At the end of nearly every residential design project we are part of (and possibly one of our favorite parts in the design process), is accessorizing! These are the finishing touches that bring everything together for a curated and cohesive look for our Clients, which often begins with the selection of larger furniture pieces, rugs, artwork, etc…and ends with the smaller accessories that tie it all together. As we begin sourcing and shopping for accessories, there are both a plethora and shortage of items to choose from. However, when we stumble across products that are thoughtfully designed, ethically made, and provide dignified job opportunities to skilled artisans globally, it makes it even more special knowing our Clients can showcase such goodies throughout their home.
You may know 31Bits from their colorfully beaded jewelry and powerful team of women, and now, they’ve recently branched out into the world of home goods…and we couldn’t be more excited! The pieces 31Bits designed with the artisans in Bali are truly one-of-a-kind, each being crafted by hand, piece by piece. We had the privilege of chatting with 31Bits Lead Designer and PR Director, Kallie & Alli, to ask them a few questions about their new collection…
Question 1: What inspired 31Bits to start a home goods collection?
Alli: It’s been almost ten years since we’ve started 31Bits (which is CRAZY) and while we have had a blast with jewelry (and still do!) we’ve been itching to do something new for awhile. We’ve all grown up with the company – gotten married, had kids, etc. and as we’ve entered that “nesting” stage we’ve all become obsessed with decorating our homes and making them our own. Through our travels we’ve seen what artisans around the world are capable of producing, so it felt like such a natural fit for us to move into home goods. We couldn’t be more excited for this new endeavor, and can’t wait to see it evolve and expand! (And don’t worry, our jewelry isn’t going anywhere!)
Question 2: How was your experience in creating a home line and working with artisans of Bali different from your experience in creating jewelry with the artisans of Uganda?
Kallie: It was very different! With jewelry, I have one product to understand the in’s and out’s of to create a design. With home, I had so many different products and artisans. It was a whole different playing field! To understand what can be made and what limitations there are in each product was a major learning curve.
Question 3: Some of our favorite pieces in your Home Collection are the ceramic vases created by Balinese artisan, Madé. What was the inspiration behind these beautifully crafted pieces that are so unique to 31Bits? What was the design process from conceptualization to creation?
Kallie: I am so glad they are your favs, because they are some of mine as well. The design process with Madé came from his passion for ceramics and art. He has a beautiful way of how he does his art. He says it’s like yoga; you must be open free and relaxed. If stress or anxiety is present, it will be apparent and will show in the work. We were designing together, with me bringing inspiration and size, and him giving his feedback and twists. We had a full day of drawing out sketches, with Madé hand-throwing samples and carving designs. It was a day of creation, artistic passion, and lots of laughs. What truly makes Madé’s work unique from others, is the sand glaze – it’s his specialty and we haven’t seen anything like it.
Question 4: What advice would you give to young female entrepreneurs who are looking to build their own brand?
Kallie: You will have a lot of sweat and tears but if you can choose to find laughs and smiles in it all, you will enjoy the ride 🙂
Question 5: What is in store for 31Bits in 2018?
Alli: Oh man, we are SO excited for 2018. We started this year a jewelry company, and are closing out 2017 with jewelry, bags AND a home collection! The opportunities are endless and we have so many ideas for what’s next. We’re anxious to expand our home collection – more textiles, more decorative pieces, etc. We’d also love to source more home goods in other parts of the world, so there will probably be a few international trips next year. And my personal goal since we’ve started has been to work with Taylor Swift – maybe 2018 will finally be my year!!! 😉
We have rounded up a few of our favorites from the new goods collection and provided a few ideas on how you can style them in your home!
1) Ceramic Knob Vase in Sand & Forest Green – These vases may be our favorite in the entire collection! They are simple, yet make a statement through the unique knobs and finishes. They are unexpected, which makes them the perfect piece to adorn with fresh greenery, hold utensils, or to place as an accent on a bookshelf.
2) Woven Grass Placemat Set – We love a good tablescape, and these woven placemats are sure to make a statement. The natural texture adds visual interest while still remaining neutral enough for you to stack with plates & pretty napkins.
3) Brass Rainbow Trivet & Rainbow Bottle Opener – How cute are these simple brass accents?! They make for a pretty addition to your tablescape or to hold your warm dishes. The rainbow bottle openers are a must for your bar cart display or as a fun little stocking stuffer during the holidays!
