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Etoile Home

So the hunt for the crochet blanket ends… I featured Etoile Home in London awhile back but when owner Shani wrote in recently to announce new products and a special sale page, I just HAD to share. Okay there’s another reason… a bit of a selfish motive. See this blankie?

…. This bedroom was featured once in Living Etc magazine and I’ve saved in in my inspiration file for like, ever. I tried desperately to locate this blanket and I tracked down Designers Guild UK as the source. BUT they no longer carry it. Poo, just my luck. Today things changed. Etoile Home not only has it, well pretty much a carbon copy at least, but it’s on sale. Score! Now I’m wondering if I should just go for it or not. The dollar is getting stronger up against the pound… And that sure does look purrty there on that bed, now doesn’t it?

You know maybe I should just go for it, it’s the perfect size and it’s on sale… I just hope that Etoile Home ships to Germany!

Did you notice? Not only do they carry my beloved blanket but you can find fabulously eclectic pillows, bedding, kitchen linens, fabric off the bolt, etc. As I looked over the photos I thought of how lovely they were styled and you know what, Shani Beadle (owner) is a well known fashion and interiors photographer and stylist in London (by way of Canada) which explains everything, now doesn’t it?

(top image from livingetc all others from etoile home)

Posted in bedroom, shopping, textiles on November 06, 2008

Bed Crumb {New!}

I recently heard from Heidi from Bed Crumb (cutest name!) in the UK and so I have to spread the good word in case you do not know about it already… so sweet! Heidi just launched Bed Crumb, an online shop where she sells exclusive range of home accessories and gifts, her specialty is a cozy range of cushions combining original illustrations and contemporary textile design.

It was her experience in commercial fashion and textile design which sparked her interest in following a dream — to combine her background in the industry with a desire to own a small business where she could exercise her creativity freely, without restraint. This is how Bed Crumb was born. Heidi digitally prints her illustrations onto silk and then adds both vintage and new textiles, trims and other accessories to adorn them, each one-of-a-kind, handmade in her small studio.

I absolutely love hearing stories like this because it takes a lot of guts to change the direction in which you’ve been sailing along, comfortably, for many years. I applaud anyone who does this, I did it and trust me coming from experience, it IS HARD WORK. You think you work hard when you work ‘for the man’. Running your own business isn’t 40, 50, or even a 60 hour per week dedication, it’s a 24/7 dedication because even when you are not working your business and keeping it fresh and afloat is constantly occupying your mind. That is why I say it takes guts because it’s not always easy to pursue your passions on paper as it is in your mind, you know how you imagine it to be. When I see people like Heidi who are new in the indie community working hard to promote their business, I cannot feel but a special affection (and admiration) for them.

Congratulations Heidi on following your dreams and all the best on your new business. Three words for you Heidi: YOU GO GIRL.

And readers, Heidi ships worldwide and she is currently looking to do wholesale so if you are a small shop owner please contact her if you like what you see here. :)

(images from bed crumb)

Posted in small business, textiles on October 31, 2008

Helena Carrington

Helena Carrington is a textile designer and illustrator based in Norwich, England. Inspired by travel and culture, especially Italian; the architecture, streets, colors, and textures, she designs illustrative and photographic digitally printed interior textiles, accessories (such as pillows), photography and art/illustration pieces.

Helena uses both digital and screen printing to produce unique designs with a sense of place, whether it’s through illustrative buildings or an Italian car on a pillow for example. I just love her aesthetic, it’s quirky and fun, bright, unique. I can get a feeling for her personality through her work and I think she would be a really fun travel companion!

You can find Helena’s work online at the new Folksy or in her Etsy shop. I really like her inspiration – her trips to Paris, Italy… How nice!

(images from helena carrington)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, textiles on October 30, 2008

The London Cushion

I first heard about The London Cushion in Living Etc. magazine but was reminded of them again today while reading Made By Girl.

They have a fine selection of cushions from all over the world, but lots of UK designers caught my attention because they’re not ones I see as often as the more ‘typical’ designers that I know so well from the states. Plus I’m a major anglophile and have been since 1996, yes 12 years obsessing over music, art, and design in England… so naturally I adore several that I found on The London Cushion that I’d like to share with you below. A little eye candy if you will. :)




Do you have any pillows that you’re obsessing over right now? They can be from any website, please share in the comments section below your pillow wish list please. :)

(images above from the london cushion company)

Posted in Decorating Tips, textiles on October 21, 2008

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