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Jenna Rose

The patterns on these pillows are so sweet! They’ve been created by designer Jenna Greenberg for Jenna Rose, a small design studio based in Ontario, Canada specializing in handmade fashion accessories and housewares.


Jenna Rose designs start out as illustrations and ultimately they are hand screen-printed onto cotton canvas or a linen/cotton blend. All colors are hand mixed in small quantities
and color combinations are only duplicated a few times so each batch is special and a little different from the last. The rooftops pattern is my favorite, I have something for drawings of little buildings… You can find some of the Jenna Rose collection in the online shop Modish, and a complete stocklist is available online right here.

(images from jenna rose)

Posted in textiles on April 15, 2008

Bemz {*New Lifestyles*}

Time for a little Bemz-spiration.I’ve talked about Bemz a few times here, they carry slipcovers that fit IKEA sofas and chairs so that you can customize your IKEA finds turning them into something more personalized. They just launched a section on their site called “Lifestyles” where you can view different collections of Bemz’ fabrics in real homes. Seeing some of their fabrics living in a real environment is really helpful. Currently there are 6 Bemz Lifestyles and more will follow later this year.

This is my favorite of all the rooms. I’d have a little more in this space (a rug, a few chairs, etc.), but I really the cool colors and the mixing of florals with stripes in a way that looks very stylish, like a fashion designer would live here.


I found their break down of the various styles they’re trying to mimic helpful since we often try to define our look to friends and don’t know what to call it, there are so many styles and definitions floating around. As I look at these definitions along with the Bemz images I realize that they are based purely from a Scandinavian perspective, as they’re Stockholm-based and this is their own take on these looks. In other words, I don’t think Country Romance or Downtown really looks like the typical country or downtown style that we’d see here in America.

Fun exercise: As you read through their definitions below, examine the images shown as examples and consider how each style would be interpreted in your part of the world.


1. Bohemian Chic - Aimed at people who love combining old and new to add unexpected contrasts to their home. This Lifestyle employs a palette of dark, intimate colors, with elements of brown, mauve, black and pink.


2. Country Romance - Is Bemz’s modern interpretation of a delightful past: elegant and graceful, romantic and playful, while not coming across as cute. Shades of white anchor this Lifestyle, thoughtfully blended with pale pastels, gentle florals and muted checks.

3. Downtown – This look pays tribute to city slickers, people who are energized by the skyscrapers and pulse of a big city. Downtown draws from an urban palette of black, grey and white, combined with discrete patterns and bright accent colors.

4. Nordic Home - Embodies a clean, simple and harmonious backdrop for the changing seasons that can be highlighted with materials such as cushions and curtains. This 5. Lifestyle features some of Bemz’ distinctive Scandinavian patterns.

5. Playground - For those homes where the walls are white and it’s the furniture and art projects that add color. Red, green, orange, blue and black are combined with strong graphic patterns and bold horizontal and vertical stripes.


6. Swedish Grace - Features clean lines, natural shapes and understated tones, inspired by a legacy of classic 50s Scandinavian design.

How would you define your style?

(images from bemz)

Posted in diy, furniture, inspiration, textiles on April 04, 2008

Spruce Upholstery

I feel like I discovered a gold mine today when I found Spruce Upholstery, I love what owners Amanda Brown and Lizzie Joyce in Austin, Texas can do to the common chair. Just look at these beauties.

They upholster a wide variety of chairs with ridiculously pretty fabrics and the prices are so affordable for what you’re getting. I think these ladies and their business will really take off once they get some blog exposure, I mean who wouldn’t love a custom Amy Butler chair? I love the eye that they have for mixing fabric as well, what talent!

They even do custom work over the phone or via email and they have a small selection in their etsy store.

(images from spruce upholstery)

Posted in etsy, furniture, textiles on April 02, 2008

Williams Sonoma Home Spring

Williams Sonoma Home deserves a nod for Spring, their selection has all the key players when it comes to hot trends for the season. Stripes, chain links, zig zags, corals, arabesque prints — they’re all at WS Home. Here some of my picks for the season along with a few tips.


This bold stripe outdoor rug would look great on the patio. I love apple green, fancy legs, and tufting so the James chair has a good dose of all three. I also love lacquer trays, so these yellow-tipped trays have my attention. I’d like to use one to top an ottoman. And if your budget doesn’t allow it, then find a tray at a store like Target (here’s one for $17) and lacquer it yourself. I really like these Coronelli prints, well not so much the print but the idea of displaying 3 round black frames with something sepia-toned inside. Whether it be vintage photos or pages from old books, the idea is a good one. The price of these prints at WS, not so much. Sheesh.


Bold print outdoor pillows make a strong statement. Pierced ginger jars are so pretty in the kitchen for storing nectarines and lemons. I also like the beehive motif shown here on the Lynn lanterns which I imagine would look so pretty glowing on the patio or coffee table at night. English Colonial makes an appearance here with the Hampstead bamboo mirror. Looking for the perfect gift? This silver raffia clock is under $100 and oozes casual chic. And while I love the base of the Porcelain Bamboo Lamp, I’m not keen on that circa 1980’s shade so I say ditch the shade and top it with a white drum shade with grosgrain ribbon trim also in white to add some interest.

(images from ws home)

Posted in flooring, textiles on April 02, 2008

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