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VENUS IN RETROGRADE

BECAUSE I STAND FOR PEACE, UNDERSTANDING, ENLIGHTENMENT, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, EQUALITY FOR MY COUNTRY. I FULLY EMBRACE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY TODAY AND CELEBRATE THE WOMAN WHO GAVE ME LIFE AND MADE ME BELIEVE IN THE UNIVERSE. IT'S ABOUT TIME FOR VENUS TO SHAKE THE WORLD. 

 

NESTING INDEFINITELY

THERE ARE FORCES IN THIS WORLD (politically speaking) THAT ARE COMPLETELY OUT OF OUR CONTROL, AND SOMETIMES THE ONLY THING TO DO IS RIDE THE WAVE AND PROJECT KINDness TO those AROUND YOU. I FIND THAT TAKING RESPITE; BE IT READING, meditation, INTIMATE CONVERSATION, OR EVEN A PODCAST, is ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL actions a person can take in order to cultivate the highest form of oneself. A SUPER MOON IN TAURUS DOESN'T HURT EITHER.  

PASSAGE + LIGHT

THE FULL MOON IN CAPRICORN LAST NIGHT BRINGS TO SURFACE THE CARDINAL SIGN'S INHERENT ENERGY: GROUNDING, RESPONSIBLE, AND AMBITIOUS. CERTAIN THEMES IN THE DAYS OR WEEKS PRIOR REACH THEIR RELEASE POINT DURING A FULL MOON AND TEND TO OPEN DOORS FOR TRANSITION AND CHANGE. THESE OBJECTS REPRESENT OPPORTUNITY, CURIOSITY, AND SUBSTANTIALITY BY WAY OF PASSAGE AND LIGHT. 

SHAPING THE SOLSTICE

AS THE STRAWBERRY FULL MOON ROSE ON THE SUMMER SOLSTICE LAST NIGHT (THE FIRST IN 68 YEARS), I FOUND MYSELF DRAWN TO PIECES THAT SANG IN GOLD, BRONZE, AND BLACK. METAL HAS AN INEXPLICABLE MAGNETISM SIMILAR TO THE TIDES AND MOON, WHERE THE ELEMENTS WORK IN SYNCOPATION WITH ONE ANOTHER AS SHOULD ANY SPACE EITHER NATURAL OR CONTRIVED. 

BRONZE WATERFALL FAUCET

COASTAL INFLUENCE

WEATHER HAS A STRONG PULL ON DECORATIVE CHOICES FOR INDOOR AND OUTDOOR SPACES, AND WITH WARMER WEATHER COMES SOFTER HUES, WOVEN FURNITURE, AND OF COURSE THE CLASSIC FIRE PIT. BRING ON THE HEAT. 

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PYRITE CUPS BY BEN MEDANSKY FOR KELLY WEARSTLER

THE SEA PHOTO PRINT

EARTHY VIBES

TODAY'S OBJECTS OF DESIRE INCLUDE NEW SPRING ITEMS FROM A FEW OF MY BUDGET FRIENDLY GO TO'S AS WELL AS UNIQUE YET AFFORDABLE ITEMS THAT WILL CREATE INTRIGUE WITHIN ANY GIVEN SPACE. EACH ITEM IS MADE OF EITHER WOOD, WOOL, METAL, OR CERAMIC, WHICH LENDS ITSELF TO A WARM EARTHY VIBE. THESE ARE THE QUINTESSENTIAL MATERIALS TO WELCOME WARMER SPRING WEATHER. 

BUILT TO LAST

THE OBJECTS WITHIN A HOME SHOULD TELL THE STORY OF YOU. INTERIOR SPACES ARE NOT SOMETHING TO BE CONTRIVED OVERNIGHT, BUT CURATED OVER TIME AND EDITED. I'M CONSTANTLY SEARCHING FOR MEANINGFUL PIECES, AND A LOT OF TIMES THOSE PIECES, ALMOST IF BY FATE, FIND ME.  HERE ARE A FEW OF MY TOP PICKS FOR MY OWN HOME THIS SPRING. 

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OBJECTS OF DESIRE

THIS YEAR, I'M ALL ABOUT SIMPLISTIC FORMS, NEGATIVE SPACE, NATURAL FIBERS, AND COMFORT. LEATHER, WOOD, MUD CLOTH, WOOL, and METAL ARE JUST A FEW ELEMENTS THAT WILL ALWAYS REMAIN EN VOGUE NO MATTER THE TIME NOR PLACE.  

THINK OUTSIDE THE GLASS BOX

I DON'T BELIEVE IN THE SALE OF SEASONAL DECORATIVE ITEMS: ARTIFICIAL GOURDS, PLASTIC SKELETONS, FAKE LEAVES, ETC. BECAUSE WHY OWN ANYTHING THAT IS DESTINED FOR STORAGE 11 MONTHS OUT OF THE YEAR? I BELIEVE THAT IT'S COMPLETELY OKAY TO OWN CREEPY OBJECTS THAT CAN BE DISPLAYED YEAR ROUND, AND MAYBE BROUGHT INTO THE SPOTLIGHT WHEN THE REAL LEAVES START TO TURN. CLOCHES ARE AN INGENIOUS AND TIMELESS WAY OF DISPLAYING ODDITIES COLLECTED OVER TIME, WHILE EMPHASIZING THE BEAUTY OF THE NATURAL WORLD THAT SURROUNDS US. 

