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What’s on my wish list?

November 15, 2017 Astier de Villatte, Blog, John Derian, Quilts 0
What’s on my wish list?

What’s on my wish list, you might ask. As a matter of fact, during our staff meeting on Monday we were discussing this very question. Of course, when I look around the studio so many lovelies vie for my attention. It’s just hard to decide, which doesn’t help friends, family or our dear significant others.

To get your mind dreaming, here are some of our favorites. Feel free to use our suggestions, or come up with your own desires. Read More

The Holiday Countdown is Real

November 1, 2017 Blog, latest news, Les Indiennes, Libeco, Table settings, Thanksgiving, Uncategorized 0
The Holiday Countdown is Real

The Holiday countdown is real and happening before our very eyes. In fact, I have a friend who, every year, will post some unnerving picture of Santa and his elves doing a countdown to Christmas. She will start these posts in July, that’s what’s so unnerving. However, when you are in retail, one must start to plot early.

On a personal note, though, as I’m writing this post, it’s Halloween. Essentially, this means I need to get cracking on my planning. And, since I am a “planner,” the need seems even more urgent. Just look at the calendar. There are only three Thursdays until Thanksgiving. We could extrapolate on out to Christmas, but I’ll save you that panic attack for a few weeks. Read More

Napkins, a piece of cloth

October 18, 2017 Blog, Interior Design, latest news, Libeco, Table settings 0
Napkins, a piece of cloth

Napkins, a simple piece of cloth or paper used to wipe our lips and hands, or to protect our clothes from a stray bite when we’re too busy chatting. I thought we learned to not talk with food in our mouths as kids. Some of our best lessons go unheeded at times; therefore, the need for a utilitarian square with great table impact.

Resourceful, ingenious, inspired tables are strewn all over our social media feeds. Friends post artistic pictures on Instagram of the setting they created for their last get together. Let’s face it, we feel the pressure to perform, and the Holiday Season is fast approaching. Oh, my weary head, just thinking and planning. Read More

A table made of mud (australia)

October 4, 2017 Blog, Hostess Gifts, Interior Design, latest news, Mud Australia, Table settings, Uncategorized 0
A table made of mud (australia)

A table made of mud seems like a happy something that littles do while making mud pies and playing patty-cake in the backyard. My grown-up version is an adaptation; setting the table with pieces of divine porcelain from Mud Australia.

The handmade porcelain line was founded in 1994 by Shelley Simpson. Each stunning piece is minimalist and artistic with modern features and color palettes that fit well in a wide range of home styles. Each time I cup a piece in my hands, it’s a tactile experience of glazed interior and matte exterior. Vitrified stone-like is how Mud describes it, and the matte becomes smoother with each touch. Read More

Kerry Cassill: One part clouds, two parts sunshine

September 20, 2017 Bedding, Blog, Interior Design, Kerry Cassill, latest news, Uncategorized 0
Kerry Cassill: One part clouds, two parts sunshine

“One part clouds, two parts sunshine” is the dreamy tagline for one of our makers, Kerry Cassill.  It wouldn’t be quite fair to play favorites, but these whisper soft linens take our breath away.

The early ’90s was a pretty amazing time for creative souls. After spending much of the decade exploring the planet for inspiration, Kerry found herself drawn to the colorful and eclectic Indian prints she discovered throughout the markets of Paris, and followed them to their origins in India where she began developing her own signature look. With additional influences that included early mentors like acclaimed colorist and textile designer Bridget Singh, and the colorful impressionistic styles of painter Vincent Farrell, Kerry Cassill’s unique and adventurous collection of clothing and bedding has become highly regarded and celebrated around the world.

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Re-invent: A short story about a reupholstered chair

September 6, 2017 Bedding, Blog, Interior Design, latest news, Les Indiennes, Libeco, Uncategorized 0
Re-invent: A short story about a reupholstered chair

A short story about a reupholstered chair that came back to life with some imagination, thoughtfulness and able hands.

There once was a little chair whose sole purpose was strictly utilitarian. He was dressed in a drab canvas, with buttons popping and a seat smudged from frequent sitting. Little Chair served his purpose well, never complaining of his colorless place in life. He was down-to-earth and useful.

One day, Little Chair encountered Carnation. Now Carnation was stamped by hand with naturally derived dyes in indigo tones; nothing showy, but with panache that only an indigo carnation could don. Little Chair was astute. He knew this happenstance with Carnation would change his life for all time.

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Being Tidy is a Habit

August 23, 2017 Blog, latest news, Organization, Uncategorized 0
Being Tidy is a Habit

Did you know that being tidy is a habit? Science shows that habits begin to take shape in as little as 21 days.

Have you ever tidied madly, only to find that all too soon your home or workspace is cluttered again? If so, let me share with you the secret of success. Start by discarding. Then organize your space, thoroughly, completely, in one go. If you adopt this approach—the KonMari Method—you’ll never revert to clutter again.

– Excerpt from Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

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Picnic Savvy: An Artful Practice

August 3, 2017 Blog, latest news 0
Picnic Savvy: An Artful Practice

 

There are many things that can be both function and art. A prime example is a picnic dinner. It can simply be a function that happens at the end of baseball season with all of the team, or being picnic savvy can become an artful practice. Read More

Hospitality: 3 Secrets of a Terrific Host

June 22, 2017 Blog, blogs, latest news, Table settings, Uncategorized 0
Hospitality: 3 Secrets of a Terrific Host

How do some people do it? Are they blessed with an out-of-the-ordinary gift of hospitality? They ooze, “no worries,” just ease for everyone? I mean really, there must be some clandestine system that I want to be privy to; certainly I’m not always that nonchalant when it comes to hosting a party. However, over the years I’ve learned a few strategies that help whether it’s an out-and-out shindig or neighbors stopping by while out on a walk. Read More