Happy Earth Day, one and all! In addition to all the small “acts of green” you can do for the planet — biking to work, switching to green cleaning products — why not show your support every day with some cute home decor like these Tree Hugger pillows from Zinc Door?
Tallk about eco chic! The felt pillows look so soft, and I love their retro hippie-era designs and earthy color palettes. In fact, I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree…or Tree Hugger pillows.
How do you plan to observe Earth Day?
Animal-related motifs and patterns always attract me, and my undying affection for all things art deco has been well-documented. So I’m in the sweet spot for DwellStudio’s new line of spring pillows.
One of the things I love about DwellStudio is their blog, where they frequently write about where they got the design inspiration for certain pieces. Turns out this pillow collection was inspired by Martin and Osa Johnson documentaries and “the 1920s Golden Age of Adventure.” (See their post for more inspiration and their mood board.) I dig how they look all together, but if pressed, I’m partial to the zebra pillow. It reminds me of that Scalamandre wallpaper I dream about, and this zebra scarf I’ve wanted for the longest time. Perhaps it’s a sign to buy the pillow? Yes, that must be it.
Are you looking for towels that are modern, featuring bright colors or bold stripes…and that feel incredible? That’s exactly what I found on a trip to the Eastern Market in Washington, D.C. My sister and I came across the Bath Style booth, and they specialize in Turkish bath towels, or peshtemals. I could not get over their beauty. I knew I absolutely had to learn more about these hand-woven pieces and what other incredible designs are coming of Turkey. After a bit of digging, I came across some beautiful Turkish designs that range from bath towels to rugs, pillows and even ceramics. My four picks offer perfect ways to infuse culture, color and one-of-a-kind design in your home.
While Turkish bath towels can’t be found everywhere just yet, the Etsy shop Bath Style has an incredible array in stock. Peshtemals are known for their absorbency and unique styles, which are representative of different regions in the country. I think these towels are so appealing, why limit their use just to a bathroom? They would make gorgeous table cloths or throws for a casual living room.
Yastik, based in Istanbul, presents a new collection of Turkish pillows every season. “Yastik” is the Turkish word for cushions, and these cushions are absolute works of art. The colors and attention to detail in each one is breathtaking. I’d love to have an entire collection at home.
Finnish designer Maija Isola first lent her vibrant and cheerful designs to Crate & Barrel in 1966. Fifty five years later the furniture powerhouse is opening five Marimekko store-within-a-store shops around the country.
Cities that can look forward to shopping the timeless, rich and whimsical palette of Marimekko are New York, LA, Chicago and San Francisco in the near future.
Our very own Kelley Walters was just telling me yesterday about her adventures in beginner beekeeping. I was determined to find a “beautiful” beehive to share with you all.
Apparently, when you’ve got a good design, you don’t mess with it. Beehives won’t be changing any time soon. In the research, though, I found a trove of great bee-inspired designs. This gorgeous bedding with screen-printed bees was among the best. And after watching this beekeeping video, I think the sheets are more my speed.
Don’t let New Year’s Eve be the only time you think of sequins. These sparkly, full-of-personality metallic embellishments will add a bright touch of glamor to your bed, armchair or sofa.
If too many sequins make you nervous that you’ll turn your living room into a 70s-era disco, try just one. Silver or gold can act feminine and pretty, while a black or purple are punchy and dark enough to blend. I want to throw the silver pillow on the plaid chair in the Coastal Living room from yesterday!
As a decorator, I admit to being a major fabric snob, and when I say snob, I mean addict. For years, I’ve enabled my high-end fabric addiction by shopping solely at to-the-trade-only showrooms which non-professional decorators or designers can’t get into. Since this is all part of how I make my living, there’s no need for a 12 Step Program even though my reasoning is somewhat out of whack. I’d rather spend $12 on a chair, then use a $50 per yard fabric to recover its seat cushion than the other way around.
My to-the-trade-only situation recently changed—thanks to my amazing project manager, Dayka. She brought me to a magical place where everyone is welcome to purchase designer fabrics without enormous designer price tags, Calico Corners. Of all their offerings, I fell in love mostly with those from Thom Filicia and Iman. While I go pick up custom pillows and tableskirts made from them, you go scroll down and take a look-sie.
Iman’s “Punjab Peacock” is $39.19 per yard shown in Radicchio.
If you like the idea of bringing a little rustic, feed store charm to into your home but aren’t exactly looking to sew your own burlap sacks together, have a look at H&M Home line.
The trendy and affordable clothing retailer has a home decor line that I recently discovered at Design Editor. I am loving the botanical illustrations and the “utility” canvas on their pillows in the Urban Living collection. Right now it is only available in the UK, but one can always hope it’ll make its way across the ocean in the future.
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