Founded in 2017 by designers Lola Lely and Yesenia Thibault-Picazo, London-based Wax Atelier “revisits traditional techniques,” as they say, “ranging from candle dipping, paper making, to crafted textiles using natural wax to waxed linen food wraps.”
Here’s a look:
Above: A bundle of Eight Green Tea celebration candles (£22). Each pack ranges in a palette of Mothers Milk, Moss and Seaweed. When lit, the candles release a subtle aroma of matcha tea and honey.
For more natural dye inspiration, see:
Color Explosion: Linens Imbued with Natural Plant Dyes
DIY: Natural Turmeric-Dyed Tablecloth
Dyed in Dublin: Kathryn Davey’s Naturally Tinted Textiles
Noticed lately; a new crop of black dish drainers for the domestic Goth. Here’s a roundup of our favorites:
Above: The Combe Wire Dish Drainer with Rubber Wood Handles is £29 from Made; in the US, it’s available at Crate & Barrel for $49.95.
Above: The Yamazaki Tower Black Wire Dish Drainer Rack is $55 at Crate & Barrel.
Above: The Stainless Steel Over the Sink Multipurpose Roll-Up Drain Tray by Kraus is $24.95 from Wayfair.
Above: The Brabantia Large Dish Drying Rack is $72 at West Elm.
Above: The Popity Home Dish Drainer is $28.99 from Amazon.
When Katie Baum, a Bay Area-based photographer, bought a weekend house a couple of years ago in Monte Rio, along the Russian River in Sonoma County, she turned to designer Lois Vinsel of Lola Home Design to help her overhaul the interiors, specifically the bathroom. “It’s a two-story, two-bedroom 1970s cottage, rustic and a little funky (in a good way),” Lois says. “Katie chose to renovate the ground floor guest bathroom for a few reasons: she has frequent visitors and overnight guests, she wanted a soaking tub (which was not possible in the tiny master bathroom on the second floor), and sadly, it was in bad shape (the previous owner had made adaptations for accessibility that had not aged well).
“Katie wanted to create a welcoming, soft, modern space, which we achieved by mixing tiles for texture, bringing in more sunlight by moving and enlarging the window, and adding key natural wood details. And to keep it modern, I relied on a (relatively) narrow color palette and simple fixtures.
“Key improvements included dropping the ceiling just enough to allow for much needed insulation, venting, and recessed lights. It was critical not to cover the exposed beams completely, because they are a key feature throughout the house. The bathroom has two doors (ugh!); one from the public space and one from the guest bedroom, so I spec’d solid core doors for sound insulation, painted them the same Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace as the walls and the ceiling, and went without trim. (Blend, blend, blend!) For as tidy a look as possible, I spec’d no baseboards, radiant heated floors (to avoid adding a floor register), and door-hinge stops.”
Here’s a look:
Photography by Aya Brackett.
“Katie really, really wanted a wood tub surround (which I agree is beyond lovely), but I just thought it would lead to heartbreak due to maintenance issues,” Lois says. Instead, she clad the tub exterior in surprisingly authentic-looking wood-grained ceramic tile from Italy, which “saved the day,” she says. “Katie is really happy with the result.” For flooring, she chose Artillo Brick 4-16-inch Concrete Field in Smoke from LA tile company Arto.
Spotted (and admired): a sculptural wall hook from Danish design studio Moebe.
Above: The Moebe Wall Hook is “formed as one single continuous element,” according to the designers. “The hook has two points for hanging your coat, keys, or hat.” Prices start at €18 for a pack of two Large Chrome Moebe Wall Hooks and go up to €38.50 for a pack of two Small Brass Moebe Wall Hooks; both from Finnish Design Shop.
Above: The small chrome hook paired with a large black powder-coated steel hook.
Above: The hook is available in a choice of solid brass, black powder-coated steel, or chrome coated steel.
For more favorite hooks, see:
10 Easy Pieces: Modern Robe Hooks
Made in California: 11 Design-Worthy Wall Hooks from the Golden State
Object of Desire: Slender Coat Hooks from Switzerland
Not too long ago we featured Brooklyn-based architect Elizabeth Roberts’ 1850s cedar-shingle cottage in Bellport, Long Island (the low-key Hamptons alternative). Our favorite feature? The breezy screened porch, overlooking the pool and outfitted with easy-to-replicate elements.
Here’s a guide (and see the full house here):
See the full house tour here:
Elizabeth Roberts at Home: The Architect’s Own Beach House in Bellport, NY
And take a look at another favorite Bellport house here:
A Colonial House in Bellport with Uncommon Style from French Designer C. S. Valentin
Spotted lately: a slew of summery sconces in natural materials. Here’s a roundup:
Above: From Maison of Hand in LA: the Sconce Jonc shade is made of bulrush over a metal frame; available in two sizes (the smaller is $79, the larger is $119.99).
Above: The Raffia Wall Lamp from Marseilles-based Honore Deco is €128.
Above: The Sconce Hela shade from Maison of Hand is made of bulrush over a metal frame; available in three sizes (prices start at $79 for the smallest).
Above: The woven rattan Santa Barbara Drum Sconce from Serena & Lily is currently on sale for $168 (down from $198).
Above: The Sconce Candil shade is made of bulrush over a metal frame; $239 from Maison of Hand.
For more lighting ideas, see:
Summery Rattan Lighting from Colonel in Paris
10 Easy Pieces: Basic Porcelain/Glass Ceiling Lights Under $200
In Common With: A New Collection of Customizable Lighting