The recipe for success is elusive, ever changing, subjective...but when I read about Austin based artist, Shay Spaniola, I can't help but think she's got it all figured out. 

Shay has a keen eye for color and design, plus she loves to travel and be inspired. To better understand marketing and retail, she was once a part of Anthropologie's visual team as well. Combined, her many talents allow her to stand out amongst the fray. Her work feels original and visually engaging. And my hunch is it's only going to get better and better...

In Shay's shop, Bunglo, you'll find these gorgeous pillows with her hand painted patterns as well as artwork, ceramics and furniture to name a few. Color and energetic patterns are her niche but there's a softness to it. As she shares on her site, she seeks to transform "residential and commercial spaces into meditative environments with light, soul-lifting patterns." 

These sweet jewelry dishes are a collaboration with Bunglo and Kristen Saksa Juen- an incredibly talented Austin artist I blogged about last week. 

And then there's the original Knoll tulip chair. How great is this? Shay found this vintage gem in disarray and gave it a much needed makeover with fabric of her own design. It's tasteful yet modern and fun. It's a piece with staying power too, just like Shay. If I had to guess, both will be around for a long time to come...


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Bathtub in my Bedroom...

I remember watching the tv show, 9 by Design a few years ago where designer, Cortney Novogratz created hotel rooms where a stand alone tub became a central design element of the bedroom, without door or separation. I always loved the idea and it's cool to see it catching on in residential homes.

Cozy, dimly-lit bedrooms are so inviting, so adding a clawfoot or stand alone tub can only enhance the relaxed vibe. Think I need to do this someday....

...or maybe this. Even better. 


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The Sea & Asters Wood Planter

Modern simplicity is on display here and in the prettiest way possible. These small, wooden planters by Sea & Asters of Tampa, Florida quickly grab your attention and admiration. 

Owner, Monica Raguckas offers two types of wood planters. One version is designed to hold a Tillandsia (air plant) while others can handle small cacti or mini soil based plants. These are offered in a handful of poppy hues so you can easily find one to complement any shelf, sill or table. They make the cutest gifts too...

Check out the entire Sea & Asters shop, which includes pods, terrariums and tillandsia, here. 



The Hinkley Barstool

I have admiration for a good barstool. I spied this one over at Arteriors in Carrollton, Texas. The Hinkley barstool combines wood and iron with a swivel seat and natural wax finish. 

These stools add a modern, sophisticated charm to a space and stand tall at 34.5". 

I just love the look of these handsome beauties lined up one after the other. Barstools to drool over... see many more manly pieces for the home over at the Arteriors site, here. 


Images: Arteriors;    Content: Sweet Peach 



Kristen Saksa Juen

One of the joys of having my own blog is hearing from the artists themselves. What is their process? What are they inspired by? For ceramicist, Kristen Saksa Juen of Austin, Texas, it starts with natural forms. 

Kristen, "I am deeply inspired by the textures, forms and tiny details that I find in nature and there is so much to discover here in the South!" Based in Austin, Texas, Kristen molds modern, organic forms by hand. Her process is open and free forming, never rigid or absolute.

Kristen, "I prefer to design without patterns or guidelines in order to keep exploring new ideas. For me, the creative process builds on itself. Sometimes a 'failed' idea spurs several other successful designs. I push myself to design with a healthy does of randomness which ultimately gives my work its unique, organic look."

Kristen finds pure joy in her work and I have to say, I find pure joy in this trio of precious, earthy bowls. See more of her work and be inspired too, here.


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The Biscuit Cutter

The Biscuit Cutter is made by a northerner but perfect for a southerner. Al Mather of rural Maine handcrafts these beauties from Ash wood. A sharp edge along the bottom allows for perfect slicing of your dough. 

You can also find the biscuit cutter over at the Food 52 shop. But be forewarned, you'll get sucked in perusing all their great kitchen products. It's highly addictive...

...just like good, southern biscuits. I think I need to get one of Al's pretty biscuit cutters and get to work. 


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The Vintage Vogue

Handmade, gold, dipped, clean, minimal...these are all current home decor trends which also describe the work of Charlotte Bravo in Baltimore, Maryland. 

I love Charlotte's gold leaf and hand drawn trays. As she shares, these would not only work beautifully in serving your guests, they "would be equally lovely hung on the wall or up against a bookcase as art." 

Besides the pretty trays and trinket dishes, Charlotte crafts these original coasters on birch wood. Each one showcases its own modern, simple design but together, they make a beautiful set. See her entire collection, which also includes paper sculptures and lighting, here.


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The Ceramic Flask...

I don't currently have a flask, but after seeing this beautifully designed, ceramic version made by Tyler Deeb of Louisville, Kentucky, I want one. 

Tyler began his company, MGCO, after a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign. He started with designing a deck of playing cards and has grown his collection to include this cool flask, a coffee chiller and some other fun accessories. See it all, here. 


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The Old Wood Co.

Darren Green cares about local business and community. He started The Old Wood Co. in Asheville, North Carolina after seeing firsthand how the Asian import market demolished the furnishings sector and the local communities that had been built on domestic manufacturing. But with a recently renewed public support for Made-in-the-USA goods, Darren is determined to help revive his craft. He's dedicated to making furnishings with local, high quality materials- like these Life counter stools, made of American chestnut and natural steel. 

Darren cares deeply about his community, so therefore he cares deeply about the environment. He utilizes reclaimed lumber and recycled steel- plus he has a paperless accounting system and donates all his sawdust to local farms. That by itself, is a good enough reason to support his efforts- yet his work is so impressive and beautifully done, you can't help but be a big fan. 

Darren's collection includes all manner of tables, stools and consoles. I particularly like this Iron Scissor side table, also made in American chestnut and natural steel. 

Then there's this- the Wood Boom Boombox, a 20 watt amplifier with two full range speakers made of walnut veneer and hand forged iron handles. Just place your digital or analog music player in the walnut groove and you're good to go. Darren also cares about good tunes apparently. I like that in a guy...



Carriage Oak Cottage

As the winter doldrums have really started to get me down, I find myself counting down the days to daylight saving time. The spring makes me think and dream of vivid, poppy colors. Which is why I love these vases, created by Kristin Malaer of Raleigh, North Carolina.  

Kristin loves to play with color and texture and therefore chose to cover these glass vases in her own mixture of stucco and cement. The result is something unique and intriguing to the eye. This set of three would look lovely on my front porch, side by side, filled with spring flowers...sigh.  

Kristin is a busy bee, getting ready for spring herself as she now has hundreds of colorful vases to choose from on her site. Sounds like a good plan to beat the winter doldrums... Enjoy the weekend y'all.