Amy Butler recently notified her fans that she’s soon to launch her premiere home decor collection with Rowan Fabrics called Nigella, named after one of her favorite antique flowers. The patterns are of exotic florals (huge trend right now), “This grouping makes an exotic, Neo Victorian statement. Floral designs collide with feminine romantic flourishes to create a collection of fresh “heirloom” prints with a modern twist!” says Amy.
The Nigella collection (shown below) is 54″ wide and printed on 100% cotton sateen, and uses lots of green, olive, salmon pink, pale pink, blue, khaki, and turquoise. She also released 6 new sewing patterns: frenchy bags, blue sky hats, barcelona skirts, stash & dash bags, gum drop pillows, and feather your nest. I have to get my hands on the gum drop pillow pattern, I want to make them. Aren’t they sweet?
(images from amy butler)
A big thanks to Yuko in Chicago, a transplant from Tokyo, for writing in about her new kitchen towel collection under the name PataPri. Yuko designs and silk screens these herself, and I’m already thinking of a 1,000 ways to use a kitchen towel because the perky patterns and colors are terrific.
Thanks for the tip, Yuko! :)
(images from patapri)
Meatloaf, spam, and hamburger helper may no longer be on the menu, but it doesn’t mean we have to forget everything from our past. If you’re looking for a little flashback, click on over to Lara Long and her store, Plaid Pony Vintage. From clothing to housewares, Lara even carries these neat polaroid pictures for $50 each taken by her husband, also available as notecards, $18 for a pack of six.
Look at this stuff, is it not the best? Where’s Ward and June Clever anyway, and those days of domestic perfection? I actually owned these McDonald’s action series glasses… I was born in the 70′s, so I remember most of these things. By the way, is the yellow and white lamp and doxie pillow not the best? I love the shine on that lamp, although it’s plastic, it would look great on one of those white lacquered desks with a white shade, banded with a slim ribbon trim in a white/yellow chevron pattern, perhaps?
If you’re in Providence this weekend, don’t miss the Rag & Bone Bindery annual Open Studio & Sale on Saturday, April 28th from 10 – 4 at 1088 Main Street. Their books are gorgeous. I own several (I use them as art journals/look books) and the quality is just above and beyond what you’d find anywhere else. I am above and beyond impressed. Here’s the scoop directly from their invitation along with some photos of their space.
“This Saturday, April 28th, Rag & Bone Bindery will open its doors beginning at 10:00 for our annual Spring open studio sale. We’ll have lots of books for sale including seconds, samples, one-of-a-kind books, discontinued styles and plenty of first quality books with new designs.” – Jason
Oh and let’s not forget the kiddies. They’ll have a special workshop from 11 – 1 pm hosted by Kidoinfo.com to teach the kids how to make pop-up cards. Fun!
Can’t make it to the sale? Visit them online to save 25% this weekend only on any size order. Valid Saturday, April 28th, & Sunday, April 29th, 2007. Enter code: springsale.
Does anyone else shop these guys? What are your thoughts on their products? Hope you can make the sale, either online or in person.
(thanks Jason for the 411!)
Another gem of a store in Portland, Maine that I visited last Saturday was Ferdinand, co-owned by designer Diane Toepfer. The moment I walked in and spotted tons of cram cream tape and Japanese goodies, I knew I’d thoroughly enjoy the experience, but wait, it gets better.
I had a chance to meet with Diane, watched her do a little screenprinting (she gave me one of the zebra designs she was busy working on), and spent some time making small talk with her. I guess I’m a nerd, but I cherish these intimate exchanges with shop owners, it means a lot to me when they take a moment to explain a process or give a tour. It was really relaxing and nice hangin’ with Diane. She’s totally chill and so is her store. I wasn’t surprised to find out she and her hubby relocated to Maine a few years ago from the west coast.
Here she is working on her zebra cards. It was cool when she told me that her husband reads decor8, as I’m always excited when I go to random stores and someone there has heard of my blog. I’m sure other bloggers can relate, it’s really exciting! Blogging is amazing, it links so many of us together, it’s truly inspiring, don’t you think? Anyway, Ferdinand is a large store, packed with everything from cram cream tape to pins and jewelry, tees, cards, pillows, pottery, and lots of adorable owls made of natural materials, like bark. I highly suggest visiting and spending some time with Diane yourself.
Here’s a few of Diane’s latest designs above. You can buy these online. Do you like my zebra below? I put him in the living room for the time being. I love that Diane signed it, and adore the raw edges. I have to get him in a frame…
When you’re in Portland, mark down Ferndinand as a must-see shop. They are open Wednesday-Saturday from 11-6, and are located at 243 Congress Street, not far from Angela Adams, so you can hit both stores.
And there’s good news for those not heading into Maine anytime soon… You can shop some of Ferdinand’s wares online.
Thanks Diane for taking time with me, it was so nice to meet you.
(images from holly becker for decor8)