Good PJ's are gold. It's like you don't realize what you were missing out on until you own the perfect pair. One of my favorite southern artists, Lulie Wallace of Charleston, has expanded her fine art collection to include PJ sets and robes- a collaboration with Plum Pretty Sugar in Southern California. They describe the pieces just as they appear- lightweight and airy. Which makes them perfect for a southern summer's night...
Bethanne Knudson and Stephan Michelson are the founders of The Oriole Mill in Hendersonville, North Carolina. It is here they partake and oversee in the production of jacquard fabrics to create luxurious textiles for the home. To their credit, 100% of the designing and weaving, the cutting and the sewing, happens at The Mill.
To create luxurious, super soft throws, coverlets, pillows and shams, they rely on fabrics that are warm and cozy, yet breathable. All of their textiles are made from natural fibers of cotton, wool, alpaca, linen and/or bamboo. And to ensure high quality and low impact, no chemicals are used in the weaving or finishing at the Mill.
They currently offer four different collections. This one, the Brooklyn Collection shows off their manly side. As Bethanne shared, "It's a masculine, urban bed that was inspired by a fabric we make that is reminiscent of men's wear."
Inside the Mill, you'll find Sew Co., founded by Libby O'Bryan. As stated on their site, "Sew Co.'s crew is composed of veteran factory workers who learned how to sew on the job during the South's manufacturing heydays of the 60's and 70's and have been sewing ever since."
The vets work alongside women who have studied fine dressmaking and costume design, so it's safe to say this is an impressive group of artisans. Together they utilize eight Jacquard and two high speed Dobby looms to create their fabrics.
It was very important for Bethanne to create a manufacturing company much different from those of the past. Every step of the process happens under one roof, ensuring quality control- plus, it's very much a team effort here. Learn more about The Oriole Mill and see the entirety of their scrumptious, luxurious collections, here.
Photos: Andrew Day/NY Times; The Oriole Mill Content: Sweet Peach
I'm one week into producing on this latest reality show in the Dominican Republic. I've actually taken a good 9 month break from TV (my longest ever) and now I'm back in the thick of it, working 12 hour shifts, surrounded by reality madness. Right now, all I can envision is a big old bed to crawl into as sleep is the only thing I'm in the mood for right now...
These images conjure up sleep in the best way possible, don't you think? I just love lots of layers and pillows- a place to sink into and disappear for a bit.
I'm drifting away to sleep as I finish writing this. Tonight, I sleep- not in anything as wondrous as found in these pictures. It's the standard hotel bed, but the sliding door is open and I can hear the breeze through the palm trees, and in the far distance, ocean waves. Exhuasted, I close my eyes to sleep.
Photos: My Paradissi; Decorology; Desire to Inspire; somethingsiknow.wordpress.com; erinterior.com; Traci Zeller; the designtabloid.com; House to Home Content: Sweet Peach