4) Carved Teak Cheese Board Set & Teak Salad Scoops – Gatherings are never complete without a pretty charcuterie & cheese board…and to have a board with such intricate detail, it is sure to be the talk of the night. When they aren’t being used at your dinner parties, stack them against your backsplash for a pretty kitchen accent! The beautiful matching teak salad scoops are multi-functional as well… add them to your boards to hold nuts, olives or dried fruit (essentials for a pretty cheese display!) or simply to toss your salad at the table 🙂
5) No Handle Mugs in Polka Dot & Stripe – Always a sucker for a good mug, these ceramic no handle mugs are no exception! The tone on tone whites and combination of the glazed and unglazed patterns make these mugs truly unique. If you aren’t using them to sip on your daily cup o’ joe, add them to your desk to hold your pretty pens and pencils, or our go-to, add them to your shelves to make the perfect “shelfie” !
Be sure to shop the full collection over on the 31Bits site!
*All Photography by Kayla Adams
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MGD X COLOR | NEUTRALS
As we continue our Color Series, we’ve rounded up one of our most beloved palettes around…neutrals. Effortlessly chic, always serene, and forever our favorite base layer in everything we gravitate towards both in design, spaces and products, it was one of our favorites to curate for this series.
Neutrals are undoubtedly part of every project we dream up and design (and truthfully, often the shining stars of our projects). They seem to always work flawlessly in achieving our tailored and fresh aesthetic as a Design Studio, and have become the marker for us in perfecting the monochromatic home.
And so, if neutral could one day become an official color, it would closely rival black & white as our number one go-to. Without further ado, we hope you enjoy our latest round-up of goodies!
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ARTIST HIGHLIGHT | ETHAN COOK
We love stumbling across new pieces of art that fit perfectly within our Clients’ homes. Yes, artwork is certainly visually beautiful, but what makes an art piece even more appealing in our eyes is the story that comes with it. As a design studio, we love highlighting some of our favorite artists & craftsmen. So, to kickoff our new Artist Highlight series, we are delighted to shine the spotlight on this gem of a talent, Ethan Cook.
Ethan Cook is a Brooklyn-based artist whose painterly canvases actually contain no paint at all. Cook creates beautiful textures with handwoven strips of cotton and linen. He weaves his own canvas on a loom, using what’s called a plain weave (this is how canvas is traditionally woven). These canvases are woven out of different colored cottons & linens, and then with his ingenious chosen color palette, he cuts, sews, stretches, and frames these stunning works of art. Cook welcomes mistakes in his work because he doesn’t want a perfect piece of art; rather, the snags and inconsistencies show his human touch in the weave. We find it to be absolute perfection, with so much unexpected beauty in the details.
Without further ado, here’s a peek at a few of our personal favorites from his collection of works…
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MGD X COLOR | HARVEST
It’s officially fall, and signs of this happy harvest season have us loving the change in the air and everything around us showing signs of the holidays right around the corner. Whether you’re reading this bundled up in a cozy pocket of the country, or here in California where sweaters are just making their way out of hiding, we hope you love our latest round-up of harvest inspired wares and such that we’ve been eyeing.
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HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTEST PT.2
We’re feeling the harvest spirit over here, so we thought we’d continue our Hostess with the Mostest wrapping guide! We’ve compiled a few more of our favorite fall goodies to bundle up and bring along to your Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving gatherings this month…
For this hostess gift, we found the perfect little set of wooden nesting bowls. Much like our other gifts, they serve multiple purposes within the home, which is why we always have them top on our list. You can style these little bowls on open shelving, have them countertop-ready with sea salts and spices for cooking, or use them as itty bitty serving dishes for small bites and hors d’oeuvres.
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Since these nesting bowls (similar version) are smaller in size, they fit perfectly within a little square wooden box, and we added a base layer of shredded crinkle paper to raise the bowls a bit. In lieu of tying the package with a ribbon, we opted for our new love – metallic wire that doubles as ribbon, which works perfectly if you’re one who prefers an alternative to the traditional gift wrap aesthetic. We wrapped the gold wire both horizontally and vertically around the box to give it a pretty little accent!
Instead of a gift tag, we found these tiny little bleached pinecones to use as our gift-topper. To secure it atop the box, take one end of the wire (or ribbon) and wrap it around the pinecone…just one time around should do it! We curled the wire ends using a pencil and pulled the curls out a bit, and trimmed the edges.
