Creative Spaces Feature in DomiCile DC

Friday, April 24, 2015

A few weeks ago, we welcomed James into our home on a Saturday morning for some photo taking for a Creative Spaces feature in DomiCile DC. :) We so enjoyed our time with James, chatting, drinking coffee (of course), all while he casually snapped some photos and made us feel completely at home. Oh wait, we were at home. Thanks so much to Tiffani for including us in the Spring 2015 issue of DomiCile DC. And JAMES! I'm in love with the warmth and rawness of these photos, especially this last one of Zoe and me. <3 Thanks for so beautifully capturing our life at home!

Head over to the magazine to read all about my obsession with natural light, my kitchen and dining room tables, and all my props! And while you're at it, check out Joy's beautiful face and creative space!

Photos by James Jackson for DomiCile DC.

Recap | West Elm x Etsy Pop-Up Shop

Monday, April 20, 2015

Two weekends ago, I participated in the West Elm DC x Etsy pop-up shop at West Elm DC. It was such an honor to curate my favorite local Etsy sellers, and I had a blast meeting everyone! My sweet sister Mariah came along (and helped watch baby Naomi...she just curled up in a comfy chair and held the baby for a few hours) and my intern Rebekah took these wonderful photos (despite the less-than-optimal lighting). I'm thankful for the opportunity to be a part. I had some wonderful conversations with the Etsy sellers, and cannot wait to work with some of them again in the future! Here are some photo details:

1 // Me and Vivi from Like William Studio. Her abstract art is perfection.
2 // JOY[ce] visited and I was so happy to see her.
3 // My fave pie maker and most adorable blogger lady, Laicie.
4 // McIntosh & Burke makes the cutest animals.
5 // Friends looking adoringly at Naomi ;)
6 // Checking out the gorgeous Gray Dog Woodworks cutting boards...
7 // Ally and me...she's the lead stylist and community manager at WE, and I adore her :)
8 // Ayes Cold rocking it.
9 // Laicie and me.
10 // Kate Zaremba. Her patterns are brilliant!
11 // Obligatory cheesy photo by the sign. (Do you love my shoes as much as I do? They were a $7 thrift store find, and the next day I wore them in front of my friend Wendy and she asked if she gave them to me a few months earlier?! Turns out she had donated them to the thrift store and then I snagged 'em up real quick as soon as they put them on the shelf!)
12 // My sister Mariah and me! <3

Thanks for inviting me to be a part, West Elm!

A Daily Gathering | The Art of Natural Dyeing with Drift Lab Textile Co.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A few weeks ago we gathered in my favorite Purcellville barn at Emerald Hill Farm and learned all about natural textile dyeing. It was fascinating, and I'm so grateful for the Drift Lab Textile Co. ladies - Sarah and Jessalyn (adorable twin sisters) - for taking the time and care to teach this workshop! 

It was an uncharacteristically cold Saturday in early Spring, but everyone bundled up and hovered over the campfire to thaw their fingers and toes as needed! And of course, munched on an early springtime menu of potato leek soup, asparagus and goat cheese galettes, crudités with arugula pesto, an overflowing cheese boards, & strawberry tarts, and drank plenty of warm cider. 

We learned so much from Sarah and Jessalyn and now I never want to use my old fallback - RIT dye - again. We used a variety of natural dyes (many of which you can forage or salvage from your kitchen scraps), like avocado pits, red & yellow onion skins, acorns, logwood, and madder. Who knew avocado dyes natural fibers the prettiest of pale pinks (or grey - my favorite - if post-mordanted in iron)! Everyone got to take home a beautiful sample book of the various textiles and fibers and a shibori dyed tea towel. 

A huge thank you to our partners: Silk & Willow for donating various, gorgeous silks for our sample books. Davenport Groves for sending us the yummiest textured wool yarn. Priya Means Love for making us pretty, naturally dyed lip & cheek tint (and for all her help with set up and tear down)! And of course, my interns Anna and Bekah for their hours and hours of help, and Rebecca and Blake of Emerald Hill Farm for providing their beautiful barn (and kitchen) for our use! 

On May 9, we'll be gathering again, this time in a historic home in Bluemont, Virginia, for an afternoon and evening of exploring the Art of Cooking with Flowers and a Spring Supper! We still have some tickets available, so snag one while you can. I've already partnered with Erin Simpson Lozier, Huckle & Goose, Sweet Root Village, Hometown Harvest, Petals & Hedges, La Montagne at Bluement, and Graydog Woodworks for this workshop and long table dinner, and it's going to be loads of fun! Hope you can join us on May 9!

Photos by Anna Clair Photography and Rebekah Lisk for A Daily Gathering. 

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