Color Love :: Pink + Orange

Color Love :: Pink + Orange

My last post was about Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier’s fabulous Paris apartment, which is in a very neutral palette of whites and greys so I’m feeling a little hungry for color today.  One of my favorite playful color combos is pink and orange.

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Luxe Touch :: Upholstered Walls

Luxe Touch :: Upholstered Walls

Usually when someone says “padded room” you automatically think “insane asylum,” but that’s not always the case.  Like, for example, when you are talking about upholstered walls.  I was first introduced to upholstered walls when I visited the Paris apartment of a woman named Zou-Zou, whom I considered my French grandmother.  She was incredibly chic as was her apartment -- the walls of her foyer were upholstered in grey patent leather!  I tried to take pictures once, but they just didn't do the walls justice.

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A New Use for Your Neglected/Rarely Worn Scarves

A New Use for Your Neglected/Rarely Worn Scarves

What about the scarves that are languishing in the back of your closet or bottom of the bin you store them in?  One idea is to turn these scarves into pillows or frame them. If you aren’t quite ready to relinquish any scarves in your collection, vintage shops and eBay are great resources for scarves that you can buy specifically to make into pillows.

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Fabric Fascination | Carolina Irving


photo :: françois halard for vogue

This week I am positively swooning over Carolina Irving’s hand-printed, vintage-inspired textiles. How could I not love a fellow textile-phile? (Is that even a word?)  

 

She studied art history and archaeology at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris (*sigh* more reasons to love her) and worked as a style editor at House & Garden (RIP) and Vogue Living before starting her own line in 2006 and 2007.  

 

She is an avid traveler and finds much of her inspiration on her trips to India and the Middle East.  One of the reasons I am so in love with her designs is that you can layer them with just about any other style of fabric or furniture — they definitely lend a well-traveled air to whatever interiors in which they reside.

 

“I’m just not a beige person” - Carolina Irving

 

I love these photos of Irving’s manhattan apartment from 1st dibs’ style compass section ::

 

Carolina Irving’s fabrics are available to the trade — you can find where her beautiful prints are carried over at her website :: http://carolinairvingtextiles.com (If you are interested in ordering her fabric or would like to know prices, please e-mail me at info {at} designbabylon-interiors {dot com}.


carolina irving’s installation @ hollywood at home

 

 

Above, Irving upholstered walls in her Calico print (*swoon* can I tell you how much I LOOOOVVEEE upholstered walls!?!).  The bedding is also in Calico and the drapes on the bed are in Patmos Stripe.  Her textiles are also used on the toss pillows on the furnishings.