Super Fun Jumpin’ Jack Pillows

Whenever we leave winter behind, I want fun, light-hearted things around. Spring is light, like a spring in your step. And that’s how these fun pillows from One Kings Lane feel. Maybe it’s the frivolous fringe and twirly tassels. And the high contrast of black and white (which is a current trend!) plus a punch of orange and pinks.

One Kings Lane Pillows

Don’t they feel like they’re doing jumping jacks? They’re light and bright, even with black in them. And go ahead, mix Greek key patterns with tribal. Using similar colors is what lets you get away with crazier pattern mixes. As you see here, the Greek key in hot pink picks up on the color in the other pillows. They all have tassels too, which makes the pillows feel like they’ll all get along together.

Switching up pillows is an easy way to change a whole room’s look for the new season.

Source: Pillow 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

 



Secret Ingredient for a Well-Traveled Room

These rooms all have a common element, but one that’s a bit uncommon. Can you guess what it is?

Moroccan Inlaid Table

Inlaid Side Tables via House Beautiful Tables from E Kenoz

Inlaid Accent Table

Moroccan Inlaid Side Tables

Interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard (my favorite designer who I met last year!) often uses this design element in rooms:

Childrens Room Designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Inlaid Table Martyn Lawrence Bullard Designed Room

Cher Indian Fantasy Home

By now you’ve probably figured it out.

All these rooms have little inlaid tables, like accent tables or side tables, that you can get from Morocco, Turkey, Syria, Egypt or India. You can get them new, vintage or antique. They’re often meticulously made with mother of pearl or bone.

These tables are a sure bet to add that well-traveled look, like “yeah we’ve been somewhere, and we’ve seen some things.” Because you don’t get exposed to the idea and find a table at a regular ol’ Midwestern mall, that’s for sure. I grew up with the JC Penney and Sears catalogs (yeah that just really dated me) and I can tell you, nothing like this was in those catalogs!

So where do you find these tables? I’ll share a few ideas with you at high, medium and low price points. And you can also DIY the inlaid table look.

From Ballard Designs, the Marrakech Side Table regular $399, on sale for $299:

Ballard Designs Marrakech Side Table

Marrakech Side Table from Ballard Designs Bone Inlay

eKenoz has a range of prices for inlaid tables, from $275 t0 quite a few around $499-550 with the priciest at $1,100 right now. Here’s a sample of their big range of styles:

eKenoz Moroccan Syrian Turkish Inlaid Tables

Wisteria carries some styles, like this graphic art deco-ish version with bone inlay:

Wisteria Bone Hexa Side Table

You can sometimes find pricier high-quality versions at One Kings Lane and 1stdibs.

There are some gorgeous tables at Akbik, and their prices reflect their handmade nature. When I’m shopping for furniture, I often look at versions that are above my price range to see what makes good quality and design, then once seeing that, try to find the best possible that I can afford. Here are breathtaking tables at Akbik:

Mother of Pearl Inlaid Tables from Akbik

So if you like the “global well-traveled” style, I hope this unveiled a secret that would instantly make your room look a touch exotic.



#FF Faves on Instagram

What is it about Instagram? Both Pinterest and Instagram are about pictures, but it’s so much easier to discover new people and connect with them on Instagram. So for Follow Friday, I thought I’d share a few instagrammers where I wish there was a love button not just a like button.

Every day, I almost buy a kilim from kayakilims. Most days I can’t. Because the rugs can sell within a few minutes of posting! I’m even reluctant to share this source with you. But over 5,000 people have already found her, so oh well, stiff competition already out there:

Kayakilim on Instagram

Kilim from KayaKilim

She lives in Turkey, her enthusiasm for rugs shines through every instagram, and sometimes she shares personal stories like when she and her husband met, when he said he was staying with friends but he was really flying to Azerbaijan to meet her, and he had a kilim on his shoulder for her. And how every kilim has a story because women will make the kilims for when they get married. It takes a long time to make them and there’s much conversation and gossip told over the kilim as it’s woven. If only kilims could talk! Now kilims are her livelihood and you can tell she loves it. It makes you want to buy a kilim to have some of that joy.

There are a lot of stylists popular on Instagram because they excel at designing vignettes for photos. One of my favorites is Paige Morse:

Paige Morse Textured Textiles on Instagram

How about that texture! That color! The brass detail. She has an eye for textiles and mixing styles from around the world, and of course that is my style obsession too. She also has a tiny house which must be a fun playground for styling pretty scenes like this:

Paige Morse Stylist on Instagram

She is a master at mixing patterns!

Authentic_Interiors is another stylist, I believe in Australia, who arranges lots of natural materials like bleached coral, cowrie shells, weathered wood and whites and neutral colors. Her photos are a sweep of fresh air on my screen and although I’m not a beach person, they make me want to go to the beach:

Authentic_Interiors on Instagram

I appreciate the contrasts in her vignettes. She teases out the richness in neutrals:

Vignette on Instagram by Authentic_Interiors

Sheherazade Home, a furniture store in NYC, shares pattern-full eye candy like no other. Like this 19th century mirror from Spain:

Sheherazade Home Antique Mirror from Spain

And how about this boho chic combo. It makes me want to be braver about mixing patterns:

Sheherazade Home Pattern Mix

So that’s a few follows for Friday! Head on over to Instagram and these four will make you forget the outside world for awhile. More coming on future Fridays.



