Mally Skok fabric crush

I assume I am among the majority of decorators and designers when I say, I LOVE fabric. I mean I seriously LOVE fabric. Even as a kid, I remember being in heaven while my mother browsed at our local fabric store. I would wander the isles checking out all the different patterns, colors and textures and I would fantasize about all the things I would make and with which fabric.

Back then our local fabric store had a giant barrel by the register filled with left over samples. You could get a sample for a quarter. It was so difficult to choose just two pieces which was what I was allowed to bring home. Had my mother or the store allowed it I would have dumped the entire barrel onto the floor and spend the whole day deciding which two were “the ones”.

All these years later and I haven’t changed one bit. Even though I was about to start chemo and had no idea how I would be feeling, I jumped at the change to meet up with Boston Designer Mally Skok and check out her beautiful fabrics and coordinating wallpapers. Luckily I felt good that day and just as when I was a kid I could have stayed all day.

Skok's fabric room

Skok’s fabric room

One of the things I like best about Mally’s fabrics and wallpapers are that they are locally made right here in Mass. The bolts are then shipped to her studio. This allows Mally and her staff to keep quality in check by inspecting, cutting and shipping all orders themselves.

Although Mally is now a Bostonian she is originally from South Africa (by way of London) and many of her fabrics reflect her international sensibilities.

Tribal ethnic fabrics

Mally Skok bolts of fabric

Mally has six different collections and each one is quite different yet all reflect Mally’s love and expertise with color and pattern. You can check them all out here. What was most fun besides seeing her operation was getting a tour of her home and seeing some of her fabrics and wallpapers in use.

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Mewar pink on walls, India Stripe on chair, Rohet Flora multi on pillow

I discovered Mally and I share a love a pink which is reflected in a couple of the bedrooms.

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Brimfield on walls and chair in Petunia Pink

This wallpaper called Botswana Trees is from her Africa collection and is one of my favorites.

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Botswana trees peridot

What dog lover could possibly resist this this adorable doggy wallpaper?

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All of Mally’s designs are just so happy and welcoming.

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Suzani Luv Blue on White

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Rohet Flora Multi on chair seat

Doesn’t this guest bedroom make you feel like you are in some cute little Parisian bed and breakfast? If I was her guest I would not want to leave.

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Brimfield Petunia Pink

Mally sent me home with a big bag of one swatch of each piece in her collection. I was so excited about my bag of treasures. I am somewhat embarrassed to share this (so don’t judge) but as soon as I got home I sat on the floor with all the samples spread out in front of me. It was just like my dream had come true from when I was a kid. I had dumped out the swatch barrel and was taking my time “playing with” and falling in love with all the fabrics.

I can’t wait to use some in a project. I already have chosen “the ones”.

Do you feel this way about fabric too?

Friday’s Photo: fabric eye candy

I happen to be at a local fabric store last week and was stopped in my tracks by this beautiful hand embroidered silk bird fabric. I don’t know if you have noticed but birds are trending in home decor.  My cell phone photo doesn’t do the fabric justice but trust me, it is to die for!

calico corners bird fabric

Calico Corners: Style: Verona, Color: Cognac

 

Wouldn’t this be fabulous on the back of dining room chairs? While I’m on the topic of fabric check back next Tuesday for more fabric eye candy as I highlight Boston designer Mally Skok and her gorgeous line of bespoke fabric.

Have a great weekend everyone!

I made it through round two of chemo this week. Three weeks down, only nine more weeks to go!

Friday’s Photo: Decorating with books

Looking for a simple DIY project to do over this long weekend to add some color or pattern to a room? I thought this was a very cleaver idea since many of us have stacks of old paper back books laying around ( if not, they can be purchased at almost any yard sale for pennies).

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Simply turn the spines around and paint the pages in an assortment of colors and patterns. Instant colorful art!

Have a great long weekend everyone and even though it does not feel like Summer here in New England at least we know it’s coming soon!

