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Artist in Residence: Florence Balducci Puts Her Whimsical Touch on Your Morning Coffee Mug

Charming and beautifully offbeat, Florence Balducci’s imaginative illustrations are like the fanciful drawings inside a children’s storybook. The Parisian artist’s signature quirky works now appear on Anthropologie monogrammed mugs, which make the perfect companion to your morning coffee.

To celebrate Anthropologie Home’s arrival at Nordstrom, Balducci created an original piece exclusively for us in our Downtown Seattle store. We caught up with the Paris-based artist as she prepared for this installation—an elaborate labor of love–to discuss her artistic process, from inspiration to execution, and how she plans the perfect dinner party around her tableware.

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Treasure & Bond Stories | Stephen Kenn Builds Furniture & Community

When furniture designer Stephen Kenn and his wife Beks moved into their industrial loft on McGarry Street in downtown Los Angeles, the roll-up garage door—a holdover from the space’s furniture factory days—came with an unexpected perk. When it was up, says Stephen, “it made it really easy for people to walk in off the street and have coffee or hang out.”

And so Backdoor Coffee and Cocktail Club was born. One morning every month, Stephen opens the door and pours coffee for anyone happening by in the mood for a cup and a chat. And one Friday night a month, the door rolls open for artisan cocktails. But it isn’t just the free beverages that draw the crowds; people come for the conversations and connections.

We were drawn in, too. The authenticity and attitude of the space (and its owner) made it the ideal scene for the spring 2018 Treasure & Bond campaign photo shoot. Plus, it came with a dreamy rooftop, gorgeous interiors and great conversation.

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Foundwell’s Vintage Treasures Will Delight Gentlemen (and Ladies, Too)

Treasure hunting in thrift and antique stores always sounds rewarding, until you’re elbow deep in cast-off kitchenwares and polyester glad rags. Yet, the search for those diamonds in the rough appeals to us largely because true vintage gems elude us. Most simply don’t have the time, patience or knowledge to find something really rarefied.

Alan Bedwell, however, was raised on scouting for silver marks, identifying makers, dating materials and appraising art. His bona fides come by birth: his mother is a longtime antiques dealer in London. Soon after graduating, Bedwell went to work sourcing antiques for Ralph Lauren. More than a decade later, he branched out on his own, establishing his luxury goods company Foundwell in 2009. Foundwell curates fine homewares and accessories from over the last two centuries, specializing in men’s finery and antique silver pieces.

This season, Nordstrom Downtown Seattle is carrying some of his singular discoveries, which can also be found online. We spoke with Bedwell about what attracts his eye and some of his favorite finds—plus what to buy for that tricky guy on your list this holiday.

HIS TREASURE-HUNTING TIPS

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See and Shop the Unique Furniture Curated by 1stdibs for goop-In@Nordstrom


We may be biased, but we want to live in the world of
goop-In@Nordstrom. Our latest Pop-In is a wonderland of modern wellness, and our in-store experiences make us want to break our lease and take up permanent residence. Credit 1stdibs, an online marketplace that curates beautiful pieces—think furniture, fashion, art and jewelry—from dealers around the world. We partnered with them to make our eight in-store shops sanctuaries unto themselves, each featuring a handpicked selection of furniture and furnishings sourced from local dealers, all for sale and all ideal backdrops for your selfie (we witnessed more than a few). Catch a glimpse below, see the full effect in selected stores and explore 1stdibs for even more.

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From Our Friends at Who What Wear: 3 Editor-Approved Gifts to Give Your Mom This Mother’s Day

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We’ll admit that searching for the perfect Mother’s Day gift can be quite the challenge. Considering that this woman brought you into the world, raised you and has loved you unconditionally, the pressure to find something appropriately thoughtful is pretty high. In an effort to spark some worthy gifting ideas within you, we Who What Wear and Byrdie editors decided to team up and brainstorm what we’ll be giving our moms this Mother’s Day. As a group of people who are always in the know when it comes to the latest and greatest items on the market, it’s safe to say our opinions are trustworthy. From luxurious skincare devices to sparkling earrings, these are the items we all can’t wait to hand to our moms come May 14.

