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Office Design: Transparent and Cheerful Panels

raw color ABN AMRO Eindhoven

Anyone who visited The Netherlands knows that the Dutch are not afraid of colorful spaces, even for the corporate office spaces. It is easy to add a punch of colors into an office space. For example, you can paint the cabinet drawers, choose a fun color for the chairs or use the color blocking technique for your room dividers. Continue Reading


Introducing Parson Gray: New Fabrics by the Husband of Amy Butler

curious nature parson gray

curious nature parson gray

David Butler, the husband of the well-known fabric designer Amy Butler, will launch shortly his own line of fabrics. David is the man behind Amy’s photography and graphic design. They worked together since 1992. Curious Nature is his first collection of quilting/fashion and home décor fabrics for Westminster/FreeSpirit.

curious nature fabric collection by parson gray

Amy described his collection as his folk modern interpretation of natural elements weaving together a balance of hand-drawn patterns inspired by Japanese indigo and mid-century fine art. Curious Nature is divided in 3 groupings: Rare Earth, Ocean and Mineral.

rare earth by parson gray

The collage  and groupings make you appreciate how you could mix and match the patterns. The muted colors he used are soothing and energetic. Curious Nature has a good mix of manly and gender neutral patterns, which speaks to me since I live with two boys. The Home Décor line will be larger prints on weight cotton. The line will be available this winter. I will keep my eye open since I need to reupholster a chair that sits in my living room.

ocean by parson gray

Ocean is filled with various blues and greens while the Mineral series is made of tone of bone, smoke, silver and dark grey (or black, I am not sure).

mineral series by parson gray

The Parson Gray’s Website is not ready yet. In the meantime, you can like Parson Gray on Facebook.



Textile Field Installation by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

Textile Field installation

Textile Field installation

The Bouroullec brothers have designed an art installation that democratizes a visit to the museum. For the London Design Festival, the Victoria & Albert Museum invited them to intervene in any space we wanted within the Museum. Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec decided to create a huge textile platform on which you can sit or lay down in any way you want. The idea is to bring comfort and to not feel intimidated by the art pieces displayed at the museum.

Textile Field installation by ronan and erwan bouroullec

Made in collaboration with Kvadrat, Textile Field is an installation 30 meters long and 8 meters wide which takes over 240m sq of the floor of the famous Raphael Cartoons Gallery. Their design would translate well in a cosy couch for a home theater room or become a mat for playroom.

Textile Field installation at Victoria & Albert Museum

The installation will be on show during the London Design Festival, from September 15th to September 25th 2011.

Victoria & Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL
Opening hours: daily from 10am to 17.45pm and on Friday from 10am to 22.00pm

+ Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec


Creatively Unique Placemats

Bella Maniera placemats

Bella Maniera placemats

If you are looking for new ways to infuse a sense of unexpected to your tabletop, let me suggest that you use placemats with artistic patterns that slightly vary from one placemat to the next. You can draw the patterns or look for the French design placemats.

48 heures trompe l'oeil placemats

48 heures is a collection of trompe-l’oeil illustrations that suggest a finished meal where they was good food and lots of wine. These will certainly grab the attention of your guests. I suspect that it will probably be a conversation starter.

48 heures placemats

Tailored to Each Guest

Another example is the Bella Maniera series. The idea to steal here is to design a placemat that fits the personality of each guest. Mr. & Mr played with the theme of Leonardo da Vinci’s The last Supper for their Bella Maniera collection. They design 13 placemats; each one corresponds to Jesus Christ and his apostles.

Bella Maniera

48 heures placemats 16 €
Bella Maniera series 16.50 € each at Grain de couleur
+ via Moco Loco


New Recycled Canvas Baskets and Fabric Gift Bags by Chewing the Cud

spring 2011 collection :: recycled canvas baskets chewing the cud

spring 2011 collection :: recycled canvas baskets chewing the cud

I have a thing for lovely canvas baskets. Awesome fabrics make all the difference. I like the new collection of recycled canvas baskets that Chewing the Cud launched a couple weeks ago at the National Stationery Show in New York City. The baskets are made of 100% recycled, unbleached canvas that are hand-printed with soy-based inks.

fabric gift bags by chewing the cud

Another must-have addition are there Give Bags. They are made from their reusable gift wraps. Chewing the Cud turned their existing line of fabric gift wraps into gift bags of all sizes. As a bonus, the little gift bags come with matching stamp sets. I think that new patterns have been added to their gift wrap collection. If you are into fabric gift wraps, you may wish to revisit my post of furoshiki.

These new items are not yet available from their online catalogue. I hope they will add those items pretty soon. In the meantime, have a peak at their collection with a snapshot of their booth.

national stationery show booth of chewing the cud

+  Fabric gift wraps by Chewing the Cud $16 USD


IceMilk Aprons

icemilk aprons founder

icemilk aprons founder

This story is a  nice follow-up to Mother’s Day since Ashley Leckey Schoenith was inspired by her grandmother’s cooking habits went she founded IceMilk Aprons. You know how much I love aprons and her aprons provide a feminine twist on a minimalist design. They are on my wish list. The big bow adds the right amount of style while the nice décolleté of the full apron makes it appropriate for when you play the hostess.

