Outdoor Accessory and Fabric CRUSH

Link is a fantastic outdoor fabric and furniture brand I’ve used for diverse projects. Recently as I checked out their website, I crushed for these outdoor bolster pillows. They’re fun, zippy and originally finished.

Playing with trim and interesting patterns, Link created something different from the bland square nautical striped pillow. Imagine these poolside or on your outdoor sofa!

Link recommends the following steps when creating these:

1) Use different fabrics on ends

2) Change direction of fabric layout

3) Flange, contrast welt and different trim options

So let’s imagine I was to create my own using similar methods.

1- I chose this three striped outdoor friendly trim :

Three striped fringe in Melon by Link

2-The main fabric I would do in :

Palme in Melon by Link

3-The ends would be in this small pattern:

Sketch in Ocean by Link

Et voilà!!!

Fabric and colors always make my day, enjoy!

Barbara

Crushing For These Fabrics

Sharing the love, friends, these beauties have piqued my interest. What do you think?

Malakos in Ink by Dwell Studio for Robert Allen Fabrics-100% cotton

Window Glitz in Dew- linen -Naturals II – Robert Allen Fabrics

Trouville Ticking in Denim by Ralph Lauren for Kravet- Linen/Lurex

Limitless in Linden by Jonathan Adler for Kravet- Linen Print

Sandy Pond in Roseberry by Thom Filicia for Kravet- Linen and cotton

72066-269 in Lemon -Enchanted-Duralee Cotton slub duck

John Derian’s Shop in New York-A Keeper!

I had a reunion with my sisters in New York this week and had a fabulous time! We shopped, swapped clothes, ate and enjoyed wine and barbecue on the Brooklyn roof tops. I could not resist a few excursions to some design shops I have been dying to check out IRL (in real life).

My first stop was the John Derian Company. I have been a fan for years. I was not disappointed!

John Derian is renowned for his exquisite découpage plates, platters, coasters, bowls and paperweights. Decoupage or Découpage is an art form that involves pasting images on objects or surfaces and then layering them with lacquer or varnish. The word is derived from the French verb découper, which means to cut out. John Derian découpage items are hand made in New York by the artist and his staff. Here are a few photographs I took of his work:

The store is jam packed with gorgeous découpage items.
Découpage platters and plates by John Derian.
Decoupage alphabet small plates and lamp bases by John Derian
An amazing selection of dome shaped découpage paperweights.
Decoupage plates, cake stand, platter and lamp base by John Derian.

Of course one cannot go to John Derian’s store without looking at the beautiful imported French Astier de Villatte Ceramics :

Vaisselle blanche by Astier de Villatte

The store is actually comprised of two shops. Both are filled with an array of refined and unusual objects, furniture and accessories. One can find contemporary toys made in New York using renowned German plush toy fabrication techniques:

One would be hard-pressed to believe these gorgeous toys are actually made today by a New York artisan!
A beautiful horse greets visitors in the other adjacent John Derian shop.

I had a crush on the embroidered Coral and Tusk items that were scattered throughout:

Coral and Tusk pillows on a John Derian Dromedary sofa.
Small embroidered dolls by Coral and Tusk at John Derian’s shop.

I cannot resist the Tête à tête upholstered seat by John Derian and was thrilled to be able to see it in real life and sit in it. Very very comfortable piece!

Tête à tête by John Derian.

Fabrics and bedding abounded and I was thrilled to see some of Les Indiennes printed fabrics up close:

Les Indiennes fabric.

Finally, I shall leave you with this image of Hugo Guinness Art:

Art by Hugo Guinness at the John Derian shop.

A bientôt! School is about to start for my children and I am looking forward to blogging more often :-)

Travels to the Famous Brimfield Show (A Neophyte’s Telling) – Part 1

I had the immense pleasure of traveling to the Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles Show these past few days. The outdoors show first launched in the 1950’s, and has grown to  be known as a “must-see” by all Antique aficionados, a gigantic spread of dealers over about a 1/2 mile strip along Route 20 in Brimfield, MA. If you add to that description the fact that the dealers extend back from the highway about a good 500 foot stretch, well, you do the math!

As an interior designer who blogs and has a strong social media presence on Twitter, I was lucky to be invited to a Brimfield “tweet-up” and meet my colleagues IRL (In Real Life) in an inviting tent, decorated by the talented and very kind Shane Inman, designer at The Inman Company with the help of a lovely young woman named Jen.

The Brimfield tweet-up was hosted by two hard working and very talented women, Gretchen Aubuchon, founder and editor in chief of Fashion and Decor, and Cynthia Bogart, creator and editor of The Daily Basics, an online “magazine” reuniting a community of lifestyle bloggers. They hosted a fabulous event!

Without further ado, I take you on my journey, inside the tent and on the field, as I push my shopping cart on gravel and stop to take some photos.

Brimfield Tent decorated by Interior Designer Shane Inman. Bar constructed with Benjamin Moore paint cans! Benjamin Moore, along with Robert Allen Design, Aubuchon Hardware and Company C were some of the event’s sponsors. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.
Designers Laurie Gorelick and Elizabeth Benedict eager to start shopping with the Brimfield Tweet Up Cart! 
Brimfield Tweet Up Cart TAG detail. Note the clever ribbons and lost and found ID info!!!

 

Paintings at Brimfield. I really enjoyed these. Unfortunately the vendor could not tell me the name of artist. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.
Van Briggle Vase. A superb specimen for collectors. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.
European Linen sold by the yard at Brimfield. The vendor is Austrian and travels all over Europe to bring these back. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.
European Linens by the same vendor. I just loved how she organized her cutting area with all the mini bolts. The fabric can be used to make runners, cover chairs, dishtowels, etc. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.

Fabrics were in and I saw lovely vintage fabrics:

Vintage Table Linens at Brimfield. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.
More vintage linens.

I found myself drawn to groupings of objects:

Collection of Tartan napkin rings and other small objects sold by vendor Craig Ringstad. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.
Colored glass containers artfully displayed by Cobalt Turtle Antiques. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.
Sand dollars on a silver platter arranged by the talented South Porch Antiques. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.
South Porch Antiques interesting arrangement of little treasures. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.
Another favorite: collection of wooden dumbbells offered by South Porch Antiques. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.
Stunning Swedish antique clocks by Lone Ranger Antiques. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.
Gorgeous Swedish secrétaire by Lone Ranger antiques. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.
Detail of the same piece. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.

I could resist the humor of this shot:

Swedish chairs wearing red plastic cup booties in lieu of rain boots!

More armoires and secrétaires by the same vendor:

Swedish Antique Armoire. Lone Ranger Antiques. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.

 

Swedish Antique Secrétaire. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.

 

Rolling Pins at Lone Ranger Antiques. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.
Detail of rolling pins texture. Loved these! Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.
Dried pressed flower art at Lone Ranger Antiques. Photo Elza B. Design, Inc.

More to come, but it is time for me to go to bed!!!! Take this in, and the next batch will be ready before you know it :-) Enjoy a fabulous weekend!