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Simplemente Blanco: New Studio!

Would you like to take a little studio tour with me for a moment? You will enjoy it, I promise. This is the new studio space of a talented friend in Boston, Fernanda Bourlet, a native of Buenos Aires with a sensibility for all things modern, natural, neutral and of course with a nod to her culture and relaxed lifestyle in Argentina. She recently moved from a few blocks over to this open space in the South End on Thayer Street and spent a month renovating it from top to bottom — literally speaking. She painted the floors, had to completely rewire the place with electricity, install new HVAC ducts, you name it – this space was born out of love and a lot of hard work! Not to mention what you see IN the space — most of it, with the exception of furniture some props and of course vintage finds, was designed and hand crafted by Fernanda and her team of makers based in Boston. See the pendants below with the lovely layers? I plan to buy one or two when I move for my home and she will ship to Germany so yay! for that. Are they not gorgeous?

Simplemente Blanco

I own several beautiful items from her line, Simplemente Blanco, and I cherish them all. From hard carved soaps and soap petals to bath salts, pillows, lighting, curtains, textiles, Fernanda designs only the best and the prices reflect her passion for making beautiful things accessible — while you may pay a bit more for a pillow than you would, say, at a major retailer, her items are still affordable given all that is involved in producing them locally.

Simplemente Blanco

Simplemente Blanco

Simplemente Blanco

Simplemente Blanco

Simplemente Blanco

Simplemente Blanco

Simplemente Blanco

Simplemente Blanco

When I spend a week at the Liberty Hotel in Boston over the summer, I noticed several of her pillows on the sofas in their lobby. I remember glancing down thinking that the pillow was so beautiful and somehow familiar to me. I flipped it over to see the Simplemente Blanco label and thought, “But of course”. I think that with the attention being more on handmade, beautifully made and of course, made locally that anyone would love and appreciate her line. Fernanda is a truly special, magical kind of lady and her products reflect who she is – she is very genuine and warm at heart. Fernanda’s home and products have been featured in many magazines and her collection is sold at fine retailers in the U.S. and Canada and someday here in Germany when I open a shop!

(images: simplemente blanco)

Posted in Shop Tours, textiles on November 20, 2009

Amy Butler Travel Bags

I’m always on the look out for laptop bags and covers because I receive so many emails from people looking for stylist ones and I rarely know where to send them. And of course I love coming across cute bags for traveling as I’m sure I’ll eventually need to replace my Orla Kiely luggage. That’s why I’m going to remember Amy Butler the next time I need any of these things. She has just released a new line for Kalencom with her signature bright hues and lush patterns.

Amy Butler

Amy Butler

Amy Butler

Amy Butler

Amy Butler

Amy Butler

Amy Butler

Amy Butler

Amy Butler

Gorgeous colors! The line uses organic cotton, low impact dyes, the highest grade leather accents, zippers, & trims, and bulletproof construction — you know, in case you forget to get off the bus at your stop and end up on the wrong side of the tracks (ha ha).

Looking for beautiful fabric to make your own bags and things for the home? Check out Amy’s new Love line!

(images: amy butler design)

Posted in textiles on November 18, 2009

Bailey Doesn’t Bark

I received news this week from Bailey Doesn’t Bark that Re Jin Lee, founder and designer, has decided to branch out from tableware design to include home accessories, stationery and jewelry. Yay! Congratulations to Re Jin and her team! Using 100% recycled, reusable or biodegradable elements in her lines and packaging, Bailey Doesn’t Bark is committed to eco-friendly design in addition to producing beautiful things with purpose.

Bailey Doesn't Bark

“To keep an eye on quality and costs, she prefers to apply and fire decals on her porcelain pieces and package her products in-house. Re Jin not only wants to creatively inspire with the new pieces she’s been developing this year, but also hopes to inspire with the principals she’s infused in the production.”

I love all of these beautiful things, great work Re Jin! Her tea bag mugs, plates with gold accents, and her cards are beautiful – love how they shimmer!

You can find her latest collection here and also live at the Union Square Holiday Market in New York City between November 25 to December 24, 2009.

(photos: bailey doesn’t bark)

Posted in ceramics, stationery, textiles on November 11, 2009

Mimi la Rose

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!

Mimi la Rose

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.

Mimi la Rose

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.”

Mimi la Rose

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)

Posted in textiles on November 11, 2009

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