DIY: Framed Fortuny Fabrics

Fortuny fabric is luxurious patterned art. And it is priced accordingly. But did you know, you can still have some of it for an affordable price? You can even have a collection of it to frame as wall art!

Bolt of Fortuny Fabric

Source: Fortuny Venezia on Instagram

You don’t have to be fortunate to have a fortune to spend on Fortuny. Just don’t buy a whole bolt like this.

FINDING FORTUNY FABRIC REMNANTS

Instead, search eBay for “Fortuny remnants” and you’ll find shops selling small sample pieces of Fortuny fabrics. A Fortuny fabric remnant sized 8.5 x 11 inches is about $20 if no one bids against you.

I have purchased Fortuny fabric remnants from “rrrca1″ eBay store and Caravan of Textiles eBay store (what a great supplier for a Nomadic Decorator, huh!?). Both stores sell smaller pieces of expensive designer fabrics. This makes it affordable to use luxury fabrics for small projects. You can make pillows. You can cover journals and books. You can frame the fabrics, or even cover wide frames with the fabrics. You can make little handbags.

The hard part is choosing the fabrics. Which ones? There are so many patterns and colors! For my DIY framed collection, I narrowed the choices by looking for the “tribal” inspired patterns in neutral and metallic colors. The Fortuny designs I used are called Ashanti, Cuzco, Maori and Peruviano.

Four Framed Fortuny Fabrics

Here’s a sample of Fortuny patterns and colors you can find on eBay …

From the Caravan of Textiles store:

Fortuny Remnants from Caravan of Textiles

And more colors:

Fortuny Fabric Patterns Remnants from Caravan of Textiles eBay Store

The other eBay store that I’ve found consistently has Fortuny remnants is rrrca1:

Fortuny Fabric Remnants from eBay Store rrrca1

Fortuny Fabric Remnant Patterns from eBay Store rrrca1

So, I’d say to choose a few colors you like, and a pattern style you like — geometric? floral? swirly? — and watch for Fortuny fabrics that fit those. And if you are putting a collection of different fabrics together, obviously you want them all to look good together. Without some limits, it’s so hard to choose.

If you’re like these patterns and want to learn more about Fortuny, check out a good story about Mariano Fortuny and the company he founded, at Kristen Laird Design blog.

FINDING FRAMES

For inexpensive “art” I don’t pay for custom frames. Ready-made frames are just fine. The frames I used are from Michael’s. They are this frame in “rustic gold” color:

Framing Fortuny Fabrics

If you need many frames for a collection, the frames can actually cost more than the fabric! Here are some money-saving tips:

  • If you want to buy these frames online, sign up for Michael’s coupons.
  • If you buy frames in the store, there are often “Buy 1 Get 1 Free” or 50% Off sales on frames, and that’s how I got these four.
  • You can also use the Michael’s shopping app on your smartphone. You can find coupons in the app. Pull out your phone at the cashier, open the app and they’ll scan the coupon.

Fortuny fabric remnants are usually 8.5 x 11 inches, so look for frames with a slightly smaller opening in the mat. A frame for a photo sized 8 x 10 inches is perfect, and this is a common size in frames.

Framing Fortuny Fabric Remnants

DIY TUTORIAL FOR FRAMED FORTUNY FABRICS

It’s ridiculously easy to make a framed collection of Fortuny fabrics.

Fabric Collection Framing Steps

If you’re using a ready-made frame:

  1. Open the backing
  2. Remove the product marketing fillers
  3. Pop the fabric into the frame (add a small piece of tape if you feel a need to secure it, but I did not do this, the frame pieces fit tightly enough to hold the fabric in place)
  4. Close up the backing

You are done! Instant textile art collection! Isn’t that short tutorial kind of anticlimactic? But really, it is that easy. As I said above, the hardest part might be choosing the fabrics!

How to Frame a Fortuny Fabric Remnant Collection

Fortuny Fabric Wall Art Collection


Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small percentage of compensation at no cost to you if you purchase after clicking the link. I post affiliate links when I’ve purchased from the company myself or used the product myself, and can confidently share the company or product. This helps offset the cost of running this blog for you!


 



Can 59 People Please Order This?

Can I bribe you to place an order for this? If you do, then there’s only 58 to go …

Indian Shelf at World Market

Yes, this shelf will be made only if there are enough orders for it. (You can order here.)

Rajasthani artisans are awaiting carving it with traditional methods passed down through generations, father to son, maybe uncle to nephew.

Rajasthani Indian Carved Wood Shelf via World Market

Then they will paint it indigo blue.

