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Ceramic designer Romy Northover launched her brand No. (‘nō) in 2012. Romy hails from England but now works and lives in New York. She has also spent time living and working in Hong Kong, Venice and Berlin.

Romy blends techniques and traditions from around the world to create her own unique style. She uses her European training and Japanese methods to form her designs. But, her final designs are minimalist and modern. She calls her unique design style “ancient future”.

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Romy uses three Japanese techniques. Rokuro or throwing of clay as the potting wheel spins in the opposite direction. Kinuneri which is a kneading technique used to remove air from clay. As well as, tebineri or hand-building technique.

Of her craft Romy says, “I feel very connected to ancient, primitive arts and to raw surfaces and textures, but I’m equally into super-refined design, styling, and modernist forms. I like the dichotomy in technique, balance, form, and the experiential process.” – The Line

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Romy endeavors to make quality pieces that the owner can connect with as much as she connects to her work.

She says, “there’s something special about ceramics. It grows with you. And there’s something peaceful about making bowls. It’s something that’s functional. It has that human experience.” – The Line

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Check out Romy Northover website to find our more about her and get a behind the scenes look at her work.

Images by Romy Northover

In recent years, we’ve seen a return to the seventies in design. So it’s not surprising that indoor plants are making a comeback. Indoor plants are trending right now in home and fashion design. Today we’ll look at some favorite indoor plants and how makers are using them for inspiration.

It seems like indoor plants are everywhere in home decor. From painting to embroidering to knitting, makers are kicking their designs up a notch with plant inspired designs. Fashion designers are also using plants to bring their designs to life. Literally! Did you know you could buy living jewelry?

Take a look at some of the inspirations below.

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Monstera Deliciosa Plant – Photo by Weekday Carnival

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Monstera Deliciosa Artwork – Photo by Living Pattern

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Fiddleleaf Fig Plant – Photo by Lauren Conrad

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Fiddleleaf Fig Embroidery (on right) – Photo by Sarah K Benning

Cactus

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Cactus Plant – Photo by Bengtgarden

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Cactus Wallet – Photo by Boo & Boo Factory

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Cactus Knitted Plants – Photo by Thorn & Needle

Snake Plant

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Snake Plant – Photo by Brittany Makes

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Snake Plant Embroidery (on left)- Photo by Sarah K Benning

Palm

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Palm Plant – Photo by In Honor of Design

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Palm Earrings & Necklace by Boo & Boo Factory

Succulents

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Succulent Plants – Photo by The Blondie Locks

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Succulent Braclet – Photo by Passion Flower

The first time I saw Marine Crosta’s work I thought “how clever”. Marine is a French artist living in England. She is inspired by the sea and paints beautiful oil seascapes. The clever part is how she displays her art.

Marine frames her work in a round antique frame with a convex glass. The result is a ship’s porthole! Looking at it, you would think you’re looking out of a porthole, not a painting. How awesome is that?

Of her framing process she says, “It involves a lot of restoring, glass cutting, polishing, drilling, screwing, unscrewing. It’s not easy and I’m still learning but at least I can proudly say that I do everything myself.”

To claim your part of the sea, checkout Marine Crosta’s website. For a behind the scenes look at her process, catch her on Instagram.

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Painting seascapes – round oil on panel 

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Framing seascapes – antique frame with convex glass

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Finished seascape display

Images by Marine Crosta

Spring is here so it’s a good time to brighten up your look. Boo & Boo Factory will do that and a whole lot more! Boo & Boo Factory was founded by designer Christina Anton in Chicago. The company makes fun and colorful geometric leather jewelry and accessories.

Like Natalie Miller, who I featured earlier this week, Christina has an architecture degree. She founded Boo & Boo Factory after graduating school to pay for supplies. The company did so well, she decided to stick with it. She said hello to entrepreneurship and goodbye to architecture!

