Marcus Nilsson

 

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I know. Super super pretty.  Marcus Nilsson is the photographer, he’s one talented mo-pho-tographer
I met him when I was assisting Cindy, and I don’t remember much except that ‘i like marcus’.  It was a long time ago, give me a break.
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He does food, interiors, portraits, kind of everything.
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wish i had more than a minute to blog.  i might tell you funny stories about him.
But the point is, he’s awesome and crazy talented.

 

Kate Mathis. I heart your photos.

 

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I know.  I know.  I have cool friends. These were shot by my friend Kate Mathis, and even if she wasn’t my friend, in fact even if I despised her because she robbed my house in the middle of the night, or spread the rumor that I got my sofa from jennifer convertibles, I would still post these photos.   I was cruising by her site (if you have a web-site, i bet i’ve visited it; i’m a total online voyeur) and I noticed some new shots of hers which kinda blew me away.  In case you are wondering not everyone can do this kind of light.  i work with photographers who would sell their pointer finger to be able to create this.  nice job kate.

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These were styled by Marcus Hay.  I’m jealous Marcus. You both are crazy talented.
 I wish I had this in my book.

 

Pendleton Woolen Mills. i’m not shilling, i swear. just hear me out.

 

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Sometimes you dismiss a company because you aren’t their demographic and their branding doesn’t do much for you.  And sometimes you are super into a company just because you are the demographic and you get sucked in by everything they do, and yet once you get it home you are a bit disappointed (muji? anyone, in the store i love love love it, but once that pretty white binder is home, by itself, without all its japanese companions in the store that help it make sense, then i find it uber boring.  ooh, i feel the same way about jcrew a lot of the time, all those frilly shirts on the models look amazing and modern, but when i get them home they look dowdy and make me look like a 12 year old going to an easter brunch). woah. i digress.

 

Anyway, Pendleton, who i worked for the last couple weeks is one of the companies that i always knew was a good one (american made, all quality, family owned for 130 years, OREGON!! – all awesome) but not convinced it was ‘for me’.  When it is all together in the catalogue or store i think it’s ‘nice’, but it just doesn’t seem to fit my style and weather.  They are not unnoticed.  The top shot is of the line that opening ceremony did with pendleton.  They have also collaborated with Hurley, Nike and Comme Des Garcon.  not bad. So, after spending a couple weeks with the product I have found a few things that i’m savin’ up fer:

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i know.  i know. they are f-ing rad, beautifully made, bad a**, authentic boots.  be warned, they are a pretty penny.  but they are even prettier boots that will last forever.  here s the link.
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This mens slim vintage fit shirt is awesome, too. It looks a bit serious for me on the model, but they are cotton, not wool and are more affordable than the wool ones.  picture him just cruising around on a bike in prospect park.
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And the two blankets up top are super, super pretty.  The big grey one with the cross (the san miguel) is amazing, and heavy enough to keep you warm in a snowstorm – which is why everyone in alaska, Aspen, Tahoe, Mount Hood, etc buys Pendleton.  Its more of a bed blanket than a throw, fyi, its heavy thick whool; the graphic is super modern.  The one next to it is super simple, pretty and warm.

Again, please don’t think that i’m schilling because i worked for them (and hope to again).  I was just surprised at how much I wanted some of their product, being way younger than their target demographic and being a total city girl.   A lot of their stuff doesn’t suit my style and my weather, but these do.  oh, and i’ll take a couple of the lambs from their ranch that i showed here too.

 

just scandinavian

 

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I’m a wishbone chair purist – quite a pretentious thing to say, i know.  First of all this is the wishbone chair, above.  I love them very very very very much.  They have simple curved lines, are comfortable and inviting, they can disappear within the setting, but are each such a pretty sculpture on their own.  I doth covet.  I found some in portland recently at the good mod.  They were selling 6 matching ORIGINALS for $3500 which is a fortune, i know, but i still wanted to buy them or at least break in and steal them.
ANYHOO, they are making them again as we all know (again with the pretentiousness), but now they are making them in colors.  and i have to say, ish don’t think so.

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They come as a set, all four different tones of the same blue palette. I personally think that it stripped a lot of the sophistication out of them.  They look so much more ikea, and almost kid roomy.  And I feel like nobody is talking about it.  everyone is like ‘look at the new chairs’ and ‘wow, new colors of the wishbone chair’ when really shouldn’t we be asking ‘was this really a good idea?’ Would Hans turn over in his assuredly efficiently, yet beautifully designed coffin?

 

But it did remind me of the store in New York store called ‘Just Scandinavian’ that I used to go to a lot when i lived there.  Here are some of my faves from the store:

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and these guys:
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Above are some of their rad wallpapers.  Their fabrics are good too, but unfortunately Ikea has awesome similar fabric from under $10 a yard.
The jury is still out on these plates below.  I need to see them in person. IF they are handpainted then they could be uh-mazing.  If they are screenprinted (or whatever machine they would use to mass produce) then they could look like you bought them at pottery barn, like 8 years ago – in a very very  bad way.

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And then there are these teatowels.  such good gifts btdubs:
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And lastly this is another one that needs to be viewed in person.
There is something so traditional, grand and european about it that i love, but those drawers might be throwing me off.  i can’t tell, perhaps because it’s 5:30 am. insomnia blows.

 

Pretty bed linens

 

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Pretty pretty pretty. love me some washed linen.  This stuff  is SUPER pretty from Garnet Hill (the Eileen Fisher home line).  The sheets have a raw edge which wins me over every time.  I have the duvet cover (in ice blue, a color they made 3 years ago, they change often, i think) and I LOVE IT.  it’s super breathable, soft, textured, keeps us warm in the winter and cool in the summer, and the light, oh the light on it is so dreamy.  not so into this peach color for me, but the white and ivory are so beautiful.

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If i was at home i would upload pics of my pillows that I made from washed linen, i’m so happy with them.  Heres  the quick tip. Buy a couple yards (only 1 yard if you only want one biggish pillow, technically you could get two 16″throw pillows from 1 yard, but those are kinda small) of linen (upholstery weight that you would want for pillows).  It should be anywhere from $10-20/yard.  If you are in New York, go to Greylines linen co, in the fabric district. They have a billion different colors, patterns and weights and everything is under $12.  I haven’t found a very good source in LA, so if anyone knows of one, please dish.  Anyhoo, wash and dry it 2 times at least.  Dry in full heat.  It may shrink, so you want to shrink it down now and not later.  It should become super soft and flowy, if its still a bit stiff, wash it again, unless you accidentally bought the cheap stuff which sometimes never gets soft.   Buy your down cushions (stuffers? whats the word for these?) and take it to your local tailor.  Some won’t do it, but most will, and for cheap – like $30 for two.  its just four seams and two zippers. methinks.
Here’s another company I found on design sponge. It’s called ‘Rough Linen’
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She does a lot of duvets and pillow covers custom, too.  Any of these patterns in a ton of colors, not these, don’t worry.
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