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Suzanis Making a Comeback?

Y’all, suzanis have had their moments in the sun before, but is this hand-embroidered textile in the middle of another resurgence? We think so.

The application that we are most digging is a colorful embroidery on a light neutral background. There are lots of colorways in the suzani. You are probably more than familiar with the book cover of the New Bohemians. The rich dark suzanis are a must-have in the world of Boho Maximalism.

With today’s suzani, we are looking toward a more refined version of eclecticism, something more akin to the tradition of high end design meets intrepid world explorer.

Sarah and I spent a little bit time on chat tossing a few goodies back and forth. Here’s the eye candy that we were lovin on.

A fantastic mix of pillows features the star of the pattern show, an antique suzani.

Crane & Canopy really worked a basic color wheel scheme here with a pop of orange in Suzani.

Former Domino Editor, Sarah Ruffin Costello, the Design Blog World’s Muse is into it.

Boy did we love everything about Christine Lennon’s home feature on OKL.

Use a whole bedcover for an exceptionally rich layer!

 

Robert Kime Suzani & Indian patterns are advanced level. Much like our fav Indian Textiles lover John Robshaw, Kime designs hand-printed patterns that are based on his travels through Central Asia, Turkey, Egypt, etc. His collection includes a nod to the Suzani, as seen here.

This House Beautiful feature is chock full of great applications of global textiles throughout the home.

 


This room by Kime illustrates perfectly the line between rich traditional roots buried under layers of exoticism.
The glaze of global accent throughout this otherwise incredibly stuffy base of a room is exactly what you’d expect from a well traveled bohemian
… bucking his own roots in his old room. Love the suzani hanging on the wall at right, juxtaposed with the rest of the art in the room.

 

We like to look to Irving & Morrison as well, who create their goods out of one-off fabrics gathered from all around the world. They’ve been known to drop a suzani here and there, and they always pair so nicely with Indian embroidery and indigos.

 

On a more accessible note, here are a few applications of the look in a setting more of the moment!

It’s difficult for me to think about suzanis and not think about our friends at Furbish Studio. As far as I can remember Jamie has always had a penchant for the colorful embroidery, since the early days when we were making up DIY pillows out of world market napkins.

It seems simple enough to fold and drape a suzani over the back of your sectional like West Haddon Hall did. A few well matched global patterns will complement the eclectic vibe.

Another incredibly accessible idea, just toss one over your neutral headboard for that casual world traveler feeling.

Our friend Ashely from Meet Me in Philadelphia is getting after it. Her style is quintessentially a New Traditionalist style in our world of online design blogger friends.

Get the look by shopping the Suzani’s we have left in stock at TEOT, and keep your eyes peeled for a new collection of throw pillows, headed our way soon! Oh yeah, and don’t forget to use our current coupon code.

Use Coupon Code SUMMERSALE17 for 25% off. 

 

 

Use Coupon Code SUMMERSALE17 for 25% off. 

 

 

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The Floor Pouf

Cactus Silk Floor Poufs

Hello friends.

Today’s brief public service announcement is to let you know that these incredible beauties that we have, and have had at the shop for some time are flying low, beneath your radar.

You need to know about them!!!

These things are super reasonably priced. They are also ridiculously good looking and will easily elevate your versatile seating, floor lounging, corner sprucing game. They look radical stacked up there in the corner at our friend Laura’s house.

Let me illustrate a few lovely ideas for floor poufs!

Add a tray, and voila! A casual take on the end table. I employ this tactic all over my own home b/c it’s super versatile and I like to keep things mobile to make way for puppy wrestling and video-gaming.

If you are still into the super maximalist boho thing, then the pouf is a must have for tribal layers!

On the other hand, our minimalist boho friends may like this take. Let your pouf take a spotlight in a more refined setting like this one.

My latest visual obsession is a departure from the layers upon layers of pattern, and focuses more on piling on the organic texture and soothing color combinations. The calm blues of our cactus silk pouf would blend nicely in a setting like this

 

Poufs make the perfect perch for a kids play area!

