Oregon-based company Pendleton is known for its colorful, quality woolen blankets. While the company expanded into suiting, women's wear, and other home products since it first formed in the late 1800s, the core of the business is still its blankets. Lately, I've seen Pendleton's designs adorning the hipster set in places as diverse as skate shoes and Urban Outfitters towels. It's about time we take another look at the company, don't you think? Let's explore some of the designs Pendleton has produced, as well as ways these designs have been incorporated into decorating schemes.
The Methow Valley, located in Washington's North Cascades mountain range, is an absolutely beautiful part of the state. It's an unforgiving place as well, and any home located in this area is susceptible to everything from dramatic temperature swings to forest fires and snowstorms. Johnston Architecture took these harsh conditions into consideration when designing The Miner's Refuge, a weekend home for two families.The home is sited at the base of a hill and nestled amongst tall trees, which preserve the dramatic views while protecting the house from harsh weather.
For a look at the home's interior, read more
In case you missed it, Ralph Lauren is auctioning off a weekend at his Jamaican villa to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. In addition to his fabulous vacation home, Lauren is auctioning off 300 additional items in his Pink Pony Auction. Here are my 10 favorites from the auction that are related to the home decor world.
Think that Southwestern decor is passé? Like most design trends, it's definitely been overdone, especially in the 1990s. That doesn't mean you should abandon the look all together. Take a tour of my slideshow for ideas for decorating thoughtfully with Southwestern-inspired textiles.
Earlier this month, I alerted you to the upcoming opening of Hotel Matilda in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Named for the subject of a famous 1940s portrait of Matilda Stream by revered Mexican artist Diego Rivera (the original painting is in the hotel owner’s private collection while an image hangs in Hotel Matilda), this boutique hotel is filled with gorgeous art from Latin and Mexican artists.
Hotel Matilda is officially open for business this Friday, and is offering special opening hotel rates through the end of 2010 starting at $195 a night. With features including an onsite 4,700-square-foot spa, an infinity pool, an artisanal-spirit stocked bar, a seasonal-menu-themed restaurant, and of course, all of that gorgeous artwork, I'm trying to rearrange my schedule to figure out when I can jet down to San Miguel de Allende for a stay before the new year.
Want to take a mini tour of this cool new hotel? I've got plenty of photos to share. And luckily, Ray Booth, one of the partners from the firm of McAlpine, Booth, & Ferrier, the force behind the hotel's design, was kind enough to share the lowdown on its design and artwork.
Nina Freudenberger is a force to be reckoned with. Not only does she own the lovely store Haus Interior, located in New York's Nolita neighborhood, but she also operates a full-service interior design firm of the same name. Oh, and did I mention that she holds an architecture degree from RISD? And that she maintains the home decor site The Cultivated Home? Luckily, the lovely Ms. Freudenberger made some time in her very full life to answer my questions about her shop, sense of style, and ideas about home design. Check out the interview!
Velvet—especially red and oxblood colored—was all over the New York runways for fall 2010. Alexander Wang draped the deep red fabric into asymmetric mini dresses with black lace detailing, Zac Posen used vampy reds for pleated bustier dresses and seventies style trouser suits, and Ralph Lauren kept it classic with velvet mutton sleeved tunics and floor-length evening gowns.
Click the gallery below for more fall 2010 velvet looks from New York.
Some of the most memorable looks to hit the international runways this month were detailed in all kinds and colors of fur—a white mongolian lamb cuff here, an orange-splashed fox fur miniskirt there—and of our favorite handbags and shoes of the season followed suit. Think Michael Kors' soft cross-body satchels, Karl Lagerfeld's Nanook of the North boots and matching chain-strap handbag for Chanel, and Thakoon's fur-trimmed open-toe booties. Click below for a gallery of some of the most luxurious finishing details for fall 2010.
Leopard spots, snakeskin, and tiger stripes—designers took a walk on the wild side for pre-fall 2010. Animal prints showed up on bags, boots, scarves, and gloves (at Dolce & Gabbana and Emilio Pucci); metallic and sequined skinny trousers, one-shoulder dresses, and jumpsuits (at Stella McCartney); and head-to-toe looks (at Lanvin). Whether it's an accent accessory or a full-on statement, we're guessing spots will be a continued theme for fall 2010.