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Monday September 9th, 2013

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Fair Isle for the Floor

Today was the first morning since I adopted Hope that I was able to wear a sweater, scarf and jacket out to the off leash hour at the park. I LOVE fall, so being able to break out a good cable knit seriously made my day. While it’s supposed to get back up to 92…

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Wednesday August 21st, 2013

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Mio Karo

I recently splurged on a very nice black and white rug for my living room that, despite my best efforts, has become more of a tan and black rug thanks to my dog. It is 100% my fault for thinking I could somehow always keep her feet clean (in NYC? What was I thinking?) so…

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Thursday August 15th, 2013

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Fossik

I think the life of a professional prop stylist must be the greatest job in the world. Not that I’m not completely grateful and happy to have the job I do, but if I had the skills (I don’t) and could run away to do an even dreamier dream job it would involve shopping all…

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Wednesday July 31st, 2013

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Blondell Scarves by SuTurno

Every now and then I come across something I become totally, completely and instantaneously obsessed with. Like, obsessed. I haven’t had that feeling in a while, but it came rushing back to me yesterday when I saw these stunning scarves by SuTurno mentioned on Caitlin Mociun’s Tumblr page (via Gretchen Jones’ page). Inspired by 30s…

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Tuesday July 30th, 2013

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Rouse Phillips

I must have been a textile designer in another life, because there’s something so visceral about my response to fabrics and news of new textile design studios. A part of me leaps with excitement about new fabrics to enjoy and another part of me longs to run away and join them and play with colors…

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Tuesday July 23rd, 2013

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New: Rebecca Atwood

Rebecca Atwood‘s pillows make me want to clear out everything in my house and embrace an all-indigo-all-the-time theme. She just released a few new pillow designs yesterday, along with artwork, and each one is the perfect pop of blue for a neutral palette. I love the way indigo feels classic and current at the same…

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Thursday July 18th, 2013

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Page Turner Placemat + Runner

When it comes to table linens, I tend to like something pretty simple. Almost always linen (despite the pain it can be to clean it) and almost always something solid, or with an incredibly minimal print. But every now and then I’m tempted by something a little whimsical with a photo-realistic print or clever saying….

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Whirlwind Jute Rug

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a dinner party at an apartment that gave new meaning to the idea of textile envy. Around every corner there was a beautiful antique rug waiting to be found and, when I peeked into the bedroom, there were layers upon layers of small kilims just hanging out…

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Wednesday June 26th, 2013

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New from Aelfie Rugs

I’m on the hunt for patterned rugs right now, so I was thrilled to hear from Aelfie of Aelfie Rugs in Brooklyn. They just launched a new collection of kilims for summer and the patterns and color combinations are so beautiful. I love this modern spin on a classic style, and the light flat weave…

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Monday June 24th, 2013

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El Cosmico

This weekend I felt spoiled rotten by a weekend getaway with friends at one of the most gorgeous houses I’ve ever visited, Jason & Jeff’s Catskills home. In addition to wanting just about everything I saw inside their home, I really enjoyed just getting to spend some downtime with friends and relax outside of the…

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Wednesday June 19th, 2013

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Anchors Away by Caitlin Wilson

Caitlin Wilson knows her way around a cheerful textile design. We’ve been happily following her textile line since its debut (and her gorgeous home) so I was happy to hear she’s launched a new summer collection called ‘Anchors Away!”. Beachy, preppy and full of classic colors like pink and navy blue, it’s the perfect collection…

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Wednesday June 12th, 2013

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Cartan Napkins

A few weeks ago I slid pretty hardcore back into my old latte + chocolate croissant routine. I’d been so good for a long time, forgoing coffee for coconut water. My skin cleared up, I had more energy and I even started walking more. But then a few busy days turned into busy weeks and…

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Tuesday June 11th, 2013

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25 Turquoise Designs I Love

Sometimes I am the world’s laziest writer. I’ll flat-out drop a post idea if it hovers around a word, phrase or topic that constantly trips me up. For example, turquoise. I don’t think I’ve ever spelled that word correctly without having spell-check or that dreaded dotted red line point out that I’m reversing the ‘o’…

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Tuesday June 4th, 2013

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melongings

One of the easiest and fastest ways to change the way a room looks (other than paint) is to swap out textiles. Pillows and throws do a lot of heavy lifting when it comes to the overall style of a room, so giving them a little makeover every season is my favorite way to change…

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Monday June 3rd, 2013

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5 Colorful Rugs + Blankets From Fossik

I will never ever ever turn down a beautiful rug. As much as my love of hardwood floors rules my home life, it also comes with the very real need to constantly have an arsenal of area rugs to choose from. Because as nice as wooden floors are, they’re not always super warm or snuggly…

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Thursday May 23rd, 2013

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ICFF 2013: 10 Great Textile Designers

This year’s ICFF was a textile-lover’s paradise. There were thick wool blankets in intensely colorful patterns, soft cushions that looked like they’d been splattered with beautiful paint and so many rugs that I had to save some for a second post coming up soon. I’m an equal-opportunity textile lover, so I tried to include a…

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Monday April 29th, 2013

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Char-Bea by Ashley G

Ashley G is one of my favorite artists and people, period. I’ve been following her since her early Etsy success back in 2007 (the bearded men!) and was thrilled to get to know her better when I was living in Portland a few years ago. She is as delightful, smart and creative as her work…

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Tuesday April 23rd, 2013

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Furoshiki + Wrapping How-To

As much as I love gift wrap, it’s nice to find a way to use earth-friendly wrapping whenever possible. You can always reuse old paper or magazines, but I love finding a way to wrap with a material you can easily use over and over. Fabric is my favorite material to work with, and Furoshiki…

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Wednesday April 3rd, 2013

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Animal Love: Robins

Since we’re focusing on nature and the outdoors this month, it only seemed right to start off the week with a little ode to spring birds. A few weeks ago I started to notice the sound of birds chirping (over the noise of bus wheels screeching and my neighbors yelling at each other from across…

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Monday March 25th, 2013

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New: Rebecca Atwood Designs

One of the things I love most about events in the office is getting to meet talented members of the creative community face-to-face. Each time we host a craft class, Biz Ladies lunch or welcome art & design students, we get the chance to meet incredibly talented people and up-and-coming artists. At last week’s Egg…

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