Summer is here. Welcoming back the sun, we turn to the beauty of art and gift giving for loved ones with special birthdays or summer weddings. Beautifuli’s curators have discovered eco-artisans to help decorate your home or give a stylish sustainable gift to someone special:

Owen Mortensen

From Utah, hails the artist, the man, the genius, Owen Mortensen. In one of the most affecting artist statements we have ever read, he explains his love of transition from one stage to the next. Of metamorphosis, in fact. With an eye on nature’s beauty expressed throughout its life cycle, he sees things not noticed by just everyone. And then he brings that to us in the form of wall art, sculpture, gifts, and accents. Deceptively simple, this “organic modernism”4 gets more intriguing when you learn that each piece starts as a natural object, but meets genius in the finishing. Genius. There’s that word again.


The organized life comes in a riot of color to keep it fun here in the world of Paperthinks. If you struggle with organization, struggle no longer. Here you’ll find accessories, file folders, carry alls, totes and more. There is no reason not to enjoy the very idea of organization when tucking things away is this enjoyable. We salute Paperthinks, and their commitment to work from recycled leathers that are “durable, elegant and just happen to be eco-friendly.” Now imagine your next meeting; they’ve all pulled out their black notebooks. But yours… is the loveliest pink imaginable.


Now here’s a good news story about manufacturing in China. Portland natives, Bambuhome moved their business close to the source of their materials and their workers. That makes them local. Better still the products are keepers. Unique design and assembly processes result in “safe and durable products that will last for years and withstand the toughest use case: real life”. Each product has a story to tell. Who knew that cork was antimicrobial? That it stays sanitary with minimal care? To clean it just pop it in the washing machine. (No, not the dishwasher!). BambuHome uses no glues or lacquers to leech into food. Clean, safe, practical; we love these products, especially the graceful cutting boards.