If you're looking for someone to judge a first-of-its-kind craft show, it would be hard to find a better contender than Dayna Isom Johnson. On NBC's Making It, Isom Johnson works with Barneys' creative ambassador Simon Doonan to judge the contestants crafts for both creativity and skill. And if getting to watch Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman goof around on TV sounds too good to be true, her day job is a close second.
As Etsy's in-house trend expert, she is constantly shopping and scanning the site's marketplace for the next big thing. Her trend guides have the added benefit of making Etsy's some 45 million listings (yes, really) a bit more digestible for the rest of us. And while we can't all be professional trend experts, we can shop like one. Here are eight Etsy finds she's loving—picked out just for our readers.
"This brass wall hanging is one of my favorite pieces on Etsy. The geometric shapes and shiny brass stand out against any wall, and always draws compliments from visitors."
"I consider my 15-year-old lhasa apso, Paco, my [fur] baby—so it's only fitting that I would have a hand-drawn portrait of my four-legged love on my walls."
"I love coming home to all types of plants, and these organic-yet-modern planters are the perfect home for my little set of succulents."
"This hand-painted ceramic plate is the perfect serving platter to elevate any dinner party."
"As a Virginia native, I always bring a little piece of the south wherever I go. This Virginia-inspired candle is a special reminder of where I come from."
"Terrazzo is one of my favorite trends this year. A staple of the seventies, terrazzo motifs are showing up on Etsy everywhere from vases and coasters to wall art and decals."
"Crystals are a must-have for creating a serene space. This seller combined quartz and air plants into one item, so shoppers can immediately feel connected to nature."
"Butterfly motifs have always been a favorite trend of mine, and this plate is no exception. The seller even incorporated my favorite color—turquoise!"