Spring Time And New Pillows Go Hand In Hand

When our two cats start to shed fur and I begin to crave new pillows – then I know spring has arrived! The season of renewal!

Pillows & Throws always have a great and large selection of lovely pillows – for an easy an instant design fix. Here are just a few that caught my attention. (I have a pair of Thomas Paul’s Coral pillows myself, in an orange/rust shade. I love everything about them and I am tempted to try them in a different color).

First row from the left: Anis Pillow from Bliss Living, 18″x18″, $75, Concentric – Mother and Child – from Jonathan Adler, 16″x16″, $98, Palm Beach Pillow from Jonathan Adler, 16″x16″, $110.

Second row from the left: Broderie Beet from Thomas Paul, 22″x22″, $100, Coral from Thomas Paul, 22″x22″, $100, Greyhound from Thomas Paul, 18″x18″, $94.

Third row from the left: Reef Grass from Thomas Paul, 22″x22″, $100, Seahorse from Thomas Paul, 18″x18″, $100, Duet from Judy Ross, 18″x18″, $190.

Fourth row from the left: Kambuki from Thomas Paul, 22″x22″, $100, Jungle Flower from Sotto Le Lune, 20″x20″, $116, Coptic from Koko Company, 26″x26″, $116.

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Western Interiors + C. Renea Abbott + Al Held

I really like the cover of the April/May issue of Western Interiors. Featured is the entry hall of a wonderful house in Houston decorated by the talented C. Renea Abbott.

But what really got me hopping is the interesting art piece on the wall. The 1960s artwork by Al Held is in such stark contrast to the antique settee. l like it! Nothing else is needed in that space. Less is clearly more.

Al Held (1928-2005) was an American abstract expressionist painter. He was particularly well known for his large scale hard-edge paintings.

I particularly like his black and white pieces from the late 60s.

Here is a most recent sale at Christie’s of one of his 1960′ pieces. See here: Christie’s.

Until I can find and afford the real deal – well, maybe I just need to be creative and make something along that line myself. I have always loved the 2 frame effect. Lovely!

Photo: Roger Davies

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Nicolas Mathéus Portfolio

Desire to Inspire is one of my top favorite blogs. I always find something interesting there – and I save and save and save so many of their excellent postings. Like this one featuring Parisian photographer Nicolas Mathéus.

What a talent he is! The way he uses natural light feels so Swedish to me. (Sweden is so dark winter time and the Swedes do anything they can to let natural light into their homes and their souls).

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Tasteful Porcelain

The Italian designer Paola Navone has created this stunning line of dinnerware in cooperation with the well established German Porcelain maker Reichenbach. The line is called “Taste” and I can’t think of a more suitable name.

Gorgeous and artistic lines and curves combined with a simple crisp, white finish. I think just about anything edible under the sun would taste better on these plates.

The pieces also make for very attractive collectibles to be showcased on walls or in display cabinets. I can easily see these white plates against a dark gray backdrop.

I have contacted the manufacturer who has promised to let me know where this line can be purchased in the US. As soon as I know, I will add the information to this post.

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Heiberg & Cummings = Splendid!

There are so many interior designers that I admire and follow but for years I have had a soft spot for the very talented design group Heiberg & Cummings Design (hcd3) in NY. Their design work revolves around Scandinavian contemporary design with a focus on blending the old with the new. Mr. Heiberg is a native Scandinavian, just like myself, and it is easy to see that he is very loyal to his roots.  A wonderful example is this gorgeous beach retreat in the Hamptons.

If this is not relaxing for the soul – then I do not know what possibly could be!

One day (I have promised myself in my lovely dreams) I will team up with them so they can drive the design of our future kitchen… and dining room… and library and… I can’t wait to see them in action! For more of their portfolio go to: hcd3.

And look at some of their own furniture designs. Simply marvellous.

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