Textile Arts offers some of the best fabric and wall hanging kits I’ve seen, by far. If you love fabric that pops, crave something unique, and fancy the idea of owning art that you won’t see in everyone else’s pad, look no more. “If you can’t sew…our kit is the answer. You supply a staple gun and iron and in under an hour you can have a framed piece of marimekko on your walls”, so claims this nifty online shop. Click on the Marimekko page to view fabrics categorized by style; large panels, abstracts, oilcloth, uphostery, whimsy, stripes/checks, retro, botancials, and don’t forget the kiddies with their own line of fabric for children. You can also browse the Ljungbergs Fabric for stunning prints by some of Sweden’s premiere textile designers. Don’t forget to view their wall hanging kits along with their extensive line of bedding, handbags, pillows… I could go on and on. Their line is extensive, beautiful, affordable, and so unique that you’ll be forced to make a purchase. When you do, please let me know what you found. Oh, and one last note before I sign off… don’t forget to view their Kitchen line. The 12.5″ x 17″ laminated tray by Maija Louekari is a must-have! (photo: Hetkia Moments print.)
Trimmed in real gold, strutting it’s stuff in coral, you know the feeling when you see something and you just connect to it somehow, like it was always meant to be yours? Maybe this dates back to my mother singing me the “I’m a little tea pot” song, but when I recently came across this tea pot in Domino magazine, I felt that pull, that inner longing, the feeling that soon I’d be throwing down the plastic and charging at full speed. “It can’t be over $100”, I thought typing in the URL faster than my husband can say, “Honey, no! no!”. My little tea pot appeared before me, in full color. Gulp. $346.00 plus s+h. Being the frugal fuddy-dud that I am, I googled it and discovered that an eBay store,”Heritage House Tableware” has 5 left for $276.80 each; quite a savings! Will I be tempted? Nah. I keep telling myself, if I can find it for under $200, I’ll buy it. Stop laughing, I’m serious. You know, the more I think about it, this little tea pot does need a home, and I do consume tea on a daily basis so it’s perfectly justifiable when my husband sees the charge on our statement. Should I do it?
You may recall the name, as Kiln’s snakeskin plates were featured in this month’s issue of Domino magazine. This small Brooklyn based company, owned by an amazingly talented husband + wife team, create beautiful sculptures, jewelry, mobiles, tableware, and home decorative objects like the “Bloom” wall placques (shown in photo). Four in the collection, each measuring 3″ x 6″, they would look gorgeous arranged over a teak buffet or mounted in your entry way. Made with enamel mounted on wood with hangers, each placque is $60 and in my opinion, well worth it for something handmade by an artist.
The Mademoiselle chair, designed by Phillipe Starck, is the perfect blend of clever + chic. It’s body, sturdy polyurethane. The seat, a soft thick fabric for a comfortable sit and a happy booty. I love how fashionable it is, yet how very practical. The linear design, fun pattern, and that it comes in three patterns (Blue Chinese pattern, Red Chinese pattern, and green Damask) are also strong selling points for me. Retail at Retro Modern is $717, although I recently saw it on eBay for $569 with Free Shipping from Germany (who also sells Ghost Chairs for only $249) by seller: smartdiscount
When I first stepped into the Thomas O’Brien aisle at my local Target store, I heard the angels sing. With heavenly lights cascading from above (aka flourescence), I was guided to touch and feel everything I could from the Vintage Modern line. Groping the lamps, frames, and pillows, I had to purchase some for my very own. With so much chocolate and robin’s egg blue, how could I ever turn away? Of course, one shopping trip leads to another, so I’ve frequented the Vintage Modern aisle many times over the past few months. But, nothing quite made my new year happy until this past weekend, when the floodgates of the heavens were opened. Vintage Modern was 75%! If you haven’t heard about this sale, consider yourself lucky that I just told you because it’s not one to miss. After reading this, please report to your nearest Target for the ultimate retail fix. For some reason, the line isn’t on sale on their website, so an in-store appearance on your part is mandatory. I’ve attached a few “finds” from the sale, ones that I acquired with great gushing and celebratory phone calls to friends from the actual aisle. Yeah, I know, geek. The pearly gates are only opened until 9:30 p.m. in most locations, so you’d better run quick! (top photo: Vintage Modern faux white leather matte frame, selected fabrics as “photos” from the Laurie Smith collection at Hancock Fabrics. Frame on sale for $6.)
I need to come clean. I haven’t watched a single episode of, “Trading Spaces”, since January 2002, or anything else design related, for that matter. Yes, I am an Interior Design consultant, so you’d think I’d be all about the cable line-up of back to back Queer Eye and Designing for the Sexes. But, surprise, I’m not. I actually remember the last time I watched Trading Spaces on cable. It was on a snowy day in January 2002, when we lived in a huge restored barn loft in Massachusetts near the New Hampshire state line. The episode featured my then favorite designer, Laurie Smith, decorating a bedroom in her colorful 50s-70s signature style. Over the years, I’ve googled Laurie, admiring her design work featured on various websites, but it was only recently when she published her first book (only $15 on Amazon!), that I started to take an interest to her again. Her whimsical color palette of green, chocolate, orange, violet, and yellow, inspired by 50’s-70’s design, really pop. With the release of her inspiring book, she’s launched the Laurie Smith fabric line sold exclusively at Hancock Fabrics. Of course, after seeing them, I immediately started planning the future of my living room. The photo shown was taken today of my living room. The panels and pillows are all from the Laurie Smith collection, handmade by me (which you can tell if you flip over the panels and see my drunken seams.) The fabric is very inexpensively $18-25 per yard, and excellent quality from what I can tell so far. The fabric was also very easy to work with. If you have any questions about the fabrics I selected, please comment below.