Bobby’s Bookmarks: Our Favorites That We’ve Been Bookmarking This Week

Another Friday is here, and it’s time for your dose of design and the best things we’ve seen this week. So for today’s bookmarks, we’re sharing inspiring spaces, thought-provoking art, and products to live smarter (and safer). 

Today, we’re sharing the best interiors of the week, from a  bright and beachy Australian abode and a relaxing lake house (Italian style). We’re also highlighting black artists making a statement, a pledge to support black-owned businesses and shoppable products to make your home work smarter and stay safe in style.

 

Scroll down to see everything we’re sharing this week. And if you need a little more inspiration, click here to follow us on Pinterest to see everything we’re currently loving.

A Relaxing Lake House (Italian Style)

When we think of a lakehouse, a an Italian villa isn’t the first thing that come to mind. But this home, situated on a hill over Italy’s Lake Como, has all the relaxing vibes of a weekend spot (but with lots of chic Italian style). Designed by Studio Daminato the 1909 home got a total refurbish, while retaining historical details like fresco ceilings and mosaic tile files. The result is simple, clean and oh so bellissimo. 

 

The 15 Percent Pledge

Started by fashion designer Aurora James, the 15 Percent Pledge is a campaign asking major retailers to buy 15% of their products from Black-owned businesses (since Black Americans make up 15% of the US population). And since more than 40% of Black businesses have shut down due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this campaign is more urgent than ever. To show your support, you can sign the pledge here.

 

 

Getting To Werrrk!

Whether you’re a business owner or consumer, we will all have to adapt to new ways of working and shopping, whether that means the ways we communicate, operate, or show our appreciation. This week we asked the experts from the new series Werrrk! by Mailchimp Presents, for their advice on helping small business owners do just that- learn to thrive in this ever-evolving situation. CLICK HERE to watch a trailer for the series, and check out all the episodes here.

 

Sharing Black Artists

Art has always been a tool for commenting on social and political issues. And many contemporary Black artists are using their mediums to make strong statements on race, identity, equality, and the black experience in America. Jammie Holmes, a painter based in Dallas, creates art that depicts Black men and asks the question “When can I live like you?” While Njideka Akunyili Crosby, who immigrated to the US from Nigeria, creates collage-style painting depicting the black immigrant experience. And Wesley Clark creates wood assemblages that pay tribute to previous generations of Black Americans.

 

Stay Safe In Style 

Now that many states are re-opening for business, having a face mask (or two or three) is more essential than ever to keep ourselves and those around us safe. Textile designer Caroline Cecil has created a unique face mask in one of her signature patterns, Gamal, a textural and graphic print on linen. Available in natural or black, it’s the perfect way to stay safe (and stylish). Plus, a portion of proceeds goes to A Common Thread, helping raise funds for those in the American fashion community impacted by COVID-19.

Design: Wesley Clark

Bright & Beachy Down Under

Although winter is approaching for our friends down under, this home is giving us total summer vibes. Located in the town of Fremantle,  just outside Perth on the west coast of Australia, the home has lots of outdoor space and a light and bright palette of stone, white brick, and honey-colored wood. An open floor plan and a wall that fully opens to the exterior firmly establish this space as the summer escape of our dreams. 

 

Cleaner (& Easier) Home Products 

Keep your home clean (and healthy) is easier than you think- when you utilize these smart new products. This trash can automatically seals the bag once full (and adds a new bag for you), taking the mess out of taking out the trash. And these smart curtains actually help purify your air! When the ultraviolet light in daylight hits the curtains, the embedded minerals in the fabric capture the pollutants and break them down, creating carbon dioxide and cleaning the air.