One Room Challenge Spring 2018-Week Five

It's the hooooooome stretch! Last week of the challenge and we decided to tackle probably the largest component in this nursery, the built in daybed! We had planned all along to do it at this stage in the project because we knew the homeowners dad was going to be in town.  This daybed project turned out to be a family affair, with the grandpa, uncle, and dad to be all spending a weekend tackling this project like champs!  

As a refresher, here is the nook in between the two closets as it stood before.  The homeowners had a freestanding daybed in the spot before, but there was a lot of wasted space and it didn't match the style of the new design. 

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I drew out a rough plan of the concept. 

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And first thing Saturday morning everybody got to work! I'm still in awe-I mean, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?  These homeowners and their family MADE this bed...and not all of them are seasoned woodworkers, but they dove in and did it.  So cool. 

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The cubby portion took the longest to build, so many measurements!  But totally worth it to have some good storage as well as add a little whimsy to the piece.  There is an arched cubby on the front and a smaller one that will sit just above the mattress. Many, many hours later after all the pieces had been cut we brought everything upstairs and started the install. 

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This was where we were about mid-day Sunday.  Ian, the new dad-to-be spent the next three days finishing the left side of the bed, installing the big drawer and whitewashing the wood to keep it almost looking like it has no finish on it, we use Rubio Monocoat which provides a durable finish (it's designed for flooring).

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We decided to veneer some of the unfinished edges (thank goodness for Amazon Prime!) the veneer arrived last night and we applied it this afternoon...finally done and ready for the mattress! 

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We're letting the finish cure another day before adding the mattress.  We also got the alphabet print in from Jenni's print shop.  I love how modern and crisp this looks against the blue walls.  

The new wall light for the daybed area also arrived! I promise it will look better installed rather than me awkwardly holding it up on the wall :) 

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I'm also working on a little handmade mobile for over the crib using some of Share Studio's gorgeous handmade paper.

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That's a wrap for this week!  Next week is the final reveal so be sure to check back and see the finished space with all the pretty accessories.  And be sure to follow along with the other guest participants and featured designers.  Looking forward to seeing everyone's finished spaces! xo, Nicole 

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Holiday Market with Rally

This year feels so special here in Philly as I'm co-hosting a holiday market with Rally and a curated group of some of my favorite artists and designers here in Philly.  Since living in Philly these last couple years the creative community has been so welcoming and encouraging, it feels wonderful to be celebrating the holidays with such a talented group of women!   The event will be held in the beautiful Rally space, Thursday, December 7th from 7-10 pm.  They'll be light bites, drinkies, and a raffle benefitting the People's Emergency Center.  If you're in Philly stop by for some lovely gifts and support local! 

Before the event I thought I'd share a little bit about each of incredible women who are  participating.  You can click through to each of their websites to see more of their work.  Hope to see you at the event if you're in Philly! 

Philly Love Notes 

Scientist, traveler, supporter of the arts, communications strategist and overall Philly Lover.  Emma Fried-Cassorla spent 4 months paper cutting the entire city of Philadelphia and from this endeavor, her custom, laser-cut Philly maps were born. Her made to order maps can be customized with your favorite neighborhoods, first date meetup, weddings, first homes, jobs, or anywhere else you’d like to note a favorite spot in the city.

Ron Nicole 

Philadelphia native Ronni celebrates the beauty of nature through her floral inspired fossils.  She often sources her flowers from her local flower shop, flower farms, trail walks, and her neighborhood, even venturing to knock on a stranger’s door to talk about capturing a perfect specimen from their garden.  Individually designed and cast in a concrete/plaster mix her one of a kind sculptures freeze a moment in time and highlight the subtle beauty of Mother Nature.

Image Credit: Ronni Nicole 

Image Credit: Ronni Nicole 

Asarum Designs 

Dorene Reggiani designs and creates one of a kind jewelry pieces from her studio in Philadelphia. Her organic forms and natural materials create beautifully subtle pieces while textures created through the process of forming the piece become an integral part of the design and highlight the unique and beautiful imperfections of her craft. 

Image Credit: Asarum Designs 

Image Credit: Asarum Designs 

Carla Weeks

British-born artist Carla Weeks’ paintings, textiles, and murals are informed by her interactions with both natural landscapes and the built environment.  Through distillation of pattern and form her 2-dimensional designs communicate a sense of place that is both graphic and serene. Her work spans a broad range including paintings, murals, wallpaper, and textile designs.  Most recently she has completed designs for a line of pillows that can mix effortlessly into your living spaces. 

Curious Clay 

Jannalyn is continually experimenting with color, pattern, and form in her ceramics line, Curious Clay.  From wearable art to mini planters, mugs, and spoons, the pursuit of creative exploration is evident in her delightful ceramic forms and glaze combinations.  Her fearlessness in experimentation makes each piece one of a kind. 

Roasted Cauliflower with Olives and Raisins

If you're looking for that easy, go to recipe for the numerous potluck and holiday events you'll be attending over the next month, this dish is a great option.  My friend Grace and I spent an afternoon cooking and styling this delicious meal that takes advantage of the cool seasons bounty of the cruciferous veggies that are plentiful this time of year. 

