First, I cannot believe I haven’t posted in a month! I’ve been busy, but that’s no excuse! Sorry! Anyway, the question on deck is this: can formal decorating still be family friendly? It’s a comment/lament I hear from families so often – that they can’t have anything nice because their kids (or pets) will destroy … Read more
This week’s installment of Starz TV’s production of Outlander brings us the famous “Gathering” of the Clan MacKenzie where all the men under laird Colum MacKenzie come to the castle to swear their oath of fidelity to him and to the clan (and to pay their rents and proceeds from the farms they tend). The event … Read more
Before I move off Cape this week, I wanted to go visit a new shop I’d heard about from my landscaper – who is the proud father of one of the shop owners. Modern Vintage on Rte 6A in Sandwich, MA, is owned by Cara (textile design and sewing) and Kristen (furniture refinishing) who have … Read more
I played hookie today and went to see the new movie Mamma Mia. Loved it! The colors, the water, ABBA! And for design enthusiasts, Josef Frank fabrics figure prominently in the movie. The colors were just so perfect for the setting on a Greek island – from fluttering sheets in a courtyard to the same … Read more
Since it’s Valentines Day, I thought I’d post the pink pics I took while at Maison et Objet. Here are some amazing displays by Designers Guild: Isn’t this flocked wallpaper just to die for? Little tip: click here for Designers Guild US sales! These lucite pieces were amazing. But I can’t say who the manufacturer … Read more
I wanted to take a moment to welcome a new sponsor of ::Surroundings::. Donna Elle Seaside Living is based, fittingly, on Nantucket. Surrounded as she is with such natural beauty, its not wonder that Donna, an interior designer, was inspired to create a collection of beautiful textiles, pillows rugs and more. Life’s a Breeze™ began … Read more
I receive a lot of mail with a lot of product pitches. So, every month or so, I have to clean out my inbox! Here’s a round up of my favorite items that came floating into my in-box over the last six weeks or so. How fantastic is this Peacock toile by Suzanne Tucker Home? … Read more
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a Robert Allen trunk show that I had attended at their Boston showroom. Hands down, my favorite fabric of the day was their Bassett Hall in colorway Patina. The beautiful linen ground is decorated with an applied ribbon trellis pattern that is both unique and refined. I … Read more
I’m loving the unique beauty and versatile design of COULEUR NATURE’s vibrant collection of Provencal inspired textiles. Perfect for Fall table settings and early holiday parties! All COULEUR NATURE textiles are made using the technique of hand-carving teak wood blocks to apply design and color to cloth. Over 100 precise movements are required to create … Read more
Laura Lienhard Textiles is a design studio located in Burlington, Vermont offering a diverse range of woven and printed fabrics for interiors. Laura studied textile design at the Rhode Island School of Design and pursued a career as a fine artist, concentrating on tapestry weaving prior to the founding of her company in 1998. The … Read more
Take a close look at these linens and wrapping papers from GroovyQ. An ironic and saucy sense of humor make these items perfect for gifts or guest room bedding. I can’t wait to pick up a few pieces of the “Girl Power” wall paper!
Kaffe Fassett was born in San Francisco in 1937. When he was 19, Kaffe won a scholarship to the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston, but left after 3 months to paint in London. He settled in England in 1964. His bright, colorful textiles, needlepoints and quilts are filled with riotous colors, patterns – … Read more
On Wednesday, I’ll be attending a talk “French Style, Global Influence” by Patrick Frey, of Pierre Frey, the famed French décor company, at the Boston Design Center. Sponsored by the French Embassy Trade Commission, this event is open to the public. Here’s some more information:Visit La Créativité site here. I’m hoping to have a tete-a-tete … Read more
InMod offers lots of choice when it comes to ordering your bedding. Select the ground material, embroidery style and yarn colors and then see a room view! How cool is that!As seen on: Daily Candy
How fun are these embellished textiles from Historically Inaccurate Decorative Arts? I love the humor and whimsy of these pieces. What a conversation piece!