Hello! I'm Marji. Put on your magic wings and simply "fly" with me. This is a place of inspiration and discovery in the day to day journey of life. It is dedicated to discovering beautiful design found in nature and created by talented people. Like a bird in flight, I am a free spirit, dreamer and explorer.
Our little shop brings you lovely finds from near and far. Our hope is to build a community that finds beauty and inspiration in the world around us even in the simple everyday things at home or in our travels.
We're proud to showcase the amazing work of LA-based
furniture designer Chris Earl this season.As a woodworker, ceramicist and chef, Chris is truly a modern renaissance man. Raised in Papua, New Guinea, he believes that creating objects is about
fulfilling a purpose, creating story, and building community. He builds beautiful furniture and wares that are contemporary yet timeless, featuring craftsmanship that is meant to last. And I love that he also created a special Framework collection just for kids!
from his Framework Collection
It's been long overdue, so I'm thrilled to share my
studio/home visit with the designer. Growing up in LA and
living in different parts including the "valley" (San Fernando Valley!), it's great to learn that his studio/home was right in the North Hollywood
area. Having dabbled in woodwork myself (ok maybe just a one day
spoon-making class), I have so much respect and appreciation for the craft and
process. It's always humbling and
enlightening to see a maker's studio and seeing where the action happens-the combination of tools (from band saw to sander), skills and intuitive process to
create such functional beauties we can use in our daily lives.
To get to his back studio, one is welcomed into Chris and
his wife Amber's beautiful home (yup, it's only been featured in Apartment
Therapy, Anthology Magazine and Design Sponge). Equipped with their unique design vision, woodworking skills and hard work, they've transformed Chris' grandparents home while paying homage to the
past by maintaining the character of the original home.Chris and Amber's home is a fusion of their
style blending the old and the new. They're not afraid to mix pieces combining
modern, vintage pieces, travel finds and Chris' handcrafted furniture. The home truly
reflects their personalities and what they value- family history, connecting
with friends, love of gardening and cooking. Yes it has elegant design
elements , but somehow they've achieved a cozy comfy space that has such warmth
and charm, truly meant to be lived in.And
did I mention the beautiful landscape? Their commitment to thoughtful design
continues onto the outdoor space that is ideal for entertaining (they enjoy hosting dinner parties!).
His use of different design elements translates to his creations as
well. Integrating metal (brass!) into his woodwork is brilliant adding
just the right amount of clean textured detail. We're delighted to introduce
his amazing wooden boards in our shop this season. These pieces are even better in person for the quality and craftsmanship. They're essential wares that are great accents but are meant to be enjoyed and used for many years.
Thank you so much Amber and Chris for welcoming me into your
beautiful home/studio. Truly inspiring! Hope to try your cooking soon!
We're finally back from our holiday and time to catch up on all things beautiful around the net. I discovered the Melbourne-based studio, Tuckbox, a while back and couldn't be more excited to share their contemporary furniture designs. The studio is a family business run by brothers Dan and Ant De Groot along with Dan's wife Prue and emphasizes a journey of creativity and experimentation while celebrating materials used in the design (the metal and wood combo is always a fave!). What an inspiring story and thoughtful approach to craftsmanship. One of my favorites is the MG Hallway console that can showcase trinkets and plants.And I love that they're able to customize and design bespoke creations for any space.
Imagine my excitement when I discovered the nautical inspired collection by multi-disciplinary studio Wrk-shp. The studio is run by architect Ryan Upton and architect-turned-fashion designer, Airi Isoda. One part clothing line and the other part product design, the brand offers simple modern objects for the home, clutches and of course the clothes. The Spring/Summer 14 collection features simple tailoring with the right amount of unexpected details inspired by design elements from yachts and boats. I'm coveting pretty much all the pieces... plus they're using my favorite color blue in all its glory with different shades incorporated in most of the pieces.
They maybe known for building beautiful and quality bathroom and kitchen interiors, but I''m drawn to British design company deVol's amazing range of wooden accessories for the home. Rustic meets modern simplicity, I want them all! All bespoke kitchens, interiors and bathrooms including furniture are all designed and built in Leicestershire, England.
It's always a treat to go home to LA to hangout with family and friends. And of course it also gives me a chance to visit some of our local designers based in this great city of ours (ok I'm a lil' bias!). So I was thrilled to visit the new Chinatown studio of fiber artist/maker Niki Tsukamoto of Lookout & Wonderland and see all the indigo goodness she's crafted.
This is my second visit with this talented lady, and I'm always inspired by her passion and enthusiasm for the beautiful craft of Shibori, fiber art and everything else she does (vintage shopping!). Plus Niki radiates such warmth and creative spirit that it's always fun and easy to chat with her about the craft, life and everything in between. Whether it's sourcing textiles/dyes or incorporating different methods (weaving!), Niki shared her insights and thoughtful approach to design and craftsmanship of her beautiful handmade product line. As a tactile person myself, it was great to feel the various textiles in
terms of weight and texture and I couldn't stop touching that amazing
wool/alpaca yarn in the basket! Whether stirring the indigo dye vat or untying the newly dyed pieces, you can appreciate the materials, process and small details in the creation of such beautiful textiles for daily life. Stay tune for new pieces from Lookout & Wonderland in Vuela.
Thank you so much Niki for welcoming me into your studio...it's always a pleasure to hang out with ya!