For a change of pace, I thought I'd start a new column on the blog sharing some of my favorite things. These are things that are inspiring me, styles that have my attention, and trends I'm diving into headfirst. I share a lot of these things over on Pinterest (are you following along?) and I'm excited to share these interest here with you so we can explore them in greater depths and get inspired together!
Things I'm Loving:
Vintage Glassware: Probably not a huge shocker, I'm forever styling vintage glassware into my instagram photos and now even selling some my collection in the vintage section of the shop. This iridescent set is one of my favorites and will be available this evening during our weekly Tuesday restock at 7 PM EST.
Garden Patios: I bought my first home last spring and wow. Every inch of this property needs work. Thankfully its 1980s construction is saving us from the nightmare of asbestos or major structural issues, but the cheap materials and beige on beige on beige has got to go. As the weather is warming up I'm shifting my attention to my backyard and planning a major makeover on that space, asap. These spaces are inspiring me to use a mixture of patio pavers and small stones to create a garden-centric outdoor living space.
Matcha Magnolia: From this candle collection I designed with Anthropologie and Capri Blue. This scent is so soft, fresh, and lightly sweet. Even unlit the scent adds a delicate fragrance to any room it's placed in. I began designing this product waaaaay back in early fall 2015! There's a lot of behind the scenes work happening both in my studio and at Anthropologie to make these designs come to life. We work collaboratively to design the products and Anthropologie wonderfully handles all of the logistics of commercial manufacturing so we can offer these designs far and wide. Because of this extensive process it often takes well over a year before the designs hit the shelves at your local Anthro stores. Seeing (and smelling) these candles in real life is a total dream. This is one of those products that I'll be stocking up on while they're available. Click to shop!
High Contrast: If you've noticed bolder colors and deeper hues in the collection it's no accident. I'll always love a good pastel, but lately I'm feeling inspired by darker colors at the table complemented by brightly colored fruits and vegetables, sparkly cocktails, and soft stone and wood tones to balance the scene. Tonight during the restock we're releasing a brand new dessert plate color (for the first time in over a year!) that celebrates this bold, high luxe, contrasty look. (Signup for the newsletter here to be the first to know what this new dessert plate color is!)
What are you loving this February? I'd love to hear in the comments!
Before I even begin, clever post title shout out goes to Suite One Studio team member, Lauren. If ever a clever phrase is needed, she's your girl. Now what this post has to do with a 2005 film starring Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer? Well that's 100% nothing. Full disclosure to those of you who were hopeful. Instead this post is about Valentine's Day, Andy Warhol and Pop Art inspired cookies. All things that I quite frankly am way more interested in.
The best part about this DIY is that it's any skill level. You can opt for pre made cookie dough if you're in a pinch for time, or you can use any sugar or shortbread cookies recipe out there to create your base. You'll need this lip cookie cutter, food coloring, black icing pen, and frosting (again either store-bought or your favorite homemade recipe).
Continue reading for step by step instructions!
I'm a big fan of method soap and have a bottle next to each sink in my house, so when Method asked if I would be interested in partnering to showcase their Spring Limited Edition Collection I was more than eager. As a designer, it's always exciting to have the opportunity to see sneak peeks of upcoming products because it provides unique insight into what is visually and conceptually resonating with other companies.
Inspired by method's White Rose scent I took to the studio to create a series of custom made glazes that would hit those same notes of relaxation, calm, and freshness. I wanted to create glazes that would reflect the smooth, chalky colors of the White Rose packaging and that would gently reference the nature inspired scent.
Unlike my usual high gloss glazes, I opted to formulate matte, satin, and crackle glazes for this collaboration. It was a wonderful reprieve to work on such texturally and visually different glazes! I learned to appreciate my glaze materials in new ways simply by combining them in different proportions and combinations, all inspired by method's Spring Limited Edition Collection.
This project was such a great reminder that inspiration is everywhere! It also reminded me that it's so important to take time to pause from our everyday chaos to soak up calm relaxation and to experience mindful creativity. Thanks method!This post is sponsored by method. Here at Suite One Studio we only share products we love and messages we value. Click below to shop these amazing products!
Have you seen my collection with Anthropologie? Feminine details, gold flourishes, watercolor glazes, and organic shapes; it's everything Suite One Studio is known for. What makes this collection so special is that the entire process is pure collaboration between Anthropologie and Suite One Studio. I'll continue to share details about our partnership in upcoming posts, for now I want to take you behind the scenes to talk specifically about the Mimira Mug.
One quick look at the Suite One Studio site and it's clear that this is a mug-free zone. As a trained potter I know how to make mugs, but for years I've intentionally kept them out of my collection. Weird, right? Well, my reasoning is simple-- I really hate making mugs! They're so time intensive to do correctly, and porcelain is a tricky clay, especially when adding attachments like handles. Even though I didn't offer mugs for sale on the site, I was still making them on my own time and obsessing about the tiniest details (angle of the rim, thickness of the lip, roundness of the belly so it fits perfectly in hand), hoping to find a way to offer them in the future.
When Anthropolgie asked if I'd ever considered making a mug, I was all, "Umm yes. And I have samples at the ready. Let's do this!" The final mug is the result of our collaborative design process and rounds of sampling that began with the handmade originals I sent to the Anthropologie home team. (Continue reading to learn more about how I approach collaborations and use partnerships to grow my business!)
Happy Holidays! In the studio we're humming along to carols (okay, bellowing along with our favorite Pandora mix, not sure Bing appreciates it but we're having a blast) as we finish up the last few firings of the season and pack gifts for some lucky ducks. There are a few last minute holiday deadlines and special events that we want to take a moment to share with you.
Final Restock for Holiday Shipping (arrives by 12/24 via USPS within the US):
Monday, 12/19 at 7 PM EST (no Tuesday restock)
Last Day to Order for Holiday Shipping (arrives by 12/24 via USPS within the US):
Tuesday, 12/20 11:59 PM EST
Regular Tuesday Restocks Resume:
Tuesday, 12/27 at 7 PM EST
Shipping Resumes (orders placed between 12/21-12/27):
We're not closing the shop this year, but please note that orders placed 12/21-12/27 will not ship until the ship resume date, 12/29. After that we'll be on our usual turnaround time-- more info here on the FAQ page. If you have any questions, please reach out. We love hearing from you!: firstname.lastname@example.org
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