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A Moment With: Elizabeth Spiridakis Olson

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It’s a pretty sure bet that anyone who describes her aesthetic as “vintage color explosion" is going to have an amazing home. That’s exactly what we found with Elizabeth Spiridakis Olson, aka White Lightning. The Creative Director of AFAR magazine showed us how she uses her Ornament clock in Museum Black and chatted about a typical day in her shoes. She tells it like it is below.

How do you start and end each day?

I start every day by making coffee and walking our dog Oscar—usually with mug in hand + a coat over my pajamas. Oops? ); I love walking around my neighborhood in the early morning, but not enough to get dressed first.

Is there a daily ritual you have that you can’t go without?

Is coffee a ritual or an addiction? I cannot go without coffee, a spray of perfume, and a kiss goodbye to my husband. If I forget one of those things I feel off.

What do you like about this particular clock and how does it fit your style?

I love that it’s just black glaze details on pottery, but in this very intense bold crazy pattern. We have no shortage of pattern in here, but it’s mixed with things like simple pottery, a farm table, some driftwood. The clock is a perfect marriage of everything in our house- a little bit earthy and a little bit nuts.

In this digital age, what appeals to you about an analog clock like this?

I have never seen a non-ugly digital clock.

Photo 1 courtesy Elizabeth Spiridakis. Photo 2 courtesy Molly DeCoudreaux Photography

A Moment With: Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay

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Local editor, stylist, and soon-to-be-author Victoria Smith is well known around these parts as sfgirlbybay. Her cheery blog, chock full of inspiring interiors and design, represents a style she calls “bohemian modern.” Not surprisingly, our Ornament clock, a striking object in Museum Black, looks right at home in her clean, bright, airy space. Victoria shares some thoughts:

Is there a daily ritual you have that you can’t go without?

Yes, definitely my hour at the dog park, connecting with my good friends there each morning is great. It gets me going for the day. Then I hit Martha & Bros. for coffee, which they already have going when they see me come in the door - which is awesome. There’s something to be said for the neighborhood and sense of community we have here in Noe. I feel well looked after.

What do you like about this particular clock and how does it fit your style?

I’ve always been a big fan of work from House Industries and their mid-century modern vibe, so it fits my vintage-inspired sense of style perfectly. Partnering with Heath is a brilliant collaboration.

In this digital age, what appeals to you about an analog clock like this?

My mum always makes fun of me for having so many clocks — I have one in the kitchen, office, bedroom and bathroom, and my place isn’t that big! I just love clocks with great styling and I like knowing what time it is. I guess I’d rather look around my house at a clock than looking for my phone. It’s the organized person inside me - I’m timely and always on time. Either a good habit to have, or a bit of neurosis.

 All photos courtesy Victoria Smith.

A Moment With: Michele Janezic

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Michele Janezic, buyer, stylist, and manager of MILL Mercantile, has a unique eye for light, shape, and design that we’ve been admiring for a while. (Her popularity on Instagram is evidence that we’re not her only admirers.)

Michele’s style, understated and effortless, turns out to be the perfect foil for our intricately detailed Ornament clock in Birch. We asked her some questions below.

How do you start each day? 

I have grown to love mornings the best and I’ve developed a ritual that involves making a cup of coffee first thing. I hand grind my beans (Sightglass) and do a drip pour over. There’s amazing morning light that pours into my living room and I bask in it for awhile. When the weather cooperates, I head into Glen Canyon for a morning walk and when I’m feeling particularly rested and inspired, I head over to Billy Goat Park to watch the sunrise. It’s the most magical meditative moment to me.

What do you like about this particular clock and how does it fit your style?

I love the neutral tones of the decorative facade. Its beautiful design fits well with the aesthetics of my style and home. I’m also particularly fond of the abstractness to tell its time.

In this digital age, what appeals to you about an analog clock like this? 

I love having such an artful analog clock now in my house. I typically use my phone to check the time and there’s something particularly calming about this clock’s design as well as its function.

Photo 1 courtesy Michele Janezic ; Photo 2 courtesy Daniel Dent.

A Moment With: General Store LA

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Ever since we launched our new clocks, designed in collaboration with House Industries, we’ve been extremely curious to see how people would use them in their homes. Where will they hang them? How will the clocks look in different settings? 

We enlisted the help of some very stylish people—some friends, others we’ve been admiring from afar—and asked them to share how they’ve incorporated our clocks in their decor. Just as we expected, they look amazing. Take, for instance, how the Stencil clock in Basalt blends in effortlessly in the home of Hannah Henderson and John Moore, co-owners of General Store in Venice (top photo). We’d say it’s California casual at its best. Hannah shares some insight below.

How do you start and end each day?
We start each day with very strong coffee and end it with a bedtime story and wine. My favorite part of the day is when the afternoon sun shines through the windows. It somehow slows everyone down.

What do you like about this particular clock and how does it fit your style?
This clock is modern and organic at the same time. It has some soul and is made in California - we love that!
 
In this digital age, what appeals to you about an analog clock like this?
A proper clock is a relic, it could very well be obsolete but it endures. Plus, it’s nice to know that our children will properly learn how to tell time.
Photo 1 courtesy Hannah Henderson. Photo 2 courtesy Molly Cranna
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