This gift wrap from Brisbane's Bespoke Letterpress is so charming--and double-sided! The gray chevron (zig-zag) pattern reverses to a hot air balloon design in mustard yellow (see below). Each sheet is offset printed on 100% recycled paper. Find their letterpress gift tags here. Lovely!
February 29, 2012
February 28, 2012
If you've got an upholstery project in mind and are feeling crafty and ambitious, check out the four-part DIY reupholstering series at the fun and interesting blog, ECAB (Eighteenth Century Agrarian Business). Each of the four posts in the series offers detailed instructions and accompanying photos. The photos at the top of the post (with the dog!) are from ECAB; the first one shows the final product and the bottom two are in-progress shots. Note: This is a great blog to peruse in any case.
I recently found a wonderful upholstery fabric, inspiring me to have a sofa recovered instead of replacing it. The work is underway and I can't wait to see the final product! The fabric is simple in design, but oh-so-wonderful in concept: It's stain-proof! Crypton fabric (long used in commercial applications) supposedly repels everything from red wine to dog slobber (our primary stain culprit). Important bonus: It's environmentally friendly and not full of toxic chemicals. I ordered several yards of a neutral solid from Joann Fabrics. I'll let you know if it lives up to the hype. UPDATE: We love our new Crypton-covered sofa, and so does our dog! I even spilled some orange juice on it and it wiped right up (it sat right on top of the fabric, waiting for easy clean-up!). Close-up detail photos below; the fabric is "Bella" in beige -- soft with barely any pile.
February 26, 2012
Many here in the U.S. (me very much included) are having Downton Abbey withdrawal already. The final episode of season two ran a few weeks ago and the next season won't air until--gasp!--2013. To help us get through this difficult time, I've rounded up some lovely inspired-by-Downton items.
1. Original illustration of Mary by Kelsey Garrity Riley.
2. "I Love You More Than Downton" letterpress stationery set from Foxy & Winston.
3. Some Country Houses and Their Owners, the "gossippy diaries" of James Lees-Milne's encounters with English country lords and ladies while working for the National Trust.
And be sure to check out the wonderful site for Highclere Castle (Downton's filming location and, often, inspiration) to enjoy beautiful photos of the grounds and interior and read all about the history of the manor. Here's one of my favorite photos from the site--the staff during Victorian times (click on image for larger view):
February 23, 2012
February 22, 2012
February 20, 2012
I previously posted about a book of beautiful (and unusual) botanical plates perfect for a DIY wall project. Today, I have two more for you:
1. Plants and Their Application to Ornament: A Nineteenth-Century Design Primer. 72 images, originally published in 1897. $35 at Powell's Books (sample plates shown above).
Tip: Find the set of corresponding 5x7 notecards here.
2. The Book of Flowers by Alice Coats. Used copies here and here starting at $15.75 before shipping.
February 19, 2012
Here's and indoor/outdoor option I like from Dash and Albert:
Here's a photo from the home of blogger Gretchen O. showing the same Dash and Albert diamond pattern installed upholstery style. I love the way the runner so closely "wraps" the stairs:
February 16, 2012
There's something so appealing about Shaker--an American furniture style characterized by clean lines and a perfect meeting of durability and aesthetics. The pure forms of the Shaker style connect with the early business reputation of Shakers who were known for their "upright dealing and strict honesty" (Shaker Workshops).
The pieces pictured above (meetinghouse bench, settee, and drop leaf table) are from Shaker Workshops. Here's my favorite part: You can spend half by ordering the kit for these pieces (and many more) and assembling them yourself!
Shaker Workshops also stocks chair fabric tape if you truly want to start from scratch or repair a piece you already own. Here's a peek at the color selections:
February 14, 2012
February 13, 2012
Today I'm admiring a beautiful style of wood flooring called "fougère" (translated: "fern-like"). It's the classic chevron pattern with a narrow plank bisecting each "v". I love a twist on tradition that maintains the integrity of the original design. This photo is from a great Apartment Therapy article that examines the classic herringbone and chevron parquet floor patterns.
Here's a newly installed fougère-style floor from Parquets de Tradition:
February 12, 2012
February 8, 2012
By the way, is anyone else out there enjoying unseasonable weather? It's been like spring--almost summer--around here and the flowers are confused. We've got camellias, daffodils, irises, and little ground cover flowers blooming already!
February 6, 2012
February 5, 2012
Wouldn't this rolling French basket be great for trips to the farmer's market...and for rolling around the house and picking up clutter?! I also love the fruit picking basket below--a perfect picnic backpack that also would make an interesting wall hanging.
February 2, 2012
Top to bottom:
paper baking molds, 10 for $5
chevron napkins, 20 for $7
little pastry boxes (in pink or brown, twine and gift tags also available), $1 each
hand-sewn, 100% linen kitchen towel, $20