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Selina Lake: Updated Portfolio

When London stylist and author Selina Lake contacts me I know I’m in for a treat. Yesterday was no different when she wrote in to share her new work. I immediately clicked over to her online portfolio and found these beautiful spaces, the first photo shows the fabulous Kusmi tea. You know, I’m so happy that tea is becoming a bit more trendy lately at least in America because I’ve grown to really love it and though I’m not about to fully cross over (I still enjoy a cappuccino or espresso and iced coffee in the summer), I can’t deny that tea has taken over as a new obsession of mine. Part of the appeal aside from being healthy is that you can find so many flavors and of course the pretty tins… you can leave your tea on the counter and perhaps it will look this lovely…

If you need a reminder of who Selina is, here’s a link to her new book Bazaar Style that I wrote about on decor8. It’s still a favorite decorating book of mine, top 10 actually! If you don’t own it and love bohemian, eclectic, flea market style then you’ll have to add it to your list because trust me, it’s a keeper.

Psst: I had an interview with Selina exactly one year ago here (the photos are also worth clicking over for, wow!)

Thanks Selina for the updates!

(images from selina lake)

Posted in inspiration, textiles on January 20, 2009

Chocolate Creative {Handmade Pillows}

You know I just had to do it… what is decor8 without a few throw cushions? Margarita Lorenzo, a textile designer from London, wrote this morning to introduce her brand Chocolate Creative. I instantly fell for the furniture pillow in blue as I can see it lounging gracefully on a sofa like this from Oly. Her handmade collection begins with sketching the pattern to silkscreen printing and then sewing which makes each pillow a unique creation, truly one of a kind.

Margarita enjoys working mostly with ecologically sound hemp and organic cotton which is obviously a smart choice for the environment. She currently draws inspiration from antiques, cherished belongings, and furniture which you will see reflected throughout her line. I really like things with a bohemian feel, it seems London has quite a pool of amazingly gifted independant designers who do as well. Lovely!

With the Pound to U.S. Dollar conversion rate being extremely favorable right now, why not?

(images from chocolate creative)

Posted in textiles on January 15, 2009

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

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

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