September 12, 2011

New Favorite Shop: Les Toiles Du Soleil

I absolutely adore French culture and visiting Les Toiles Du Soleil in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood this past weekend reminded me of this all over again. Les Toiles Du Soleil has a rich history dating back to more than 150 years ago in Saint Laurent de Cerdans, France, and was known as the go-to place for authentic espadrilles back then.

Today, the NYC shop that opened in 2008 has the most colorful fabrics in stripes of all widths available for purchase by the yard, along with throw pillows, aprons, napkins, notebooks, magazine holders and more. I honestly couldn't get enough of this charming little store and would have spent more time there if I wasn't in a hurry. What made my experience at Les Toiles Du Soleil even more lovely was the personable owner who gladly chatted me up while I was there. I just love when that happens. Be sure to pay a visit, and do so soon, soon, soon!

September 2, 2011

Holly Becker's New York City "Decorate" Book Event

If you're a fan of Holly Becker's popular design blog, Decor8, hopefully you've had a chance to snag her new Decorate book that reveals all the secrets from insiders (think from Kelly Wearstler to Jonathan Adler) on creating the space of your dreams. On Tuesday evening, I headed over to Anthropologie in NYC for a book signing event with Holly and a session in which she shared her process on creating mood boards, an outlet she believes is useful for drumming up inspiration for any home d├ęcor project.

Mood boards can be a compilation of pages from magazines or catalogs, pieces of fabric, postcards, photographs, paint swatches or just about anything that sparks your creativity when it comes to decorating. And it's not necessary for all the images to work together because mood boards really are a way to express your decorating sense and creativity. Another point Holly made was that there are many different ways to produce a mood board. You can design one in Photoshop, pull together items in a file folder or journal, or simply follow the regular route of posting your materials on a bulletin board. Whatever way you choose, just be sure to have fun with it.