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Cicada Studio

Have you seen all of the gorgeous new prints and patterns over at Cicada Studio lately? Oh my, this is a must see post if you’re scouting for fabric for your next project. Designer Michelle Engel Bencsko just keeps getting better and better in my book, I love watching her collection evolve each season. Way to go Michelle!

Cicada Studio

Cicada Studio

The wild mushroom is currently one of my favorite prints… though it’s hard to pick just one because I see lots that I’d use in my home. But the wild mushroom stands out to me as a great pattern for a roman blind in a kitchen. I know, me and my roman blind obsession. But this pattern is understated enough to be modern and clean while still being a bit cute (which I love) so it would work nicely in a simple, streamlined kitchen like mine. I can’t wait to get settled in my new space, I’m dying to decorate and sew again — moving is fun but I’m ready to play house!

(images: cicada studio)

Posted in etsy, textiles on July 15, 2009

Swanky Swell – Modern Handmade Fabric

This morning over at Real Simple I highlighted a new-to-me fabric designer over on Etsy called Swanky Swell based out of San Francisco. Here’s a glimpse showing some of her designs.

Swanky Swell Fabric

Swanky Swell Fabric

Visit this link for details…

(images: swanky swell)

Posted in etsy, textiles on July 13, 2009

Christina Lundsteen: Pillow Heaven

I was able to spend a brief window this past weekend catching up on some magazines I’ve been meaning to read when I came across the gorgeous apartment of Danish pillow designer Christina Lundsteen in the January 09 issue of German Living & More magazine. Here is one image from Christina’s home, can you imagine living like this? The issue is packed with more — if I had a scanner I’d show you some because it’s an absolute stunner. One of those homes you imagine moving right into, curling up on the sofa, and dreaming about your last vacation where you found those lovely frames at that flea market or the amazing jugs from the bazaar. In this image below I can’t stop staring at the door leaning against the wall in that stunning blue and what appears to be the most unique coffee table I’ve seen in quite some time. Isn’t the petite chandelier and the pretty ceiling medallion a nice touch too?

Christina Lundsteen

Christina Lundsteen

Christina Lundsteen

Christina Lundsteen

Combining antique textiles in a fresh and interesting way, Christina’s designs really speak to me and I love seeing them in situ in a home environment because I think that you can see just how pretty they really are versus a simple Photoshop view against a white background. Since they are all one-of-a-kind you may not be able to find the exact prints and patterns shown above but many are currently available online at a beautiful Danish home store called Anker Living. AL ships outside of Denmark to the rest of the EU and the world, and speaks Danish, English and German so you should be in good hands should feel like placing an order. I suggest ordering the pillow covers (if they do in fact zip off, I’d assume yes) and buy the inserts locally to save on shipping. Email: ankerliving AT for more information please.

Don’t forget to visit the photographers websites below who took these photos – each of their portfolios is packed with stunning things that you won’t want to miss out on. I tried to locate a website or agent for the stylist, Bolette Kiær, who arranged the first photo without any luck. If you have her web address kindly leave it in the comments section and I’ll gladly edit this post and add it in later.

(Images: top: Mikkel Adsbøl, stylist: Bolette Kiær. all others Thomas Skyum.)

Posted in textiles on June 29, 2009

Spool Sewing + Sarah Kaye = Project Ideas!

I found out about Spool Sewing from Helena when I interviewed her for a home tour on Cookie and was surprised I’d not heard of them before today. Spool is located in Philadelphia where they have a storefront but for the rest of us there’s an online shop, inspiring Flickr photos and an inspring blog to enjoy that I’ve been combing all morning for goodies and free pattern downloads.

Spool Sewing

Spool Sewing

Spool Sewing

sarah kaye

I particularly like the set of Wildwood fat quarters (ordered them last night) designed by Erin McMorris, it looks stunning and perfect for home projects. All this color, swoon! When I see this fabric I think of canvas art on the wall, decoupaged onto flower pots, covering a headboard or on pretty hangers for frilly summer dresses, like these from the portfolio of stylist Sarah Kaye whom I’ve blogged about before.

Psst: If you want to try making some patterned hangers of your own, Martha Stewart has a terrific tutorial on her website.

(images: top three – spool sewing, bottom quad – sarah kaye)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, textiles on May 15, 2009


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