Whisked Whipping Creme waist apron by icemilk aprons

But if you wish to follow the rule of etiquette, you should wear instead a waist apron when you are the hostess. The IceMilk’s waist aprons have the high waist that is in fashion this year. The Rollings of Cinnamon full apron, that you see on the top picture, is backorder until August 2011 but you can buy the full apron from the Heritage collection with a belt in a different color.

+ Full Apron Heritage collection $85 USD – photo of the founder
+ Whisked Whipping Creme waist apron $55 USD



Bamboo Bedding and More at Maison Simons

bedding collection at maison simons

bedding collection at maison simons

I update my bedroom bedding almost every year. Therefore, I do not wish to pay a fortune for my duvet cover set. One store where I often find stylish and affordable comforter and pillow shams is Maison Simons.

Maison Simons operates stores in Quebec city, Montreal and Sherbrooke. The good news is that they now have an online store with shipping across Canada.  Maison Simons carries their own brand, La Lingère, and selects every season a few models from international brands.

roxy pop goes the polka dot comforter, pillowcases and sheets

Bamboo Rayon Bedding

A few months ago, I bought a nice green bamboo sheet set. It is made of 60% bamboo rayon and 40% cotton. The softness is absolutely divine. My husband and I even preferred it to our Egyptian cotton sheets. I wished I bought more than one set. Right now, they carry a 100% bamboo rayon sheet set in neutrals.

+ Building Block Duvet Cover Set $130 to $190 CAD at Maison Simons
+ Roxy “Pop Goes The Polkadot” Comforter Set $200 to $270 CAD


More Recycled Sweater Decor Projects

knitted vases and cushions

knitted vases and cushions

Cooler temperatures mean sweater weather has officially arrived. But it’s not just your wardrobe that can incorporate this seasonal must-have.

These so-clever-they’re-chic crafts use less-than-stylish wool sweaters to add texture, softness and – go figure – warmth to your fall and winter decor. And chances are you already have a drawer full of supplies to make these incredibly easy projects. Here are a few faves that you can do a rainy or cold day:

+ If You Have An Hour: Recycled Sweater Vases at Under the Table and Dreaming

+ If You Have An Afternoon: Recycled Sweater Pillow Cover at Country Living (number 6)

+ If You Have A Day: Recycled Sweater Blanket at Homemade Holiday Gifts

+ For more inspirations about this fall decor trend, read Kim’s post on Recycling Your Old Sweaters as Lampshades and Vase Covers.


Handmade Wool Pillows and Decorations from PLYtextiles | Etsy Finds

PLYtextiles felt cushion, doily and cube ottoman

PLYtextiles felt cushion, doily and cube ottoman

There’s something about “wool” and “pillows” that doesn’t quite scream comfort – at it’s worst, wool can be rough, scratchy and irritating to the skin. But these cushions from PLYtextiles are more objet d’art than just a place to rest your head.

The handmade cushions created from recycled wool sweaters feature bold, graphic and geometric patterns in modern colour combinations. I love the Octagon Tiles pillow – it has a contemporary quilted style and looks like it was inspired by vintage tile flooring.

PLYtextiles also has a limited selection of home decor items. The Modern Doily and table runners can be customized in any colourway to add a boost to a side table or credenza.

Felt Christmas Decorations

PLYtextiles felt holiday decorations :: christmas

And if you’re already on the lookout for contemporary holiday decor with a handmade aesthetic, keep an eye on this shop. They’ve previously offered wreaths, adorable needle felted snowmen and penguins, and needle felted and yarn wrapped trees.

+ Octagon Tiles Felt Pillow $109 USD by PLYtextiles on Etsy
+ Felt Modern Doily $42
Cube Ottoman $279
Tree Family $27
+ Anna the Penguin $29


DIY Headboard Tutorial

DIY Headboard tutorial

DIY Headboard tutorial

This simple yet strategic nursery addition from Aubrey and Lindsay of Little House Blog proves how a little creativity can improve a ho-hum space.

Not only does this DIY headboard help the room feel finished, it adds function too. By adding the headboard on the longer side of the mattress, it transforms a boring twin bed into stylish seating cozy enough for cuddling with baby. This project would work well in any room that does double duty, especially an office/guest room.

The best part? Aubrey and Lindsey provide clear, step-by-step instructions and materials sources so you can re-create this project on your own.

+ DIY Headboard Tutorial on Little House Blog


Recycle Your Old Sweaters as Lampshades and Vase Covers

recycled-sweater lampshade and vase covers as seen on country living

my fall trend report for hgtv canada

I highlighted the knitted home decor trend on my fall trend report for Style Sheet by Since I live in a cold climate, I am naturally drawn to it. By adding a few knitted pieces, you can create beautiful cozy rooms where it feels good to live.

DIY Home Decorating Ideas

recycled-sweater lampshade and vase covers as seen on country living

You do not ned to buy things to integrate the trend on your home if you are a little bit crafty. Country Living proposed ways to transform worn-out sweaters into clever covers for lampshades, vases and cushions. Keep those projects in mind for home made housewarming gifts and Holiday gifts.

+ 6 Recycled-Sweater Crafts on Country Living
+ via Sage & Style and Design Hole