
all photos by Gianni Pucci/ [via]

Guys, I'm confused: For the first New York Fashion Week in memory, I wasn't blown away by Rodarte. The Spring 2016 collection that took to the runway yesterday was feminine and airy, yes, but it was also just so... much. Victorian-influenced, it could almost be mistaken for fussy. 

But, then, I took a closer look. It was there in the details all alongthat gorgeous handiwork that Rodarte is known for, the impeccable styling and stunning craftsmanship. The collection takes on a whole new aura when viewed through a macro lens.

Friday, September 11, 2015

WTF?! Moment: A Tiny Heirloom Home

Because sometimes design is so absurd, so out there, that there's nothing to say but WTF?!

tiny house design
Don't worry about fitting our chairs on the tiny porch, babe! We can drink our pour overs on this pile of dead leaves. 
[all photos via Tiny House Swoon]

I love the blog Tiny House Swoon. I really do, because there is indeed beauty in less. But, sometimes, there are also moments of complete ridiculousness. Moments like this one, when the builders of a tiny "Heirloom Home" in Oregon seemingly hire hipster models to pose for a photo shoot because no one could actually live like this!

So, keeping in mind that it's all in good fun, let's take a look at this itty-bitty house and the madly-in-love wood nymphs who supposedly inhabit it.