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Julia Rothman Pillows {urban outfitters}

I have to share this great budget find from Urban Outfitters that I picked up over the weekend, it’s the Rabbit pillow designed by Julia Rothman for UO. I’ve known about her pillows since she mentioned them on her site but I didn’t want to blog them until I saw them in person as it’s hard to judge quality on the web sometimes with certain stores. UO is a great shop, but they can be somewhat inconsistent at times when it comes to quality just like any other big box retailer. Well my in-store pillow test turned into a cha-ching! sale and now the pillow is home with me. It’s a great 18″ square covered in a soft linen, plus you can zip off the cover to wash it and the insert is feather filled so it’s so soft and squishy.


I prefer feather or down blend insert over synthetic polyfill because they appear more casual and less stiff and are so much more comfortable to lean against. To find a pillow like this for only $24 for both the cover and insert is unheard of these days. There’s also a Mountain Goat and another in perky stem green with lots of trees. I love that the back of each pillow has her tag on it – such a great touch!


Yay to Julia for getting cozy with UO and for bringing good design to the masses without the hefty price tag.

(images top: from holly becker for decor8, bottom: from urban outfitters)

Posted in shopping, textiles on January 09, 2008

Ply Textiles {pillows}

Renee of Wolfie and the Sneak wrote in this morning singing the praises of Ply Textiles, a Chicago-based etsy store that she fell in love with. These beautiful pillows are made from recycled wool sweaters then felted and hand sewn together. Wholesale orders welcome!


The shop is quite small, but the pillows Ply carries are very unique and the colors are fabulous for the modern home. Renee thinks decor8 readers will really like ‘em and so do I, so click here if you’re interested. They’re priced right at around $65.

Thank you Renee for the tip!

(images from ply textiles)

Posted in etsy, textiles on January 07, 2008

Sweet Home London {bedding}

Stylized florals that jump from the fabric, mostly vintage inspired (think toned down 60′s), is what Sweet Home London is all about. Deborah DeLong, former designer for Laura Ashley London, is now the proud owner of newly formed home textile company Sweet Home London.


Bedspreads with traditional Indian ‘gudri’ stitching (Blossom), Bold daffodils with crisp white binding (Cornelia) and the girly floral pattern of Della Floral (reminds me of the linens I slept on during the summers on my grandparents farm, in a good way), are some of my favorites from this collection. It feels a little like Blackpool Sands mixed in with a bit of Cape Cod. And buried beneath layers of snow right now, the Spring like feel of this bedding is exactly what I need to see. :)

Sweet Home London is offering a special promotion to kick off the new year, purchase any size duvet cover and receive two pillowcases at no charge.

Psst: Deborah is a blogger too, that’s how I found out about fashion label Hoss Intropia added to my latest list of loves.

(images from sweet home london)

Posted in bedroom, textiles on January 03, 2008

PhatSheep {textiles}

Suzanne Shearer of PhatSheep in Scotland sent me some beautiful images of her work today, she’s totally going on my list of resources for textiles. You can see why…


The talented Suzanne is a mom and a textile designer, she blogs, and she runs her studio out of her home in Scotland. How’s that for girl power?! I enjoy her simple clean aesthetic and I like seeing plum, lavender, and turquoise living together in some of her prints so nicely, like on this duck tote below. I know Suzanne doesn’t need tips from me, but I totally see her extending some of these patterns into homewares, like pillow covers, table linens, etc. because I think they’d be a big hit. And did you notice her seaweed scarf? It’s amazing.

If there’s something here that you like it’s painless to purchase from her to because, surprise surprise, she’s not some remote store in the corner of Scotland, her business is on Etsy in addition to her website and such. She’ll also ship worldwide, another perk. I’m not sure why I’ve not heard of PhatSheep before, she’s been on Etsy since May and I would think someone with this level of talent would have been blogged to death by now. Well, time to change things because her creations deserve our attention so spread the word ya’ll.

(images from phatsheep)

Posted in etsy, textiles on December 18, 2007

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