Want to meet a designer and an interior architect whom I’ve been exchanging some very long, inspirational emails with for the past week? Her name is Barbara Moser and she is a German designer who splits her time between a spa town here called Bad Mergentheim and also Paris — oh the lifestyle!
Her mother who was a costume designer from Hannover, obviously installed in her a love of textiles and inspired her creativity and interest in design. In Germany, she has a home in the country and in Paris, she rents a very small city apartment with her husband which they adore. Spending time in both countries gives her access to all the things in life that she enjoys — her personal dream come true. One thing that she likes is searching for vintage textiles for the pillows and handbags that she designs. She sources most of her rich and beautiful fabrics in France and Belgium at the flea markets there, and from them she cuts and sews one-of-a-kind cushions for her brand, Mimi la Rose.
About her bags Barbara says, “Each bag and pillow in the home collection is 100% handmade by a professional seamstress and I, most of them are one-of-a-kind as I use vintage fabrics and combine them with new high quality designers’ fabrics. As in my interior architect work, I love the idea of mixing old and new… the feel of vintage silk, the amazing colours of the trims that were made in older days.”
I think Barbara’s luxurious bags and pillows are perfect for those who love vintage textiles, faux furs, decadent trims, and rich beautiful colors and textures. With a pair of jeans, a vintage leather jacket and pair of cute heels, a bag or clutch from Barbara’s collection would be the perfect accent. That’s how I would wear it. But I’m not a fashion writer and so I’ll stick to giving decorating advice. :) Her pillows are the perfect sofa accent and could do wonders for a settee in the hallway.
Psst: Barbara has an etsy shop, too.
(images: barbara moser)
This is one seriously classy line of pillows. I’ve been crushing on the designs of AphroChic lately, and in case you haven’t heard of the collection yet consider today your lucky day! Jeanine Hays is the founder and creative director behind AphroChic and her Dreamland pillow collection is just great — modern and soulful. The colors and patterns are vibrant with tons of personality but also high quality and eco-friendly produced from 100% natural fabrics like Belgian linen, cotton and silk. My favorite: the yellow and white haze pattern – beautiful!
And don’t miss this… Jeanine authors a fantastic blog where she blogs about her life and inspirations, you simply must check it out (it’s blog of the week!).
(photography: Patrick Cline.Model: Maryse Weekes.)
Studiopatro is a newly opened pattern studio based in San Francsico by former art director Christina Weber. She loves to collect her inspirations and turn them into patterns and so as a result her leaves, maps, love of typography and architecture are now prints and patterns on tea towels. Her studio grew from her vision and unique translation of her favorite things, a dream of what could be, into a collaboration of local friends, screeners and sewers who share a passion for beautiful, eduring, high quality textiles along with Christina.
I personally enjoyed the page on her site where she shows you 12 ways to use a tea towel outside of the intended purpose. I find these tips very helpful because as I’ve always said in regards to tea towels and sheets and anything else made from fabric – these items can absolutely function outside of what they were made to do — they’re just fabric and fabric is so versatile. To quickly summarize Christina’s great tips: You can use a tea towel: 1. as an apron, 2. to frame as art, 3. to line a tea tray, 4. as a potholder, 5. to dry salad greens, 6. to make a cushion, 7. as a housewarming present, 8. as gift wrap, 9. to line a bread basket, 10. as a large napkin, 11. as a placemat or runner and finally 12. to wrap a wine bottle. If you can’t imagine how some of these examples would work, you can see visuals of all of these examples here.
Lovely! And if you’d like to purchase a few tea towels, you may click here. I love the fern and fig patterns!
(photography: wendy nordeck)
Wow. I just read all about Tulu, a gorgeous shop in Istanbul owned by a American antique textile dealer, Elizabeth Hewitt, who moved there since she married a Turkish man. Ah, love — it takes us to so many places sometimes, doesn’t it? It’s not always a state of the heart, but can change your entire life — including your country! Elizabeth’s taste is gorgeous and I owe a big thanks to interiors stylust Raina Kattelson for telling me about it because Turkey has been on my mind a lot lately. Tomorrow I’ll show you why. :)
As I was saying, Raina visited this exotic city recently and her photos really inspired me. Istanbul is 2 hours by plane so I’m thinking of visiting because the idea of seeing Turkey when I lived back in New Hampshire felt a bit far off to me. But 2 hours is nothing so why not visit. Plus friends tell me I’ll love it and now Raina is blogging about how great it is there. I love Turkish people, I’m making friends here who are Turkish, and have you ever had their cooking? Yum. Yet I know so little about Istanbul outside of the history – I know nothing about modern day living there.
This shop inspires me because I love the ethnic prints and patterns and the gorgeous colors – they’re so vivid and positive, I imagine any of these pillows brightening up a home. I’m seeing a lot of bedding that I’d like to own too, don’t you? It was interesting, as I did some more digging online, to find more information about the owner of Tulu, you can read all about Elizabeth here.
Have you ever been to Istanbul? What did you think? Any tips?