Laura Slater

by Nancy on November 19, 2015

anthologymag-blog-lauraslater-1After the brief break from the blog, my eyes were ready to find something that popped out at me. Pairing simple items with bold patterns is an easy design trick, and Laura Slater‘s prints fulfill that bold pattern criteria. Slater graduated from the Royal College of Art, and currently resides in West Yorkshire. She creates, draws, and then screen prints layers of shapes and patterns onto fabric. Slater is able to blend playful and structured concepts in her designs, and her home accessories are works of art.

Her new collection, Grid, is inspired by the considerable presence of grid lines in textiles. Branching out from textiles, the new Grid line includes kitchen ware and planters. You can find her latest products here.

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Mineral Workshop

by Nancy on October 13, 2015

Anthologymag-blog-MineralWorkshop-1For me, fall is the busiest season of the year. There’s a sharp increase in juggling schedules, and the sudden arrival of the holiday season throws me for a loop. At the end of the day, I like to retreat into my bedroom to decompress, so I make sure to decorate that space with relaxation in mind. These hand-dyed paintings by Mineral Workshop are definitely the perfect pieces to bring ease and calm to any environment.

Artist Carrie Crawford uses the shibori technique to create layers of indigo in her artwork—binding and folding fabric, and then dipping them into dye. I especially love her paintings, and how they look so fluid and organic. Crawford uses only natural indigo and other plant-based dyes that she makes in her studio in Fairfax, California. Much of her inspiration comes from landscape and earthen features, and I find the rich depth of colors in her paintings dramatic, yet very comforting.

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Small Gunns

by Nancy on September 22, 2015



anthologymag-blog-smallgunns-1I found out recently that my son learned out how to play chess at school, and we’ve been playing it every day at home for the past two weeks. I’ve had squares as well as straight and diagonal lines on my mind lately, and couldn’t stop thinking about these black-and-white ikat pillows by Small Gunns. (After an hour of sitting at the table with a chess board, my back longs for that lumbar pillow!)

Sister Michelle and Diana Stock started their home decor line in 2011, and are based in San Francisco. Their wool pillows in camel stripe and plaid are perfect for the fall and winter season, and the exposed gold zipper is a sharp detail that gives the designs a nice edge. Their table linens would be well suited for a modern or classic table setting. And I absolutely love their tea towels with a check pattern on one side and a fun dot pattern on the back.

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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.

anthologymag-blog-jennarose-2Anthologymag-blog-jennarose-3Anthologymag-blog-jennarose-4Anthologymag-blog-jennarose-5{ All images from Jenna Rose }