In the charming coastal town of Astoria, Oregon, we now have Chariot Spirit + Home, the newly open retail spot joining the list of must-visit attractions. An hour and a half from Portland, Astoria has been a long a hidden gem, but it’s popularity has been gaining serious traction the last few years as craft breweries, boutique hotels, a killer farmer’s market, and fun events have taken root and our state becomes home to more people. The addition of Chariot makes it all the more a fun destination for Portland locals and visitors.
Conceived and brought to life by interior designer and tarot reader, Suzy Olsen, Chariot takes it’s name from the chariot card which came up again and again in tarot spreads Suzy pulled for guidance as she worked on this project. A lover of antiques, Suzy was drawn to Astoria’s beautiful Victorian homes, coastal air, and as she put it ‘haunting spirits’. The result of these loves is Chariot’s inspiring combination of retail shop, design studio, and spiritual workshop.
I was lucky enough to visit Chariot on it’s first official day open to the public. It was a beautiful sunny day and Chariot’s wares were truly shining. Stealing the show were definitely the textiles which include handprinted napkins from Portland’s Nell and Mary, shibori pillows from East Knot, as well as brightly colored rugs and throws. Other standouts included paint dipped baskets, striped cafe au lait bowls, wall hangings from WKNDLA, and handmade pottery. Suzy is a lover of antiques and Chariot’s vintage and vintage-inspired wares aren’t fussy and lend themselves to both vintage and modern abodes.
Ready to tackle the ‘spirit’ portion of it’s name, you’ll find natural skin care from Fig and Moss and Plantmakeup, almost too-beautiful-to-burn cedar and rosemary smudge wands, candles, crystals, and incense cones nestled amongst the homewares. A natural skin care enthusiast, I was intrigued by Plantmakeup’s Wild Rose face wash as well as the Fig and Moss Balancing Honey facial cleanser. In the end, I brought home the Balancing Honey Facial Cleanser and couldn’t love it more. While Chariot Spirit + Home would be right at home here in Portland, it’s a lovely addition to Astoria and I can’t wait to stop in again next time I’m in town. I recommend you make the journey yourself this summer and stop in to check it out.
Chariot Spirit + Home is located at 1421 Commercial Street in Astoria, Oregon and is open Thursday through Saturday from 11AM to 6PM, Sunday from 11AM to 4PM and Monday from 11AM to 6PM. The shop is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Chariot’s online shop is coming along! Follow @chariot.home on Instagram and like Chariot.home on Facebook to keep up on new arrivals, events and sales.
I’ve been working on a big post about my English roses for later this week, so I thought I’d share one of my favorite gardens, Sissinghurst Castle Garden in the Weald of Kent, in England at Sissinghurst village. I haven’t been yet, but it is on the top of the list along with riding bikes in the Cotswolds and cider and caramels in Brittany. For now, I have this lovely book to thumb through repeatedly. I really recommend Sissinghurst: Vita Sackville-West and the Creation of a Garden by the incomparable Sarah Raven. The book contains a lot of blurbs from the articles Vita wrote in the late 1940s and 1950s about her garden and her strong (and often hilarious) opinions about plants, flowers, interiors, and lifestyle. She led a very interesting and much whispered about life. If you love romantic castle gardens, history, and rule-breaking, clever women — you should read it! What a beautiful place.
SOME THINGS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED…
♥ Hello, super good jumpsuits and denim!
♥ Some of the dreamiest linen bedding I’ve seen in a long time.
♥ This stunning Portland shop is full of goodness right now.
♥ LOVE LOVE LOVE this wonderful new collection.
♥ Oh, lordy. This lovely new collection is really poking at my wanderlust.
♥ More deliriously beautiful linen bedding and loungewear. Sigh.
♥ I love this man’s artwork! His portraits, interior design, and flower studies are amazing.
♥ I stopped by for a fun studio visit with one of my favorite jewelry designers! #plants4days
♥ If you’re in the Pacific NW — this is the most amazing farm share you can get!
♥ So many fantastic Portland events coming up!
A SWEET DEAL
♥ The Erica Weiner Online Sample Sale starts at 10am EST Monday 5/23! ALL THE JEWELS.
YAY! I’m having a sweet Wood & Faulk giveaway! Matt’s shop is full of amazing designs for bags, accessories, belts, wallets, outdoor gear and home goods. One lucky person will get to pick any item of their choice from the wonderful Wood & Faulk shop! My current W&F faves are the beautiful new Slouch Tote in fawn, the perfect Northwesterner weekender bag (I have it in black and LOVE it), all the Carpenter Bags (especially natural waxed, black and limited edition navy), all the Camp Stools, both of the Dog Leashes and the Standard Aprons. We’re all big Wood & Faulk fans here at our house. GOOD LUCK, EVERYONE! ♥
UPDATE: Congratulations to Jessica Emily Adams! She won this amazing prize!
➔ TO ENTER:
1. Visit Wood & Faulk and tell us your shop favorites in a comment below.
2. For an extra entry, follow both @woodandfaulk on Instagram and @HoneyKennedy on Instagram. Then leave a comment below. If you already follow us–just let me know that, too!
SHIPPING, ETC: The winner’s shipping will be covered by Wood & Faulk. International entries are welcome, but the winner is responsible for all international duties, fees and taxes that may come up.
DRAWING: This giveaway ends Wednesday, July 29, at 11AM PST. The winner will be chosen at random and I’ll update this post with the name of the winner within a few days.
Images courtesy of Wood & Faulk.
Pulling up stakes at the 811 building on East Burnside last year, Nationale has found a new home on SE Division for their wonderful boutique and art gallery. With neighbors like Adorn and House of Commons and popular eateries Pok Pok and Ava Gene’s nearby, Nationale is the cherry on top of your visit to the newly re-developed street.
Nationale’s owner, May Barruel, first opened shop in 2008 even further up Burnside and has been Portland’s fun and reliable source of sundries imported from her native France since then. Also, regularly in stock are art books, wonderful magazines, modern home goods, unique jewelry, art objects and beautiful apothecary items. With a background in curation, May also devotes ample shop space to monthly art shows showcasing some of the best and the brightest contemporary artists in Portland and beyond.
Whether you’re looking for inspiration, the perfect gift for your art and design loving friends and family, or a fun treat for yourself, this glowing, open space is a must-visit. My Nationale picks: French candies, Armenian burning papers (check out the amazing burning paper vessel above!), current and past issues of Apartmento magazine, ceramics from Portland-based line The Granite, and locally made jewelry from St. Eloy. You can shop selected items at Nationale online.
NATIONALE: KATE TOWERS SOFT SERVE POP-UP THRU JULY 18!
Make sure to stop by now through July 18 to see the wonderful Kate Towers’ “Soft Serve” pop-up installation of hand-painted textiles in a summery riff on her Content installation from a couple years ago at Ace Hotel. Soft Serve is representative of Kate’s “desire to experiment and play with the space where art, clothing, and commerce converge”. MORE INFO.
Nationale is located at 3360 SE Division in Portland, Oregon. They are open Wednesday through Monday from 12PM to 6PM. Make sure to follow @nationale on Instagram and Nationale on Facebook for info on upcoming art openings and new merchandise.
Hello! I hope everyone had a lovely holiday! I’m wrapping up the last few days of 2014 with a look back at some popular Honey Kennedy posts from the past year. Maybe you’ll discover something wonderful for the first time or maybe you’ll get to revisit posts you enjoyed the first time around. Sit back, relax and get a cup of something nice to sip. Thank you all so much for hanging out with me day after day. I really look forward to spending 2015 with you. HAPPIEST NEW YEAR TO YOU!! xx Jen