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Grace & Go: *New* Homewares from London

I love hearing about new products, it’s my fuel for the day and one of the best things about blogging — sharing the good news the second it hits my inbox. Jen Bowmast, a London transplant from New Zealand, is the designer behind the new homewares and accessories line, Grace & Go. She wrote in about her charming vintage-inspired designs in mostly black and white, and I think the bold blooms and the mid century chair silhouettes (love these tea towels and pillows), are pretty neat. I know so many of you that are into mid century modern, so I’m sure you’ll love this stuff.

Thanks Jen for telling us about your new line, loads of success to you!

(images from jen bowmast)

Posted in kitchen, shopping, textiles, travel on June 12, 2007

Purl Soho – *New* Denyse Schmidt Fabrics

My wheels started turning when I read on the Purl blog that they now carry Denyse Schmidt‘s latest fabrics, a collection called Katie Jump Rope. Can’t you just imagine all the pretty things that could result from a these? I love the Sunflower Bows and the Allure Diamond. And did know that Purl not only offers these by the yard for $9, but also grouped in these great bundles for $90. You can create dolls, a full-sized quilt, trim the edges of a solid color blanket, make cafe curtains, cover a cork board, even add a trim on solid curtains, perhaps 12″ of your favorite pattern along the very bottom of a solid panel.


Hmm. Now your wheels are turning, aren’t they?

(images from the purl bee)

Posted in textiles on June 08, 2007

Design Is Mine + Jenna Rose

Summer Allen-Gibson sent over an announcement about her new blog, Design is Mine. Summer is a Jill-of-all-trades from Portland, Oregon that loves her creative city and enjoys sharing what inspires her through blogging, much like the rest of us, yet with her own unique voice and spin on things. As I looked it over, I discovered Jenna Rose, a Canadian accessories designer that makes some pretty neat things – I really like the ottomans, very fresh!


Thank you Summer for writing in, nice to know you’re out there and welcome to our great, big blogging community! :)

(images from jenna rose)

Posted in blogs, textiles on June 07, 2007

The Shade Store

I’m not sure if you caught this recently over on Apartment Therapy, but when I read about The Shade Store on AT, I immediately ordered a catalog and I’ve been drooling, and trying to decide what I want, ever since. Love. It. I usually head straight over to American Blinds and Wallpaper or Smith & Noble when I need customized blinds and shades, but I’m open to trying new things, especially when they look this hot. Too bad they don’t sell the entire room because I think this sofa is darling.

Click on images for a larger view.

With gorgeous window shades, blinds, drapery, accessories, and designer hardware, they also have these really sleek, modern panel systems that caught my eye because they glide smoothly on a track system and are perfect for large windows and doors. I’m not a fan of the standard glass sliding doors with vinyl frames, but since they’re still everywhere in homes across America, I meet a lot of homeowners looking for modern solutions for dressing them up without sacrificing daylight or style. I think these panel systems are perfect because you can select from an extensive array of fabrics or woven wood materials, and since they lay flush against the wall when closed, they almost resemble wallpaper, don’t you think?

Aren’t their product shots the best? Nothing sells a product better than images like these… The power of a terrific wall color combined with the right window treatment. Ah.

(images from the shade store)

Posted in textiles on June 06, 2007

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