Let’s face it. My dream job would be to play photographer in a warehouse filled with vintage tapestries, ikats, suzanis, shyrdaks, patchwork and appliquéd textiles. It’s not so much about owning them but instead, a relationship between an artist and the muse. I think about the buying trips that the folks at Tierra Del Lagarto go on, and if my camera and I could accompany them, that would be my idea of heaven! One of these days, I am heading out!
If you like a layered, eclectic, boho, been-everywhere look in your home that owes a lot to the use of beautiful textiles, and are wondering where to get started, we’ve more than 7 books that’ll help. Marrakesh By Design, by Maryam Montague; The New Bohemian by Justina Blakeney, Absolutely Beautiful Things by Anna Spiro and all of Kathryn Ireland’s books. To explore the world of color, prints and patterns, and how to mix them together, I want to suggest Sibella Court’s books (my favorite is Gypsy) and John Robshaw Prints by John Robshaw.
One of my absolute favorite books is Ben Pentreath’s English Decoration. It echoes so much of what my own personal beliefs about design, decor and what making a home is about. Be sure to buy a copy because you’ll want to come back to it often. Art, books, textiles, old gardens and older houses- it reads like a list of my favorite things. You can see some of the pages on the authors’ blog and it’s available on Amazon. He has another one coming out in September and I can’t wait for it: English Houses: Inspirational Interiors from City Apartments to Country Manor Houses. Happy decorating with textiles!
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