I hadn’t heard of this designer before, despite that her company launched in 2006, which surprises me because I’d think with a collection like hers, she would be on all the blogs. Natalie “Alabama” Chanin covers a wide area of disciplines, from limited-edition jewelry, to sustainable clothing and home accessories and furniture. She also runs her flagship store out of Florence, Alabama.
This lady is a creative dynamo! I really enjoy the natural beauty of her collection, the appliqu?d work on pillows, the embroidery, organic materials, it’s not only a smart way to design, but with such beautiful results. Here are some gorgeous images to enjoy, I can picture Alabama Chanin appearing in Selvedge magazine, can’t you?
Thanks Mary Jo for leading me to this talented lady!
Psst: Alabama even has a few good old-fashioned southern recipes on her site. For her chocolate pie recipe, I’d add pecans or walnuts to the recipe, as that’s how we use to make ours growing up. Then you heat it, topping with vanilla ice cream. :)
(images from alabama chanin)
My friend Michelle Caplan (aka Creative Swoon) told me about a great fabric sale that I didn’t want you sew queens to miss out on. Pixie Dust has an exclusive offer for all Creative Swoon readers – 33% all fabric orders!
Click on over to Michelle’s blog for the coupon code, and thanks Michelle for the tip!
(images from michelle caplan and pixie dust)
I was beyond thrilled to learn that Rachel Ashwell, who pioneered the whole casual bohemian look (at least here in the states) 18 years ago under the brand Shabby Chic, just launched a new collection of furniture and bedding collections. I want this entire room shown below, right down to the dreamy patchwork pillows. And have you noticed that patchwork is popping up everywhere? Oh yeah! And we love that…
Seems Rachel has been busy traveling the world to gather rugs, accessories and designs for furniture, ranging from classic to casual with a whimsical twist. There’s a little bit of an ethnic vibe going on in this collection, coupled with the California bohemian slash English traditional style she is known for. There are dining tables, coffee tables, dressers, nesting tables, etc. in different painted woods and finishes from washes to primitive stains. In addition, there’s a few new bedding patterns, a leather collection, new pillows, lighting, and vintage Turkish rugs.
I was beginning to think that Shabby Chic was losing it’s appeal (I was wrong) because I haven’t heard much from her since she launched an affordable version of Shabby Chic under the name Simply Shabby Chic at Target. Rachel isn’t about to let down her fans. Remember when she had her own show, I think it was on the Style network? I taped every episode and watched them with my girlfriends religiously every Thursday night with a bottle of wine. And though some may point to other designers as their inspiration because it sounds cooler, I openly confess that the Shabby Chic queen, Rachel Ashwell, is one of the designers that got me started down the road of mixing vintage with modern many years ago, the whole reason behind my obsession for vintage flea market finds, laid back style, and the goal of someday completing my collection of bone china. My goal is to have no plate nor cup the same. Ah, someday…
This is a duvet I had for a few years, so it’s not a new pattern by any means, it’s called wildflower (below). I picture it in a guest bedroom since I’m married now and don’t want to overwhelm my husband with girly patterns in the master bedroom. But it’s still a favorite pattern of mine because it’s so feminine and crisp, so I wanted to show it to you. I love the way it looks in this room with the tiny painting displayed over the lovely blue side table. I’d replace the lamp though with a this one from Re:found Objects hanging from the ceiling over the table. You have to mix things up!
Another staple in her collection that I’ve loved for ages is the beecroft sofa. I met Rachel in L.A. back in 2005 when I attended a tent sale she was having, she signed my book and had her photo taken with me. I was gushing like a little girl. I can’t wait to see more of her new collection, I hope she turns heads with it and that it brings the line back into the spotlight where it should be, as I’ve certainly missed seeing it in some of my favorite magazines.
Go Rachel, Go!
(images from shabby chic)
I’ve been doing quite a bit of research on Stockholm lately and today I found out about Ceannis. They opened a store in Stockholm last year, located in Sturegallerian in the central part of the city, and they also offer their home accessories and bags throughout Scandinavia.
I really like these perky patterns on silk, aren’t they gorgeous? Someone needs to consider carrying these in a web store (that ships to America!) because I think they’d be a huge hit over here. A few are helping me make friends with purple, because I’m ready to toss the pillow shown top left on a white fluffy sofa immediately and sink in with magazines and tea.
(images from ceannis)