INSPIRATION :: Quirky Japanese [Food] Cushions


I have a pinched nerve in my hip (yeowch!) so most of the day has been spent on the couch, trying to get comfortable. The upside of a forced day of rest, though, is that it’s an opportunity to find all sorts of hilarious, inspiring, (and hilariously inspiring) things on the internet.

Like these Japanese cushions via JShoppers.com.

INSPIRATION :: Quirky Japanese [Food] Cushions

INSPIRATION :: Quirky Japanese [Food] Cushions

INSPIRATION :: Quirky Japanese [Food] Cushions

What say ye? Yay or not so much?

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LITTLE STYLE :: Pale Pastel Girls’ Room Inspiration from Serena & Lily


Serena and Lily Coral Grey and Navy Girls Room

This isn’t a sponsored post — it’s just my imaginary wallet and I talking a walk through the summer 2014 Serena & Lily catalogue. ;)

1. Fox sheets
2. Houses print
3. Ceramic elephant side table
4. Today pillow
5. Sun print
6. Polar bear
7. Pouf
8. Inlay mirror
9. California pillow
10. Blanket
11. Sea gull print
12. Basket
14. Rug

See anything here you’d love to snatch up for your own home?

INSPIRATION :: H&M Home, Come to Mama!


H&M Home in the US - Oaxacaborn.com's picksWithin a few minutes of clicking onto the interwebs this morning, I got all the news. Snowden was released into Russia on temporary asylum. The weather in Orlando is going to be hot and muggy forever. And H&M Home is FINALLY available in the US.

If you know me, you know I’d rather by a rug or a set of curtains than a new pair of shoes or jeans. And I’ve been waiting for H&M Home for quite a while. (Actually, I didn’t wait. I had a UK friend buy a duvet cover there and mail it to me.)

Now join me in drooling over all this available-right-here-right-now goodness — just try not to drool on your keyboard. (Clicking on each photo will take you to the product listing on the H&M website).

Soap Dispensers H&M HOmeSugar Pillow H and M Home
Map Duvet Cover H&M Home
Paris Cushion H&M Home
Hand Towel H&M Home
Tea Towel with Script from H&M Home
Star Baby Quilt from H&M Home
Decorative letters from H&M Home
Cafe Noir Mug via H&M Home
Hot and Cold Baths 5c Towel via H&M Home

I exercised a great deal of restraint by only listing a few products. ;) Go ahead, view ALL the H&M Home things!

INSPIRATION :: Spring/Summer 2013 Toast UK Home+Home Catalogue


Thanks to these images from Toast UK’s Spring/Summer 2013 Home+Home Catalogue, I’m dreaming of a nice seaside picnic — one that involves crusty bread and jam. And maybe a nap in a breezy riad, waking up to Moroccan mint tea before a boat ride where I just sit on a heap of cushions and don’t have to row at all.

Hey, there aren’t any rules against dreaming, right? :)

Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn

INSPIRATION :: 10 Cobalt Blue Patterns


10 Cobalt Blue Patterns for Inspiration on the Oaxacaborn blog - Watercolor by Luli Sanchez
Watercolor via Luli Sanchez

10 Cobalt Blue Patterns for Inspiration on the Oaxacaborn blog -  Mug via Hildas Hem
Mug via Hilda’s Hem

10 Cobalt Blue Patterns for Inspiration on the Oaxacaborn blog - Macaw via Sharon Montrose
Macaw via Sharon Montrose

10 Cobalt Blue Patterns for Inspiration on the Oaxacaborn blog - Garnet Hill Nautical Anchor Rug
Anchor rug via Garnet Hill

10 Cobalt Blue Patterns for Inspiration on the Oaxacaborn blog - Anthropologie Napkin
Napkin via Anthropologie

10 Cobalt Blue Patterns for Inspiration on the Oaxacaborn blog - Chantal Césure Ceramics
Ceramics via Chantal Césure

10 Cobalt Blue Patterns for Inspiration on the Oaxacaborn blog - Handwoven traditional Mixteco bedspread via Maggie Galton
Mixteco bedspread via Maggie Galton

10 Cobalt Blue Patterns for Inspiration on the Oaxacaborn blog - Anthropologie Bowl
Bowl via Anthropologie

10 Cobalt Blue Patterns for Inspiration on the Oaxacaborn blog - Fabric via La Viva Home
Mexican Fabric via La Viva Home

10 Cobalt Blue Patterns for Inspiration on the Oaxacaborn blog - Image via Selvedge Magazine
Quilt via Selvedge Magazine

I love cobalt blue. It’s the theme of the dishes, art and towels in my kitchen — and it reminds me of home, dear family friends, and beautiful memories.

HANDMADE :: Kitchen Linens with Charles Dickens Quotes


I was raised in a home where Charles Dickens was quoted often — not the beautiful literary passages, but the little phrases uttered by quirky characters. These lines have been woven into our family throughout the years and pop up at the most hilarious times. So when I wanted to embroider some tea towels for my mom recently, I knew I had to start with a quote from Mr. Smallweed in Bleak House.

Smallweed Quote from Bleak House -Shake me up, Judy- Embroidered onto Striped Linen Kitchen Towels via Oaxacaborn
Charles Dickens Quotes Embroidered onto Striped Linen Kitchen Towels via Oaxacaborn
Joe Gargery Quote from Great Expectations -What Larks- Embroidered onto Striped Linen Kitchen Towels via Oaxacaborn
Quotes from Books Embroidered onto Striped Linen Kitchen Towels via Oaxacaborn

I’d love to make more of these. There’s no end to phrases from great books I could envision stitched out like this. And couldn’t we all use a little beauty infused into everyday chores?

What sort of words would you like to see on a linen towel?

MONDAY’S PRETTY THINGS :: Red and Orange


You know what’s better than Monday’s Pretty Things? Monday’s Pretty Things on a WEDNESDAY! The week is already half-over, and we’re well on our way to Easter. I can’t wait!

(I want to make eat those little bunny cookies.)

SS13 ORANGE CUTEBOYS CLARKS DESERT BOOTS via Eley Kishimoto as seen on Monday's Pretty Things on Oaxacaborn dot com
Desert Boots via Eley Kishimoto

Easter Rabbit cookies via Virgnie Jolie-The Happy AppleRabbit cookies via Virginie Jolie/The Happy Apple on Flickr

The Cranky Princess by Heather RossThe Cranky Princess via Heather Ross

Linen Quilt via Pony Rider
Linen Quilt via Pony Rider

Bunny by Elina Lorez as seen on Oaxacaborn dot comBunny via Elina Lorez


Pan American World Airlines - Mexicana de Aviacion - Oaxaca Mexico Travel Poster from 1960s as seen on Oaxacaborn dot comOaxaca Mexico Travel Poster from 1960s via Old Imprints


P.S. Even more Monday’s Pretty Things.

INTERIORS :: The prettiest H&M children’s room textiles…which are not available in the US!


Marianne from the gorgeous Scandinavian-style blog Nordic Bliss posted about the new H&M kids collection this week, and I haven’t been able to stop ooh and ahhing over what I see online. Rumor has it H&M Home is coming to the US in 2013…but what do you think the chances are that they’ll carry these exact same items? I sure wish they shipped internationally right now. :-P

See, I was planning to get Aveline a comforter and duvet cover set from Ikea once we convert her crib to a toddler bed, but I don’t see anything in the new Ikea catalogue that would really go with the lime green color. But that rabbit…ohhhh, I have to figure out a way to get that to the US, don’t you think? ;-) I mean, it is only £14.99 for a duvet cover and pillowcase! Ah, it’s fun to window shop and dream…
H M - Kids Home collection - Grey and Green collage via Oaxacaborn dot com
1. Star cushion cover // 2. Striped pillowcase // 3. Wolf duvet cover // 4. Fox toys // 5. Clock pillowcase
H M - Kids Home collection - Brown and Linen collage via Oaxacaborn dot com

