Crush of the Week: Outside the Box Wallpaper by Porter Teleo

This week seems to have revolved around all things “big”. A big snowstorm hit Denver; a big rainstorm floods Houston; and (like it or not) big wins for presidential candidates at the New York caucus. Here’s another, certainly happier one — Porter Teleo’s Outside the Box wallpaper. It’s this week’s Crush of the Week!

Inspired by artist Mark Rothko’s Color Field paintings, Porter Teleo’s rendition on handmade Japanese paper is boxy and bold. Artist Kelly Porter and interior designer Bridgett Cochran, the duo behind the Porter Teleo line say, “Through the use of simple shapes and unexpected color combinations the pattern explores the elements of balance, depth and composition.  The result is a large scaled statement for the boldest of spaces.”

Aside from an adventurous spirit, you’ll also need a relatively high floor-to-ceiling dimension to make Outside the Box work for your space — at least ten or eleven feet, like shown above.


The minimum order is three rolls, but here is an illustration showing how the patterning of five rolls will play out.

On the left is “Geranium”, my favorite of three colorways. On the right, artist Kelly Porter hand paints the design using rich pigmented inks onto the paper. The inks are multi-layered and added in various levels opacity and at different stages of drying, resulting in a surface that appears multi-dimensional. The paper background color remains consistent.

Porter Teleo also has several other wallpaper patterns as well as a bespoke hand-painted fabric line. Check the rest of their collection here!

Crush of the Week: Marbled Stripe Pillow by Rebecca Atwood


I’m a sucker for swirly patterns. While the only marbled item I own are some multi-colored vintage graniteware bowls we used for popcorn when I was a kid, marble designs make me swoon. This week, I came across this beautiful linen marbled stripe pillow made by artist Rebecca Atwood, making it this week’s Crush of the Week.

Rebecca created the marble design by using India ink in the suminagashi technique (“sumi” means ink and “nagashi” means floating in Japanese). She scanned the paper design into a computer and elongated the pattern to resemble the water of shoreline ripples at low tide. The resulting pattern is then digitally printed onto linen with water-based pigments.

The pillow is dual sided. Named Marbled Stripe Pillow in Lagoon, a solid marble pattern graces one side, while the other is a silver linen with an applique marble stripe. Measuring 12 by 16 inches, it comes with a 25/75 down feather insert.

Rebecca Atwood Designs is based in Brooklyn, NY where she creates an original collection of table linens, textiles and wallpaper.

Crush of the Week: Moroccan Circles Tile

Moroccan Circles tile by Mercury Mosaics in Marshmallow and Driftwood

Moroccan Circles tile by Mercury Mosaics in colors Marshmallow and Driftwood

I love when two seemingly unrelated things converge, resulting in an “aha” moment. I’m just starting working on a new quilt and after a lot of back and forth decided on an orange peel pattern.

For you non-quilters out there, it looks like this picture (below). Admittedly, this stunning quilt isn’t mine, but it served as inspiration.

Orange Peel Quilt via Squares and Triangles

Orange Peel Quilt via Squares and Triangles

Today, I came across Mercury Mosaics’ Moroccan Circles tile, and it looks a lot like my orange peel quilt pattern. Okay, you need to turn the motif a little bit, but you get the idea. Naturally, it was love at first sight, so Moroccan Circles tile is this week’s Crush of the Week.

What makes the Moroccan Circles pattern particularly unique is that its appearance changes drastically depending on the colors and contrast chosen.

Here’s the pattern in a single color of tile, called Seaglass. The thin line of the grout joints creates a more subtle pattern focused on outlines.

Moroccan Circles in Seaglass

Moroccan Circles in single color: Seaglass

Opposite of gray and white image at the top, this installation below places the lighter value tile as the “pinched square” in the middle, and the darker for the outer “wedge” shapes.

Switching the values creates a completely different effect, as your eye focuses more on the middle shape rather than the rounded wedge shapes. Dark grout makes the value contrasts between the tiles even more pronounced.

