I heard from Kaitlin Andorfer who runs b.poetic and couldn’t resist writing about her handmade collection of girly things as they’re quite pretty! Kaitlin creates banners, headbands and belts, shoe clips, and unique pillowcases that are silk-screened (black on white) and can work in a variety of different decor styles – modern, romantic, eclectic… She shows them in a romantic bedroom but I can totally see them in a more streamlined modern room as well.
I love pieces like these pillowcases that are versatile like this, I’m still thinking of House Doctor and how they said their new collection is about, “mixing the elements rather than matching the elements”. They really hit the nail on the head with that statement, I think that’s what I’ve been trying to say for years but never quite sure how! I decorate in a very eclectic feminine style where styles of the pieces I have in my home do not match but are mixed — my last home had a Swedish credenza, a modern sofa, a round IKEA dining room table, Eames chairs, a Danish stool, a modern lacquered desk with clean lines, etc. I think personally the “key” to doing this whole mixing thing successfully is to not mix your woods (oak table, walnut chairs, mahogany credenza) — try to stick to one wood type or various woods with the same finish (medium, light, dark) and then if you want to add something more ornate, like carved chairs or a fancy carved dresser from India, you can as an accent piece in that particular room. But you wouldn’t necessary put several accent pieces in the same room unless you like a more flea market/no rules look. I personally believe that when it comes to accent pieces, it’s best when that piece is a different color or finish than the others in the room.
A space can be very vanilla if everything is the same (all white or all pickled wood or all oak), which is why catalogs tend to look very boring as they show rooms with furniture that is all the same. For some healthy tension, throwing in a very different piece in a color or finish that stands out from the others is a good way to break things up. For instance, say you have furniture with clean modern lines. Bring in an ornately carved dresser from India and paint it glossy black or turquoise or even bright yellow so that it really stands out. I think that is how, “Mixing the elements” can work successfully.
But back to b.poetic… I’ll take some pillowcases and a hair band, please! :)
I fell in love this morning with award-winning textile designer Selina Rose after seeing her products over at Bodie & Fou (10% off everything on their site until Dec. 20th: enter code XMAS09 at checkout). Selina is a London-based designer who uses cutting-edge technology to create intricate and beautiful felted runners and throws, but also brilliant wallpaper, panels, pillows and rugs. Here’s but a glimpse… so tactile and cozy!
All products are made from 100% wool felt that is renewable and biodegradable and environmentally friendly dyes are used to create her distinctive color palette. All designs and manufacturing are done in the UK and custom work is available. Lovely work!
(images: selina rose)
The pillows from Paola at Atelier Pompadour in Italy are so unique and I love that they’re one-of-a-kind and handmade. Using fabric and felt, her shop has many interesting offerings — it’s a great find to bookmark for gifts to give to someone who appreciates handmade with a graphic, modern sensibility. I personally adore the blue cars and would love to put this in a boy’s room.
I’m not sure about the rest of Europe, but felt in Germany is huge… and has been a big trend in design for awhile. You can find seat cushions, pillows, hats, ornaments, just about anything and everything in felt. What about where you live, is it commonly used there as well? Paola also writes an inspiration blog (in English) from her home in Milan called the Creativity Channel. Great name for a great blog!
(images: atelier pompadour)
To celebrate the arrival of Orla Kiely bedding, I asked Dot Maison who carries it on their site if they’d be interested in giving decor8 readers an exclusive discount to celebrate this new collection of 100% cotton percale… And yes, they’ve agreed. This bedding is now available to ship in the dimensions shown here. Dot Maison is giving decor8 readers a 15% discount on all Orla Kiely bedding, towels and bath mats until December 15, 2009. Here is a glimpse of what you may like… that I liked…. that look so much nicer with a discount!
To take advantage of this promotion, please enter code decor8 upon checkout. This offer is only valid from December 2 – December 15, 2009 and can only be applied to Orla products on the Dot Maison website.
(images: orla kiely)