Friend Feature  Guilford Find: Abby Berkson Ceramics

I have so much to share from the Guilford Craft Expo last weekend!  I discovered ceramicist, Abby Berkson, of Easthampton, MA.  Do you know her work?  Abby spins a whimsical batch of stoneware bowls, pots and mugs for kids from 0 to 100.  I love her soft palette, and the way she features some unexpected creatures in her collection. Very refreshing and fun!

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photo courtesy of Abby Berkson

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Friend Feature  Loving Tröskö Pillows!

This weekend Cheeky Monkey was in Marblehead for the beautiful and inspiring Marblehead Festival of the Arts, showcasing 35 very special artisans.  I was honored to be among so many great makers, and in particular the textile designs by Tröskö!  Tröskö is the creation of Solvejg Makaretz—a lovely Scandinavian designer living and working in Yarmouth, ME.

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photos courtesy of troskodesign.com

As an architect with roots in Denmark and Sweden, Solvejg’s patterns have a fresh Scandinavian flair, with clean lines and a touch of whimsy.  She creates all of her own patterns, and sews them in her Yarmouth studio.  I just love the way her collections mix and match so beautifully together. (more…)  

Inspiration  Wonderful Wallpaper & My Search for Stairwell Revival

This summer I am making a few small changes to my house that I hope will have a big impact.  It has been 9 years since we bought our old Victorian house (circa 1905) and we have not done much besides maintenance since our initial rehab.  Things are looking a little tired, and I am looking for a refresh!  In my search for wallpaper for our front hall staircase, I fell in love with some amazing designers!

 

The first thing I did was summon my wallpaper collection on Pinterest.  Here are some of my favorite wallpaper designers who are doing interesting and very unique work.  I really love designs that show the artist’s hand and feel like a work of art—the way art deco designs and Indian block printing allow you to feel the direct nature of the making.

 

Julia-Rothman-Wallpaper 

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