About a year or so ago, there was a party for my sister’s fabric by the yard line over at Studio Four. I know so little about home design (and textiles for that matter) so I always enjoy going to events with my sister as I end up learning a lot. That time around, she introduced me to Christina Bryant (the owner of San Francisco based St. Frank). We instantly bonded over our single status + dating disasters… and really hit it off comparing startup stories (at the time, I was still at BaubleBar). I got home and jumped online to peruse her site and found myself immediately smitten – I couldn’t believe what an amazing eye my new friend had.
St. Frank partners with artisans from all over the world to empower them + preserve their artisanal craft. My favorite parts of the shop are the framed textiles + curiosities, but there is truly something awesome for everyone. And that’s why I’m pretty excited to give one lucky reader $500 to spend on their site! You can enter using the widget at the bottom of the post… don’t forget to comment with what you’d buy!
On that note, I’ve been in major nesting/cleaning mode with this cold! My apartment is looking much better than it has in ages… next week I’ll be sharing a peek at what I’ve done with my office area.
Pictured above, the Day of the Dead Skull is one of my most treasured items. I’m a sucker for blue and white of course, but I love the meaning behind it. The Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is a holiday held throughout Mexico on All Saints’ Day that combines Aztec + Spanish Catholic traditions. It’s a celebration of the lives of deceased ancestors and friends, filled with food, singing, dancing, and games. The deceased are believed to awaken to share in the festivities. This skull symbolizes death and rebirth and is decorated with bright colors that reflect the joy & spirit of lost loved ones. Kinda nice, no?
The other chic (but meaningful) item is my Juju Hat, pictured above my inspiration board. The Juju hat is a symbol of prosperity and divinity in Bamileke culture. And it is an actual hat, but I hang it from a nail on my wall. The hat is made from the feathers of wild birds and the hat is traditionally worn by members of the high classes of the tribe during rituals and festivities in a dance to celebrate the kingdom’s prosperity. It’s such an interesting piece and I like to believe that it brings me a bit of luck!
Last but not least is my Organic Indigo Print, framed in lucite. I fell in love with this one as it melds so seamlessly with all of the Shibori pieces I have from my sister… (and again… blue + white!) The lucite frame makes it feel really special and cool. Eventually I plan to hang it on my gallery wall but that will require a massive overhaul that I’m not quite ready for just yet!
Something you might not know about me… I collect vintage perfume bottles! A lot of the ones above and below are from a cool antique shop I found in Paris.. the rest either came from our family or New York area thrift shops. It’s always fun to look for them when I’m out and about, especially on vacation.
(A closer look at my inspiration board.)