Gisèle d’Ailly van Waterschoot van der Gracht is her full name – and only fitting for a 100 year old artist who grew up in an Austrian castle, studied at the Paris École des Beaux d’Arts (which was interrupted by the financial crisis in Europe in the thirties & the oncoming war), provided shelter for Jewish Germans in her canal house apartment in Amsterdam during WWII – where she still lives today, rebuilt and lived in a ruined monastery on the island of Paros in Greece with her husband… she sounds like a remarkable woman, and her beautiful eclectic art filled home (she actually owns the entire building now) is a perfect reflection of that. do yourself a favour and read the entire article at Freunde von Freunden. what a treat for a random Tuesday morning.
photographer Kate Berry recently snapped the lovely Melbourne home of creative couple Kristy & Marky. Marky is a musician, currently touring with his band Monnone Alone, and Kristy is the talented lady behind fashion label Kuwaii. i just had to include scenes from her cool little shop (also photographed by Kate) and some of my favourite pieces from her latest collection Landscape.
i’ve been keeping a close eye on Tracy Wilkinson’s blog 149 Sullivan Street, as she has been teasing us with sneak peeks of her new site for TW Workshop – which i’m happy to see launched this past week. Tracy is a British designer who has a masters degree in fashion & textile design from the royal college of art in london, and now lives stateside where she handmakes ceramics and home accessories (amongst other creative endeavours). be sure to visit her shop.
10 awesome homes where i wouldn’t mind being invited in for tea…
but don’t let me stay too long or i might pitch a tent and claim squatter’s rights.
one of the things i’d like to do at home is build up my ceramics & glassware collection. i’ve been buying a few knick knacks here and there, which is always a slow process as you tend to find them sporadically (and need to resist the urge to buy an entire collection that you won’t necessarily love years down the line). so when i spotted these colourful marbled pots on Etsy i kind of fell in love, and did a bit of reading up on their origin. found this little piece of Fab.com which explains,
you will know Leah Goren from her beautiful illustrative work, her clothing & accessories line and the amazing collaboration she did with Anthropologie. i check in on her shop all the time, and love sharing her new work here whenever i can. one thing i didn’t know, and i’m surprised by this considering how much i stalk cool people on the internet, is that she has a blog with her graphic designer boyfriend Dylan called A Future Present where they share bits & pieces from their lives in Brooklyn, including snaps of gorgeous devon rex Moses, and chronicle the ongoing DIY projects that make their little home look so cool.
i felt like this post needed an exclamation mark because i’m quite excited about plants at the moment. you might remember my post, more than a year ago now, about wanting to get some indoor plants. if you are keen to get some plants but don’t know where to start definitely read the comments in that post – incredibly informative and helpful. subsequently i started out with succulents because i thought they wouldn’t be too easy to kill. turns out i kind of underestimated how fickle plants can be – succulents need plenty of light but not too much direct sunlight, and only occasional watering. they’re like teenagers, they kind of just want to be left alone. after a bit of trial and error my succulents are still thriving many months later.
metrode is a studio based in seattle that emphasises natural materials, classic style, and a neutral palette in their inventory of vintage finds & new handmade pieces. shop owner caitlin also recently collaborated with julia of rennes to bring some wonderful dotted tote bags and pouches. i never tire of quality leather accessories, i tells ya. caitlin also has a beautiful curated pinterest board if you care to follow.
i know i’ve promised that i would share some pictures of my (not so new anymore) home – but i am slowly getting myself together. a major step was procuring a lovely grown up tv cabinet. i knew what i wanted, but i couldn’t find anything i loved that wasn’t silly expensive, and the stuff i could afford was ugly. oh, so ugly.
i was browsing through my brother’s huge collection of architectural inspiration when i came across the Raymond Loewy House designed by Albert Frey. Raymond Loewy was an industrial designer notable for his work on the coca-cola bottle, the shell logo, the lucky strike pack and many other iconic designs. he even appeared on the cover of Time in 1949. so i guess it goes without saying that such a brilliant creative mind would live in an equally brilliant creative home.
i haven’t been able to get the home of famed Danish furniture designer Børge Mogensen out of my mind all week. i keep going back to Bo Bedre to look at all the rooms and oooooh over the light, the furniture & all the wood detailing. the kitchen is over 50 years old and the cabinets look like they were installed yesterday. in the future when i wince at the price of a beautiful piece of furniture or get quoted something crazy for custom cabinetry i’ll remember this house and how quality keeps for decades. might have to steal his framing idea, too…