Hi friends! I’m Amy Merrick from An Apple a Day and I’m so thrilled to join the design*sponge team as an editor. Wow, I can’t believe I just got to type out that sentence (and better yet, have it be true!). About me: I’m crazy for antiques, live for a good handmade project and compulsively hoard houseplants in my Williamsburg, Brooklyn apartment.
If you’re like me, sometimes you see a movie and just want to crawl in the screen and live in the character’s homes. Or hop into the pages your favorite book and never come out. Well, every Tuesday I’m going to be gathering a group of products that are inspired by your favorite books, movies, artists, restaurants or anything else makes you swoon…. Is it The Great Gatsby or The Secret Garden? Annie Hall or Amélie? Leave me a comment and let’s see where you’d want to live!
Out of Africa
One of my hands down, all time favorite movies is Sydney Pollack’s 1985 “Out of Africa” staring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. Set in 1914 colonial Kenya, the movie combines a to die for mix of elegant, ladylike charm, utilitarian safari and spectacular handmade Kenyan crafts. Not to mention it’s just about the most romantic movie. Ever. Seriously, it can make me weep even after dozens of viewings.
[image above, clockwise from top left: masai folding chair and footstool, brass anchor lantern $99, antique canteen set $3,850 (I had to include it, I’m sorry!), bronze binoculars $84, bulrush placemat $30, cotton hammock $11, brass pocket compass $26, canvas tent $606]
Based on the true story of Isak Dinesen, a Danish women who struggles to make a place for herself in Kenya, it’s the kind of movie where the characters bring starched white shirts, limoges crystal and a fancy pants gramophone on safari. While I’ll probably pass on investing in fancy crystal to use at a picnic in the park, I’m crazy about the idea of taking along a few favorite indoor items outside with you. A portable record player and some sweet chipped plates? Yes, please!
[image above, clockwise from top left: hamman cotton towel $32, queen anne pitcher $99, white desk $349, African palm baskets $50+, bamboo room divider $95, market basket $42, wicker trunk $135, campaign bed $1250]