A Trend to Rediscover: Tie Dye

Tie Dye Pillow from Jayson Home and Garden



Last year, in order to honor their 40th anniversary, Maya Romanoff introduced three patterns to in a return their roots in tie dye.


Spring 2011 Runways…


I’m not sure what it means…but I am constantly finding things I like at PB Teen…hmmm…


Tie dye leather…that’s right, leather.  Check out the etsy shop here.


I love this quilt from John Robshaw…and the tie dye mixed with other patterns – not hippie at all!


And of course…John Robshaw country home from Lonny Magazine.  www.johnrobshaw.com


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Design Trend: Global Influence

In general, I’d consider myself a modernist…but I have to admit that I love the idea of traditional and global prints as accent pieces to add something unexpected and unique.

It’s no wonder this is a trend for 2011.  The patterns tend to be nostalgic bringing a sense of comfort and a relaxed quality.  The deep colors from natural dyes…the imperfect perfection of hand crafting.. and the fact that you could have something that’s one of a kind…bring it on!

(via Home Shopping Spy)


Anthropologie is featuring global collections in home and fashion.


Ikat mini bowls from Anthropologie




This bedroom scene from Wisteria blends a French Country Headboard,  a Suzani bolster pillow and a Moorish side table.



Above:  Pillows from John Robshaw – an updated spin on the exotic and handmade that’s sophisticated and still authentic.


Robshaw’s Aqua Rali Blanket  – Vintage blankets from around the world.


Nico Sari Bench from Global Home NY.


Beni Ourain Moroccan Rugs (via Elle Decor)



(via Femita)



Roost Kilim Pouf from Velocity  Art and Design


Chinese Console Table from Wisteria


Casamidy – Ixelles Bench



Suzani throw from Jayson Home and Garden



From Apartment Therapy –  what’s old is new…by snatching up old suzani fabric and repurposing it into upholstery.



And…more suzani…

This image from Design Manifest


Roost Kikar Lamp from Velocity Art and Design


Kara Mann…the master of mixing modern and global pieces to create spaces that are inspired and edgy.


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I’m Obsessed: Military Blankets

Military Blankets:  When it comes to Utilitarian Chic, you can’t beat a vintage military blanket…they are earthy, graphic, warm , and rich with history.

Woolrich Civil War Blankets:  Civil War blankets were made by Woolrich and supplied to troops from 1861–1865. Today, historical groups and movie studios purchase bolts of Woolrich fabric to create authentic uniforms and blankets for re-enactments of this important period of American history.

Pillows made from Military Blankets…Elizabeth Anne Designs


This blanket is the real deal…70% wool blanket , olive green with the US logo.  Buy on ebay for about $25!


Italian Wool Military Blanket


Vintage Military Blanket from Etsy

Swiss Army Blanket from Etsy

Swiss Army Blanket from Sundance


Vintage Swiss Military Blankets – recycled into Pillows….from Daisy Janie and available on Etsy


Mid-century Office Chair w/ Swiss Army Blanket Upholstery from Red Barn Mercantile on 1St Dibs


Ace Hotel Portland – So chic with the grey wool military blanket.


Vintage WWII US Navy Wool Blanket – from Etsy


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I’m Obsessed: Quilts

Haptic Lab makes these custom quilts for any city…Cartography meets textile! 

Soft-Maps (c) are quilted maps of cities and neighborhoods that represent someone’s unique place in the world. Wrap your children in them, have a picnic, pull them close during the next Nor’easter. As a keepsake, a Soft-Map serves as an intimate reminder of home: where you’re from and where you belong. In a world that is increasingly digitized and remote, a quilted Soft-Map provides an expressive way to reconnect with your surroundings.

Not only beautiful, these blankets can be used as a mnemonic tool. As your child grows up with a Soft Map, they learn to read their neighborhood and its landmarks in a tactile, easily remembered way.

Soft-Maps are the 2x winner of the 2009 Apartment Therapy Design Showcase and have been featured in Coolhunting, PSFK, Brooklyn Based, L.A. Times and the Cooper Hewitt’s 2009 Reader’s Choice National Design Awards. The quilts are now offered in three different varieties: knotted baby quilts, readymade machine-stitched maps, and custom handmade maps.

Washington DC




Refined + Classy = Plaid? YEP!

Turns out…that for 2011, plaid is the new black.

Style.com - Menswear Shows in Paris, Milan, Florence

Style.com - Menswear Shows in Paris, Milan, Florence

Flor  – Tartan Floor Tile


Matteo Home – Plaid Shams


Bedding at Ace Hotel


Ace Hotel – NYC


Knoll Saaranin Chairs in Tartan Plaid


Elle Decor


Herman Miller Eames in Plaid


Retro Plaid Sheets from West Elm

Designed by Vivienne Westwood for Cole & Son


And…Rockmount Ranch Wear / Flannel Plaid Sheets from PB Teen









Shower Curtain from PB Teen


Vintage Tartan Bookplates – could be traditional OR modern!  from CSM Art & Frame


Wallpaper – it’s in!

Wallpaper is making a comeback.  With so many new, hip patterns wallpaper can transform a room in a modern and unique way.

Recognized designers are also getting in on the game…


Great graphic designs from Aimee Wilder




Anna Hill – Bespoke Wallpaper – Large scale, line drawn birds, swirls, flowers, damasks – all fully customizable.


















Amy Butler for Graham and Brown – Pattern: Field


Amy Butler for Graham and Brown – Pattern: Moss


From Nama Rococo – French Dot from their Couture Collection

I love the black on black pattern…  Birds from Ferm Living

Sophisticated medallions to wake up your walls. Vinyl-free wallpaper is hand-printed using non-toxic inks.  Mod Green Pod

I’m Obsessed: Wool Felt

I’m obsessed with wool felt…maybe it’s the heavy saturation of color or the natural heathered neutrals.  Whatever it is…I love all things FELT!

From Material Evidence Shop on Etsy


Felt Shade Lamp by Tom Dixon for ABC Home

















Felted Soap


Wool Felt Wall Panel from Submaterial


Simple, classic 100% wool felt pillows from Fitz Felt

These key fobs are so cute and simple – and only $6 from Fitz Felt



Felt Log Carrier from Crate and Barrel – Currently on Sale for only $6.95!


Felt Living Collection from Missoni Home – available at Unica Home


The Felt Chair from Keilhauer


Felt Rug with intricate laser cut pattern…from 2 Form

Hudson Bay Blankets


Hudson Bay Blanket

My sister recently gave me an original Hudson Bay Point blanket that was originally my grandmothers.

The Hudson’s Bay Point Blanket might be the oldest and most identifiable Canadian tradition. These blankets were originally created in 1780 for fur trappers, traders and natives to survive outdoors in frigid Canadian winters. The point system is in place to rate the warmth and size of the blanket. These blankets are such high quality and so highly valued that they are often handed down through families and found for hundreds of dollars in thrift stores.

The Hudson Bay website says “Each blanket was graded as to weight and size using a point system. Points were identified by the indigo lines woven into the side of each blanket. A full point measured 4 – 5.5 in.; a half point measured half that length. The standard measurements for a pair of 1 point blankets was: 2 ft. 8 in. wide by 8 ft. in length; with a weight of 3 lb. 1 oz. each. Points ranged from 1 to 6, increasing by halves depending upon the size and weight of the blanket. The number of points represented the overall finished size of the blanket, not its value in terms of beaver pelts as is sometimes believed”

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Point Blanket Ottoman and Pillows

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