LOCAL TREASURES

ONE OF THE BIGGEST PERKS ABOUT LIVING IN A SMALLER SOUTHERN CITY IS GETTING TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS. I'VE LIVED IN RICHMOND PROPER GOING ON 11 YEARS NOW, AND IT'S AMAZING SEEING THE GROWTH OF THE CREATIVE COMMUNITY RIGHT IN MY OWN NEIGHBORHOOD. THERE'S SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL ABOUT THIS CITY AND THE PEOPLE WHO DECIDE TO PLANT ROOTS HERE. ALL OF THESE LOCAL SHOP OWNERS I'VE MET OVER THE YEARS HAVE BEEN SO INVITING, SUPPORTIVE, AND POSITIVE,  AND I FEEL SO FORTUNATE TO BE A PART OF THIS COMMUNITY OF MAKERS. ALL OF THESE SHOPS ARE ABSOLUTELY WORTH HANGING OUT IN FOR EXTENDED PERIODS OF TIME SHOULD YOU BE NEW TO THE CITY, VISITING, PASSING THROUGH, OR SIMPLY SEARCHING FOR A MEANINGFUL OBJECT. 

NA NIN

101 S. ADDISON ST. 

RICHMOND, VA 23220

ADDISON HANDMADE + VINTAGE

103 S. ADDISON ST. 

RICHMOND, VA 23220

YESTERDAY'S HEROES VINTAGE

105 S. ADDISON ST. 

RICHMOND, VA 23220

BLUE BONES VINTAGE

322 W. BROAD ST.

RICHMOND, VA 23220

ROSEWOOD CLOTHING CO. 

16 W. BROAD ST.

RICHMOND, VA 23220

HALCYON VINTAGE

117 N. ROBINSON

RICHMOND, VA 23220

CHOP SUEY

2913 W. CARY ST. 

RICHMOND, VA 23221

 

 

EQUINOX OBESESSIONS

ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT LIVING ON THE EAST COAST IS SEASONS, AND FALL IS BY FAR MY FAVORITE. THE COOLER WEATHER, CHANGING LEAVES, AND EVEN THE RAIN ARE WELCOMING STARTS TO A NEW BEGINNING. THE EQUINOX, FOLLOWED BY THE TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE OF A SUPERMOON OR "BLOODMOON", MADE FOR A MAGICAL INTRODUCTION TO THE SEASON THIS YEAR.  I LOVE THE FACT THAT STYLE AND TASTE TRANSITION WITH THE WEATHER, AND FALL MAKES ME WANT TO HOLE UP IN MY NEST WITH GIGANTIC BEAUTIFUL BOOKS, HOT TEA, CANDLES, AND HANDMADE CERAMICS. I'M A HUGE FAN OF NEUTRALS, AND THERE'S NOTHING BETTER TO EASE INTO WINTER THAN BEING SURROUNDED BY SHADES OF GREY, OFF-WHITE, AND OF COURSE BLACK. 

ALL KILIM ALL DAY

I BECAME ENTHRALLED BY KILIMS A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO AFTER A TRIP TO CENTRAL AND EASTERN TURKEY. THE VIVID EARTHTONE COLOR SCHEMES AND SIMPLISTIC FLAT WEAVE MAKES FOR AN EXTREMELY VERSATILE TEXTILE THAT CAN BE UTILIZED IN ANY INTERIOR SPACE. AUTHENTIC KILIMS ARE HAND WOVEN, HAND DYED, AT LEAST 50 YEARS OLD, AND WOVEN BY TRIBES THROUGHOUT TURKEY. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON IDENTIFICATION, CHECK OUT KILIM THE COMPLETE GUIDE.

EAMES REINVENTED

IT'S BEEN 65 YEARS SINCE CHARLES AND RAY EAMES RELEASED THE ORIGINAL MOLDED FIBERGLASS CHAIR, WHICH WAS LATER DISCONTINUED BECAUSE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE FROM FIBERGLASS PRODUCTION. IN 2001, HERMAN MILLER RELEASED A REVAMPED VERSION OF THE ORIGINAL DESIGN, WHICH FABRICATED THE CHAIRS FROM RECYCLABLE POLYPROPYLENE INSTEAD OF FIBERGLASS, MAKING THE HIGH END ERGONOMIC CHAIRS ACCESSIBLE TO EAMES FANS AROUND THE WORLD.  

ARTFUL KITCHEN

I AM A STRONG BELIEVER THAT OBJECTS IN THE KITCHEN CAN BE EQUAL PARTS FUNCTIONAL + AESTHETICALLY PLEASING TO THE EYE. THAT BEING SAID, WHY MUST EVERYTHING NOWADAYS BE MADE OF PLASTIC? I RECENTLY CLEANED OUT/ORGANIZED/OVERHAULED THE CONTENTS OF MY KITCHEN, AND REPLACED ALL OF THE HORRIBLE GROCERY-GRADE PLASTIC WITH GLASS AND HANDMADE CERAMICS (FOUND AT THE THRIFT STORE OR GIVEN TO ME BY FAMILY). EVERYDAY OBJECTS CAN BE BEAUTIFUL AS WELL AS USEFUL, EVEN IF IT IS A UTILITARIAN SPACE HOUSING THEM. KOROMIKO IS ONE OF MANY ONLINE GEMS WITH CREATIVE, FUNCTIONAL KITCHEN CERAMICS.