Our last little hostess gift is another great coffee table addition, and has been buzzing all around the design circuit as thee new it book, and we couldn’t agree more! Diane Keaton’s latest book, The House That Pinterest Built, is filled with inspiration for all things home and it’s our new favorite, hands down. It’s such an inspiring book, we had to go back and snag one for ourselves. Browse the pages of this beauty fireside, after a long day of holiday eats and treats with family and friends.
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Instead of keeping the book exposed and wrapping with ribbon like our last hostess book gift set, we decided to wrap it using classic craft paper. Then, starting in the middle of the package, we took black hemp twine and began wrapping it around multiple times horizontally – both straight and on angles – and once vertically, then secured the twine in a knot. It’s our go-to method for wrapping twine and thinner ribbons styles, and works on just about any package size. Before finishing it off with a little bow, we added a little wooden tag. We also used an embossing label maker to add text to the wooden tag, and topped it off with a little harvest-inspired feather.
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HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTEST PT. 1
Back in what feels like forever ago (2007), I had the cutest little stationery shoppe in Laguna and Newport Beach, which I opened when I was a bright-eyed 24 year old, and was head-over-heels for all things paper and letterpress and tiny little packages tied up with string. I met so many amazing people through my little shoppe, and got to create beautiful paper products for all of my lovely friends and clients.
After the recession hit and took its toll on many of the small, local brick & mortar stores and small businesses alike, I also felt the pinch, and decided to close the doors to my shoppe. It truly was one of the hardest things I’ve had to walk away from, but of course, it never took away my love for a good old fashioned love note or birthday card, or a thoughtfully wrapped gift.
Now that my design days are occupied with the world of interiors, sourcing fabrics, finishes and all the things that make a home come to life, it’s been a treat to put my paper passion to use just for fun. So, instead of buying to meet the needs of a shoppe and stocking for all occasions, I instead get to buy the little things I love just because, and in small batches.
As we’ve been designing things around the MGD Studio here for some amazing residential projects that are underway, and a few starting in 2018, we wanted to take a break to shine a little light on the other side of our Studio. How we live and love the people around us, namely, through gift-giving this holiday season. As much as interior design is about designing your world at home, we believe that same design aesthetic extends effortlessly into just about everything else in your world, including your personal style, and what you choose to buy, gift and wrap for your loved ones.
To kick things off, we rounded up some of our most beloved hostess gifts, and sourced a few simple gift wrap supplies and goodies to send them off with love. We hope you enjoy what we put together, and are inspired to do the same for your Thanksgiving gatherings! With grateful hearts, and a little creative bug…
These walnut cutting boards with brass inlay details are multipurpose, making them the perfect gift for just about any host or hostess. Used as a fab charcuterie board, festive pie display, or simply to prop up in your kitchen as a year-round accent, they’re a home run in our gift-giving arsenal!
We also scored some fun autumn accoutrements for around the house… an acorn garland for fall tablescapes or to hang on your mantel, the perfect wall calendar as your official countdown to the holidays, and a seasonal pumpkin candle to keep the house feeling festive and smelling yummy.
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Since these cutting boards are so simple and special on their own, rather than adorning them with wrapping paper, we chose to tie them with a chunky wool ribbon. Wrap the ribbon around a few times and secure with a knot. Before completing the final tie, we added a wooden leaf as our customized gift tag. Use a metallic sharpie to write on these wooden tags, as they surprisingly won’t bleed, unlike many other markers. And voila, the perfect little hostess gift!
This gift is a bit more varied, as we selected a mixture of household favorites to gift. A beloved tea towel, apothecary jar matches, and a bundle of palo santo sticks to keep your home smelling yummy. Ideal for the host or hostess who loves little luxuries.
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We love love love using wooden boxes of all shapes and sizes to wrap with. They are always our go-to when we have items small enough to tuck inside these beauties, which can be reused after gift-giving. With your wooden box, grab a little bundle of store-bought hay to create a base layer in the box before placing the tea towel. Then layer the apothecary bottle of matches and a bundle of palo santo sticks on top, tied together with a petite cotton ribbon. If you’re not a fan of gifting palo sticks, switch things up by adding in other small goodies like a set of napkin rings or a coaster set.
Eat, Drink, Nap… it’s officially our new holiday mantra! We chose this beloved linen-bound book not only for its beautiful inner details, captured perfectly by the icons of style themselves, Soho House, but because its the perfect coffee table conversation starter and year-round accoutrement. And for a little something else, we picked up a set of cloth napkins and mixed metal cheese knives for holiday charcuteries and such.
