Danielle posted this image from a Dutch design magazine Ariadne At Home that I completely fell in love with (and if you love vintage blankets don’t miss her Suzani post). It’s a basic white IKEA Kastanj blanket with wool pom-poms and some decorative trim added to spruce it up. Isn’t this a sweet idea?
You can whip up a fun blanket like this in single afternoon using your favorite trim. And while you’re at it why not try to make your own pom poms, something I learned in school as a kid but I’m still in need of a tutorial because I have no clue how to make them now. I’m totally into customization these days so I’m willing to learn. Anything to be original and beef up a budget find like this blanket, I’m all over it. If you don’t want to commit to a large blanket, why not a throw for the sofa?
Psst: If you can read Dutch Ariadne At Home has lots of great DIY projects right here on their website.
(image from the style files via ariadne at home)
Want to take fabric (or pretty paper) and give it a whole new purpose? How about applying it to the front of a dresser as shown here in 101 woonideeen magazine date November ’07? I’ve had this on my inspiration board for a few months, I’m dying to pick up a piece like this and experiment with some fabric and spray adhesive.
I’d also like to try cutting out floral patterns from fabric, stitching the edges, and doing some furniture applique work… Maybe apply a floral cutout up the side of a cabinet in an entryway for instance. Imagine painting a dresser like the one shown above in red lacquer or teal and then up one side, apply a large floral motif cut from fabric? Wouldn’t that be wonderful? Maybe only to me because I’m a little left of center sometimes, but I think it would look great.
I’d like to start collecting issues of 101 woonideeen but cannot find them in the states. It’s the best magazine ever, and I do mean ever. Even better than Livingetc and Elle Decoration because the things featured are so attainable, it’s packed with DIY projects that don’t involve Chex cereal boxes, pipe cleaners, or tin cans but really chic things that give you a chance to put on your pink toolbelt and have some fun. I wish we had a magazine just like it here – we really need something like this. Badly.
(image from 101 woonideeen.)
Fiona Lucas from the UK is a new decor8 reader with a life long addiction to interiors (she’s a designer) and a new found love of blogs. She wrote to me today looking for some cushions from an Elle Decoration UK article, the pastel silk ones, from Vanessa Bruno’s Paris apartment. Fiona is exhausted from her search and still hasn’t found the pillow shown below. Can anyone give her any leads?
Assuming she already combed through the April ’07 issue of Elle Decoration, perhaps Fiona can write to the magazine directly or contact Ms. Bruno’s assistant somehow? Hmmm. If not, here’s a few leads Fiona and with the help of readers, perhaps they can point us to some great online stores for throw pillows like the ones you’re dreaming of here.
MirrorMirror, Megan Park, LLPH, Graham and Green, and of course Anthropologie has embroidered pillows. Or you could hit a few flea markets or ebay to find an embroidered pillowcase, scarf, silk robe, and have it made into a pillow by a sewer. Embroidered items are everywhere right now – such a huge trend – so you may find something you like (shirt or bag) and then can design your own cushion by using it – you know, make it a one-of-a-kind Fiona original. You can also click on the word pillows linked below to see the many articles relating to them that have appeared in the past on decor8. You may find what you’re looking for there.
Can anyone help Fiona?
(image from elle decoration uk submitted to decor8 by fiona lucas)
I’m constantly on the prowl for beautiful fabric and apparently so is graphic designer Nicole Balch from Making it Lovely, who turned me on lately to the work of Vanessa Arbuthnott. Vanessa’s prints are quite country so I guess for all you non-country fans I should write this with a warning: Arbuthnott may not appeal to everyone. Even I had to draw the line at the rooster and check prints because it’s not really my style. But I’m a firm believer in keeping an open mind so I don’t pass by anything without digging first, often the most amazing finds are from the least expected places – like finding something that is so you in a store that caters to a style you don’t find appealing. Vanessa Arbuthnott’s linens, cottons, and oilcloths (along with her collection of rugs and wallpaper) call to mind a charmed life in the English countryside peppered with cozy cottages, winding roads through green pastures, garden parties with afternoon tea.
Of course it’s only reasonable to assume that not everyone prefers country prints in their home but again, keep your mind open because some of these would fit nicely in a mid century or a bohemian modern home too – like the little leaf in gray, duck egg denim, or any of the pie in the sky colorways (my favorite pattern). They’d look great transformed into roman shades, chair cushions, bench slipcovers, quilts, duvets, or trim on the bottom of solid drapes.
Want to try before you buy? If you’d like a few free samples, click here where you can order up to five at no charge. Yay for free!
And thanks Nicole for the fab tip…
(images from vanessa arbuthnott)