Speaking of Danielle, I was just over on her blog and saw something that I couldn’t resist sharing with you – plus I want to make sure I have it forever logged on decor8 as a resource so I can go back to it. I’m loving Ouno Design right about now! With quilts created using only vintage scarves and pillows from retro textiles, they’ve totally nailed that whole Bohemian look. I can see Christian Siriano from Project Runway using words like ferosh, fierce, and fabulous to describe these things. Or perhaps these are more in tune with Sweet P’s aesthetic? Or if Sweet P and Christian had a baby? I digress…
Ouno (pronounced “OO-no”) creates one-of-a-kind and limited edition decor accessories for the home like pillows, bedding, blankets, cushions, etc. using high quality vintage materials that have an obvious mid century Scandinavian and Japanese modern vibe. With lots of warm colors, texture and natural fibers the look is very inviting and appealing, don’t you think? And of course, you wouldn’t need to go overboard, a simple quilt without decorative pillows works for the bed and on a chair or sofa you’d only need a throw or a pillow to add some color to your space.
It’s refreshing to find products that are so stylish and colorful while also being one-of-a-kind creations. My eyes sometimes burn from same-product-in-every-store overload, you must experience this from time to time. I really get tired of it, there are so many creative minds in this world that I reason good design and fresh ideas will never die unless copycats replace innovators and in that case, more is threatened than design and that’s a whole ‘nother blog post! But my feeling is that companies like Ouno deserve some attention because creating one-of-a-kind isn’t easy in a mass-produced world.
(images from ouno design)
Stylized florals that jump from the fabric, mostly vintage inspired (think toned down 60’s), is what Sweet Home London is all about. Deborah DeLong, former designer for Laura Ashley London, is now the proud owner of newly formed home textile company Sweet Home London.
Bedspreads with traditional Indian ‘gudri’ stitching (Blossom), Bold daffodils with crisp white binding (Cornelia) and the girly floral pattern of Della Floral (reminds me of the linens I slept on during the summers on my grandparents farm, in a good way), are some of my favorites from this collection. It feels a little like Blackpool Sands mixed in with a bit of Cape Cod. And buried beneath layers of snow right now, the Spring like feel of this bedding is exactly what I need to see. :)
Sweet Home London is offering a special promotion to kick off the new year, purchase any size duvet cover and receive two pillowcases at no charge.
(images from sweet home london)
I think this should be called the budget find of the month, the Neighborhood bedspread designed for Urban Outfitters by the talented Julia Rothman. So in addition to her mug, you can have a $32 bedspread with more cheery house imagery on it. It’s cotton, so in case you don’t need a bedspread just view it as a large piece of fabric with limitless options. Maybe a smock for painting? A shower curtain? An ottoman cover? Sofa throw? Cover a headboard in a kid’s room? Cover a cork board?
One of these babies yields fabric sized 108″l x 90″w. It’s great seeing designers we know through blogs getting gigs with such big names like Anthro and Urbans. So congrats Julia – great gig, great work!
(images from julia rothman)
Thank you Maryam. Thank you beyond words really. You see readers, Ms. Marrakesh fulfilled a dream of mine today, one that I’ve had for eons, to own a genuine vintage Moroccan wedding quilt. It’s something I’ve wanted for so long now that I stopped searching because everywhere I looked, I couldn’t find one that spoke to me or my wallet. Over the past few years, I’ve been scouting for them, but those I found exceeded my budget and reached up into the thousand dollar range, and that my friends is a bit over the top, even for a dream item. It’s hardly a need, it’s not that practical – like say a car or a vespa. It’s a blanket. But not just any blanket.
And though the last thing I need is another textile in my home, the very one I’ve wanted was the very blanket I couldn’t have. Until today.
I owe Maryam a huge hug for bringing this with her on a recent trip to Boston, she was here and I was in Germany so sadly, I couldn’t meet her. But she left something very special behind with her family (they live outside of the city) and they kindly shipped it to me. Here’s a glimpse of it freshly unpacked and resting on the bed above. It looks exhausted, it must have traveled many miles to meet me. So while it relaxes there in our guest bedroom, I’m pondering next steps. Where will I display this beauty, the blanket that makes beautiful music when you shake it just a little as it sparkles in the sun? I must treat something like this with such care. If I ever have children or pets, all will know to respect the holy sparkle blanket from Marrakesh.
Thank you again Maryam. So, so much. If anyone is interested in a owning a blanket like this one, she may carry them in her future shop. Until then, if you know of a resource, kindly comment below. Maybe you’ll fulfill the dream of another reader.
UPDATE: If you would like one, Maryam said that she has 10 in stock. You can email her to place your order at maryam AT mtds.com
(images from holly becker for decor8)