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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Inspiration: Topography

I am a sucker for Topography…and think it’s because of the seemingly random pattern that is actually NOT random at all.  Plus, it combines the concept of “repetition as beauty” …something I’m also a sucker for…



Brooks Team Saddle with Topo of L'alpe d'huez

I must have this immediately…This bike seat was created by Dan Funderburgh who is a Brooklyn-based illustrator, artist, and wallpaper designer whose creations are rooted in the world of decorative arts. Click HERE to check out his website.


Topographic Ceramic Tiles

Topographic Ceramic Tiles by Osuma Design.

Handmade Topographic Art – from the Etsy Shop Crafterall



Topoware Table Collection


This is super subtle…Corian wall panels.



Corian - designed by Ross Lovegrove

The Earth Bowl – from Fluid Forms


Art installation by Winn Rea


Just two of the amazing pieces by Noriko Ambe


Topo Rugs by Second Studio from 2bmod


Redeploy Rug from Rauser Design.  The redeploy rug draws on the beauty of 100% wool Russian army blankets.  After the stitched pattern is in place, the blankets are carefully hand-stuffed with wool-blend army surplus blankets and finished with an edge detail that emphasizes the organic lines.


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Trends: Sliding and Barn Doors

In the world of corporate interiors, barn door hardware isn’t new…but the hardware continues to evolve with materials that allow this type of door to bridge the gap between extremely modern and corporate to rustic and earthy.

This modern barn door hardware is made from exotic hardwoods and stainless steel.  From Rustica Hardware.



Modern Glass and Stainless Sliding Barn Door – Manet System from Dorma

Modern Yellow Barn Door (from Harvest)


Wine Oak Doors from Cliff Spencer

The wood is 100% reclaimed. With aunique blend of natural oils and waxes, it’s completely non-toxic. The color comes from wine, not stain.


3Form translucent resin, sliding doors


Hafele stainless steel barn door hardware shown with a wood door


Modern, minimal barn door hardware from Bartels USA


Horseshoe Track – from Barn Door Hardware


Standard Flat Track – from Barn Door Hardware


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My Favorite Etsy Shops

My current Etsy E-Shop Obsessions:

Etsy currently has tens of thousands of stores…which can be daunting and time consuming to navigate…so here are a few of my favorites.


Curated collection of vintage finds for the home:


Curated Curiosities by Trampoline

Elegant Touch – Pillows made with Designer Fabrics

I love these simple and delicate necklaces from Maven

Ok…so obviously artwork is mostly subjective…but I think a landscape if done in a serene and whispy way can be calming and another way to add subtle color to a space.


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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Colorful Bath Fixtures

As a follow up to the “Back in Black” post that highlighted the Black trend for bathrooms, I thought I’d also post photos of brightly colored faucets and fixtures.  It used to be that the only way to add color to the bathroom was with accessories (paint, towels, shower curtains, rugs.)

Now, faucets, washbasins, tubs, toilets…all come in candy colors!

Vola Faucets : The aesthetic appeal of Vola Faucets comes from the timeless minimalist designs of award-winning Danish designer Arne Jacobsen. Constructed of solid brass available in polished or brushed chrome, natural brass, solid stainless steel or a choice of 16 colors.  Vola faucets are available at Hastings.

Zucchetti Faucet with a pop of color… BLUE!


Blue vanity from Sonia


Neo Metro


Designer toilet lids from Kohler


Agape Roto


Grohe Rainshower


White…Zucchetti Faucets

Gustavberg Coloric Collection


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Back in Black….Bathrooms!

When it comes to bathrooms – black is experiencing a surge in popularity.  A black faucet or washbasin can be dramatic…it can be sleek and minimal….it can be classic and contemporary…but most of all black goes with everything!

Tara Faucet from Dornbracht


California Faucets – Graphite Collection


Duravit Vero Collection


Kohler – Matte Black Wall Mount Faucet…even if this is a kitchen faucet, I would love to have this in a bathroom!


Toto Waza


Samuel Heath


Ikea Ringskar Faucet


Duravit Vero Collection


Mastella Black Tub


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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

Colorful Classics

Jasper Group – Finish Collection 2010

Hans Wegner Wishbone Chair

AJ Floor Lamp from DWR

LC2 from Cassina

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