Happy New Year

Goodbye 2011. Hello 2012. 
May it be a year filled with love, laughter, creativity and all good things for each of you.


Joy, Light & Peace

For everyone celebrating the first night this evening, I wish you a Hanukkah filled with joy, light and peace.


John Robshaw Spring 2012

John Robshaw's Spring 2012 collection is available now. As always, it's filled with gorgeous pops of color and lots of fresh new designs. The love affair continues.
If you missed my post last year at this time, check it out now to get a glimpse inside the beautiful John Robshaw studio in New York. For the full Spring 2012 catalog, click here.


Tangerine Tango

I adore orange (our living room is drenched in varying shades of it), so I was thrilled to hear that Pantone's 2012 color of the year is Tangerine Tango. It's such an invigorating color! Here's a few of my favorite textiles in this vibrant hue.
For specifics on each fabric, click through to The Textile Files {Orange} on Pinterest.

So which one sends you into a tango?


A Colorful Morning

Good Monday morning! How was your weekend? Mine was especially amazing because I'm in Seattle visiting my sister and brother-in-law, Elise & Richie, their two adorable newborn twin boys, Ben & Luke, and my first and most awesome nephew (now officially "the big brother"), Taj. It's blissful to spend days lounging with the newborns whose needs are so simple - just to be fed and loved and changed. Their coos are incredibly sweet. It almost makes me want to have another baby. 
(Michael - if you're reading this, don't worry. I said almost).

Before I head back to rocking and loving those babies, I am taking a few minutes to play around with one of my favorite iPad apps. It's the House Beautiful HB Color app

Do you have it too? What's your favorite part? Right now I'm using it to look for the perfect hue of peacock blue/green for a project I'm working on. If you're not yet familiar with it, take a little video tour with House Beautiful's editor in chief, Newell Turner.
Once you have it, you must share what your Color Personality is and if you think it's accurate! It's like color based astrology and is way too much fun to play around with. Mine is...

A brilliant old soul who is intuitive, sensitive, impulsive, curious, and ambitious, with a great lust for life.

Other than brilliant, I would say it's quite accurate.


Gorgeous Nympheus

Gorgeous, gorgeous Nympheus is one of Lee Jofa's most iconic prints. Recently, it was reimagined by Thomas O'Brien as part of their Heritage Collection which had 6 designers reinterpret a classic Lee Jofa fabric in their own style. O’Brien features the reverse side of the fabric, where the image is softer and more muted. Gorgeous.

The Nympheus handblock dates back to 1915. The inspiration for the design came from the silk panels of a 15th century Ming Dynasty screen, which had been painted with inks and mineral pigments. Somehow knowing the history behind it makes this textile even more gorgeous for me. Does it for you too?

I had the pleasure of attending the premiere of the Heritage Collection and meeting Thomas O'Brien while in NY for BlogFest2011. I was instantly drawn to both him and to this fabric, and still am. Gorgeous.


Oh, suzani!

Yes, it's true that suzanis seem to be everywhere these days but I still can't seem to get enough of them. Or, should I say - I can't get enough of the really good vintage original hand made ones (not the mass produced imitations, please). I recently discovered Sukan on Etsy, which is where I found these two stunning pillow covers. Based in Turkey, the shop owner has a lovely and well-edited collection of kilim, suzani and ikat pillow covers. One of them might just make the perfect little holiday gift to yourself.
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