What’s happened to Brocade Home?

After a summer blitz of advertising and sales (which induced me to order from them for the first time!), Brocade Home seems to be having some difficulties and has closed down their website and blog. Near the end of July, I ordered their Ribbon quilt in leaf green. Their website – inexplicably – didn’t offer … Read more

In the Pink – Maison et Objet 2008

Designers Guild In the Pink Maison et Object 2008 pink and green stripes and florals

In the Pink! Designers Guild  really had a spectacular booth at the 2008 Maison et Objet show in Paris. I was just drooling over this color palette and mix of patterns and textures. I wouldn’t say flocked wallpaper became a huge trend after this point. But when it’s done well, it’s really great.   Sparking business … Read more

Maison et Objet Accessories – 2008

Maison et Objet Muse Bust

One of the big trends I noticed in Maison et Objet accessories was the presence of white. I have to admit that I love the clean, bleached, feeling of this look. Two of my favorite stands were Guadarte from Spain and Woestijnroos BVBA – WR Collection – from Belgium. The bust above – surrounded by soft greens … Read more

Maison et Objet 2008 – Bright lights, Big Bling

I’ve spent the last week sorting and editing my pics from Maison et Objet. It was clear just walking through the show that we are still seeing lots of bling – from chandeliers and crystal to chrome and polished surfaces. Oversize accessories, interesting textures and elaborate fabrics are still going strong. While I saw some … Read more

Sights of Paris!

Linda Merrill Sights of Paris 2008 Paris Rooftops from Printemps through window

I’m back from Maison et Objet  with lots of photos of the sights of Paris to share (and a whopper of a cold that has laid me out flat since I returned on Tuesday evening!) So, I thought I’d share my Sights of Paris travel pics first and then will delve into the show as … Read more