The Endless Summer Edit

The Summer Edit Ibiza Beach Towel Melons

Summer brunch, chilling by the pool, enjoying the beach, reading by the lake. We are sharing our best of summer moments to make this summer last as long as possible.

Summer Brunch Table Rattan Basket and Rattan Tray Flatlay
Summer brunch: Dara Tray rectangular in small and Dara Basket
Beach Towel Cotton Handmade in India Maldives Sunset
Ibiza Beach Towel
The Summer Edit Rattan Tray Melons
Dara Rattan Tray
Handmade Dara Basket with Lid Staged Lemons
The Dara Basket comes with a lid which can be used as a separate tray.
The Summer Edit Biarritz Beach Towel Dara Rattan Basket
The Dara Basket with Geometric Pattern is a cute fruit basket. Pair it with the Dara Tray and the Biarritz Beach Towel.
Summer Brunch Table Rattan Basket and Rattan Tray
Coffee is always a good idea, especially when it comes with pastry.
The Summer Edit Positano Beach Towel Rattan Tray
Amalfi Coast vibes with the Positano Beach Towel
Handmade Rattan Basket Beauty Products
Perfect for keeping your summer beauty products in order: the Dara Basket

The Summer Edit Positano Beach Towel Dara Rattan Tray Drinks

Enjoy the sun just like we do!

Positano Cotton Beach Towel Orange Turquoise Cat Sunset

Beach Textile Collection

Cotton Beach Towel Handwoven in India Bench Square

Travelling – how have we missed it! After more than a year since the start of the pandemic, we all long for the sun, the beach and the shimmering sea in the distance. Wherever you spend this summer, we’ve got you covered with our new beach collection.

These soft and lightweight cotton towels are very versatile – you can use them as a sarong wrap, picnic blanket, tablecloth or as beach or bath towel. They come in three styles which take you to Europe’s iconic summer destinations. Cotton Beach Towel Handwoven in India Orange Turquoise Bench

The Positano is a reference to the umbrellas at the Amalfi Coast, its tassels are turquoise just like the shimmering sea in the distance.

Hamam Cotton Towel Handwoven in India Yellow Pink Knotted

Bright yellow and electric pink – We’re going to Ibiza!

Cotton Beach Towel Handwoven in India Blue Green Stones

A cool breeze, sand dunes, stylish French understatement – Biarritz, c’est le chic!

Handwoven on traditional wooden looms by artisans in Kerala, India. The traditional techniques have been handed down from generation to generation.  Made of the so-called “Thorthu”-fabric (100% cotton) which is a household staple in Kerala due to its quality and versatility. Even though the fabric is very thin, it absorbs water really quickly.

Cotton Beach Towel Handwoven in India Female Artisan
K. Vanaja at Kara Weaves working on the Ibiza towel

This collection was developed by Pelagona and Kara Weaves, a collective in Kerala, India, which partners with local weaving cooperatives. It is certified by the Fair Trade Forum of India, the country network of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) and WFTO-Asia. Our current collection was woven in rotation due to Covid-19 safety measures.

India has been hit hard by Covid-19. Already before the pandemic, families struggled, but lockdowns, closures of factories and social distancing measures have made things even worse. In many places, social distancing is just not possible, some areas do not have running water to regularly wash hands and many people still have to go to work under unsafe conditions to support their families.

This collection was impacted by the pandemic as well – production had to be delayed due to lockdowns after the Delta variant first emerged in India. Later, the shifts had to be organized in rotation to ensure the safety of the artisans. It takes about half a day to one day to complete one item. We worked really hard to overcome all the challenges to launch these towels just in time for your summer holiday.

Purchasing these products not only makes good travel companions or presents, but is so much more, especially in times like these. The artisans depend on additional sources of income to feed their families. What had been a challenge before Covid has now become even worse. Your purchase contributes to a sustainable income for the artisans, their families and their communities and helps to raise awareness and provide much-needed payment and income for the disappearing craft.

Learn more about our new Beach Collection here.

