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Never In My Wildest Dreams…

Thank you Maryam. Thank you beyond words really. You see readers, Ms. Marrakesh fulfilled a dream of mine today, one that I’ve had for eons, to own a genuine vintage Moroccan wedding quilt. It’s something I’ve wanted for so long now that I stopped searching because everywhere I looked, I couldn’t find one that spoke to me or my wallet. Over the past few years, I’ve been scouting for them, but those I found exceeded my budget and reached up into the thousand dollar range, and that my friends is a bit over the top, even for a dream item. It’s hardly a need, it’s not that practical – like say a car or a vespa. It’s a blanket. But not just any blanket.

A very happy guest bedroom.

And though the last thing I need is another textile in my home, the very one I’ve wanted was the very blanket I couldn’t have. Until today.

I owe Maryam a huge hug for bringing this with her on a recent trip to Boston, she was here and I was in Germany so sadly, I couldn’t meet her. But she left something very special behind with her family (they live outside of the city) and they kindly shipped it to me. Here’s a glimpse of it freshly unpacked and resting on the bed above. It looks exhausted, it must have traveled many miles to meet me. So while it relaxes there in our guest bedroom, I’m pondering next steps. Where will I display this beauty, the blanket that makes beautiful music when you shake it just a little as it sparkles in the sun? I must treat something like this with such care. If I ever have children or pets, all will know to respect the holy sparkle blanket from Marrakesh.


Thank you again Maryam. So, so much. If anyone is interested in a owning a blanket like this one, she may carry them in her future shop. Until then, if you know of a resource, kindly comment below. Maybe you’ll fulfill the dream of another reader.

UPDATE: If you would like one, Maryam said that she has 10 in stock. You can email her to place your order at maryam AT mtds.com

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in bedroom, shopping, textiles, travel on December 04, 2007

Kirin & Co {fabric}

We love her prints, but Kirin & Co’s Lara Cameron recently listed her latest fabric creation: Ginkgo in Robins Egg Blue. Isn’t it pretty? Living in the northeast, I’ve had this long time love of all the fallen Ginkgo leaves that I find strolling the forest here. Even Boston Common has a few scattered about on the sidewalks and I always stop to admire them, photograph them, they have such an appealing shape. Don’t you love seeing ginkgo leaves in turquoise?


This is a limited edition run, so if you like it, click here for details. Only 10 left!

(image from lara cameron)

Posted in etsy, textiles on November 28, 2007

Amy Butler Patterns {Free}

Amy sent out her shop updates today and in addition to her new Sweet Life bags, she’s offering (for a limited time) free pattern downloads on her site (see bottom of menu, main page).


Give it a try, download a few, they’re a great project to work on while engaging in marathon trash television viewing or something. :) Who ARE the Kardashians anyway?? Plus, these patterns look fun, especially those fabric leaves) and I don’t think they’ll leave us feeling like a bunch of incompetents because they seem relatively easy.

Thanks for the great free stuff Amy!

(images from amy butler)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, textiles on November 27, 2007

Taj Wood & Scherer {Munich}

I’m the curious type. Some might say I’m nosey, but that sounds rather negative, so I prefer curious. :) Anyway, curious Holly here keeps seeing these fabulous pillows in shops everywhere with tiny gray tags that I can’t read. The brand is somewhat of a scribble so I can’t decipher just who makes them. When I ask shop owners, they seem offended that I would want to know or they tell me and I can’t understand the name because well, they say things here in English with such a strong German accent and so quickly that I sometimes get lost. Yesterday, everything changed.

While visiting with a local product designer at her home, I noticed she had a delightful pillow and yes, it had the gray scribble tag, so nosey me asked what the brand was and come to find out, she worked with this company before — it’s owned by design duo Roger Wood and Christine Scherer) from Munich and the company is called Taj Wood & Scherer. Tah-dah! Isn’t this all so lovely? Aren’t you glad that I asked? Me too. Pillows, lamps, blankets, ottomans, and you can even find Taj in America, just check their store list on their site.


Have a look at their wonderful website, you’re sure to fall in love. And after googling them I found that my lovely fellow blog friend Imelda wrote about them in August on her Singapore-based blog, Imedagoze. Small world! She adores Taj, too. Can’t you see why?

Drool…

(images from taj)

Posted in lighting, shopping, textiles, travel on November 09, 2007

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