I’m hesitant to call this a gift guide, because it’s a gift guide only if you’re buying for me. (Which makes it a wish list, but perhaps after reading, you’ll be wishing for them, too.) These are the items at the top of my mind with two weeks to go. They’re the items I keep coming back to when searching the internet, and making my list(s), and I’m really hoping to find at least a couple of them under the Christmas tree.
- Bare magazine, issue one: I’m dying to see Bare’s launch issue. Though the magazine was only published for a short time (2000-2001), the title was edited by design star Ilse Crawford with a focus on wellness and wellbeing, so I’m sure I’ll devour the aesthetics as well as the content.
- Glögg and Stollen: Christmas is a time for festive treats, and a day bookended by a slice of Stollen at breakfast (Big Sur Bakery’s version is gorgeous) and a sip of Glögg (from London’s Nordic Bakery) at cocktail hour would be near perfect.
- Repetto suede ballerina flats: because Repetto’s suede is so soft, and the range of colors so beguiling. I can’t decide between blush pink or “little rat” grey. Maybe both?
- Ginger Wishes Body Wash: the scent is irresistible (ginger/citrus), the packaging is adorable, and the price is right (£5), which means I’ve already snapped up this little treat: no waiting around for the 25th.
- Shinola iPad Mini Journal Cover: around the house, I keep my iPad in a snap case, but I’d love to have Shinola’s gorgeous leather journal-style cover for travel. The detail of card slots feels like it was designed just for me, a person who’s forever collecting business cards while exploring. Available in a range of colors, including my favorite, orange.
image credits: 1. crazyaboutmagazines.com 2. hyvinvoinnin.fi (glögi) and quitokeeto.com (stollen) 3. repetto.com 4. stories.com 5. shinola.com // layout and type by jane potrykus
Crisp, modern minimalism from A.L.C. for pre-fall. A relaxed take on the uniform (but not too relaxed), which suits my style to a tee. See the complete slideshow at WWD*.
* subscription may be required: UPDATE collection photos are now available at style.com
image credits: photos by karla ticas for wwd.com
“a few cups (no. 8)” (2007)
I happened across Ireland’s Coracle Press while attending the recent London Small Publishers Fair, and instantly fell in love with the sublime, minimalist artwork of co-director Erica Van Horn. Van Horn’s line drawings are spare but enchanting: it’s the sort of work that draws you in, quiets the soul, and encourages introspection. Founded by Van Horn and poet/editor Simon Cutts, Coracle seeks to combine art with poetry and other remembrances of the small moments that make up a life. The offerings, which range from books to prints to keepsake-worthy ephemera, are a lovely reminder that simple pleasures can also be erudite.
Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Museum Library has an extensive online catalog of Van Horn’s work: the Coracle website is your best source for current stock lists and orders.
“a bundle of clothes pegs” (2005)
“shaker hanger” (2004)
“an album of interiors” (2008)
“cafe alt wien” (1999)
all images from the yale university // beinecke rare book & museum library online catalog with permission of erica van horn.
because i went all in on google research after spotting coracle at the fair, a few more online resources for information on coracle are: printed in norfolk, accordion publications, and publishers’ roundtable.
Thanksgiving weekend is winding down and Christmas is staring me in the face. Spent the holiday weekend at a couple of Christmas fairs, sipping mulled wine (a most wonderful tradition, if you ask me — I’m coöpting it immediately) and perusing the wares. Next on my to-do list is figuring out 1. what I’m buying for Christmas and 2. how I’m getting it to the states. I think it will be an amazon.com holiday as they are problem solvers.
Take a moment out of the seasonal bustle and enjoy a few of my favorite photos from November:
- November 11
- Morning light at home ….
- Driving through the Adirondacks today.
- Peonies peonies peonies :) ….
- Certainly is!(incidentally, I want this poster: anyone??)
- Happening now! ….
- Making doorsteps bright! ….
image at top :: november 28 ::/jane potrykus
It’s Thanksgiving Eve, and I’m sure many of you are in the throes of house cleaning and menu planning (or the alternate: packing and traveling) at the moment. Completely understandable. Tomorrow, though, I hope you find a quiet moment to say thanks to those who have helped you over the past year. Even though I may not be sitting down to a turkey dinner tomorrow (at the time of writing, our plans are up in the air) I know my successes over the past four and a half months are due mostly to the help of others. I’ve been lucky enough to meet some amazingly kind people, both in the UK and the US, and I’d like to take this moment to thank them.**
So, here goes:
Bridie: thank you for being one of the first to welcome me to London, for chairs (so important!), for coffee, for Paris. xx (and thanks to Ben, too!) // Sarah: your home decor + all-things-UK advice has been invaluable, but I’m even happier that we’ve become friends. // Christine: for knowing exactly who-what-wear (yes, I meant “wear”) I need to see // Rita: for 11th-hour picture hanging + problem solving extraordinaire // Neal: for a Twitter feed that never fails to turn my day around // Katy: for always remembering to check in + see how things are going // Jo: for enduring awful London traffic to be my plus-one for a shop party // Peggy/Amy/Chelsea/Sally/Allison/ Chelsea/Rori/Maybelle/Cindy/Liz/Jennifer/Jenny: thanks for your love, emails, texts and cheers from the US. you have quelled many an unsettled moment + continue to support me as I explore life as an expat.
And finally, a big Heart of the Home thank you to artist Susan Branch. I’m a huge fan of Susan’s charming illustrations and stories, shared at her blog and in her many books. I’m also a huge fan of Susan the person. A Fine Romance, her latest book, tells of Susan’s love of England in travel diary form so convincingly (and is illustrated so delightfully) that whenever I need a pick-me-up concerning my own (mis)adventures, all I have to do is pull the book off the shelf and read a page or two (preferably while drinking a “Peah Cidah”) and all is better in my world. If you have even the slightest interest in England, you need this book. (It makes a great gift, too, but don’t wait, because it keeps selling out!)
** I realize this exercise is fraught with the potential for disaster: akin to the Oscar winner who forgets to thank his wife. Please know: even if your name is not on this list, if we’ve connected in the past 12 months I’m thankful for it, and thinking of you over this holiday.
image credits: book cover from amazon.com; excerpts from vineyardstories.com (publisher’s site)