I so love this home. A bohemian mix of bright white spaces, natural materials, and layers upon layers of richly embroidered and dyed vintage textiles. Yes. The inspiring design is by Los Angeles based Amber Interiors, who in addition to offering both interior design and e-decor services, is also the source for much of the decor. Indigo and batik pillows, tensira throws and bedcovers, frazadas, kilims, kanthas, and suzanis… Gah! The shop in Woodland Hills is open by appointment, but happily this wonderfully curated collection is also available online.
Amber masterfully mixes the vintage and handmade with the modern style of Los Angeles. Her design philosophy, that “chic should be comfortable, inviting, and cool,” resonates in this home. The vintage textiles and textures add an approachability and ease to the space, while the saturated, bright hues pop against the clean white interior.
I first came across Mister Finch’s creations a few years ago. I was instantly in love with them. A self-taught textile artist living in Yorkshire, England, Mister Finch creates fairy tale creatures from found scraps of fabric, thread, and paper. He makes everything himself, sewing and selecting all by hand.
He called his business Mister Finch to make it clear that he is a man and one that sews. And he adores it. He is completely self-taught, with no formal training, just armed with the love of making things and a beautifully wild imagination.
His fantastical work is a mix of countryside creatures and the wit and wonder of British folklore. The secret life of animals, birds, and insects comes alive as he stitches their stories. Curtains from an old hotel, a threadbare wedding dress tossed aside, become magical birds and beasts. They are beautiful, imperfect, and slightly raw. As Mister Finch describes, “storytelling creatures for people who are also a little lost, found and forgotten…”
If only. The Native Line Wall Hangings are amazing. A bespoke collection of wall hangings which are hand loomed by artist Justine Ashbee using a four shaft weaving process. Inspired by indigenous woven craftwork, each piece is unique. Mixing natural fibers and shimmers of gold they are an inspired blend of textile and jewelry. Simply stunning.
Whether by campfire or by couch, these traditional Mexican blankets, serapes, and textiles add a natural, bohemian, yet modern feel. Created by Mexchic, a contemporary design company which works in unison with master Mexican artisans in fusing elements of modern design with traditional Mexican handwork. Founder Christina Hattler studied fashion design at the Pratt Art Institute. From there she went on to create one-of-a-kind designs for celebrities and the like, while also working at Condé Nast’s House and Garden. In 2005 she moved to Malinalco, Mexico with her husband and soon-thereafter created Mexchic which prides itself on creating low impact, socially and ecologically responsible, hand-made, high-end products. I’m smitten.
The blankets are made in the beautiful mountainous, pine tree-filled region of Central Mexico using the highest quality, pure virgin wool. The wool is left undyed, in natural shades of cream and grey and woven into these fabulous designs. They are traditionally used in Mexico as a ‘sarape’ or shawl and also as a garment worn by ‘vaqueros’ or cowboys to shield them from the cold when riding at night. Perfect for the creeping chill of fall nights.
My world revolves around textiles. I have such a passion for the color, the patterns, the textures, the hand. And it’s only recently that I put two and two together and realized that it’s not my fault, really. It was born into me.
I grew up in the world of Laura Ashley. In the early days, when the company consisted of just a handful of people, my mom used to work with Laura on fabric designs and patterns. Shortly after I was born, my dad, with my mom and I in tow, opened the first Laura Ashley store in San Francisco – which is how we ended up moving from the mountains of Wales to America. He then went on to open the next two hundred during my formative years – and so fabrics and fashion shows, and yes, florals flowed. And interestingly, I now work for Anichini, which has the most extraordinary collection of artisanal textiles – the handloomed silks and cashmeres, the linens, the brocades and jacquards… see I just can’t help myself when it comes to textiles.
So what really made this innate passion in my blood stir were these fabulous towels from Pendleton, a company with its own rich history in textiles. They have taken their Native American inspired blanket patterns and recreated them in terry for the bath, spa, or beach. And they are amazing – the patterns and the colors, seriously how do you choose? Adding even greater difficulty to the decision making is that the reverse of each is equally intriguing and transforms each design into a totally different look. I love them. They are definitely going to give my beach towel a run for its money.