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From Flax to Fabric: how linen is made

As I dove into the next round of development for my pillows, I needed a lot of advice about the best linen to use for different production processes (I'll tell you more about that later) and where to find the gorgeous linen (hint; it comes from this field of flax) I have in mind, not only for pillows, but for other pieces I'm starting to imagine. Who better to contact than Judy Ross, founder and creator of Judy Ross Textiles in New York. A long time fan of her work, I emailed Judy asking for a quick interview with her to learn about her creative and sourcing process. We had a wonderful conversation (thank you, Judy!) which had me re-inspired...

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Linen to Linen and Paint to Print

People have been asking me about the creative process behind my decorative pillows. It's been awhile since I explained it so here's a quick recap: [caption id="attachment_7999" align="alignleft" width="500" caption="I paint..."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_7998" align="alignleft" width="425" caption="then have my painting printed onto linen."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8002" align="alignleft" width="500" caption="and sewn into pillow covers... OR..."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8001" align="alignleft" width="500" caption="...panels for furniture. I'm not sure if I'll continue the current pillow designs with my next round of product development (what do you think?) so, let me know if you'd like a list of the pillows I have left in stock. For now, all furniture pieces are one-of-a-kind, so let me know if you'd like to talk about a custom piece for your home....

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Color in the City Brooklyn Palette

If you'd asked me before my trip to Brooklyn about my impressions, I'd say that it's a quiet suburban place with brown and gray dominating the landscape. Turns out, the people and places in Brooklyn are anything but. This vibrant locale is a pulsing thriving community where ambition meets art meets expression meets roots. Barbara Streisand, Michael Jordan, Rudy Guiliani, and Marisa Tomei are just a tiny cross-section of the talent that Brooklyn has produced. And this color palette is just a sampling of the richness and diversity you'll find here. To create the Brooklyn look in your home, keep the walls and furnishings simple and comfortable with unique meaningful pieces to fill in the gaps such a bench from...

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Sherwin-Williams Stir Feature

Great news! Sherwin-Williams featured me on their designer site, www.swstir.com. Check it out! This is the home of my first Making Room for More client and I couldn't be more happy or proud to share it with Sherwin-Williams and you! Thank you, Jackie and Sandy!

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Part 2- the Painted Lady's Facelift

So, here's a quick re-cap: BEFORE [caption id="attachment_2021" align="aligncenter" width="420" caption="This charming Victorian was faded and cracked- that is- until CertaPro Painters and I came in to the rescue...."][/caption] AFTER [caption id="attachment_2022" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="With a little updating on the colors and color placement, this house sparkles again"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2026" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Painting the window frames a different color than the trim adds dimension and shows off beautiful architectural elements "][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2025" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="I chose to emphasize the sunburst details on the first floor and balance that colors with the rectangle shapes just below the roofline. If those upper shapes weren't painted to stand out, most poeple would never really look past the sunbursts- they're beautiful but there's...

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