Handsome Home Goods shop is now open! I have lots of beautiful items just listed in the shop, handmade pillows from vintage fabrics, impeccably woven baskets, soft indigo mudcloth throws, lightweight Turkish towels and much more.
Every item available is either made by my hands or is hand-made and carefully selected. Vintage and hand-made will make up the foundation of my collection because each piece is so individual and they are often comprised of textures that want to be touched and imperfections that tell a story. Perfect vintage finds always have just the right amount of patina, or you can add your own, so try not to worry too much about the kids and pets!
I believe that it is important to support artisans so they can continue to make their wonderful art and I choose to purchase from artists and vendors who give back to their communities. Our support helps preserve cultural traditions and allows artisans to grow their business and provide a sustainable future for their family.
I will continue adding to each collection, everything will be available in small batches and will rarely be restocked so be sure to scoop it up right away if it catches your eye, or it might be gone!
Check back soon for beautiful wool pom-pom blankets, kitchen accoutrements, more pillows, luxury gift baskets, nursery chattels and wall adornments to be added as time and life permits. Thank you for your support! If you are searching for something in particular or if you are interested in collaborating and have an incredible item you want to stock with Handsome Home Goods, I would love to hear from you.
Can you believe it is almost August? It doesn’t feel like it so much to me, mostly because this is the first full week of hot weather and Summer sun that we have had around here all year. Well, to be fair we did get a good taste of it back in May which quickly gave way to almost 2 full months of weather that was pretty mild, meh. But since the PNW hasn’t been fried crispy in the July heat, everything is still really green and seems to be blooming much longer than usual. We will take the good where we can get it, right?
A few of my favorites this week: These scrumptious photos of a modern bohemian remodel. That bedroom is utter perfection! This is the home of jewelry designer Marcia Maizel-Clarke and was designed by Maggie Pierson and featured on MyDomaine this week. These photos were taken by Tessa Neustadt, and let’s just be honest, photography is an art-form all its own. Tessa really knows how to work that lens, and every room in the house like a boss.
I have been reading the book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and am really enjoying it. It is a light read with some great insight about the author’s take on creativity and some good motherly advice as well. If you are in any way creative, you surely know about getting into ruts where inspiration seems to have forgotten you exist. It was interesting to see how another creative soul keeps herself motivated, which can be difficult when it happens to be your job every day, and keeps herself from playing the comparison game with other writers. She also talks about creating authenticity over originality which can be felt in your finished piece by both the artist and the consumer.
Also, Remy has recently started making up her own songs lately. Sometimes it’s a Disney favorite with improvised lyrics (she screams the “Let it go” song from Frozen at the top of her mighty lil’ lungs) and sometimes the whole dang thing is made up. But this week I got a gift that I will hold on to always when my 2 year old daughter looked into my eyes and sang me “You are my Mama” to the tune of “You are my Sunshine”.
You are my Mama, my only Mama.
You make me happy when skies are grey.
You’ll never know, Dear, how much I love you.
Please don’t take my Mama away.
Yes, I cried. And yes, this was like my happiest Mama moment to date. I am so proud that my girl knows how dear family is and that she loves so freely and fiercely. I am also fully proud of this Mama for teaching her how.
I hope the weekend brings more inspiration and moments to be proud of, or at least a little more sunshine.
This summer I have been all about plants. All of the plants. Over the past few months I have added a number of new greenies to our home and really can’t be happier about the fresh vibes and color they bring to our space. I also can’t be less impressed with the majority of the selection of planters from some of the big name stores. Not that there aren’t some great planters out there from Target or Westelm, there are! But I have found that they just don’t do it for me. Maybe it’s the bitterness I still feel from the $160.00 price tag on the new bullet style planters that are so popular. I found one at a thrift shop 22 years ago for like $2 bucks and snatched it up immediately. It was at some point lost or dropped off at the Goodwill or something as I no longer have it and am frankly quite pissy about it. So needless to say, when shopping for new planters this Summer I wanted something that had more to offer than just a high price tag.
