2.27.2011

Vintage Ethnicity From Tissus Tartares

The vintage ethnicity in these gorgeous Russian inspired textiles from Tissus Tartares is just stunning. 

{Above} Olya Thompson, co-founder of the three year old company along with Nathalie Farman-Farma, in her Brooklyn brownstone. The sofa behind her is upholstered in Tissus Tartares' regal colored Ikat, also shown in greater detail below.

{Above} Pillows made from the collection's fabrics, including some of my favorites...
The textiles are all hand-printed in Alsace, France. {Above} Ete moscovite, Rayure Soviet, Jar Ptitsa & Casse-noisette.


For more on the fascinating story behind Thompson & Farman-Farma and how they bring their unique Russophillia to this fledgling company, be sure to check out the Designing Russia in WSJ. magazine from this weekend.

2.21.2011

Madder Root: Hand-Made in Maine



My latest Etsy obsession is Madder RootThe photography is almost as stunning as the tea towels, which are organic and hand-printed in Maine. Lovely.


2.09.2011

The Neutrals from Katherine Rally Textiles

The new Neutrals collection from husband wife team Katherine & Rally Dupps of Katherine Rally Textiles has me all aflutter. 

You all know how much I adore using fabric as wall art, right?...Shown in the first photo is Sawah in Indigo Blue along with some really pretty pillows from The Neutrals collection. How incredibly lovely?

Part of what strikes me about this company is that the traditional patterns they create read as both old world global and yet incredibly fresh. This must be, in part, because they still make all of their patterns by hand. Rally, an architect by trade, hand draws each of the patterns which are then made into copper stampsI adore how this creates perfectly imperfect fabric. Part of the beauty of Katherine Rally's work.

Here, a wax covered copper stamp is being applied to 100% linen by their batik stamp artist. 

The new Neutrals truly are the perfect compliment to Katherine Rally's existing line of bold and vibrant batiks.You may recall my previous post I Want This Life. Yup ... I still do!

2.05.2011

Our Bed

A cloth & kind reader (and dear friend) recently reminded me that I had promised to share some photos of our bed once I had my new pillows and Moroccan wedding blanket in place. I'm so excited to share it with you all because our bedroom - and in particular, this bed - is one of the parts of my home that is the most meaningful to me. But because the master bedroom is typically not the most public of spaces, it's rare that anyone other than my family gets to see it. So, welcome to our bedroom!

  
There's just something about your own bed, isn't there? For me, our bed has become this positively wonderful haven where I cozy up each night with my husband after long, full days with the kids, work and life in general. I adore that feeling of knowing that Alex & Tahlia are peacefully sleeping in their beds and that the fun chaos of the day is over. I usually climb into this cozy retreat, chat with Michael about the day, read my favorite book or magazine (I'm lucky if I get 10 pages in), and then collapse from sheer exhaustion. 
I have to admit that each day before I get into bed, I stop to admire it for just a minute. I've complied the textiles for this bed over the last couple of years and it is finally just how I want it to be. The relatively neutral color palette is anything but boring due to the intricate balance of textures and pattern coming from both old and new textiles. Here's what I've got piled high on our bed:

Duvet cover: Cream Ikat from Williams Somoma Home 
Unfortunately, this duvet is 5 years old and they don't make it anymore but there's a slew of Ikat patterns out there now. It's all the rage, as I'm sure you've noticed!

This pillow is one of a kind, but check out their fabulous selection and you're certain to find something amazing.

The photos don't do this justice. It's so shiny and lovely in person. I adore this pillow!

The way the light reflects off of the mirrors on this pillow in the morning when the sun is streaming into our bedroom makes me so happy!

Two Antique Suzani Pillows: one of a kind from John Robshaw
Flanking the Sheesha pillow are two gorgeous antique Suzani numbers that I found in John's showroom when I was there interviewing him. While it's probably obscene to have this many throw pillows on your bed, I couldn't resist welcoming these two additions.

Moroccan Wedding Blanket: from the lovely Maryam at one of my favorite blogs, MyMarakkesh
Maryam has an ever changing stash of the most stunning Moroccan goods including tons of wedding blankets and Beni Ourain carpets. One of those fabulous rugs is next on my shopping list!



There's nothing better than a set of yummy flannel sheets in the middle of the winter in the frigid Midwest! You want at least 5 oz. when buying flannel sheets, but I think 6 oz makes all the difference. They come as high as 8 oz. but they are a small fortune!

Simple and classic.

I'd LOVE to see your bed! Send me some picts, please.

2.01.2011

Baby, It's Cold Outside

I'm still waiting for the "storm of the century" to hit, but it sure is pretty around here in the meantime.

Stay warm, everyone!
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