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The interior design showroom is full of…PAISLEY. The September fall/winter fashion magazines are full of…PAISLEY. To see paisley at it’s best look no further than Etro. The Fall/Winter runway show from Milan is worth the time…wonderful combinations of color and pattern.

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That stash of fabric found another project…BANGLES…oh how I love bangles!!! Jewel Mint is similar to the ‘old school’ book of the month club. “Actress Kate Bosworth, and her celebrity stylist, Cher Coulter are inspired by the runway, vintage pieces and places they love. Kate and Cher design a versatile collection each month, so they can recommend the perfect pieces to match your style.” The membership is free…but you must decline that month’s offering by the 5th, otherwise you will be charged.

Love these bangles…instead of the colorful thread, I can see extruded ‘strings’ wrapping the ends of the fabric. Now where did I pack that extruder? (I am trying to downsize from a three room studio to one room for our eventual move to a smaller home.)

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I am embarrassed to say, I had to look up the meaning of FAUX BOIS…false wood. According to Elle Decor…it is suddenly hip and showing up in glamourous new guises and in a range of unlikely colors…like this indigo FAUX BOIS from Duralee. Take this link for more faux inspiration…Elle Decor Trend Alert.

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I knew there was a reason to stockpile discontinued fabric samples…JEWELRY!!! Designer Nektar De Stagni has used bright colors and exuberant mod patterns from Knoll Textiles to fashion a line of vibrant jewelry. ” Nektar De Stagni’s approach to design often includes a playful balance of opposites, resulting in objects that are both elegant and relaxed, classic and contemporary. NDS designs objects that complement a diverse mix of personal styles, with pieces that 
are at once unique, sophisticated and fun.”

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There are times that I LOVE my day job. Surrounded by 80,000+ fabrics every day there are bound to be some images that make you stop and REALLY notice pattern, color, scale & composition. The feature photo from a Manuel Canovas ad is one of the images that I am compelled to share with you. Scroll through the stylish serendipity blog for more inspiration.

“Manuel Canovas is unmistakably French in style with each new collection inspired by the spirit of the art de vivre associated with 18th century France yet re-interpreted to contemporary taste. Luxurious fabrics are instantly recognisable by bold and unusual colour harmonies, in company with vibrant shades of rose Indian, anis, amethyst and turquoise. Innovative, stylish design and superior textiles make Canovas ranges perfect for residential and contract use, and silks, damasks, toiles de jouy, prints, embroideries and numerous weaves feature prominently in this exceptional range. “Canovas is the art of living à la Francaise” says Ariane Dalle, “with a very special colour palette, and a real touch of originality.”

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Jennifer Loiselle creates statement jewelry with unexpected combinations of materials and  techniques. ” I like the idea of jewellery being treasured and whether it’s fine jewellery or a costume piece, in general people tend to hold onto them for much longer than they do clothes. I think they all tell little stories.”

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Venessa Arizaga has  impressive design credentials: Graduate of Parsons; worked with Carolina Herrera; most recently, design director for Zac Posen. Her exotic yet elegant collection was initially inspired by a trip to Puerto Rico in 2007. She began combining colorful silk threads, natural stones, shells, charms and luxe chains to make bold statement jewelry.

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Historically Inaccurate Decorative Arts takes the traditional French toile textile design and gives it a ‘bit of a tweak’. “RICHARD SAJA is always on the lookout for toile, but not to buy a few yards for a dressing room armchair. He looks at the fabric as the basis for his art. Mr. Saja, a 43-year-old textile designer, has been interfering with toile for years, embroidering fur on humans, wings on monkeys and bugs on flowers (like ladybugs, flies and cockroaches, though the last “is never a big seller”).”

I’ve been know to add a little fabric pizzazz to my jeans…HMMMMM….the next pair will DEFINITELY be ‘tweaked toile’.

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Lara Knutson works with a fiber filigreed with 50,000 mirror-backed glass beads per square inch…the 50,000 is not a typo.  The same glowing fiber can also be found in emergency workers’ uniforms and athletic clothing. Her work is sold in museum stores throughout the country and has been purchased by the Corning Museum of Glass.

Surgery went very well and we are both breathing a huge sigh of relief. Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers.

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The ebay and etsy OAK designation moves an item to a special category…One of a Kind. Julie Artisans’ Gallery, opening in 1973, was the first gallery devoted to the art form of clothing in the OAK category. “Julie: Artisans’ Gallery concentrates on cutting edge designs that include wearable art clothing forms in sweaters, scarves, shawls, jackets, dresses, coats, gloves and tote bags using both traditional and atypical textile techniques. We also handle artisan jewelry – brooches, pins, earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings — that have been created through metalsmithing processes such as hammering, cold forging, casting, enameling, plating and stone-setting.”

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