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Designer Spotlight: Laura Jean Floral and Design

Saturday night Didriks and Local Root owner  Jonathan Henke and his team invited me to a dinner where we talked about business and design. It was held in the Observatory Hill neighborhood of Cambridge, near his shops, at Austin Architects.

Didrik’s visual merchandiser, Alexandra Boeri, organized the nuts and bolts of the event and was the force behind its creative vision. She picked out all the tableware, and worked very closely with Laura Jean of Laura Jean Floral and Design, who did the flowers, and jewelry designer Nicole Rueda-Watts,  who provided some beautifully styled decorative vignettes.  Nicole is Laura Jean’s business partner in the new shop Observatory. (Check out Nicole’s old loft here.) Taryn Collins, who works at the shop, cooked the delicious meal. It was a such a nice evening, filled with good food, good flowers, and good company.

Here are some of my Instagram photos of the room, table, and meal, as well as some images from Laura Jean’s floral design portfolio.

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Peek inside the portfolio of Laurel Jean Floral and Design:

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Covet: Magritte Sky Tray

Cloud Tray Magritte MOMA

Magritte Sky Tray
$34, MoMA Store

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Designer Spotlight: Stephan Alexandr’s Painted Skulls

Portland-based artist and designer, Stephan Alexandr, got in touch recently with photos of his newest work, two-toned zebra skulls, which he  describes as “a modern take on taxidermy.” His uses animal skulls, bones, and other natural materials to create one of a kind wall mounts, decor and functional objects. It’s a natural history lesson for sure!

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Creamsicle Zebra Kkull
Mellow orange and white, two-toned zebra skull and jaw.

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Pink Lemonade Zebra Skull
Bright yellow and hot pink, two-toned zebra skull and jaw.

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Lavender Zebra Skull
Green and lavender, two-toned zebra skull and jaw.

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More Acid Please
Orange, lilac and gold Baltic Roe Deer from Lithuania.

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Holy Buffalo
Massive buffalo. White skull with golden horns.

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Turquoise Candy-Dipped Shark Jaw
Hi-gloss turquoise shark jaw wall mount. 

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Warthog Mount
Bright green hi-gloss African Warthog mount.

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Goat skull
White goat skull.

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Blesbok Skull Plate
Seafoam with gold horns. Regal, regal, regal.

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Elk Skull
 Yellow hi-gloss elk skull.

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Blueberry White Tail Deer
Blueberry hi-gloss whitetail deer skull and antlers.

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Almighty Moose
Alaskan Moose skull plate and antlers, dusted with gold leaf.

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Gold Metal Mouth Shark Jaw
Metalic gold dipped shark jaw.

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Copper Metal Mouth Shark Jaw
Metalic gold dipped shark jaw.

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The Titan
Chrome painted antlers with leather wrapped skull cap.

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Just In: Jessica Biales Signet Rings

I’ve long considered my friend Jessica Biales to have impeccable taste. I learned to cultivate the art of minimalism from her, back in college. She had almost nothing in her closet, yet she always had everything she needed. On the walls hung posters of architectural renderings by Frank Gehry and Phillip Johnson, mounted on foam core rather than taped to the walls. And her duvet was plain black.

Hardly the stuff of college dreams. When I need to cull, I channel that dorm room, which only one year before was laden with images of Monet’s Giverny, an inspiration board laden with Calvin Klein’s ponytailed models and Christy and Linda in Chanel, and a double mattress topped with a floral comforter; home to moi. Jessica was the New York City sophisticate incarnate. And now, reigning queen bee of the style world, Jenna Lyons, has confirmed what I always knew—Jessica Biales has style. 

J.Crew, which has been experimenting with collaborations with all sorts of cool kids—including CFDA winners and other under-the-radar labels—has picked up two rings by Jessica Biales. It’s the company’s first offerings in fine jewelry. They are carrying a limited run of two solid 18-carat gold signet styles—one yellow gold, and the other rose gold bedecked with pavé emeralds.

I gave the collab a shout-out in Sunday’s Boston Globe, as “The One Thing” in the  paper’s new “Enthusiast” section. Jessica’s work has gotten a ton of press over the past six months. Let’s have a look.

Jeassica Biales Candy Signet Ring J.CrewJessica Biales “Candy” Signet Rings
Available at Hu’s Wear in D.C.,  Good in Boston, and online at  J.Crew
All pieces also available at JessicaBiales.com

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Jessica Biales Rose Gold Slice Rings

Jessica Biales “Slice” Rings
available in white gold, rose gold, and yellow gold
plain or with pavé white or black diamonds 

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Harper’s Bazaar, February, 2013

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Jessica Biales “Slice” Rings
in rose gold with tsavorites,rubies, sapphires


[I have the slice ring with tsavorites. I wear it between two rose gold rings by Melissa Joy Manning that my husband gave me for my birthday a few years ago; also from Good.]

 

Jessica Biales Sterling Signet Ring

 

Jessica Biales Block Signet Rings
in sterling silver at Good and 18-carat yellow gold at J.Crew

Jessica Biales Gold Wave Rings

Jessica Biales Wave Rings
small and large in rose, white, and yellow gold

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online at  J.Crew |   and 
at JessicaBiales.com

See my Instagram photos of Jessica’s rings here:
Shopping Trip: Good Boutique 


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Designer Spotlight: Snowbound Pottery by Anna Kasabian

Anna Kasabian, a local artist on the North Shore of Massachusetts working under the name Snowbound Pottery, emailed me in January with photos of her work. I was instantly taken with the delicate shapes and natural feel. The pieces are sweet but not precious or cloying. The white vases and and bowls themselves resemble flowers, with uneven scalloped edges and petal-like feet. I was unsurprised to learn that she makes everything by hand, without a wheel. When I responded to her mail saying I loved her work, she graciously sent me a tiny dish so I could see it and feel it. Her work is even more lovely in person.

Snowbound Pottery Anna Kasabian Vases With Purple Flowers

Snowbound Pottery Anna Kasabian Gold Rim Bowl

Snowbound Pottery Anna Kasabian Tiny Bowls

Snowbound Pottery Anna Kasabian Vases Bowls

Snowbound Pottery Anna Kasabian Vases On Windowsill

Snowbound Pottery Anna Kasabian Strawberry Bowls

Snowbound Pottery Anna Kasabian In Progress

Snowbound Pottery Anna Kasabian In Progress

Snowbound Pottery Anna Kasabian Plate

Snowbound Pottery Anna Kasabian Lotus Bowl

Snowbound Pottery Anna Kasabian Outdoors

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