Kitchen, Product, our SHOP
We are SO VERY excited to introduce you all to our latest project here at akHOME! We're FINALLY launching our first line of dishwares, along with a beautiful set of kitchen items!!!
The Food Tables are our first venture into #foodfurniture. Two nesting - or stacking - tables to elevate your food at any event, especially weddings!
It's been an absolute honor to work with local artisans on this project, including Birdman the Welder and Kristine Weber c e r a m i c s. As a result, every piece is truly one-of-a-kind. And, of course, includes an "artful element" herb leaf to help showcase your delicious edibles!
Complimenting our new Food Tables are a NEW Wallpaper art print - the Herbal - which we're already in love with, and have in TWO colors in our own Kitchens :) And a matching Apron, printed in a gorgeous Champagne color, as well as our already popular Vintage-inspired Tea Towels!
We can't wait to see how you all ELEVATE your Dining this summer!
Product, our SHOP, Feature
Probably THE best thing about creating a "thing", is the weaving of story that goes into every piece. While I hope the result is simple to love and appreciate regardless, it's the story that fascinates me deep down.
Our Laguna print is one beautiful example! It started on a trip to Paris Fashion Week - I was noticing all kinds of stripes on the runways and wondering how I could re-create this most basic of patterns. When I got back to the Studio I took a simple piece of silk, and drew stripes with a Sharpie. Not fun yet... I played with it and eventually ended up dropping it to see what patterns could be created.
VOILA! The spark of an idea!
A repeat pattern was created, then traced with Calligraphy brush pens and scanned back into Photoshop where every line was cleaned. (Yes, this is about as painful as it sounds...)
Now these stripes started to resemble waves, or maybe it was because my next trip had been to Maui that struck me, but OBVS now a "watery" watercolor underlay HAD to happen!
Meanwhile, an Interior Designer friend had connected me with Healing Waters International / the HER Initiative out of Colorado. I called to chat with the Founder, Kayla Fruchtman, and we wondered how we might one day work together cross-border. As it came to being, this design proved to be the perfect thing to collaborate on - and the name "Laguna" - reflecting bodies of vibrant water running through communities in need - came to being.
Since then, proceeds from every Laguna pillow sold have gone to help these amazing, generous efforts, and every dollar you shop on this local product keeps this - and the next - story going.
Who knew so much went into ONE LITTLE PATTERN?! Turns out the painting is often the easy part - learning Photoshop was the hard part!! But I'm continually learning and creating, and as I do, the stories get more and more interesting. At least I think so ;).
You can find these beauts online in our shop and in select stores!