Open & Notorious Organization

17/08/2012 § Leave a comment

There’s something I love about organization on display, be it a closet, a curio, a bar cart, a gallery wall, whatever — a thoughtful and artistic arrangement of a collection of items will always draw my eye.  I don’t mean to say that one should be a pack-rat, but there is definitely something about spaces where everything is all put away that just seems…sterile.  Vanilla.  Impersonal.  Granted, to pull off some of the scenes in these pictures, you’d need a rather deep assortment of stuff and whatnot….and quite a bit of space to display it all, but why couldn’t you start small?  A few books here, a small grouping of nick-knacks there, and you’re definitely on your way.

For organizational inspiration, a few images from my House & Home board on Pinterest, and a few furniture ideas (yes, I know, pricey indeed — I’ll personally be using them for guidance while I scour eBay and Craigslist for cheaper options).  One of my very favorite spaces is the Manhattan apartment of Michael Haney and Brooke Cundiff, which was shot by Todd Selby last year — definitely check it out.  Aside from getting to take a peek into their envy-inducing home, there are several interesting vignettes and arrangements that are bound to spark an idea or three.

Happy organizing!

From top:
French directoire style ebonized curio cabinet by Jansen (1940s)
Hollywood Regency gilt bamboo etagere (1950s)
Glass sided vitrine (1920s)

From top left:
Belgian metal and glass cabinet (1940s)
Metal cabinet with glass
Industrial steel wire racks on casters

From top left:
English oak barrister bookcase (1890s)
Vintage industrial bar cart
Raw vintage locker (1950s)
Verge cabinet with glass doors

From top:
Pair of steel barrister bookcases (1940s)
Indian metal sideboard with 4 doors
Vintage console

Lastly, if you noticed the adverse possession joke I snuck
into the title of this post, I’d like to salute you, fellow law nerd…

Coasting with Charm

19/07/2012 § Leave a comment

Your very own letterpress monogrammed coasters?  Quite charming, indeed.
Available here via Sugar Paper.

Field Notes: New York International Gift Fair

16/08/2011 § 2 Comments

This weekend I braved the stormy weather to drop by the New York International Gift Fair.  With my wet hair and Hunter wellies I wandered among thousands of purveyors of fine gifts, personal accessories, home decor, personal care products and tabletop collections.  I enjoyed checking in with some of my familiar favorites like Jonathan Adler, Oly and Dune and Duchess.  And of course, as I am a sucker for all things curious and decoupaged, John Derian and Company always has my full attention (I am in earnest need of a few dozen of his domed paperweights if you are feeling generous).

Delightful desk accessories aside, Barr-Co was a personal care collection that initially drew my attention solely on the strength of their product design.  But you probably could have guessed that, no?

Barr-Co is the latest product line from k hall designs, a Missouri-based company specializing in aromatic bath, body and home care products.  Owned and run by husband and wife team John and Kelley Barr, k hall designs believes in simplicity, quality, sustainability, and strives to use the most natural ingredients available.  Their products are made, labeled, boxed and packaged by hand in the US.

Barr-Co is a collection of soaps, lotions, candles and other bath products that are hand-crafted in small batches in St. Louis, Missouri.  For example, each wax candle is signed and dated by the artisan that poured it, and topped by a handmade letterpress candle cover.  Currently available only in the “original scent” — a fresh combination of milk, oatmeal, vanilla and vetiver — the products are at least 98% natural and most are vegan.  I especially like the deeply moisturizing hand salve, which is suggested for “before and after gardening.”  (I decided to take liberties with those instructions, natch.)

Hand-stamped muslin bags.

Packaged in sturdy, reusable milk bottles and parfait glassware, with labels that recall the age of tonics and elixirs, Barr-Co are not the sort of products I would hide away in a medicine cabinet somewhere.  These beauties are definitely worthy of display.

I also briefly stopped by Coral & Tusk, a lovely, Brooklyn-based outfit that specializes in embroidery and stationery.  Founder and designer Stephanie Housley has a whimsical touch, especially when rendering members of the animal kingdom.  If you’re in need of adorable embroidery, please take a moment to look over Stephanie’s pillows, framed art, merit badges and baby accoutrements.

I find myself wanting this little fox very, very badly.

Merit badges!

For more information:
Follow k hall designs on Facebook
Follow Coral & Tusk on Facebook

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