Here are a few handmade items that you may have missed from some past LAB Maison posts. If you’d like to receive the latest handmade goods for the home in your inbox, why not sigh up for the LAB Maison Newsletter? The first edition will show up in inboxes everywhere during the week of September 1st, 2013. Enjoy!
Are you one of those people who thinks you have a black thumb? Don’t despair! I have friends who can’t grow weeds but they’ve managed to finally get their green on with a Tillandsia. What’s a Tillandsia you ask? It’s a family of plants that grow by pulling all it needs to live from the air. It’s a marvel of creation that can add a touch of plant life to any space, no matter how much of a struggle you’ve had growing things in the past. You seriously can’t kill these.
What better way to show off your airplant, as they are more commonly known, than with a stained glass terrarium from Amy Burgess? Already a talented jewelry maker, Amy has designed some lovely handmade glass structures with a slight patina to them. They’re little works of art and, if you add your airplant and a little sunlight, I’m sure they’ll bring plenty of pizzazz to your handmade space. Stained Glass + Plants x Sunlight = Awesome!
OK, so now that you’ve found the terrarium, you’ll need the airplant. I did some sleuthing and it seems that Garden in the City is the shop to head to. While they do have an Etsy shop, it appears that their Amazon and Ebay shops may be the best bet. They have a large selection, so I’m sure you’ll find a plant or two that fits your needs. If you have any questions, message them via Etsy. They have a great variety, only offer quality plants and seem to be very knowledgable. Are you already an airplant fan? Got any great tips? Share them with us in the comments.
They were just too good to pass up. Farrah Sit has a wondrous shop on Etsy called Fashioned By and it’s full of some pretty cool modern ceramics and desk accessories. Since I have indoor plants on the brain, I thought this was a fitting bookend on the subject of bringing some green into your inner spaces.
Farrah offers a few configurations of her porcelain planters. They come in a trio, singles, with leather or with rope. No matter which one you choose, they all have one thing in common: simple, clean and uncomplicated vessels, perfect for housing anything from succulents to herbs. I’m definitely partial to the natural leather. I have an empty wall where a trio of these would look just dandy.
I wanted to also include these gorgeous desk accessories. Mostly because they rock and also because I saw the word ‘brass’ and you know how obsessed I am with brass. Plus, I’ve got to figure out where to get those pencils and this is one way of remembering where I saw them. My memory these days…yikes! If you know where I can find those pencils, please let me know. In the meantime, be sure to hop over to Fashioned By to check out all of Farrah’s great handmade goodness.
Talk about soothing! Chifen Cheng’s lovely collection, found in her Designlump shop, is as arresting as it is calming. How can you resist these beautiful muted tones? Each item is made to order, so delivery time may be a little slower than you’re used to. But isn’t that what you would expect when investing in handmade goods created by a master craftswoman?
There is so much though put into this collection. For instance, this set of 5 plates called Petit à Petit. Not only does the shape of each plate change little by little from a square to a circle, the color changes from the center to the exterior. When you stack them all together, they become more than a mountain of utilitarian usefulness, they become a work of art.
Jamie Iacoli and Brian McAllister really like to make very pretty things. They’ve been featured all over the place and now they are on the LAB. That means they’ve really arrived, right? It’s so great to see handmakers who have the gift of designing great things in different genres. From jewelry to those insanely fab lights, this talented duo is on top of their creative game.
James Minola and Chelsea Green continue to amaze me with their incredible talent and imagination. Grain is one of my favorite shops on the web, and for good reason. This talented duo exercise an exceptional understanding of creative restraint and intuitive design. Here are a few of the new items in the Grain shop.
How gorgeous are these Stick Candle Holders? A striking combination of graphite, ash, and brass, this handsome candle holder would look great just about anywhere in your interior spaces. Like everything in the Grain shop, they’re made with the environment in mind and a portion of the proceeds are passed to 1% For The Planet, Grain’s charity of choice.
James Minola and Chelsea Green // Grain
From their sublime pillows to the incredible details featured on the Stitch Round Mirror, the team at Grain continue to push the boundaries of modern handmade design. Their expert blending of traditional and contemporary styling with master craftsmanship means that a product from Grain will stand the test of time.