Category Archives: Arts & Crafts

Artist Spotlight: Fatima Ronquillo

There are few things I love more than stumbling upon an artist I adore. My latest find? The work of Santa Fe-based painter Fatima Ronquillo. I came across her work on Pinterest while perusing images of Victorian lover’s eyes (one of my many random obsessions). Clearly, Fatima and I have some interests in common! The self-taught artist’s work is full of animals (snakes, monkeys, hedgehogs, and more), Orientalist attire (talk about turban chic), and playful yet moody classical motifs. It’s no surprise she was invited by Alessandro Michele of Gucci to collaborate. Below, explore more of Fatima’s exquisite paintings. Adding one to my bucket list! READ POST

Hunt & Hope Needlepoint

Lately, in true granny fashion, I’ve become obsessed with needlepoint. My friend Fallon taught me the basic stitch in London last month and now I want to needlepoint everything—loafers, pillows, artwork! Needless to say, I was so pleased to stumble upon Hunt & Hope, a London-based company that creates made to order hand-stitched needlepoint designs. I’m especially coveting the initials (Rita Konig’s a fan) and one of their gorgeous tiger stripe lumbar pillows. Below, explore more of Hunt & Hope’s neo-traditional needlepoint designs. READ POST

Luke Edward Hall for Stubbs & Wootton

When London-based artist Luke Edward Hall collaborates with Palm Beached-based Stubbs & Wootton, magic happens. Inspired by Greek mythology, Luke’s new line of spring slippers are available exclusively at Moda Operandi. While they’re all tempting, it’s the plush pink velvet pegasus pair that is calling my name. Below, explore more of the smart new slipper collection. READ POST

John Derian’s New West Village Shop

My New York friends have been filling my instagram feed with envy-inducing shots of John Derian’s charming new West Village boutique (18 Christopher Street). It’s his third location in New York and I couldn’t be more thrilled about his expanding decoupage empire. The front room of the new location was inspired by one of my favorite boutiques in all the world, Astier de Villatte in Paris. Below, explore more of Derian’s latest Manhattan jewel box. READ POST

Clare Potter’s Porcelain Blooms

Today, I thought I’d share the work of a talented American ceramic artist, Clare Potter. I first stumbled upon her creations years ago when she collaborated with Christopher Spitzmiller and have been admiring them ever since. Clare crafts gorgeous porcelain flowers (and sometimes fruit and veggies) out of porcelain. After firing them in her kiln, she hand paints layers of color onto the blooms until they appear stunningly realistic. Design giants such as Bunny Williams and Charlotte Moss are fans. Naturally, I dream of someday adding a piece of Clare’s work to my art collection. Below, explore more of her lovely creations. READ POST

Rosi de Ruig Lampshades

Today, I wanted to share one of my favorite craftsman, Rosi de Ruig. Based in England, Rosi and her team create the loveliest lampshades you ever did see. She uses marbled papers (including some by Jemma!), Japanese prints, and more. The shades are available in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be made to work with U.K., European, and U.S. light fittings. I’m thinking of treating myself to a pair for my upcoming birthday. How to choose?! Below, explore more of Rosi’s stunning shades. READ POST