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Moody Colors Make Me Happy

Something about these rose-patterned pillows entices me, especially the moody charcoal gray. I’ve been drawn toward a moody palette lately more and more (it started towards the beginning of 2011) and I’m not quite sure where my new leaning has spawned from but I’m willing to guess it all began at Liberty in London back in February of last year. I remember walking around that store all alone and suddenly ‘getting’ why I loved it in there so much – because it felt cozy and edgy while still being floral and colorful. Plus Liberty has amazing natural light and shadows during the day, the vibe in that shop really sets my creative wheels turning! Sadly, magazines haven’t inspired me lately but restaurants and retail spaces have so I’ve been out and about a lot with my inspiration radar set to ON.

Moody Colors

For some reason this Spring, I’m really feeling more moody, muddy, dark colors with bursts of energetic hues. I’m not so keen on only brights lately, they feel a bit hyped BUT I do like them mixed into a moody palette but not so much on their own. I know, this is coming from the queen of color and white! In fact, I’m going to paint my living room wall a very dark gray soon, it’s begging me to and I’m going to listen. For instance, check out that very grown up gray rose pillow above (which I would love for my sofa!)… I’d make drapes for my living room in the same pattern and use a neon pink curtain rod to add some energy. Fun! The pillows are from a Swedish creative studio called G. Bruce Design and the collection is Purété Blanc inspired by the French countryside. The motif began as a watercolor painting by graphic designer Gunilla Bruce and then printed onto linen. I think it’s really pretty!

Moody Colors

I really like this styled shot above from Gunilla’s website. Again, moody, imperfect, lovely. I’m loving this look!

(image: gunilla bruce)

Posted in textiles on May 03, 2012

Sian Zeng & Magnetic Wallpaper

Magnetic wallpaper? What? Oh yes, it was only a matter time after magnetic paint was all the rage. Here’s the skinny on magnetized papers… Xiang ‘Sian’ Zeng is a fab designer who recently reached out to me and I’m so glad because her textile and wallpaper collection for the young at heart is fresh and innovative. I’ve talked about her on decor8 before but her latest creations are undeniably darling. You’ll see what I mean in a second.

Sian Zeng wallpaper

Born in China, Xiang Zeng relocated to Hungary with her parents when she was a child, then moved to London and graduated from Central Saint Martins with a BA in Textile Design. She now designs under her brand, Sian Zeng, with work inspired by fairy tales, imaginative scenes that play out in her mind, quirky interiors and fun ‘crazy’ patterns. With numerous awards to her name since graduating only three years ago, Sian is unstoppable and truly a lady to watch.

Sian Zeng wallpaper

Sian Zeng

Sian Zeng wallpaper

Sian Zeng wallpaper

Sian Zeng wallpaper

Sian Zeng wallpaper

Sian Zeng

Sian Zeng wallpaper

I like the screen printed stuffed gigantic scissors – so quirky! It is also worth noting that all wallpaper is printed in England using earth friendly inks on paper from sustainable forests and that some of the wallpaper is magnetic so you can stick things to it, including her very own magnets to fit the themes of the papers. You may order Sian’s work online here if you wish. Enjoy!

(Photos: Richard Clatworthy. Styling: Sian Zeng & Margarita Lorenzo)

Posted in textiles, walls on March 26, 2012

NEW: Lindsey Lang

Bold and graphic in the house! Woot! Textile designer Lindsey Lang will soon launch her collection of contemporary printed textile and ceramic designs exclusively at Home, the new interiors accessories show at Earls Court in London from January 15-17th. By the way, the Home show looks quite nice so if you’re in London try to catch it and let me know how it was… Here is a premiere peek of her collection!

Lindsey Lang

Lindsey Lang

Lindsey Lang

Lindsey Lang

About the collection, “Lindsey’s homeware products are created with a playful use of colour, injecting bright, modern designs to delight and enhance any home, from the kitchen to the lounge. Bold, colourful, graphic shapes are printed on crisp white linen in combination with natural wool felt or glossy ceramic coasters, to create functional decorative products.” In this line you will find cushions, ceramic tiles, cement tiles for the wall and floor, tea cozies, tea towels and more. All textiles are made by hand and printed in the UK.

See you soon everyone, I’m going to Potsdam, Germany tomorrow for the day to shop and eat with my friend. Bye for now!!!

(images: lindsey lang)

Posted in textiles on January 04, 2012

Nancy Straughan Textile Designs

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 Straughan Textile Designs

Nancy Straughan Textile Designs

Nancy Straughan Textile Designs

Nancy Straughan Textile Designs

Nancy Straughan Textile Designs

“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)

Posted in textiles on December 14, 2011

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