Portland’s Pigeon Toe Ceramics has a new collection launching this week and it’s a grand celebration of handcrafts and life-long learning. Starting out as an ‘outlet’ for founder and designer Lisa Jones, it was a starting point for playing with materials and techniques that has become an increasingly important aspect of her creative expression & growth as an artist. Lisa states, “My love of learning brought be to basket weaving this January, which is as old a practice as pottery, so it seemed somewhat fitting to find ways to bring the two together,” and I love the marriage of the two textures in the jewelry, tableware and pendant lamp shades you’ll find in Pigeon Toe’s newest collection.
Top to bottom, left to right:
1. The natural materials and light that fill this Nordic home
2. Edit! architects deceives our eyes with a house on a house
3. Rustic moods and rich details styled by Kate S. Jordan
4. Kim Jaegar of “Potheads” invites us inside her whimsical studio home
5. A lookbook bound to fuel that summer wanderlust
i’ve been living in my little cottage for almost two years now, and i’ve always been a little conflicted about the small nook off my main bedroom. i put a dresser in there and hung my coat from an old mannequin (which i love), but it never really had any real oomph! then, the folks at colorhouse asked me if i might like to try out their new mercantile color collection — a brand new collaboration with rejuvenation, and i took this as a sign it was time for a little nook makeover. i’d been pinning images i liked of ‘half-baked’ walls, and i even did a post on it. i like the way a two-toned wall draws your eye in and adds a little something extra to a room, so i decided to try this approach with my paint makeover.
the nook has bead board on the lower half, so i selected two pale colors from the mercantile color collection — chalk no. 5 for the top of the walls, and flint no. 1 for the base. i wanted two-toned, but i didn’t want it to be too overpowering in the small space, or end up looking too choppy. the other idea i had was to hang one of wide eyed legless’ DIY copper clothing hangers in the corner — they’re functional but look so beautiful, and i thought the copper would really enhance the gray tones in the paint. and it does — the copper and these shades of gray look so serene and pretty together, i couldn’t be more pleased. now the nook is more of the focal point in the bedroom, rather than an afterthought. i hung all my prettiest vintage wear and added my mid-century modern bench to create the perfect dressing area, and it serves to remind me to get a little fancy now and then!
i’m going to be hosting an event at rejuvenation in berkeley next thursday evening, july 24th from 6 to 8pm — and you’re invited. i’ll be introducing the new mercantile color collection, and asking you if you’d like to join me, to bring along some photos (even on your phone, or tablet) of problem rooms you’d like a little color guidance on. come to the event, enjoy some wine and snacks, and let’s brainstorm on paint ideas for your home. i’d love to see you there! if you’ve never visited, rejuvenation is the general store for home improvement projects that add real value to your home, with classic American-crafted, vintage-inspired lighting, home wares and hardware.
From artist-crafted color to hand-crafted lighting, colorhouse and rejuvenation both create products whose quality, authenticity, and sustainability reflect the spirit of their shared birthplace: Portland, Oregon. With a shared focus on sustainability and beauty, Rejuvenation is a perfect partner for this classic color palette. colorhouse has created an exclusive palette of 36 interior hues for rejuvenation and the mercantile color collection will be available for color sampling through small 8 oz. Colorspot real paint samples and fandecks in rejuvenation stores in stores in Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles and Berkeley. I hope to see you at the berkeley store next thursday!
westberlin is not the typical coffee shop, it’s a coffee bar and media shop. opened just over a year ago by the architect and owner Kai Bröer, it’s a perfect place to relax and read from an amazing selection of both german and international magazines that range between design, fashion and lifestyle. Kai designed the space himself and built the wooden structures you’ll see throughout the westberlin coffee shop — a perfect combination of minimal and modern with influences from scandinavia and japan.
Ilenia Martini, who shoots this foreign correspondent series for sfgirlbybay, says of her visit to westberlin, “The colors are what struck me the most, they are so well balanced between neons and pastels making it very pleasing for the eyes. The atmosphere is very relaxed and the crowd is mixed, giving the feel of being accessible to everybody. The owner was such a nice person and very helpful that it was really a pleasure talking with him.”
Another really cool thing about the space it’s the huge backlit image (below) at the end of the shop which serves to hide the office/kitchen area, while being visually appealing. westberlin is located in between kreuzberg and mitte and despite the proximity to the famous ‘check point charlie’ sightseeing destination, it’s not filled with tourists. The coffee is really good, too and every barista is professionally trained beforehand to maintain high standards for the coffee served at westberlin.
• all photographs by Ilenia Martini.
milk decoration had a great feature about what The Apartment has been up to lately — and it looks as though they’ve up to color! Located on the second floor of a building in copenhagen, the apartment’s founders Tina Seidenfaden Busck and Pernille Hornhaver have designed the space just like a real home — except you can actually shop here. It’s an eclectic mix of vintage and rare European furniture updated and re-upholstered in gorgeous fabrics, and accented with beautiful boucherouite rugs, amazing lighting fixtures and contemporary art. Stunning and ingenious. Let’s have a look at the apartment’s recent inventory.