holy wallpaper!

So, this is very cool wallpaper. You may recognize the wallpaper as being from the Studio Printworks collection. To me it looks kinda like exaggerated punctuation. I've actually posted this pic before - it's by John Loecke, a charming design pro that I met last summer at an ebay event in Mahattan. Daring, I say - quite daring. Daring is good!  A little digging has revealed that this paper was designed by Given Campbell. And the latest Given Campbell collection is right up my alley. It's called the Divine collection. Inspiration was clearly heaven-sent since the patterns are all named for saints.

St. Peter, patron saint of fishermen

St. Catherine, patron saint of artists

St. Christopher, patron saint of travelers

And my favourite, for so many reasons,

St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of writersAnd why is saintly wallpaper up my alley, you may wonder? It's because I'm Catholic. I find the stories of lives of the saints fascinating. When I was little I used to love reading the stories -- drama, adventure, tragedy, devotion, sacrifice, miracles! I mean really, eat your heart out JK Rowling! I attended Catholic schools for my education: St. Anne's, St. Teresa's, St. Peter's High School, St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto. My dad was CEO of St. Joseph's Hospital for about 20 years. Did you know St. Joseph is the patron saint of Canada? That's why there are so many companies here named for St. Joseph -- most would have been started by immigrant Catholics. Two other very helpful saints are St. Anthony and St. Jude. Whenever I lost something and bugged Mom to help find it she would say "Say a prayer to St. Anthony and St. Jude." Anthony is the patron saint of lost items, St. Jude is for lost causes. Given Campbell's graphic modern collection has renewed my interest in the lives of the saints. If you'd like to find out more about your name saint, check out the searchable database at catholic.org.  Here are a couple of interesting ones: Martha is the patron saint of housewives and cooks (seriously, for reals!). And if you'd like an explanation of the whole St. Joseph ritual for selling your house, click over to Ask Sister Mary Martha -- a very amusing blog!

florence's room

I was flipping through a book on the weekend and found this. Oh, poor wee creature. Choose your favourite caption:

1. "Mommy, I can't sleep. May I please have some warm milk and an Ambien?"

2. Florence's mom is the president of her local chapter of the Bring Back Domino Mag club.

3. John Pawson's illegitimate daughter, Florence, began her rebellion early.

Or, why not leave a caption in the comments...

wonder walls

I wonder if in some parallel universe I might be able to be one of those people who has hand painted silk wallcoverings. I'd like that. Have you been seeing these in all the magazines and books? I sure have.  Oh the bedrooms and dining rooms and hallways strewn with vines and birds and blossoms and the most luscious colours. Also loving mural papers -- just incroyable! Tonight I am lost in these spaces. Come with me for a tour. Sorry, lots of scrolling 'cause I can't possibly run the shots any smaller than this. Which is your fave? (BTW, I promised tea - my sip is a homemade Chai latte - yours?)

So pretty and happy. You can never go wrong with pretty and happy.

...and this is a bedroom. Good morning gorgeous!

Said to my hubs just the other day that I had reached my saturation point on Kelly W coverage, but here I am with the pic of the BG resto at Bergdorfs. Had to.

It's not just the wallcovering, it's the hidden door (have always loved this idea - to conceal a tiny Room of One's Own), and of course the carpet. Fun.

Tom Dixon, meet Fromental. Fromental, meet Tom Dixon.

Another secret door. Handsome.

God knows I love an elephant in design (perhaps bested only by the monkey).

sources: 1-3, 6&7: De Gournay. 4&5: Fromental.


Viv & Jack

Hey, so ya know I have a case of anglophilitis (want some evidence, check here). So imagine my delight upon discovering this baby -- part of the new Vivienne Westwood collection for Cole & Son

Yes, it's beat up Union Jack wallpaper from the Queen of the Kings Road herself. I would soooo love to use this somewhere. Vivienne Westwood is such a super cool bad-ass lady with crazy talent. I saw her up close and in the flesh a couple of years ago and was taken completely by surprise. It was the press preview of the Anglomania exhibit at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC. I happened to be in town for a press event and managed to get myself into the preview. So, there I was, engrossed in one of the most sensational fashion exhibits I've ever seen. I looked up and there was Hamish Bowles from Vogue. I was totally star struck my him and actually followed him around for a bit, secretly trying to get a good pic (I know, I'm a bit of a freak). Anyhoo, just a few minutes later and I looked around and there was Stephen Jones, Philip Treacy, Ozwald Boateng. I was totally surrounded by some of the biggest names in British fashion. Amazing. Then I spotted a major crowd forming with cameras and lights etc. And it was her -- Vivienne. I'll try to find some of my pics from that day and post them. 

As for Cole & Son, I was treated to a tour of the factory when I was in London a while back and I'm dying to tell you more about it. You'll have to stay tuned to the pages of STYLE AT HOME for that though (I'll let you know!).