Indigo Blue Shelf at World Market

Please, let’s get enough orders together so that 60 homes can enjoy this shelf. Including mine! :)

Also, I do have an affiliate relationship with World Market but did not set up affiliate links on this post because I’m so shamelessly begging you to order this! Maybe that makes me a dumb blogger, finance-wise. But I think it’s only fair to offer more value in return for affiliate links! Like a DIY tutorial, or spending my time finding something hard-to-find so that you don’t have to spend your time doing that.

So, let’s go back to ogling this shelf. You know, it’s 49″ long. Long enough to hold a bunch of framed photos, or painting canvas. If I am lucky enough to get this, I may use it to set wall art on it.

Rajasthani Shelf and Ochre Wall

And, can we have a conversation about that wall?! Yes, let’s. I think that wall treatment is also needed. The lightly patterned peeling paper scraps. The color. Did you see my recent post about curry color?



To Warm a Winter’s Day: The Color of Curry

For those of us in arctic winter areas, it’s about time to see some color. In the snowbelt, we’ve been looking at white and brown outdoors for waaaaay too long. And it’s been awhile since I’ve done the ever-popular color posts. So today, I serve up some yummy curry colors. To warm your eyes, your tummy, your soul …

From Vervain, cotton/linen fabric in Pachora Curry colorway:

Vervain Pachora Curry Cotton Linen Fabric

Curry spice from My Fudo:

Curry Spice via My Fudo

Curry is for a sophisticated color palate.

As well as palette!

Here’s how Casa Midy — one of my favorite furniture and decor designers — used curry color in a sophisticated mix:

Curry Color Headboard from Casa Midy

Curries from around the world via Gilt:

Curries From Around the World via Gilt Taste

Handcrafted wallpaper from Dering Hall:

Handcrafted Wallpaper from Dering Hall

If you’re now feeling the need to taste as well as look, here’s a recipe for homemade curry powder, from Global Table Adventure:

Recipe for Homemade Curry Powder from Global Table Adventure

Tea towels that are hand block printed in a Raja pattern, in ochre color. From Papa Totoro Etsy shop:

Hand Block Printed from Papa Totoro Etsy Shop

Dal tadka curry recipe, via Veg Recipes of India:

Dal tadka curry recipe via Veg Recipes of India

That’s almost like seeing curry “in situ” in its natural form, in food. It’s also a guide to what looks good with curry color — it looks fresh against white rice, and copper metals, leafy greens and deep reds.

You can find curry in mosaic tiles, like this pattern called “Ganges Karma” from Mosaic Art. It’s either inspired by or actually made with clay tea cups made of Ganges clay collected in Varanasi:

Ganges Karma mosaic tile from Mosaic Art

With many of the colors in the tile mosaic above, here’s the ingredients of curry powder from a recipe at Williams-Sonoma:

Curry Powder Ingredients at Williams-Sonoma

As a grand finale (yes, sorry, this cannot go on forever!), here’s a hand-knotted antique Oushak rug from Turkey, once available at One Kings Lane:

Antique Oushak Rug from Turkey

If you still have the appetite for more curry colors, I serve up more than 100 images with these colors at my “Kinds of Curry” Board at Pinterest. I think this should be satisfying:

Follow Nomadic Decorator’s board Color – Kinds of Curry on Pinterest.

 



Hamsa: Embroidered, Painted, Cemented

Moroccan style is becoming more popular. And along with it, people are more and more captivated by hamsa. Hamsa are shaped like a hand, and you often see them in Morocco and the Middle East. They hang on doors where they are used to block negative energy and evil from entering a home.

While it’s common to see brass and silver hamsa, they can be made from lots of materials.

Here is hamsa wall art I created for Paint+Pattern blogzine. It’s made with stencils, paint and scrapbook paper. I was inspired by the clay and blue colors seen in Marrakech as well as the Moroccan patterns. So I pulled those together with a gold hamsa painted with stencils to look like filigree. Visit my post at Paint+Pattern to see how to make it:

Stenciled Hamsa Wall Art

A collection of hamsa at El Fenn riad in Marrakech. They seem to be concrete or ceramic. This makes me want to pour a bunch of concrete pieces in a meaningful shape and install a collection on a wall:

Hamsa at El Fenn

Some of the prettiest filigree hamsa pendants can be found at eBay seller liel99 from Egypt:

Filigree Khamsa

Hamsa are also known as khamsa and Hand of Fatima, in case you want to search for more of them.

They can be embroidered, such as this sample in Chikkankari embroidery from India via Asya Store:

Embroidered Hamsa

I love the elegance of this next one, available in a few colors. It is handcrafted wall art  from Sumon.com, and they suggest it makes a wonderful housewarming gift. Because it’s intended to protect a home, that is a good gift:

Hamsa Wall Art from Sumon.com

This one is really interesting. I haven’t yet tracked the original source (all links lead to Pinterest and Pinterest is not a source!). Maybe someone uploaded it to Pinterest and it hasn’t been featured anywhere else online. It appears to be antique with coral and turquoise stones:

Hamsa

This mosaic from Muchnik Arts is different and stunning:

Hamsa from Muchnik Arts

You can find hamsa in even more forms, like drawn with calligraphy, beaded, and made with polymer clay and mosaic tiles.