Event, Launch

ANNOUNCING | Address Assembly Showcase 2018

YOU GUYS!!!
We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be featuring our Food Tables in this years’ Address Assembly 2018 showcase of designers and makers!! BUT ALSO >  We'll be launching our NEWEST addition to the Food Furniture collection at Address Assembly - FOOD MATS! You heard it here first ;)

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Food Mats are a modern take on the formal 17thc “doily”, with laser cut acrylic taking over the story from crocheted linen. As an ornamental presentation piece, the Food Mat is setting it’s place in the Food Furniture collection, continuing a new tradition in elevating your Dining.

If you live anywhere near Vancouver, be sure to come out for this show - and to say HEY to yours truly. It’s a not-to-be-missed event that supports this great Pacific Northwest creative community.

Address Assembly has been lauded by Azure Magazine as "...the best furniture and home accessories the Pacific Northwest’s thriving maker culture has to offer..."; Gray Magazine labels the event as "a teeming crowd of design-world cool kids"; and the Globe and Mail describes it as "the annual design showcase highlights the work of leading and up-and-coming designer-makers from the Pacific Northwest". Needless to say, we're UBER honored to be a part of not only this event, but this Maker Community that gets so many opportunities to thrive right here on the Pacific Coast!

See you there?!
XO ak

Event

ANNOUNCING | Interior Design Show 2018 - Sep 20-23

Will you be in VANCOUVER next month? Save the dates - Sep 20-23 - and come by the Interior Design Show (Booth #1217) to say HI!! Can't wait to see you there.

IDS holds a special place in our hearts at akHOME - we launched our company there last year! It's always an amazing experience to meet the local - and national/international - design community through the show and it's associated events.

While I can't fully disclose what NEW AND EXCITING things we'll be launching this show, hopefully this sneak peek will do for now ;)

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We are proud to be supported this year by local artisan lighting experts, Karice Enterprises. Their OLO pendant will be a hi-light to our booth area. Their product lines and custom work shows their enormous passion for creating beautiful lighting products, pushing
creative boundaries to craft the unimaginable with their cutting-edge design. 

See you there!!
XO ak

Event, Feature, Food

ANNOUNCING | SSICA Award Shortlist for our Food Tables!!

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We’re SO excited to have been shortlisted in this years’ Saltspring Island Ceramic’s Association awards for our Food Tables!! Our lovely ceramics artisan, Kristine Weber, submitted the tables on our behalf (in collaboration also with myself and Birdman the Welder) - and we couldn’t be more proud for this beautiful collaboration to have been selected to be featured in their October Exhibition!!

See you in October, SSI! 

XO ak  

 

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Food, Product, Decor

INTRODUCING | Food Tables - Elevate your Dining!

While I get excited about pretty much everything I create, Food Tables have been a passion project from the very beginning. Dreamed up about two years ago, it took time to find *JUST* the right artisans to work with. I can’t even tell you how many times I had to slip “GEEZ, I’d love to find an artisan welder!” casually into conversations LOL!

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Even when you find the right people to work with, and you have a BRILLIANT idea (hah), you still have to work out what each material can and cannot do. Who knew FLAT ceramics would be such a puzzle?! Such is the manufacturing beast, even with a solid idea, even with the right people - it takes time, prototyping, money, and enduring failures as often as successes.   

I love it.  And I love our new Food Tables! Perfect as I’d imagined for creating levels of food to display or reach on a bustling, curated table top without having to resort - yet again - to the ubiquitous cake stand. For even greater variation, there are TWO - and they nestle lovingly along the way <3

Get a set while you can - manufacturing is often limited here at akHOME, as everything is locally made by select artisans. Don’t forget to tag #MYakHOME and @foodfurniture in your posting so we can add your beautiful displays to our Stories on Instagram! 

XO ak  

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Photos : Ally Fotografy Media Co

Event, News

ANNOUNCING | WORKSHOP in Baja, Mexico

Hey Exhausted Mama's and Tired Work-a-holics out there! Who couldn't use a week away from it all this Fall?!

