The coolest store in Cartagena is called St. Dom: it specializes in Colombian designers and carries clothing, accessories, home items and books, very concept store-like. They also have an extremely well-edited selection of sophisticated takes on indigenous crafts, and I went particularly crazy for these very graphic poufs. Only problem was, they were obviously too big for my carry-on—really, most everything was too big for the carry-on, and I brought home a serious case of shopper’s regret over all the good items I left behind. And yet! I found the poufs here, and even though I really don’t need a pouf (has anyone in the history of ever needed one?) I’m considering it.
It never occurred to me to consider the evil eye (which, depending on which culture’s interpretation you’re going with, actually protects you from the evil eye) as a home design element. But then I discovered this amazing heart-shaped plate by Mquan, and was inspired to go looking for more.
Is this embroidered tea towel by Coral & Tusk not completely charming? It’d make a nifty hostess gift.
This pillow is simultaneously graphic and subdued, which I find rather appealing.
It’s a Liberty of London sewing machine, people.
And I’m a little afraid to say that, as “obsessed with” topped the list of words and phrases you’d like to ban, but really there is no other word for it. People are doing some quite cool things with quilts these days, and I want in, bad. This one, from LA-based design house Wolfum, is such an unlikely mix of colors, but it totally works.
Meg Callahan’s quilts are stupendous; this is my favorite because it looks traditional and modern at the same time.
The slow fade here is just so pretty.
And here’s the feel-good-about-yourself-while-you-shop option: all profits from the sale of this one—which I found on the excellent site Indego Africa—goes to educational training for the women who made it.
I’m feeling very inspired by this poster for the 1968 Olympics in Mexico; it just popped into my head yesterday for no good reason, and now I am—predictably—fixated on getting my hands on one. Alas, all web searches come up empty, and possibly its extreme Op-Artiness would make it hell to live with anyway, so I went searching for pieces that might scratch the same itch: intensely graphic items in an orangey-red color palette.
This rainbow-painted rock does not—on any level—need to exist, but I’m so glad it does.
Pendelton makes so many good dog beds that I’m having an impossible time choosing a favorite, but this one fits with today’s color palette, so there you have it.
Bugs on mugs, starting out with this splurgetastic but glorious specimen.
The symmetry here delights.
A nice daily reminder that you are the queen bee of your life.
A snake letter opener is so Lady Badass.
Really excellently graphic in the orange and gold.
Lady Badass part II.
I’m taking a trip to Central America in September, and am resolved to fit everything for two whole weeks into one standard-size carry-on. This means being at peace with the notion that I will wear the same few things over and over. Which is fine: as I’ve stated in the past, I always wear the same things over and over anyway. Given the climate, I’ll be bringing along the kind of superlight cottony clothes that are inevitably all wrinkled by the time I reach my destination and unpack. So I’m bringing along my new Jo Mangiano Go Mini steamer, which is truly quite mini, works just as well as its larger counterpart, and rings in at just under $15, which is hard to beat.
We’ve got a tie this week, because it is impossible to declare one of these items cuter than the other. (Also, I like how they look together.) First up: leopard print cloth napkins sound like a perfectly awful idea, but these are so dreamy all faded and watercolory.
Sure I never cook, but this star-studded cutting board is so far up my alley that it might just inspire me to start.
Generally speaking I can’t bear anything that’s too twee, but then I’ll visit the Coral & Tusk website and get sucked right into the vortex. This leather embroidered travel journal, for instance, feels like it needs to be mine.
I only use cloth napkins—it impresses guests, and always makes my takeout feel that much more civilized. And my collection is impressive, but none are quite so perfect as these.
This sachet has Hostess Gift written all over it.