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Global Style, Feel Good Design with Meridian

Exploring the handmade process involved in creating a Meridian bone inlay box made by a family of master artisans in Rajasthan, India.

As my tastes refine and style evolves, I find myself increasingly more intentional about the pieces I choose for my home. As you guys know, I’m a big advocate for mindful design, which emphasizes understanding the social impact of our purchases and celebrating the story behind them: where they’re made, what they’re made of, and who makes them.

I get so excited when I find brands like Meridian who are making change for good around the world. Meridian collaborates with master artisans from Ghana to Peru bringing their story to the global stage, helping to preserve indigenous crafts, and empowering often disadvantaged communities.  Every purchase through Meridian directly supports the artisan who made the piece.

Exploring the handmade process involved in creating a Meridian bone inlay box made by a family of master artisans in Rajasthan, India. Exploring the handmade process involved in creating a Meridian bone inlay box made by a family of master artisans in Rajasthan, India.

My exquisite Meridian bone inlay box comes from a family of master artisans in Rajasthan, India. The handmade box is adorned with intricately carved recycled and naturally occurring bone through methods that have been passed down through multiple generations.

Exploring the handmade process involved in creating a Meridian bone inlay box made by a family of master artisans in Rajasthan, India. Exploring the handmade process involved in creating a Meridian bone inlay box made by a family of master artisans in Rajasthan, India. IMG_5269

If you can imagine, it takes a entire team of individual artisans to make just one box. One artisan is responsible for hand carving each piece of bone into delicate leaf shapes. A second person affixes those pieces onto a wooden frame in the intricate botanical pattern. The third artisan fills the outline of the pattern with black resin to create the background. And finally, an additional person sands and seals the box to completion. Uffda–I need a nap just explaining the process! No doubt there is loads of love and skill that goes into each and every box.

Exploring the handmade process involved in creating a Meridian bone inlay box made by a family of master artisans in Rajasthan, India. Exploring the handmade process involved in creating a Meridian bone inlay box made by a family of master artisans in Rajasthan, India.

We use our box for storing TV remote controls in our living room. I love having a pretty spot to tuck them away when we’re not using them, and also knowing exactly where they’ll be when Netflix calls. It’s equal parts form and function–just the way we like things around here! I’ve been trying the box in a few different spots around the living room, and I think the media console is my favorite spot for it. What do you guys think?

Exploring the handmade process involved in creating a Meridian bone inlay box made by a family of master artisans in Rajasthan, India. Exploring the handmade process involved in creating a Meridian bone inlay box made by a family of master artisans in Rajasthan, India.

This post was created in partnership with Meridian. I only partner with brands I personally use and love. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Process photos courtesy of Meridian. Follow them on Instagram for more artisan stories and sneak peeks at their latest collaborations.

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Mindful Design: Redefining Luxury with St. Frank Textiles

Apply the concept of Mindful design to your home through beautiful handmade home decor from St. Frank.

One of my most favorite design trends or movements at the moment is the concept of mindful design. Socially conscious by nature, mindful design is the push towards surrounding ourselves with unique, handmade pieces in our homes–ones that are made of high quality materials from ethical sources.

It’s knowing the stories behind our belongings: Who made them? Where were they made? How were they made? And I think it’s a new way of defining interior luxury. I’m always on the lookout for brands, like St. Frank Textiles, who resonate with this approach, deviating from the mass market and bringing something more meaningful to the table.

Apply the concept of Mindful design to your home through beautiful handmade home decor from St. Frank. Apply the concept of Mindful design to your home through beautiful handmade home decor from St. Frank.

I was first captivated by luxury home decor brand, St. Frank, and their extensive framed textile offering on Instagram.  The more I learned about their mission, the deeper in love I fell with their company as a whole. I think we can all agree that St. Frank’s one-of-a-kind pieces are the stuff interior dreams are made of. But beyond simply offering beautiful pieces for the home, they’re committed to curating product with a story. St. Frank works with artisan groups in 25 countries around the world with a goal of preserving traditional crafts within these communities. Their collection includes the most luxe framed textiles (my personal favorite!), soft goodsaccents, accessories anyardage.

Apply the concept of Mindful design to your home through beautiful handmade home decor from St. Frank. Apply the concept of Mindful design to your home through beautiful handmade home decor from St. Frank.

The framed textile I have in my living room is the Biddew Noir designed by fiber artist, Johanna Bramble. It’s constructed with labor-intensive Senegalese weaving techniques rarely used anymore, as it requires two weavers and meticulous attention to detail. It’s praised, though, as being the precursor for mechanized Jacquard weaving (an extremely complex weave structure!).

I chose the Biddew Noir for my home because I love to the graphic hexagonal, yin-yang design, but I later came to find out that in Senegalese culture, woven textiles like the Biddew Noir, are often presented at big life moments such as the birth of a baby. The hexagon is a universal symbol of wisdom, life, and health, and so with the arrival of our daughter, Sylvia earlier this year, this symbolic textile could not be a more perfect addition to our little home!

Apply the concept of Mindful design to your home through beautiful handmade home decor from St. Frank. Apply the concept of Mindful design to your home through beautiful handmade home decor from St. Frank.

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Weaving photos courtesy of St. Frank.

This post was sponsored by St. Frank. However, I only work with brands whom I love. All opinions are my own.

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Dress to Throw Pillow: Repurposing Fashion into Home Decor

This beautiful silk Ikat dress from Jcrew has been hanging, unworn at the back of my closet since about 2011. I haven’t worn it in years because it’s a bit too small nowadays, and it’s a strapless dress that doesn’t have support in the bodice, a.k.a. it tends to fall down when worn. All this, and I still really and truly adore this dress, so I haven’t been able to bring myself to get rid of it.

Turn the old dresses you no longer wear into throw pillows for your sofa! Click for the full tutorial.

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Announcing Francois et Moi Pillows at Ciel Loft & Home!

Hi Guys! If we’re friends on Instagram, then you may already have the inside scoop that my handmade pillow collection is being sold locally through Ciel Loft & Home, a home import & furniture boutique, in  St. Louis Park, MN!

Francois et Moi Pillows @ Ciel Loft & Home

The collection features the classic Francois et Moi Block prints, as well as indigo mud cloth and batik fabrics sourced fair trade from around the world. All handmade in Minneapolis, of course!

Stop in to see the cool kids at Ciel Loft & Home and check out the pillows before they disappear!

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Concrete & Brass Trays

I love making things, period. But every so often, a project like these Concrete & Brass Trays come along and gets me extra, uber excited. These projects usually involve trying a new technique + the project actually turning out! And as a maker, can you really ask for more than that?! Continue Reading →

16 In DIY

Swedish Candle Wreath DIY

I’m 50% Swedish + a mixture of Norwegian, Finnish and English in that order for the other 50%. So I always have my eye out for new Scandinavian decor and traditions we can include in our Holiday celebrations. This year I made a candle wreath Continue Reading →

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Lattice House Shelves

Fall is quickly approaching (tear!), so I decided to take a little hiatus from blogging and social media last week to enjoy what’s left of the season–our Minnesota summers are just too short and our winters are too Continue Reading →


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