Back in junior high, there was always one kid whose spare, clever doodles set her and her Trapper Keeper apart from the chocolate milk drinking, homework cheating lunchtime plebs. With her clean, witty aesthetic, that's how I think of Stephanie Housley— the talented textile designer behind a line of embroidered home and baby goods sold under the name Coral and Tusk.
Housley's embroidered pieces include pillows, wall art, baby gear and a quirky assortment of what she calls 'merit badges', which can be worn or decoratively placed. Her work is often humorous and always sparse. She gives us, for example, a pillow called 'man eating tiger', depicting a crude drawing of a tiger whose stomach contains a person fully dressed in safari gear.
I'm not quite sure where the appropriate place in my home is for the 'bunny with arrows' wall art, which takes our cute, furry friend and turns him into a potent hunter. I do know, however, that like the equally off-kilter 'sloth badge', I'd be happy to own it.
Find It: Coral and Tusk, $19-$149 at Coral and Tusk
(Images: Kate Lacey for Coral and Tusk)