Soojin Yum is a Korean designer who lives in Seattle where she makes silk-screened pillow covers and totes under the name Soraam (Korean for “Please have a look with a smile”). That is such a sweet shop name, don’t you think? I like the white bow pillows and totes…
“Pillow covers are 18″x18″ and silk screened on pre-washed cotton and have a zipper closure along the bottom edge or some with an envelope closure. Tote bags are made of pre-washed black canvas with kona cotton lining.”
Soojjin wrote such a delightful email to me saying that decor8 has, “So many beautiful designs featured — it has been the biggest source for my inspiration. Now I started my own design business, I’m hoping my work can motivate someone to just start creating something. Starting out was the hardest part.” I thought that was really sincere and so true. Often just getting started, taking that first step, can be terrifying! But I believe that if you have passion, talent and courage that success will follow.
Congratulations Soojin on your exciting new business!
I’ve talked about Cloud 9 Fabrics by Michelle Engel Bencsko and Gina Pantastico before but this! just! in! she has a new collection that will soon be on sale (shipping in October) that I have to give you a heads up on. If you are designing for a children’s room or simply young at heart, you may really adore these organic fabrics. These patterns are so cute and they are from the My Happy Nursery collection.
The little elephants with pendants is darling!
To view more of Michelle’s fabrics and to see them as products in-situ, visit her Flickr album here.
(images: cloud 9 fabrics)
I just spotted the sweetest fabrics on Etsy by Aunt June, some patterns feature the most darling little hand sketched boats. How cute is this?
Lauren Hunt of Aunt June is currently a featured seller over at Etsy — she designs and prints many fabrics that those who make things would delight in owning and transforming into all kinds of pretty handmade goodies. She also has another shop, And Your Name Is, where she designs fabric with your name on it that can become totes, clothing, pillows, anything! My favorite pattern, in addition to the boats, is the gorgeous feather print in gray and white. Lovely!
Psst: Lauren makes totes and she blogs too!
(images: lauren hunt)
If you love Scandinavian design and bold brights then the new Swedish design company Camp Cirrus may just be what you need to inspire you and thoughts of redecorating today! Decorating is all I think about lately since we have two flats that look very promising and both are beautiful… if we end up moving into one of them I will be the happiest woman on the planet because then I can decorate it! Weeee! I have so many ideas for my next place. I can’t wait to see where we ultimately end up moving but it looks like September or October I will have a permanent home. Then the things I write about can expand into some of my own home projects which I’m dying to share more of since I’d like to add new features to decor8. Okay… I digress. Now back to Camp Cirrus in Sweden. These bold patterns would be great on a patio or in the kitchen, wouldn’t they? They do look so very Swedish to me…
This is their first collection shown above and it includes textile “jars” for storage, pillow covers, trays, totes and small bags. The pillow covers and bags are hand printed and their design is geared around making beautiful things that are also functional and make people happy. I like that!
(images: camp cirrus)