CONTAIN YOURSELF!

by Marisa Marcantonio

With the arrival of spring comes cleaning, changing over to the spring wardrobe and bringing fresh colors into our homes. Here are some ways to get it together, and store your stuff in style.

Powder coated metal baskets from Lostine keep small things in order. The tri-level baskets keep things at eye level. These age great for fruit and vegetables in the kitchen.

Lostine also creates larger baskets that resemble those farmers have used for ages to collect potatoes, these in bright colors to add some zing to office or children's rooms.

With a large caning pattern,  nesting Skalny baskets have a delicate look and do their job with elegant ease.

Photo courtesy of West Elm

This dipped basket from West Elm is terrific looking. Made of rattan that is dipped and woven together, the baskets have a fresh take with an ethnic and modern sensibility.

Bamboula Ltd Turkana ethnic woven baskets are made in Kenya. These richly textured baskets come in a variety of colors and can be used as waste baskets or to store tools. They add such a great dose of pattern.

 Bamboula's red and white Sisal Cylindars in Poppy come in a set of 3 and work well for small things.

 Teal is such a popular color this version would be at home in so many interiors.

The orange is pretty great too.

Using mod geometric fun patterns to create tabletop items and cotton canvas storage bins, Pehr Designs creates square and round bins to keep it together, and even fit on Ikea shelves.

THE KINDEST CUT: LOSTINE CUTTING BOARDS

by Marisa Marcantonio

Lostine has a way with wood.  The company, based out of Philadelphia, prides itself on it's US made, hand-hewn cutting boards of varying shapes and sizes. They have gained a following for their artisanal, nautical in feeling cutting boards, that you can find at stores like Anthropologie and ABC Carpet and Home. Whether stained a dark finish or accented with milk paint, their clever designs include self-hanging leather straps. I love functional pieces that looks great too. Bring one along as your next hostess or housewarming gift and be the hit of the party. The lucky recipient will never have a boring looking cheese presentation once this gorgeous piece in in their clutches.

 Photos courtesy of Lostine

Their Baguette Board with milk paint dipped edges with fresh crisp nautical appeal.

Dark stained Mahogany with inlaid wood, 2 tromp l'oeil knives sit askew. Charming and clever.

Tiny black minnows dart across a smaller, round cutting board.

Waves lap across the bottom of a rectangular piece of wood accented with milk paint.

THE LOWDOWN ON LOSTINE A NEW YORK GIFT SHOW FIND

by Marisa Marcantonio

Lostine, a brand new company I discovered at the New York Gift Show, is named after a small town in Oregon. The collection, designed by Robert True Ogden, celebrates American design and craft. You may know him from former company, Peddler's Home, where he created a rustic industrial aesthetic in everyday objects, lighting, found art and furniture. With Lostine, the pared down design and aged materials are clean and beautiful. Simple lines and early American inspiration make this new line a welcome one. Their simple hand drawn signage and border design have an Early American charm and easy vibe.

Wood cutting boards with painted color blocking and leather handles are Shaker in their clean simplicity

A great woven settee with wood frame has a great look and can go modern or traditional

A wood table with a rounded leg that ends in a dipped color reminds me of a modern Swedish piece with American sensibilities

A woven chair and seat back with a light wood frame is fantastic- a really welcome addition for it's craft feel

A pendant hanging lantern with cut glass and edison bulb has an old world look