Artists Martyn Thompson & Dove Drury Hornbuckle

I happened into an article in NY Magazine from 2015 that caught my eye. It was a tour of the home of photographer and textile designer, Martyn Thompson. He shares his home with his partner, artist Dove Drury Hornbuckle. The first image below is of their living room. The mural is by Hornbuckle and the textiles by Thompson. Looks to me like a marriage made in boho heaven. Here's a sampling of their home, art and photography.











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Patterns and Prints in the Bathroom

My bathroom is a serene blue and gray space with minimal pattern. It's a soothing place and I love the indigo color scheme. But sometimes I dream about putting a bold tile in the bath area or hanging a brightly patterned wallpaper. Here are some bathroom interiors that inspire my imagination:








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Styling Selena's Painted Porch

Last year for Houzz.com, I featured a Dallas bungalow belonging to Selena and Alun Urquhart. One of my favorite things Selena had done to her back patio was to paint a blue and white Moroccan style stencil directly onto her wood deck. It looked like an area rug. I liked it so much that I returned to her home a few months later for a commissioned magazine cover shoot. This was my first crack at styling and photographing for a magazine cover. Here are the results!
















Home Tour | Artist Isabelle de Borchgrave

Today, we're going to take a peek inside the home of Belgium artist Isabelle de Borchgrave. Textiles and pattern are her muse in the studio and also in her home. Many of her art pieces and projects revolve around recreating exquisite, life-size historical costumes and fabrics entirely out of paper. For instance, THESE extraordinary Medici era dresses. Amazing, right? Here is Isabelle in her studio:


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Her home is a fascinating and colorful explosion of fabric, artifacts and art. I love her curated sense of style and her bold use of red, a favorite of mine! And check out her trompe l'oeil writing desk papered from top to bottom!  Just incredible.















I love seeing how artists live. Don't you?



Textiles for a Cozy Outdoor Retreat

Now that spring is arriving in the southern states, it's time to get outside and enjoy a little fresh air. Sweep off your patios, bring out the lawn chairs and grab something soft to sit on. The best way to make a cozy outdoor retreat is with textiles. Your throw pillows, tapestries and area rugs will fare just fine outside for a day. Don't worry, the little dusty pebbles and dead leaves won't harm your Suzani. Enjoy the sunshine while lounging on your favorite blanket!


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Woven Textiles | Layer it On

A smattering of boho textiles for a Wednesday morning? Yes, please. Honestly, when my home needs a pick-me-up, layering woven textiles is my go-to decorating trick. Pillows, rugs, tapestries, window treatments and wall hangings are the quickest and least permanent way to spiff up your space. And to prove my point, I submit the evidence below:

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October's Rosy Golden Hours

The light quality at this particular time of year is always so dreamy. Those overcast mornings followed by slanting golden rays in the afternoon. I feel my whole self settle in the autumn months. Today, I'm sharing a few interior details that reflect the colors of the season. Taupe, rose, gold and brown are so beautiful together.

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Knitting | Wool from Five Green Acres


I am not a knitter. I just want to get that out of the way before I begin today's post. But after spending four days in the woods with knitters of all walks at the Squam Arts Workshops, I've decided to try my hand. A lovely roommate sat down one night with me and showed me how to cast on, knit, purl and correct my crappy work. Thank you, friend.

I also came home from Squam with one beautiful aqua hued skein of wool from my friend Mary Jo, a sheep whisperer and homesteader who hails from Wisconsin. You can find her blogging at Five Green Acres. Her wool is exquisite and was the sole inspiration for my current knitting project. It's a cowl. There is no pattern. I just made it up as I went. Here are the results...



How did this lovely length of wool come to be? Well... Mary Jo plays midwife to her yews. Then she raises them, shears them, cleans the wool, dyes the wool, spins the wool and then sells it in a lovely bundle to you. She's a ground-up kind of girl, that Mary Jo. It's astonishing, really. Check out her impeccable handiwork below...



And here is Mary Jo and her family on their homestead in Wisconsin...



If you're interested in knitting while at the same time time laughing your ass off, you should definitely pick up any book written by the talented Stephanie Pearl McPhee, also known in knitting circles as the Yarn Harlot. You won't be sorry.

Houzz Tour | Sara & Rocky Garza

I'm so excited to share my latest offering on Houzz.com. It is the home of Dallas area wedding photographers Sara & Rocky Garza and their darling dog, Samson. Theirs is a groovy abode, built in 1926, decorated with Midcentury furniture and Southwest textiles. Definitely check out the full article HERE. But until then, here are some photos from the shoot!




























Check out the full article and see all of the photos:



Magic Carpets

Why put something bland on your floor when, for just a few thousand dollars, you can have something spectacular? These area rugs have captured my imagination but the price tags are crazy balls. I wonder if you could take a plain flat weave rug and just paint a similar design over top?  No?  Yeah, I thought so.


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A Pair of Vintage Chairs

I love nothing more than a pair of reupholstered vintage chairs. No matter what kind of space you have, it can always be updated with these little blasts from the past. I've got three sets in my house: mustard colored club chairs in my office, turquoise midcentury vinyl waiting room chairs in the dining room and a set of blue-gray barrel backs in my living room. I can't resist a good pair of vintage chairs. How about you?


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And here are some vintage chair pairs from my abode:









Red White & Blue From India

Happy fourth of July everyone! Last month, I hosted a giveaway for Novica.com, a beautiful website associated with National Geographic filled with handmade goods from across the globe. One of the items that I showcased was THIS bright red cotton throw, made by the UMBVS (Urmul Marusthali Bunkar Vikas Samiti) Desert Weavers of India. As a thank you, they sent me one!  Its so beautiful and well made and even came with a gorgeous hand written card written in Hindi. When I opened the box, it smelled lightly of incense. I love the white accent stripes and cobalt blue embroidery. I could easily use it as a tablecloth, a blanket for my bed or even a rug. Here it is in my home:




Bedding:
sheets from Target
throw pillow from IKEA
pick-stich quilt second hand purchase from neighbor





And just for fun here are my boys in bed after shooting the new bedding:





Read more about the UMBVS Desert Weavers of India HERE 
and buy their products via Novica  HERE.

Tribal Prints

I know some of you will look at this and think, Tribal is so 2011. However, I am still in love. Tribal prints will never die for me. They always work whether in your home or on your body. I found some great pieces via Uniprice - a website that allows you to shop for a certain style of clothing or product without having to skip around from individual store to store. I searched for all things Tribal and up popped a variety of items from Anthropology, Bloomingdales, Asos, Fossil, etc.  Check it out: