Nice Things. no, not those nice things, but rather an awesome fashion label from Barcelona. and not just any brand – but the family business of Paloma of Paloma Wool (see my post about her most recent collection here). started by her parents, Paloma Santaolalla and Miguel Lanna, the company is run today by this creative mother & daughter team.
this is the second instalment of VISITS, a new series in collaboration with Monya Eastman.
before visiting the Hoi P’loy studio i had no real idea what goes on behind the scenes of this inspiring company. i had, of course, seen their beautiful Vintage Edison lightbulbs all over Cape Town, and they hang in the window of the shop right next door to my office – so i always stop and admire them on my way to work, not realising how much work goes into them.
last night i was half dozing on the couch after a long day, Anton was flipping through the channels, and somehow we got sucked into watching Anchorman 2. which is probably one of the silliest movies ever created. it’s pretty funny, even hilarious in parts, but what i loved the most was the 70s styling & costume design – especially the outfits that Veronica Corningstone wears.
these kind of banners have become ubiquitous online, popping up on every party related Pinterest board (we even had one at our own wedding…) but what if you turn the concept around, and make the message something not so positive? that’s what 20 year old Georgie based photographer & digital artist Peyton Fulford did with her Abandoned Love project.
earlier this year i was lucky enough to be invited to stay at the Babylonstoren Farm Hotel, and so Anton and i went to celebrate our anniversary in style. i’ve been there many times before and have enjoyed wandering through their unbelievable garden as well as eating lunch at Babel. but i’ve never dreamed of staying there, mostly because it would be a bit of splurge for us and it’s only 45 minutes away. does it count as a getaway if you live around the corner? turns out it does… at Babylonstoren.
I’m excited to introduce a new series called Visits to the blog, a collaboration between myself and furniture creator extraordinaire Monya Eastman of Stokperd. you’ll remember Monya from all the fabulous things she has made me since we met a few years ago – including Peggy, Megan (yes, they are named after Mad Men characters) and my rad office desk.
i can’t thank you all enough for all your excellent book recommendations on the previous edition of MWD. i’m not exaggerating when i say that i downloaded a sample of every single suggestion onto my Kindle – now i have no excuse not to read anymore. but a funny thing happened while we were on holiday… i just couldn’t read.
i don’t look at wedding blogs at all anymore, mostly because my interest in all things wedding peaked around the time we got married. i still follow a few wedding photographers on Instagram, because i admire their talent and i love seeing when they share genuine moments (rather than, say, amazing floral centrepieces). that’s how i discovered Jenni le Grange, a wedding photographer based in Cape Town, and while browsing through her website i saw THE MOST AMAZING DRESS.
sometimes you browse through someone’s work just because it makes you feel really GOOD. that’s what i felt when i discovered the artwork of Chicago based illustrator Laura Berger, and i spent the next while looking at every print available at her online shop (i particularly love this one and this one.. oh and this one.)
now before you look at these, closely, think about the fact that they are all cut out by hand and illustrated. Canadian artist Morgana Wallace is the talented woman behind these multi-layered creations, made out of paper and finely illustrated with gauche, which she shares on her blog and instagram. i love these characters. i can almost imagine the entire Game of Thrones series illustrated like this, can’t you?
another edition of Jewels! i seem to do one of these a year, but i think i need to do them more frequently because they’re such a nice way to offer up a wide variety of jewellery designers. i know we all have different tastes, so hopefully some – or all – of these will hit the sweet spot for you.