Monday, November 21, 2016

Colorful Hand-Woven Furniture from 'A Rum Fellow' Design Studio

'A Rum Fellow' design studio project for a Soho Hotel, featuring their textiles on a custom headboard.

If you've been reading this blog for a while then you know that I love woven and embroidered accents, whether that's an amazing embroidered top or a truly unique piece of upholstered furniture showcasing a stunning woven design. A Rum Fellow design studio is crafting cutting edge woven and embroidered textile designs for furniture and home decor accessories, bringing contemporary energy to this traditional craft. I am loving their unique approach to upholstered furniture! Hand-weaving and embroidery is the key to making each piece of A Rum Fellow furniture feel truly special. 

Whaley Chair, Copii brocade and linen 

Kurt Olsen Lounge Chair #31

One of the best things about decorating with embroidered and hand-woven decor is that you can't go wrong whether you're selecting a bright and bold color palette or a more neutral palette. The textures in embroidered and woven designs pop regardless of the colors used, making even the most neutral embroidered designs shine. Check out this stunning neutral living room featuring a sofa upholstered in A Rum Fellow hand-woven textiles. 

A Rum Fellow design studio project for a Country Home. 

Brocade and ikat Kai Kristiansen Chairs

A Rum Fellow design studio project for Crosby Street Hotel.

I also can't get enough of A Rum Fellow's unique headboard designs, each featuring a different textile from their studio. However, my absolute favorite piece from A Rum Fellow is this amazing multicolored armchair designed for a home in Provence. A Rum Fellow is quickly becoming one of my (many) new favorite brands!

A Rum Fellow design studio project for a home in Provence.

A Rum Fellow is a London-based design studio founded by Caroline Lindsell and Dylan O'Shea focusing on hand-woven textile designs. This great team crafts textile and furniture designs that effortlessly blends the contemporary with heritage design, all from a unique global perspective.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Fashion meets Interiors: featuring Style Blogger Danielle Jackson

Hi  Dolls! I am Danielle Jackson the editor-in-style of my fashion and lifestyle blog – Where Style Has Purpose! Dani-DK is a place for women who are looking to turn the conventional upside down and explore their most creative side through style, beauty and life experience. A great space to ask questions and feel inspired!

This fall I’ve gravitated towards rich hues and sleek lines. From gold’s to forest green, nature has truly inspired the collections that I shop. I’ve always loved dark walls but have never lived in a home where I’ve been bold enough to paint an accent wall so this olive and navy blue room really spoke to me.

Rich colors can liven any look. Rich shades effortlessly take you look from basic to bold and add a luxe, well-made feel to your outfit regardless of the true price point. For this look, I pulled together pieces that I’ve purchased over the years. My pants relate back to the clean lines that I’ve been obsessed with this season and I paired it with a sleek lace camisole layered with a blazer and long vest for a bold and interesting look.

As we all know colors speak volumes! There’s nothing like a bright or bold color to lift your mood. The green found in this look is considered a “bridge color” where it creates a great balance between all other colors. So just like the olive green sofa featured achieves grounding this interior, the rich green in my own look effortlessly pulls together my printed blazer and fur stole. Earthy green shades are grounding and powerful, making it a fab color palette to explore with your wardrobe this season.


1. Pants: H&M (similar here)
2. Camisole: H&M
3. Blazer: Rachel Roy (similar here)
4. Vest: H&M (Color: Ivory Sand)

Follow the adventures of NYC Image Consultant and style blogger Danielle Jackson on Instagram and Facebook. Check out more of the Fashion meets Interiors series here!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Home Tour with Artist Kristin Poh - of Australia's 'Hues & Fables'

Artist Kristin Poh of Australia in front of her "Voyage" art print.

Artist Kristin Poh of Australia is the founder of creative business Hues & Fables, an art studio producing unique art prints for cheerful home interiors. Kristin shares with how she uses Hues & Fables art prints to decorate her own home.

"Melange No. 2" art print shown.

Jacquin: What got you started in art prints? Have you always known you wanted to be an artist?

Kristin: I was quite imaginative as a child, and I enjoyed doing creative things like drawing and coloring, so I knew pretty early on that I wanted to do something creative when I grew up. My interests saw me completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic Design and then spending the following ten years working in the creative field. I enjoyed what I did thoroughly. When I had my daughter Olivia, I took some time off to embrace motherhood. It was during this time that I started to create art prints for our home and in particular for Olivia's room.

