February 23, 2011
February 17, 2011
With Spring just around the corner, thoughts of home are ever present. For me it's a time that is quintessentially British and promises gardens full to bursting, flower boxes lining apartment window ledges and large pots that grace grand doorways all proudly displaying the wonders of the season in an array of delicious pastels. No matter if you live in an historic home or mid-century modern, the season brings forth the soft hues of Spring...
I wanted to create something that would be a reminder of home and also represent this perfect time of year. Inspired, I set about making these 'Jack' pillows. They have been created using antique and vintage linens, soft velvet and silk ribbons, lace trims and beautiful mother of pearl buttons. They're pretty, playful and modern with a hint of a bygone era.
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February 10, 2011
For a while now, I have felt the need to create some pretty whimsies that would tempt and tease the senses as well as lift the spirits. Amongst my vast array of French textiles, I came across some very beautiful pieces of late 19th century French floral linen that I had purchased some months back. Even the smallest pieces of antique textiles can inspire decorative and creative ideas!
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I set about creating some heart ornaments that would conjure images of romance and a little extravagance without being overwhelming. The simple floral design is as inviting today as it was back in the late 19th century. I spent a few hours playing with an assortment of pretty ribbons, buttons, beads and brooches and decided on vintage diamante buttons and crystal and pearl beads. The ribbon is a buttery cream organza that glimmers in the sunlight. They are soft and cushiony and contain the best French lavender I could find; the lavender not only smells wonderful but it protects the linen too.
A token of love best served with perhaps a hand written poem...