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Fresh from the Studio

Johnny’s been logging many hours at the bench these past couple weeks.  He started a new series using a combination of steel and yellow gold, which he used for the earrings in the photos above.  The gold ring in the center photo is one of my all-time faves.  The textural nugget was made using a left over sprue button from a previous casting.  I love the way it looks when stacked with a diamond: the organic quality really takes off when next to a tightly crafted set stone (conflict-free, of course).  

Another new addition are the wax bezels Johnny has been milling with his new-old lathe.  These thicker, more substance filled stone holders are completely custom and uniquely built for each stone.  Expect to see a handful of new rings sporting these one of a kind bezels soon!  

In 2010 Italian designer Cizak Dalmas launched La Clinica, a collection of furniture and housewares with a story.  What you see here are all handcrafted pieces produced by artisans located in three parts of the world: Brazil, Italy, and Spain.  This collection is “based on the interaction between young designers and experienced artisans, which combines new ideas with centuries-old know-how”. According to local traditions and resources for materials, the result is three different collections based around the same basic design.  Visit La Clinica’s website for more info and photos!


The combination of being uber busy with work for the past couple weeks, being summoned for jury duty this week (ugh), and feeling under the weather today has left me in a bit of a daze.  This collection of photos is the work of artist Cecilia Paredes.  (Far more lovely than my pity party, no?)  Click here to see more of her inspiring work!  

In much brighter news, Johnny’s been busy creating a new collection of rings and earrings using new techniques with wood, steel, and gold.  Can’t wait to get together pictures to share with you in the coming weeks…stay tuned!

I’ve been finding loads of gorgeous imagery on Pella Hedeby’s blog STIL inspiration, this home in Singapore being no exception.  I’m loving the minimal and simplistic approach to the design and decor.  And that top photo (by Rupert Singleton) might just be my favorite interior shot ever… 

See more photos right here.  Have a great weekend!

Everytime I get around to posting blues on Wholesome Scraps 2, I always come back to Pia Pasalk’s gorgeous porcelain vessels from her ‘Perfect/Imperfect’ series.  Though her clay work is featured here, her design label, Content & Container, reaches beyond into other realms:

Launched in 2008, Pia Pasalk’s design label Content & Container celebrates the beauty of the inconspicuous, of that which lies concealed beneath the everyday surface.  It turns the everyday into an element of style, the blemish into the focus of design.  Ignoring the boundary between jewellery, product, and fashion, Content & Container creates concept-based works that are at once objects of utility and multi-faceted sites of sensual experience combining look and feel in equal measure.  Content & Container produces small series, limited editions as well as one-of-a-kind-pieces.

Click here to visit Content & Container (the design of her site is fabulous as well)!

I can’t help but share this house tour from yesterday’s Design Sponge.  This is the home of Jason Gnewikow and Jeff Madelena (owner of Williamsburg’s Oak).  Located in the Catskills, their home fits everything I’m into aesthetically lately, to a T: the white tiled bathroom, hearty wooden details, glossy black doors, and neutrals set off with a pop of vibrant color (still working on getting up the guts with that last one).  I’ve seen bits and pieces of these photos floating around Pinterest but didn’t realize they’re all from under one (amazing) roof.  Click here to see more photos from the tour.

I can’t help but share this house tour from yesterday’s Design Sponge.  This is the home of Jason Gnewikow and Jeff Madelena (owner of Williamsburg’s Oak).  Located in the Catskills, their home fits everything I’m into aesthetically lately, to a T: the white tiled bathroom, hearty wooden details, glossy black doors, and neutrals set off with a pop of vibrant color (still working on getting up the guts with that last one).  I’ve seen bits and pieces of these photos floating around Pinterest but didn’t realize they’re all from under one (amazing) roof.  Click here to see more photos from the tour.

On Wallpaper…

Growing up it was so very uncool.  With all the beautiful designs out there these days, I can’t help but think about adorning some space with wallpaper, even if just an accent wall or the inside of a closet.  These designs in particular are catching my eye:

1. Polka Polka, Abigail Borg

2. White Moth, Timorous Beasties

3. Lush Wallpaper, Makelike

3. Pineapple, Timorous Beasties

4. Seascape Wallpaper-Winter, Abigail Edwards

5. see #4

6. Succulent Wallpaper, Makelike

7. see #6

8. Ms. Ward, Grow House Grow

9. Ms. Treat in Pineland, Grow House Grow

10. Hotel Fantome in Absinthe, Grow House Grow 

Hands down this is my favorite cookie recipe.  It may have something to do with these being THE first cookies I made from scratch about two years ago- I know, whaaaat?  I was living in a world of Nestle and Toll House till my late 20’s. Crazy.  
I’ve made Ina and Martha’s ginger cookies to compare and while both are great recipes, I found they don’t have the same depth of flavor as William Sonoma’s.  This recipe is pretty forgiving as well- I’m a clumsy baker and have played with different proportions of ingredients, mostly by mistake. Regardless of what I’ve done they always turn out beautiful and crackly.  The one recommendation I’d make is to take them out of the oven on the earlier rather than late side; letting them set for about 5 minutes to keep them soft on the inside.  Give ‘em a try; you won’t be disappointed!  
(Recipe Adapted from The Williams Sonoma Baking Book, photos by me).

Hands down this is my favorite cookie recipe.  It may have something to do with these being THE first cookies I made from scratch about two years ago- I know, whaaaat?  I was living in a world of Nestle and Toll House till my late 20’s. Crazy.  

I’ve made Ina and Martha’s ginger cookies to compare and while both are great recipes, I found they don’t have the same depth of flavor as William Sonoma’s.  This recipe is pretty forgiving as well- I’m a clumsy baker and have played with different proportions of ingredients, mostly by mistake. Regardless of what I’ve done they always turn out beautiful and crackly.  The one recommendation I’d make is to take them out of the oven on the earlier rather than late side; letting them set for about 5 minutes to keep them soft on the inside.  Give ‘em a try; you won’t be disappointed!  

(Recipe Adapted from The Williams Sonoma Baking Book, photos by me).

On Monday I mentioned that we painted our living room white.  Here’s a little taste of the before and after (click to view larger), plus a few detailed shots.  We’re so glad we took the time to do it; the entire space feels so much cleaner and brighter.  

Lately it seems I’m constantly (read neurotically) trying to refresh and renew our living arrangement. I think it’s in part due to all that lies outside our doors that isn’t easy to control (rustic boarding school living with teenagers is anything but clean or comfy).  Though this house isn’t ours to own, we like to treat it as if it is.  We’re lucky to live in this little house on the hill.       

Most. Gorgeous. Editorial. Ever.

Posts on fashion rarely find their way onto Wholesome Scraps.  This editorial from Italy-based Amica Magazine is the exception.  I found it back in 2010 and it keeps popping back up from time to time…far too phenomenal to not share!  

Amica Magazine, March 2010 / Mark Pillai, photographer / Claudia Carretti, stylist / Masha Kirsanova, model

(via Lace & Tea)