Gorgeous Spring Decor Ideas for Your Home

Spring is just around the corner and even though we still may have to endure the cold for a few more days, we can already welcome spring with open arms into our homes. Here are our gorgeous spring decor ideas.

Spring Breakfast Table

Gorgeous Spring Decor Ideas for Your Home Spring Breakfast Table

The dining table is where everyone comes together. It is the perfect centre piece to get you in spring mood and start your decoration “mission”. Spring is all about colours – we move from natural, grey and white tones during winter to something more cheerful in spring. An easy way to add spring tones is colourful plates. We also love to use flower patterned fabric for the bread basket. Naturally, real flowers always add that extra touch of spring to your dining table. We love to put them in a pastel-colour vase and place them on a rattan serving tray.

Mix Green Tones and Pastel Colours

Gorgeous Spring Decor Ideas for Your Home Basket with Green Tones and Pastel Flowers

When we think of spring, we think of lush green lawns and blossoms in beautiful pastel tones or bright colours. An easy trick is to use a colour palette of green tones with pastel colours to add warmth and the feeling we get when we enjoy the first sun rays in spring – it works wonders, you will see.

Serving Trays with Flowers

Gorgeous Spring Decor Ideas for Your Home Rattan Serving Tray

Speaking of trays – rattan and its natural colour always add warmth to your home. Pair them with flowers and some cute little decor items and use them as a highlight on the coffee table or to serve breakfast or snacks.

Baskets with (Dried) Flowers

Gorgeous Spring Decor Ideas for Your Home Basket with Flowers and Bird

Small baskets with flowers are an easy but effective item for your spring decor. If you want to make them last longer, use dried flowers for the arrangement.

Napkins with Spring Patterns

Gorgeous Spring Decor Ideas for Your Home Napkin Holder

Never underestimate the importance of small details. Napkins with spring patterns or in solid pastel colours immediately bring spring to your dining table. (Check out our Liha Napkin Holder)

Add a Bunny

Gorgeous Spring Decor Ideas for Your Home Easter Bunny in Flower Basket

In need for some last-minute Easter decor fixes? Add a small bunny or fill a small baskets with colourful eggs.

Autumn Décor Ideas to Spruce up Your Home for the Colourful Season

Fall Decor Ideas to Spruce Up Your Home for the Colourful Season Flatlay Coffee

When those gloomy days arrive and the leaves start to fall, it is time to cozy up inside and bring the beautiful autumn colour palette into your home. It is easy to add the right décor elements to your dining or coffee table, fireplace mantle or porch.

Put Some Pumpkins on Display

Pumpkins are a no-brainer and an easy and sustainable way to decorate your home. A basket with some decorative pumpkins instantly turns your kitchen, living room or bedroom into a beautiful autumn retreat.

Fall Decor Ideas to Spruce Up Your Home for the Colourful Season Pumpkin Basket
Dara Basket

There is no need to overdo it: you can place a couple of small pumpkins (we love white and green shades this year) to achieve a big effect.

Add Autumn Accent Colours

If you are not a big fan of pumpkins moving into your house, don’t worry. Pumpkins are not the only way to add some autumn joy. Work with classic autumn colours – orange, dark green, brown, rust, red. Simple accessories such as napkins, a cute flower bouquet or pillows are an easy solution to change up your colour palette.

Soft Colour Palettes

If you aim for even less “cliché”, we have another idea for you. Autumn is the time when we slow down and we spend more time inside. This slowing down can be reflected in a subtle colour palette and simple accessories: muted or neutral colours and simple lines. And if you want to mix and match with the above-mentioned autumn colours, you can easily do that as well. Add some dried florals or other botanicals to refer to nature taking a break.

Baskets to Display your Autumn Finds

Small woven baskets bring the autumn farmers’ markets into your home. At the same time, they are perfect to display your favourite autumn finds.

Fall Decor Ideas to Spruce Up Your Home for the Colourful Season Sisal Basket Natural
Use woven baskets in natural colours to display your autumn finds.

