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Looking to Fashion…

With so many fashion designers and stores mixing into the world of interiors, my only wish is that J.Crew will expand someday with an entire collection of soft furnishings because I envision most of their patterns in the home. The red and white organic starfish print would be gorgeous on a wingback chair or as drapes puddling on hardwood floors. And the postcard linen print is another favorite when I imagine it as a duvet with yellow piping, with the reverse side in a yellow and white geometric pattern. I see fluffy down-filled unbleached linen pillows, monogrammed in black with swirly initials because I’d need to add some whimsy while maintaining the preppy j.crew vibe. Maybe the pillow piping would be the postcard print. Hmmm… J.Crew if you’re listening, please design a collection for the home. And hire me, along with all the savvy decor8 readers, to work for you. Not everyone wants to wear a starfish mini skirt, but most of us would love the chance at using the pattern somewhere in the home.

(images from j.crew)

Posted in fashion + accessories on July 05, 2007

John Stefanidis Design & Textiles

I’ve been a bit on a textile kick lately, so when Caroline from John Stefanidis Design contacted me out of the blue with information on Stefanidis fabrics (based in London), one look told me that you’d enjoy his collection, too. Of course, you simply must take a moment to view his intoxicating portfolio. Browsing beautifully decorated rooms is always a treat. The Stefanidis rooms will have you longing for your next vacation. You may even start turning thoughts over in your head about owning a second home in some exotic locale.

Here’s a glimpse of rooms designed in some amazing locations, from the West Indies to Turkey. I’ll take one in Istanbul (one of my dream destinations) and another someplace very tropical and secluded, please. Perhaps a beachfront abode in Cape Town, South Africa. I’ve had my eye on visiting there for a few years now… Or perhaps a spot in Marrakesh so I can run wild with the amazing Maryam, shopping the souks and carrying her luggage as she hops from one country to the next for her job. I would carry her bags and cook her meals and I’d even consider trimming the toenails on her peacocks if I could somehow be lucky enough to experience the world Maryam style. If you don’t already read her blog, drop everything, she’s an American living in Marrakesh and her stories are fascinating. I digress…

Back to John Stefanidis. I love looking at how he arranges things. Some of his clients seem to fancy colorful glassware and he’s certainly not afraid to show off their collections by utilizing every square inch of a space to incorporate their possessions, is he?

The chair in this bathroom is perfect as an unexpected touch. And with wall colors so rich and gorgeous, who needs art? Well, in the red room above, I guess they needed it, but in the images below, sometimes a simple mirror is all you need when your entire wall is a glowing canvas of color. The hot pink piping on the canopy bed paired with the yellow floral wallpaper has to be one of my favorite color combinations. If it could have a taste, it would surely be raspberry lemonade.

If you could pick a place to set up a house, or at least a second home, where would it be and why?

(images from john stefanidis design)

Posted in Designers + Stylists on July 05, 2007

There’s No Place Like Home…

Inspired by the beautiful garden and patio photos shared by Apartment Therapy readers during their June Outdoor Home month, I thought I’d take you on a tour of my backyard so you can see how I live. Click here to take the little tour.

I lived in Boston for many years and although my parents are still down there and I visit home constantly, my husband and I now live up in New Hampshire about 45 minutes out of the city. The home that you see in this flickr set is an 1875 carriage house bordering a 100+ acre apple orchard and a working farm. Our town is known for horses and apples, and from Spring until late Fall, the smell of sweet corn and apples fill the air. It’s heavenly. I should add that in addition to seeing people out walking their dogs, it’s just as common to see them walking an Appendix Quarter Horse. It’s really beautiful and very green here. I hope you enjoy our little country abode.

See you on Thursday since it’s a holiday here in the states today and most of us are enjoying the day off. :)

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in outdoors on July 04, 2007

Kirin and Co. Textiles

Lara Cameron, the designer behind Kirin and Co., is one talented Aussie. I love looking at all the patterns she tucks away in her flickr folder, all of which are available in your choice of color if you choose to place a custom textile order with her. Or, you can visit her fabulous etsy store and purchase screenprinted fabric from her current collection.

I really like her prints, they look so fresh and fun, and would work well in so many different interiors. I need to paint and reupholster a vintage stool, maybe the riverstones in raspberry with a crisp white coat of paint on the base? Hmm…

(images from kirin and co)

Posted in Etsy Faves, Objects on July 03, 2007


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