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Pillows are a room’s accessories

March 14, 2018 Blog, Coyuchi, Interior Design, Kerry Cassill, latest news, Les Indiennes, Libeco, Uncategorized 0
Pillows are a room’s accessories

The legendary icon of style, Coco Chanel said, “Accessories are what makes or marks a woman. “ I tend to think the same is true when styling a room. Pillows are a room’s accessories. Think about it. Sofas without pillows are just sofas, but add playful colored or decorated pillows and the whole room takes on a new life.

Since the inception of the shop, we’ve carried an array of pillows from several of our makers. Libeco brings nubby Belgian linen to the table, while Les Indiennes casts an ethnic feel with single motif patterns. Coyuchi and Kerry Cassill fill in gaps with color, pattern and texture. Yet, we still felt like something was missing.

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Designer tip: How to style a coffee table, bookshelves or sideboard

February 14, 2018 Astier de Villatte, Interior Design, Mud Australia, Organization, Uncategorized 0
Designer tip: How to style a coffee table, bookshelves or sideboard

Ever look at the sad, uninspiring surfaces in your home and wonder, “why?” Do designers have all the inside scoop on how to style a coffee table, bookshelves or sideboards? And, do we, as mere people struggling to make our space beautiful have to just guess and by golly?

As designers in the studio, we too grapple with placement and balance, color and texture. However, we also have a few tricks-of-the-trades that make the mêlée do-able. So, how does one actually take things and turn them into artful displays? Read More

2018 Design Trends to Embrace

January 18, 2018 Blog, Interior Design, latest news, Uncategorized 0
2018 Design Trends to Embrace

We’ve been living in 2018 for a couple of weeks now. Most of the hullabaloo has died down, which means we can focus on design trends that are worth embracing.  While glossy magazines and the web are filled with photos dangled out there like a carrot for a horse, not all can, will or should be a part of our individual homes.

As any good talker would do, I started researching; looking to a few well-established design sites. Each had cross-over ideas, as well as individualistic ones. And, since my notes include a long list of concepts, it was necessary to pare down the notions. Read More

Cold Nights, Cozy Beds

December 13, 2017 Bedding, Blog, Coyuchi, Interior Design, Libeco, Quilts, Uncategorized 0
Cold Nights, Cozy Beds

Cold nights (it was 9 degrees yesterday morning) call for cozy beds, so I put on winter flannels. And, there are two extra throws tossed at the end of the bed, just in case. Layer upon layer; isn’t that what we’re told regarding outdoor wear, and shouldn’t the same rule apply to our bedding?

I’ve been asking myself, what makes a bed cozy? Is it truly dependent on the temperature, or something to be experienced year round? Quite frankly, when I think about cozy, words like soft, welcoming and comforting come to mind. My thoughts also roam to warm and tucked in, which would be temperature dependent. Imaginably, cozy is a state of mind that is as individual as our beds. Read More

It’s time to deck the table. Are you ready?

November 29, 2017 Astier de Villatte, Blog, Juliska, Mud Australia, Table settings, Uncategorized 0
It’s time to deck the table. Are you ready?

It’s time to deck the table and the halls, walls and front yard. Wait! At the same time, it feels like Thanksgiving was just cleared away. My, how time takes off at the speed of light when the Holiday Season has descended. I don’t know about you, but my “to-do” list is much longer than my “done” list. At work, that’s job security; at home, the need to get going on my ever-growing lists. Yes, I have “lists,” plural!

I find the best way to start ticking off the boxes is to start with one project, before moving on to the next. Since you don’t want all of the details of my halls, walls and front yard, I’ll focus on an area of which I’m especially passionate – the table. Read More

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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