Black Toast by Emma Bridgewater

6409646e5859f5827342f76b3216b7aeEmma Bridgewater makes the cutest pottery patterns! As I pack away my heart pattern by her, I’m looking to others that are more usable year road. One of my favorites is called Black Toast. This is every day stuff…especially perfect for a leisurely weekend breakfast or brunch.

I think this is especially perfect for a host/hostess gift if you are making an overnight stay. I started a collection for dear friends  when I visited this summer. Now, when I’m stumped as what to take as a gift…I’ll just add to their collection!3b9c2ef2d320e40bad6edf551b5c09ad 49d9b0e40c3c6be216f4cb2392528b7a 365da1e43ffaaa7c1104fadc35edb058 785008e354d0b4e2befc0d858f7bd75a ce4827164cedbd7b66dc770c60d2732c dcf6504dffc30f9ba86a5e5c063cd8edThe other good thing…this pattern will literally go with any kitchen or color scheme! It’s perfect for anyone. Some things are just…black and white!

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Pretty and Neat with Diptyque

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From corraling pens or pencils on your desk or making the perfect vessel for bobby pins, makeup brushes or Qtips….you can even use them as vases.rosafliaoScreen Shot 2017-02-12 at 11.11.10 PMBulbs_1 Screen Shot 2017-02-12 at 10.53.09 PM static1.squarespaceSo, treat yourself to one of the most luxurious scents around and then keep thing pretty and neat!

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Artist Spotlight – Wayne Pate

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You know when you keep seeing something or being drawn to something that it is a sign that it is “speaking to you”. Well…that’s the way I feel about the artwork of Wayne Pate.

Classical and whimsical at the same time, there is a Matisse-like vibe to his artwork that just pulls me in. Originally from Texas (you gotta love those Texans), he has lived in New York since the 1990’s, and currently resides in Brooklyn with his wife, fashion designer, Rebecca Taylor, and their 3 daughters.

Largely self taught, Pate begins his work in his sketchbook, concentrating on lines and imbuing his work with a sense of movement. A favorite of interior designers and collectors, you may have seen his work in Lonny, various galleries or One Kings Lane, which is where I picked up 2 of his pieces (Tulips and Garden Scene, No 1).Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 9.07.39 PM wayne_pate_studio_tour_painting Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 9.01.48 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 9.02.05 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 9.02.20 PM

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Here’s to an artful week ahead!

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