Cozy Up

Light some candles and cozy up in your favourite blanket – if not now, then when?

Fay Cotton Blanket Black and White Geometric Pattern Title
Cozy cotton blanket
Handmade Banana Leaf Candle Holder side
Candle holder in golden autumn colours

Coffee Table Accessories

A tray for your coffee, book and cute accessories is an easy way to add some autumn details to your coffee table.

Fall Decor Ideas to Spruce Up Your Home for the Colourful Season Fall Decor Dara Tray Natural Flatlay
Autumn coffee table decor (Dara rattan tray)

Subtle Scents

If you are not a big fan of the omnipresent pine and pumpkin spice scents, go for something subtle like bergamot-lavender.

Candles with Motivational Quotes Girlboss Donation for Domestic Violence Shelters Rise and Shine with Lid
Candle with subtle bergamot-lavender scent

Autumn Dinners

Candlelight dinners are always a good idea. But they are particularly enjoyable when the sun sets much earlier. Head outside in your garden or for a walk and see what you can take as inspiration for your dinner table. We used some rose hips, fir cones, walnuts, vine leaves and seasonal flowers from the garden.

Fall Decor Ideas to Spruce Up Your Home for the Colourful Season Flatlay
Table with handwoven rattan tray to serve your autumn coffee or pumpkin spice latte, handwoven rattan basket and sisal basket to display pumpkins.

Tricks for Bringing Beach Vibes into Your Home

Simple Tricks to Bring Beach Vibes into Your Home Fay Cotton Blanket Dara Rattan Basket

Summer is here and why not add the perfect beach vibes to your home as well? Who does not want a beach house getaway all summer long (or maybe a beach escape even when the gloomy autumn days are coming)? We show you how to add some beach vibes to your home without the hassle of having to redecorate. From Bali, to Capri to the Hamptons: Here are some of the ways we are styling our homes this season with a few staple pieces.

Waterfront Dining Vibes

Simple Tricks to Bring Beach Vibes into Your Home Waterfront Dining Vibes
The Dara bread basket and rectangular tray are perfect to bring the waterfront into your home.

Whether you have a garden, a balcony, or just your dining table at the apartment, it is really easy to make yourself feel as if you enjoyed a meal by the waterfront. The trick is white or blue table linen. It goes perfectly with our Dara Tray to serve coffee or drinks and our Bali Bowl or Dara Bowl as bread basket. Our Fay cotton tablemats also add this special “Hamptons touch”.

Add a Blanket

Staying warm and cozy during these beautiful and breezy summer nights has never looked better! Moreover, blankets are a great decoration staple: Adding our Fay Cotton Blanket to your couch or bed is the perfect way to bring some coastal vibes to your home. Doesn’t it remind you of the German island of Sylt? You can also use it as a beach towel. Super easy to pack and wash.

Simple Tricks to Bring Beach Vibes into Your Home Fay Cotton Blanket Dara Rattan Basket
The Fay Cotton blanket can also be used as a beach towel.

Bali Vibes

Simple Tricks to Bring Beach Vibes into Your Home Handmade Sisal Baskets Bookshelf
Bali Box in white, Bali Bowl and Sisal Basket Medium

Bali vibes at home? We have several options for you: our handmade Bali Boxes come in different colours and shapes. They are decorated with beautiful patterns which take us to the beautiful beaches in our mind. Add one of our Sisal Baskets in a summer colour and the mix is perfect.

Our bespoke Bali Pearl Boxes are something truly special: they are covered in beads and shells – have you ever seen more intricate and beautiful storage?

Simple Tricks to Bring Beach Vibes into Your Home Bali Pearl Box with Cambodia Small Basket
Our bespoke Bali Box is covered in white and creme beads. The shells add the special beach touch.

Beach Storage

There is nothing reminding us more of summer than rattan – from trays, to bowls and baskets, rattan décor is an easy way to bring beach vibes into your home throughout the year. Our Dara Basket is a beautiful storage solution covering all your bits and bots, toys or beauty products. You can also use the lid as a separate tray to put your favourite items on display.

