10 Questions

July 23rd, 2015

I remember when I first started blogging in 2009 I’d get tagged in a series of posts and there would be buttons we’d embed and the posts would circulate around the blogosphere. That’s when the number of home bloggers were fewer and we were all growing, getting to know each other, and forming a community. A few weeks ago I was tagged in Cristin’s post and asked some questions, and it reminded me of the good ol’ days, so today I’m playing along with the answers to her 10 Questions.

1. Winter or Summer?

Summer. Always and forever. Winter makes me gloomy. I admit I do enjoy the occasional rainy day under a cozy blanket drinking something hot but other than that I tolerate the cold months until spring shows up and everything starts blooming again. Summer is all about a slower pace, carefree days, and trips to the beach!

girls on the beach


 2. What’s your favorite wallpaper pattern?

There are so many but at this moment, Twig in Navy by Stroheim. I’d love to use this in a bathroom above a wainscot wall treatment paired with a statement mirror and brass sconces.

twig navy


 3. What’s the best vacation you’ve taken?

If the criteria is fondness of memories and sights seen, it’s a three way tie between these destinations: Kauai, Québec City, and Salzburg, Austria where I lived one summer in my twenties.

kauai covered lanai


street performer quebec city (2)


4. If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would it be?

If it was a famous person it would be Tina Fey for laughs, but in real life it would be a group of sisters (my sister and sisters-in-law) all together at a table with no kids and no time limit. We’re scattered across the country and I don’t get to see them as often as I want to. I’d love to sit and chat and visit and laugh with them for hours.  

5. Name one thing on your bucket list.

To ride on the back of a motorcycle out to the Bodega coast and back.

bodega coastline


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Textile Spotlight: Shibori

July 21st, 2015

It’s been some time since I spotlighted a specific textile. Blue versions are always on my mind especially ones with random imperfections in their patterns so today’s focus is Japanese Shibori. I’m on a lifelong quest to acquire unique textiles, especially ones with a history to them. Shibori fabrics have been popular in fashion and home design for a while now, and with deep blues remaining a popular hue again this summer, it’s no wonder these dyed indigo textiles are in high demand.

shibori pilows on sofa


The technique dates back centuries, shibori is defined by Shibori.org as follows:

“It comes from the Japanese verb root shiboru, ‘to wring, squeeze, press.’ The closest translation would be ‘shaped-resist dyeing.’ The shaping process reserves areas that are recorded as patterns with characteristically soft edges and crinkled textures when cloth is dyed. Rather than treating cloth as a two-dimensional flat surface, shibori techniques give it a three-dimensional form by folding, crumpling, stitching, plaiting, or plucking and twisting… a cloth may be dyed repeatedly using a different shaping method each time.”

shibori rug indogo dye curtains

  jande jonge via bloesem

There are many different types of shibori techniques, differentiated by the materials and steps used to create a particular pattern. One style we’ve embraced in the US is Kanoko known as tie dye where cloth is bound by threads or bands, other shibori techniques have very specific definitions.

shibori dye technique

Arashi requires pole wrapping, Kumo is pleated and bound, Nui is stitched, the list goes on and the pattern possibilities are endless. Years ago I assumed tie dye came from the 1960s and was something we all did to our T-shirts at summer camp, but that craft does have its roots in Japanese shibori. 

indigo dye bedding

urban outfitters

shibori wallpaper


Randomness and imperfection occur with this resist dyeing process, beautiful patterns emerge from folding, twisting, and binding cloth then submerging it in indigo dye. Many artisans have taken it to a level of near perfection.

japanese shibori


I haven’t tried any shibori techniques yet which is so wrong since it combines two of my favorite things: fabric and deep blue. I need to get together a group of friends and host a party, “Shibori and Chardonnay” – sounds like fun to me!

Here are a few DIY projects to inspire:

shibori diy textiles

diy at honestly wtf

indigo dye tea towels

diy at francois et moi

shibori silk scarf

shibori silk scarf

 shibori napkins

shibori napkins


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