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Emily Oster

I wasn't that familiar with Palecek before going to market but have become a big enthusiast after seeing all their amazing pieces and learning a bit more about their company. Started by Allan Palecek roughly 40 years ago, Palecek began as a basket making company. The company has since grown to include furniture, lighting and other home accessories. They have a focus on using renewable materials such as seagrass and rattan and are committed to creating "award winning, hand-crafted and eco-conscious designs". Below are more than a few of my favorites. 

happy one year THE PLACE HOME

Emily Oster


Today marks the one year anniversary (or maybe its the birthday) of THE PLACE HOME. On May 6, 2013 I start this blog by writing the following:

Welcome to The Place Home - a blog dedicated to better understanding and appreciating the place called home. For me, the home is where life happens. It is our primary shelter, our most intimate and immediate built environment, our self expression of style, the place where we grow and change as individuals and perhaps most importantly the space we share with our family and friends. It is a tangible place with complex and intangible meaning making the relationship between the physical and the immaterial inherently linked. Or to put it more simply we shape our homes and in turn our homes shape us. 

My hope for this blog is that it presents this way of thinking while providing useful and inspirational ideas, images and stories revolving around the home. It is my intention to  provide a perspective on the home in which the functional, aesthetic and ultimately experiential aspects are not separated out but rather viewed as indivisible parts that make up a greater whole. 

The posts will vary in topic from things like "how to understand your plumbing" with helpful tips and visual aids, to featured home designs, to owners, renters, buyers and sellers dilemmas and much more. I want this blog to be as diversified as being a home inhabitant can be as after all most us are the cooks, cleaners, designers, handymans, builders, neighbors, and makers of our own homes. 

I hope you will continue to follow and enjoy The Place Home and I look forward to hearing your thoughts, stories and suggestions so please comment and email me! 

Looking back over the year, I think the blog has pretty much followed this make shift mission statement I started from. In the roughly 250 posts I have written, I have sought to be both intentional and fluid in my approach. Presenting a perspective of both a designer who consciously thinks about the multi-faceted aspects of the home and a person who believes in the value and meaning of such a powerful place. 

Next week, I will be taking a break from blogging to give myself the time to reflect back on the past year and to also think about what new intentions I have for THE PLACE HOME as it moves into its second year. I have truly enjoyed the experience thus far and want to thank everyone for their support and reading along. 

designer feature: katie ridder

Emily Oster

There are some mornings when I troll Pinterest looking for inspiration for a day's is one of those days. I general go to my Home | Interiors or Home | Furniture and Fixtures board first and can general find an image that gets the wheels turning. It can take a few minutes or a lot longer it just depends. This morning, I was going through this routine when I came across image number 1 below and the ah ha moment happened - Katie Ridder. Katie Ridder is an interior, wallpaper and fabric designer based out of New York. I am less familiar with her interiors but love her wallpaper and fabrics. They are whimsical, full of color and a bit nostalgic. The look great in bedrooms and nursery and can add a touch of fun to even the most formal of rooms. See below for a sampling of her fabrics, wallpaper and design work.  

1. design by  Caitlin Moran Interiors   seaweed fabric  in magenta  2.  seaweed fabric  in magenta  3. design by  Betsy Burnham   leaf wallpaper  in gray  4. design by  Katie Ridder  via  Elle Decor   5.  leaf fabric  in periwinkle  6. design by  Liz Carroll  via  Coastal Living   beetlecat wallpaper  in stone  7. design by Tami Ramsay of  Cloth & Kind  via  Lonny   moonflower fabric  in turquoise  8.  moonflower fabric  in turquoise 

1. design by Caitlin Moran Interiors seaweed fabric in magenta  2. seaweed fabric in magenta  3. design by Betsy Burnham leaf wallpaper in gray  4. design by Katie Ridder via Elle Decor  5. leaf fabric in periwinkle  6. design by Liz Carroll via Coastal Living beetlecat wallpaper in stone  7. design by Tami Ramsay of Cloth & Kind via Lonny moonflower fabric in turquoise  8. moonflower fabric in turquoise