The Design Pallet

Elm slab side table by The Design Pallet

The Design Pallet‘s shop is full of gorgeous homewares made from small cut offs from previous projects, and recycled timber.

The Design Pallet

Many pieces in the shop have just a hint of the mechanical, from glass test tubes to metal table bases, allowing the rustic feel of the wood to be modernised. I feel like wood had the tendency to be boring, but these pieces are anything but! I love that Design Pallet is totally on trend with their use of geometric, minimal designs. How amazing would the vases look with a single bright flower in each tube look?!

test tube decor from The Design Pallet

The tables made from slabs of salvaged wood are seriously beautiful. The natural grain is allowed to shine through, knots and all. I think it’s the imperfections that make these tables so amazing.

About Jasmine Flamenco

Jasmine is a maker, crafter, ceramicist, wife, knitter, origami amateur, and Master Chef in the making (if Master Chef only included making vegetarian food). Visit her blog for lively inspiration.

Proud Mary

Photo by Sully Sullivan for Proud Mary

I spotted a lovely new collection from Harper Poe of Proud Mary over at Design Sponge last week and fell madly in love with the phenomenal product photos captured and styled by Sully Sullivan. The story behind this collection is touching, too. Harper, who works 

with and avidly supports artisans worldwide, went to Mail, West Africa, which is currently in a state of political turmoil, for a month where amazing artisans from a crochet cooperative, tie-dye cooperative, and traditional mud cloth workshop helped create the new line.

new collection from Proud Mary / photos by Sully Sullivan

Shop Proud Mary’s new collection and pop over to Harper’s blog for further inspirational photos and find out a little bit more about the current political state Mali is in.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Smarin

Photo via Smarin

Oh. My!

I was flicking through an old Homes & Gardens (the British version) circa 2009, looking for inspiration for Dearest Nature. I scribbled down ‘Living Stones’ and a website address. I don’t really remember what these living stones were … and unfortunately, the website is non existent.

Bummer!

But! Using my powers of investigation and sheer braininess (aka I ‘Google it’) I found something.

1. Living Stones are really cool succulents and 2. Smarin

smarin

Smarin is a workshop started, I’m guessing, by designer Stéphanie Marin. Quoting from the  Smarin website, “Stephanie Marin focused very early on eco-design … she proposes a universe that is non-conformist, playful and dreamlike.”

Labelled as ‘Editions’,  Smarin has so many products that reflect natural forms in a surrealistic manner.

smarin

I’m pretty sure I want my house to be filled to the brim with these Living Stones… and how fun does the eating tree look?

About Jasmine Flamenco

Jasmine is a maker, crafter, ceramicist, wife, knitter, origami amateur, and Master Chef in the making (if Master Chef only included making vegetarian food). Visit her blog for lively inspiration.

Natural Vases

Shell vase photo by William Creswell

Here are few ideas for those of you who want to kill two birds with one stone by bringing the outdoors into your home with not only plants, but also with natural or nature-inspired vases, as well.

I fancy the idea of using an urchin as a vase, they seem to offer plenty of stability for smaller plants and offer loads of visual interest. You might remember Petit Beast, whom we interviewed earlier this month, that sells riveting jellyfish air plants — a vase and plant made into a beautiful new creature.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Clinton Friedman for West Elm

Melamine plates from West Elm

I’m aching to have a garden party. While I’m not sure I foresee one in the springtime this year, unless it falls on Mother’s Day, I’d like to have one in the summertime. I have my eye on these melamine plates that feature photographs by Clinton Friedman, available from West Elm (learn more about Clinton’s collaboration with West Elm here). I think they epitomize the perfect summer palette and it’s the next best thing to eating off of plants and flowers themselves.

Clinton Friedman for West Elm

And how about those pillows? Perfect for cozying up on the patio or screened-in porch like this dreamy one I came across via a pin by Brittany Campbell.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.