Color + Pattern + Pillows

February 17, 2012



Full speed ahead updating a family room in my own home and must share some great finds.



photo Lacefield Designs



I’m all for the ease and gentle price point of “semi-custom”, especially when it comes to decorative pillows. Of course,  my eye always seems to settle on pricey fabrics–  and with minimum yardage requirements for ordering plus labor this can bring the cost of a single pillow well into the triple digits.  So what is a girl (or guy) to do?



photo Lacefield Designs


Go online !    I found several great resources and just what I was looking for after spending about an hour surfing the web.  One of my favorites is Lacefield Design, where you can view fabrics and finished pillows by color.   Beth Lacefield offers textiles and pillows at a great price point.  Her pillows are finished beautifully and have an artisanal feel.  Another plus is that they are designed in Lacefield’s studio outside of Atlanta and are made locally.



photo Lacefield Designs



And then there is Etsy. You’ll find great offerings here. Seems there are plenty of  people out there with a good eye and a sewing machine.  Many of the pillows are finished simply though– three seams and a zipper– no fancy trim.  But designers can churn out (and sell)  several pillows per yard, so offer them at bargain prices.  And you’ll find gorgeous to-the -trade fabrics used as well as vintage textiles. Here is stylist Emily Henderson’s ” Etsy Throw Pillow Roundup” .   Apartment Therapy also has a few hand-made Etsy favorites.


photo Apartment Therapy


And moi?  I was just ready to head out to the DC Design Center today to check out a gorgeous woven fabric from the Celerie Kemble Collection for Schumacher:




With a few keywords and clicks… look what I found:



Wow…  so PillowMood (who has an art background, great taste and is from Boston)  has already made me just what I need.  I would have probably added some trim, but at $69.00 (!)  it is a steal.


Surf, click…. done.   Now this leaves me more time to obsess about something else.  Like rugs.

: )


photo Pinterest




~Happy Weekend ~



Apartment Therapy DC Meetup {Trendspotting}

August 31, 2011




Lively Apartment Therapy DC Meet Up last night !






The event, an end of the summer social and design roundtable, was organized by Desire Green of Sukio Design and was held at  The Dunes , one of DC’s hottest art and event spaces.







Chris Bishop



Chris Bishop


Couldn’t resist posting a few of these fabulous pieces by local DC artist and illustrator Chris Bishop.




Zoe Feldman, Eric Cole, Alex Sanchez



The design panel  included  three of DC’s most “current” designers, Zoe FeldmanVastu’s Eric Kole, and  Alex Sanchez.  The panel shared their insights about “trends” and how they affect the DC design market.  They were in agreement about a few things.

~Clients are spending more “smartly”

~A “green mentality” has consumers turning to pieces that are locally sourced

~A global, more rough hewn look is “in”

~Architecture, scale, proportion should dictate design

~Matchy bedroom sets are a no-no


Alex Sanchez and Eric Kole


The designers also shared some details about new “projects” on the horizon.

~Zoe Feldman will be launching a new blog “Zoe Frenia”, which she promises to be “irreverent and frenetic”

~Eric Kole will appear on HGTV’s premiere episode of “Showhouse Showdown”, airing September 12 at 10pm ET

~Alex Sanchez will appear in Uptown Magazine and has an open house, showcasing his “renovation style” at 26 T St. NE, on September 11


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And for more “words of wisdom”  from these three designers, you can check out the Twitter stream of #apttherapydc and @aposhgirl (I had trouble photographing, listening, drinking AND tweeting at the same time  ; )



Chris Bishop










Apartment Therapy at CB2 (gray+chartreuse)

July 26, 2011



Part 2  of the post about the fabulous Apartment Therapy DC Meetup last week. Part 1 was all about the  “gray + red/orange” palette that repeats itself in the CB2 Georgetown showroom.  Here is the second palette- the combination of  “gray + chartreuse” :










Definitely buying the squirrel pillow for myself.



Great “edgy”  color combination. Also fun with small doses of orange.  Works for me.  Like?