hello it’s leslie and today i’m bringing a bit of my beloved brooklyn to the spotted series. as i’m making my way out there next week, i was feeling inspired to share this beautiful little tea atelier named bellocq with you.
i stumbled into this gem while exploring the greenpoint area of brooklyn some time ago. i recognized the name “bellocq” on a small sign of an unmarked building and found this gorgeous space hidden within. this was home to bellocq tea, makers of an exquisite line of high quality, artisan tea blends. three founders (heidi johannsen stewart, michael shannon and scott stewart) decided to combine their creative talents + their appreciation for traditional craft and love of fine tea, and opened this truly unique tasting and design studio. here the selections are ever-changing as they venture around the world, meeting other artisans and discovering new ingredients that continuously inspire their blends. in the atelier you’ll discover canisters full of these fragrant varieties, as well as other complimentary accessories. you’ll also be greeted with a warm cup of tea to enjoy when you visit.
• all photography by leslie santarina.
the latest from domino magazine features this fresh and modern 19th-century greenwich village townhouse belonging to ariel ashe, the very talented cofounder of interiors firm Ashe + Leandro. a girl after my own heart, ariel has an oddball but oh-so-fabulous mix of eclectic chairs flanking a black sofa and one very enviable art collection. same goes for the dining room where she’s got a great mix and match of collectible vintage chairs around an antique table — just my kind of unexpected style. for the entire utterly inspiring house tour, visit domino magazine.
orla kiely autumn/winter collection has launched. and with it, a new mobile app, too. but what i’m especially in love with are these fun, whimsical winter sweaters. i love the pink and green knits paired with skirts, and black tights — that’s pretty much my style in a nutshell. throw in a cute pup and they had me at hello. have a look at the new orla kiely collection for fall.
i’m such a big fan of the work from photographer pauliina salonen. i was first introduced to pauliina’s work by interior stylist laura seppänen, whose home we shared last week, and once before here. laura’s always changing up her pretty space, and pauliina is beautifully capturing those makeovers, as well as shooting for interiors magazine, like deko. i love the clean, white, but super bright images pauliina captures of these inspiring scandinavian interiors. have a look, and then pop over and feast your eyes on the rest of pauliina salonen’ beautiful portfolio.
• photography by pauliina salonen.
this city apartment featured in issue #14 of EST magazine may be a little more masculine than our regularly scheduled programming, but it’s just too good not to share. its small, modern space with charcoal gray walls and a minimalist approach to decorating is sublime. it belongs to a creative couple in cape town, south africa, and even though they’ve brought together their shared collections the space doesn’t feel overly fussy or crowded with ‘things’ — it’s got just the right amount of reserved but charismatic character i love in a space — no easy feat for two people sharing a small space together. for the entire home tour, subscribe (for free) and check out this latest issue of australia’s EST magazine.
• photography by greg cox for EST magazine.