 

And any Summer evening outdoors could be improved by bringing out all the rugs and poufs you can collect for an intimate gathering under the stars. I love the chandeliers in the trees!

Are you SOLD? Have a look at what’s in store and let me know if you want yours with or without the insert.

The striped beauties start at $98! You can find all Vintage Moroccan poufs here.

 

 

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Black Ceilings Y’all

Black ceilings, as it turns out, are not the scary dome of doom overhead that we might imagine. The cozying quality is worth consideration.

One of the ties that binds Sarah and I together is our appreciation for a great home decor trend.

This week, we are together in NC, and so it was really fun to relate over this mutual discovery of late.

We had both started to take special notice of black ceilings popping up in our world with great affect.

Here are a few that we shared with one another, and a few more too!

black-ceiling-with-rug-affixed-by-liz_kamarulBy the inspiring liz_kamarul via Instagram

Yeah Girl! I mean, the black ceiling was already impressive, but that jute rug that she affixed to the ceiling kicked it up another notch. I stared at this for a while until it struck me. Normally I’m not sure I’d feel too comfortable about a dark and stormy heavy oil on canvas hanging out on a top shelf in the kitchen like that. But with the heavy ceiling, the black appliances and the shadow on the kitchen island – it looks so awesome. A perfect perch. This is a wonderful moody take on the kitchen. I think moody is where we should all be looking for what’s next in interiors.

 

Black Ceilings Sarah BensonSarah Benson’s home has a black ceiling in the dining room. via Dwell  

Hey, that might be navy, but it provides the same affect and we dig it.

Black Ceilings Capree Kimball's Bathroom MakeoverCapree Kimball’s Bathroom Makeover. via Poppytalk 

Actually scratch that one before this, I like this bathroom below better. Similar elements, but overall, a more sophisticated execution. I have to ask myself between the two, despite their similar black ceilings, white subway tile, fun tile selections, they even both painted the respective vintage cast bowls with a black base. (though one is a sink, the other a clawfoot tub)… anyway. I ask myself about which one is going to hold up long over time. I think the statement in this bottom photo is less trend-driven, while still perfectly of this moment. It’s a fun balance, and it’s one that I’m trying to strike in my own home. But I have to fight myself hard because look at that cement tile in that bathroom up there. I love a graphic statement. 

Black Ceiling Michael Graydon and Nikole Herriott for DwellBlack Ceiling in Bathroom via Dwell

I got into that one. Let’s move on…

black-painted-ceiling-to-make-a-tall-ceiling-cozy-via-apartment-therapyvia Remodelaholic & Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy suggested that you might consider how a tall ceiling could be cozied up with a black ceiling.

black-ceilings-vaulted-ceiling-via-atlanta-homesvia Design Manifest

Sarah and I wondered if this concept would work in my bedroom ceilings. A quick look at what that looks like here. But we wondered if it was maybe a bit too dome like. Though as I stare at that image above, I wonder if it might just be improved a bit for my personally, if the black was a bit warmer and more matte in its finish.

black-ceilings-for-gypsiesvia Gypsy Yaya

I saw a rug at the High Point Market that this room above would love. It’s just the right mood. It was a Turkish style kilim with pops of color in its sparse, tribal imagery. I told the dealer that I needed it for my fantasy alter ego. This room looks like my other self’s home. Y’all know I love a gypsy, so I have added this blog to my reader in the boho category.

black-ceiling-closetvia Apartment Therapy

Here is a sweet sized little closet with a black ceiling and a lot of natural light. I love the white, black and wood combo, so this kind of makes me think it would fit in my house just fine.

As always, we want to know if you are into it, or could do without?  Thinking about taking the plunge? Let us know what you think.

 

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How to Decorate with African Mudcloth if you aren’t all that BOHO!

As you guys well know, we love a good home decor trend, and the boho home decor craze that is sweeping SoCal and seeping its way across the nation is one that we are definitely influenced by.

But do you know how to decorate with African Mudcloth if you aren’t all that Boho?

