Curated Kravet Inspiration Board

One of my favorite fabric lines, Kravet, just came out with a line of furniture and accessories, Curated Kravet:unique pieces hand selected from the global design market, offered made-to-order or in-stock and ready to ship…”

Since I have a gazillion things going on at the moment and my brain is on overload, I wanted to wind down and get some creativity flowing by throwing together a little inspiration board. Here is one I made of some fun pieces from the new Curated Kravet line:

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Bao Foo Dogs

Sagano Branch Table Lamp

Sergeant Console

Poppy Velvet Pillows

Sandrine Chaise – Velvet

Raja Aqua Wallpaper

Wildflower 5 Art

Wildflower 3 Art

Collins Acrylic X-Bench

Aspen Burl Side Table

Mod Bianco Chair

Kravet Curated is available for purchase through a designer, so contact me if you are interested in any of the pieces.

Design Matters,

Julie

What Not To Do When Your Friend Gets Married

I did something truly terrible.  Really bad.  My friend Emily got married last June- like a year ago June, and I….never got her a wedding present.  (Insert boos, hisses and shameful looks)… Let me try and explain, I was in England for the two weeks right before her wedding- I think I flew in the day of or the night before she got married.  And let me tell you something, I do NOT handle time change well.  At all.  I felt so crummy for the first month I was back in the states that I finally ended up going to the urgent care… (did I contract malaria in England? West Nile Virus?). Nope, just extreme jet lag which lasted a few weeks.  A few weeks later I got sick as a dog with a parasite (?!?) which I SWEAR my foster dog gave to me (even though the doctor said that my theory was unlikely), I started a new job, and then fall semester started, I quit that new job, and then came the holidays, Celine Dion, spring semester, and then before I knew it, it had been a year and I had not gotten her a present.  None of these are legit excuses, I know, especially since my norm is to buy a couple their gift a month or two before they get married and have it shipped straight to them (ps- as a former wedding planner, friends, please ship presents straight to the couple, don’t bring it to the wedding)…

So here we are, a year later, and I am going to try and make up for this egregious behavior by helping her out with a few good sources for throw pillows.  She and her husband are settling into their new home and she mentioned they are in need of some color on their white sofa.  So let’s get down to business: where can a gal score a cute throw pillow or two?

Caitlin Wilson– I’m not sure I could adequately convey in a blog post my love for Caitlin Wilson textiles.  Her pillows page on her site is like being inside a dream- a wonderful dream of pink and navy chinoise.  It would be like picking between children to point out a few, so I will leave you with this:

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Umba– I’m new to Umba, so from what I have gleaned so far Umba is Etsy-meets-independent consultant/ shop at home type of business (think Mary Kay/ thirty-one type of deal).  Their products are from independent artists and allows (mostly women I’m assuming) the ability to operate their own business selling Umba products. (Did I get that right? Correct me if I am wrong).  An instagram friend posted some of their pillows the other day, and I was smitten, so here are a few of my favorites:

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  1. Ooh La La Pillow
  2. Lace & Cotton Pillow
  3. Happily Ever After Pillow
  4. Citron Pillow

Dash & Albert and it’s sister company Pine Cone Hill are always good bets- both are the creation of  the fabulous Annie Selke.

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  1. Surina Coral Pillow by Pine Cone Hill
  2. Fresh American Flora Crewel Pillow by Pine Cone Hill
  3. Fresh American Admiral Navy Pillow by Dash & Albert

Hen House Linens has some fun and colorful pillows as well, plus they are a little more affordable:

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And then there is the ever faithful Etsy and Homegoods.  If that’s not enough, check out here and here and here and here and here.

And I leave you with this gem:

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Hope that helps, friend!

Site of the Week: The Pink Polka Dot

Site of the Week: The Pink Polka Dot.  I just saw that their store is here in northern Virginia… who knew?  I saw a product of theirs written up in one of the many magazines I get every month, can’t remember which.

I love this sofa… I think I could live in it.

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You would think by the name of their business that their products would be all cutesy.  I love their stuff but it doesn’t scream pink polka dot… what do you think?

Feather Your Nest

Back in April I posted Feather Your Nest as the site of the week.  I just received a sad email letting us design bloggers know that the owner’s husband suddenly passed away and the owner has subsequently decided to close her shop.  Please support Gina and her children by purchasing a few of her lovely items.

Site of the Week: Indulge Decor

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This week’s site is Indulge Decor, I saw them mentioned in this month’s Southern Living… some very pretty things!

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Site of the Week: CS Post & Co

CS Post & Co has some fun things for around the house…

Site of the Week: Wisteria

I got Wisteria’s catalog in the mail today, here is what I am eyeing…

Venetian Glass Mirror

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Narrow Vintage Chinese Bench:

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Framed Señoras:

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Petit Sunburst Mirror:

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Mexican Retablos:

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Did Someone Say Drama Candleholder:

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Chinese Butcher’s Table:

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Sites of the Week

In honor of warm weather being here to stay (for the next few months at least) here are some fun sites that sell nautical/ tropical/ beachy/ summery/ outdoor living inspired items:

Cottage & Bungalow

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Maine Cottage

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The MacBeth Collection

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Home Infatuation:

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Seaside Inspired:

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Bungalow Beach Designs:

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Bookshelves Aren't Just for Books…

Mix up your bookshelves with a combo of books and accessories, it will create a much homier feel.

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Sources:

IKEA Expedit Bookshelf

Polka Dot Night Light- Restoration Hardware

Dynasty Canister- Z Gallerie

Puddle Jumper Plant- Urban Outfitters

Swan Planter- Urban Outfitters

Gladiator Bird- Anthropologie

Sitting Monkey- Z Gallerie

Ceramic Fish- Z Gallerie

Painted Letters- Restoration Hardware