“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.
Luxury weight Indian fabrics are patterned into quilts and duvets, clothing, travel accessories and those to-die-for pillowcases that cradle your head in ultra-soft comfort.
Kerry Cassill’s quilts are hand-stitched with cotton batting layered between blissful layers of cotton. Each piece is stamped with prints that echo the passion sparked in the 90’s. Duvets repeat the gentle voile cotton with the addition of shell button closures. Duvet covers are reversible, with a complimentary print on each side.
As for the pillow talk, we’re pretty sure one can never have enough splendid cases. Easy-going patterns mix and match with each other; with your existing linens. Whimsy meets up with the clouds and sunshine for beautiful nights. The king cases are perfect for layering underneath a standard case to build a fresh look.
Add on flat and fitted sheets, playing with prints for an inventive design. The flats are one size that works well for both queen and king beds. Fitted sheets have a drawstring tie for a perfect fit. They are available in either queen or king.
For more design Kerry Cassill style, a limited selection of fabric is available by the yard in an upholstery weight. Window coverings, throw pillows or even a chair covered with a one-of-a-kind fabric are just a few projects that come to mind.
At the studio, we currently have pillowcases and a set of sheets in stock. Since they are located in SoCal, we can place orders and have your home filled with “one part clouds, two parts sunshine” in a matter of days.
Come peek. I think you’ll soon be calling favorites.
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.
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”
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
Wrapping, packing and moving, the exodus has begun! As promised, we’d like to give you the most up-to-date details on our new adventure on Knoll Avenue.
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
Let’s face it; Dad doesn’t want another tie for Father’s Day or Christmas, or for that matter, his birthday. Why shouldn’t we celebrate the modern dad with amenities and pampering suited to his lifestyle?
President Coolidge thoughtfully said this day would “establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children” and “impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations.” Library of Congress Wise Guide
You may have heard the term “natural dyes” being bantered around. Actually, one of our favorite makers of bedding and table linens, Les Indiennes, exclusively uses dyes derived from plants, roots, earth and rocks.
This all sounds so artisan, pioneer-like and eco-friendly, that we went seeking answers to questions begging to be asked. A friend of Nicole Michelle, Kaitlin Leck was just the person to help us. Kaitlin is a nurse by day, but also extensively studied textiles and natural dying processes. She previously worked for a Seattle company, Earthues, a natural dye company.
Posing a few questions to Kaitlin was eye-opening. There’s a whole world of non-synthetic, low-impact-on-the-environment options for coloring everything from eggs to cloth and yarn. Read More
Got a chair in need of new upholstery fabric?
We all have a great second-hand or vintage shop that we adore. I actually have several; some here in town and others in PDX.
The problem of falling head-over-heels for a vintage or otherwise used piece of upholstered furniture is that by the time it hits the thrift shop, the fabric is shot, or has that I’m-not-so-sure-I-want-to-sit-on-it factor. Read More
We’re moving and wanted you to be among the first to know! Excited? Yes, yes we are. An address change and a renewed design-focus; this is a positive shift for Nicole Michelle.
As some of you know, we have an unconventional lifestyle. Andrew is a freelance CPA and CFO, and we homeschool our two boys. Last year Andrew began commuting to Portland each week for a client and soon after we enrolled the boys in a private school in Portland called Village Home. Dividing our time between Bend and Portland is exciting, but incompatible with both maintaining our Newport Avenue property and managing Nicole Michelle. Read More