Anisha Ghosh is the founder of California-based, Saffron Marigold. Anisha and her small crew of dedicated employees create lush, block-printed linens inspired by (and made in) her native India. Anisha gave us the 411 on what drove her to found her own textiles business and showed us her new Maharaja collection.
1. What got you into designing home décor?
The idea to build a small business first came to me when I was a young bride, having just arrived in the U.S. I longed to decorate my home with beautiful Indian textiles. I wanted their vibrancy to help lift the feelings of homesickness that frequently washed over me.
I also wanted to create a small business that is fully committed to the arts and crafts revival and fair trade practices. After months of taking classes, traveling, researching and conceptualizing, Saffron Marigold.com was launched in January 2005.
2. What inspires your designs?
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The color yellow captures attention with its energy. This summer hue can be used in a variety of ways, from the small splash of color in an accessory to a roomful of yellow-painted walls.
Even amid all of the bright colors in this room from Everything Fabulous, the yellow in the flowers, the tabletop and the frames on the wall stands out and pulls my eyes throughout the room.
We begin with the men returning to the apartment without Trent, and there seems to be a sigh of relief from everyone. Alex admits he’s disappointed with his performance so far, and he plans to step it up this week. I think that’s one refrain you always hear in these kinds of competitions: “This week I’ll show them!” Along with, “I’m not here to make friends.” I’m just waiting for that one.
This week’s challenge starts outside a flower shop when Candice announces each designer gets to choose the flower that inspires them the most. None of the contestants know which flower any of the others are choosing, and finally Vern walks out with a bouquet made up of each team’s combined choices. They must design a studio apartment based on the overall team bouquet and also incorporate their own individual floral inspiration.
The men’s bouquet is, as Courtland describes, “easy on the eye.” Clean, minimal, soft and fresh, made up of ranunculus, tulip, calla lily and snapdragon. Whereas the women’s bouquet is much more overtly romantic and whimsical: orchid, daffodil, carnation, hyacinth and wax flower. Immediately Dan starts to try to fight for himself and warns the women that in the last challenge they tackled too many construction-heavy projects, meaning ALL HIM. Can they please shop a bit more this time? Does he really have to say that to a car full of women? IN NEW YORK CITY?!
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In celebration of summer, I gathered ideas and images for one of my favorite summer night activities — sitting around a campfire.
The Cocoon Standing grill in black by Cocoon Fires. From Tréndir.
The Hemi 36 from Solus Decor is a great bowl of fire that can light up any party. From The Home Outside.
Even more portable, the Lighthouse Ball, designed by Christian Bjorn, fits anywhere s’more lovers gather. From GrassrootsModern.
Elle Decor features this rustic fire pit with attachable grill top for outdoor fun and feasting. From Chic Coles.
This contemporary fire pit has a sleek design — get your guitar and campfire songs ready. From Solus.
Eartheasy, a family-owned and operated business in Parksville, British Columbia, strives to improve the lives of their customers by offering products that promote a simpler life through sustainable living. Eartheasy’s Ceramic Compost Keeper is an elegant reminder to return uneaten organic matter back to the earth. The compost keeper is an attractive and effective place to stash kitchen scraps until you’re ready to put them into your garden composter.
One reader will receive the Ceramic Compost Keeper along with two filters. For a chance to win, answer this week’s question before 12/11c, Monday, July 12.
This week’s question: What’s your favorite part about gardening?
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Designer Kristi Nelson updates a 1930s English Cottage, beginning only with an African textile and the knowledge of what her clients did not want. Now the cottage in Hollywood Hills has an interior as worthy and stylish as the views surrounding it.
We had a minor setback this week with the installation of our windows. And really, it’s a good thing. Because you know what? Things were going all too well. I was starting to awaken in the middle of the night, suffocating in the well-ness of it all.
Indeed, it was time things went wrong. And wrong, they did.
It all started when we had the lovely folks at Anderson Windows install some breathtaking 100 Series windows last week. And they are gorgeous. And we love them. And that’s not at all what this post is about.
What this post is about? Siding.
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Troy Beasley is the principal designer for Beasley and Henley Interior Design. The company works with architects, builders and private clients from every corner of the country to create beautifully personalized interiors. Troy’s travels through Greece, Italy and Asia have influenced his tastes in architectural detail, artistic crafts and textile art.
1. Which designers influenced you?
I can’t site a specific designer or even a group of designers. I look at so many different people! I am influenced by anyone who is creative and artistic. It’s not just designers, but also artists, writers, fabric designers, architects…there’s a long list of captivating creative thinkers. I soak it all up.
2. What’s your favorite design style?
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Potting Shed Creations, located in Troy, Idaho, started as a garage business in 1998 and now sells its products worldwide. We like their goal of inspiring a fresh approach to gardening by offering well-designed, sustainable products.
In addition to bonsai gardens, gardens in a bag and scatter gardens, Potting Shed Creations offers an adorable line of pet products. This week four readers will win their choice of a dog grass bowl or a cat grass bowl.
For a chance to win, answer this week’s question before 12/11c, Monday, July 5.
This week’s question: How do you spoil your pets?
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