I have always loved interior decorating, so I really enjoyed creating pieces that reflected my own style. Becoming a mother made me realize just how fascinating little minds are, especially in how important color is to their cognitive development. So that inspired me to design using different colors so I could change the artwork on Olivia’s walls regularly to keep it interesting for her. So this got me designing art prints and launching Hues & Fables.

"Scarlet" art print shown. 

Jacquin: Where does your "less is more" philosophy come from?

Kristin: When I reflect on different aspects of my life, including my creative work, I find that I have always navigated towards simplicity. I love the idea of something being simplified to only what is essential. In doing so I feel what is left is in fact its true essence, and to me this represents having a more refined and therefore more valuable outcome. So fundamentally, I would say it comes from my appreciation of having clarity in what I do and experience.

Art prints shown: "Soiree No. 1" and "Soiree No. 2"

Jacquin: What is your favorite space in your home right now?

Kristin: At the moment my favorite space would have to be our master bedroom. Before we had Olivia, we had the opportunity to travel to different cities and to stay in some really nice boutique hotels. One of our most memorable experiences would have to be our trip to New York where we stayed in a stylish hotel in Soho. When we decided to renovate our home four years ago, we were clear that we wanted to create a similar feel in our master bedroom. So now, even though we do not have as much opportunity to travel like we used to, being in the room brings us back to those days, and having such a stylish yet calming space to retreat to at the end of a busy day is precious to me.

Jacquin: What are some of your creative inspirations? Are there any artists or designers that inform your artistic approach?

Kristin: I find creative inspiration from a lot of things. It can be anything from fashion to food or a piece of furniture or packaging. As long as it is visual, has a strong concept and wows me, it will no doubt inspire me too!

The artist Lee Ufan – in particular his paint work – is a great source of inspiration to my artistic approach. Lee Ufan is a Korean minimalist artist and philosopher, and I first came across his work at the Guggenheim Museum in his Marking Infinity exhibition. I remember looking at his early painting series From Point and From Line, and being blown away at how simple and yet powerfully captivating his paintings were. 

I also find the French designer Philippe Starck very inspiring. He has worked on a vast range of design projects, from toys to furniture and vehicles to architecture. His designs are many things but they are never boring, and I have a lot of respect for his values and commitment to creating high quality designs that are beautiful, purposeful and sustainable.

"Olivia" the bunny art print shown.

"Eureka" art print shown.

Jacquin: What would your perfect day look like?

Kristin: A perfect day would see our family enjoy a lazy morning in bed laughing and cuddling. Brunch with great friends would follow, somewhere outdoors so I can soak in some sunshine! In the afternoon, a trip to the bookstore would see me treating myself to a new coffee table book, and the rest of the afternoon would be spent reading. At night, I would look forward to some delicious cooking from the husband, a lovely bottle of red and a really good movie to cap off the day!

Jacquin: Do you have any suggestions for embracing simplicity at home or in life?

Kristin: I think you need to discover what your version of simplicity is before you can embrace it, and I feel having self-awareness is key. My own understanding of what I value as a person has certainly helped me focus my energy and time on pursuing – and appreciating – a more meaningful life. It has also allowed me to create a purposeful home that brings me great inspiration and joy everyday. I think something as simple as having an honest conversation with yourself about what is important to you and what brings you real happiness is a great step towards embracing simplicity.

Shop the latest art prints from Kristin Poh at the Hues & Fables website. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

DIY Marbled Paper Organizer (or Magazine Holder)

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to have a new DIY craft for you today. I've partnered with the Paper Source to bring you this useful (and stylish) sponsored post and it features their beautiful marbled fine paper. This DIY idea came out of my need for a system to organize my mail and it happens to be super easy. Here's how to make your own paper organizer (or magazine holder) in an attractive marbled design using a free priority mail box from the post office. Let's get started! 

1. Priority mailing box from the Post Office (medium size)
2. Soft grip knife (Xacto knife)
3. Self-healing cutting mat
4. Scissors
5. Paper Source Marbled Fine Paper in the color of your choice (or try using old wrapping paper!)
6. Mod Podge (matte)
7. White acrylic paint
8. Paint brush
9. Gold foil adhesive tabs
10. Super glue

Step 1. Mark your USPS mailing box for cutting. The front will be cut down to 5 inches tall and all other edges will be cut at 12 inches in height. See my photo for reference.

