Winter ’18 Book Recommendations

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
A collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache.

The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair
This book tells the unusual stories of seventy-five fascinating shades, dyes, and hues. From blonde to ginger, the brown that changed the way battles were fought to the white that protected against the plague, Picasso’s blue period to the charcoal on the cave walls at Lascaux, acid yellow to kelly green, and from scarlet women to imperial purple, these surprising stories run like a bright thread throughout history.

Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks
A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country’s civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game – and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN’s newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves. These are just some of the tales Tom Hanks tells in this first collection of his short stories.

 

The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke
In this beautifully illustrated volume, the host of the hit podcast Lore serves as a guide on a  journey through the history of these terrifying creatures, exploring not only the legends but what they tell us about ourselves. In a world of “emotional vampires” and “zombie malls,” the monsters of folklore have become both a part of our language and a part of our collective psyche. Whether these beasts and bogeymen are real or just a reflection of our primal fears, we know, on some level, that not every mystery has been explained and that the unknown still holds the power to strike fear deep in our hearts and souls.

Literally Me by Julie Houts
Julie Houts has cultivated a devoted following as “Instagram’s favorite illustrator” by lampooning the conflicting messages and images women consume and share with the world every day. A collection of darkly comic illustrated essays, Literally Me chronicles the exploits of “slightly antisocial heroines” in vivid, excruciatingly funny detail.

Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay
It was a cloudless summer day in the year 1900. Everyone at Appleyard College for Young Ladies agreed it was just right for a picnic at Hanging Rock. After lunch, a group of three girls climbed into the blaze of the afternoon sun, pressing on through the scrub into the shadows of the secluded volcanic outcropping. Farther, higher, until at last they disappeared. They never returned.

 

Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo by Grant Faulkner
Designed to kick-start creativity, this handbook from the executive director of National Novel Writing Month gathers a wide range of insights and advice for writers at any stage of their career. From tips about how to finally start that story to helpful ideas about what to do when the words just aren’t quite coming out right.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The stunningly beautiful bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Deftly interweaving their lives, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

Other People We Married by Emma Straub
Straub creates characters as recognizable as a best friend, and follows them through moments of triumph and transformation with wit, vulnerability, and dazzling insight. In “Some People Must Really Fall in Love,” an assistant professor takes halting steps into the awkward world of office politics while harboring feelings for a freshman student. Two sisters struggle with old assumptions about each other as they stumble to build a new relationship in “A Map of Modern Palm Springs.” These twelve stories, are filled with sharp humor, emotional acuity, and joyful language.

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Rethinking the Living Room

Minerva Wall Mirror // Harmony 2-Piece Chaise Sectional

It’s been a minute, well about three and a half years, since I did anything major to my living room. I’ve updated the floor rug and throw pillows and some other little things a few times, but nothing big. Lately I’ve been getting the itch to do an entire overhaul. Not that it’s in my budget at the moment, but it’s worth daydreaming over for a bit. The first piece I’d bring in would be this couch that I’ve had a crush on for years – I love how welcoming it looks. And a big round mirror over the mantel would make the room feel larger and add a nice focal point.

 

Chuck Log Holder // Aaron Aged Brass 3-Light Floor Lamp // Cast Tripod Side Table

My fireplace doesn’t work at the moment, but I still enjoy a stack of logs nearby and this holder could double as a magazine holder if I get bored. A sweet little side table could either be used for its intended purpose or a plant stand. Didn’t you know that I love pieces that are multifunctional? This brass floor lamp will add some cozy light to the room.

 

Ash Connections 5-Shelf Bookshelf // Laini Throw // Rattan Bowl Bullet Planter

I have a lot of books and love putting the on display, so a trio of these shelves should do the trick. (All lined up in a nice little row, of course.) Plants run rampant in my home, and one of these large bullet planters would hold a large palm nicely. A pretty blanket would bring in a simple pattern and some texture.

 

Stand Table Lamp // Victrola Gramophone Bluetooth Speaker // Warwick 3-Door Media Cabinet

If you haven’t noticed, lately I’m heavily drawn towards a mix of wood and metal in neutral tones. This little table lamp combines all three very nicely. An updated bluetooth gramophone ties together the old-meets-new aesthetic I tend to gravitate towards, and the media cabinet gives a place for all other electronics in the living room.

 

Motion Lines 3 Wall Art // Eden Cross Base Standing Planter // Hayes Leather Storage Basket

No room is complete without art on its walls, and I really like the simplicity of this piece. A pair of these standing planters would flank the fireplace nicely, don’t you think? And a decent sized basket works hard in any number of ways, including holding blankets and pillows.

 

Brass Tray Coffee Table // Vintage Distressed Rug

The edge on this coffee table is a unique feature that I really like, as are the thin brass legs. The navy blue in this large floor rug ties in perfectly with the hues in the rest of the room without being overwhelming.

 

Chelsea Double Sconce // Rose Quartz Coaster Set // Roar + Rabbit Chair

The third source of light would be ideally situated in the corner of the room, directly over the crook of the sectional – the best reading spot! A pair of chairs that make a statement in pale pink finish things up, while a set of quartz coasters check off a necessity. Here’s to dreaming!