Ingredients

1 lg. head of cauliflower (around 8 cups of  florets, chopped) 

1/2 lg. red onion coarsely chopped 

1/4. cup slivered almonds 

1/4 cup sliced (quartered) olives (garlic-stuffed, if possible)

1/4 cup raisins 

Salt and pepper

Olive oil 

2 Tbsp. parsley 

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Heat oven to 425F. Place parchment paper or aluminum foil on a large rimmed baking sheet and lightly coat with olive oil. 

Cut cauliflower into bite-sized florets. Spread cauliflower and chopped onion across the baking sheet. Drizzle and toss with olive oil, until lightly coated. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, to season.

Roast 25-30 minutes, stirring halfway, until the edges are browned and the cauliflower is fork-tender.

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While the cauliflower and onions are roasting, toss the almonds into a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring regularly, until almonds are golden brown and give off a rich, toasty fragrance. 

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When the roasted cauliflower and onion are done cooking, place in a large bowl.  Mix in the olives, raisins and parsley. Sprinkle with the toasted almonds. Serves 4-5 as a side dish.

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Photographs courtesy of GraceD Photos

For more delicious, seasonally inspired dishes, check out my friend Grace's blog Food, Fitness, Fresh Air

Holiday Collaboration: Veak Ceramics

Collaborating, encouraging, and lifting others up has been on our minds this year and so in that vein, we reached out to three artists and designers to team up and bring you our holiday gift packages that are a combination of each of our unique skill sets. 

From the moment I saw Sarah’s work I had an instant connection. The intention with which she creates her pieces, letting the material speak to her and guide her in it’s formation is much like the pieces that we create in wood.  She has a keen interest in the human experience with art and food and strives to make work that engages the senses with it’s texture, color, and form, and most importantly, that it brings loved ones together for a meal and “merges the human appetite for both nourishment and beauty.” 

Last year Sarah reached out to us about a collaboration.  It was almost holiday at the time, and were were in the midst of moving to Philly, so we tucked the idea away as something we knew we wanted to do in the near future.  The year went on and my obsession for ceramics grew :) When the holidays started to roll around, we knew we wanted Sarah to be part of our first set of collaborative collections.  As a designer, I am continually fascinated with the mix and play of materials and thinking about combining the cool, organic feel of clay with the warm smoothness of wood felt like a perfect match.  

 

Sarah was born and raised in the southeast and apprenticed with studio potter Renata Wadsworth, where she learned the art of ceramics from throwing pots to building and firing a wood kiln.  Through the years, Sarah has spent time in various studios developing her work and exploration of ceramics.  Sarah recently moved to Kansas City where there is a thriving ceramics community and I’m feeling pretty excited for a meetup next time I’m in town. 

Photo Credit: Sarah Veak Ceramics

Photo Credit: Sarah Veak Ceramics

For our holiday gift set with Sarah we have paired one of her ceramic dipping bowls and one of our hand turned round serving boards in either walnut or figured cherry. The dipping bowl is hand thrown and features a matte white glaze with etched details in a contrasting black glaze, perfect for your favorite sauces, spreads, and snacks.  The round boards make prepping snacks and serving a pleasure and they're perfect for layering with other arrangements and make a stunning display when not in use; crafted of one solid piece of wood that shimmers in the light, it can also be used as a cutting board as well.  

If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift created with consideration and intention and will offer lasting service to your gatherings for years to come, this is it.  Head to our online shop to see more and happy, happy, holidays, we’re glad you’re here! 

Holiday Collaboration: Claire Sommers Buck Jewelry

Collaborating, encouraging, and lifting others up has been on our minds this year and so in that vein, we reached out to three artists and designers to team up and bring you our holiday gift packages that are a combination of each of our unique skill sets.

Two moves ago we lived in Jacksonville, Florida and at the time, so did Claire.  I didn’t know her personally, only through her work which I had seen in some local boutiques.  I was just starting out in going more full time in my creative endeavors and I’m pretty sure I was in awe of her being a “real” artist.  At some point, Claire moved back to be near her family in Austin, and we move another one, no, make that two times.  I kept up with her work via social media and last year she reached out about a collaboration.  It was almost holiday at the time, and we were in the midst of moving to Philly, so we tucked it in our back pockets as an idea for the near future.  When we started thinking about working on these collaborative projects for this holiday season, I couldn’t help but think how beautiful Claire’s jewelry pieces would look with our wooden wares, she had recently released her Lanna collection which pays homage to Thailand, also known as the ‘Land of Smiles’.  The pieces unique lines, colors and charms use materials that honor the spirit and love radiating from this beautiful country.  This collection feels both of the moment and timeless with its warm silver and gold and black spinel and turquoise gemstones, a perfect pairing with our pieces.

Claire grew up surrounded by a handmade culture with her parents both being ceramics artists.  She attended Penland School of Crafts in 2009 where she fell in love with the many aspects of metalsmithing.  Her work evokes ancient aesthetics and global culture with attention to detail. 