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But, she hasn’t left architecture completely behind. You just have to look at her geometric designs to see its influence. The shapes, colors and patterns in her design are inspired by architecture.

Christina has a great eye for colors. She uses neon colors, making her designs wonderfully bright and bold. Her pieces don’t just make a statement but lifts your spirit with its colorfulness.

Christina says she is inspired by textile art, colors and the materials she uses. Her collection includes necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets, wallets and key chains. She uses different techniques including hand painted, hand cut, beaded and woven materials.

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From the designer:

Leather is my medium of focus. I feel it is luxurious. I love the way it smells and I love the way you can manipulate and cut it as intricately or as simple as you’d like. I have been collecting leather for a few years. I get so excited finding a rare shade or a color leather I haven’t seen before and I immediately begin to imagine what I can turn it into.

The process of creating is truly therapeutic for me. I sit at my desk, look for inspiration with my own photography, and lay out different color combinations of leather and various supplies. I could have anywhere close to 100 individual colors and the fun is combining them in unusual or unexpected ways.

I usually never know what the end product will be, but that is what helps keep my ideas fresh and my creativity flowing. I’ll make different shaped cut outs, create different color palettes and cut several types of fringes and mix and match until I find the right fit.

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Want to know more about Christina Anton and her work? You can get a look at what’s happening in the studio on the Boo & Boo Factory website.

Images by Christina Anton of Boo & Boo Factory

I have been following Australian fiber artist Natalie Miller on Instagram for some time. Her account takes you on a colorful journey of hand-dyed yarns, tapestries and macrame.

Both her work and story are inspirational. Natalie is an architect and interior designer turned artist. She traded in her life in Sydney for the picturesque Southern Highlands. Here she built her dream home and went from architect to artist!

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Natalie Miller Studio, photo by Rachel Kara for The Design Files

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Natalie Miller Studio, photo by Rachel Kara for The Design Files

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Like many of us, Natalie felt that she wasn’t being creative enough. So she began to focus on a career as a fiber artist. She says “if I am not making things I don’t feel fulfilled. I find craft is very satisfying and meditative.”

So what inspires her? She is inspired by the Southern Highlands environment, colors and textures. Natalie says of her craft, “I love to explore the different techniques of textiles, especially in weaving and macrame. Textile art has an enormous relationship with interior architecture. I try to explore textiles and how they can transform into a architecture space and compliment one another.”

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Natalie’s most stunning design are two macrame chandeliers, the biggest in the world. She made these amazing chandeliers for the Pacific Place, Hong Kong to celebrate Chinese New Years.

For her projects, Natalie uses hand-dyed, Australian grown and milled wool. She started dying her wool out of necessity but continues to do so today. The rich and vibrant colors of her wools sets her apart from other artists. She also sources rope and materials such as raw fleece, sari silk, jute and raffia.

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Photo by Cory White for Australia Post

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You can find Natalie’s wool and other craft supplies at her shop, Green Bridges Studios. To find our more about her work and to catch one of her workshops checkout her website.

What do you do when you take your first real vacation from work? You stay at home and make jewelry of course! This is how Kimberly Huestis started her jewelry business, Porcelain & Stone.

Kimberly was a 3D sculptor and animator before starting her business. She loves to work with her hands and sculpt shapes of her ideas. This, coupled with a nickel allergy, led her to design ceramic jewelry.

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Porcelain & Stone is located in Boston, a great location for coastal inspiration. So it makes sense that Kimberly’s collection is nautically inspired. She says her jewelry is for “lovers of the outdoors and the salty sea air.”

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Crescent Wave Necklace

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Coral Cuff

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Barnacle Necklace

Kimberly’s modern and elegant designs are simply stunning. She describes her work as “minimal and classic…with a graceful woman in mind.” Indeed, Kimberly’s designs are minimal with clean lines. 

She uses mostly muted colors, adding gold accents in the right places. This gives each piece its elegance. The result is a statement piece that is “meant to be worn as sculptural art.”

