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John Robshaw Textiles *New* for Spring ’07

If you’ve been keeping up with Beach Bungalow 8, our blog of the week, you’ll see that Megan has a huge crush on John Robshaw. She’s not alone. So do I. And if you thought the post showing the Brooklyn store, Layla, was an impressive display of Indian textiles, well visit John Robshaw. Crazy beautiful. Exotic, colorful, chic…

Most of us are familiar with Robshaw and his textiles since they’re featured in so many magazines, but have you peeked in on his Spring ’07 collection yet? Positively sumptuous.

I love to see designers that travel and collect inspiration from distant parts of the globe, then reinterpret those motifs to produce a modern version of a block print (for example), which Robshaw does by turning up the color to say, hot pink. Robshaw travels India and Southeast Asia for inspiration and goods, and although the colorways may be chic and modern, the ancient craftsmanship isn’t anything new — yet it’s still a theme of his work, hand-stitched and hand-printed textiles are what make his designs so appealing to me.

You can purchase some of his bedding for adults and babies over at auto or nonchalant mom. You can find some of his shower curtains online at Fine Linen and Bath.

Thanks to Cate and Allyson at John Robshaw for most of these images, much appreciated ladies!

(images from john robshaw and nonchalant mom)

Posted in designers, shopping, textiles, travel on May 01, 2007

Parker Palm Springs: California Dreamin’

I keep hearing about the Parker Palm Springs, so I had to do a little research and now, share this fantastic escape with you. Located in Palm Springs, California, everything about this place is exquisite (tour the property here). I dream of spending a gorgeous getaway at the Parker, as everything about it screams luxury, celebrity, the good life… Or shall I say everything about it whispers, as it seems like a peaceful spot to unwind, order a fancy pants cocktail (poolside, of course), and slip away from the rest of the world in your own personal cocoon of pleasure.

If you think it has a bit of a Jonathan Adler vibe going on, you’re right. He designed most of the interiors at this little piece of swank heaven (listen to a series of podcasts with Jonathan and Simon Doonan here – they talk about this place exclusively, the inspiration, etc.). I especially love the Moroccan wedding quilt at the food of the bed shown below. I’m still on the hunt for one, if you can help me…

Wouldn’t you love a weekend away at the Parker?

(images from the parker palm springs)

Posted in designers, travel on April 21, 2007

Target: Victoria Hagan is HOT!

Mark your calendars! April 22nd is the big day for budget shoppers with an eye for good design because that’s when designers for Target debut their new collections for Spring/Summer. And, fingers crossed, I’m hoping the O’Brien and Hagan lines are made as well as they look. (You can pre-order lots of items on the Target website, although I will make a trip to the store so I can test drive things for myself).

Judging from a recent magazine spread, I’m thinking Victoria Hagan will grab and hold my attention for the next few months with her strong, yet soft, pastel color palette, geometric prints (love the trellis she’s using), and the octagonal mirror she’ll soon launch to hungry design-savvy shoppers everywhere. I hope these pillows feel as good as they look, because for $29, I’d snap ‘em up for sure.

If you don’t know that much about Ms. Hagan, Style at Home out of Canada interviewed her a few years back and it’s quite a good read. Here’s a glimpse of some of her interior spaces. She’s been in the biz for 20+ years, so the lady has quite a portfolio as you can imagine. Classic, chic, stylish, and yet very casual and cozy.

(ad from instyle home, images from target and victoria hagan)

Posted in designers, trends on April 18, 2007

Martha Angus Interior Design

I was so excited to see Interior Designer Martha Angus’ St. Helena, California guest house (not sure if it was her house or a client project), appear in this month’s Western Interiors magazine. Here’s a glimpse…

Angus here went with an analogous palette (adjacent colors on the color wheel) resulting in a harmonious, fresh design. Green takes center stage in this space, with bright bursts of orange and yellow, giving the space energy and a youthful, modern glow. She slipcovered a Crate + Barrel sofa in a green Sunbrella fabric and then added art to bring in strong graphics, orange, and green. The art, by Santa Monica artist John Baldessari, is unique because it marries photography with paint for a strong visual punch. And now onto my favorite space… The dining area.

Using white as the base, Angus again goes with an analogous color scheme using an almost kelly green with a light powder blue. The DWR Le Corbusier table has an airy feel, very little visual weight, and with a glass top that almost looks at if it’s floating off the base, the table is as much a functional piece as it is a beautiful to look upon. Plus, the glass reflects all the natural light in this room, giving an even lighter feel to the space. I really like its light blue base, and of course those gorgeously green metal chairs, that Angus acquired at a flea market in France, complete the “old with new” look she was going for quite perfectly, don’t you think?

If you’d like something similiar in your home and you won’t be over in France anytime soon, try these chairs from the Sundance catalog and paint them a bright kelly green. If you can’t afford a Le Corbusier table, you can achieve the look on a budget with the Silverado – a $299 CB2 find. Sure, it doesn’t have the powder blue base, but paint can change that in a single afternoon. Or you can leave it as is, as long as the chairs are bright green and you pull in the blue another way, perhaps with a light blue rug, you can accomplish a similiar look.

Angus has such a huge following, and it’s no surprise, her strong portfolio speaks volumes about the talent she shares with homeowners from California to New York and even as far as Paris. She is one that I admire because she can mix periods so well, you almost have to stop and pay attention that a 19th century chippendale chair is sharing the same space with a 70’s lacquered parsons table and a massive contemporary painting. The simple fact that she then can throw in vintage metal letters or an orange rocket sculpture and make it all work, well it boggles the mind.

(top two images: by Mathew Millman, courtesy of Western Interiors and Design magazine. third image: sundance catalog. all others from martha angus design.)

Posted in designers on April 05, 2007


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