August 18, 2017 | Design is intelligence made visible. — Don Newgren


It’s the middle of summer and there is still time to throw a great party. These handmade finds, curated from Objetik and Chic & Basta, offer you the perfect foundation for serving and sharing. Modern and well-made, all of these items can be used year round.


Succulents are all the rage right now, so what better time to start building a mini garden of your own. Freefolding Ceramics and Opusconcrete offer two options for those who want to create
beautiful succulent arrangements.

Freefolding, the handiwork of Michal Keren Gelman, features a wide array of ceramic planters. Each planter showcases Michal’s incredible talent and are some of the most calming ceramics on the planet.

Mike Davidson’s Opusconcrete is a succulent lover’s dream come true. Especially for the minimalist, these handmade concrete planters are sturdy and understated. You’ll love the smooth texture and the subtle color palette will make the stars of the show really stand out.

By the way, did you know you can purchase succulents and supplies on Etsy? I didn’t either until the Etsy Studio opened earlier this year. From fresh cuttings to gravel, it’s all there. If you haven’t signed up for an Etsy Studio account, why not get started today?


It goes without saying that we are big proponents of supporting artists. We would love to see more of our readers purchasing art from makers vs. buying mass-produced pieces from big box stores. With that in mind, we want to show you just how easy it is to start your own art collection with our 3 Maker Members: Beth Winterburn , Megan Carty and Adri Luna.

Beth’s EBW Artwork is a feast for the eyes. Her expressive abstract pieces are so stunning and I’ve been a fan of her work from the moment I discovered it. There is a sense of motion in her pieces that gives them an energy that is both magnetic and calming. The piece you see below is a perfect example of her immense talent. Get it here.

Adri Luna knows how to make shapes and colors dance together in a way that is truly brilliant. Her affordable art is a must-see for anyone who wants to start collecting. I love that she offers this Gallery Wall Starter Pack. It’s three pieces that coordinate perfectly together. I think we could all use a little ‘Be The Good’ print in our lives, right?

Speaking of color, Megan Carty is the queen of it! Her work is so expressive and bold. This piece, her Fresh Afternoon print, is a favorite of mine. This lavish bouquet of boho-chicness is the perfect way to bring some life to your walls. Megan is the kind of artists that seems to be able to really transmit her thoughts onto canvas. All three of these artists are worthy of a visit.

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