I've made it an annual practice the past number of years to have at least one week away without kids, hubbies, work, etc. to do something just for me, but my goal is always also to leave that week feeling both rested and inspired. I've spent time painting poolside in Palm Springs, designing couture in cafes in Paris, and absorbing the architecture in London.

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THIS trip couldn't be more perfect! A photography/design tour of the Baja (escape the onslaught of November rain? YES, please!), be guided and cared for, learn about photography and design, and perhaps indulge in the odd Margarita while you're at it ;) While I've traveled to other, more popular/touristy, areas of Mexico, but I'm thrilled to be exploring the design-rich Baja along with you all through the eyes of this tour!

The trip is organized by Tina Dhillon of Designers Collective - an Architect and Interior Designer who is passionate about bringing people and design together, as well as oft-published photography expert Tracey Ayton. If you don't follow these two ladies on Instagram, YOU SHOULD. They constantly inspire me. I'm excited to contribute some new recipes to the group snack times - served on Food Tables, of course ;) - as well as a sketching workshop for those guests interested!

Nov 14-20
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Can't wait to see you there!
XO ak

 

Feature

BLOG by SUQUET HOME

It's always an honor to be on someone's mind! I've been thrilled to work with Suquet both as an Interior Designer and now as a Product Designer - they're all lovely humans, and their stock in shop and online is ON POINT. 

You can find the full blog post here > Suquet Blog

Working with passionate, creative people is probably the best part of what I do!
— ak HOME
 Photo: Heather Ross

Photo: Heather Ross

XO ak

Kitchen, Product, our SHOP

INTRODUCING | The Kitchen Collection by akHOME

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!

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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!

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We can't wait to see how you all ELEVATE your Dining this summer!

XO ak

Product, our SHOP

INTRODUCING | The Cacti Print!

I love bringing out new prints!! This bright, colorful one just makes me HAPPY for Summer!!!

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Introducing the Cacti print - direct to you from my trip to Phoenix, Arizona a few months back :) Yes, many of my prints come from trips around the world, and this one is no exception.

Fabrics and ready-made products are avail on Spoonflower.com or Roostery.com as "akHOME" - what can you imagine with this print??! With the help of amazing local fashion designer, Kim Legler, I made a skirt that was perfect poolside in Palm Springs (see below)!!

Can't wait to see YOUR creations - be sure to tag #MYakHOME #artfulelements!

XO ak

Product, our SHOP, Feature

Shop Local, Be Part of a Story!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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WHEW!
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!

XO ak

 

Event

EVENT | Daffodil Ball 2018

INTRODUCING > Happy Hour at HOME!⠀

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I'm SO excited to once again be curating a vignette for auction at @cancersociety's Daffodil Ball 2018, gathering local Designers, Makers + Businesses together to #FIGHTCANCER!!⠀

This years' theme centers around a GORGEOUS bar cart designed by Interiors and Cabinet designer, Jamie Banfield Design ♥⠀Jamie's beautiful line of cabinetry, The Banfield, features a minimalist look with clean lines. You can definitely see the beauty of them in the custom bar cart, a collaboration he's created specifically for the Daffodil Ball with local creative master Birdman the Welder.

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And to top it off? SO. MANY. THINGS. !
From candles and feature lighting to set the mood, to vintage crystal to decant those fine wines, from hand-crafted snack bowls to a custom set of bitters, the lucky bid winner of this vignette will not only have a stocked bar, but an amazing conversation piece!

Here's the whole gang supporting this years efforts to #kickcancersass 
The Banfield Birdman the Welder Karice Enterprises LTDMiriam Aroeste WALRUS Heather Ross natural eclectic Three Corners Artisan French Seventy SixAlison Kent Born to Shake West Coast Liquor Company Odd Society Spirits :)⠀

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Stay tuned on our Insta Stories for more info!

XO ak