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Purl – decor8 Readers Save 10% (until 9/13)

Sew girl, sew! I’ve decided that I’m going to pull out my Bernina and start sewing again on a regular basis. I truly miss the feeling of creating and the joy of seeing the finished product. After reading Midwest Modern last week, I feel so inspired to get rolling on some projects.


Problem is, or so I thought, now that I’m truly inspired and ready to sew we are due to leave again for Germany so I won’t have my machine with me there. Leave it to my husband to come up with a clever solution. Our friend, who lives only blocks from where we stay, is a seamstress and although she speaks little English, Thorsten suggested that I purchase all the fabric and patterns that I need here before I go and he will work with the two of us to convert the measurements so I can work on her machine. And having her by my side is a major bonus because then I can have a pro around to correct all of my mistakes.

With that being said, I’m placing an order at Purl today and wondered if you’d like to shop there with me? Jen at Purl is giving us a 10% discount running until September 13, just enter “DECOR” upon checkout (leave out the 8). First stop, Amy Butler fabric!

By the way, have you seen my little work space? I blogged about how much manpower we put into renovating it here and here, but I haven’t showed you where the room stands today.


I had a docksta table in the room, but I moved it to another place in the house because I need a sturdy wood table for cutting out patterns and no matter how hard I tried, the docksta always seemed to move just a little. Too bad, it looked great in this space. I’m heading down to Brimfield tomorrow to hunt for a wood table. I’ll let you know what I find, if I find anything at all. I’m still deciding where to put all the art I have stacked on my table, and my inspiration board, but here’s a glimpse of what it looks like today. Remember, this is an 1875 carriage house, so the beams are original to the house. I need to still install art and make something for the windows (I’m thinking of roman shades), so it’s a bit spare.

(sorry, the lighting is quite bad in my home today – severely overcast outside.)

(images from purl and holly becker for decor8)

Posted in discounts, textiles on September 06, 2007

Akasha

Akasha?s vision for home furnishings and accessories is ?clean innovative design?, which is obvious the moment you step into their virtual store.


With a focus on ethnic prints and patterns, their line of bedding and pillows will certainly appeal to those with a love of Asian pattern, bold color and lots of rich texture. All of their textiles are made by hand in India, including the blockprints and the intricate embroidered works.

Thank you Shilpa for sharing your designs with us!

(images from akasha)

Posted in bedroom, textiles on September 05, 2007

West Elm Curtains

I’m seeing lots of linen lately, have you noticed? Seems to be the “it” fabric for Fall. It’s the perfect option for someone like me who isn’t too keen on heavy textiles on windows, I’m a bit on the casual side when it comes to window treatments.


I prefer light cottons, silks, and linens over anything else. Living in northern New England where winters are really long and gray, I can’t imagine layering fabrics on my window because I’d miss my chance at enjoying the little sunlight we have. So I stick with my bamboo blinds and cotton or linen panels on each side. No frills.


I know for practical purposes, velvets and other heavier fabrics are great for the cold months, as your heat bill is much lower — but I’d rather pay more for heat to see a glimpse of sunlight which is why I’ll stick to keeping my window treatments simple. Plus, I really love natural fibers. These new drapes from West Elm are gorgeous, along with their other two-tone linen curtains, and very affordable for Fall.


(images from west elm)

Posted in textiles on September 05, 2007

notNeutral *New* Pillows

notNeutral is so L.A. with their bright colors and modern graphics, which is why I think they appeal to us no matter where we live – just owning one gives us a crack at having a little California sunshine in our own home.


And we’re in luck because when most companies are rolling out deep, rich colors in their collections for Fall, notNeutral is in eternal summer mode launching bright, hot colors and hand screened graphics in their latest designs on 14 x 18 pillows with down inserts. Aren’t these the best?

(images from notNeutral)

Posted in textiles on August 29, 2007

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