I appreciate talent for color-coordination. As someone who works with enamels, I understand that there’s no substitute for pairing the right shade of salmon with a complementary periwinkle blue. The boldest stroke just isn’t going to look right if it’s in the wrong color. Sara Aires’s bright fiber art jewelry (from $20) not only pairs colors in chic and spunky ways, but raises the ante with unusual stitches and incorporated found objects.
In need of a new side table but want something neither mass-produced and boring, nor high end and extravagant? Modern Arks collects vintage liquor shipping crates, adds legs and voila - recycles them into funky little side tables and plant stands (from $245).
Briana Taylor has a selection of lovely artwork on her site, but I keep returning to the prints of her luminously painted liquids ($35). Hovering somewhere between realism - for indeed they are realistic, abstract expressionism and cubism, they are interesting and beautiful to look at.
Best handbag handle EVER! Rich in Craft’s Limited Edition Antler Handbags ($600) are fully handmade in the USA - that’s right folks, those antlers are castings. And the bags themselves, with quilted wool in earth tones and one sea tone, lined in champagne silk. Fabulous.