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Fortuitous Fabrics

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Between family, work, and our dog Mudd, I don't get a lot of me time. When I do it's usually for some kind of design inspiration field trip.

The other day a friend and I headed over to The Cotton Shop in Redondo Beach and ran across these fantastic fabrics from Amy Butler.







They are so fun and optimistic.

What initially caught my eye in the fabric aisle was this pouf pattern...



...aka, the gum drop pillow. They were so cute I was tempted to actually buy the pattern. Then, after a moment of clarity, I remembered my limited sewing experience in seventh grade home economics and thought better of it.

If you have a chance, check out Amy's website. She seems like the kind of gal you'd like to have as a good friend. And if you live in the South Bay, check out The Cotton Shop. They're having a great sale during the first week in March.

Giannetti Home - Los Angeles

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Love the clean lines of this sofa from Giannetti Home.


and the chair...


The heads up on this Los Angeles store comes from Wellesley, Massachusetts blogger, Willow Decor. She has a great post on Scandinavian design if you have a chance to check it out.

Nothing like someone on the Eastern seaboard tipping us off to a store in L.A.
...and that's why we love the internet.

kitchen envy

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Kitchen design courtesy of Rebecca Bradley Interior Design

photo credit - davidduncanlivingston.com

wall paper non sequiturs

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Ever since last year's release of Sex and the City I've wondered who made the chinoisserie wallpaper from Lilly's bedroom.


As shown above, the overall color reads a little pepto bismal pinkish but in the movie it was super saturated.

While thumbing through this month's California Homes magazine I ran across a brief article about Fortuny fabric...


...and thought maybe that's where Lilly's wallpaper came from. After surfing the Fortuny website I couldn't find the fabric but did get a nice history lesson about a prolific designer. It turns out Mariano Fortuny was a Renaissance man. Born in Granada, Spain in 1871, Fortuny worked as a sculptor, painter, photographer, textile designer, set designer and inventor. Below are images of his work.



delphos over-blouse, 1910-1930


textiles, 1907-1910

interior of Fortuny's atelier


model sitting for pictorial studies, late 1800s

Even though Fortuny is not a California artist, as is usually the focus of this blog, I came to…

Cherry Blossoms

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Still enamored with the ubiquitous cherry blossom or have you had enough? Personally...I haven't hit total saturation yet.

from Paper Source




from feel more human




from Romo

KAA Design Group

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Looks like the folks at KAA have created another hit with their latest design for David Myer's L.A. restaurant comme Ça. I've only been to Paris once but this little gem seems quintessentially french to me. Question is, how do they keep those pristine banquettes so clean?










More comme Ça photos here.