1. Rabbit duvet cover // 2. Linen cushion cover // 3. Baby linen cushion cover // 4. Star duvet cover for crib

MONDAY’S PRETTY THINGS :: Stripes Three Ways


1. ON A TODDLER…Toddler in orange stripes via Ngoisao dot netToddler in orange stripes, via Ngaisao

2. ON A POSTER…Vintage Library Poster via Enokson on FlickrVintage library poster, via Enokson on Flickr

3. ON BLANKETS AND PILLOWS…Endless Summer surf movie poster and and Zoza Ethopian striped blanket via LemlemMovie poster and Zoza blanket, via Lemlem

P.S. You might also enjoy these previous editions of Monday’s Pretty Things:

INSPIRATION :: Spring/Summer 2012 Toast UK House + Home Catalogue


The new spring/summer line of Toast’s House & Home collection was released today! Here are my favorite images from the catalogue.

Toast UK House & Home Spring Summer 2012 SS 12 - Dinnerware, flatware, table settings and table linens

Toast UK House & Home Spring Summer 2012 SS 12 - British wool LLANRHIAN RUG and Tin Trunks

Toast UK House & Home Spring Summer 2012 SS12 - Striped ticking, quilts, bed linens and textiles

Toast UK House & Home Spring Summer 2012 SS 12 - Lace Linen Duvet cover and sheets

Toast UK House & Home Spring Summer 2012 SS 12 - Blue and white striped bowls and mugs and blue placemats

You might also like to read my other Toast UK round-ups:

HANDMADE :: Bold Modern Granny Stripe Baby Blanket – And New Items in the Shop for 2012


Bold Striped Baby Blanket 1 - Granny Stripe Crochet - Chenille, alpaca, and wool in blues and purples

It’s been a while since I shared any crochet project here other than my owl hats. But, I’ve been working on this blanket for a while now, and finally finished it up and mailed it off last week. It’s worked in granny stripes, but I think the mixed textures and varying stripe width  gives it a more modern look than you’d expect.

I’m tossing around the idea of selling similar baby blankets in 2012. I haven’t really done any market research yet to determine what would be most likely to sell, though, and I would still have to work out a price point.

I’ve got another striped wool blanket in progress — this time in bold solid colors — but we’ll see if it ends up in Aveline’s room or in the shop. ;-)

In 2012, the shop will also see the addition of plush / stuffed creatures! Super exciting, right? I’ve been so inspired by these plush/softies. I’m making a crochet and felt monster for Aveline, so I’ll post photos of that in the near future as well (although probably not until after Christmas, unless someone puts magical elf sprinkles in my coffee before then).

What do you guys think? Is there is something specific you’d like to see in the shop in 2012?

Bold Striped Baby Blanket  - Granny Stripe Crochet - Chenille, alpaca, and wool in blues and purples

Bold Striped Baby Blanket  - Granny Stripe Crochet - Chenille, alpaca, and wool in blues and purples

Bold Striped Baby Blanket  - Granny Stripe Crochet - Chenille, alpaca, and wool in blues and purples

Bold Striped Baby Blanket  - Granny Stripe Crochet - Chenille, alpaca, and wool in blues and purples

Bold Striped Baby Blanket  - Granny Stripe Crochet - Chenille, alpaca, and wool in blues and purples

Bold Striped Baby Blanket  - Granny Stripe Crochet - Chenille, alpaca, and wool in blues and purples

Bold Striped Baby Blanket  - Granny Stripe Crochet - Chenille, alpaca, and wool in blues and purples

A Little Tour of a Corner of our Home


Striped Curtains in Wind, Orange Paper Lantern, Orange Mirror
Since I finally finished sewing the third striped curtain, I thought I’d share the completed room. We only moved in at the end of February…it’s about time, right?

Black, White, Red and Orange Bedroom

Keep Calm, Milo Berries, Noferin, Matryoshka

The dried milo berries are from our wedding. Our centerpieces — large hurricane lamps — contained tiny bouquets of milo berries sticking out of black sand. The berries were also scattered around at the end of the aisle, instead of flower petals.Headbands Oaxacaborn on Etsy, Aveline's First Stocking

Aveline’s first little stocking, and a few of the headbands in my shop. I’m SO looking forward to Aveline’s first Christmas!