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.)
Those vintage perfume bottles add such a unique touch to your space. The place looks wonderful!
Christina :: Simple and Delish
Why did this giveaway end so fast? 🙁
Because I’m an idiot and messed up the widget setup. 🙂 Sorry about that, it should be working now!!
Your place is looking great, and I love your Day of the Dead pieces!
Baubles to Bubbles
I love your Day of the Dead skull!! The white and blue is so pretty!
You can get one, too! A limited qty is on presale here: http://shop.stfrank.com/collections/presale
I would definitely get one of the baby alpaca throws. I’ve been looking for a luxurious throw to put on the end of my bed.
Love the watercolor prints! So fun!
I love your day of the dead skull! My family is Spanish so we celebrate every year. Your place looks amazing – love reading your blog every morning. 🙂
I would get the Day of the Dead skull. I absolutely love the meaning behind it (and am also obsessed with blue and white!)
I would get some artwork for my (very bare) walls!
Sometimes we need a little snow and cold to get things done around the home! Love all the pieces you have showcased…edgy without overdoing it.
Jamie of Hello There, Lady!
I’d definitely get one of the framed textiles!!
Ooo I think I would get a juju hat if I could convince my fiancee. Otherwise, lots of blue and white would find its way to our home 🙂
It was cool to learn what you collect. Now I’m wondering if I collect anything?
Also, I love to take momentos from my travels with me. Stuff that doesn’t look too exotic but just enough to hint at being a travel item and symbolic. i.e. My coasters from China. They’re not too in your face but they could be a conversation piece.
I love love love the blue otomi print. *fingers crossed* http://shop.stfrank.com/products/blue-otomi-statement
Your pictures make me want to re do my whole apartment. It is soo cute!
I love how simple, yet homey, and sophisticated your apartment looks.
Thanks for sharing with us 🙂
I’d get the Haik I or Haik II art textiles — so cool!
Definitely the St Frank x Mignone Gavigan wrap! and maybe a coffee table book.
I would buy a few of their fab Indigo pillows! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
Obsessed with that skull! I would probably get it in b&w though. PS your vintage perfume bottles are AMAZING!
I’d get a throw!
I love the Alpaca Throws!
I would get pillows or table linens. Thanks for the giveaway!
Wahooo! Would love to pick up some fun accent-y type items to finish up my apartment!!
Your space looks gorgeous! I love all the patterns and textures, so cute!
I’d most likely get some really cute pillows for my apartment…it lacks fluffy pillows right now 🙂
the cable knit alpaca throw is calling my name.
I would get the Vintage Indigo pillow!
I’m such a sucker for anything blue and white too!
I have been dying for a Juju Hat!! I’d put it above my bed, which is just a blank wall right now.
I love the lip print!!
It as hard to pick but I’d go with framed textiles!!
oh I would definitely get the TURKISH KILIM XII rug!!
I love the framed indigo prints–so beautiful for my bedroom 🙂
Thank you for introducing me to this awesome website!
I love the juju hat III!!
I would get a collection of gorgeous pillow from the site, I love the Kantha Pillow and the Vintage Indigo Pillow.
You have fun taste in artwork (love the lips!)
I would buy the Juju hat and the glass beads from Ghana!
i love the juju hat!
I collect vintage soda bottles. I agree, it’s so fun to have a collection to add too when antiquing! your place looks great.
the vintage pieces are great!
If I won, I’d get one of those gorgeous baby alpaca throws & a silk ikat pillow!!!
Love all the wall art pieces! And those vintage perfume bottles are so classic.
The Style Scribe
this is so funny. before this week i had never heard of st. frank but my friend recently emailed me a link to their store and i pinned a whole bunch of stuff last night! small world.
i agree she has a wonderful eye – my top choice would be the navy leopard pillow!!! but it would be hard to choose!!!
I love the indigo pillows!!
I would buy some throw blankets!!
I would, without a doubt, scoop up the Cactus Silk Rug II from Morocco- gorgeous!!
I am drooling over the Alpaca throws!
I LOVE the CABLE KNIT ALPACA THROW. Looks perfect in this chilly weather.
i think i’d have to go with one of the framed textiles. so pretty!
I love the Kantha pillows!!!! And the otomi tablecloth! And the day of the dead skull! I’d probably end up going with new pillows!
The framed textiles are divine, loving Textile Label V and Blue Otomi!
Love the little details in your apartment, so cute! And St. Frank is so well curated, I’ve definitely lusted over some things on that site a couple of times!
Laura | Laura Aime Vous
So many good pieces to choose from! Three favorites:
1. The baby alpaca throw in camel (forever piece!)
2. The framed grey otomi
3. Kilim pillow iv
So many beautiful wallpapers! I especially like the Caitlin McGauley Trumpet Vine Wallpaper. Thank you!
FUN! Could definitely use some fun pieces in my place.
I adore the Juju hats, but with 4 cats I know it would be too much of a temptation for them. So I think I would splurge and get myself the lovely blue Otomi tablecloth.
I would get a picture to hang above my bed. Thanks!
I love the Otomi textiles as well as the juju hats!
I love the Fruit Tree Cake Topper!
I love the texture on the Juju hats and I could use some prosperity and luck. Their glass beads are gorgeous. Thanks, Pat S
how have i never heard of st. frank? that is shameful! and of course, your apartment looks wonderful. i really love the day of the dead skull. white and blue makes it so chic!
friend, that is shameful! esp as they are a SF brand. glad i could remedy that for you!! 😉 xoxo
I love the baby alpaca throws!
