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Trina Turk News (and a little Golden Globes talk)

Is it me or did you catch Spring fever last night while watching the Golden Globes? I totally did, especially when I spotted some of those gorgeous sleeveless gowns on the red carpet! I only watch those super boring Hollywood events for the clothes anyway. I caught this California bug that won’t go away, and of course every blog I read, magazine I pick up, or friend I talk to seems to have the same Spring fever so let’s just give into it for a moment, shall we? Oh yes, we shall.

And speaking of the Golden Globes because I’m dying to know, did you have a favorite dress? My favorites included the gowns worn by Eva Mendes, Amy Adams (of course!), Freida Pinto, America Ferrera (wow!), Jenna Fischer (better in person than in photos though), Miley Cyrus, and the lovely Drew Barrymore (minus the hair). If I could afford/fit into one of these, I’d totally wear the Miley dress. Or maybe the Eva. What about you? And I feel like a gossip girl but I must say that did anyone else totally let out a “oh no” when mama Demi told her daughter to not hunch? Am I over thinking this or was that just uncalled for parenting? I mean Demi, c’mon!

Now let’s talk Trina as that’s the real point of this post… Fashionista Trina Turk is working on her new outdoor fabric collection with Schumacher bringing some of her gorgeous patterns from the runway to the patio. Now you can turn these outfits into a room! Oh the thought of covering a bench with these patterns… Yes, please! Of course, I doubt I’ll be able to afford more than a few yards, but I imagine a little Trina could go a very long way. Now I just need an outdoor space, don’t I? Then again, you don’t have to use outdoor fabrics strictly outdoors, this retro modern kaleidoscope of color is also great indoors as bench cushions, roman shades, and table covers and cloths.

You can learn more about Trina and her growing home interiors empire here at WWD. Pillows, rugs, and more coming soon!

I’d be safe and warm If I was in L.A… California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day!

via:Domino mag.

(images via trina turk)

Posted in textiles on January 12, 2009
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Robins Egg Pink {Pillows Under $25!}

It was so nice to learn about Robins Egg Pink via an email that owner and Canadian designer Angela Falcao was nice enough to send announcing her soon to launch shop (coming in January, so bookmark this one!). Angela currently creates lots of beautiful things for babies and also some gorgeous pillows for under $25 that I want to show you that are available in her Etsy shop.

Most of her pillows are around $22 which is a great deal for a handmade cushion. I can imagine lots of them on my big white sofa! :) The net proceeds from the sales of many of her products will be donated to The Hospital For Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario; and the Ontario Humane society. Angela will soon add pendant lights to her collection – yay!

Robins Egg Pink on {etsy} and in January you can find more including lighting on {Angela’s website}.

For some reason they remind me of beachfront living in Australia. Maybe it’s all those Aussie mags I’ve been reading and of course the influence Miss Anna Spiro has had on us all in bloggyville. I can see one of these pillows in her lovely home or shop. Here’s a little idea of what I’m talking about…

Anna’s gorgeous shop, this is a recent shot of a display there. Total wow factor. More shop photos here.

(photos for robins egg pink by sarah hartill photography)

Posted in Decorating Tips, kids, textiles on December 09, 2008

Home Base Collections

Before you head off for the weekend, click on over to Home Base Collections to view Leanne Culy’s gorgeous range of textiles for the home from table runners & napkins to lamp shades, and cushions in three sizes. She has greeting cards and her fabric looks so good as upholstery too. Have you heard of this NZ home grown business launched by artist Leanne?

Leanne Culy spent most of her life as a stylist in the film industry and in graphic design. She currently works out of her studio creating artwork on vintage oars (you can see one of these oars in the photo below) and to Home Base Collections designing the gorgeous textiles and greeting cards that you see here. These patterns of flax, lace, teapots, the tiki, shells, etc. are very “New Zealand” and the colorways mimic her surroundings perfectly. They are also eco-friendly. Bonus!

Home Base Collections is new to America so there is only one store that stocks them and it’s in California at Botany Desire Boutique Apothecary & Spa in Ridgecrest. Please contact them directly for pricing and ordering information.

Interested in renting a beach house? This beauty is a private home directly on Haumoana Beach, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, and styled by Leanne Culy. It has a very distinct kiwi beach vibe… feast your eyes. Love this kitchen, so much.

I’m sitting here laughing as I wrap up this post…a beach house of all things to blog about today right after a post about doilies and winter decorating. It is currently snowing kittens and puppies as I look out of my window. I smell wood stoves a-burnin’. Tomorrow morning I’m going to a flea market in all of this snow to hunt vintage German textiles. I’m about as far away from warm summers at the beach as I can possibly be and yet I’m still inspired and completely smitten by this beach-y sunny collection and find these patterns completely stunning. Go figure. :) Inspiration is a funny thing, you know?

(photography: Brian Culy)

Posted in textiles on November 21, 2008

Inspired By: A Fine Frenzy

I rarely devote an entire post to music but last night I went to one of the best alternative/indie concerts here in Hannover that I’ve seen in a while, A Fine Frenzy aka Alison Sudol a talented singer/songwriter/pianist from America. My husband wrote a really sweet review of it this morning on his blog (and he wrote about the pursuit of perfection in his post, you may really enjoy reading it).

I cannot possibly top his words I’ll just keep it simple and say that I really, really enjoyed Alison’s performance and encourage you to check out A Fine Frenzy, buy her CD “One Cell in the Sea”, and support this girl because she is brilliant. She’s touring Europe right now, you may be able to catch her live if you’re on this side of the pond. Tour dates here.

Her lyrics are magical, her voice is like silk, and her energy and enthusiasm for music is completely inspiring. She’s charming and gracious and seems to really enjoy speaking to her audience, another highlight for me since attending shows where the band barely speaks except to announce the title of their next song can make me feel like I’m sitting behind a wall of glass. Them. Me. Alison is welcoming and also very modest, she acts and dresses like a lady — I respect that about her style. Last night I felt like I was in Alison’s living room hanging out watching her play her piano despite the fact that I was in the 16th row in a very packed theater. She called Hannover a, “beautiful city” and thanked the audience for making someone very far from home (west coast) feel quite “at home”. That pleased me immensely.

If you love twinkle lights, warm cozy evenings at home, a fire… A bit of magic and whimsy, you will adore Alison’s music. Here is the song she opened with last night, Come On Come Out. Turn up your speakers and enjoy.

Psst: Alison designed the sweetest t-shirts for her tour, get yours here.

(images from a fine frenzy)

Posted in inspiration, textiles on November 19, 2008

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