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Ink & Spindle Custom Textiles

I love modern, graphic textiles in the home, don’t you? Ink & Spindle is a textile studio based out of Melbourne, Australia known for their hand printed, screen printed ethically sourced textiles. I just heard from their publicist that they are set to go live with a new site with fully customizable textiles by choosing your own ink colors and base cloth.

Ink & Spindle - custom textiles

Lara Cameron and Tegan Rose, who run Ink & Spindle, say that a challenge for clients was helping them to visualize the final color way for custom orders and adds, “The new online feature not only streamlines the process for customers, but it also frees up more of our time to focus on developing and expanding our range of designs”. Working with local designers and stylists to develop the new website and custom ordering process, you can now immediately share the various customizable options as you develop them with your clients by sharing the site in real time or by emailing them a link.

Ink & Spindle - custom textiles

Ink & Spindle - custom textiles

Ink & Spindle - custom textiles

Ink & Spindle - custom textiles

Ink & Spindle - custom textiles

Ink & Spindle - custom textiles

Ink & Spindle - custom textiles

Ink & Spindle - custom textiles

Ink & Spindle - custom textiles

Ink & Spindle - custom textiles

So stylish and even a bit Scandi, don’t you think? And on a side note, isn’t that a GREAT sofa?!?

(images: ink & spindle)

Posted in textiles on August 13, 2013

Spring Inspired Home Decor By Michelle Smith

I was happy to hear from Michelle Smith, a designer, photo stylist and blogger whom I’ve known in the blogging world now for like, ever. Her new line of Spring-y tea towels puts me in total Sunday brunch mood, complete with twinkle lights and Carla Bruni’s new album, Little French Songs. I also think her pillows and prints are super pretty and I love the mood boards she made that inspire her designs. What do you think?

Home Decor By Michelle Smith

Home Decor By Michelle Smith

Home Decor By Michelle Smith

Home Decor By Michelle Smith

You can buy these in her online shop so definitely head over there if you want to support an independent designer and own something special that is handmade in North Carolina.

Thanks Michelle for sharing with me your pretty designs!

(images: michelle smith)

Posted in textiles on March 22, 2013

Cloud9 Fabrics: Koi

Do you love fabric as much as I do? I’m really liking Rashida Coleman-Hale’s latest designs for Cloud9 Fabrics which share her vision of Japanese Koi ponds that are floral, festive, geometric and fun! They would look gorgeous paired with patterns from the collections of other designers for a little mix and match fun. I love her modern interpretation of traditional Japanese motifs and the colorways are gorgeous and feel very current. Here are some of my favorites below.

Koi collection

I really like Ebb & Flow, Pennants Waving (in white) and Smile & Wave (in all colors). I’d love to use them for my sewing and gift wrapping projects but imagine using them for children’s clothing, quilt-making and even stool covers or seat cushions too.

What do you think?

(photos: cloud9 fabrics)

Posted in textiles on February 27, 2013

Kantha Quilts from AU Maison

Your friends read your blog. Really. Don’t think for a second they don’t. I assumed that since my pals hang out with me offline that the last thing they want is more of me online, but it seems I am wrong. Most of my friends read this blog and take what I write about here pretty seriously, especially when I talk about things I need or want — from emotional support to a new vase. A blog truly is a very public Dear Diary entry, that’s for sure. Sometimes this can be a really good thing because your friends can really know your taste and through their blog, you can learn more about what they love. This comes in really helpful when gift giving.

au maison

Do you remember my post last September about vintage Kantha quilts? My dear friend Tinna remembers and evidently, didn’t forget how passionate I was when I wrote about them. Recently, while visiting a design fair in Denmark, she spotted a stack of them at a booth and brought home a gorgeous Kantha quilt for me as a surprise. You can see it in my home below. It’s from a Danish company called AU Maison and though I knew about them and own other things from this brand, I had no idea that they stock these quilts. When she gave it to me last night, I wanted to jump up and down but remained as composed as I possibly could despite that I wanted to kiss and hug her to death. This is the best present ever!

kantha quilt

Tinna is an agent for House Doctor and Ferm Living, and she’s Danish (though living in Germany for over 20 years now), so she’s frequently in Denmark for her work and to attend the big design fairs. I always wonder when she’s off on her trips what she is finding and responding to since she has great taste and is very likable and chatty. She is THE perfect person to attend a fair – always looking, talking and isn’t afraid to approach people. I’m so glad she approached AU Maison and asked them if she could take home a quilt – what a cool lady, thank you Tinna.

new quilt

I am thrilled to have this and love that there is a little story behind it. Stories make objects so much more special but beyond that,  I am so happy and grateful to have friends in Germany that are like family. Maybe this little blog is more than just a way to reach people who don’t know me, perhaps it is reaching those who do. Do you ever think about your blog like that – that it can also draw in your friends even closer to you?

Do you love these quilts from India too?

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in textiles on February 06, 2013

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