Looking for ways to add a little texture to your painted or papered walls?! We have the solution!
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!
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!
Photos : Ally Fotografy Media Co
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!
I love bringing out new prints!! This bright, colorful one just makes me HAPPY for Summer!!!
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!
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!
GAH! We're already in love with this one!!
Meet our newest print, the Hummstooth! These beautiful Hummingbirds are flying to you in the ultra classic Houndstooth formation, and we just can't get enough :)
This original watercolor art print is shown here on 100% Linen.
Available in INDIGO or AUTUMN TEAL, this print is destined to become a new classic!
We're so excited for Pantone's #coloroftheyear, that we've REVAMPED our Fraser Pillow!! Now featuring 100% Silk SOLID front and a 50/50 Linen/Cotton back, it's definitely upped it's luxury factor! How are you incorporating Ultra Voilet this year?
While we don't always follow specific trends, once in awhile they serendipitously match up with colors you already know and love. Just as fortunate - our Laguna Violeta also matches!
The Fraser SOLID (shown here) and STRIPE (reverse), as well as the Laguna prints are available as pillows in our online shop, or as fabrics, wallpapers - or even gift wrap - over at Spoonflower.ca. Be sure to tag #MYakHOME on your projects so we can see them!
We love purples - this is one trend we can stand behind!
It's OFFICIAL!! akHOME is doing our premiere "artful elements" launch next week at Vancouver's Interior Design Show (IDS Vancouver)!! We are SO excited to show you all the things we've been working on over the past months.
This season, we love a home that remains light and white and airy for the dark, cold winter months - with accents of moody purples and, of course, black! It's all about bringing artwork off the walls and into every element of your home. We love the reaction when people visit our Studio and are suddenly surrounded by creative, artful, storied objects in every direction. Art, simply, touches the soul and we're happy to share it from our Studio to your HOME.
From painted watercolors translated into fabrics, pillows or wallpapers (YES! Wallpaper!!) to gorgeous calligraphy linework, there is a touch of art in every piece we create.
Not located in Vancouver? Follow along by signing up for VIP events, previews - and sales!
The Fraser Solid/Stripe pillow has just been added to our SHOP!
We're IN LOVE with this original artwork collaboration between JOUE Design + Kendall Ansell Interiors. Based on Kendalls love of wisteria, this artwork evokes the gorgeous botanical in the setting dusk light. AND - it's reversible! The SOLID fabric side (shown below) portrays the gorgeous clustering blooms while the STRIPE side brings out the unique weeping qualities of the plant.
XO Alison / akHOME
Joue Design's sell-out Magnolia print, the Gemma, was re-invented in collaboration with Kalu Interiors for their Interior Design Show's GORGEOUS Wonderland-themed Dinner X Design set! Additional fabric was printed to create these plush down/feather filled pillows.
The IDS Wonderland-inspired fabrics have been donated to local Fashion Designers and will be FEATURED and auctioned off in this years Little Black Dress Gala in support of Help Change My City, passionately helping homeless women and single mothers. We can't wait to see what the Designers create with this gorgeous fabric!
In the meantime, you, too, can own a piece of this story right here in our SHOP!
XO Alison / akHOME