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.
Category Archives: Travel
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
Darryl and I have been house hunting for about a year now and while I am very grateful for the possibility of owning a home, I can’t say that searching for a house in LA is the most exciting thing ever. The market is nuts right now with people engaging in bidding wars and after looking at dozens and dozens of houses that have been stripped of all their character, the whole process can become a little daunting. That being said, it hasn’t stopped me from developing my vision of what I want our home to feel like, be like, and look like. Pouring over countless interior magazines and pinning away on Pinterest is the exciting part, especially when I lay eyes on something like this – a home in Hydra owned by the Marden family. Sure, vacation homes always seem to be a little more enticing, but this abode is quite the dream that could become a reality in the city. The mix of marble with terracotta and wood is just too good, and the simplicity of the home brightened up with gorgeous vivid textiles kills me. The Greek bench in the wide open white space is just spewing with creativity and it makes me want to set up shop and go hardcore with making things. I love this home so very much. You can check it out in the July/August issue of Lonny.
We just added some new arrivals to Kneeland Mercado including vintage oil paintings from Paris, olive oil soaps from Provençe, huaraches from Mexico, and some crazy big pom poms and throw blankets from Morocco. More coming soon!
My good friend Tommy who lives in NYC took some time off work to spend the summer in Slovenia at a farmhouse run by two of his friends. Last week he sent me photos of an event he produced, Vino Lopa, that was centered around wine tasting. It took place at the farmhouse, Klavze 28, and guests sampled orange wines from local producers while lounging around makeshift tables made from tires that were painted in bright colors – a cool contrast against the forest greenery. The process of making this wine is thousands of years old and the color can actually be compared to copper, made from leaving the skins on white grapes to ferment. Vino Lopa will stay up the remaining of the summer and guests of the farmhouse can have pre-dinner drinks and snacks while relaxing by the river. Sounds good right about now.
A few weeks ago I went to Paris on a work trip and it was one of the most inspiring trips I’ve ever been on. I’ve been to Paris many times but this was my first time going for Kneeland Co. and I had no idea what to expect. A few of my dreams came true while I was there, one of them being able to meet artist Nathalie Lété at her studio which was a complete fairy tale fantasy world. She was incredibly lovely and we spent the morning talking about our businesses, Paris, art, and other inspiring topics. I came home with some of her rare lithographs and posters and am so excited to hang them in my new studio space. A few pics from Nathalie’s studio below.