Lauren Paradise and Courtney Davis started their decorating careers at age 14, when they painted a perfectly lovely bathroom an ungodly shade of orange. They then proceeded to get degrees in theatre, but design and creativity was never far away. As they skipped from apartment to apartment as actors in the Windy City, they developed not only their collective color sense, but noses for bargains and an obsession with crafting and decorating blogs. Working together came naturally, and soon kelly + olive was born. Lauren and Courtney reside in Chicago, designing and redesigning for customers around the world.
Internet friends! Season’s greetings from the kelly + olive design headquarters here in chilly Chicago! If you’ve been a client of ours, or follow our many Internet ramblings, you know we’re huge fans of handmade home goods. We think there’s no better way to inject personality into a space outfitted with affordable, off-the-shelf furniture. And so, for our gift guide today, we’re focusing on four of our favorite new trends in home decor: feathers, metallics, rustic wood in modern shapes, and text & typography. These gifts are perfect for a loved one whose place needs a little contemporary pizzazz, a trend-setting friend who’s always in the know or, you know, for yourself! As a reward for all your thoughtful pie baking, card sending, and gift wrapping, you deserve a treat!
[Clockwise from top left: Blue and orange sycamore bowls from makye77; Barn wood chalkboard from decoratelier; Geometric wood candlesticks from Urban Analog; Carved wooden serving spoons from Studio Liscious; Salt and pepper grinder set from teal & gold; Rustic maple wood branch sculpture from modern rustic art; Pencil holder from Studio Liscious; Cube sculpture from 3dots; “Twiggy” coat rack from Studio Liscious; Rustic tree ring paintings from focuslineart; Natural white birch wood coasters from urban + forest; Wood fridge magnets from fourth world living; Sunburst clock from uncommon]
[Clockwise from top left: Scalloped glitter garland from steph loves ben; Gold and white paper mache bowl from etco; “Holla” wood sign from WilliamDohman; Gold of the Gods throw pillow cover from The Home Centric; Embroidered wall decal from Monkey & Squirrel; Large birch bark vase from bettula; Golden metallic owl statue from Ports of Entry; Vintage metallic deer from Christmas Vintage; Hand-painted hemp pillow from melongings; Tree ring magnet from HeatherMontgomeryArt; Vintage glass decanter from trixzstreasures; Zebra cowhide metallic rug from Lifestyle By Cara]
[Clockwise from top left: Feather print from The Treehouse Studio; Golden feather wall hook from Monkey & Squirrel; Hand-printed feather cushion from Rustic Country Crafts; Lavender earth feather print from RiverLuna; Illustrated paper garland feather from Kaye Blegvad; Gold feather wreath from Glam Home Design; Feathers, pods and wings archival print from unitedthread; Wild bird feathers lumbar print from giardino; Peacock feather decorated clipboard from Love 19 Designs; Block printed cork trivet from Pam Wishbow]
[Clockwise from top left: Home banner from ohNOrachio; Vintage “M” highway sign from Salvage Nation; Blade Runner typography print movie poster from handz; “Oh hello there” brooch from amy blasco jewelry; Sans Serif typography wall art from pepper sprouts; “Yes” hand-embroidered wall plaque from Sam Gibson; “Mama said there’d be days like this” print from ashleyg; Whiskey, bourbon, scotch and rye glasses from Vital; Ampersand print from IScreenYouScreen; Yellow typography lampshade from czechpub; French kiss handprinted postcards from forever500francs]
Enjoy, and happy holidays from kelly + olive!