Show Me 3 // Leaning Blanket Ladders

The stylist in me loves a leaning blanket ladder! Where most pieces in a room are usually only 18-30″ high, here’s a tall piece that can add a bit of vertical interest to a space.  I like one as a towel-rack in a bathroom or pool-house, a place to hang pretty scarves and textiles in a bedroom, or a spot for a cozy display of textured blankets in a living room.

The trick to styling a blanket ladder is that less is more. And unless you like looking like a doctor’s office, leave off the magazines!

HIGH // Teak Ladder // Jayson Home // $450img26o

MID // Found Rustic Wood Ladder // Pottery Barn // $250


LOW // Wood Ladder Decor // World Market // $60

A leaning blanket ladder can skew modern or rustic depending on the material used and the sleekness of its construction. It isn’t my style to jump on every design trend that comes along, but when a statement piece such as this can be found for $50 (or a DIY version can be thrown together for even less), I am happy to lean in!

Design Inspirers // QuiltCon West

Though I have never quilted anything, in the last few years I have often admired quilts as spectacular pieces of art. Alissa Haight Carlton is a fabulously creative lady I know, and she’s the one who told me about The Modern Quilt Guild. It’s a huge organization, and among its members are some seriously talented artists who are passionate about this medium. Alissa is the MQG’s executive director, and they mounted QuiltCon West 16 in Pasadena last month. Along I went for some general visual inspiration, and I was not disappointed.


Big Love by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill

Not your grandma’s quilt, right?  I am so inspired to put some of these kinds of modern quilts into some fresh interior spaces.


Let’s Connect by Christopher Thompson

When I think of elements you would find in my favorite kind of interior designs, I think of engaging art…interesting fabrics…tactility…warmth…pattern…geometry – all things that are inherently a part of many a modern quilt! 


Central Pivot by Kim Eichler-Messmer

I would love to design a quilt for a project – as a wall-hanging, or something to cover a bed. Given my enduring obsession with textiles, I imagine that choosing the colors and prints of the fabrics and arranging them into a pattern would just be a slice of heaven.

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The Big Swirl  by Betsy Vinegrad

My all-around crafts-iest friend is Scott, and he has actually been part of a quilting circle for years. He made a very fine QuiltCon companion, and I think we have found a new tradition.  Scott is a big fan of Hillz, so this was obviously his favorite.
IMG_6717 Hillary Quilton by Diana Vandeyar

Something I did not expect to find at QuiltCon (although it totally makes sense) was the most glorious array of cotton fabrics I have ever seen in one place.


So many of them spoke to me, and I had to completely restrain myself from snapping up bolts of the stuff for pillows. (As a matter of fact, now that I look at these pictures, I’m having a lot of remorse about that restraint!)

How sweet would all these pink prints be in a soft nursery? The mama cats carrying their kittens in their mouths is everything.


Another fantastic find at QuiltCon West was the work of Aussie textile design goddess, Kim Andersson. Check out her website to see all the wonderful prints she has designed.


I wish I knew where to buy these Good Hair Day pillows readymade!  At least you can find the fabrics and the patterns to quilt them yourself on Anderrson’s site.


Speaking of hair, I did buy just a few yards of some gorgeous textiles at QuiltCon. I had them made into pillows immediately.

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The indigo print can work in so many styles, and how about these ladies for some special design magic?

Scouted // Galbraith and Paul Wallpaper

I am currently working on two different projects where a special wallpaper has been called for, and in each one, Galbraith and Paul‘s exquisite Lotus has been the answer. pink orange

For me, the 16 dazzling color combinations make the wallpaper a possibility for all kinds of interiors where exotic can meet contemporary.


This pattern can skew Traditional, Modern or Bohemian…I can imagine it in the most casual room of one kind of house, or the fanciest room of another kind of house.

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And it comes as a hand-block printed textile as well!


This is from a Master Bedroom design I am looking forward to bringing to life after a client’s remodel next Spring. The wallpaper will be a feature wall behind the bed. So excited about this one!!

IMG_4074Galbraith & Paul produces their wallpapers and textiles at their studio workshop in Philadelphia. They have plenty of beautiful patterns. Lotus is just my current obsession!

Future Design Dreaming // Malibu Beach House Interior

This is one of my favorite mood-boards of all time. It started with the Morar textile from Osborne & Little. I am obsessed, despite the fact that I am terribly allergic to wool and probably wouldn’t use it in my own home. (Vicarious pleasure is one of the best parts of my job!). The mood-board that developed here turned into what I call “Malibu Colony Beach House On A Rainy November Afternoon”. It’s casual, feminine in a vibrant way, nostalgic, organic and quietly full of color and pattern and texture.

Here are some pieces you can buy right now to get the dreamy look.


1. Mirror // Mira Hanging Mirror  2. Art // Sammy Slabbinck, Love is All 3. Lighting // Alice Pendant 4. Pillow // Dancers Coral Pillow 5. Chair // Handwoven Boline Chair 6. Ottoman // Rattan Ottoman

Design Inspirers // Lulu DK

I am glad I have this forum to fan out on artists that I have long admired, such as textile designer Lulu DK. The sigh of her exuberant fabrics always puts a smile on my face, and makes me want to start designing rooms around them on the spot.


The vivacious birds in Dancers make it my favorite, but choosing my preferred colorway would be like having to choose a favorite child.


Lulu DK fabric and wallpaper is available to the trade through high-end showrooms, but there is plenty of her color and pattern available to everyone in her Lifestyle store. It is a site I shop for accessories like pillows, bedding, and these ottomans. Instant fun!

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I also have a thing for Lulu DK’s art – lots of colorful prints that could stand alone, or lend themselves beautifully to a gallery wall arrangement.


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There are even some of Lulu DK’s original paintings for sale on the site.


These decals could be a great (and temporary) design statement for a nursery.

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So much design inspiration from one super-creative and talented person! Most of what you see here is available on Lulu DK’s site, and she is fun to follow on Instagram.