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MyDomaine’s Guide to a Spring Refresh for Your Home

Gabrielle Savoie, an editor at MyDomaine, is an authority on the home space. From under-the-radar trends to decorating hacks, she’s the person to turn to for tips on crafting a beautifully curated home. Hailing from New York City, she understands the importance of decorative accessories that also serve a purpose. Find out how she refreshes her home for spring.

MyDomaine spring home refresh

When the clocks spring forward and the weather warms up, my first instinct is to run outside and relish in the joys of summer days to come—but not before giving my home a quick refresh. After all, while I love a day spent poolside with a good book, summer afternoons also mean entertaining friends and family. The good news? A spring refresh isn’t about overhauling your entire decor—it’s about infusing it with a few nods to warmer weather so you can enjoy your home with your nearest and dearest. Because time is of the essence, I’m showing you how to refresh each room with five products or less—so you can get back to enjoying the blissful balmy weather.

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How to Get Hygge, the Danish Trend That’s Taking Over the Internet

The year 2016 made even the hardiest among us want to curl up under a blanket and weep into a cup of cocoa. Minus the tears, the latest topic of trend pieces suggests you do just that. ‘Hygge’ is the Danish word for a cozy, comfortable environment. (Something that elicits such feelings is described with the adjective ‘hyggelig.’) For any number of reasons (the contentious election, the celebrity deaths, the tweet storm that’s always brewing), the term seems like the salve for all of our cultural boo-boos this winter.

Mountain Kingdom blanket

Denmark, among other Scandinavian countries, repeatedly ranks among the happiest nations in the world. Writers at the New York Times, the New Yorker and TIME all attribute at least a sliver of this overwhelming gladness to hygge. And since its precepts are pretty simple, we put together some ways of incorporating a bit of this Danish sensibility into your daily life so that 2017 can start with a sweater and a smile.

STAY SANE THE DANE WAY: HERE’S HOW

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How to Make a Succulent Wreath for the Holidays

If you’re over evergreens, let us suggest something equally verdant but more unique for your holiday trimming: succulents. These days, the trendy water-plump plants can be found at most floral shops, however, their use in seasonal wreaths and arrangements is only just catching on–which means that yours could be the only door on the block to rock one!

Succulent WreathIn addition to being relatively low-maintenance and resilient, succulents are also easy to work with–good news for those of us who are all thumbs but not necessarily of the green kind. And since this is a living wreath, you can keep up this decoration year-round without shame.

Read on to follow our low-stress steps for fashioning a custom wreath.

HERE’S HOW TO MAKE A WREATH

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Quick Home Decor Fixes That Can Actually Improve Your Life

Pictures of cool furniture and pretty homes excite us just as much as the next decor devotee. But although clean lines and modern colorways lure us in every time, we do try to ascribe to function over pure aesthetics. For this reason, we’ve resolved to make our redecorating this year align with our life goals for 2016.

Chloe duvet cover

Shopping the Nordstrom Limited-Time Savings selection bestows a resolution two-fer by helping to save some cash while refreshing a humble-but-aspiring abode. The sale goes through January 25, so think about what you want to modify this year—behaviorally and decoratively—then jump online for the best selection.

READ ON FOR REDECORATING LIFE GOALS

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Meet the Hays | Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes Hay Mini Market

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Image courtesy HAY

One of the most exciting things about Pop-In@Nordstrom welcoming HAY Mini Market–the capsule version of the beloved Danish design company with a cult following–is its North American rareness. Only once on this continent has the Mini Market been in full effect, in August at MoMA in New York City.

So with the Pop-In drastically increasing HAY awareness in the U.S. and Canada, now is a good time to get to know the Hays behind HAY.

That would be Rolf and Mette Hay, husband and wife designers. There they are, above. Read our Q&A below with Mette Hay, the particular Hay in charge of the Mini Market, as she talks about her philosophy of home decorating, preference for social co-working and which aspects of HAY are set in stone for all eternity.

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