We Want You!

We Want You!

Kathryn Wright
Jun 1, 2010

For the past few weeks Re-Nest has been running a new feature called The Handmade Home wherein we celebrate independent artists, designers, artisans, and crafters. Send us an email if you're interested in submitting yourself for a spotlight feature, or if you have a great recommendation. So far we've profiled Jewelweeds by Julie White, Tuuni by Tuija Lommi, Custom Portraits by Yasmine Molavi, Handmade Brooms by Samantha Pritchard, House of Bouton by Cassie Bouton, Vintage Velvets by Heather Watts 7, and the Divine Chair Company by Kitty McBride. Read more about these creative people below:

Past features include those shown above, from left to right:

1. Jewelweeds by Julie White: We stumbled across Jewelweeds recently, and immediately felt a sense of calm come over us. The woman behind Jewelweeds, Julia White, is committed to using the most environmentally friendly materials in all of her handcrafted designs, and we love the simple beauty of her pillows, aprons, and home textiles.

2. Tuuni by Tuija Lommi: "Tuija Lommi is a Finnish designer who re-purposes vintage and antique fabric into gorgeous household items, such as baskets and pillows. Her line is named 'Tuuni,' a play on a Finnish girl's name meaning peaceful or calm, and 'Tuunaus,' a word that refers to products made from recycled materials. Tuija's designs are as thoughtful and poetic as the name of her line. She has an incredible knack for pairing fine textures such as lace perfectly with rich neutral linens.

3. Custom Portraits by Yasmine Molavi: Yasmine Molavi, a Los Angeles-based designer and illustrator creates whimsical custom ink & watercolor portraits.

4. Handmade Brooms by Samantha Pritchard: Broomchick's gorgeous hand-bound brooms will clean your space literally and spiritually. They are made from sassafrass wood handles from the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas and broomcorn fibres hand-harvested by the Amish in southern Illinois, making them a rare all-American made and sourced product.

5. House of Bouton by Cassie Bouton: Printmaker and Designer Cassie Bouton's House of Bouton line is a great option for replacing disposable paper towels and napkins with beautiful handmade textiles. Her designs are inspired by everyday images and printed using non-toxic methods on USA-made unbleached 100% cotton flour sack towel.

6. Vintage Velvets by Heather Watts: Heather Watts has developed a wild and beautiful style drawn from natural and supernatural worlds. Her paintings are in a dreamlike vintage-inspired landscape complimented by gorgeous frames often made from reclaimed, distressed materials.

7. Divine Chair Company by Kitty McBride: Kitty McBride is the creator of the Divine Chair Company. She updates antique chairs and benches into gorgeous, bright, modern designs. While it may look like she is just a furniture designer, what she does is much bigger and more like matchmaking. Kitty invests a lot in her work and insists that her customers love the piece they are buying.

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