How to Make a House Feel Like a Home, According to the Founders of Canyon Coffee

For Ally Walsh and Casey Wojtalewicz, any good coffee routine requires intention—and so does decorating a new space.

For anyone with a healthy coffee habit, the key word is ritual. Ally Walsh and Casey Wojtalewicz, partners and cofounders of Southern California’s Canyon Coffee, see the rituals that surround coffee as means of connecting to one another, and they say these processes have a way of "adding beauty and warmth to daily life." Of course, like any habit, a measured approach is best.

Now with their first child, Ally and Casey are settling into a new house, and decorating has been a similarly deliberate process. "We prefer to let special furniture and pieces come to us," they say. But while they wait for the universe to provide, the items below were no-brainers in getting the ball rolling toward a warm, inviting home filled with intention.

"We love the warm, soft glow and one-of-a-kind feel of the Akari lights by Isamu Noguchi. The name, Akari, translates to light as illumination, but also invokes the idea of weightlessness."

Noguchi Akari 30A Ceiling Lamp
Akari Light Sculptures by Isamu Noguchi are considered icons of 1950s modern design. Designed by Noguchi beginning in 1951 and handmade for a half century by the original manufacturer in Gifu, Japan, the paper lanterns are a harmonious blend of Japanese handcraft and modernist form.

"The Always Pan is true to its name. Since getting ours, we use it multiple times a day! It’s a very thoughtfully designed nonstick pan, and we appreciate the tasteful color options."

Our Place Always Pan
Meet the cult-favorite, best-selling Always Pan. This do-it-all wonder is designed to replace 8 traditional pieces of cookware. Plus, it looks pretty good too.

"We were fans of Bathing Culture before we even tried their soap— for their branding, their eco-consciousness, and the way they embody Northern California. But as it turns out, we’d be fans of them for the scent and quality of their soap alone! We started a subscription. Win-win."

Bathing Culture Mind and Body Wash
Respect yourself with our naturally radical, certified-organic, biodegradable soap that feels like jumping into a cold river on a hot day. Bottled in 100% California curbside-collected recycled PET. Don't forget to refill with a gallon or at a refill partner near you.

"With a new home and baby on the way, it was time for us to size up our mattress. We went with the Avocado Vegan Mattress, and are so grateful we did, because we have been sleeping so well ever since. (Yes, even with a newborn!) We also kept it in-house and went with Avocado’s City bed frame to simplify the whole bed search."

Avocado Vegan Mattress
Our vegan hybrid mattress features GOLS organic certified latex rubber, 100% GOTS and USDA organic certified cotton and up to 1,414 individually pocketed support coils arranged in 5 strategic zones. Rather than use glues to bind the layers together, it's needle-tufted by hand.

"We’re really proud and grateful to work with amazing ceramics artists for Canyon Coffee. Monica Galan is one of our favorites! Based in Highland Park, she always keeps a beautiful selection of mugs, bowls, vases, and art pieces on her online shop." 

Salamat Ripples Mug
Soft ridge mug with dual square handle.  ...

"Beautiful new, these mills only get better with age as they’re used and worn in, making them an investment we’ve never looked back on. They’re simple but special additions to our kitchen that elevate the feel, and they’re probably the most often remarked about (and complimented) by guests!"

Atlas Brass Mill
The Atlas Brass Mill is beautiful kitchen tool suitable for chef's and beginner cooks alike. The handmade grinding mechanism is designed to maximize flavor and aroma, producing a generous amount of salt or pepper with each turn of the handle. Features adjustable grinding from fine to coarse.

"We love the warmth of lighting water on our stove every morning for our coffee ritual. This kettle, made by Kaico in Japan, is an expertly crafted enamel kettle built to stand the test of time."

Canyon Coffee Enamel Coffee Kettle (1.45L)
Add beauty and charm to your morning ritual with this stovetop kettle. Each kettle is handmade in Japan of white enamel-coated steel, with a dark speckled blue interior. The handle is layered with beechwood, and the knob is made of maple.

"Being in the specialty coffee industry, we also have an appreciation for the speed and precision of to-the-degree electric kettles! Fellow has been around for a few years, and they have really won us over with their Stagg EKG electric kettle. Its simple design is very intuitive and easy to use."

Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Kettle
The electric pour-over kettle for coffee-lovers. Whether you're a world brewing champion or a brewing beginner, Stagg EKG will be your countertop partner in the pursuit of a ridiculously good cup of coffee.

"This quilt has brought a whole new level of coziness to our nights and mornings! Sonny (our newborn boy) loves lying on it and watching the morning light rise while mom and dad try to catch a few more minutes of sleep."

Parachute Cloud Cotton Quilt
Bring an alluring loftiness and elegance to your linens with this light and airy bedding essential, made of the finest 100% long-staple Turkish cotton and overstuffed for warmth. So soft and fluffy—you must feel it to believe it....

"We’re big fans of the two-level design of these end tables, which enable us to keep books and other accessories stashed below for a cleaner top—which makes the room feel a little calmer. They’re also super affordable compared to similar products!"

Russet The Sidekick
Meet your new Sidekick. Crafted from FSC certified wood, easy to assemble, and even easier to take apart— I was thoughtfully designed to travel along with you, wherever life may lead.

"We’d be remiss not to include the coffee-brewing ritual that started it all for us! We love the Chemex for its timeless glass-and-wood design and the smooth, delicious coffee it brews. In this set, we pair an eight-cup coffee maker with filters and a bag of Canyon, so you have everything you need to start your own morning pour over ritual."   

Canyon Coffee Chemex Starter Kit
The Chemex Starter Kit bundle includes: 1 x 8 Cup Chemex 1 x Box of Circular Chemex Filters 1 x Whole bean or ground bag of Canyon of your choice The Chemex is one of our favorite ways to brew coffee at home.

"While the mindfulness of the pour over ritual has been at the heart of Canyon, we also have a special affinity for the patient practice of cold brew! This cold brew bottle, made by the glass experts at Japan-based Hario, adds beauty and ease to your home cold brew ritual." 

Hario Cold Brew Coffee Wine Bottle
Cold brewed coffee made easy! Place coffee grounds in the strainer, slowly pour cold water into the carafe through the coffee grounds. Refrigerate for approximately 8 hours for the cold brew to complete.

"We strive to purchase organic products whenever possible, and Baina’s thick cotton towels are a no-brainer! We also appreciate their affinity for ritual, and that they’re a fellow women-founded company."

Baina Green & White Bethell Bath Towel
Rectangular organic cotton terrycloth towel featuring jacquard woven check pattern in green and white.

"We have a newfound appreciation for baskets since having Sonny! They’re a simple but beautiful way to add storage to the house for anything from clothes to toys to random accessories. We love these baskets from our friends at General Store. They’re made by hand from elephant grass by Fair Trade Federation, a group of Ghanaian artists."

General Store Straw Floor Basket
Functional basket, perfect for home storage. Handwoven by Ghanaian artists from elephant grass into this simple, circular shape. Features two side sturdy woven handles for easy carrying.

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