i’m big into plants these days — now that i have a large outdoor space. just ask sunset nursery — they’re starting to tease me if i don’t show up every day to add a few plants to my growing oasis. such nice people, by the way — if you’re in the area, check ’em out. but i digress, i also love indoor plants just as much as the outdoor species. it’s so nice to bring a little bit of the outdoors, inside. and visa versa — i quite like the look of creating an outdoor dining room (like this one just below) and am working on that project now. decorating with plant life and surrounding ourselves with nature seems like a very good idea.
if you’ve not had the pleasure of an introduction, katy skelton is a furniture designer based in brooklyn who believes in creating beautiful home furnishings that are designed and manufactured with social responsibility in mind. the company focuses on making sure everything they create comes from responsible manufacturing sources they’ve found through The World Fair Trade Organization or Aid To Artisans, and for the most part, they like to manufacture their beautiful furniture and accessories collection in the United States. new in the katy skelton collection are the Camp Bench, Port and Starboard Ladders, Zelda Console Table, Charcoal Zelda, and katy’s also just introduced some fantastic vintage finds to her shop. she’s also just launched the adorable Fox and Longfellow blankets — and to celebrate we’re going to giveaway two of them (your choice!).
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* editor’s note: please welcome new contributor, los angeles-based photographer lily glass who’s joining the sfgirlbybay team this week and will be sharing lots of L.A. goodness!
today we visit Alchemy Works, a unique retail experience nestled on the bustling East 3rd street in Arts District of Los Angeles. Founded by Lindsay Parton, this well-curated space sits just a few doors down from her husband’s store Apolis (more on that shop soon!), and offers a range of lovely printed material, apparel, household items and handmade gifts. grab a cup of joe at blacktop coffee which sits at Alchemy’s front entrance and also browse a wide collection of warby parker frames in the back corner. with the amazing selection and gorgeous layout of her first shop, we can’t wait to see what Lindsay has in store for her new locations coming to venice and orange county later this year.
• all photographs by lily glass.
i just love this apartment beautifully photographed by brian w. ferry and featured on lonny this week. so manly-man, but not in the neon brewsky sign, plaid sofa, nothing by beer and bean dip in the fridge kinda way. it’s sophisticated and stylish because it was decorated by talented Designer Dan Mazzarini of BHDM Design for his friend Joe Mazias’ apartment in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn. he created a handsome space that’s black and white and fab all over, but not overly masculine. i love the additions of contrasting white painted floors, and all those copper and brass accents — they just shine against all that glossy black. for the full home tour, visit lonny.
• photographs by brian w. ferry for lonny magazine.
this is the effortless cool, eclectic home of italian artist Antonino Sciortino. an artist whose medium is welded metal objects, antonio shares the light-filled atruim — a former factory in the outskirts of Milan — with his architect partner. Part studio for his work, part living space, it’s the perfect location for showcasing his metal works of art — like the beautiful iron staircase and furniture he built himself. i thought it might be fun to try and get the vibe.
get the vibe, l to r: kelly green throw rug from gypsya; anthropologie slated stacking chair; cactus, via fudge up nothing; green Velvet Edlyn Sofa from anthropologie; brendan ravenhill cord light; THIGMOTROPE PERCH from flora grubb; cactus via lana pribic; and angled base side table from west elm.
• photography by serge anton via bo bedre.