The moment I heard from Nancy Straughan and saw her textiles this week, I knew she would end up on decor8. Nancy is a textile designer in Northern England who works mostly on fabrics for fashion and the home. Textiles, printmaking, bookbinding, illustration and photography are just a few of her favorite things. Her love for all things handmade can be traced all the way back to childhood and she credits her artistic upbringing for instilling in her a love for design and making.
“Nancy focuses her love of combining classic sophistication with uncompromising attention to detail with each print collection. Inspired by the motifs seen in Scandinavian and 1950s textiles she creates simple and refreshing contemporary products for you and your home. Made in England, and in keeping with her sustainable ethos, each print is carefully designed and printed using the finest and eco- friendly fabrics and papers,” and you can view all of her work here on her gorgeous website and also on her blog.
Beautiful – I can see so many of these being applied to surfaces in the home with stunning results!
(images: nancy straughan)
Oh dear, this is truly a rabbit hole that I’ve slipped into with pillows! I’m falling deeper and deeper into it and am unsure if I’ll surface anytime soon so please don’t mind me if I post about pillows yet again. I think it’s a nesting instinct for me that comes very naturally in the Autumn when my decorating wheels are spinning and all I want to do is redecorate, move my furniture around and “warm up” my space for the cooler months with wool rugs, throws, velvets, leathers, candles and oh yes, throw pillows. They are the easiest way to breath life into nearly any room and for me, one can never have enough. For the men out there who endure our pillow obsession, you are very kind to indulge us. Which leads me to ask, just why do men think throw pillows are so useless? Inquiring minds want to know… Back yes, back to my obsession with the throw pillow. This time, let us gaze upon the soft and sumptuous beauties from Megan Park Home.
I love the embroidered details, such a hot trend too! The homemade/homespun style is so big that you notice it in nearly every market from the home to fashion, accessories, even packaging with lots of fonts that look like handwriting or in packaging that was factory-born but still looks a bit handmade. I personally love the trend and enjoy seeing how much influence the independent handmade movement has had on mainstream design with a big thanks to blogs and the internet for making it so viral and allowing the indie movement to spread so quickly and influence so many. It’s something to be proud of! But back to Megan Park Home… Oh, the beauty that can be found in her various collections is truly inspiring. But first, do you know much about the lady behind the label?
My, my, my… I want the paper lamp on the wall and the white paper birds, all of the cushions and of course, the chandelier. Isn’t this a pretty space?
“Renowned for her artisan’s touch, Megan Park creates a collection that mixes the ancient traditions and craft of hand embroidery with the cuts, shapes and fabrics of today to create heirlooms of the future. Australian-born Megan Park studied fashion design at RMIT, and upon leaving college began work as a textile designer in Melbourne. In 1993 she moved to London to begin designing textiles for a well-respected agency working for the likes of Givenchy, Dries van Noten and Kenzo. In 1997, Megan launched her own label in London with an eponymous collection of evening bags and scarves, which has now grown to include womenswear and accessories collections, as well as Megan Park Girl and Megan Park Home (a soft furnishings home collection). Having established her reputation Internationally, in 2004 Megan followed her heart back to Australia, which is now where she and her team are based.” My goodness, this lady is a creative dynamo!
I love that each item in her collection is exclusive being both designed and developed in-house with fabrics hand-dyed, motifs hand blocked or hand screen-printed, colors applied by experts who carefully ensure they are pure and consistent, and embroidery hand applied using the zardosi and ari traditional styles which incorporate beads, crystals, stones and sequins (my favorite, I’m a huge sequin fan!). Have you seen her Fall 2011 collection, it’s my favorite!
(images: megan park home)
Chelsea Cefai launched Flora Dora House this past May and the buzz is already in the air over her retro fabulous textiles, “It all began just over two years ago when I became the proud owner of more than 200 original patterns from the 1950′s, 60′s and 70′s. Until now the designs of Royal Academy artist Sheila Bownas have never been seen. I hope to breath new life into these beautiful patterns and create a unique source of inspiration for todays interior.” Her current collections from the 50′s and 60′s are very colorful, quirky and fun. I especially love seeing these prints on white Bertoia chairs.
I have a white Bertoia at home with an original gray leather seat cushion and I’m thinking to sew up a fabric cushion instead to give it some life… especially after seeing this photo below. If you don’t enjoying sewing though, you can always pick one up pre-made right here in her lovely shop or in her Etsy store. I love this homespun style and especially like adding quirky seat cushions to vintage chairs, stools, sofas, etc. Fun!
(images: flora dora house)
Yes, I know… I’ve been a bit on a pillow kick lately. Today I heard from interior and textiles designer (and blogger) Caitlin Wilson who told me all about her new fabric and pillow line under the brand Caitlin Wilson Textiles and I went a bit bonkers. Not only because they are gorgeous and totally versatile and can fit nearly any style – love that – but because Caitlin turned her frustration into a business and I’m always so energized by stories like hers (more about that below). But first, aren’t these patterns and colors so fresh and gorgeous?
Caitlin launched her design practice, Caitlin Wilson Design, in 2007 and has been designing spaces from San Francisco to the Cayman Islands every since with her work appearing in top magazines and books. Here is a glimpse from her design portfolio that covers every style from African to Eclectic and beyond… If you’d like to view more, her entire portfolio can be viewed here.
Blue + Orange = great color combo!
Geometric neutrals in a kitchen adds class.
A touch of ethnic pattern makes this kitchen a bit more playful.
Pear + lilac work beautifully together in a nursery.
Add some bright violets to punch up a pastel palette.
Black, white and goldenrod with a little blue and a lot of pattern. Perfect!
This art display really works – I love how close the bottom picture is to the floor – fantastic!
An all white kitchen gets a dress touch with bold pink as an accent through tea towels and a simple floral arrangement. Budget decorating!
As she designed all of the spaces that you see above, you can imagine she had to dig through a lot of resources to find the gorgeous things that she used to decorate and layer each room. In the process though, Caitlin found a void in the market when it comes to colorful patterns at an affordable price point so she decided to give her own brand a try and design what she felt was missing. Instead of simply living frustrated like so many, complaining about what they cannot have or find, she decided to create it herself. You go, Caitlin! Now she has these beautiful textiles that you see shown below (and many more right here) that you can order and enjoy in your own home. Yum!
In her online shop, you can purchase fabric by the yard and pillow covers. Try the fabric to upholster chairs, a headboard or to make a duvet for your bed. I personally love her collection and hope that you do too!
(images: caitlin wilson)