I love the timeless simplicity to all of her pieces where one can let the eye rest and contemplate the intention that went into the piece.  The forms are versatile for both everyday wear and special occasions.  

Image Credits: Claire Sommers Buck

Image Credits: Claire Sommers Buck

For our holiday gift set we’re pairing a set of Claire’s Wasana stud earrings with a special edition skipping stone catchall dish. We’re offering them in turquoise and black spinel gemstone options with limed ash and black speckled hand turned catchall dishes; the perfect place to corral these precious pieces at the end of the day, as well as your rings or other jewelry.  In Thai, Wasana means ‘lucky’ of ‘bringing good fortune’—a fitting name for an everyday stud and who wouldn’t be lucky to own a pair!? 

If you’re looking for that perfect Christmas gift that will be cherished and absolutely delight your loved one, this is it.  Head to our online shop to see more.   We'll be highlighting all of our collaborators this week in our journal, we hope you'll stop by to learn about their unique stories as well. 

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Midwest Adventures

A year ago today Adam and were frantically loading the remainder of our belongings, pups, and plants into our SUV and trailer in preparation for our two day drive to our new home in Philadelphia.  We were leaving Norfolk, Nebraska where we had lived for 18-months; headed off on the next adventure.  Even though our time there was short, we made many dear friends and were able to be closer to Adam's family.  We had received a small batch of walnut whilst living there that was gorgeous.  It was really great to work with, and I started thinking that maybe it would be worth taking a road trip out there to get more of it.  After months of pondering, loosely (very loosely) planning, I ended up driving out for a visit in August with friends and family, a show in Omaha, a pop-up in Kansas City, and retrieval of the much coveted walnut.  The quest for walnut turned into a whirlwind of events teetering between exhilaration and exhaustion.

For the first leg of the trip I headed to Norfolk, I spent a couple days visiting old friends and gathering blooms for the upcoming show: Hutchfest in Omaha.  Simpler Thymes farm is just outside of town and I discovered it right before I moved last year, it's a beautiful property with a great old stone house that reminds me of Philly.  The owners always spend time visiting with you, and they have several bee hives and sell honey, so it is a great place for good conversation and tasty treats.  After collecting flowers with a friend, we went back to her place and started arranging them in simple mason jars for the show. 

A few snippets from HutchFest in Omaha, sponsored by the great interiors shop Hutch 

Some toodle-ing around in Omaha & Lincoln at some of my favorite places including Mulhall's (one of the best nurseries I've been to), Home & Closet vintage, farmer's market at Aksarben, I picked up some of my favorite condiments from The Grey Plume (the onion marmalade and whole grain mustard are some of my favorites) as well as hanging out with my pal, Kathleen and her sweet family.

It was an absolute treat to spend part of TWO different days hanging out with my friend Kathleen of Thinking Smaller.  We worked together when I lived in Nebraska and she is a passionate advocate for the handmade and local community.  I always feel like I can just pick up right where I left off with her, plus, we share a deep love of all things pastry, so we're obviously kindred spirits. Favorite spots we popped in at included Le Petit Paris (best croissants, ever), Kitchen Table (everything is delicious), and Bean Smith Coffee Roasters (try the Ethiopia Kochere).

Mornings spent playing in nature...

A overnight in my college town, Lawrence, Kansas at my friends 1800's home with the best outdoor lawn art, and then over to Hun's Garden to pick more flowers for our pop-up with Coveted Home later that day. 

We had a little pop-up shop at our Kansas City stockist, Coveted Home shop, it was a great night meeting new friends, with music, drinks, and treats from Ashleigh's Bake Shop.

An of course, the impetus for the trip, the walnut gathering. The road in to the building was blocked off, so we ended up taking the long route through the long grass and hills, past the cows and rattlesnakes (!!), stopping often to make sure we weren't going to get stuck in a muddy spot. My brother-in-law was super gracious to venture through all of this, thanks Tait! 

Get to Know Us! Art Star Blog Post

We’re honored to be featured on the Art Star blog today as part of their series highlighting the artists that will be participating in the upcoming Art Star Craft Bazaar Show, May 7th and 8th at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia.  We’re excited that this show is part of our lineup for the spring season and even more excited to meet all of YOU Philly folks.  Stop by to say “hi”, pet the wood  and enter our giveaway for a chance to win one of our pieces!  Hope you see you there!

Check out the Art Star post at:

http://www.artstarphilly.com/meet-the-maker-nicole-and-luke-of-vestige-home/

Photo Credit: Lauren Gibson Photography

Photo Credit: Lauren Gibson Photography

Food & Wine Feature

We’re honored that the blue black salt cellar has been featured in the Editors Top 10 “Objects of Our Obsession” for the February 2016 issue of Food & Wine Magazine! Special thanks to Style Editor Suzie Meyers and all of you out there who support quality, handmade goods. It’s a stunning issue, packed with all sort of fabulous cozy winter recipes and beautifully photographed, tons of info and eye candy!!  We highly suggest picking up an issue at your local newstand.