Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Shelf Love

With winter comes a desire to nest, chill, relax, read, and basically slow down in general.  Slowing down isn't really in my vocabulary and honestly most days I have no idea how to.  I prefer things that way- hectic, busy, fun, chock full of events where memories can be made.  So, it's no surprise I sometimes dread this time of year.  Does anyone really enjoy the sun setting at 4:30 pm (p.s.- I love this meme).  However, I've done enough "inner work" this year (said with a smirk) to know resistance of any kind is futile- it's much more charming to let things come, adapt, and flow with them.  So, I'm doing all things within my power to bring out my inner *chill* goddess and slowwww down.  First up is adding to my reading list.  I do love the feeling of being enthralled by a story I simply cannot put down, so I highly recommend this book and this book (I recently finished both).  I want to read this next. If you have any good recommendations, please let me know.  In the meantime, I thought sharing some gorgeous bookshelves felt very much in the spirit of coziness.  Whether it's a small built-in that feels like an afterthought, a perfectly proportioned centerpiece of a room, or simply a free-standing piece filled to the brim, I rarely see a shelf I couldn't love:

Something about artist Wayne Pete's shelves filled haphazardly feels so charming to me.  Especially with barely any space left for the AC unit, this is a quintessential Brooklyn creative's studio.

I also want to pay homage to the book stack- perhaps not as practical as displaying books on a shelf, it still is a fun way to decorate a room and I myself have several stacks of books in my own apartment:

One of the many stacks in my apartment:

Happy Wintering,


Thursday, December 5, 2019

Fabric Crush: Lee Jofa's Hollyhock

At this point in my life I've embraced the fact that I prefer a more traditional aesthetic.  Delicate antique French furniture, rich (but well-proportioned) wooden armoires and dressers, and large hand-blocked floral fabrics are a few of the many traditional decorative elements I love.  I've discovered recently that I'm not alone in my love for all things classic- apparently there's a word for it now, "Grandmillenial style".   House Beautiful,  NY Post, and One Kings Lane have all shared articles on the trend.  As House Beautiful says,

 “Ranging in age from mid-20s to late-30s, grandmillennials have an affinity for design trends considered by mainstream culture to be ‘stuffy’ or ‘outdated’—Laura Ashley prints, ruffles, embroidered linens,” Emma writes. They like D. Porthault and entertaining. They are building a party closet and collecting their grandmothers’ china. They take inspiration from Sibyl Colefax and Albert Hadley. They’ve never met a chintz they didn’t like. “Taking fringe, trim, chinoiserie, drapery, skirts on furniture, slipcovers, wallpaper—all of that–and updating them to be convenient for today’s 30-year-old” is what grandmillennial style is all about, according to interior designer Becky Boyle."

As a self-proclaimed grandmillenial, I thought I'd share one of my all-time favorite fabrics with you today- Lee Jofa's hand-blocked Hollyhock.  Hollyhock is a hand-blocked linen with a pedigree that dates back to the 1850s.  A century later, it was hailed as "the most beautiful chintz on the market" (Kravet). It comes in several colorways and is available either as a linen or as a cotton chintz.  The fabric is an absolute work of art, as seen below on the curtains in this England country house:

The design features a lush bouquet of flowers and trailing vines on a neutral background.  My boss, Markham Roberts, used the coordinating linen version that has a lighter background, called "Althea Linen," on the walls in this Nantucket guest bedroom:

Miles Redd used the print on a dining table-turned-desk skirt for his mother in her Atlanta, Georgia home.  The  cords on the ginger jar lamps were snaked through the table leaves and under the carpet:

While many fabrics get discontinued after a few years, Lee Jofa's Hollyhock has remained in production and continues to be used frequently as a designer favorite.   In 2014, designer Young Huh covered the walls in the Kips Bay Designer Showhouse lounge in the blush colorway of Hollyhock:

In his Montecito, California living room, Mark Sikes covered his tufted sofa in the chintz.  I love seeing it on a larger piece of furniture:

{Mark Sikes}

And, as I've written about before, I love seeing a room covered in the same fabric- I guess it's the maximalist in me.  This detail shot of Hollyhock on the sofa, sofa pillows, and walls slays me in the best way:

{I found this image online, but can't find the source for the life of me.  If it's yours, please message me and I'll properly credit you. }

Want to acquire a little Hollyhock for yourself?  Decorator's Best sells fabrics to the public (albeit at a mark up), and offer Hollyhock in it's many colorways here.  Just note the fabric content you want is selected underneath the fabric before purchasing- the shinier cotton chintz will list as 100% cotton, the linen version which I prefer will list as 100% linen.  The coordinating "Althea Linen" print is available here.



P.S.- Read my other fabric crush posts:

Brunschwig & Fils Les Touches
Scalamandre Le Tigre
Michael Devine Hand-Printed Fabrics

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