 

 

Friday’s Photo: RL breaking the rules

In both photography and design school I was told “first you have to learn the rules in order to successfully break the rules”. This image below taken at the Ralph Lauren High Point Showroom is definitely a rule breaker. A giant mirror is oversize for the console table (a mirror should be no more than 1/3 the length of the piece of furniture it is over), a teeny tiny lamp looks way too small for the table (the size of a lamp should be balanced with the size of the table)  and a large framed photo overlaps the mirror (never obstruct a mirror).

Ralph Lauren Show room

Ralph Lauren Show room High Point

Does it work? Absolutely. Every single element is placed perfectly so that the overall vignette is balanced and cohesive. What do you think?

Have a great weekend!

Friday’s Photo: Excitement in the details

One of my favorite things to see at High Point Market is how the experts style the show rooms. Unfortunately, it can be challenging to observe because the rooms are almost always packed with sales reps buzzing about and with designers sitting in the room to test out the furniture or to simply relax for a few minutes.

One lucky afternoon I just happen to get this “person free” image at Wesley Hall.  I had about 5 seconds before someone walked back into the frame and sat down on the chair.

Wesley Hall

Wesley Hall

Just look at how much thought went into styling and decorating this one small space. The green in the art work perfectly coordinates with the green leather sofa. The flowers on the tray which is angled “just so” is a perfect compliment to the floral fabric on the chair. My absolute favorite detail though is the small red crystal on the chandelier that forms a little color triangle with the floral fabric and the red pillow on the sofa.

Call me crazy but it’s these perfectly thought out design details that gets me so excited about design.

Have a great weekend everyone. I think here in New England we are going to have our first absolutely gorgeous weekend.

Friday’s Photo: creative upcycling

Next week I am very excited be to attending the Architectural Digest Design Show in New York City. It got me thinking about my last visit to NY when I attended the Wanted Design show in May. A fun find from that show was this colorful pouf by Studioavni called the Bindi Dot, made from upcycled Indian Sarees.

Bindo Dot

Bindi Dot

Inspired by the colorful Bindis that Indian women adorn on their forehead, the Bindi dot is the adornment placed between the two eyebrows. The Bindi dot is also known as the six chakra or the seat of concealed wisdom. You can check out the full collection HERE.

Have a great weekend everyone and hang in there..only another few weeks until Spring. I for one can not get there fast enough.

Top Knobs=Top style

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “the hardware is the jewelry of the room”. At Top Knobs that is certainly true. Recently I had the chance to see their vast collection up close at KBIS as they were one of our BlogTour sponsors. I can confidently say that Top Knobs has a knob or handle for just about every style and price range.

Top Knobs at KBIS

Top Knobs at KBIS

This is our host at KBIS showing off one of Top Knobs newest collections the Aspen II collection. Just like their Aspen I collection, each piece is hand-cast from 90% recycled bronze and hand-finished for a beautiful, elegant style at an affordable price.

Top Knobs Aspen II Collection

Top Knobs Aspen II Collection

Since it’s always a challenge to get good product shots while at a trade show due to crowds and harsh lighting I thought I would share a few of Top Knobs best sellers from their own professional “beauty” shots.

Top Knobs Transcend Collection

Top Knobs Transcend Collection

Top Knobs Mercer Quilted

Top Knobs Mercer Quilted

Chareau Crystal

Chareau Crystal

Mercer Oculus

Mercer Oculus

Mercer Holland

Mercer Holland

While at KBIS it was exciting to find out that of our very own BlogTourVegas member Rose Dostal was chosen as a finalist in the Top Knobs design challenge. There were over 200 entries and Rose made it into the top seven! Here she is showing off her winning design.

BlogTourVegas member Rose Dostal

BlogTourVegas member Rose Dostal

No news yet if Rose won the challenge but fingers crossed she did. Be sure to check out Top Knobs next time you are looking for the perfect knob or handle.

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