Equal parts museum, gallery, and shop, Lowell is one of my favorite spots in town. Located just off the south end of North Mississippi and up the street from Beam & Anchor, Lowell’s small, colorful exterior belies the large and open interior where owners Maya and Dino have put together a wholly fun and reverent collection of objects. The shop showcases items from many world cultures, a special Southwest bent and goods from local artists. You’ll find ceramics, paper goods, vintage clothing, jewelry, rugs, and wood carvings in stock, displayed lovingly and with true curatorial flair.
I was lucky enough to visit Lowell on a surprisingly sunny winter day, which filled the space with warm, golden light. A steady stream of shoppers came and went, all on a first name basis with Maya and Dino, and it was lovely to be able to overhear their conversations about art and travel as I took in the beauty of the shop. Truthfully, I spent a little more time on my visit than usual as each corner pulled me in over and over, highlighting a gem I missed on my first look or just enticing me to take a closer look at something I had only glanced at before.
My shop favorites include Lowell’s custom candles that are handmade in very small batches (recent shop additions include candles poured into exclusive ceramic vessels made by local potter, Liam Drain), concrete fruit planters by New York’s Chen & Kai, vintage turquoise rings, cassette tape releases from Eggy Records, and illustrated calendars from Clay & Wiley Hickson. Maya and Dino just returned from the Southwest and have lots of new items from the trip hitting the shop now.
So, I’ve just been sitting here for days staring at The Framework Collection made by Los Angeles-based furniture designer Chris Earl. THAT BED. THAT BAR CART. THE LITTLE X TABLES. Walnut, brass, tempered glass — I love every single piece. To top it off, I am officially obsessed with a Tic-Tac-Toe Set. And let’s not forget Mr. Earl’s stunning Danish Candlesticks, Business Card Holders and ceramics collection. It’s all so beautiful. I want so many of his designs for our new home that other housewares just pale in comparison. More HERE.
“Furniture is more than a mere object in a room. The items that we fill our dwellings with uniquely speak to who we are, what we cherish, and the legacy we leave. Furniture should be functional, graceful and timeless, for it has the power to create a lasting and meaningful impression. Not only does it fill our living spaces, it fills purpose. It hosts conversation and laughter; creating new relationships and strengthening the ones we have. It bears the weight of deep thought and is a marker of our heritage. It moves stories from one generation to the next. Together, let’s build what lasts.” — Chris Earl
Images courtesy of Chris Earl.
Hello! Today I’m having two big Social Preparedness Kit giveaways from the wonderful folks at Egg Press. In an age of too much screen time, they’re making these lovely ways to remind yourself to make room for magic in your days and simple ways to communicate and connect with others in a tangible way. It’s so thoughtful and such a breath of fresh air! It always feels SO GOOD to get a note in the mail and just as good to send one. TWO lucky winners will each get amazing sets from SPK: 3 styles of pouches, 3 planning & plotting pads, 1 card set, 1 tear-away notes and 1 write-on-velope. GOOD LUCK, EVERYONE! ♥
P.S. Get 20% off your Social Preparedness purchases with code: honeykennedy thru 2/24!
UPDATE: Congratulations to Margaret Baxter and Rose Hope! They won the prizes!
➔ TO ENTER:
1. Visit the Social Preparedness shop and tell us your favorites in a comment below.
2. For an extra entry, follow both @EggPress and @HoneyKennedy on Instagram. Then leave a comment below. If you already follow us — just let me know that, too!
A SWEET DEAL: Get 20% off your Social Preparedness purchases with code: honeykennedy now thru 2/24/15.
SHIPPING, ETC: The winners’ shipping will be covered by Egg Press. International entries are welcome, but the winner may be responsible for international duties and taxes.
DRAWING: This giveaway ends Tues, Feb 24, at 11PM PST. The winners will be chosen at random and I’ll update this post with the names on Friday, Feb 27.
Hello! Here we are at Friday and, hopefully, a long holiday weekend for those of you here in the US. I’m so excited for this weekend. It will be full of brunches, romance with pho, more unpacking and organizing (we have a lot of stuff!), catching up on Downton, wine, my friend Sarai is coming over to help me figure out our garden (ALL THE ROSES AND LILACS) and lots of other fun times. I hope you have a good weekend! ♥ xo Jen
➔ SOME VERY LOVELY LINKS…
These are always wonderful gifts for loved ones!
