I love scouring various flea markets in Paris. There is nothing quite like a flea market in Paris, especially when it comes to vintage artwork. I found some truly special paintings on this trip that I just added to Kneeland Mercado. One collection is from a French artist by the name of Marie Louise Arnol. These psychedelic beauties were painted in 1978 and I was in complete awe when I discovered them at the booth of one of my suppliers. I also found some Art Nouveau Ornament designs as well as this delightful gouache painting of birds against a black background. It is so hard to part with these!
A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article for the NYT about a new beauty brand that just launched in Paris and I was so happy to see it in the Sunday Styles section. Dream come true! The brand, Buly, was re-launched by former Cire Trudon co-owner Ramdane Touhami. With the launch came a new store on the left bank, right around the corner from my favorite store in the world, Dries Van Noten. It’s safe to say that Buly now sits at the top of my list of favorite stores around the globe (think turquoise terra cotta tile, marble encased candles, apothecary style furnishings, and literally the most divine rose perfume I have ever smelled). I had read about Buly opening soon, and the funny thing is that I was actually the very first customer on opening day, right before I hopped on a flight back to LA. I went on and on about it to an editor at T Magazine and ended up writing the piece, and I couldn’t be happier. You can also read it online at T Magazine here.
Travel and discovery are the inspiration behind Kneeland Mercado, so we decided to incorporate them into our first-ever Pinterest contest. We want to know where your dream destination is, whether it be chic Paris or colorful Morocco. The prize is this colorful folk basket handmade in Mexico. Excited to enter the contest? Here’s how:
1. Follow KneelandCo. on Pinterest.
2. Create a board titled Kneeland Viaje. (You can check out our Kneeland Viaje board for some ideas.)
3. Pin images of your dream travel destination for 2014, such as the places you want to visit or the food you want to eat. Make sure to use the #kneelandmercado tag when you pin.
4. Leave a link to your board in the comments below! The contest ends on Tuesday, February 11th at midnight PST. The winner will be announced on February 12th. Happy Pinning!
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
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.