House 214 Design’s approach to design is centered around creating the feeling of home. I developed the “Real Goods” series because I am often approached by businesses that would like me to feature their products. I wanted a way to highlight those people and their goods that have a story to tell, and that I believe will help create a feeling. If you feel you have a good, a story to tell, and would like to be considered for the series, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A passion for antiques, that is the start of Bryan and Donna Scott’s story and why Barn Light Electric came to be. The Scott’s spent Monday through Friday working their 40-hour jobs, but weekends were spent at estate sales and antique shops. They were searching for high quality, vintage light fixtures with craftsmanship difficult to find in newer pieces. They started restoring and selling the pieces they found, which turned into making their own line of barn lighting and Barn Light Electric was born.
Coppermill Kitchen’s brand is about bringing old and forgotten traditions back into the home with copper. Founder Beth Sweeney has achieved this is with the restoration of European antique copper cookware and the creation of their private label, CMK products. Beth has a strong belief in giving back, especially to the Cystic Fibrosis community since her husband was diagnosed with the disease. “Live a life full of passion” are words that Beth lives by every day of her life and are evident in all that she does.
Tatine is a wholesale company that got its start with its creator Margo, making candles in a tiny Chicago apartment fifteen years ago. I find Margo’s inspiration behind Tatine truly fascinating. Scents that evoke memories of beloved bands and songs, family trips, and London neighborhoods have all found their way into Tatine products. From the glassware and fragrances, to the the packaging and attention to detail, the whole product is simply brilliant.
Lylah and Michael’s company was born on a trip to France where a caramel experience became the inspiration behind their award winning sea salt bourbon vanilla goat milk caramels. Sandwiched between gated communities in suburban Scottsdale is their small farm with a herd of Nubian dairy goats and raised beds full of flowers, herbs and seasonally grown vegetables. The Simple Farm handcrafts their caramels with milk from their goats and organic, non-GMO, gluten-free ingredients, topped off with tasty finishing salts.
Modern Wool makes hats, scarves, blankets and pillows from the wool of sheep in the French Merino family that are ethically sheared and raised on ranches in Colorado and Wyoming. The business began when it’s creator, Zoe, was searching for a nice blanket for her couch. She wanted something made out of natural materials, but was having trouble finding a product that fit this description. So Zoe taught herself to make yarn and knit and as a result, Modern Wool was born.
The little shelves that display my glittered trees juxtapose fine wood with shiny copper and were made by Axel of Axel Co himself. Axel Co is a husband and wife team in Kansas City that handcraft goods for the home. Axel has always had a passion for creating with his hands while Kasey has the creative eye. Axel Co uses the finest lumber and reclaimed hardwood available and traditional tooling to craft each product by hand. Their work can be found in their Etsy shop and has been sold by the likes of West Elm.
Erica Johnson, formerly of One Kings Lane, is the founder of Pemberley Rose. Pemberley Rose is a children’s lifestyle collection that is about chic simplicity. Although it is a children’s line you can see that their Big Ben fine art print is featured in my kitchen. The products are classic and real, so you can enjoy them in multiple ways. Be sure to visit Pemberley Rose!
Industry West believes good design should be available to everyone. Whether you are looking for dining chairs (seen here), kitchen lighting, or benches, you will find iconic and affordable goods here. Their design approach is “a nod to the past while defining the style of the future.” Industry West uses a hands-on approach in working with manufacturers making goods that are built to last. Another good reason to visit them – giving back to the community has been a big part of their business plan from day one.
Michael Partenio and Stacy Kunstel’s work graces the covers of interior design magazines and books. They also run the self-funded company Dunes and Duchess. This is where they are able to create “wildly romantic” and customizable products for the home. The hand-finished pieces are made in the USA and “carry a little of their love from them to you”.