Step 2. Score the lines that you will be cutting with your xacto knife first to make cutting the box to size much easier. After you go over each line with an xacto knife, then complete the cutting process with your scissors following along your scored lines. 

Step 3. Once you have cut the box to size, then assemble the box including sealing the bottom, which should have an adhesive strip to do so, just like when you're sealing a box for mailing. 

Step 4. Paint over the text on the priority mail box with your white acrylic paint. Allow to dry.

Step 5. Once your box is dry, take the specialty paper you will be wrapping your box in and cut it to size. In order to do this, trace the edges of your assembled box onto the back of your paper. Allow a 2" border around the full shape you've traced. Once you have traced the outline of your box, cut the paper along the lines you've drawn. 

Step 6. Now you're ready to apply the mod podge so that you can adhere your specialty marbled paper to the box. (You can use wrapping paper to cover your cardboard as well.) Paint the Mod Podge product onto the entire box, not missing any spaces. Then quickly coat your pre-cut paper in Mod Podge as well, covering the full backside of your paper in the Mod Podge liquid. Once the box and paper have been coated, now you can line up your paper onto the box and press it on. Smooth your paper onto the box with a wall paper roller or tile smoother (or your hands) in order to avoid bumps or bubbles. There will be excess paper along the edges. Cut the loose paper at the corners and fold the excess paper into the inside of the box. For the bottom, fold the excess paper underneath the bottom of the box. Seal the edges down with Mod Podge. 

Step 7. Once your paper is adhered to the box, immediately coat the entire outside of the box in another layer of Mod Podge. Allow your box to dry overnight. 

Step 8. The next step is to create your labels. Cut your gold foil adhesive tabs in half and then fill out your labels with a fine-tip permanent marker. Glue your labels to the front of your new paper organizers. 

Step 9. Now it's ready to use! You may also cover the inside with white paper like I've done for a more professional look. Enjoy!

This easy DIY craft has solved my mail storage problem and I absolutely love the look too! I especially like that each organizer has it's own unique marbled pattern thanks to the Paper Source's selection of fine paper. Not to mention that my gold file tabs make the perfect accents to this luxe marbled look. Let's just say that I'm extremely happy with how this do-it-yourself project turned out. Let me know if you decide to give this DIY paper organizer a try!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Falling for Velvet this Season: Velvet furniture inspiration & shopping resources

Home featuring Z-shaped chairs in bikini-fit emerald velvet cushion by Pollack, via LuxeSource, Brantley Photography

Now that colder weather is rolling in you finally have an excuse to enjoy warmer, richer fabrics around your home. I recommend giving velvet a try this season. This classic fabric can be styled traditionally or in a more contemporary or edgy manner, depending on the style of furniture. Here is some amazing inspiration for decorating your home with velvet, along with a few great resources for sourcing velvet furniture and decor for your space. 

Kensington drawing room designed by GZ Interior Design.

Vintage chairs designed by Milo Baughman upholstered in Pierre Frey linen-velvet, via LuxeSource, Photography: Meghan Beierle-O'Brien

Velvet upholstery will go well in your living room or dining room as showcased here. You can even select velvet fabric to upholster your bed's headboard for a luxurious look.

Louis XVI chairs from 1st Dibs upholstered in Schumacher velvet, via LuxeSource, Photography: Cynthia Lynn

Velvet chair with metal frame

Want to create a bold or contemporary look utilizing velvet? Try selecting velvet upholstery paired with tufted pieces like the stunning armchair above, or combine velvet with various metals to create edgy and contemporary juxtaposition. Another fool proof way to go bold with velvet is by using really bold and bright colors like this rust orange velvet sofa below or something like a fun shade of chartreuse or deep teal to mix things up. 

Designed by Arent & Pyke's, via IN/OUT Design & Lifestyle

Ligne Rose Toga Sofa upholstered in velvet in an Australian home, via The Design Files, Photography: Eve Wilson

So where can you source the best in velvet furnishings? Try one of these great retailers.

1. On a budget - World Market
2. For the moderate price point - High Fashion Home
3. For the luxury shopper - Horchow

via Sight Unseen, Photos by Silvia Rivoltella

Already enjoying velvet at home? Share your photos of your favorite velvet decor on Twitter & Instagram and tag @Jacquinmh to share it with the blog. Can't wait to see how you're adding a touch of luxury at home with velvet!