meet local + lejos — design with intention. local + lejos is a home decor company based in Los Angeles but with homewares from far and wide. they design contemporary and unique handmade home products using traditional techniques with artisans around the world — from Tanzania and Mexico to Guatemala and India. to introduce you to their beautiful, and very inspiring instagram feed, we’re giving away $500 worth of local + lejos handmade collections of your choice!
the local + lejos mission is two-fold: provide unique, accessibly priced items so you can shop with purpose (and save on airfare!), while also providing steady employment and empowering women in the developing world. from beautiful blankets, to pillows like the lovelies i’ve featured here; to ceramics, baskets, rugs and table linens — everything is handmade by artisans from around the world.
to enter to win $500 of local + lejos merchandise of your choice, simply:
• follow local + lejos on instagram.
• comment below letting us know you followed on instagram.
• please comment by wednesday, november 18th, 12pm PST.
• as always, be sure to leave a way to reach you via twitter, facebook, email or your website.
• hurrah, this giveaway is worldwide!
• we’ll announce a winner selected by random number generator on my twitter account the week of november 23rd, so be sure and follow along.
• photography by lily glass for sfgirlbybay.
The Springs co-Founders, Jared Stein and Kimberly Helms, first encountered the Los Angeles Arts District in 2013 while on tour with a Broadway show and knew it would be perfect spot for the community wellness center they had envisioned. They were determined to create an oasis for city-dwellers that lived up to health-conscious lifestyle choices all the while remaining accessible to folks who might otherwise shy away from words like “raw food” and “juice bar,” and opened The Springs in October of 2014.
The Springs offers a variety of raw, vegan dishes that don’t necessarily feel vegan. It’s first and foremost delicious and well made food that happens to be vegan. With large garage doors on either end, the aptly named space is filled with ample light and a constant breeze; it’s refreshing and rejuvenating. And between the yoga, wellness center, jazz, restaurant, juices, cocktails, communal work space, outdoor patio and the small shop up front, you really could stay here all day.
i don’t think i’ve ever put two, identical matching pillows together on a sofa or a bed, or together on any piece of furniture for that matter. i just think it’s so much more interesting to mix your patterns well, playing off the colors, and mismatched glory of it all. throw in another pattern with an area rug, art print or wallpaper, and it’s even better. no cookie-cutter, expectations for me. i love these rooms, because while they are daring and anything but expected, they’re fun and have a sense of whimsy and humor to them, but done really, really well. so that’s my lesson for the day — break out of the old rut and mismatch a little. be a little playful with your patterns — throw pillows are a great way to start getting adventurous because they’re inexpensive, and you can simply swap out the cushion covers if it’s just not working. no harm done!