look, i never pass up the chance to peruse a new online shop. some i can skim for a couple of seconds before closing the tab, others – well, i get sucked in for a good long while. that’s how it turned out when the friendly people from Beech Hall pointed me towards their shop with an imaginary hieroglyphic hand. hieroglyphic because the seasonal collections from Beech Hall are themed, and the debut collection is all about Egypt.
oh sheet, i think i’m gonna have to convince my husband that we need pink bedding. i’ve absolutely fallen for these dusty blush, rose and coral hued sheets from Texas based shop Magnolia Armor. interestingly some friends and i had a conversation about when duvets first came to South Africa – as previously everyone just slept under plain sheets + blankets. it was like, what are these fluffy clouds of magic?! duvets, comforters… whatever you may call them in your country. these are nice ones. though i think Anton would probably prefer the grey.
when we travelled to NYC back in 2013, on our honeymoon, we went to a furniture fair somewhere in Brooklyn (i forget the name now) and that is where i first saw the work of Bower. i remember loving their work so much that i took their business card, so it’s been really cool for me to keep track of them since then. they make these awesome shape mirrors – the arch is my favourite (pictured above) – as well as interesting furniture and beautiful lighting.
i never appreciated coasters until i became an adult. as a kid they were as ubiquitous in my parent’s house as ashtrays (even though neither of my parents smoker – why is that?) but i never bothered to use them because i was just a terrible child – as all terrible children are. my mom would side eye me whenever i had a glass in my hand. now, of course, we own furniture that we have paid for, and if i’m not using a coaster i’m placing random slips of papers (bills) under my mugs and glasses. i am 32 and water stains are not cool.
one of the saddest things about living in South Africa is that i can almost never partake in online shopping. all the stuff you see on the blog that i love so much? i can never buy it. it either takes 6 months to arrive, gets lost in our dismal postal system, or i get charged customs duties up the wazoo. so i feel like it’s your duty, dear reader, to buy these things for yourself and revel in their greatness. you can click on the images to be taken directly to the specific item.
i have been receiving Pampa’s newsletter for the better part of a year, but am yet to blog about them – time to remedy that! Pampa was co-founded by photographers Victoria Aguirre from Argentina and Carl Wilson from Australia, who source handwoven products directly from the hands of indigenous Argentinian weavers.
i remember the first time i discovered Homepolish. i ended up browsing all their home tours, pinning away like some kind of madwoman. Homepolish offers affordable interior design by the hour. basically you sign up, tell them about your project, and they connect you with one of their talented interior designers. you can buy a single day session or a more extensive design package, whatever suits your budget.
so there i was going down a google image rabbit hole and i found pictures of this beautiful château filled with flowers, and paintings of flowers, which lead me to French artist Claire Basler – and here we are. she lives and paints in her home Château de Beauvoir, “a natural choice” she explains (i mean, of course). and while her paintings aren’t totally my flavour, the way they compliment the dramatic interiors of this historic castle is very pleasing, impressive and kinda dreamy. also, how cool is that tree growing in the kitchen?!
Sara Berks is a designer based in Brooklyn whose textile brand MINNA began as an exploration in tapestry weaving, and has grown into a fully-fledged range of gorgeous textile goods. she works with artisan collectives in Mexico and Guatemala, combining their master skills with her own contemporary design aesthetic.