Up until 6 weeks ago I didn’t understand what a hashtag (#) was or what it did (I kind of wish I could insert an emoji here with hands covering its face in embarrassment–am I the only one who feels behind the technological times these days?!). In the last six weeks, however, I’ve delved into this whole new landscape of social media, and am embracing its steep learning curve. And I have to say, it is a pretty amazing world out there!
So today, I want to share with you a few fantastic companies I’ve learned about through Instagram that can give your home (and you) that extra little punch of pizzazz. The creative community on Instagram is a rich one: artists, textile designers, vendors selling vintage items, craftsman repurposing vintage items, companies selling handmade products from across the globe…they’re all here and they’re fun to follow! And they’re ever-evolving, so I look forward to regularly highlighting new finds for you in my blog as I discover them.
Full disclosure, I first came across Artemis Design Co. the old fashioned way–in the newspaper! Back in August of 2014, Millicent Armstrong’s company was featured in the Wall Street Journal’s “Off Duty” section. Since then, I’ve been a huge fan of her colorful shoes repurposed from Turkish Kilim rugs, and I love sharing her company with those who might not yet know of it. She works with artisan craftsmen and -women to create one-of-a-kind, incredibly comfortable shoes that are sure to draw appreciative glances! In addition to her Kilim designs, she also creates gorgeous shoes from velvet and silk. These are handwoven in small batches by a women’s collective in Uzbekistan, making each pair truly special.
If you adore Indian block print fabric, you’ll love Kalyana Textiles. Founded by Aparna Glynn, Kalyana Textiles melds age-old technique with modern style. The result: beautifully handmade bedding, throw pillows, and tableware that bring a touch of color and culture to your home. Kalyana’s motifs and versatile colorways suit a variety of design aesthetics, from Coastal to California Eclectic to Modern Traditional to Boho Chic (and many in between!).
Kalyana Textiles partners with independent artisans, designers and crafters in India skilled in the ancient textile tradition of hand block printing. As part of their mission, the company works to develop a sustainable income for these partners, as well as to promote the cultural heritage of their art.
I LOVE rugs! I could quite happily live in an all -beige room with beige furniture so long as I was able to adorn it with colorful rugs from across the globe. I’m especially partial to saturated color and geometric motifs, which is why I love Loom & Kiln. Entrepreneur Hannah Loumeau Leonard started this company as a way to showcase gorgeous textiles and ceramics sourced the world over. Her online offerings change frequently, so be sure to check her site out often. In addition to drool-worthy rugs in colors you just don’t see every day (several of my favorites in the pics above–hmmm…I must be having a pink moment!), Loom & Kiln also features baskets, poufs, pillows, planters, art and more. It’s a fantastic resource not only for your own home, but also for unique gifts.
Looking for that one piece of furniture (or several!) that really sets your home apart from the masses? You’ve got to check out Society Social.What started in 2011 as a collection of six bar carts uniquely designed by founder Roxy Te has since morphed into a full-fledged online home furnishings store with amazing creations at every turn. Roxy grew up learning the ins and outs of furniture design in her family’s furniture factory. She now uses those lessons to guide her as she creates modern, whimsical pieces that just make you want to pop a bottle of bubbly and invite some friends over…just because!
I’ve always admired vintage travel and ski posters. When we refinished our basement as a family room, I thought it’d be fun to incorporate some art like this into our design scheme. That’s when I found Rusty & Ingrid. Husband and wife team Rusty and Ingrid Kinnunen work out of their studio in Rockport, MA creating handmade fine art screen prints that celebrate their love of New England. Each piece is handprinted, one color at a time, signed and numbered. You can select from several sizes and order the print framed or unframed. Not only will their art bring a wonderful travel memory or special place into your home, but their prices are also affordable.
I look forward to sharing more finds like these with you as I discover them! And, I’d love to hear about the places you’ve unearthed that you love and that others might not yet know about. If you have any favorites, please share!
Thanks for stopping by!