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ink & spindle


Ink and Spindle is an Australian textile company that creates hand-printed designs on ethically sourced textiles. Their designs are inspired by Australia’s native flora and fauna as well as the urban environment in Melbourne. Rather than following current design or fashion trends too closely, they try to develop textiles that will fit in your life for many years to come, and enjoy working within the limitations of screen and hand printing. In addition to ready-made fabric and items, you can customize fabrics (repeat size, color, base cloth, etc) to fit your needs. Beautiful, no?





wish i were checking in: rustic laurel canyon


Last year, Brendan and I took a really great vacation in the mountains of North Carolina just a few hours away from home. In the inexpensive cabin we rented, there was no internet, no cell service, and no neighbors within sight, so we were able to completely unplug for a few days. We hiked, we cooked, played board games, and sat bundled up by an outdoor fire enjoying the fall weather. The town was tiny (great for antiquing!), but otherwise there wasn’t a whole lot to do — perfect! It was truly one of our best vacations.


This Laurel Canyon guest house has the same kind of vibe to me. Of course, plane tickets to Laurel Canyon would just about blow our “cheap getaway” plan, but if we ever do find ourselves in Laurel Canyon I hope I’ll be checking in. Starting at $100/night.




harriet on the wall


As part of my order with Michael’s, I framed a small painting by my friend and studio neighbor Harriet Bellows. I’m not sure I’ve found the right spot for it in the house, but here’s the finished product, which I love.


Thanks to Michael’s for providing custom framing to me in exchange for this blog post (and previous posts, here and here).

book review: amy butler stencils

amy butler stencils

Fans of designer and textile guru Amy Butler will rejoice over her new book Amy Butler Stencils. This beautifully designed 14 stencil collection comes with an instructional booklet with tips on preparing your surface, layering designs and painting.

amy butler stencils

The scale of the stencils (many are 8-10″) make this collection best for larger textile and home furnishing applications… my white Ikea curtains could benefit from a few of her flourishes. The accompanying booklet is also full of design inspirations, with bright and clean photo styling.

amy butler stencils

amy butler stencils

amy butler stencils

Final verdict? Buy it. The possibilities of patterns and designs with the 14 stencils provided is endless, and the tips are helpful. But, you will have to keep the large size of the stencils in mind, because they may not be ideal for smaller projects like pillows or place mats.

—Melissa P. and Ellie

Thanks to Chronicle Books for providing a review copy.