Simple Tricks to Bring Beach Vibes into Your Home Cambodia Dara Basket with Lid Staged Lemons
Rattan = summer feeling. Dara Basket with Lid

Display Your Summer Beauty Products

The smell of sunscreen is the ultimate beach and holiday feeling. And it is important to always protect your skin. Put your summer beauty products on display and always have them at hand with our Bali Bowl or Dara Basket.

Simple Tricks to Bring Beach Vibes into Your Home Bali Bowl Summer Beauty Products
Bali Bowl by the waterfront

Share with us how you plan on styling your home this summer in the comments below, or show us a picture on Instagram by tagging @pelagona!

What Does “Pelagona” Mean?

Pelargonium flowers pink birds view

Pelagona is inspired by the Austrian pronunciation of the pelargonium flower. This flower reminds our founder Liz of her childhood in Austria, where many gardens are home to this type of flower.

Even today, when you go for a walk in the Austrian villages, you can spot them in many gardens and houses. The flower boxes in front of the windows are filled with pelargonium flowers and other summer flowers in many different colours.

Austrian Alpine Village with Pelargonium Flower Boxes

You may have spotted this flower when you see footage of typical Austrian houses in the Alps.

The origin of “pelargonium” is the Greek word “pelargós” which means “stork”. This meaning fits perfectly to the mission of Pelagona: the stork travels long-distances but always comes back as well. Similarly, Liz spends a lot of time travelling and exploring other countries to find the most unique items for Pelagona.

The pelargonium flower is a very delicate plant which requires a lot of attention and needs to be treated carefully. These values are at the heart of Pelagona: all our products are hand-picked and carefully crafted. A lot of attention to detail goes into every step of chain from making the products until they reach your doorstep.Pelargonium flower white

Who Made the Rattan Trays and Baskets from Cambodia?

Handmade Rattan Trays Cambodia Star Pattern Natural Black

The Dara and Liha Trays and Baskets are handmade by Manava, a social enterprise working with female artisans in Cambodia. Their products are made from natural rattan. It takes one artisan about 3-4 days to finish one round large tray.

Handmade Round Rattan Tray Cambodia Star Pattern Female Reang WeaverA large number of Cambodian women living in villages are unemployed. Even if they have a job, their income is less than USD 2.50 per day. As most families have between 3-5 children, it makes it almost impossible for them to survive.

About 24 artisans work with the social enterprise. For them, it is more than a job – they are empowered by attending trainings in financial management, family planning, healthcare, domestic violence, positive parenting, women’s right and English.

​For the rattan products, a rattan palm material called “pdau” and willow grass called “la paek” are used. The palm and grass are fast growing and they are available throughout Cambodia. To ensure sustainable harvests, the amount which is reaped is limited to ensure growth for the next seasons. Futhermore, these plants grow in lakes and rivers and the material is softer than the thicker rattan grown in forests and mountains. Hence, it not only is more flexible but also grows back every year.

The beautiful trays are very versatile. Beachhouse feeling, Nordic Style or Natural Chic – our Dara Trays and Baskets and Liha Baskets in natural colours is the perfect match for all of them. The dark Dara version with the black “star”-pattern will definitely become an eye-catcher in your home. Use the trays to serve drinks or food, as a beautiful piece on your coffee table or in your hallway to organize your bits and bobs. Check the collection out here:

Handmade Round Rattan Tray Cambodia Natural Star Pattern Inside

Dara Rattan Tray Natural

Handmade Round Rattan Tray Cambodia Star Pattern Black

Dara Rattan Tray Black Pattern

Handmade Woven Rattan Rectangle Tray Cambodia Flowers and Milk Jug

Dara Rectangular Tray

Handmade Woven Rattan Baskets With Lid Set

Liha Basket with Lid

Handmade Woven Rattan Basket Star Pattern Cambodia Bread Basket

Dara Basket

Cambodia Dara Basket with Lid Staged Lemons

Dara Basket with Lid

Your purchase contributes to a sustainable income for these talented Cambodian artisans, empowers their creativity, educates them and offers them a safe working environment, where their views and opinions matter. Furthermore, you create awareness about the use of natural and sustainable materials.

