"... the things we surround ourselves with should possess a soul, a history, and a purpose beyond mere decoration: they should help us connect to the world." - L'Aviva Home
This statement so accurately reflects how I feel about decorating and my underlying purpose with cloth & kind, it's no wonder that from the moment I entered L'Aviva Home (and then the blog - L'Aviva Home Travels) I felt immediately energized and simultaneously at home. Take a look at these images and visit L'Aviva - you'll see what I mean.
Moroccan Wedding Blanket
Bolivian Alpaca Blankets
Turkish Hammam Towels
Lately, I've been disheartened by the fact that so many of these rich, centuries-old textile techniques from all across the world have become so mainstream. It makes me sad in a way that people are buying inaccurate reproductions with little to no knowledge about what makes them so incredibly special to begin with - the history, deeper cultural meaning and the time and love that go into each fiber and each stitch. You can't get that from a suzani pillow that you bought at Pottery Barn. Don't get me wrong, I've seen some incredible suzani and ikat reproductions lately by some very prestigious designers that I really do appreciate. It's just that I'd so much rather take the real, hand made deal - imperfections and all - any day. L'Aviva is the real deal. I am crazy about the way that each type of textile on the site is written up with a full description of the history and traditions surrounding it. It sounds like Laura Aviva and I are kindred spirits.
I've added both L'Aviva Home and L'Aviva Home Travels to my Little Black Book and my Daily Reads (on the right hand column of my blog). It's not everyday that I feel such a connection. L'Aviva Love. Do you feel it?
I'm having so much fun playing around on Polyvore! This is my first set, so naturally it's a compilation of a few lovely little finds from three of my all time favorite companies - Serena & Lily, Jayson Home & Garden and John Robshaw. Click through the image above to get direct links to the featured products and info, including prices.
Meanwhile, I'm adding all of these items to my personal holiday wish list so that I can continue to beautify my living room. It needs some cozy-ing up before the snow starts to fall! Husband, if you are reading this - hint, hint.
Nothing makes me happier than looking at beautiful textiles all day and thinking about where I'd use each one of them in my home. But I've found that while I'm perusing the internet in search of lovely fabrics, I'm often left wanting more - that is, more of a good thing in one place. I hate having to hop from one site to the next and try my best to imagine how one fabric would work in relation to another. I have yet to find one well curated, tasteful & aesthetically pleasing location online where I can see all kinds of different fabrics by different designers that I admire. So....
...I've decided to create that place myself! It's called The Textile Files and my hope is to create a constantly evolving virtual textile showroom that features all of my personal favorite interior fabrics, by color, in catalogs of sort. And let me just tell you, the result is visual candy if I've ever seen it! Take a look, browse, dream about where YOU would use these stunning fabrics in your home, and please, please share with me! I'd love to hear about what you would do with a particular fabric or why you are in love with a certain pattern or color combination. What makes you feel inspired? And please check back often - The Textile Files are my newest obsession so almost every night after I tuck the kids into bed I can be found online, glass of wine in hand, pinning more lovelies into the files. I'd also love to hear from you on who your favorite textile companies & designers are. I'm always looking for new ones to check out and just might add them to my growing compilation in The Textile Files.
As an aside, I'd like to note that cloth & kind's continued evolution, and The Textile Files' creation, are in large part inspired by Holly Becker of Decor8. I have been a quiet reader of Decor8 for some time now and am constantly invigorated and motivated by Holly and her down to earth, fresh approach to interior design and blogging. She is 100% real, with no pretense which is why I can not get enough of Decor8. And, to all my fellow bloggers out there, I highly, highly recommend Holly's Blogging Your Way e-course. I just completed it, and in it was introduced to so many valuable blogging concepts and online resources, like Pinterest - The Textile Files' new home. Thank you, Holly!