have you been introduced to multi-talented textile designer erin dollar of cotton & flax? Erin is the ‘jill of all trades’ behind cotton & flax — owner, maker, designer, and blogger and since 2010, she has been creating a beautiful line of limited edition textile goods, as well as fine art prints on paper, from her home studio in Los Angeles, California.
Each step of the creation of Cotton & Flax textiles is completed by Erin, beginning with the pattern design and the selection of heirloom quality fabrics. Erin draws each pattern by hand using brush and ink, and the drawing is later transferred to a silkscreen to create multiples on textiles. When it comes time to do the printing, Erin scours local sources to find beautiful linen and linen blend fabrics to hand print with her designs. She then carefully hand prints each piece of fabric with her original designs, which she later sews into pillows, tea towels, napkins, or coasters — all made using natural materials, like linen fabrics and water based inks. This season cotton & flax is releasing gorgeous limited-edition chambray linen tea towels, as well as new coasters that are perfect host/hostess gifts, plus a handful of new pillows to round out the very covetable cotton & flax collection.
this post marks a new mini series i’m excited to share with you from anna zajac, a wonderful chicago-based photographer and designer. anna invited me to share some really lovely lifestyle shoots from her portfolio, and i couldn’t choose just one, so i decided a mini series was in order! it’s not quite the weekend, but what better day than hump day to start getting you in the mood.
first up, anna’s taking us to Antique Taco in Wicker Park, Chicago. if this doesn’t have you craving tacos and cerveza, i don’t know what will. Here’s Anna’s take on this great eatery:
“Antique Taco has some of the tastiest food I’ve had in Chicago. When I got to collaborate with them for some new images for their website, I was ecstatic! I worked with the owners to do a mix of visual storytelling and styled portraiture for their restaurant interior, food and employees. I know that I’m my toughest critic, but I can honestly say that I’m proud of these images and how I told this story. Cheers to collaborating with some of the best!”
• All content and imagery copyright ©Anna Zajac, LLC 2014
this Stunning Victorian terrace house in Peckham Rye is part of light locations’ roster of brilliant homes in the UK available to rent for film and photo shoots. With a big, Beautiful living room with original features like hardwood floors, ornate crown molding, and marble fireplace mantle, and an adjoining dining area with bright light shining from glass ceilings, I’d like to do more than just rent this space — i’d love to move in. granted it is just staged for rentals right now (albeit beautifully!), but give it a little lived-in TLC — a bit more life with some additional artwork, textiles, perhaps some lovely greenery and personal mementos, and this would be a grand old house to inhabit.
• all photos courtesy of light locations.
i’ve been noticing a trend lately or at least a whole lot of pinterest pins of some really chunky textiles — hand-knit pillows, rugs and bed throws and it’s a trend i quite like. it tempts me to run out and get some of those very fat knitting needles, or knitting noodles and see how long it takes me to make one of these beauties. when i see these though, i keep thinking ‘chunky monkey’ — must be too much ben & jerry’s on my brain. anyway, i digress — these are lovely and look like they’d keep you nice and cuddly warm all winter long — even while you’re knitting them. oh, and if you need some more inspiration check out this awesome instagram feed from modern wool.
how would you like a great looking speaker that could kind of read your mind? you can speak to it, tell it what kind of music or radio broadcast you’re in the mood for, and voilá it finds just what you were looking for. that’s what the aether cone does. this pretty little aether Cone is a brand new creative and wireless music player that combines voice recognition and machine learning for such a lovely listening experience. If you like what you’re hearing and want something similar, turn the dial a little. If you’re not in the mood for what Cone is suggesting, give the dial a big turn to hear something completely different. genius! to celebrate this wonderful technology, we’re giving away a cone this week!
not only is it cool looking in black and copper (there’s also a pretty white + silver one) it’s a smart speaker and sounds great — and i love that. it’s quite a nice gift, too — and perfect for playing no hassle holiday party music since it’s got an 8-hour battery life, and you can play from your rdio playlists wirelessly.
to enter to win a the aether cone of your choice, simply:
• follow aether’s really pretty instagram feed.
• comment below, and tell us that you’ve followed, and what you’d listen to on your aether cone.
• please comment by monday, december 15th, 12pm PST.
• as always, be sure to leave a way to reach you via twitter, facebook, email or your website.
• this time the giveaway is for USA / UK / Canada residents only.
• we’ll announce a winner selected by random number generator on my twitter account later in the week of december 15th, so be sure and follow along.
how the aether cone works:
Speak to it.
Press the center button and wait for the blue light. Then say:
“Play the news.”
“Play BBC Radio” or any other radio station you can think of.
“Play beyoncé” or whoever your favorite artist is right now.
Turn it a little, turn it a lot.
If you like what you’re hearing and want something similar, turn the dial a little.
If you’re not in the mood for what the cone is suggesting, give the dial a big turn to hear something completely different. And, if you’re curious about what cone is playing, you can find out in the Aether app available on itunes.