From the 40s until her death in 1993, Vera Neumann's vivid watercolor designs, which included Asian and African motifs as well as butterflies and exotic blooms, pranced across table linens, wallpaper, plates, sheets, towels and scarves, denoting style and sophistication. Susan Seid bought the company in 2005 and is slowing bringing the exuberant designs back into the marketplace. The patterns have recently begun to reappear on high end clothing and scarves and plans are afoot to roll out home accessories later this year. In the meantime, vintage Vera can be found at flea markets and on EBay. Scarves and napkins can be used for their original purpose, of course, but we're thinking we'd love them made up as pillows when we energize our décor for spring. We'll back them with a bright linen and pipe the edges. Or, we could simply sew two of them together and enjoy the cheerful patterns on both sides. Either way, we'll welcome their cheery pattern along with the warming weather.
Image courtesy of The Vera Company, from the Spring 08 collection