Amity Home

It’s been a while since we featured nursery items here, and one look at these gentle charmers from Amenity Home was proof enough that the time had come to do so again.

 

California mothers Nicole Chiala and Kristina de Corpo started Amenity back in 2004.  Their simple, nature-inspired designs were from the first part of an effort to bring the peaceful tranquility of their youth into the urban, adult homes.  Two years later the pair realized their goal of offering their designs exclusively on organic or sustainable materials, and from there the business has only grown.  Nursery items are only part of a wide-ranging selection from Amenity. Read the rest of this entry »

Etsy Find of the Week – Recycled Sweater Blankets

Recycled wool sweaters are a definite trend right now (hmmm, next Trending post?), and I’ve seen lots of cute pillows, stuffed critters, and the like made from them, but this is the first time I’ve seen an entire blanket!

Created by Michelle Christman from LovelyJustLovely, this blanket is made up of 8 different thrift store sweaters that were then felted, pieced, and then sewn together with a tight zigzag stitch.

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Dreamy Vintage Moroccan Wedding Blankets

Look what gorgeousness I spied over at Table Tonic!

Vintage Moroccan wedding blankets!

Made primarily of handspun wool, these blankets fit in beautifully with the current trend for natural fibers and contrasting textures, although taken on their own merit, they are truly timeless in style.

According to Table Tonic:

Moroccan Wedding Blankets are sourced high in the Atlas mountains in Berber villages. They were made for Berber brides, who would wear them as capes to keep warm as they were walking to their new husband’s house. The women in the bride’s family would work on each one for months, using hand loomed sheep’s wool and painstakingly adding round, metal sequins one by one, by hand. All that work takes a lot of time, so these precious creations were reserved for the best and most important day – the wedding. Read the rest of this entry »

A Salute to Old Army Blankets and the Veterans Who Used Them

In honor of those in the military who have served their country and returned to tell the tale, I thought I’d write a little post on one of my favorite things they often brought home with them – vintage army blankets!

Now, lately I’ve been seeing a lot of posts on recycled Swiss Army blankets, and I gotta give props to the Swiss for having a striking design, but for me, the drab olive green of a U.S. Army wool blanket will always hold a special place in my heart.

You see, when I was a little girl one of the highlights of the summer was to go on picnics in the park.  My parents would make deviled eggs and tuna fish sandwiches, grab the old Army blanket we kept for such outings, and then pile me and my sister into the families blue Plymouth Fury.  To me, Army Blankets still smell like green grass and cherry Kool-aid.

Sadly, no one else seems to have quite my level of fondness for them, at least in terms of re-purposing them for the home.  I did find a neat article on how to upholster a headboard using an Army blanket, but struck out trying to find much else.

So, dear readers, could you do two things for me?  First, if you know of any interesting items made for the home out of U.S. Army blankets, could you mention them in the comments?  Second, if you know a veteran, take a minute out of your day to say thank you to them.  They deserve it.

Fabulous Felt – Selina Rose

I’ve admired the striking felt designs of Selina Rose for awhile, and thought it was high time I shared them with you too.

Now, I’m not usually a big fan of shocking pink, but this rug is just the sort of cheerful detail that can make a room.  Using technology to cut crisp, whimsical designs out of thick wool felt, Selina Rose has taken an ancient material and given it a new, playful edge. Read the rest of this entry »

Fun Bedding for Kids – Argington

I love these great organic cotton bedding sets for kids and babies by Argington.

And apparently the baby above loves it too!  This pattern is called Fish and Pebbles, and it’s one of the most attractive, least twee prints I’ve ever seen for a nursery.

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Open For Business – Today! – Redefine Home

I’m so pleased to tell you about a wonderful new online source for sustainable home decor – Redefine Home!

Just launched today, Redefine Home is the ambitious and amazing interiors shop belonging to Linsi Brownson and her husband David Betz.

Filled with artisan crafts and vintage finds, there is something to please everyone.

Redefine Home sees decorating as an ongoing process, more of a cultivation of things you love and things you need.  We strive to offer a collection of beautiful everyday items mixed with one of a kind treasures and furniture designs inspired by just about everything.  We recognize that some things are a splurge and some are a steal, and we like it that way. – From the Redefine Home website

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Sheepish Style – The Wool Room

I love the resurgence of wool felt in interiors.  Not only is it a sustainable, durable and practical material, but it lends itself to such clever uses.

I mean, how adorable is this Orange Moon lampshade from the Woolroom?  Pretty darn cute don’t you think?  I can just imagine the beautiful, warm glow that moon would give off when the light is on. Read the rest of this entry »

Making a Difference – Nest

I tried to think of some clever, pithy way to start this post, but truly, how could I write anything more powerful than this…

My name is Specioza Mukobwuteta Brown. I am from Rwanda. In 1959, my country experienced a civil war (genocide) and my parents ran away into exile in Tanzania. I was brought up in Tanzania. This is where I went to school. I cam back to my original home in 2003 after Rwanda was liberated from genocide by RPF…  I am seeking a Nest loan for the growth of my business and also I need a market for my products. I started my craft business in 2004 working with women’s groups in handcrafts…. Nest loan will not only help me grow my business, but though the loan, Nest will provide women survivors of genocide and war with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty into stability and self-sufficiency.

Women in developing countries around the world are often among the poorest of the poor.  Microfinance organizations have had great success in providing small loans to assist these women in overcoming poverty, and gain independence.  But microloans must be paid back in cash, which can sometimes create a cycle of debt, as new loans are used to pay off the balance of earlier ones.  The loan recipients must also find a market for their wares in time to earn enough to pay off the loans.  This where Nest comes in… Read the rest of this entry »

Living With Cats & West Elm

I often say that interior design needs to be practical, or it’s not good design, no matter how pretty it looks. Take for instance, the issue of living with cats…


My two fuzzy lumps of lazy good for nothingness spend most of their afternoons and evenings sleeping on our bed.  I’m jealous. Read the rest of this entry »