This blog, Hello My Name Is Heather, really inspired me as I read it over the weekend. Written by Heather Bailey from California, I love how this lady looks at the world, and her photos are simply stunning. I thought about all of you when I read it, thinking that you’d enjoy it, too. Especially nice for the moms out there, since Heather creates a lot of beautiful things for kids. My favorite is the “Lucky Lily” post where she features a lovely jacket created out of vintage linens she picked up at the Rose Bowl flea market. Sah-wooon!
(image copyright 2006 Isaac Bailey)
As many of you know, I’m a big fan of Orla Kiely so naturally, when I spotted this Orla interview on the very cool Handbag website, I had to share it with all of you since I suspect that you’re Orla fans (or about to be), too.
Irish designer Orla Kiely is one of the leading names in London fashion and is now a member of the Dulux Creative Board (readers: please check out delux for online color theory 101!). Handbag caught up with her to ask her about her interiors style.
Where do you get your inspiration from when decorating your home?
I get it from everything. All around me are interesting details, patterns and colours. My work takes me across the world and I make a point of always going to the local market. Living in London is also great; there are lots of exhibitions here, which I find inspiring. I went to a Luc Tuymans exhibition recently at the Tate, which I found I loved for colour.
click here to continue reading the interview.
Related posts: April 27, March 31.
(photo from bagzn)
Have you heard of Dog + Pony Show designs? Headed up by California girls Melissa Altman, an LA girl with a Master Degree in Art History and Jen Garrido, an Affiliate Artist at the Headlands Center of the Arts in San Francisco. As a perky little team of two, they design whimsical heartfelt greetings that will pull at anyones heart strings just a little bit (tug… tug…).
Shop them online.
California dreaming here in New England with another rainy Saturday… What are you guys and dolls up to today? I have a terrific Boston loft tour to take you on (20 photos!). You’re going to love this uber hip dream pad done by a local DIY bachelor, what a a tour. Stick around for more on that later…
(images from dog + pony show designs)
I found another online destination for lovely Asian interiors, Lombok, based in London. Seems they have 10 stores in the London area, with one being their brand new clearance store which features savings up to 90% off of retail prices (located at Unit 2, The Gasworks, 2 Michael Road, London). I love their organic style, with everything being eco-friendly and oh-so fabulous to look at. From desks to dining chairs, they seem to carry a broad range of furniture and accessories that are sophisticated but not stuffy, the emphasis being on natural and elegant materials like suede, ceramics, mother-of-pearl, and split bamboo. I guess this is another stop to add to my list of must-see design stores in London. What a city, that London town! I think I should just move there, don’t you? :)
(images from lombok)
Green Tea Design carries, what they call, Asian-industrial style. Based in Toronto, their furniture features clean lines and an elegant Northern Asian aesthetic. If you’re a designer, and your clients are looking for something along these lines, bookmark Green Tea as your resource. I know I will. A stunning selection!
Known for their custom-designed kitchens, plasma TV consoles, signature step chests and authentic Japanese antiques, they’ll even customize items for you by offering you a broad assortment of stains, finishes and hand forged hardware to fit your needs, and they ship worldwide. They use salvaged hardwoods like elm and gingko proving thier commitment to the environment, as well. I just love these photos of their showroom, this style is so beautiful – organic, textured, modern, clean.
Greentea Design was featured on The Apprentice 4, on various HGTV programs, and in respected publications like INSTYLE, Architectural Digest, In Touch Weekly and The Robb Report. Hollywood is taking notice and Greentea Design is a hit with a-list celebrities William Baldwin, Camryn Manheim, director Ron Howard and Alanis Morisette.
Scheduled for October 2006 is an exciting new Greentea Condo Collection of small- space furniture options, too. Stay tuned!
Thanks Christine, for the tip!
(images from green tea design)
I love bold prints, and these cards from Pie Bird Press made my day all happy with these bold primary colors. Simple objects, like fried eggs + popcorn, look amazingly cute – can’t you see these framed in a kitchen? You could also collage images, including these cards, as a backsplash in your kitchen adding plexiglass to protect them (have it custom made to fit the space.) Maybe even do a little image transfer onto fabric?
(images from pie bird press)