These options were all found on etsy.com so we have the diversity of choosing something handmade or vintage. My favorites! All of my selections were unique variations on what is currently very trendy but they are all so simplistic and timeless, I love every one! Click the little photos below for links:
1. This address number planter does double-duty and looks pretty handsome to boot. Made of brushed aluminum that has an incredible patina, this one is a total splurge but it will set your house apart from the neighbors for sure.
2. The concrete sectioned triangle planter is fun. You can split up the sections or keep them together to make a larger plantscape (is that a word?). Comes in several great neutral-ish colors and the maker is local, to me (Seattle)!
3. Sea Urchins are so beautiful but probably too delicate to hold anything more than an air plant, but this ceramic version is so very lovely. This one is a great buy because it comes with 2 air plants. I love the details on this planter, it reminds me of hobnail style milk glass.
4. Square concrete with hardwood base and inlay. Another (small) splurge but the details matter.
5. The Vaughn planter. I know, I just went on about how butthurt I was over that lost thrifted bullet planter, but I can still love them, right? This one is particularly well made and the capsule is cradled so perfectly in that walnut frame. Still not dropping the $175.00 for this one though. yet.
6. This Navajo inspired vase is just the right amount of desert and looks great grouped together.
7. The gilded elephant planter is so fun and comes in several other pastel colors too. This one would look great in a nursery and at $16.95 (plus shipping) it’s totally affordable.
8. These geometric planters are made by stacking 2 different woods and then carving out the different shapes. The set includes 4 differently shaped planters which I love, but because this is a small business and you can convo the owner who is also the craftsman, you can change up the shapes if you want and he will even give you recommendations on the types of succulents to use in his planters.
9. The vintage mudcloth textile planter is an interesting spin on the baskets everybody is using nowadays for nesting their house plants in. Again, I have seen similar at a big box store but you can bet they aren’t authentic, this one is reversible and one of a kind.
10. I absolutely adore this pretty head planter. I imagine that styling her plant hair would be kind of like doing my daughter’s hair and I am pretty sure this sweet lady will be making an appearance at my place soon.
11. These concrete orb planters are the perfect contrast of industrial and chic. I like the smoothness of the concrete and the way these have little air bubbles at the bottom that add interest, plus these are indoor/outdoor.
12. More concrete planters, these ones have been marbled. I think these would also look great used to hold candles or hairbands, lip gloss, whatever….
What a week! It was one of those where you feel like you accomplished many things and nothing all at the same time. I thought I would take a few minutes to graze the weekly happenings to kind of sort through the pieces worth hanging on to. Those are the parts I want to remember.
A good portion of my free-time during Remy’s nap sesh on Tuesday was spent reading the story of The Freckled Fox family. I was originally drawn to Emily’s Insta photos because of her beautiful red hair and striking features, and her adorable little ones(!), but was captivated as soon as I began reading about their family story and her husband’s struggle with cancer. Despite the huge depths of her heartache, I am in utter amazement of the grace Emily has shown in the face of despair. Sadly, the story of the Meyers family really isn’t so unique, in fact, had things been a little different, my story might have been similar. If you have a few moments, I highly recommend you read Emily’s story of love and loss, or you can help her family out with a small donation through YouCaring.com to help them with Martin’s treatment/memorial bills, or take those few moments today and everyday to hold your loved ones a little longer. Tell them what they mean to you, what you would miss if they were gone and how they make your life better. Tell them how they make YOU better.
Other things worth remembering this week: We took Remy to see Finding Dory-her first on the big screen! It was pretty sweet, she missed the ending because she fell asleep in my arms. The last time she did that seems like so long ago. Another reminder to squeeze those chubby little baby cheeks/buns/thighs more and hold them whenever you get the opportunity, this time is fleeting.
