bowood

I’ve been in love with the above image for a couple of years, but only recently learned the background of the gorgeous chintz fabric used on the sofa and in the various images I’ve been hoarding that are now posted below. The original fabric is a 19th century print which was discovered by John Fowler of storied British textile company Colefax & Fowler at historic Bowood House in the mid twentieth century, and Fowler’s reinterpretation of the print (appropriately called ‘Bowood’) has been a staple of the company ever since.

The print is available as both a fabric and a wallpaper and is available in two color ways, but my favorite is definitely the grey and green. I just think there’s something so timeless and easy about the print – I think it’s that it’s not done in particularly feminine colors like a lot of florals are, and also the large scale nature of the print that makes it feel more modern.

The above photo is actually part of a seriously amazing home tour that you should check out; designer Justine Cushing used the fabric in virtually every room in her Hamptons home and the effect is so beautiful. It definitely takes guts to go all out like that, don’t you think? Below are a few more examples of the print in use. My dream is to one day have a client that wants a whole room done in the print – if you know of anyone in LA who would be interested, send them my way 😉

isn’t that bedroom above on the right just the prettiest room you’ve ever seen? Love. If you feel like you need a little Bowood in your life then check out this shop on Etsy, she sells Bowood print pillows in all different sizes.

on my radar…

 

A (very) random assortment of things I’m currently loving, from a Matisse inspired painter to a very delicious sparking soda…

1. I’m a little bit obsessed with this fabric from British textile designer Penny Morrison, and really want to make a large bolster pillow for my bed with it. A few Etsy shops sell pillows using her fabrics if you end up loving her designs as much as I do!

2. The Go Between. I just ordered this book and am really looking forward to reading it. I can’t remember where I saw it recommended but it sounds like such an interesting story – I’ll report back.

3. Hudson Grace makes the most gorgeous, well, everything, but these oversized linen napkins are particularly great. I have them in pink.

4. Ahh this shoe. I wore a similar heeled version as my wedding shoe but I just love this flat since it’s a tiny bit more practical (although very expensive for a shoe). I’d pair it with distressed denim to tone down the fancy a little bit.

5. Veronica Beard has been on a roll lately. I have a few pairs of their pants and have tried on their shirts and dresses in shop, and am happy to report that their tailoring and craftsmanship is on point. I really love this dress and think it’d be such a cute Spring wardrobe addition – I’m just hoping it’ll go on sale!

6. I’ve tried every flavor of Spindrift and think that the Blackberry is the best one. If you’re not familiar, they’re similar to La Croix but contain actual bits of fruit which make them taste a thousand times better, while still being super refreshing and low in calories. You can search on their site to see if they’re available in the grocery stores near you.

7. Wayne Pate is a New York based artist and seems to be all the rage right now. I first read about him a few years ago in a magazine, and was re-reminded of him when a client bought one of his pieces a few months ago. His work is so interesting and ranges from abstract black and white drawings to whimsical, colorful paintings. You can buy his prints on One Kings Lane and on his site.

8. My friend Kirsty is the designer behind Retrouvai, the most gorgeous LA based jewelry line. Her brand motto is to create modern heirlooms which is such a neat sentiment and one that her current line captures perfectly. I’d definitely keep this ring to pass on to my daughter one day.

serena and lily

You know how there are some stores where you just know you’ll find something you want/need each and every time you visit? That’s how I feel about Serena & Lily. I love popping into their showroom here in LA for a little inspiration whenever I’m in the area; I always find something that’s perfect for a client, and I also pretty much always find something for my own home as well. Justin and I recently bought this bar cart for our new dining room, and I’ve been perusing their cute nursery section for items (like this crib bumper – so cute right?!) for the baby when I have her in April.

They have a ton of great new items in for Spring as well and are having a fun event on February 28th in the LA shop to celebrate; there will be free floral bouquets (whether or not you buy something) snacks, and styling of their new product by a local designer. If you’re in the area you should definitely check it out, I’m planning to stop by in the afternoon. In the meantime, here are a few pictures I snapped of the shop the other day and a few of my favorites from their new arrivals are below.

Happy Friday!

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