Tigers and denim and caftans . . . oh my! Designer Sandra Sandor drew inspiration from the far East, Africa and the wild West this spring, with western yoke details on light blue denim jackets and vests, sarong like dresses and skirts with a subtle rose jacquard pattern, and babouche slippers in a reminiscently 90s jungle print. I always admire the unexpected details and wearable ease of Nanushka’s collections – this one, in particular, has me day dreaming of a warmer season ahead.
It all started with a visit last fall to my newfound favorite destination for textile inspiration and indulgence, Well Made Home. Melanie Mount & Kelly Willrich, friends and former Pottery Barn executives, founded the full service custom furniture and home furnishings workshop to make exquisite, handpicked artisanal fabrics more accessible to the public. With hundreds of vibrantly colored and beautifully patterned textiles to drool over, you can see how they were the catalyst for my guest bedroom makeover. Without a specific idea in mind, I was instantly drawn to interior designer Schuyler Samperton‘s floral Caledonia in a bold indigo and vibrant mandarin orange. Without hesitation, Melanie and Kelly suggested upholstering a new bed frame – I could even help design the shape of the headboard. Fabulous idea! And what about contrasting the patterned bed against another complimentary pattern, like in the form of wallpaper? Textile wallpaper. Wait, that’s a possibility? I learned quickly that anything is conceivable at Well Made Home. And since I’m one to never take “no” for an answer, it was “yes, yes yes!”
Mother Nature constantly surprises us in the most phenomenal ways. How else can a hue as spectacular as robin’s egg blue originate from the ever so humble red cabbage?! I first started naturally dyeing eggs a few years ago and have made them every Easter since. It’s also an incredibly fun project to do with kids as the color transformation always pleasantly surprises them. Head over to HonestlyYUM to peep the full tutorial (see what I did there?), and while you’re there, check out our new makeover!
It’s been a gloriously warm week in Northern California. The cherry blossoms and pear trees that line the streets in our neighborhood have reached their blooming peak and I’m on pins and needles, anticipating the arrival of spring. And because along with spring comes a closet full of soft pastels, happy florals and an abundance of ruffles – all of which make up No. 6‘s latest collection. Everything feels so easy and optimistic, how can I possibly resist printed overalls, flirty frilled dresses, and extra wide leg trousers in the pinkest of pinks? I did just recently make room in my closet . . .
Oh my, YES. I’m obsessed with these illustrations by artist Stephanie Deangelis. Honestly, any of these could be potentially be the album cover to this period of my life (see very last illustration “Sunday Scaries”). It ME! From the soft color palette to the beautiful, womanly figures to the subtle inclusion of certain pop culture and fashion trends, Stephanie’s ladies are just too good.