A great raincoat for NW-ers to wear… until July.
These beautiful new ponchos are so smart! LOOOOOVE.
I’m pretty sure we all need a cozy kimono cardigan sweater.
These are just great lookin’ jeans.
SO GOOD. This cotton jumpsuit is fantastic.
These rolled up denim overalls are pretty cute.
A pretty, pale apricot dress for spring.
A very dreamy floral dress — good for summer parties and weddings!
This striped dress is cute, linen and very inexpensive! (20% off code SAVENOW)
This sweet dress is an awesome deal, too! (20% off code SAVENOW)
This silk top is such a beauty for spring and summer.
This cut-out top is a cool shape and on mega sale. (extra 20% off code: EXTRA20 thru 2/16)
I’m kind of in love with these pretty sneakers.
These minty espadrilles are pretty cute too.
These shoes are beautiful and look SO COMFY.
I love these ballet flats and the simple bows.
These pointy flats are perfect with jeans, pencil skirts and dresses.
Holy cats. This new handbag is SO GOOD.
My grandmother would have adored this bag. So do I!
I still want this big bag in the beautiful dark cabernet color.
A nice straw fedora for spring and summer.
I’ve had my eye on these amazing planters.
I’m in love with this lamp.
A cool little flask to slip into a pocket or handbag.
I love this white marble tray. (FREE SHIPPING)
➔ A SWEET DEAL
Get 25% off all orders at Rilla with code: LOVE25 thru 2/14.
Get 20% off purchases at Custard Heart with code: HEART20 now thru 2/14.
Get an extra 40-50% off all final sale items at J.Crew with code: WEEKENDMUST thru 2/15.
Take an extra 30% off all sale items at Madewell with code AMOUR thru 2/17.
Shop the BIG Nordstrom Clearance Sale for up to 50% off thru 2/22.
Take 30% off intimates at Anomie with FEBRUARY thru 2/28. $150+ = free US shipping
Take $25 off purchases at Zady of $100+ with code: knowyoursource
The amazing WOONWINKEL WINTER SALE is happening now!
YAY! Today is a good day. I’m having an OLO Botanique giveaway to celebrate Heather’s gorgeous new rose-scented creations. TWO lucky ducks will each receive a sweet set that includes: 1 bottle of Rose Face Solution, 1 bottle of Cedar & Rose Body Oil, 1 bar of Cedar & Rose Moisturizing Soap and 1 bottle of the original inspiration — OLO’s Cedar & Rose fragrance. The OLO Botanique line is vegan, 100% natural and, I can tell you from experience, smells and feels like heaven. These dreamy new things aren’t available online yet, but you can email Heather to purchase or stop by the shop (1407 SE Belmont St.) if you’re in PDX. More HERE. GOOD LUCK, FRIENDS! ♥
UPDATE: Congratulations to Haley Keene and Pam Grossman! They won the prizes!
➔ TO ENTER:
1. Tell us a favorite rose memory or something you love about roses in a comment below.
2. For an extra entry, follow both @olofragrance and @HoneyKennedy on Instagram. Then leave a comment below. If you already follow us — just let me know that, too!
OLO PORTLAND FLAGSHIP STORE: If you’re in Portland, stop by Heather and Jonathan’s amazing shop, Milk Milk Lemonade, to pick up all your rosy needs. Sniff and shop all the fragrances, candles, incense and skincare. You can also find beautiful jewels and objects! The new OLO Botanique items can be found here exclusively. Milk Milk Lemonade is at 1407 SE Belmont St. Hours: Thu — Sat from 11AM-6PM and Sun 11AM-4PM.
SHIPPING, ETC: The winners’ shipping will be covered by OLO. International entries are welcome, but the winner may be responsible for international duties and taxes.
DRAWING: This giveaway ends Tues, Feb 17, at 11PM PST. The winners will be chosen at random and I’ll update this post with the names on Friday, Feb 20.
Images courtesy of OLO.