Adelene Simple Cloth

by Anh-Minh on August 27, 2015

adelene1I’ve been in my current house for about seven years now, and I have yet to figure out just the right combination of pillows in my living room. I’ve tried various patterns, solids, textures—but haven’t quite achieved that balance between comfort and visual interest.

Recently, though, I think I came across the answer to my decorating problem: Adelene Simple Cloth. The collection, which is handcrafted and sewn in Massachusetts, includes pillows with such lovely details, like tassels on the corners, fringed borders, and zippers done in a contrasting hue. The solids come in a range of colors, from subtle to vibrant. And the patterns are lively, yet not overwhelming so they don’t dominate the room. (I love that the Jailbird stripe is reversible!) Online purchasing will be available soon, so I’ll be checking in on the site frequently in the weeks to come.

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{ Top images by Rinne Allen. All other images from Adelene Simple Cloth }


Jenna Rose Textiles

by Nancy on August 19, 2015

anthologymag-blog-jennarose-1With California experiencing a severe drought, every time we’ve had a sprinkling of rain, I look out my window in hopes that it will stay around a while longer. The Light Rainy Day pattern on these storage buckets by Jenna Rose made me realize how much I’ve missed seeing gray clouds and drops of rain.

Ontario-based Jenna Fenwick is the founder and designer behind Jenna Rose Textiles. Starting with hand-drawn illustrations, she screen prints the patterns onto fabric using sustainable materials. She offers small and medium bucket bags, along with a larger hamper style. I really appreciate that she takes the time to line her products—a detail I always look for! Fenwick’s textile line includes kitchen linens, bags, and pillows, which all have her lovely patterns and drawings on them.

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Skinny Wolf

by Nancy on August 13, 2015

anthologymag-blog-skinnywolf-quiltI love looking through old issues of Anthology to find design inspiration, re-read stories, and catch up on people we’ve featured. Back in 2012 in Issue No. 6, we featured Leila Sanderson’s home and I immediately remembered thinking how clever her hanging headboard was. I read her story again and was curious to see what she had been up to over the past few years.

Sanderson opened an online shop in 2014 called Skinny Wolf, which carries her handmade wares. I particularly love her teepees made from recycled sailcloth, and her rosettes that are made using an 18th-century millinery technique. With her use of whimsical patterns and colors, you can tell that Sanderson’s inspiration is rooted in her childhood. What I like most of all is how versatile her creations are, and that they can fit in any girl’s or boy’s room.


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Drawn Home

by Nancy on July 29, 2015

Anthologymag-DrawnHome-1Earlier this month, my family drove six hours north to Jacksonville, Oregon. We picked an unbelievably scorching hot weekend to go, as temperatures were between 102-107 degrees and the evenings provided little relief. At the end of our stay, I longed for cool breezes, the rolling fog, and wrapping myself in a quilt at home. Specifically, Stacey Beach‘s collection caught my attention.

Beach is the designer behind Drawn Home, a textiles line that is handmade in Oakland, California. The summer-weight throws and quilts are made of all cotton, and light enough to be a perfection addition to a duvet. Beach pairs bright and muted colors effortlessly so that her designs have a calming and soothing feel to them. Even though we’re experiencing a heat wave right now, I know cooler nights are on the way. And cozying up in one of these throws outside with a drink sounds just about right.

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Ilano at West Coast Craft

by Nancy on July 8, 2015

anthologymag-blog-ilano-1I was so happy to see Ilano‘s booth at the West Coast Craft show last month. Roselio Ilano was featured in Issue No. 18/Winter 2015 and I loved reading her story. It was fascinating to learn that Ilano started off studying cartography at UC Berkeley and how she evolved to designing textiles. I wasn’t able to attend the photo shoot, but was excited to see her goods in person at WCC.

Ilano partnered up with women artisans from Oaxaca, Mexico, and designed a line of personal and home accessories. The result? Beautiful handmade goods with an updated and modern edge. The techniques used by the skilled craftswomen were passed down from generation to generation. It amazes me that the vibrant colors in the yarn are all achieved by plants.

anthologymag-blog-ilano-2anthologymag-blog-ilano-3anthologymag-blog-ilano-4{ Top image by Lisa Wong Jackson; bottom images by Ilano }