Monday, September 27, 2010

Ploust Art and Design

My dear friends Pamela and Paul are behind Ploust Art and Design. They forage, document, and create with the boundless nature around them in Sea Ranch,California. Here is just a taste of the magic they create. You must visit their site at:

A sea urchin necklace from the collection that is
hand cast resin mixed with atonized metal
urchin on acrylic ring from the jewelry collection

from the book "Seashrooms" with over 172 photos of mushrooms found in and around Sea Ranch, CA.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Tombees du camion

images for their three stores, the third is Clingancourt
collage on their web site
some of the prizes that I bought

While visiting Paris for the first time last year I came across Tombees du Camion at the Clingancourt flea market. It translates as "Fallen from the Truck" and it seemed as if the truck was full of my deepest fantasies! The chaos of the market was so distracting, then I heard faint circus music-- a repeated clicking of a roller coaster and a small band was playing as if inside of a tunnel of time. I followed the sound, and was met with rows and rows of wooden boxes filled with vintage circus prizes. All made from wood and hand painted or the earliest experiments with plastic in the most wonderful faded colors. I still think it was a fantasy but I found their web site where I discovered they have two other stores in the Paris! here is their sight:

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Made a Mano

Made a Mano makes the most exquisit tile, coutertops, sinks, and ceramics. My favorite lines are the small Japanese decoaration inspired Koman and the alphabet Alfa

Friday, September 17, 2010

Handmade Balloons

I found this post on PingMag, a favorite Japanese blog: that no longer exists unfortunately. They visited Ito Rubber Balloon Factory in Chiba, Japan to watch this family run business hand make balloons. I have forever been in search of handmade balloons and have only found a business in Italy that still makes them. The colors and shapes are always better when handmade, and they often are biodegradable!

here is the post:

Petit Pan

strawberry paper balloon

"treasures" paper mobile
space paper mobile
bamboo saw horses/table legs

childrens' plate set

I have always wanted to order the whole lot from Petit Pan
Everything is so fun, well designed, and instantly appealing to kids. Here are some of my favorites.

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Now that it is getting dark earlier, and we must choose how to illuminate our spaces, I have been looking at lamps of all kinds. Here are some of my favorites. Most of them found at my favorite stores!