all about blue.

all over france last week it was blue for as far as the eye could see. not the skies necessarily, but when it came to decor, blue was the spot on hot trend. especially bold cobalt blues, navy and those Mediterranean deep aqua blues. the salon in our marseille pensione was painted the most divine rich teal blue and had us swooning at bonjour. if you’re not brave enough... 
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fringe benefits.

ragamuf chair covers — handmade by Syrian refugee women near the border in Turkey. ragamuf hires syrian women without a livelihood to enable them to live fulfilling, independent lives. why oh why do we love fringe so much? i think it must stem from some happy childhood memory — a whimsical frilly party dress we once wore, or perhaps a pink tutu worn in dance class.... 
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loloi rugs on location in india.

if you’re only looking at a rug, it’s easy to forget how much craftsmanship is involved. loloi rugs realized that, and invited me to share just how much care and detailed work goes into creating their beautiful, hand-crafted rugs. the modern day methods to craft their rugs are anything but modern. every step of their process is done by hand, where proud craftsman... 
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STILL by Mary Jo Hoffman.

if you’ve never visited mary jo hoffman’s STILL blog you should know that since january of 2012 she has posted one stunning image, daily, of gathered natural natural objects (like flowers, feathers, leaves etc.) found near her home in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota photographed on a white background. Mary jo has not missed a day since—four years and over... 
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thoughts for a friday.

i am not crafty. i wish i were but apparently i haven’t got that gene. i like making things, but i think i lack the patience to follow through. i like buying handmade items though, and i admire the handywork that goes into a good DIY immensely. there’s several blogs out there that excel at DIY — i am not one of them. okay, every once in a while, but it’s... 
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