IKEA may be the brand most associated with Sweden but of course there's more to the country than flat pack furniture from the big blue box. As a Swede living in Canada, Annika Ek wanted to bring products from small to medium sized Scandinavian companies to North America. Her shop, Truly Swedish Design, has the cosy minimalism of Swedish design sans big box.
Maxwell shined a spotlight on the Rough Linen Duvet Cover as yesterday's Daily Find, bringing my attention to Tricia Rose's hand sewn linen line. As a fan of handcrafted and sustainable products, I clicked over to the Rough Linen website and was delighted to discover the story behind the genesis of this line.
The holidays are but a memory and we're all ready to start fresh. January happens to be the customary time when retailers discount their bedding and bath supplies. Known as white sales, this is a great time to freshen up your essentials for two very important rooms — bed and bath.
Remember when Ralph Lauren stood for prepped out flower patterns, tartan and rugby?
This past fall I visited the Ralph Lauren showroom down in High Point, NC for the first time and was totally surprised and blown away by what I saw there. While most furniture companies and designers follow trends and break out only a little bit, the Ralph Lauren folks live in their own world and march to their own drummer. So I had to go visit their showrooms in NYC this past week to get closer to the fire. What I saw was another face of Ralph: edgier, luxe and playing with the shadows.
Bold geometric duvet covers are a great way to welcome overnight guests. As the largest piece of furniture in a bedroom, the bed instantly sets the tone in the space. Bed linens like these are cheerful, attractive and make your guest room look crisp and clean. Some of these even have different front and back prints, giving you two different looks.
Maybe it's nostalgia, but there's something about a cheerful polka dot pattern that makes me smile. Whether you're looking for a gift for your foodie friend or fashionista sister, we've got you covered.
Giving something special to people you love is one of my favorite things about the holidays. It's a chance for me to be really thoughtful, hopefully giving something important to the people I care about. It's not about the shopping - though I do love that too - but the sentiment behind it.
Blue is a lovely color for bedding. With so many hues, it has many faces, from light and soothing to dark and moody to graphic and dramatic. Be it aqua, turquoise, dusty, navy or royal, I've rarely met a blue I didn't like.
The idea of geometry itself may be ancient, but these bright geometric patterns are thoroughly modern. I'm sure that Euclid and Thales would have been thrilled with the colorful lines and arcs of these housewares, but never fear; it doesn't require any intricate knowledge of coordinates, curves, or theorems to appreciate their beauty.
I've always been impressed by anyone skilled with watercolors because I appreciate the fluidity and lightness the painting method radiates. This selection of home — and even tech — accessories borrow the style in good taste.