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Posted in uncategorized on October 25, 2011

New! Caitlin Wilson Textiles

Yes, I know… I’ve been a bit on a pillow kick lately. Today I heard from interior and textiles designer (and blogger) Caitlin Wilson who told me all about her new fabric and pillow line under the brand Caitlin Wilson Textiles and I went a bit bonkers. Not only because they are gorgeous and totally versatile and can fit nearly any style – love that – but because Caitlin turned her frustration into a business and I’m always so energized by stories like hers (more about that below). But first, aren’t these patterns and colors so fresh and gorgeous?

Caitlin Wilson Textiles

Caitlin launched her design practice, Caitlin Wilson Design, in 2007 and has been designing spaces from San Francisco to the Cayman Islands every since with her work appearing in top magazines and books. Here is a glimpse from her design portfolio that covers every style from African to Eclectic and beyond… If you’d like to view more, her entire portfolio can be viewed here.

Caitlin Wilson Textiles

Blue + Orange = great color combo!

Caitlin Wilson Textiles

Geometric neutrals in a kitchen adds class.

Caitlin Wilson Textiles

A touch of ethnic pattern makes this kitchen a bit more playful.

Caitlin Wilson Textiles

Pear + lilac work beautifully together in a nursery.

Caitlin Wilson Textiles

Add some bright violets to punch up a pastel palette.

Caitlin Wilson Textiles

Black, white and goldenrod with a little blue and a lot of pattern. Perfect!

Caitlin Wilson Textiles

This art display really works – I love how close the bottom picture is to the floor – fantastic!

Caitlin Wilson Textiles

An all white kitchen gets a dress touch with bold pink as an accent through tea towels and a simple floral arrangement. Budget decorating!

Caitlin Wilson Textiles

As she designed all of the spaces that you see above, you can imagine she had to dig through a lot of resources to find the gorgeous things that she used to decorate and layer each room. In the process though, Caitlin found a void in the market when it comes to colorful patterns at an affordable price point so she decided to give her own brand a try and design what she felt was missing. Instead of simply living frustrated like so many, complaining about what they cannot have or find, she decided to create it herself. You go, Caitlin! Now she has these beautiful textiles that you see shown below (and many more right here) that you can order and enjoy in your own home. Yum!

Caitlin Wilson Textiles

Caitlin Wilson Textiles

Caitlin Wilson Textiles

In her online shop, you can purchase fabric by the yard and pillow covers. Try the fabric to upholster chairs, a headboard or to make a duvet for your bed. I personally love her collection and hope that you do too!

(images: caitlin wilson)

Posted in textiles on October 24, 2011

Color Me Pretty: Orchard Inspiration

Hello friends, it is Leslie here with Color Me Pretty for October. I recently visited a beautiful apple orchard on Vancouver Island because it is that time of year here. The days are crisp, the leaves have changed color and the nights are getting very cold. Having lived the last fourteen years in Los Angeles, I have forgotten how cold nights can get back up here in Canada!

Color Me Pretty: Orchard Inspiration

While I was wandering (and shivering!) around picking and photographing all the fruit, I got really inspired to bake. There is something about apples and cinnamon that just gives me a cozy home feeling. Especially when you come into the house smelling them cooking after freezing yourself outside. How about you? There is usually some combination baking in the oven that makes you feel like home, right?

Color Me Pretty: Orchard Inspiration

Keeping with this simple pairing I thought it would be fun to use my apples in the kitchen as inspiration for this months column. A classic favorite of red and pale cinnamon brown from my home to yours.

Color Me Pretty: Orchard Inspiration

Color Me Pretty: Orchard Inspiration

One of the apple recipes I used was this rustic looking apple crostata, it got gobbled up by my family pretty quickly which is a good sign of a recipe success.

Color Me Pretty: Orchard Inspiration

I also made some cranberry and apple conserve which, looks really pretty for gifts in some glass jars and tastes great with poultry or as a condiment for a cheese platter.

Color Me Pretty: Orchard Inspiration

Since the days are getting shorter, I have been lighting candles later in the day. Old jam and mason jars look pretty filled with a little water and a tea light. The water helps keep the glass from cracking from the heat of the candle. You can line these inexpensive candle holders along a window or group them on your kitchen table. These recycled jars are always pretty.

Color Me Pretty: Orchard Inspiration

You can even use twine, ribbon and/or washi tapes from Japan to dress up plain bottles and add them to a shelf or windowsill. Decorating doesn’t have to be expensive – just think outside of the box and customize what you have with what’s laying around your craft room.

Color Me Pretty: Orchard Inspiration

Try translating what inspires you from nature, for instance a trip to an orchard, into something handmade. You can try making your own cards, a notebook, or simply pinning things according to a specific palette onto your mood board to inspire you and decorate your work room.

Color Me Pretty: Orchard Inspiration

Lastly, I have been seeing coffee filters used for wrapping all over lately. I had first come across this funny use of filters in some Japanese craft books and was not entirely convinced. However, for a small gift I now think this ruffled thin paper looks quite sweet for wrapping. I am partial to the unbleached natural color of the basket filters paired with baker’s twine and a little red accent. Of course they are food safe so I can also imagine using them for wrapping holiday cookies in a couple months.

Color Me Pretty: Orchard Inspiration

I hope you have enjoyed this apple inspired post and I look forward to seeing you here next month. Until then take good care and maybe take some time to bake something yummy. – Leslie Shewring.

(images/styling: leslie shewring)

Posted in Color Inspiration, Color Me Pretty on October 24, 2011

Inspired By Riikka Kantinkoski

Have you heard of Finnish photographer, stylist and product designer Riikka Kantinkoski? I love her home in Finland and the beautiful photos that she takes for magazines, but also the snaps of her own house that she shares on her beautiful blog called Weekday Carnival.

I found her work through Susanna Vento’s site and I’ve been in awe of Riikka ever since – especially of the things that she sells in her Big Cartel shop. Wow, I love it all, but especially her jewelry and these wooden knobs. Her soft color palette with shots of black definitely resonates with me as I love soft colors, too. Check out these images from her home. I especially love how she incorporated a West Elm comforter into her Finnish home – gorgeous!

Another version of her kitchen before she decorated it in shots of pink and black – this one is from a few months ago and will appear in a Paumes book about Finnish homes very soon.

I’m so inspired by the way that Riika decorates but also of the wares in her very special online shop. What a creative and clever lady!

What do you like about these spaces above?

(images: riikka kantinkowski)

Posted in Decorating Tips on October 21, 2011

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