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12 Task Lamps

Oyler Two Head Task Lamp // Crosby Schoolhouse Desk Lamp
Kennedy Table Task Lamp // Iroh Metal Adjustable 23″ Desk Lamp

I’ve found lighting has everything to do with how productive I can be in a day. If I don’t turn on a lamp in the room I’m working in before mid-afternoon, I definitely go slower as the sun drops in the sky. Most days this means switching on the task lamp that’s on my desk. Task lamps have a classy, literary look about them that’s especially welcoming during the winter months – here’s a hot dozen.

 

Dylan Bullet Shaped Dual Head LED Table Lamp // Renton Task 33″ Desk Lamp
Ina Task Lamp // Wooden Task Lamp

 

Gold-Dipped Task Lamp // Anna Desk Lamp
Scoop Table Lamp // Edris Metal Globe Desk Lamp

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10 Interesting Lines of Furniture

 

VOLK

VOLK Furniture is a Brooklyn-based studio dedicated to the design and fabrication of handcrafted, traditionally joined and finished wood furniture. Each VOLK design is unique and carefully considered to showcase the quality of the hand-selected materials.

 

 

studioyak

Interior and furniture design by Wanchai Preecharpurmprasit.

 

 

NOOK

Nook is an up-to-date interpretation of the traditional canopy bed. Robust and essential, this structure can be coupled without the need for wall mounting and is one piece in a range of practical furniture and accessories that make it a truly special space in which space to sleep, study, play or sit with friends.

 

 

Mijo Studio

Mijo Studio is a forward thinking Danish-Norwegian design duo specializing in prints, patterns and textiles. Experimenting with colors and textures our work is always based in analogue techniques and is characterized by a curious and playful approach to the creative process.

 

 

 

Another Brand

Another Brand is a simple collaboration between designer and manufacturer working directly as partners to create a business. The brand concept started with furniture. The success of this model is based upon the designer and manufacturer understanding each other’s strengths and capabilities, including manufacturing techniques, infrastructure and logistics.

 

 

Klein

Creatively rethinking the way in which people dwell, Klein Agency focuses on simple solutions to living well. With a background in architecture and their previous art studio, LMBRJK, Klein Agency is built on experience, an understanding of design processes, and a desire to give spaces, products, and brands new, unexpected identities, rich in materials and attentive to details.

 

 

KILLSPENCER

Featuring a selection of luxury travel, tech, women’s, and athletic accessories, all goods are designed, developed, manufactured, and sold out of our Los Angeles HQ. Constantly on the search for innovative materials and processes, whether new or historical, KILLSPENCER is dedicated to making products that will last the test of time.

 

 

Lorenza Bozzolli Design

The design work of Lorenza Bozzolli, a mix of styles, a collaboration between aesthetics and ways of use.

 

 

Nightshop

Rotterdam-based designers Ward an Gemert and Adriaan van der Ploeg started working together in 2010 under the name Nightshop. Ward and Adriaan are interested in mixing elements of high culture and popular culture in their designs. Also, they’re keen on investigating the boundaries between good taste and bad taste.

 

 

Mitab

Mitab develops products with the intention to ease and create freedom for our users to focus their energy on their passion. We believe that passion create great things. We help our users to create their own great things.

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24 Cozy Blankets

Cable Knit Cotton Throw // Knit Sweater Throw
Wool Motoring Blanket // Woven Throw Blanket

The temperature has been beyond frigid, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve been piling three or four blankets on top of my usual bedding each night. I’m so lucky to have a roof over my head and be able to pay the heating bill, but even those things haven’t felt like enough to stay warm. If you’re looking to add some layers, check out these options.

 

Catriona Throw // Stripe Throw
Halmstad Colorblock Throw // Sweater Knit Blanket

 

Alpine Throw // Pom Pom Wool Throw
Avoca Mohair Throw Blanket // Cassbab Throw

 

Woven Daydream Throw Blanket // Indigo Island Throw Blanket
Spiced Cider Wool Blanket // Knit Throw Blanket with Tassels

 

Jacquard Weave Throw // Andreas Throw Blanket
Trestles Throw // Michele Rondelli Cotton Blanket

 

Stitchplay Throw Blanket // Tartan 100% Wool Blanket
Knit Throw Blanket // Bliss Plush Throw

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20 Modern Magazine Racks

Felt Magazine Rack // Wire Triangle Magazine Rack
Brass Magazine Rack // Carroll Magazine Rack

January always has me aching to get super organized.  – to go through everything in the house, pare down, and streamline. But one task I’m always horrible at is keeping up with is my stack of magazines, so I figure the least I can do is keep them in order in a rack in my living room or office. I have this one that’s currently out of stock, but I pulled together a bunch of other options that I love just as much.

 

Current Magazine Rack // DIY Wooden Magazine Holder
Hoop Magazine Rack // Magazine Rack

 

Round Metal Magazine Rack // Grid Brass Magazine Rack
DIY Modern Magazine Shelf // Brass Magazine Rack

 

Saddle Ring Magazine Rack // Plywood Magazine Rack
Gold Magazine Rack // Black Magazine Rack

 

Aspen Magazine Rack // Magazine Rack
Magazine Rack Storage // Herman Magazine Stand

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Gavin Coyle

 

You know that person who is super creative and can make just about anything? That’s Gavin Coyle, a studio workshop based in East London dedicated to preserving the skills of traditional craftsmanship in new ways. They’re an incredibly innovative group with a less is more ethos who create as little waste during production as possible. Check out their shop or request a bespoke piece all your own.

 

 

 

 

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