[the weekly wrap] september 27, 2014


signage, paris [the merchant home]
at the flea market, france [the merchant home]
paris, france [the merchant home]
desk still life [the merchant home]

It's been a busy few weeks around here! September started out at full-speed- we arrived back from our family vacation to Cape Cod, and I jumped right into a fall photoshoot for MARCH, immediately backed up by a trip to Maison et Objet. (Some images shared above!). I've felt jet-lagged all month, honestly. It was an inspiring visit to Paris; I found some beautiful new work at the show, explored the flea market, and finally bought the most incredible blue tablecloth at Merci (which I've been regretting not buying since my last visit). The weekend after returning home to San Francisco was Re:Make, an incredible conference uniting makers, technologists, and entrepreneurs. Attending last year (during my first few days living back in California, having just left my job and in the early stages of thinking through what was next) proved to be quite inspiring, and gave me the push I needed to start my own business. I credit a lot of what I've done in the last year to attending that conference, and it felt really special to be back this September, working with Brit + Co on merchandising a pop-up vendor showcase.  And to cap it all off, once the conference wrapped up- it was pre-order launch time for the latest issue of Collective Quarterly, which explores the terrain and towns of Absaroka. We're putting the final touches on the corresponding product line, I'll be sure to share here when it is released.

September is always busy in the buying industry (hello, holiday season!), but this one was a really something else. Also in the mix- Charlotte turned two, and we took final steps towards selling our home back in Philly. Those of you who know me in person know that I am quite introspective, and wow, was there a lot to reflect upon this month. Phew! October is shaping up to be just as lively, and I'm looking forward to sharing more here as holiday assortments for my clients start to deliver- some good things on the horizon. Finally, I'm happy to tell you that my merchandising assistant job posting found its way into the right hands, and I'll be having some help starting next week. A big, but necessary and very exciting step in the path of The Merchant Home. 

And, that's all she wrote. Signing off with some recent links of note.

- In Praise of the Knot (the beach girl in me loves this).

- The WSJ talks slow fashion with some game-changing brands.

- I've been lucky enough to carry Eleanor Pritchard's incredible throws, and they were one of the early products that hooked me on handmade. An inspiring behind the scenes visit on Remodelista.

- Laura Alber of Williams-Sonoma, on instinct and analytics in the merchandising world.

- A peek into the studio of a talented Brooklyn textile artist. 

- #iamcreative - you must watch this video. I can't stop.

- Have I told you? Jenni Kayne's blog is my absolute must-read.

- California Sunday Magazine is coming!