studio tour / jane denton.

woven hats and furnishings in artist jane denton's studio. / sfgirlbybay

welcome to the lovely, light-filled studio of textile artist jane denton. located in wellington, new zealand, this feminine space is actually the recently renovated basement of Jane’s family home, where she’s spent the last five years making and selling contemporary hand-stitched artwork. with existing details like built-in shelving and deep in-set windows, it doesn’t look like it took much more than a fresh coat of white paint for the studio to come together. Though the delightful mix of woven and wood furnishings, ceramic bowls, candlesticks, and of course,  jane’s beautiful work, add just the right amount of color and texture to the otherwise neutral space. if you’re looking for your own unique, hand-crafted piece of New Zealand, look no further than Jane’s stunning collection. and don’t worry, she ships worldwide!

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• photography courtesy of jane denton

new & noteworthy.

japanese dishware. / sfgirlbybay

1. JIA’s ceramic japanese steamer is the prettiest steamer in the land!

i am a huge fan of japanese design. the simplicity, practicality and just the utter beauty of products designed with a japanese aesthetic in mind make life just seem calmer. no fuss, no frills just well-designed pretty, but useful objects. so for this week’s new & noteworthy i’m sharing a few of my personal favorites — objects i own, and covetable ones on my bucket list. oh, and if you really want to get in the mood, designlovefest has a delicious recipe for poke bowls posted on her blog this week!

new and noteworthy japanese design. / sfgirlbybay

2. Tohaku Japanese Candle Set from analogue life — Candle Maker TAKAZAWA creates traditional Japanese candles (Warosoku) derived from plant-based raw materials. Established in 1892, the company is one of the oldest candle makers in Japan and the candles are made using the techniques and materials that have not changed since 16th century.

new & noteworthy japanese decor and products. / sfgirlbybay

3. the ultimate in lighting — a Floor Lamp designed in 1951 by Isamu Noguchi and available at vitra — handcrafted from traditional shoji paper by Japanese artisans. “The harshness of electricity is transformed through the magic of paper back to the light of our origin – the sun” — Noguchi; 4. this handmade Japanese cherry wood Tea Canister from beklina is so lovely and an ideal environment for storing loose tea and other dry food items; 5. turn your brown bag lunch into something exotic and interesting with urban outfitter’s pretty pink Bamboo All-In-1 Bento Lunch Box. make lunch fun again!

Coltellerie Berti Chef’s Knife from quitokeeto. / sfgirlbybay

6. like cooking and chopping — maybe making your own sashimi? Coltellerie Berti Chef’s Knife from quitokeeto is a beautiful example of an all-purpose chef’s knife for getting your food sliced paper thin and it’s so pretty, too.

japanese designed products. / sfgirlbybay

7. i love these washable ‘paper bags’ — Uashmama paper bags are very strong and can be used as flower pots, storage bags or bread bags; 8. This nendo ceramic tea set from cos consists of a modern rounded teapot and two cups, all with thick wooden lids for insulation. The lids can also be removed and even used as spinning tops; 9. Fill your home with MUJI’s textiles — all stylish, functional and of the highest of quality, you can have a perfectly coordinated bathroom and bedroom. MUJI’s towels are ultra soft and you can shuffle around in their cosy slippers — great for travel, too.

pastel pink mini fan. / sfgirlbybay

10. ceral magazine did a wonderful interview with muji’s art director kenya hara. he and his team take simple things, like a USB desk fan and make them look beautiful and simple. this low noise emission desk fan simply plugs into any USB port to deliver a cooling breeze whenever you are.

pastel pink stacking ceramic cups and bowls. / sfgirlbybay

11. why eat your soup and salads or even cereal in a boring old bowl when you can dine from Hand-thrown Kyoto porcelain bowls by Japanese ceramicist Sachie Hashimoto from koromiko? i can’t think of one good reason not to.

black and white japanese sake set. / sfgirlbybay

12. and last but not least, no home is complete without a japanese sake set. i love the soothing ritual of a traditional Japanese sake service and these simple ceramic sake cups and carafe do the tradition justice.

lovely reasons to be lazy.

built-in bookshelves in bedroom. / sfgirlbybay

as i write this post, it’s monday — that most dreaded day of the week when alarm clocks go off everywhere across the land, and all we want to do is ignore them. press the snooze and luxuriate just a little while longer in bed. most especially if you’ve created a perfect place to be lazy — a sublime little bedroom with just the simplest of necessities — the softest bedding, your favorite books at your reach and some pretty lighting to read them by. i love these very zen bedroom spaces — nothing too fussy and all of them present lovely reasons to be lazy just a little longer.

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• photography credits in order of appearance: inside out magazine; casa de valentina; rue magazine; casa de valentina; the hall studio; freunde von freunden; remodelista; leanne ford interiors; dwell magazine; world of interiors; birgitta wolfgang drejer; @josefin.haag; apartment therapy ; @cannellevanille; leanne ford interiors; est living; remodelista; anne-claire roché photography; lonny magazine; @masseriamoroseta; stadshem; these four walls; jersey ice cream co; leanne ford interiors; ana degenaar; inside out magazine; milk decoration.

smeg worthy.

white smeg fridge. / sfgirlbybay

i’m still mad for the smeg — specifically this shiny bright white one. i think my kitchen must be worthy of a retro-inspired smeg fridge and so i’m saving up my pennies for the splurge. i realize some don’t think of the smeg fridge as practical, but as a woman currently living alone, i think the smeg is perfect for the single gal on the go — sleekly feminine and beautiful to look at, and let’s face it, when it comes to decor, i’m usually all about the aesthetics over practicality. in the meantime, i’m coveting my smeg electric kettle and blender and may get the smeg toaster, too! italian design at its finest!

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• photography credits in order of appearance: au pays des merveilles; @chrislovesjulia; homes to love; entrance; @sunrise_over_sea; imgrum; @macarenagea; remodelista; lily; remodelista; aa interior design.

good reads: est issue no. 25.

issue no. 25 EST magazine. / sfgirlbybay

i’ve been reading Australian magazine EST since it launched in 2011, and it never disappoints. if you’re a fan of sublime, minimalist interiors, then EST is definitely your jam, and you’ll definitely love issue no. 25. Over the past six years and twenty-four issues of EST magazine they’ve been inspired by homes and design spaces from all over the world. In celebrating the milestone of their 25th issue, they dove back into their archives, sharing projects that have continued to remain relevant in their design and timeless in their appeal. so if you’re just discovering EST for the first time, this is a great issue to explore and get to know the kinds of beautiful spaces the magazine continually shares. enjoy!

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• photography courtesy of EST magazine.