Tas-ka Textiles {And Other Fun Prints}


(1 Tea towel / 2 Platter / 3 Spoons / 4 Napkins / 5 Oven Mitt / 6 Placemats / 7 Tart servers)

I’ve been doing a lot of window shopping lately at my new favorite online shop: Leif. They have such a great collection of simple, yet unique, items that it’s fast becoming my go-to source for gifts. And I especially love these cute kitchen textiles from Holland-based textile house Tas-ka. (I’ve never wanted an oven mitt so badly.) They’re fun on their own, and even better when mixed in with a few other items Leif carries. My boyfriend and I just had a BBQ over the weekend, and now I want a do-over using this stuff!


(1 Tea towel / 2 Spoons / 3 Placemats / 4 Cheese board / 5 Mug / 6 Napkins / 7 Bento box)


(1 Close up of Colored Beans art print / 2 Coasters / 3 Cake knife and server / 4 Placemats / 5 Napkins / 6 Tote / 7 Dotted garden stakes)

In Stitches


(Image source unknown)

I love when I see a traditional craft used in a new and modern way. This group of needlepoint and cross stitch work caught my eye because of it’s oversized scale, abstract pattern, unusual application, or faux-stitching (like above).


(Poufs, pillows, and rugs/wall hangings by GAN)


(Abstract, watercolor-y patterns from In My Studio … Apartment)


(Cross stitch cane chair—such a cool idea; Mondrian-looking needlepoint clutch; Large-scale wool needlepoint “painting”, source unknown)


(Cross stitch stainless steel table)

It’s Here! JCP’s New Home Store Collection.


Well, what a surprise to get a JC Penney catalog in the mail that I actually want to hold on to. They’re the latest retailer to collaborate with some popular designers, a la Target, and bring affordable style to the masses. And I’m especially excited about the Design by Conran and Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler lines because they’re the ones that are the least accessible. Well, there is a Jonathan Adler store down the street from me, but by inaccessible, I mean expensive. And as far as I know, there are no Conran Shops in the US. So I’m excited.


Some highlights from the Conran collection include these white and wood lamps. And they’re already on sale! Guess what I’ll be doing tonight … ? In addition to the lamps, there’s a great console and end table, using white with wood as well. And I can’t resist this bright blue chair—it’s such a bold piece, and I like that in furniture.

I was drawn to the same types of things over in the Jonathan Adler collection: wood and white lacquer, along with bright pops of color on pillows, lamps, candle holders, etc. His trademark style. Which will soon to be appearing in my living room.


Perfect Pairings: Stacked Stones

rae dunn and Luli Sanchez

(Ceramic canister by Rae Dunn; Painting by Luli Sanchez)

I’m really into these organic shapes stacked on top of one another: they remind me of ocean rocks or sea glass. I’ve been seeing them on rugs, pillows and in paintings lately—and I’ve also found some accessories that pair perfectly with them. Take a look:

MALIN FIGUR and Jonathan Adler

(Top left: Ikea rug; Top right: Sea Glass watercolor by Louise van Terheijden; Bottom left: Pillow by Jonathan Adler; Bottom right: Art print by Hola Sunshine)


(Top left: Painting by Mia Christopher; Top right: iPhone case at Belkin; Bottom left: Watercolor by Louise van Terheijden; Bottom right: Rug at CB2)