My great Auntie Ruthie passed away this week. My Grandma’s last sibling and dear sister, always so sweet and caring. Our family definitely feels her loss and her love right now. We are so blessed to have had her in our lives, she will be so greatly missed.
Dark Necessities by Red Hot Chili Peppers, best thing the Peppers have put out in a very. long. time
Send My Love To Your New Lover by Adele, I love everything about this video and I especially love the way Remy dances when we listen to this song, so lighthearted and carefree. Only two years old and she already has her own style and rhythm.
Also, some new pretty things have been listed in the shop! Pillows and baskets, both beautiful and purposeful. I have one of these baskets on our coffee table filled with photos but you could also use them as stylish catch-alls for keys, hair clips or jewelry or hang them on the wall as a statement piece.
I hope you have fun plans for the weekend. We will be barbecuing, swimming and enjoying time with family and friends while we soak up that sun.
My cat was over 20 years old and I had been working on the website for what seemed like forever, so it was time. One needed a beginning and the other was ready for its ending.
Tigger was a feisty but loving, long-haired Main Coon that was abandoned by his family at a house my husband and I rented forever ago. We were two young lovebirds without children and Tigger immediately welcomed us into his home and made us a family. We still laugh at the memory of the day we moved from that rental and found that he had hitchhiked along in the trailer hauling our furniture to our new home, not to be deserted again. He was tenacious.
He was right there with us through everything, and only now in his absence do I realize the true depth of our friendship. He was there when we purchased our first home, when we started all of our businesses, through grieving the loss of so many family and friends, and he celebrated many joyous milestones with us including the birth of our daughter, Remy, 2 years ago. He acted as her big brother, watching and protecting her while she slept and would constantly follow right by her side despite the fact that he would inevitably get toddler-trampled along the way. He proudly and without question stood in place for my husband when he was out-of-town for business and would curl up next to me every night as I cried myself to sleep when my husband was in the hospital for a week straight receiving chemo treatments. If we were away on vacation we would call our house and leave messages on the answering machine so Tigger could hear our voices and know that we missed him and, more importantly, that we would be home soon. I don’t think he ever forgot about his first family leaving him behind. He was there to say goodbye every time we left and was always waiting at the door to greet us each time we came home. He was part of the reason we called home, Home.
Reflection has a way of making everything clearer and grief gives us the opportunity to change our lives, hopefully for the better. When I was done with the initial stage of sadness and loss, wishing I had spent more time just loving on that sweet ol’ cat, I came to the realization that I could learn a few things from the way he lived his life. Nine lives that cat lived in his lifetime, a life that was spent loving to full capacity and living each day present in the moment, without regret. Such a beautiful balance of vigor and grace of which I will now measure all aspects of my own life. We could ALL learn a few things from this way of living.
One of the many things gleaned from our time together, which was so basic and innate I wonder how I ever survived without, was the necessity to do the things that make you really feel good and vibrant and alive. For Tigger, this meant sitting inside the threshold of the open back door sniffing the fresh air and then promptly retreating back inside for a nap. For me, this meant creating and the process of making. Something, ANYthing. After the birth of my daughter I had some underlying health issues (as did Remy, my daughter) that came to the surface and had to be dealt with. Unfortunately, that meant that everything else in my life was moved to the back burner, including all of that other wonderful stuff that really makes you feel like you are vital and part of the world rather than inanimate object merely observing life happening around you.
My website will provide a much-needed creative outlet to share all the lovely things that I make and as a journal so I may pen my thoughts, which before belonged only to myself and a furry Maine Coon whom I just always assumed knew exactly what I was thinking. I hope you read this and feel inspired to love someone a little more, or live life with more passion, or be a better friend. Maybe you will see something inspiring that will bring you joy or make you want to create too. Or maybe you will just buy a pillow knowing that it will make your home feel like a better expression of what you feel inside and who you are.
When Tigger left I wrote him a note that expressed exactly how I felt about our time together:
“Thank you for being a friend. Traveled down the road and back again. Your heart is true, you’re a pal and a confidant.”