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Because we adore the textured linen finish on this book, we decided to keep it shining bright on its own without any added wrapping paper. We layered the set of cloth napkins and wrapped it several times around using a natural hemp twine, starting from the middle of the book. Next, we layered the cheese knives by wrapping them with the twine and finishing with a simple little bow. Clean and classic, and one of our favs.
Stay tuned for HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTEST PT.2 coming later this week!
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MGD x COLOR | AUTUMNAL
With the change of seasons upon us – and almost-fall temperatures itching to come out here in California – we’ve been daydreaming about all things autumnal-hued around the studio these days. As you start prepping for the holidays, we hope you find a few new favorites here! These are many of the goodies on our wish list this fall!
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MGD x COLOR | B & W
Here at MGD, we typically start most projects by honing in on distinct color palettes, finishes & materials. And like so many, we are often influenced by some of our favorite architectural and lifestyle inspo images found throughout Pinterest. Among the top of our favorite color stories is our tried and true black & white palette, which we use time and time again – in some capacity – throughout the majority of our projects.
Seeing as we are so inspired by color and how it is used throughout design, architecture, interiors and product development, we thought it would be fitting to start a series dedicated to all things color!
So, without further ado, introducing MGD x COLOR…our first series that we hope inspires and leads you to discover some new favorites of your own!
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It’s been awhile since we last connected with all of you, so we thought what better way to begin again than with the reintroduction of our studio, Mindy Gayer Design Co.
We opened our design studio in the summer of 2014, and have been part of so many lovely projects the past three years. As our studio continues to grow, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to establish a creative outlet that provides an inside look at who we are as a design firm, our daily inspiration, and the things we love most. Every designer has their favorite go-to’s, and we’re so excited to be sharing some of ours with you!
Follow along for your daily dose of design x all things lovely…stay tuned for more!
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design intern – come join our team!
COME JOIN OUR TEAM!
As our Design Studio grows, we are looking for a lovely Design Assitant Intern to come join our team. Learn more below…
Design Assistant Intern
Part-time, appx 8-12 hours/week **Unpaid and/or School Credit
Mindy Gayer Design Co. is looking to add to our team, as we grow with many new projects underway!
We are looking for a friendly, enthusiastic DESIGN ASSISTANT INTERN who is a self-starter with a strong design appreciation, interested in learning and contributing to this growing Design Firm as an intern for 3-6 months…
- Research & sourcing of new trade furniture, fabrics, lighting, tile, hardware, wallpaper, accessories, etc.
- Obtaining samples and visiting showrooms
- Running errands
- Ongoing organization and updating of resources and our sample library
- Customer & Vendor interfacing
- Knowledge of each project from behind-the-scenes, from beginning to end and everything in between – supporting our Design Team and Studio Manager
- Comfortable juggling multiple tasks, priorities and deadlines, and being involved with several projects at once. Some days are more chaotic than others, so we need someone with a cheerful outlook and willingness to bounce from project to project easily, and execute the constantly shifting tasks at hand
- Creating E-design boards with design selections (in Photoshop or Illustrator)
- Assist in overseeing Furniture deliveries, project installations and photo-shoot prep work
What we’re looking for:
- Interiors and details-focused person, with a strong design eye and high aesthetic taste level that matches our Firm aesthic
- Previous experience in design role, internship and/or a current design student
- Extremely computer-savvy
- Skilled in Photoshop, Illustrator and AutoCAD (AutoCAD not required, but a plus!)
- Positive attitude and friendly demeanor
- Incredible level of attention to detail and extremely organized
- Motivated self-starter, with professional attitude and go-getter approach
- Excellent communication skills & confidence to communicate your design ideas
- Team player, open-minded and happy to help
- Fast learner and adaptable
- Willingness to assist with errands, project returns, dropping off/picking up items & samples, etc. We need someone with a strong work ethic and always goes the extra mile!
- **Must have your own car, laptop & cell phone, and available to work from our Studio in Orange County, California.
**Please kindly note: this is NOT a paid role, but an opportunity to gain hands-on design experience working for a small, growing Design Firm. Looking for a 3-6 month commitment. There is a possibility of future employment opportunities at the completion of the internship.
If this sounds like a great fit AND you meet the requirements, please email your resume, portfolio and/or mood board showing your design aesthetic, and a little something about why you think you’d be perfect for the internship to: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Include in the subject line: YOUR NAME // DESIGN INTERN
Please also include any applicable links to your Instagram or Pinterest accounts, if they help to show more of your design aesthetic. We are looking for the perfect individual who seamlessly embodies a similar aesthetic to ours.
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