New from Elephant Ceramics…

platters and bowls in white on brown stoneware / platter in dark turquoise on brown stoneware

Do you remember these gorgeousness when I blogged about Elephant Ceramics earlier on this year? Michele Michael is back with new designs and boy, was I blown away. Loving all the colors, textures, and photography. New glazes in teal and turquoise, and my favorite – platters and bowls in white on brown stoneware. The brown stoneware is peeking just enough to make that graphic layer work so beautifully. I really need to get my hands on these. Get ready for some winter entertaining!

bowls in layers of blue / platters and bowls in white on brown stoneware

vases in white

platter in white with small bowls / bowls in deep teal

{ images from Elephant Ceramics / photography by Philip Ficks }

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Pigeon Toe. Heirlooms for the Modern Home

“Because objects are an essential part of your personal history. Because memories should be created, not collected. Because life is too short to be surrounded by anything less than beautiful. Because stories are handed down, not mass-produced. Because design should be timeless and craft should be authentic. Because your objects tell a narrative. Your narrative”.

Pigeon Toe. Objects with a story. This Portland based company handcrafts modern objects for the home. Not your everyday nick-nacks, but rather meaningful, useful, sculptural tools for living.  I embrace design expression offering beautiful functionality. The handmade quality of each and every piece creates a connection to the use, form and task at hand.These handcrafted heirloom pieces are perfect in their artful imperfection. I love an expression of Process in an object. The Pigeon Toe website features a behind the scenes look at just how these lovely thrown pieces are created, from a lump of clay to the finished piece. Step by step.

“Pigeon Toeʼs aspiration is simple: to provide mankind with everyday beauty. Highly curated and refined, each piece is culled from skilled hands, trained minds and inspired hearts. Founded in 2009, our studio exists in the heart of charming Southeast Industrial Portland. Featuring artisan objects that transcend trends, each piece is an attempt to redefine a new age of homegrown, grassroots aesthetics”.

Pigeon toe has a retail storefront at their studio location. If you are not able to visit the store, thankfully there is a wonderful online option as well.

Pigeon Toe is also represented at many hip and happening retail locations.

All images and excerpts via Pigeon Toe Ceramics.

Thank you Phyllis.


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Scalloped Delights!

I’ve been spotting scalloped homewares (as well as a few fashion pieces!) left and right, and I’d be lying if I said I was sick of the trend. Infused with just the right amount of feminine detailing, scallops are quickly becoming a new favorite on the design scene. Here are a few that have caught my eye this week!:

ONE: Trinket Dish / TWO: Rosette Tray / THREE: Catherine Hammerton Wallpaper / FOUR: Rachel Carley Lotus Bowls / FIVE: Doily Rug / SIX: Felt Pillow Cover / SEVEN: Flute Pendant

Have you spotted any I’ve missed? Share them below!

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Elephant Ceramics…

I cannot begin to tell you how much I love this ceramic collection by Elephant Ceramics. Not only am I feasting my eyes on the photography, but also the textures, colors, and just the brilliant intensity of some of these images. Wow. And by the flawless styling skills, should have guessed that the collection is designed by the home design editor/interior and tabletop prop stylist, Michele Michael. I love the backstory behind Elephant Ceramics… it all started when Michele went searching for tabletop items for her prop house in Manhattan. We've all been there, hunting for that one particular shape and color. Everywhere she looked was of no avail, so she decided to design and make her own. How's that for an inspiration to start a new venture?! The texture you see in her ceramics is of traditional homespun linen, such a simple idea, but look how beautiful it is. Perhaps it's her painterly approach that makes her collection looks so genuine. You see, I love brush strokes, I think there's such emotion to them. And to see that emotion coming through in her work is just mesmerizing to me. Only a handmade object could have this organic quality – each is unique, all on its own.


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