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Irana Douer *new*

I talked about Irana Douer and her illustrations on decor8 before, but I just heard from her and viewed her latest work so it’s time to highlight this artist again. This time, Miss Irana is experimenting with fabric (last time it was ceramic), a pillow design for Australian gallery Third Drawer Down available here. Lovely! Living in Buenos Aires, Irana is a freelance illustrator, an art student, and curator of online magazine Ruby Mag.

I rather like the idea of having such an special pillow to lay my head on for creative dreams at night… About her work, which focuses mainly on women, she says, “I am interested in women, their thoughts and feelings, especially sadness. Broken hearted women who just want to hide from the world that surrounds them. Masks, hair, closed eyes, anything goes. But that are still very strong and move on and never lose hope.” Thanks Irana for sharing this!

She also just released a colorful 8 x 10 giclee print ($40) in a limited run of 100 over at Poketo in case you’re interested. Lovin’ these bright hot hues.

(image from irana douer)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, textiles, walls on March 26, 2008

India Rose Textiles

I’m always on the look out for beautiful shower curtains since so many of you write in asking me where to find them. Of course, we have the usual suspects like Bed Bath + Beyond, Macy’s, Target, and Anthropologie, but I’m noticing a few smaller companies starting to design beautiful ones which delights me because more options need to exist out there outside of the major retailers.

Usually when I need a new shower curtain, I make it out of fabric or a queen-sized flat sheet (just add gromets) but I’ve also shopped Anthropologie because I think their curtains are so feminine and there’s little at that store that I don’t usually fall for. Today Grace blogged about India Rose Textiles so I clicked over to check them out and discovered some very pretty shower curtains.

I’ve been thinking about small city apartment design a lot lately because our photos came in over the weekend showing our completed apartment in Germany. Yay! It’s so cute. We took on a vacation property last September but it needed a lot of work so that’s been a constant project over the winter but now that it’s finished my husband and I can breathe a big sigh of relief and start working on filling it with everything we need. I’m about to begin a long distance design project, something I’ve not done before, from the kitchen cabinetry and all the appliances to wallpaper and how I’m going to pull it all together using websites in German and the metric system as my guide – well wish me luck! Designing property in another country when I’m not there to manage things in person will be a brand new challenge but I’m up for it!

I’ll soon be looking for a shower curtain, but definitely not in Germany because they’re not that common over there, no one that I know has one, not even my mother-in-law. So I’ll be bringing one with me in my luggage or sewing it myself because I have a feeling that I may not find something long enough since the dimensions are slightly different than standard U.S. I’ll be the weird American girl with a strange curtain in the bath. I can hear my German family/friends now. But I love shower curtains and to me, a bath without one is a bit boring unless it’s one of those spa baths with those amazing spoon tubs. But for a standard bathroom, a pretty curtain is a must!

So if you’re looking for a shower curtain, table linens, bedding, or anything else with an air of faraway places along with intricate details, exceptional quality, and subtle pattern and texture, visit India Rose. Lovely things!

(images from india rose)

Posted in bathroom, kitchen, textiles on March 25, 2008

JCaroline Creative {fabrics}

With Spring here, I can’t help but think of fresh prints and splashy hues. I found a terrific giraffe pink and white print over at JCaroline Creative for $6 a yard and the best part, it’s canvas so it’s quite durable.

I love the modern twist on animal prints lately, seeing a giraffe in pink and white isn’t something you’d find in the wild but for the home is really works. I also like the Sundrop Collection by Dena Fishbein for Free Spirit, also available at JCaroline Creative. They’re a terrific fabric resource in case you’re looking for fresh prints for Spring.

And don’t miss How About Orange blogger Jessica Jones’ fabrics currently available in bright blues and greens. She covered her chair with blue/green peapod. Nice work, Jessica!

And JCaroline, owner of the store, shows us some pillows made by her mother out of Jessica’s fabrics. Also very nice for freshing up the home for Spring!

(images from JCaroline Creative and Jessica Jones)

Posted in textiles on March 20, 2008

Auto – What’s New?

Auto just received a fantastic selection of Missoni bedding, towels, and tableware for Spring ’08. I think their zig zag pattern will always be my favorite, but of course it’s nice to see spots and butterflies throw in for good measure. :) Missoni has such an energetic palette, I especially like the Jessie and the Jessica bedding.

And if you take a step beyond the fabulous Missoni goods, you’ll find other treasures at Auto. Pillows, Nesting Dolls, and handmade books – oh my! I recently purchased nesting dolls in the buff, nothing painting on them and ready to be dolled up however I choose. Seeing these dolls below have inspired me to do something with my little dollies-in-the-raw.

Shown above: Etro Aralia green pillow ($185), John Robshaw Pichwai hand-printed bolster ($150), euro pillow ($115), and misc. pillows shown on chairs ($70-110). Also shown, Trisha Krauss nesting dolls. I’m not even going to bother to list their price. And not shown is the SO Book made by Tall Ladies ($40) which sounds very interesting when you read the description online… I’m intrigued. Does anyone know much about the Tall Ladies and the SO book?

(images from auto)

Posted in bedroom, textiles on March 14, 2008


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