I’ve always admired the style of Amanda Brooks. To me, she seems like a woman who really understands style way beyond fashion and trends and can get down with Kate Moss as much as she can get down with Jackie O. There’s a simplicity to her way of dressing, but with a hint of bohemian mixed with classic that’s always incredibly chic. While browsing the internet this long weekend I came across a feature of her home in Oxfordshire shot by The Selby for The Guardian and I was instantly charmed by all of it including the artwork, the outdoor area overflowing in greenery, the tree house/art studio, the mix of textiles, the adorable animals, and most of all the pure happiness and love that’s being exuded by her family. I called Darryl over and we flipped through the photos while drinking our morning tea as it rained outside, and we seriously fantasized about moving to a farm and raising animals and kiddos. It was very much a stop and pause moment and it felt good. I love it when someone or something makes you daydream. Naturally, I admire Amanda Brooks even more now.
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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I’m really looking forward to a weekend spent with family, friends, and a whole lot of food. I thought this image was appropriate for the festivities and every year it inspires me to want to create a table setting just as grand. I have yet to create it, but maybe next year? I have a lot to be grateful for, friends. Happy Thanksgiving! xo Joanna
I am thrilled to announce the launch of Kneeland Mercado rugs on the west elm website today. It’s been in the works for a couple of months and I couldn’t be happier to be included amongst such great everyday home goods. You can check out the rugs here.
I was completely flattered when Heath Ceramics asked me to be a guest pinner in celebration of 10 years of Heath. I’ve been anxiously waiting for my week of pinning to begin and finally it’s here. All week I’ll be pinning images and ideas that have inspired me the past 10 years, both new and old. You can follow my Heath Pin Pals board here and also check out their feature on Kneeland Co. and Kneeland Mercado on their blog.
A few months ago I moved my studio to a bright, light-filled space in Atwater Village. I took the space next door as well when I saw the potential it had as a storefront for Kneeland Mercado. That all happened in July and a couple of weeks ago I was finally ready to open the by-appointment shop right next door to my studio. I had an opening party filled with friends, family, the most delicious chai martinis by my friend Satbhajan, Indian-inspired food by Take Flight and Feast and a world renowned sitar player and his student on the tablas. It was incredibly magical and I was surrounded by so much love and inspiration. Pics from the party below from my friends Jessica, Sara and Ava.
Ricotta and chutney bruschetta by Take Flight and Feast
With my dear friend Janelle
Heather trying on an epic necklace
The first time I visited De Vera on a trip to NYC a few years ago I felt as if I’d stepped into a cathedral of wonder. Full of old curiosities merchandised perfectly on fixtures and in antique cases, each object looked as if it were thoughtfully selected and as if it had a story to tell. I was inspired. Elle Decor did a feature on Federico De Vera’s house a while back and it had that same sense of wonder, making me fall even more in love with the old meets new, high meets low aesthetic. Contemporary paintings hung next to 19th-century portraits, Turkish rugs, Louis XVI chairs, Wedgwood candlesticks and a BDDW chair all mingle with one another to create a global, studied, humorous and artful feel. It’s a home that transcends time and trends. ”If you understand each object’s essential nature and how it speaks to the things around it, you will know how to create balance without needing everything to be a pair,” says De Vera. Photos from Elle Decor below.