favorite shop: scout

You all know by now how I love to shop local.  This past weekend while my daughter was visiting, she was going on about this new shop she had passed downtown but wasn’t open when she had walked by.  Luckily, quite accidentally, we stumbled upon SCOUT while doing some Christmas shopping the next day. Continue reading

shop crush: the dharma door

Instagram can be an amazing introduction to small businesses and trade from all over.  When I first saw an incredible wall hanging on The Beach Lodge’s Instagram feed, my jaw dropped.  Of course I had to follow up! I found out it was from The Dharma Door , founded in 2004 by Australian Shannon Sheedy, with the “dream of creating products that combine good design with ethical production.

Shannon and her husband are one of the leading sources for contemporary fair trade in Australia and New Zealand.  And as luck would have it, they branched out into the US market in 2014 which is wonderful news for us!

After scrolling through their beautiful array of baskets, wall hangings, and homewares, I was smitten with the Mandala circular wall hanging.  I ordered it for a client and fell in love with it’s intricate beauty.  I then ordered one for my daughter’s room and being quite naughty, something special for my own bedroom.  Those of you who follow me on Instagram know how much I love neutral texture and organic, modern design.  These wall hangings encompass everything I adore!

Shop Crush: The Dharma Door
The Mandala wall hanging in my daughter’s room adds delicate texture to a small space.

The Jumbo Wall Hanging with jute fringe just spoke to me.  It reminds me of a hula skirt I had as a kid, and also resembles what my hair looks like first thing in the morning!  It is texture on steroids!

Shop Crush:  The Dharma Door
I’m obsessed with this shaggy work of art!
Shop Crush:  The Dharma Door
Up close you can appreciate the work involved.  It’s hung on a simple wood dowel I picked up at the hardware store.

There are many beautiful baskets and bags if wall hangings aren’t your jam, but for me, this is IT.  Do your self a favor and check out their site, and by the way, their customer service is excellent too!

Shop Crush:  The Dharma Door
A few of my favorite things…and a whole lot of books!

 

Favorite shop: Global Eye Art collective

I first met Kristen Cramer at an amazing craft show called Homespun that was held in a giant orchid greenhouse here in Santa Barbara. I was taken with her organic pottery and her obvious love for her craft.  I left with her card and a small pot for one of my many plants. Continue reading

lovely fairfield county, connecticut

While I love living in Santa Barbara, California, there are some things that just can’t be duplicated here on the West coast.  A part of me will always love New England…Connecticut to be specific, where we still own a home.  Here are a few recent glimpses of some of my favorite things about Fairfield County, Connecticut. Continue reading

favorite shop: simon pearce

My love affair with Simon Pearce started 30 years ago when I was given six small hand blown glass bowls as a wedding gift.  Years later when those much loved bowls went missing after a catered event, the wonderful people at Simon Pearce remade six more just like them.  No small thing since those bowls had been discontinued for years! Continue reading