A reader from Austin, Texas, Miss Meredith, needs our help. Let’s see if we can all pull together some ideas for her.
“I just moved into a circa 1969 rancho fabuloso. I was wondering if you had any ideas about some groovy contact paper I could use in my walk in pantry. Your wallpaper links have been very inspiring, and I wondered if you had any suggestions about contact paper or shelf liner that is cute. All I can find around Austin, TX is country kitchen stuff.”
I suggest using vintage wallpaper, or head to the nearest Target store because last I checked, they had a few cute patterns that didn’t have a rooster or quilt motif going on. There’s also Aubuchon Hardware, they have several patterns to choose from, and they’re online for easy shopping. But when it comes to really great patterns, contact paper doesn’t seem to be something that some great designer has picked up on yet. There clearly is a need for someone to design great adhesive contact paper…
(image from aubuchon hardware)
With a background in fashion, interiors and styling, and a loyal following in the UK, there’s no question Jan Constantine has a unique style and good taste that appeal to many. Her collection of hand-embroidered soft furnishings show that the art of embroidery need not look dated, only to be retired to storage, rather it can seamlessly blend in with today’s interiors. Jan’s goal is to keep this ancient, hands-on skill very much alive and desired. When you peek at her online collection, I think she’s well on her way.
Audrey from Australia wrote in, “I was wondering if you and the decor8 blog readers might be able to help me…” Seems she’s on the hunt for a trendy white table featured in a recent NYTimes feature about The Penthouse restaurant at the Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica, CA designed by Thomas Schoos. Audrey continues, “I’d like to get my hands on it (or something similar) to use as my desk. I love the white square top with the round base.”
Since that is wayyy out of my territory, I’m leaving this up to other Aussie readers who may be able to give her a hand. Or in this case, a table!
Anyone know where to get something like this?
Audrey – My first reaction is to contact the design firm to see where it was purchased, but given your location, you may do better to DIY it. Locate a vintage cast aluminum saarinen tulip base (Knoll) and work with a carpenter to create a laminate rectangular top and viola! You have exactly what you want. You could also contact 20th Century Design in Melbourne to see if they’ve come across anything like it… Mondo Trasho and Frhapsody 20C are great mid century design resources in your country that may also be helpful for you to contact.
Anyone else have a few clever ideas for our friend, Audrey?
(image from the nytimes)
Meet my new favorite book, Simple Sewing with a French Twist by the popular Parisian designer, C?line Dupuy. Her work is regularly featured in Marie Claire magazine and her portfolio can be viewed on her website. Simple Sewing with a French Twist showcases C?line’s talents offering all of us a glimpse into her stylish world.
It does much more than delight the eyes. It provides the necessary tools to jump right in and create our very own Paris right at home with over 50 projects for all levels – from ohmygodwhatwasIthinking beginner to beentheredonethat advanced. It offers clear instructions, illustrated patterns, and images of the completed project that encourage you to take your idea from your head to the work table.
I love her eye, from the things she creates and how beautifully she styles them, giving everything such care and consideration, paying close attention to each detail without coming across too fussy… Absolutely beautiful. Lots of great patterns to sew up for your home, from placemats to pillows, as well as fashion accessories (love the totes), gifts, and super creative customizing ideas for your furniture (i.e. the buttons sewn on the back of this chair below. What a fantastic idea.) Here are some images from the book for a sneak peak.
This title is in English and is also available in French. Simple Sewing with a French Twist is exquisite on every level, a real gem for crafty girls everywhere and only $18!
(images from C?line Dupuy)