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Ellie Curtis {prints and pillows}

Nicole from Etsy Love just wrote to me about Ellie Curtis, a London designer with a brand new etsy shop where she sells some pretty amazing pillows and prints based on her whimsical illustrations (love her unexpected color combinations like violet with orange). Ellie takes her drawings and creates screen prints onto paper and fabric with crisp modern results. Her inspiration? “I often like wandering around places like the British Museum, the V&A, or the Pitt Rivers in Oxford to soak in the many different objects and their owner?s associated thoughts, worries, beliefs,” she says.

In the past, Ellie created brooches that I found pretty enough to post so I have to share them to you today. I’m not sure if she plans to make them again or carry these in her etsy store, but I wish she would at least consider it. I’d love to pin them to throw pillows, especially the butterfly.

Great unique work, it’s really refreshing. Thank you Nicole for the tip!

(images from ellie curtis)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, textiles, walls on February 15, 2008


Yay! DwellStudio has a new bedding collection out for Spring and in addition to that, a modern nursery collection created exclusively for Target. I visited my local store yesterday and only found placemats, runners, and napkins (very nice patterns and quality) which surprised me because I was told their nursery line would hit stores before everything else, and I didn’t realize that everything else included table linens — good news for us! If the goods for baby are as nice as the patterns for the dining room table, I think it’s safe to say that lots of happy parents will be running around out there because from what I’m seeing on the Target website, the collection looks strong — stylish, fun patterns, even coordinating pillows and wall decals and furniture. The prices are ridiculously affordable ($9 for a pillow), something every expecting parent wants to hear – affordable and chic. Has a good ring to it! Okay so first for mommy and daddy. Here’s a glimpse of the Spring collection (not Target) — the grown up bedding, for the couple. :) It can be found over at Design Public.

And here’s a glimpse of the DwellStudio for Target collection exclusively for your soon to be baby girl or boy. You know, the bouncing drooling cuties. :) These items are available at Target online and soon to be in stores nationwide. I heard they’re already being spotted in-store throughout California and in parts of the east coast.

Can’t wait to see what else they pull out of those creative DwellStudio hats for Target. Let’s hear it for good design for all!

(images from design public and target)

Posted in kids, textiles on February 14, 2008

Bodie and Fou {and a little Provence love too}

I haven’t blogged Bodie and Fou in quite some time and with so many new products on their website, I figured I’d circle back to see what’s new with them. As always, they source only the best and everything works so well together that you can imagine most of their pieces living in the same home without tension. Love that! Decorating made easy.

Birgit ?stergaard lighting and a Bodie and Fou bubble vase.

I particularly like their selection of items from C?t? Bastide, it’s a company that I long to visit someday as they have a showroom in Lourmarin, Provence that is only open during a select period of time each year and with a sweet little sign placed on a path leading to their shop (that appears to be handwritten using chalk on a board), how can any girl resist? Such cuteness. But there’s more. Want to tour the store online? Of course you do!

C?t? Bastide has lovely product shots, and such pretty labels too.

The beautiful blog A Heart in Provence gives us a tour here. Wonderful linen products, soaps and bath gels, and loads of charm set in a beautiful village – sounds like a fantastic vacation. Roaming Provence and popping into bakeries (smell the fresh lavender bread?), quaint stores with gorgeous interiors, and hitting a few farmers’ markets along the way (oh the cheese!). Warm sunshine, your favorite sandals, hair tied up in a stylish chignon…

Kathleen Hills cluster light, linen bag and bed canopy from C?t? Bastide.

Okay, back to reality. Me here in New Hampshire tapping away on my keys, listening to Beirut, looking out over a frozen orchard with tons of snow from the latest storm last night. But a girl can dream, can’t she?

If you’re interested in hitting a great sale today, visit Bodie and Fou’s winter offers where most items are at least 50%.

(images from bodie and fou)

Posted in bathroom, bedroom, blogs, textiles, travel on February 13, 2008

Lush Designs

Dishy and Dirty fun! One of Danielle’s readers (Jessica) over on the Style Files told her about Lush Designs and after viewing their website, I knew that I had to bookmark them over here too. In addition to the darling LOVE pillowcases, they have lampshades to die for and fabulous tea towels and aprons with fun patterns.

Great stuff over at Lush Designs – the pillowcases are very sweet, don’t you think?

(images from lush designs)

Posted in bedroom, kitchen, lighting, textiles on February 08, 2008


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