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The Gold Standard

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They say “nothing gold can stay” however, these pieces at least will look pretty while visiting…

Gold, gilded, gold metal interior design items and furniture one / two / three / four / five / six /seven / eight 

Gold Metal and White Apartment

White, wood and Gold Metal Spanish apartment by Mikel Irastorza.

And now to nerd out for a moment, “All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost. “― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Ken & Dana Designs

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In the middle of Chelsea, bordering Hell’s Kitchen, rests a hidden loft space only accessible via an elevator to the fifth floor. Tucked quietly in this NYC nook rests a studio full of love stories, and unique engagement and wedding rings. The team’s eclectic creations have been worn by such luminaries as Beyonce, Rashida Jones, Debra Messing, Keri Hilson, and Rachel Ray. Ken, the jewelry designer with a long history of familial gemstone expertise, and Patty, the love of his live, married on the beach in Cape May, NJ.  Together their love inspires bridal jewelry, imbued with meaning and authenticity.

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Vintage Edwardian details meet ultra modern ecogold pieces. The space where the rings are crafted is just as important as the jewelry itself. Inspiration can come from anywhere.

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Ken is a quiet and reserved artist, who originally started his career on Wall Street. Inspired by  his genealogical roots, China’s rich cultural history, its landscapes and the energy in its pulse, he established a jewelry business piggybacking on what he learned from his fathers 1973 company. Patty is the loquacious consultant who can automatically read your “ring personality” and hates finger “muffin top”.

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An old letterpress table, wherein typesets and lead symbols were kept, now becomes functional wall art, keeping trinkets on display. Ken & Dana Designs

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The boutique’s design shop is 1/3 workroom, 1/3 showroom & 1/3 party space. All the gold and diamonds are no conflict and a portion of every engagement ring sold is donated to Global Witness, an organization dedicated to ending natural resource-related conflict and corruption and associated environmental and human rights abuses. The more one looks around the shop, the more one sees turn of the century details. Can you spot any?

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The mannequin wears nothing more than Ken & Dana Designs and is still the chic-est in the room.

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Baubles and baubles.

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The sculptural lines of the wire chair pair seamlessly with those of the earrings and necklaces displayed closely. It’s easy to see with a designer’s eye how something as simple as a damask fabric can inspire a gemstone choice, how a black-spined book with gilded typography can mirror a necklace’s palette.

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For such exquisite pieces, the attitude in the space is refreshingly light and carefree. The pricing is affordable. The team does not take themselves too seriously, and truly tries to understand the aesthetic of each client. As the company says, “We make engagement rings and wedding bands that are inspired by sculpture, architecture, organic shapes, and most of all, the personal stories we hear from our clients every day. We recognize that no two relationships are the same, and only by engaging you throughout the creation process are we able to craft a truly unique product that you can call your own.”

Can’t visit in person? Shop online today! The experience is just as rewarding.

Keren / The Walkup

Bedlam Over Bedford

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Bedford Avenue is the longest street in Brooklyn, New York City, stretching 10.2 miles and 132 blocks from Greenpoint south to Sheepshead Bay. In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, immediately off the L subway line, the Bedford Avenue stop features a bevy of walkable, quaint, quirky, and small boutiques that will sell you (almost) anything. Since it ’tis the season to be shopping, here’s a peek into two of my favorite Williamsburg based jewelers and knickknack shops.

Catbird, located online and at 219 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211, is a mecca for all things sparkly and exciting. Our favorite things include non-traditional wedding rings, stacking rings, knuckle rings and a wide range of gifts such as terrariums, perfume,  glassware, candlesticks, cards, water bottles, tooth fairy boxes, candles. Anything that someone in the board game CLUE employs, one will most likely find here. When I say “find”, I mean it. The store is setup like a pirate’s booty and treasure chest filled with trinkets interwoven with strange artifacts, forcing you to play detective. The layout is haphazard yet delicate and organic. The small space specializes in local designers (although they also carry items from designers all over the globe). The tiny space is a bit of quirky and feminine dreamscape.

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Step into the space that is equal parts Downton Abbey meets farmhouse shabby chic meets 1950’s diner. Peruse the sliding drawers, the glass displays, and the shelves – everywhere you turn in this postage-stamp-sized storefront is brimming with a hidden find.

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Tocca Perfume reigns supreme as an easy way to evoke any distinct character trait. Discover your favorite scents by trying the samples in the store such as Cleopatra, Stella, Florence, Brigitte, Graciella and Violette. My personal favorite is Brigitte, which is inspired by the playful and sensual beauty of French film siren Brigitte Bardot, Tocca’s  fragrance evokes the intoxicating scent of a stroll through the spice markets of Provence. Tres chic! The little brass birds, wrapped in ribbon, would also make a perfection addition to a mantle-place or bookshelf.

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Rodin by Recine creates tonics, lip balms, hair oils, face oils and candles with the seriousness of an ancient apothecary. The products are whipped up and infused with essential oils from apricot kernels, calendula, sunflower seed, sweet almond, neroli, jojoba, rosemary and juniper. It doesn’t get more natural and aromatic than that.

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If only my wallet allowed, I would buy all the knuckle ringed, chain linked, hammered metals, animal skull inspired, black diamond flecked pieces that my little heart desired – but, alas! The paycheck of a not-for-profit employee is a wee bit limiting. There are many steals using brass, crystal and silver for under $100 but the best bargain and bang for your buck, in my humble opinion, is the Lanolin-Agg-Tval Swedish Eggwhite Soap. This $5 bar of soap has been a part of healthy skincare in Sweden for generations. Originally prepared at home by Swedish women, an egg white facial was a weekly tradition to maintain pure, radiant skin. Go get this bar and make your skin glow!

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Catbird x The WalkupFlotsam and Jetsam is created by Rebekah Harris in New York City. Harris apprenticed under a silversmith and creates  rock and roll silver jewelry. Many of her designs stem from a love of the ocean (hence the name) and a curiosity for the mysteries of the watery unknown. Flotsam and Jetsam speaks of the spoils cast over board and washed ashore, sculptural narratives whose stories invoke the desperate journeys of abandoned souls that dared to step aboard and sail into the realms of monsters, sudden squalls and shallow shoals. Whatever the company’s folklore may be, the pieces always pay homage to the artisan craftsmanship of the past with a modern edge.
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Another jewelry favorite, that has much more of a DIY vibe, is Brooklyn Charm. Located at 145 Bedford Ave (between 10th St & 9th St) Brooklyn, NY 11211, the funky shop is filled to the brim with gold chains, strange overstock, wholesale beads, and pre-made creations. After building up a small-but-loyal fanbase through her flea market sales and Etsy store, jewelry designer Tracie Howarth opened this storefront on Bedford Avenue in March 2010.

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The space also hosts metalworking, wire wrapping and other beading and jewelry making courses. No previous experience necessary! There is a large selection of letter charms, state charms, skulls, and all the supplies to create a one-of-a kind pieces. If you are not feeling so crafty and creatively inclined, bring your favorite parts to the cash register and the staff will assemble jewelry for you on the spot at the counter!

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Arrows, spoons, globes, acorns, beetles, knives, alligators, and wood – oh my! You would be hard pressed to find something missing the eclectic array of charms that the shop offers.

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Now, combining finds from the two lovely, aforementioned places, I bring you the Brooklyn holiday gift guide,  where all items are $50 and under! Buy something for your teacher, lover, milkman, boss, distant cousin and fellow commuter. At prices like these, buy yourself a gift too!

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