Moroccan Circles in Patina and Olive

Moroccan Circles in 2 colors: Patina and Olive

Here’s the same pattern is shown in a more random mix four tile colors: Black, Antique Pewter,  Deco White & Fog (a retired color).

The pinched square centers alternate like a checkerboard between light gray and white. The surrounding wedge colors are irregular, some black and some dark gray.

Moroccan Circles in "Zebra" option of Deco White, Antique Pewter & Black

Moroccan Circles in 4 colors: Deco White, Antique Pewter, Fog & Black

This is a kitchen backsplash installation, so you get an idea of the tile’s scale.

Moroccan Circles and all of Mercury Mosaic’s other tile shapes are available in about 140 colors. Contact them directly for pricing.

A longtime fan of Mercury Mosaics, I wrote a separate article a couple of yearsago on their fun penny round tile .

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Crush of the Week: Wishbone Chair by Hans J. Wegner

Hans J. Wegner’s 1949 Wishbone Chair is this week’s Crush of the Week. Like a favorite movie, I never get tired of this piece. Wegner designed the CH24 Wishbone Chair for Carl Hansen & Søn in 1949, and it has been in continuous production ever since.  At sixty-seven years old, its clean, graceful lines and simple design attest to its longevity.

The Wishbone Chair is lightweight, has a characteristic Y-shaped back and a seat made of about 400 feet of  hand-woven paper cord treated with wax. In fact, making one chair is a one-hundred step process.  The frame is made out of sustainable hardwood and available in a several different wood species and finishes.

Oak species in soaped finish

Oak species in soaped finish

The Soaped Wood Finish has a close appearance to raw wood and is made by mixing vegetable oil-based soap in water and rubbing it into the wood and wiping it off.

Walnut species in oiled finish

Walnut species in oiled finish

With a darker, rich patina, the Oiled Wood Finish is  a hand-rubbed vegetable-based oil which will heighten the grain and character. Oil finishes will darken over time.


If color pulls at your heartstrings, there are twenty-six eye-popping painted finishes. A few favorites include Orange Red Lacquer, Spring Green Lacquer, and Black Lacquer. Shown above are some blue options, but here’s a link to all the available hues.

Each chair costs between $600 (for painted) and up to about $1,450 for lacquered walnut. While it’s nothing to sneeze at, for hand-crafted, high-quality iconic furniture, the price is warranted.

Wishbone chair detail, frame shown in Orange Red Lacquer color

Wishbone chair detail, frame shown in Orange Red Lacquer color

Beware of the many knock-offs on the market. One of the most telling signs of a fake is the woven seat material. Cheaper replicas often use synthetic cording, like nylon. The weaving should be tight and at near 90-degree angles balanced on all sides, like shown above.

Detail of authentic chair label

Detail of authentic chair label

Authentic chairs are also labeled. This is the current label, but older models are slightly different.

Crush of the Week: Beija Flor Vinyl Floor Mats

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This week’s Crush of the Week are some cool vinyl patterned floor mats made by Beija Flor. I love these because they mimic cement tiles, are flexible and easy to clean. Patterns range from simple geometrics to intricate Moorish designs — and colors from black and white to wildly colorful.

These vinyl mats are ideal for messy spaces, like kitchens, but will also look terrific in a dining room, living room or entryway. They might also garner the attention of pet owners who might have shied away from conventional area rugs because of wear and tear.  Beija Flor vinyl floor mats are unique and offer more pattern diversity than conventional indoor-outdoor rugs, which can often ring industrial — in a bad way.

Antique Tiles_So1-AN-P1Based in Isreal, Beija Flor finds inspiration for their designs in geometric patterns and antique tile designs from the past. Their most popular mat size, 60 by 100 cm (about 24 by 38 inches) is even based on the golden section.

I spotted these mats in Zurich. However, they sell and ship them worldwide and will also have a US distributor in the near future.

Check out the sixteen different patterns, sizes, prices and ordering information for Beija Flor vinyl floor mats on their website.





