When I think about lifestyle decor brands that fit my standard aesthetic (preppy, classic, clean lines, livable), I usually default to my go-to’s: Pottery Barn, West Elm, Martha Stewart, Restoration Hardware, Jonathan Adler, Le Creuset, etc. These are the places that I can usually find exactly what I’m looking for (even online!), and fit our lifestyle.
For specialty pieces, or one of a kind items, I like small shops like Design Darling, LEIF, Amber Interiors, Waiting on Martha, and Society Social – places where I can find limited edition pieces designed to make a splash. My mom will tell you that I’m equal parts preppy-twenty-something and crazy-old-lady, so it follows that my taste in design pieces can be somewhat…eclectic. When I found a few pieces from legendary artisan brand MacKenzie-Childs, I was intrigued – loud, splashy checkered patterns and florals, combined with handmade artisan quality from upstate New York. When we headed back east to Rochester for the holidays last year, MacKenzie-Childs pieces were everywhere – and I fell in love. I love the history of the brand – the way they’ve been in business for decades, making pieces by hand in limited numbers, and keeping a whimsical aesthetic, despite the modernism that is everywhere else these days.
We’re headed to upstate New York again next month, and I’m busy planning a trip to their estate and workshop (previously a dairy farm) to do some touring and pick up a few pieces in Aurora, NY. Here are some of my favorite pieces – how great would one or two of these be, mixed in with our home design? Which one is your favorite?!
Clockwise from Top:
1. Courtly Check Ruffled Lumbar Pillow, $108
2. Courtly Check Serving Bowl, $58
3. Courtly Check Apron, $78
4. Butterfly Garden Salad Plate, $36
5. Courtly Check Enamel Tissue Box Cover, $79
6. Flower Market Enamel Cake Carrier (**Editor favorite!), $245
7. Courtly Check Medium Globe Lamp, $475