I was reading recently that Garnet Hill has teamed up with interior designer Nicola Manganello of Nicola’s Homes in Maine to create a lovely bedding collection that looks simply dreamy! I love all the texture and vintage charm in this new line, I think exceptional bedding is pretty important and though I don’t own tons of linens what I do have to dress my bed is quality — I can’t sleep on anything that feels scratchy or synthetic. Of course, beauty is important too and I can’t think of anything quite as nice than beautiful bedding. Nicola is a lady after my own heart, she loves combining the old with the new.
“Nicola’s philosophical approach to bedding embraces creativity with one rule: a match, not a set, makes a statement. Antique quilts, traditional needlework, vintage linens, and turn-of-the-century prints — it’s all about combining patterns, colors and textures in an artful way. This new collection draws inspiration from the contrast: the mixing of flea market finds, antique shop treasures, and heirloom pieces nestled away in attics — and newer boutique discoveries from international artisans.” – Garnet Hill.
Would you like to see this new collection? You’ll have to wait until Wednesday, August 5th when it premieres on the Garnet Hill website — mark your calendar!
(photos: garnet hill & nicola’s homes)
These look so cozy for Autumn, I can only imagine the comfort and warmth curling up on a custom knit chair designed by Melanie Porter in the UK. Today Melanie shared her collection with me and I just had to post about this because I did promise I’d lay off the wedding-related content so I’m onto chairs now. :) Who knows where my next blog post will take us, I’m constantly flipping around like this. You too? Thing is, there is so much out there to be inspired by that one never needs to draw a line — if something inspires, no matter what it is, that’s just how it goes. Your design compass points and well, you simply must follow!
About Melanie’s work — in her own words, “Each project starts with the chair itself – anything from an antique Victorian nursing chair, to a 1970s Egg chair – which is painstakingly stripped back to the frame, before being restored and reupholstered using traditional techniques. This blank canvas is then covered with a series of hand-knitted panels, especially created for each chair.”
What a process, sounds like a lot of work but a piece that someone would cherish for life. Would you love to have her whip up a custom chair for you? Me, me me! Yes!
Clever and a delight!
(photos: melanie porter)
Forgive me, but I’ve been on a wedding kick lately. I promise, it’s nearly over! :) My anniversary was on the 14th but I’m still thinking about weddings and I’m guessing it’s due to all the photos I’ve been looking through lately as I prep for our move. Last night I pulled out our wedding and reception DVD and my husband and I watched it on his laptop — we recently had the video tape transferred to DVD with all these special features added like short clips and a image album so it was fun to look at. I promise, this is the last wedding-ish post!
Have you heard of The Wedding Chicks before? No? Oh you will love me for sharing these ladies with you today! This is such a beautiful place on the web to visit for wedding inspiration. I must confess though, that even for us married girls it’s a great spot for simply viewing lovely things and dreaming up ideas on how we can use some of the ideas and color schemes in a non-wedding sort of way.
They also have some great DIY projects that you can certainly use whether you’re about to wed or not. Enjoy!
(photos: the wedding chicks)
Have you heard of southern California photographer Jose Villa? Oh baby, oh baby! Just you wait! This man is a total pro and specializes in wedding photography that will make your heart skip a beat. If I ever decide to take second vows with my man I’m contacting Jose. One look at his portfolio and I was smitten, transported, struck…
Positively divine. Go have a look. You will swoon and use multiple adjectives simultaneously too.
Psst: Jose has a separate portfolio for all of his gorgeous shots of children and an inspirational blog, too. Oh and did I mention that he teaches workshops? Oh yes… There’s one coming up in Italy in October!
(photos: jose villa)
I’m always so inspired by the Pretty Good blog, which is actually pretty awesome… I bet you’ll love it so here’s a glimpse in case you missed my earlier post about it here. I decided to make Pretty Good the decor8 blog of the week so you can be reminded to click over each day this week.
This blog is unique because author and photographer Mary Swenson doesn’t deliver typed text, only swirly very brief text on photographs that she takes, and that makes for a very unique blog and a creative way of sharing information. She shares yummy recipes, too. The only personal concern I have with this format is that if you don’t have text and/or links in your blog then your content is not easily found on google so not all may want to go image-only on their blogs (in case you are thinking about it this is something to consider)… But if you are looking for a more creative way to share then this format is absolutely lovely. I look forward to every post and know you will too. Enjoy!
(photos: mary swenson)