Definitely curtains, i don’t have any right now!
I’d have to do a juju hat! Or a kilim, or a dia de los muertos skull. 🙂
Love those textiles!
What a great ecom website – I love the juju hat! they are amazing 🙂
i would love a colorful textile print for above my couch!!
I have always wanted some otomi pieces and I noticed they are bringing some back! Also I like the idea of the juju hat on the wall. I am moving back to Houston soon from Austin so it would be nice to freshen things up!
I love the blue & white framed textile. Very fresh against the pale pink walls!
Ohhhh I’d love to get one of those juju hats!
This couldn’t be timelier. I’m SO in need of some adult décor updates! I’d look for some large format art or textiles to hang on the wall. My guest bedroom could really use a statement piece.
BABY ALPACA THROW!!!
I love the gift sets – the pampered mademoiselle looks awesome!
love the modern indigo pillows! xo jillian
I would get one of the framed infant Ikat robes!
I love St. Frank! If I won, I would purchase the Blue Tulip Suzani to hang above my bed. Thanks for the chance!
Gosh, anything! The wall pouf is pretty outstanding though
I love the organic indigo print! Great giveaway! My walls are in desperate need of beautiful decor!
I love St Frank’s and would be happy with anything from their site!
I’m sweating the blue Otomi piece…love the framed textiles!
The heather blue alpaca throw is gorgeous! I’m in love with all things blue.
The baby alpaca throws looks super cozy…and I love your vintage perfume bottles 🙂
Fun to see inside your space!
Oh my goodness- this would be such a dream come true! If I won I would definitely dive in for the Pangden iPhone 6 Case and also I really love the Summer Striped Pottery – Set of Two! Fingers crossed! xx
I would get a couple http://shop.stfrank.com/products/kantha-pillow-grey and a couple of the alpaca throws
I’d love to get the Cable Knit Alpaca Throw – French Blue and the Vintage Indigo Pillow VIII. So very GORGEOUS!
The ORGANIC INDIGO – Print Edition and the HAVANA MODERN coffee table book would be my choices.
We definitely share a love of blue & white! There is something so peaceful about the two colors combined. Love how your space is coming together.
I would get the Blue Otomi Tablecloth…”Bird” is my nickname, so it’s perfect. And I’d throw in a Day of the Dead skull too.
Stunning items, I must say. I’d love the BLUE OTOMÍ TABLECLOTH, the SUMMER STRIPED POTTERY – Set of Two and CABLE KNIT ALPACA PILLOW.
So many beautiful items!
a coffee table book
Accent sized print
I love all the cool details! Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway as well! — SC at http://www.samanthachic.com
I’d love to get a Baby Alpaca Throw and some accent pillows. Everything on their site it beautiful!
I adore the updates to the apartment! I am also a fan of the blue and white and the day of the dead skull is really a perfect fit. I am happy to see an inspiration board too! I am also working on one for my place.
Oh wow, I would get a couple Baby Alpaca throws. Have always wanted one.
I would love to get a cable knit alpaca throw and a modern indigo pillow!
Holy moly everything is gorgeous!! I would so splurge on that JUJU Hat. What a bold statement piece with a great story!
I would get the Baby Alpaca Throw in Creme and put it on my new couch. Thanks for a fabulous giveaway!
Would definitely get one of those great prints!
I’d get the PAMPERED MADEMOISELLE set.
I love this!! There are so many things to choose from.
I love the Juju hat to add texture to a wall! Though there are so many options it would be hard to decide!
The Juju hat!
Love the Juju hats, and I think the Pangden print would be great in my living room!
All of the rugs, especially the Dhurrie II rug from India, are amazing! I have a bright red/orange couch that is hard to match, but I think the black and white pattern would work great!
I love their watercolor prints!:)
I’d get the pillows vintage indigo X and lX
I would buy one of the stunning framed textiles from Laos or Senegal! XO
Loving the framed textiles
I would totally get a juju hat. Or one of the blue and white tulip pieces from Uzebekistan. The hat would be the perfect accent for my bedroom wall!
I totally spelled Uzbekistan wrong. Sorry!
I love the glass beads from Ghana…great summer accessory!!!
I love the pillows and throws! So unique and beautiful.
I just moved into my first *real* apartment. No old furniture, no sublease…all mine! Well and my boyfriend’s too! Who knew he would be so difficult when it came to picking out our decor! I love the site and I feel like there is a nice balance of what I will pick out and what he will approve of!
really like the blue otomi piece
I would buy the Uzbek Trellised Suzani print; what a great splash of color for any space! Reminds me of the colorfully printed bags I saw in the markets in Bangkok.
I’d get a ST. FRANK X MIGNONNE GAVIGAN WRAP
Beautiful. I love the Blue Tulip Suzani
A watercolor print! Thank you!
I would choose some pillows or maybe the baby alpaca throw!
I would love it all . Frames thank you
that skull is so awesome! I have a skull collection and I would def buy that
The place looks great! I would love some of those decor options in my space!
that day of the dead skull is amazing… i’m obsessed!
I love the alpaca throws. So beautiful.
I love the indigo pillow
The throw pillows are unique; I really like the colors of the Ikat one to contrast on my neutral couch!
In love with the framed textile you have!! I would def get that!!
I love the pillows and framed textiles
I love the CABLE KNIT ALPACA THROW – Mocha!