Inspiration

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

INSPIRATION :: Before Pinterest, This is How We Saved Inspiration

Before Pinterest, This is How We Saved Inspiration - Serena and Lily Early Summer 2013

Remember back before Pinterest, before Tumblr, when inspiration was tactile and we could circle it with sharpies and cut it out and tape it to notebooks and stack those piles of inspiration on our desks?

Before Pinterest, these are the images I would have torn from the Early Summer 2013 Serena & Lily catalogue.

Before Pinterest, This is How We Saved Inspiration - Serena and Lily Early Summer 2013

 Before Pinterest, This is How We Saved Inspiration - Serena and Lily Early Summer 2013

Before Pinterest, This is How We Saved Inspiration - Serena and Lily Early Summer 2013

Before Pinterest, This is How We Saved Inspiration - Serena and Lily Early Summer 2013

Before Pinterest, This is How We Saved Inspiration - Serena and Lily Early Summer 2013

Inspiration

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

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

MONDAY’S PRETTY THINGS :: Whimsical Coral

Sometimes these Monday’s Pretty Things posts practically write themselves. So many things I bookmarked this week shared the same shade of coral!

Circus Decorated Envelope by Nasya Kopteva of Fish Mail Art
Circus Decorated Envelope by Nasya Kopteva of Fish Mail Art

Vintage Kantha Quilt via Niki-Jones
Vintage Kantha Quilt via Niki-Jones

Madame Monsieur Necklace no.26 by La Camille via Minikin
Madame Monsieur Necklace no.26 by La Camille via Minikin

Doll in Coral Dress from Moemoe made
Doll via Moemoe Made

Page from Applique Your Way Appliqué Your Way 35 Pretty Projects and Patterns  By Kayte Terry,Photographs by Jennifer Causey

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