Well, it’s time for the fun stuff. Here is where I share some of my favorite folks in prop-land. These are the folks I go back to, time and time again, if only to ogle their beautiful work. Keep in mind, I still constantly scour thrift stores, garage sales and antique shops to add to my prop collection. I also LOVE visiting salvage yards to look for old wood planks or tiles that can be made into surfaces. However, I also am known to drop some coin on special pieces. While I have a good amount of items from larger stores like Crate & Barrel and a ton of things I have found on Amazon, I try to support independent makers as much as I possibly can. I have a special place in my heart for the creatives of the world who are working to make a living through their craft. Most of the folks below are in this category and some are working on a larger scale.
So, without further ado…
Erickson Surfaces: Double sided, durable and beautiful
Hancock Surface Studio: Beautiful custom work and rental options
Capture By Lucy: Affordable, smooth, texture-free vinyl surfaces with interesting textures and colors
1220 Ceramics Studio: Beyond stunning. The pieces are delicate and unique and they photograph beautifully. I cannot recommend highly enough. See example of one of their pieces below.
Feast and Fern: Organic, natural shapes with beautiful textures and colors.
See the lovely platter below with its braided edge as an example:
Fifty One and a Half: I have a bunch of Monika’s pieces and they’re great. She has such a range– from super rustic and earthy to fun and playful. See below for one of her platters:
Facture Goods: Using metal, wood and clay, Aron makes unique handmade dinnerware pieces as well as gorgeous utensils and serving ware
Fringe and Fettle: Kind of obsessed with their honey pots
Sarit Ceramics: I love the dessert plates and small rustic bowls
Ronit Yam Pottery: Rustic and lovely options
Nom Living: The rustic stoneware collection is fantastic
Heath Ceramics: Simple, classic and oh so beautiful
Farmhouse Pottery: Definitely a splurge but, omg, the pieces are all awesome. Plus, they are in Vermont. Holla!!
Suite One Studio: Lindsay makes feminine, dreamy and glam pieces. Her pale pink and gold items make me swoon.
Speck and Stone: minimal, earthy and utterly gorgeous handmade dinnerware
Peterman’s Boards & Bowls– beautiful handmade wood bowls and cutting boards. (Pro tip: if you are in Western MA, you should visit their shop and check out the seconds section! I have found some dreamy items there for 70% off!!)
The Everyday Co.: great napkins and fabric by the yard
Billy Ritter: I love Billy’s work! I have a few of his unique pieces and use them all the time. I don’t know if he has an online shop anymore or not (I couldn’t find it) but it’s worth reaching out if you like what you see.
Carol Ross: Carol is AWESOME! She lives in Southern Vermont, like me, so I get to see her work in person at my local farmer’s market. Like Billy above, I don’t know if she sells online but her pieces are such treasures, I couldn’t NOT mention her.
I could keep going but that should tide you over for now. I promise there will be more to come in the future!