Of course, we like to take the nod from a recent trend and incorporate its influence into our signature mix of styles, from traditional craftsman & cottage, to farmhouse modern, to midcentury classic and the bungalows and ranches of Southern California.

Below are a handful of examples that we have seen, that incorporate the popular mudcloth influence without being over the top boho hippie!

How to Decorate with African Mudcloth

How to Decorate with African Mudcloth if you aren't all that BOHO!from Emily Henderson’s recent eDesign Nursery client

How to Decorate with African Mudcloth if you aren't all that BOHO!
A SHOP TEOT pillow in a recent Laurel & Wolf Room Redo.

How to Decorate with African Mudcloth if you aren't all that BOHO!via Sarah Sherman Samuel

How to Decorate with African Mudcloth if you aren't all that BOHO!

 

How to Decorate with African Mudcloth if you aren't all that BOHO!

 

How to Decorate with African Mudcloth if you aren't all that BOHO!If your style leans New England Beachy Traditional…

 

How to Decorate with African Mudcloth if you aren't all that BOHO!

 

How to Decorate with African Mudcloth if you aren't all that BOHO!

 

How to Decorate with African Mudcloth if you aren't all that BOHO!If your style leans New Traditional…

 

How to Decorate with African Mudcloth if you aren't all that BOHO!If your style leans beachy…

 

How to Decorate with African Mudcloth if you aren't all that BOHO!

 

How to Decorate with African Mudcloth if you aren't all that BOHO!If your style leans SoCal Rustic…

 

How to Decorate with African Mudcloth if you aren't all that BOHO!

 

You can shop African Mudcloth on Shop TEOT.

 

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The Perfect Modular Sofa

Who here has their sights set on a chunky low slung sofa?

Likely a testament to my recent love for all things seventies, but this fascination is also brought on by some karmic influence from the design world at large. These babies are starting to pop up all around me. The more I see, the more I likey.

When ideas start to percolate in mind, I get curious about their history. I wonder why we, the collective design world, are suddenly smitten with profiles that harken to another era. What does it say about that time period and most interesting, what does that nostalgia say about this one?

While I was digging into the chunky sofa profile I started thinking about the modular variety and I found some really great inspirations.  The most iconic version of the modular that I can think up is the TOGO, a design classic by Ligne Roset.

Take a look at these applications, some modern and one total throwback vinyl album party pit.
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Would you rock this iconic sofa silhouette in your home?

I like to fantasize about that huge pit in my non-existent basement den/garage conversion! I’m always converting garages and attics in my mind here at this new house!

The Togo collection has been the ultimate in comfort and style for over thirty years. It features ergonomic designs with multiple density foam constructions and quilted covers, making each piece both visually attractive and physically inviting. This iconic model was designed in 1973 sofa.

More about the TOGO from our friends at Design Milk.

There are of course other notable modular sofas that are every bit as fun as the TOGO.

 

Chadwick Modular Seating by Herman Miller

Don Chadwick designed a system in 1974 for Herman Miller that is still a player, particularly in the commercial world. I didn’t dig too deep on modern uses of this one, but you can see the appeal, especially for a large lobby, floors below.

 

Mah Jong Missoni

Another badass is the Mah Jong made for Missoni by Hans Hopfer sold by Chicago based company called Roche Bobois. This would fit nicely in the boho aesthetic that is having its shining moment right now. The shape is a classic that was also designed over 40 years ago.

The seventies were so awesome.

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Lavender Love

The evolution of love from the blush crush into a dusty grey lavender has been an easy and natural one. Are you a long time purple lover? Are you a Prince lover. <3

Does it bother you guys to see so much personal digital content popping up around the death of an icon? Or is it ritual and the new way that we honor the dead? Just thinking aloud.

Among the many things I’m pondering, I also wonder if lavender is a new neutral. Are you ready for moving in on this moody androgynous hue? I’m down. Somebody gimme a lady cave, where I can play Prince on the record player and feel imbued.

 

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Individual images and more lavender love can be sourced on my “Inspired by Lavender” pinboard.

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