Crush of the Week: Furry Friends Delft Tiles

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Crush of the Week, but I’m happy to announce it’s back!

While researching an article on how Vermeer’s Work Can Make Its Mark in Your Home, I found these great Dutch tiles featuring our favorite furry friends.

Made in the Netherlands by Harlinger Aardewerk, they’re 5″ by 5″ and hand-formed like they were four centuries ago. After they’re baked for the first time, the tile is glazed, and while still wet, hand-painted then baked again with a layer of tin gaze.

Sold by Nelis’ Dutch Village at $69.95 each, the price isn’t anything to sneeze at, but worth it considering they’re unique and hand-made.

Here are some of my favorites…

While the cat and dog decorative tiles are my favorite, others featuring owls, farm animals, tulips and boats are available too — and your choice of a plain or crackle finish. You’ll need to install these with Harlinger’s coordinating field tile to match the thickness and finish.

Crush of the Week: Albert by Sister Parish Design

Albert in Blue

This week’s crush is on Albert. My husband has nothing to worry about — Albert is a blocky, modern fabric and wallpaper pattern made by Sister Parish Design. It features teardrop-like shapes in square blocks which alternate in orientation.

The famous 20th-century decorating doyenne’s design archives have been re-imagined by Sister Parish’s granddaughter, Susan Crater, and great-granddaughter, Eliza.

Sister Parish (1910-1994) had an intrepid love for color and pattern and was the first to mix humble materials, like ticking fabric and handmade quilts, into mainstream decor.

She was also a pioneer in advocating American-made products. When she decorated the Kennedy White House living quarters she worked effortlessly to bring in as many local products and artisans. Her family continues the American-made tradition.

Albert, along with many other gush-worthy patterns, is hand colored and screen-printed on to a 50/50 blend of linen and cotton in the USA at Griswold Textile Print in Rhode Island.

Chest in Albert Red

Albert fabric is available by-the-yard (with a 2-yard minimum) in blue, red, chocolate, paprika, parma, citrus, sea foam and indigo. It’s 54 inches wide, has a 13-inch repeat and is suitable for upholstery. The 26-inch wide wallpaper comes in blue, paprika, red  and gold.


Many of the fresh, graphic designs are also available on serving platters, waste bins, tissue box holders and shower curtains, soap dishes, and pillows.

Dining with Albert is possible too, in this set of 8 napkins.

Albert Napkins, Set of 8

Sister Parish Design’s goods are available through their website as well as selected showrooms and retailers. Sister Parish Design has also recently collaborated with One Kings Lane to create a line of furnishings featuring these fun textiles.

Lucky for me, there’s a retailer in Islesboro, Maine called Apples, which I hope to visit this summer!

Crush of the Week: Cat’s Paw Hooked Rug by Dash and Albert

Cat's Paw Rug on FloorIt always happens that I have a pair of black pants on when my cat comes in from outside and traipses up and down my legs, leaving precious paw marks. Besides my pants, cat’s paw is actually a hooked rug design. This week’s crush of the week, cat’s paw hooked rugs are colorful, happy and fun.

Not quite circular, the cat’s paw design is a series of concentric catawampus shapes loosely resembling feline feet randomly placed on a solid background. Another hooked rug design that’s similar is called pennies or coins, but their shapes tend to be more uniform

Don’t confuse wool hooked with latch hooked rugs. Latch hooking is that rainbow or butterfly pillow you probably made with acrylic yarn in 1978. Latch hooking has a pile. Meanwhile, wool hooking is densely looped on top and uses long pieces of wool fabric that are woven through a stiff backing.

Although it’s an old-timey design, Dash and Albert, as well as some other companies like Garnet Hill, still make cat’s paw hooked rugs in fresh, vibrant colors. You can also find wool artisans who make cat’s paw rugs too.

Here’s my favorite from Dash and Albert, shown in blue and brown.

via Dash and Albert

via Dash and Albert

via Dash and Albert

via Dash and Albert

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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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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