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My Favorite Things: The Toran

February 1, 2016 • By

The Toran aka decorative door hangings. Take a look at their history and where to find Torans!

image via Wealden Times 

I love a good Boho vibe – whether over the top layers of color and texture or that one, special, well-edited piece of ethnic art that makes a room come alive.

An interior should be like a person – well-traveled – and full of memories.

One of my favorite travel souvenirs is a Toran. (Trust me, I never knew what they were called, despite having loved them for years.) A toran is a colorful door hanging that welcomes guest at the entrance of homes in Hindu cultures.

But these lovely textiles can be hung anywhere – click through and you’ll see the creative ways bloggers, designers and other creatives are using torans in their homes…and in some cases…boats!
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Art & Design, Interiors, Pattern & Texture

10 Amazing Bohemian Chic Interiors

July 16, 2015 • By

I just found out I was secretly voted “Most Likely to be Bohemian” in college…

Seriously.

I love globally-inspired design and expressing my inner gypsy, plus it fits right in with my ongoing wanderlust. Boho style is a great way to show off your eclectic (random?) travel souvenirs and create an international feel that reminds you of all the places you’ve been – or the places you want to go!  I sometimes think of re-designing the whole house to suite the Bohemian style, but I think that Mr. H would have a mini meltdown. So for now, let’s just drool together over these amazing Bohemian inspired spaces.

Here are 10 Amazing Bohemian Chic Interiors.

Amazing Bohemian Interiors

Amazing Bohemian Interiors

 

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Art & Design, Characters, City Seeker, Interiors, Pattern & Texture

Modern Moorish Style with Villa Maroc’s Deganit Cohen

June 19, 2015 • By

The shop’s colorful facade got my attention as we drove past, and despite a tight schedule I managed to persuade my husband to turn the car around, drop me across the street and set up a meeting time for later in the day.  It was the right thing to do!

Villa Maroc is bright, colorful and filled with layer upon layer of visual goodness.  I needed to slow down to take it all in.  A charming lady (who I later discovered was the owner’s mother) let me know that céramiques were discounted 20%.  Everything – on the floors, the walls, the chairs, the tables, in baskets and boxes and bowls – clamored for my attention.

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The feeling was warm and evocative of the past – but perfectly modern at the same time.  READ MORE


Pattern & Texture

We’re Off to Surtex!

May 11, 2014 • By

So excited to be headed out soon to the Surtex show in NYC.  We’ll be showcasing our on-trend travel-inspired artwork and surface patterns.  Surtex is the largest art licensing show in the country.  We’ll (try to) send some updates from the show…so watch this space!

We're Off to Surtex!

Here’s part of our Water Lillies collection.  Loving it!

Surtex is May 18-20.  We hope to come back from New York with good news to share!


Interiors, Pattern & Texture

When Life Happens…Make Fabric…

September 10, 2013 • By
Our New Fabric Line is Becoming Real!

Our New Fabric Line is Becoming Real!

So in case anyone one has been wondering where I’ve been…yes, sometimes life happens and the blog takes a backseat for a few (minutes?).  In the meantime, lots has been happening, both at home and away.  We returned from the third leg of our progressive road trip.  More on that later, but the bottom line is, our car is now parked near the Denver airport, awaiting our return and the start of phase four.  (I’m thinking Santa Fe…)

AND – drum roll please – the paper strikes of our new Smith•Hönig fabric line are rolling in.  It is so exciting to see the dream becoming real, and all those travel inspirations turning into products!  Again, more later as we tweak (not twerk!) our designs.

The photo shows one design from the collection, plus a mood board of how it will be used in an upcoming project.

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My Design Partner Kellie Smith with HGTV Superstar Vern Yip.

Plus, my design partner, Kellie Smith just launched her new paint line, Velvet Finishes.  (She’s off having breakfast with HGTV super star Vern Yip at the moment, while I’m rededicating myself to the blog.  No.  Seriously.)

You can check her paint out here:  www.velvetfinishes.com

So friends, we’ve got a lot of catching up to do.  So many great new hotels we discovered on our trek across middle America.  So many great swimming holes discovered by my lake-loving husband…So many photos…

More later.

I promise.


Destinations, Interiors, Pattern & Texture

Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves in Capernaum

June 19, 2013 • By

This week’s photo challenge was a good one. I realized I tend to photograph angles, not curves…But here’s my shot.

Curves all around (and above), are seen inside the Greek Orthodox church in Capernaum, Israel, located on the Sea of Galilee.  Every (curved) surface is gilded, painted and embellished…

Curves are also visible in the red exterior domes.

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