Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Aesthetic Inspiration: Josef Albers

One of my personal faves when it comes to visual inspiration is the uber-talented Josef Albers. He was a visual artist, teacher, poet, designer, typographer, and theorist working from the 1920s-1970s. Best known as a visual artist, his "Homage to a square" series helped lead the way for the minimalists a decade later.

Aside from cultivating a pleasantly minimalist aesthetic, he rigorously pursued the infinite possibilities of color. This exploration dissected how the same color can look drastically different when placed next to (or on top of) other colors. 

The impact of Josef Albers' work in color can be seen in many products and art prints available in the shop this summer. Click here to view the products above, or take a scroll through our art prints section to see the plethora of influences.

You can also download the "Interaction of Color" app to your smartphone here. It's super fun to play with. There's also a book - if you're feeling lo-fi. — anna

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

trend spotlight: tropical leaf prints

the tropical leaf print trend has been hanging around for quite a while now; i think it's officially a movement! in everything from stationary to art to textiles to tabletop, we've got an array of frond prints from philodendrons to palm leaves. shop the collection here

Friday, March 27, 2015

gems, minerals & magic

there's so much great gemstone & mineral jewelry in the shop right now that i was inspired to do a feature on the metaphysical benefits of certain stones. i'm so fascinated by gemstones as it is — the fact that they all come from the earth, in so many different colors, forms and textures — and their spiritual properties are yet another reason to learn more about them. i'm thinking about getting that iolite col bracelet for myself — activating creativity sounds like something that could do me good right now! shop all gemstone & mineral jewelry here

Saturday, September 27, 2014

richard tuttle

i'm traveling in maine with my parents this week, and in a tourism rest stop i picked up a flyer for an exhibition at the bowdoin college museum of art, richard tuttle: a print retrospective. i'll admit i wasn't previously familiar with tuttle's work, but i could tell it was something that'd be up my alley and my parents were kind of enough to drive two hours out of the way to go view the exhibit. it didn't disappoint — the works in the exhibition (over 100 of them) were more impressive than anything you can find of his online, i'm afraid, so if you find yourself in maine i recommend going to see it! it runs until october 19th. —stacy

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

in the shop: global textiles

you've probably noticed by now that textiles from all over the world are having a moment — rich textures, bright colors, and interesting patterns feel fresh in pieces from bolivia (frazada rugs and pillows), turkey (pillows repurposed from kilim rugs), and mexico (embroidered 'otomi' pillows). a whole bunch of new things just arrived in the shop... our favorites are shown above, and you can shop the whole collection here.

Monday, August 11, 2014

new arrivals!

if you haven't checked out our new arrivals page lately, over 100+ new items await! i want to keep pretty much everything on this page — how amazing are those gold foil PALM LEAF (!) printed notecards? and that handbag??!! check em all out here!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

our july moodboard

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

editions #13: cable knit planter

we're excited to announce our latest designer collaboration! it was so fun working with hadley on these — we worked together to choose these four colors (i love how they look together), and two sizes for versatility (a short, wide version and a taller version). find them here! ($34 for the short, $40 for the tall)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

new work from xochi solis

    four brand new original works from xochi solis just added ($175—$225). shop them all here!

Monday, January 20, 2014

color morphology

love the simplicity of these shots and colors by andré britz. they're inspiring some ideas of a new homepage for the shop (a bit overdue!). via behance

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Dinanda Nooney

all taken in brooklyn in the late 1970's, these photos taken by a photographer named dinanda nooney are fascinating. the act of going into people's homes and taking photos seems like such a modern phenomenon, at least to me, and these photos are an unexpected reminder that it's been happening long before the selby and the popularity of design blogs. the ones above are some of my favorites, but there's over 500 of them!

discovered via messynessychic

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

the apothecary shop

have you had a chance to check out our new apothecary section? we briefly sold candles and soaps back in the day, but they're back with abundance. there are so many good things in there right now that make amazing gifts — think little luxuries with really pretty packaging. check out everything here!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

introducing beth hoeckel

i couldn't be more excited about these two works by beth hoeckel. both originals ($325 each) and a pretty reasonable size at 16" x 20", either one of these would make a seriously great addition to art walls everywhere. shop beth's work at LEIF here, and then head on over to her website to take a look at all her work.

the art of the tablescape

if you're entertaining this season (or anytime, really), we've got everything you need to make your table pretty. check out our tabletop lookbook, where we've arranged 7 different tabletop looks that you can shop from. which one is your favorite? check it out here!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

trend alert: hexagons

hexagons are popping up all over the place these days, and we've got lots of 'em! i love all the copper and gold in this collection. i especially love the new hexagon vases and planters from ferm living that we just added (they're solid brass!). shop the hexagon trend here!

color combos at stylyze

have you guys checked out stylyze yet? it's a newly launched website that makes it easy to create color combination boards from any image you want. they were kind of enough to make the three above using some things from our art collection. pretty good, huh? head on over and create your own here!