Inspired: Michele Varian Pillows

Wonderfully talented Michele Varian is debuting several new items at The Architectural Digest Home Show in NY this week (March 20-23, 2014) and we both went mad for her linen cushions. They’ve all been designed by Michele herself and are made right in New York City. Cool, huh?

Inspired: Michele Varian Pillows | CLOTH & KIND

Inspired: Michele Varian Pillows | CLOTH & KIND

Inspired: Michele Varian Pillows | CLOTH & KIND

Inspired: Michele Varian Pillows | CLOTH & KIND

Inspired: Michele Varian Pillows | CLOTH & KIND

Inspired: Michele Varian Pillows | CLOTH & KIND

House Beautiful: Pillow Talk

It goes without saying that Krista and I are bonafide textile addicts and our personal homes reflect that obsession at every turn. So, when Krista was asked to submit an image of herself along with her favorite pillow to House Beautiful for their March 2014 issue, she knew immediately which one fit the bill.

House Beautiful: Pillow Talk

House Beautiful: Pillow Talk

Even though she could throw a rock in practically any direction and hit the motherload of textile goodness in her home, she immediately settled on a bolster pillow she customized from an antique ikat hand-stitched with suzani embroidery and then backed with Seema Krish’s Glitterati in Silver Natural.

House Beautiful: Pillow Talk

Paired with both a John Robshaw quilt in Periwinkle and duvet in Pipal Indigo in her master bedroom, the pillow anchors a fun interplay of patterns and texture, all in a room sun soaked through draperies also made from Seema Krish’s Glitterati in Silver Natural.

House Beautiful: Pillow Talk

We wanted to give a shout out to favorite designers Steve McKenzie and Suzanne Tucker, also featured in this month’s Send Us A Picture alongside Krista – their pillow selections are faves of ours as well. A HUGE thank you to House Beautiful and editor Julia Lewis for including us in their pages yet again, it is truly an honor! If you didn’t catch our prior House Beautiful mentions, check them out here and here.

So now it’s your turn… tell us about your favorite pillow and if you send us a couple of images to info(at)clothandkind(dot)com we just may feature you in an upcoming Show & Tell column.

IMAGE CREDITS | Krista’s master bedroom photo taken by Rinne AllenHouse Beautiful photos taken by Krista Nye Schwartz.

BlogTourLA: A Bright Spot

Our BlogTourLA trip was chock full of bright spots thanks to organizer extraordinaire Veronika Miller of Modenus, but one of our favorite stops on the tour was Lamps Plus. We had the best time choosing from their vast showroom inventory to create and style our own little vignettes there…

BlogTourLA: A Bright Spot | CLOTH & KIND
CONCEPT No. 1

BlogTourLA: A Bright Spot | CLOTH & KIND
CONCEPT No. 2

Which one is your favorite? We’re gaga over Concept No. 2 with the Ceramic Teal Mid-Century Lamp and the Teal and Tan Ceramic Gourd Lamp. They’re even more amazing in person and are truly a bit of luxury at veritable bargain prices….You don’t often hear us say that! To boot, the Lamps Plus staff could not have been more gracious hosts of our BlogTourLA crew, especially given that we practically left the Lamps Plus showroom in shambles after our baptism by fire styling approach, stealing from each others vignettes to create our own!

You’ve got to check out the other BlogTourLA crew’s concepts as well. Lynn over at DecorArtsNow did a great recap on how everyone spent their time putting together vignettes in the store, and we love the post by Will of Bright Bazaar, pulling together his characteristic color happy concepts using the Lamps Plus Color + Collection. We had such a blast and it was creatively energizing to see how each of us put together dramatically different concepts, so much so that it was something akin to herding cats to get us outta there en route to our next BlogTourLA stop.

We also wanted to extend a really warm thank you to the Lamps Plus team for including CLOTH & KIND in their Best Home Blog Awards (hint, hint – go vote for us, please! You can vote once every 24 hours until Friday, November 15). By casting your vote, you have the chance to win a $500 Lamps Plus shopping spree. Regardless of the outcome, we are seriously honored to be keeping the excellent company of fellow interior design bloggers like Quintessence, La Dolce Vita, Habitually Chic and fellow BlogTourLA alum & sweetheart, Stagetecture.
Krista & Tami | CLOTH & KIND

IMAGE CREDITS | All photos taken by Krista Nye Schwartz of CLOTH & KIND

Show & Tell: Jean Nye (My Mom!)

ABOUT | Jean Nye is Krista‘s mother, a world traveler, a retired children and family minister, and a talented writer and musician.

Show & Tell: Jean Nye (my mom!) | CLOTH & KIND

I’ve had the opportunity to travel to India frequently because of my husband Jim’s work.  Our first trip, when Krista was 8 and her sister Elise was 11, took place in 1982.  We lived for a year in the lovely city of Pune, about 100 miles from Mumbai.  Krista traces her love of fabrics back to this time.  She delighted in watching the women going about their everyday tasks in their brilliantly colored saris.

India is a feast for all the senses, but particularly for the eyes.  Jim and I have collected a variety of things on our trips, from old brass kitchen utensils to folk art animals to fabrics. On a recent trip I picked up several antique fabric fragments in the Hauz Khas Village area of New Delhi.  Situated near royal tombs dating back to the 13th century, Hauz Khas is a delightful jumble of small shops and restaurants.

The fragment pictured may have originated in Rajastan, as it is decorated with mirror work and cowrie shells.  I mounted it on a natural linen pillow and had fun embroidering a “frame” around it in chain stitch.  I love seeing India throughout our apartment in the rugs, furniture, pictures, and accessories.  These tangible objects remind me of the intangible, things that I can’t pack up in my suitcase and take home:  the scent of jasmine in the air, the moon rising over the Indian Ocean, or the taste of a perfectly ripe Alphonso mango.  India has enriched my life in so many ways.  I just keep wanting to go back for more.

Inspired: Neisha Crosland

Inspired: Neisha Crosland | CLOTH & KIND
This image says it all. We simply adore Neisha Crosland and all of her work, including her new cushions (…that’s over-the-pond speak for pillows, don’t cha know?!) Are you a Neisha lover too?

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