The Earth Laughs in Flowers

Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote that the ‘earth laughs in flowers,’ and in my opinion so does British designer Tricia Guild, founder of Designer’s Guild.  Designer’s Guild is a London based firm known for their amazing color stories and bold, oversized, painterly compositions.  Each design starts as a large work on canvas before becoming digital prints on fabric.   Tricia draws inspiration from nature and has a decidedly European palette. Scratch that, she has a decidedly Tricia Guild palette, which has become synonymous with the best of British design.

 Tricia Guild’s mix of daring and restraint is inspirational.

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Behind the Scenes: A Visit to Matouk

This week my daughter Rosemary and I toured the Matouk Factory and headquarters in Fall River, Massachusetts. I have always loved this line, first as a consumer and now as a store owner.  I can completely trust the quality and attention to detail they have been providing since 1929.  I first visited the factory in the late 80s when it was still in New Bedford.  Back then you would enter by going up rickety stairs in an old factory on New Bedford’s Inner Harbor.  It was like going back in time to the 1920s when the textile industry had eclipsed whaling in southeastern Massachusetts.  Continue reading Behind the Scenes: A Visit to Matouk

How We Live Now

In design, we continue to see a trend toward simplicity. 

Bedrooms are completely cleared of daily living.  Bureaus are only in the rooms when absolutely necessary.  Chaises are having a comeback.  Bedrooms are temples of unwinding and unplugging.  Kitchens are sleek, closed-cabinet rooms belying nary a clue about who uses them. Gone are the days of the Julia Childs all tools-at-the-ready kitchen.  Counters are empty ready for a meal to be staged and just as quickly put away.

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