Like so many, I’m looking for the perfect glass globe pendant. Here’s what I’ve found.
Will you spring for the four small bulbs or stay with the single filament, Edison bulb?
Since Sarah and I are always sitting around plotting and scheming and dreaming our own future endeavors into the world of retail and ecommerce, we love to swap notes on shops that are doing interesting things.
Are you guys already familiar with BRIKA?
They have been popping up here and there in my world and I love paying attention to these new networks of artists and crafters that get together and present their wares in way that appeals to my neo-hippie sensibilities. #SHOPSMALL
BRIKA though, really caught my eye with a recent partnership with Far + Wide Collective, which supports craft production and small businesses in post-conflict and emerging economies. So, now my love for hand crafted and personalized product can extend beyond just supporting local small businesses, and now it can reach into developing communities abroad. I love shopping to support humanity!
Especially when it looks like this!
The products are presented along with stories and insights into the craft and the crafters behind them. In a day of mass made junk and technology overload, it’s nice to settle yourself into a little story about the constellation inspired toss pillow you have your eye on – knowing it was crafted out of hand made batik in Swaziland feels special.
Here is a little more eloquent presentation of what we are looking at here:
“The founder of Far + Wide, Hedvig Alexander, has extensive experience in international development, specifically in Afghanistan, and has seen first-hand how supporting craft production and small businesses (rather than donations alone) is the most effective and sustainable way to improve quality of life. But Hedvig also understood something many socially based businesses don’t – the end product has to be beautiful and marketable. Far + Wide Collections’ products are that perfect intersection of modern crafts that are authentic and exceptionally made while also providing real opportunities for communities in emerging economies.”
Sounds like a win/win to me.
I feel a bit apprehensive about mixing metals in the kitchen. So to get warmed up to mix on a current project I’m working on for an Atlanta family I gathered this round up to make an argument…for myself.
We’re leading off strong with all the metals present in this kitchen designed by Mary McDonald. Bronze cabinet hardware, brass pendants and silver faucet whether it be nickel or chrome. What is going on with that faucet, it has a very traditional, antique look but then it has a tall spray attachment.
This is a second view of the same kitchen,
Arguably more tame combo, silver faucet + brass pendants over island + brass cabinet hardware
In this kitchen designed by Jessica Helgerson, we’re back to mixing all three again. Bronze in the lighting, brass on the cabinets and a silver pot filler and faucet,
The Hicks pendants over the island bring the brass here. They are combined with a silver faucet and what is that bronze cabinet hardware? Also note, brass railheads on the barstools, there is a brassy element in the marble backsplash too.
Again with that faucet with the tall spray attachment that is silver matched with brass cabinet hardware and a brass chandelier above the island,
The bronze hardware almost passes muster here with me but no not quite, I think they should’ve stuck with the brass and then used their bronze pendant, brass bridge faucet
This kitchen is a Hillary Thomas design, the bronze library sconce above the sink + aged brass on lantern light fixture above island + (and this is wacky) chrome diner bar stools and a silver faucet, pot filler and cabinet hardware,
The two tone cabinets are pretty on trend, actually most of the elements in this image are fairly trendy. But here we have a bronze cord on glass pendant, silver faucet, silver shelving brackets paired with brass cabinet hardware,
This is almost like not actually mixing because its so subtle, but the pendant looks antique with brass and then everything else has a silver-toned finish. Coincidentally, if my Atlanta peeps are reading–you’ll notice the round sink in the island, ah!
Although we are seeing only a mix here, a lot of designers that I have a great appreciation for do not mix or at most they’ll pair silver faucets and hardware with bronze light fixtures–which is completely safe in my opinion. I don’t know that I’m convinced either way.
This is our edition of the Very Best of…Front Door Colors— of course until there are more that surpass these in bestiness.
This door is on an interesting modern Georgian farmhouse fusion, pretty wild combo
I’ve always liked this simple modern entry
The old Blueprint mag cover. Makes you want to go out paint your whole cottage white with a little black trim on the gables, get some modern steel house numbers and some of those barn lights from Lowes, and don’t forget your IKEA watering can to get all styled up for your photo opp.
This is really tempting to me. I have warm brown shingles on my house with white trim and I’ve really been thinking about this,
Before we could spruce up the Connecticut Ave duplex, I painted the front doors a color similar to this to shape the place up temporarily. It’s a stately blue.
I know all you beachy cottage loving boys and girls want to know what this color is and according to most sources on the interwebs, it’s Ben Moore’s Wythe Blue
We couldn’t talk about front door color without mentioning the exquisite front entry of the townhome of designer Miles Redd,
Even if this is not your style, surely you must appreciate the detail and sophistication here,
Again with that quiet blue/green,
OK things got a bit serious there now we’re back to a little more fun in a coastal cottage with robin’s egg blue paired with yellow shingles,
I love those big tall french entry doors with a quarter of the bottom a solid panel and lime green well that just makes it all the more better, again with the barn light
the contrast is paramount here, love it
having a little fun with a traditional entry, clearly there was risk that the gas lanterns were going to make things too formal,
this shade of spruce green is so rich, wonder if it’s pine scented?
Coral and navy, now that’s something you don’t see everyday
a pattern will emerge, light blue likes to commiserate with orange quite often
and rounding up the round up, is pink and peach on old brick, pretty dope if you ask me. Please email me if you actually do this to your brick house and then convince your neighbor to use the other color.