Your Impact:

  • Empower female artisans
  • Support women in providing for their families
  • Preserve local arts, traditions and culture
  • Ensure prompt and fair payment of the weavers
  • Create awareness about the supply chain of your products, natural materials and our environment.

Handmade Round Rattan Tray Cambodia Star Pattern Female Weavers

Pictures of the weavers courtesy of Manava

Meet the Women Behind Our Sisal Baskets from Kenya

Meet the Women Behind Our Sisal Baskets from Kenya

As you may have discovered by now, my vision for Pelagona is to offer luxury items which are not only beautiful but also ethically and sustainably made. Ethical production and sustainability can sound abstract and it seems these buzzwords have become a marketing strategy: many stores who market their products by using these buzzwords but without giving any further information about who actually made them and how. My goal is to show you who made your products and what is your impact if you make a purchase with Pelagona.

Over the past months, I have started to get in touch with initiatives all over the world to source from them for the store. I am really excited to announce our latest partnership with the Mulikyondo Basket Weavers Initiative in Kenya.

All the items are handmade mostly by mothers and daughters following Pelagona’s design. Basket weaving has become an important way of income for the women as agriculture has been challenged by climate change. The income through the weaving allows the women financial freedom and, hence, less dependency on their husbands and/or extended communities or relatives. Furthermore, meeting for weaving reaffirms their social interactions and strengthens their community. It allows them to discuss the issues they face with other women and offer advice for each other.

These hand-woven baskets are pretty and versatile – I mix various colours, sizes and patterns and use them as laundry hampers or storage for blankets and pillows. You can also use it to store stuffed toys of your little ones. Check the collection out here:

Handmade Sisal Basket Natural and Black FlowersSisal Basket CollectionHandmade Sisal Laundry Hamper Basket Black Block Natural Towel

By shopping at Pelagona you will receive a beautiful addition to your home but you will also make a significant impact.

Your Impact:

  1. Empower female artisans
  2. Keep local arts alive
  3. Support the women in becoming independent

Handmade Sisal Baskets Kenyan Weavers Group

Picture courtesy of Mulikyondo Weaving Community

Welcome to Pelagona

Meet the Founder of Pelagona Liz Steiger

Welcome to Pelagona, where beautiful accessories, textiles and decorative wares are lovingly sourced from talented artisans across the globe. This is our first blog post and we would like to use it to introduce our mission.

Founded by Liz Steiger, Pelagona is built from her personal passion for travel, fashion, design, history and the beautiful things in life. Liz is a world traveller and fashionista who calls Europe and Asia her homes.

Liz has always loved fashion, luxury and design. But there was one thing she never appreciated about  most of the products she found: even if she spent a lot of money, she could never be sure if the items are ethically sourced, apply a sustainable approach and are not made by using modern slavery.

Pelagona did not come out of the blue. Liz had had the idea for it for quite some time. Whenever she travelled to a new place, she thought it would be great to bring her beautiful finds online.

In 2016 she read a book about three friends who founded a department store. The products were sourced from independent designers and women’s initiatives in foreign countries such as Jordan. This story of the three entrepreneurs was so similar to her idea and Liz could not stop thinking about it.  And with Pelagona, the idea finally came to life.

As you may have discovered by now, the vision for Pelagona is to offer luxury items which are not only beautiful but also ethically and sustainably made.

With your purchase, you will not only receive a beautiful and unique product. You will have an impact. You will contribute to empowering women, artisans and designers across the globe, offer livelihoods and prevent local arts from dying out.

All our products are unique and special, just like you. We deliver Liz’s hand-picked items from all over to world directly to your doorstep.

Follow Liz on Instagram to learn more about her mission and see behind the scenes of Pelagona.