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Friday March 2nd, 2012

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harvest hare

I’m always excited to see an email from St. Jude’s in my inbox. They consistently curate and oversee the creation of some of the most beautiful printed goods in the market. Their latest introduction is their debut wallpaper design, Harvest Hare, created by painter and printmaker Mark Hearld. I love the soft blue and yellow…

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Friday February 17th, 2012

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camberwell beauty

I’ve never been a big butterfly person, but these metallic butterflies made from calligraphic script are really lovely. They’re one of the new patterns from Mini Moderns, which just launched a new collection called “The Buddha of Suburbia.” This pattern, Camberwell Beauty, was inspired by the butterfly of the same name. Mini Moderns loved that…

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Tuesday February 14th, 2012

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sweet life

Everyone is going on and on about Pantone’s “Tangerine Tango” color predictions for this year. Apparently, it’s going to be all the rage. But bright orange has always been a favorite of mine (it inspired the D*S book cover), and I’m happy to have another excuse to embrace it in a big way. One of…

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Wednesday February 8th, 2012

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a case of the blues (and pinks)

Cobalt blue has been sneaking up on me for about a year now. My love of navy blue seems to have won the blue battle, but cobalt is doing a pretty good job of holding down second place. While checking out the new Christian Lacroix collection at Designers Guild (nice, but not my cup of…

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Thursday January 12th, 2012

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sarah milton wallpaper

Though I’ve been trying to wean myself off of wallpaper lately, these designs from Sarah Milton in York are calling my name. Sarah specializes in typographic wallpapers that beautifully combine typefaces and bright colors. She blends letters, numbers and characters to create new abstract patterns that are then hand-silkscreened (by Sarah) onto papers. I love how fresh…

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Thursday December 22nd, 2011

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dottir & sonur

I’ve always been mildly concerned that my proclivity for design that reminds me of a child’s room means that a part of me will never really grow up. For now I’m choosing to see that as a good thing, because it means I get to embrace all sorts of designs that would work well for…

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Tuesday December 13th, 2011

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new: nama rococo wallpaper!

I’ve been a devoted Nama Rococo wallpaper fan since their launch in 2006. Since that day, I’ve been anxiously awaiting new designs from Nama Rococo’s creative genius, Karen Combs. Thankfully that day has finally come and, of course, I love her new work. Always organic and free-flowing, Karen’s latest designs continue with the sophisticated-but-fun color…

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Tuesday November 1st, 2011

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vintage by hemingway design

Though my personal design style is moving away from heavy patterns right now, these retro designs from Graham & Brown would be perfect for anyone looking to bring a little 30s, 50s, 60s or 70s-era pattern into their home. I’m partial to the 70s-inspired design above, but if you’re looking to embrace the styles of decades…

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Thursday October 13th, 2011

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new: famille summerbelle

Sometimes I wonder if my inner child will ever grow up. I’m always drawn to things meant for children and sometimes have to remind myself that I’m 30 and probably shouldn’t be buying clothing or art for kids. But every now and then a design comes along that has the “childlike” feel that I love…

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Friday September 23rd, 2011

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abigail edwards

Sometimes, great design can make a liar out of me. Just the other day, I was swearing off wallpaper, explaining that I was tired of pattern and ready for something clean, simple and new. Then Abigail Edwards’ new Seascape wallpaper designs came along, and I’m ready to throw that earlier proclamation out the window in…

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Thursday September 22nd, 2011

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the flower and the wall

Wall murals have never been my go-to for decorating, but they’re slowly starting to grow on me. If I’m lucky enough to have children in my home one day, I plan on hiring Jen Corace to create a full ceiling-to-floor mural of woodland animals and children. To me, her work has always been the perfect…

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Thursday September 15th, 2011

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flock star stripe

For some reason, flocked wallpaper has never been a favorite of mine. It reminds me of both musty basements (70s-style floral-flocked paper in oranges and yellows) and dirty underground bars where the flocked red wallpaper is weighed down by cigarette residue. Not a pretty picture either way. But when I saw this new flocked wallpaper…

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Monday August 29th, 2011

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summer vacation- see you next week!

After the site relaunch, planning the book tour and shipping our very first newspaper*, it’s time for our annual summer vacation. Each year our team closes up their laptops for a week of computer-free fun and this year that week starts today. We’ll miss talking to all of you this week, but we’re gearing up…

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Monday August 15th, 2011

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new: ferm living fall/winter 2011

This weekend marked the beginning of the Fall NYC Gift Fair. Unfortunately my ear ache (the one that sidelined me in PDX) came back full force this weekend so I haven’t been able to make it over to the Javits Center but I’m going to try to swing by this week and see what’s new….

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Tuesday August 9th, 2011

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kirath ghundoo

Earlier this year I got to share some beautiful wallpaper from designer Kirath Ghundoo. Kirath is back with a brand new collection of seven wallpaper patterns: Iso, Pesia, Aztec, Lavish, Stack, Geo and Mosaic. They’ll be on display at next month’s 100% Design in London (I want to go so badly!), but for those of us…

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Friday August 5th, 2011

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new: jocelyn warner wallpapers

Jocelyn Warner‘s wallpapers always make me question my recent commitment minimizing the amount of pattern in my home. Her latest designs, Dandy, Lace and Wisteria, are absolutely stunning and have my fingers itching to start prepping a roller with wallpaper glue. Both Dandy and Lace were made with a surface printing technique to mimic a…

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Monday July 25th, 2011

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reservoir green

Yesterday my cousin came down to Portland from Seattle and we spent the afternoon wandering through Mt. Tabor Park and soaking up a seriously gorgeous day. As luck would have it, we stumbled upon a downhill skateboard race and found an excuse to spend even more time outside while the weather gave us a brief…

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Monday July 11th, 2011

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portland designers for hygge & west

I’ve got Portland on the brain this morning, so it worked out perfectly when I heard that Hygge & West had collaborated with a great local design team called Pattern People. Founded by Claudia Brown and Jessie Whipple Vickery, Pattern People specializes in surface design for everything from fashion to interiors. Claudia and Jessie designed…

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Wednesday May 18th, 2011

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icff 2011: part three

Whew! After Brimfield and three long days at the Javits Center I am ready to put my feet up and work in pajamas for a day. My entire sofa is covered in flyers, catalogs and press kits from all the shows and this morning I’m dipping back into my ICFF bag for more of my…

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Thursday May 5th, 2011

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kimberly lewis wallpapers

Now that ICFF is around the corner it looks like wallpaper designers are ready to share what they’ve been working on all winter. I was excited to see an email from Kimberly Lewis in my inbox yesterday because I first wrote about her back in 2007 when she was a student at Pratt studying textile…

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