Crush of the Week: Canvas Hampers by Pehr


I never thought a clothes hamper would make my head turn, but indeed that day has arrived. Made by Pehr Designs, the canvas hamper retails for about $70 and measures 18 inches in diameter by 20 inches high. Available in a boatload of colors and light-hearted patterns, like stripes, pencil lines, and polka dots, it’s my crush of the week.

Persimmon Pencil Lines

Persimmon Pencil Lines Hamper by Pehr

If a hamper isn’t high on your list of desires, Pehr makes them in smaller sizes, too.

Their “bin” size measures 13 inches in diameter by 12 inches high; “pint” size is 9 inches in diameter by 10 inches high.

Because canvas is so sturdy, you can store a lot of different things, like toys, toiletries, towels and scarves, without it flopping over on you.

Pehr Designs was formed in 2010 by childhood friends Jen and Becca in 2010 to create a line of classically simple, yet modern home accessories. They’re based in Canada, but also sell their wares internationally. Click here for Pehr’s list of US distributors.


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LEED Gold Home in LA with an East Coast Cottage Look

via Tim Barber Ltd.

via Tim Barber Ltd.

Remember Kermit the Frog’s melancholy tune, “It’s Not Easy Being Green”?  For Kermit, being green wasn’t flashy or memorable —and he felt passed over and unappreciated for his “greenness”.

Like Kermit, green design has some hang-ups too. Despite its many attributes, environmentally friendly design is often criticized for its lacking aesthetic. So much energy goes into the sustainable aspects of the project, that the design of the space can sometimes suffer. Not everyone likes the uber contemporary or industrial looks that are so common with green design either. Who wants to build a new home with the soulless energy of a shoebox?

Wanting an environmentally friendly house with all the trappings of a traditional, breezy East Coast summer cottage, this LA homeowner takes a different approach. Click HERE to read the full story about this LEED Gold home with an East Coast cottage look.

Pattern Focus: Greek Key

Greek Key

via Cindy Rinfret

The Greek key pattern was an important symbol in ancient Greece. It signified infinity, eternal flow, friendship, love, waves and the four seasons, to name a few of its associations. With its bold, twisting design, the Greek key pattern is the epitome of an enduring classic. Click HERE to read more about using this timeless and surprisingly flexible pattern.


Pattern Focus: Polka Dots

via Tobi Fairley Interior Design

via Tobi Fairley Interior Design

With their fun-loving persona, polka dots are a go-to pattern for decorating nurseries and kids’ spaces. But they’re not just for kiddos. Check out the benefits of using polka dots to create a bright spot in your home. Click HERE for the full story…

Crush of the Week: Birds and Butterflies by Schumacher

Birds and Butterflies wallpaper pattern #17460

Birds and Butterflies by F. Schumacher & Co.

This week had some déjà vu moments. Maybe it’s because it’s spring and my subconscious was thirsty for nature scenes — or the birds outside my window were chattering. Whatever the reason, I stumbled upon Schumacher’s Birds and Butterflies pattern a couple of times, and was happier in doing so. It’s my crush of the week!

via Sarah Wittenbraker Interiors

via Sarah Wittenbraker Interiors

Birds and Butterflies isn’t new, but actually a revived early 1960s pattern described on their website as “colorful creatures take wing amid black and white gesture drawing of twining foliage”. What I like about it is it’s whimsical without being childish, and combines a lot of different colors. It’s sweet, fresh and vibrant, but not over the top.

Birds and Butterflies isn't just for bedrooms!

via Design Transformations

While the status quo might be to use this dreamy pattern in a bedroom, it can work in a lot of different spaces in your home, like entryways, living rooms and even this laundry room. It might even make sorting and folding a bit more pleasant.

via F. Schumacher & Co.

via F. Schumacher & Co.

While these images only shows wallpaper, Birds and Butterflies is also available printed on a fine chintzed cotton ground, which would make fetching draperies.

Schumacher sells to the design trade only, but some wallpaper and fabric outlets sell the Birds and Butterflies pattern to the public.

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Pattern Focus: The Power of Paisley

via Jennifer Robin Interiors

via Jennifer Robin Interiors

While paisley may remind you of men’s neckties, kaleidoscopes and psychedelic ’60s garb, it’s actually an ancient Persian pattern. Paisley ranges from simple to ornate, large to small and bold to subtle, and even bridges multiple generations. Click  HERE how to learn more about this unique pattern and how it can look best in your home.

Crush of the Week: Pitch Blue by Farrow and Ball

While Pitch Blue paint by Farrow and Ball is my first crush of the week, it’s more accurately my crush of the decade.

Pitch Blue entryway via Pinterest

via Pinterest

I first came across Pitch Blue paint a couple of years ago when I wrote a post about paint colors inspired by Amsterdam.

Three years on, and I can’t stop thinking about this beautifully rich color. Crazy? Perhaps. Are my priorities in check? Probably not. Right now, I don’t have a place to use this color, but a girl can dream!

What makes Pitch Blue is mesmerizing? It’s a blue that’s “in between”. It’s darker in value, but clear and cool with a hint of brightness. Farrow and Ball mentions it has black in it’s base, but I also see a fiery mix of magenta somewhere in there too.

One of its spells is that it magically works in both dim and well-lit spaces.



Pitch Blue living room via Pinterest

via Pinterest

See what I mean about magenta with Pitch Blue? Together, the two colors enhance each other.

Pitch Blue formal living room via Pinterest

via Pinterest

The architectural wall molding in this living room is painted the same color as the wall to unify the surface. The continuity of the Pitch Blue wall highlights the subtle shadows created by the molding.

I find this approach more attractive than breaking up the wall with contrasting white molding. For me, the more Pitch Blue, the merrier!

via Noushka Design Ltd.

via Noushka Design Ltd.

However, it is a color that makes quite a statement. For the more color shy, consider painting one wall as a feature wall or an architectural component, like this fireplace surround.

via Farrow and Ball

via Farrow and Ball

Against white woodwork, Pitch Blue is crisp, clear and clean.

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Pattern Focus: Houndstooth

Houndstooth works in both contemporary and traditional spaces.

via Tobi Fairley Interior Design

Named after the jagged teeth of a dog, houndstooth is considered an upscale pattern with a gentlemanly air. While often associated with men’s suiting fabric, chef’s pants and Sherlock Holmes’ hat, houndstooth has found firm footing in home decor. Click HERE to see the best ways to use this classic pattern.

Pattern Focus: Toile for All

Toile bathroom via Kristie Barnett, The Decorologist

via Kristie Barnett, The Decorologist


Even if you didn’t know its name, you’ve likely seen a toile fabric or wall covering. With monochromatic pictures printed on a light background, a toile pattern often portrays idyllic, exotic or pastoral scenery. If you’ve ever wanted to subtly introduce cows or hot-air balloons into your decor while still keeping it elegant, this is your pattern. Click HERE to learn how to best use toile in your home.

Pattern Focus: Buffalo Check

via Richardson Architects

Traditional buffalo check, also known as buffalo plaid, is a heavy woven fabric made of intersecting blocks of red and black.

Popularized by tales of Paul Bunyan and Wild West cowboys, buffalo check has a cheery appeal and many applications in the home. Click HERE to see some of the best ways to use this age-old pattern.