Contemporary, joyful elegant. Those are the best words to describe this gorgeous collaboration between English painter, Jessica Zoob, and textile design firm, Romo Black Edition. I stumbled across her fabrics and cushions thanks to Michael Berger at local antiques dealer Galerie Bongartz – a favorite shop in Hannover with the most gorgeous antiques from Europe expertly curated and on display for purchase. What originally lured me into Galerie Bongartz several years ago was a stunning vintage disco ball hanging near to their entrance – they won’t sell it (or else I would already have it in my home!) but after inquiring about the disco ball, I walked around the shop and fell in love with so many pieces – my current passion is their assortment of convex mirrors.
Fast forward to a month ago or so, when I visited the shop again and Mr. Berger so nicely showed me the most gorgeous cushions, they looked like mini paintings, by Jessica Zoob. Her digitally printed linens, velvets and wallcoverings are simply stunning. Maybe not all together in one space, but definitely scattered here and there throughout a bedroom, living room or entry space. I imagine a solid velvet sofa in a favorite color with a few of her cushions or a big white sofa (like the Ghost from designer Paola Navone) with cushions and perhaps linen panels on the windows.
In this post, I’ve included images of her work and a video with Jessica speaking about her line and inspirations below.
I also had a chance to flip through the Romo for Jessica Zoob wallcoverings and textiles book while there and fell in love with the gorgeous yardage of available textiles in which you could transform your home into a sumptuous painterly oasis. The moment I saw her work I thought of my visits to ABC Carpet & Home and how her work would fit in beautifully in their furniture showroom. I would love to own a few cushions for my living room so I may go back to Galerie Bongartz and indulge a little.
About the artist: Contemporary impressionist painter Jessica Zoob trained at Central School of Art and Nottingham University. She exhibits her work regularly both in the UK and worldwide. Zoob’s paintings create bright new worlds rich in imagination yet gently infused by emotion. Working in collaboration with Romo Black Edition her emotionally charged paintings have translated beautifully onto fabrics, wallcoverings and cushions. This joyous collection includes intricately printed fine linens, striking panels, exquisite velvets, dramatic wallcoverings and divine cushions.
And if you think the linen is gorgeous, you should see these fabrics in velvet – I nearly fainted!
Want a little color in your home on a budget, a little zing for Fall, a little fun? I was recently in touch with the Novogratz family about a new line they’ve produced for the home – colorful, budget-friendly and perky… And we all love fun interiors bursting with personality, don’t we? They wanted me to review some of their new things but I was hesitant since I hadn’t seen any of it in person and 1) I don’t feel comfortable reviewing products unless I’ve experienced them and 2) I am so picky when it comes to soft furnishings because stuff close to my skin has to feel GOOD. That’s why I asked for 4 of my favorite pillows from their collection agreeing that if liked them I’d post and if I didn’t, I’d simply return to sender and move on.
Thankfully, they passed my critical eye and I’ll end up keeping at least one for my home (I’ll give the rest to my friends, I don’t have much space left in my house!). But the pillows really are great because they are priced between $15-20 bucks a piece and they look really good in person — you really can’t go wrong. You can buy them, along with matching bedding and other goodies, like shower curtains, right here. And yeah, okay, if they were more expensive, I would expect zip-cases and goose feather inserts, but for this price range you really have to appreciate the quality that you’re getting for such rock bottom prices. You can easily wipe them clean, they aren’t such an investment that if your kids ruin them you’re going to freak and they work in all sorts of rooms – the office, kid’s room, play area, living room – anywhere.
I put the #9 numbers cushion in Aidan’s nursery…
And the Count Your Blessings and Color Wheel cushion on my chair in my living room for now – but the color wheel may end up in my new office – and a big P.S. — it’s not silk but looks just like it and the colors really shine against the pure while background.
The Love Letters cushion is another favorite, shown above.
So let me quickly tell you about the Novogratz family shown pictured above. You can see their website for the full scoop, but they are a creative family of 9 (Yes, my jaw dropped too), first is Bob and Cortney Novogratz followed by their 7 children. YES, you heard me right. S E V E N. I have ONE and struggle at times with my schedule so to have 7 completely blows my mind. To be as cool as this family to run a design firm producing collections for huge stores (like Walmart, Macy’s, CB2), developing and designing property, writing books, designing interiors, living in the big city (Manhattan), it seems like a total dream slash fantasy life. I think they need a reality show because I’d tune into that just to get the scoop on how they balance everything. Very inspiring…
(Brought to you by decor8 + The Novogratz. Photography in my home photographed by me. All words are my own.)
I really like the work of Mae Engelgeer who is a Dutch textile designer located in Amsterdam. Her blankets, weavings, placemats and tablecloths are just lovely. See what you think…
Her bio is too lovely to chop up so I think I’ll share it with you in part, “One thing immediately stands out in Mae’s approach to design: she isn’t afraid to show color. Her approach to design and her working method is really instinctive, sensory and natural. Her work can be described as fresh, modern and eye-catching. For her it is really about the ‘feel’ of a fabric and she tries to ‘bring a fabric to life’. Mae Engelgeer has a background in fashion (Amsterdam Fashion Institute) and autonomous arts and design (Sandberg Instituut), which adds up to a versatile education. Underneath this diversity runs a very clear thread, a heartbeat of ikat patterns, a close collaboration with the TextileLab, and of course the baseline of pop coloring. All of those elements emerge from Mae’s intuition, ultimately coming together into a unique sensible whole.” I can definitely see the ikat inspiration, can’t you?
(images: Mae Engelgeer via Passion Shake)
Hi friends, it’s Monday! A brand new week of inspiration and ideas, plans and dreams and hopefully progress! Let’s get started with a quick bite of inspiration. Are you familiar with nani IRO fabrics? These gorgeous fabrics are like paintings and really make me smile. I found out about this Japanese label designed by Naomi Ito a few years ago and have been a fan ever since. Here is a lovely photo showing her more popular patterns that I found on HI(NY) below. I have so many ideas for my home when I see these. I’m currently redecorating my work studio – I’ll show you the before and after on my blog this Autumn, so I’ve been mood boarding like a man woman! These are definitely part of my scheme.
You can buy these fabrics here: If you’re in Europe at Mondays Milk, Or buy directly from Tokyo at the etsy store of Miss Matatabi for US, Europe, etc. I just threw down a chunk ‘o change for some of these beauties from Miss Matatabi, I can’t wait to get them in my hot little hands and turn them into something pretty.
Please note: All products in this post are decor8 tested and approved.
How are you today?