 

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When she’s not making jewelry, Kimberly loves to run and rock climb. She also teaches others how to make ceramic goodies in her workshops.

To contact Kimberly about her jewelry and workshops go to her website.

Images by Kimberly Huestis of Porcelain & Stone 

Before Susan Simonini became a potter, she was an accomplished artist. She spent a decade painting and screen printing in Australia’s Gold Coast. In 2011, the galleries that represented Susan closed because of tough economic times. So Susan became a teacher.

But the best was yet to come! In 2013, she took a pottery class and discovered her new passion. She listed her work on Etsy and it was a great success. Susan was “overwhelmed by the positive response from customers.”

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11887299_915640138473055_818774877_nWhat’s great about Susan’s work is that there is something for everyone. The variety that Susan Simonini’s collection offers is amazing. From patterns to bright colors to neutrals, her collection has it all. Leaving you wondering what’s next for Susan. 

She says “most pieces develop organically with just a loose idea of a shape or design in mind. I allow the process itself to determine the end product, whether it be a piece of art or a functional object.”

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10919743_408234115999026_741503034_nSusan uses a variety of clays and techniques to create her pieces. Most of her work is hand built while others are wheel thrown. Her hand built pieces are my favorite because the are perfectly imperfect.

She says she “thoroughly enjoy(s) the multitude of processes and unpredictable outcomes of working with clay. Each individual form and each type of clay lends itself to different surface treatments. So some pieces are simply glazed and others become highly decorated with my art.”

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il_fullxfull.903555113_ahowSo where does all her inspiration come from? Susan gets her inspiration from nature, found objects and the costal landscape.

When she is not making beautiful pottery, she has her hands full raising three children. Susan can also be found longboard skateboarding at the beach.

To find out more about Susan Simonini and her pottery go to her website.

Photos by Susan Simonini

Chunky knits are a favorite when it comes to winter fashion. Who doesn’t love cozy and warm, right? Now designers are bringing that same comfort and warmth to the home. Chunky knits and crochets are the new hot trend in home decorating.

It’s been really cold out so I’m all about chunky knits right now. Today I’m sharing a few ways to use chunky knits at home. If you’re a crafty diva, you can make these items yourself. But if you’re like me, you could just buy them.

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To knit your own, you’ll need some really large knitting needles. Don’t have knitting needles? No problem! You can also use your arms to do the knitting. There are lots of great tutorials available online. 

Blankets & Throws

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I love giant chunky knit blankets! It’s like having a blanket version of your favorite oversized sweater. Ohhio has a great range of earthy tone blankets that just oozes warmth and comfort. Perfect for winter!

Pillows

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Pillow by Colorways Gallery (photo by itsnotheritsme.com)

This cream merino wool pillow by Colorways Gallery screams softness. It has a decorative seed stitch that gives it its wonderful texture. A matching blanket is also available if you can’t get enough of this creamy goodness.

Poufs

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Pouf by Flax & Twine

I love the versatility of poufs. They are great for extra seating, to rest your feet and more. This chunky pouf from Flax & Twine is no exception. You can turn any modern space into a cozy one with this pouf. If you’re up for some DIY, a pattern of this pouf is available.

Wall Art

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Wall art by Natalie Miller Design

Woven wall art is all the rage these days. This stunning wall art is from textile designer Natalie Miller. This piece has it all, texture, layers and colors. It’s a great example of bringing warmth to a space with chunky knits.

Baskets

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Basket by Delinska Design

Baskets make for great storage and the possibilities are endless. Plus, they can help to soften up any space. This chunky crochet basket from Delinska Design is great as a planter!

Mats and Rugs

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Mat by Loopy Mango

What’s more homey than a chunky crochet mat? This mat from Loopy Mango is available as a kit. The kits gives you everything you need to complete the project. So if you have 2 hours to spare, go for it!

Lead image credit: Ohhio

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