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Henry Road *New* Spring Pillows

Henry Road has some colorful, very bold poppy pillows and some happy summertime bags… Just calling your name for Spring 2007!

And although it’s a not a new Henry Road pillow, I’m still a big fan of their blue/white circles print. It’s so timeless, though the geometric prints are totally hot right now, making them that much more appealing… Especially a bold hue combined with white. Remember our Trina Turk inspiration – blue + white or chocolate + white? Now see these babies below? Yup. Perfectly on trend.


Oh, and don’t miss Paula and her company, Henry Road, in this month’s (April) issue of Cottage Living. I was browsing it just yesterday at Barnes + Noble and was so happy when I saw Paula inside. Here’s a glimpse. And congrats, Paula! Thank you for writing to me as well, it means so much when a designer sends me a tip — I really appreciate it.

(images from henry road)

Posted in textiles on April 03, 2007

Home Republic

Great finds from eBay seller Home Republic… These Union Jack pillow covers flip to show off the Tower Bridge in London ($15 each, buy it now), the queen pillows simply rule, and these lacey red and white plates are under $30 and another great buy it now find. Check out Home Republic for more goodies right here.


(images from home republic)

Posted in textiles, vintage on April 02, 2007

Absoluut Pillows

Say hello to my new pillows straight from Amsterdam. Thanks to Danielle over at the Style Files who blogged recently about Absoluut (that’s with two u’s and no vodka is involved), these retro babies belong to me. And no, I haven’t a clue where I’ll put them, but like most of my spontaneous web purchases, I’ll make it work. Don’t you love the texture of this fabric and the bold, bright graphics? Absoluut has many to select from, and for $25 each, you can’t afford not to find a few to perk up your space.


(images from absoluut)

Posted in textiles on March 30, 2007

Pippa Caley + Not on the High Street

Pippa Caley is a lady whom I’d love to meet. Pippa is interesting and stylish, her embroidered and screen-printed cushions and wall papels speak volumes about just how cool she is. Outside of her work, I found her inspiration board imaginative and colorful, a glimpse into her world.

Pippa’s inspiration board

You can learn a lot about a person when you ‘see’ what they’re thinking. People that are highly visual give you an immediate glimpse into their soul. Just a glimpse though, not much more. :) Knowing a creative type is such a pleasure, so satisfying, instant gratification in a sense, don’t you think? You need not spend hours in conversation, you may never even meet them in person. Just looking at their photography, their inspiration board, their work – you can learn so much about what makes them tick. My husband calls this ‘Alternate Words’, it’s a way of hearing a story, learning about someone, through an alternate means. Often through the eyes, but also through smell, touch, or sound (music, not the spoken word). Telling a story without using words (spoken or written), can impact the soul and spark the imagination. Unlike a novel or movie where most of the details are laid before you, photography, art, and other highly visual forms of expression gives the viewer a lot of creative freedom – you can tap into your imagination, pull new ideas, and as a result, walk away inspired. Whatever the case, Pippa and her body of work, certainly accomplishes this.

As a graduate of the Royal College of Art, her collection of textiles for the home really speak to me. I love that she’ll take your vintage photographs and create a bespoke product exclusively for you to enjoy. This actually reminds me a lot of Michelle Caplan and her mixed media artwork, someone I’ve been purchasing art from since ’05. I love seeing vintage photography used so creatively, especially since surrounding yourself with photos of those that have been a guiding force in your life is such a positive addition to your home, and certainly is a less traditional approach to showcasing your favorite photos. It’s almost visual storytelling… A glimpse of your past.

You can also shop the Pippa Caley collection online at Not on the High Street, an amazing treasure chest of a store with goods from so many talented artists, mostly based in the UK.

Psst: Ms. Caley even has some really cute tea towels too. :)

(images from pippa caley)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, textiles on March 19, 2007

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Further editions available: Decorate published by Murdoch Books for AU/NZ, Decorar BR, Alt om indretning DK, Inspirace pro váš byt CZ, Dekorácie SK, La décoration FR, Lust auf Wohnen DE, Sisusta tyylillä FI and Sztuka aranżacji wnętrz PL.

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