Summer at Cotton & Flax HQ

Inside the creative studio of Cotton & Flax - textile design studio in Los Angeles

It’s been a busy few months at Cotton & Flax, as I moved into a new studio space, and transitioned from my home studio to a shared studio environment. I love the new studio so much – it’s twice the size of my tiny home studio, and I get to see my friends, Keiko, Malachi, and Lisa on a daily basis.

I’ll be sharing a studio tour soon – my friend Jessica was kind enough to come shoot the space on an exceptionally tidy day. Until then, you can see sneak peeks over on Instagram!

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Crafter’s Box Pop-Up

DIY Block printed table runner

In case you missed out on my online block printing class when it was available through The Crafter’s Box, it’s available today only through their official pop-up shop! Visit the Crafter’s Box pop-up shop to get exclusive access to my workshop. You’ll receive everything you need to create your own block printed table runner like the one above, and the materials are high-quality, so you’ll be able to reuse the tools for future projects.

Act quickly, because the pop-up shop is one day only! If you’ve created a block printed project after taking an online workshop with me, tag me on Instagram – I’d love to see what you’ve made!

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Decorating Tips to Achieve a Minimalist Bedroom

How to create a beautiful (not boring) minimalist bedroom

We count on our bedroom to be a haven when we need some peace and quiet. Nothing calms your soul more than a beautifully clean space with lots of breathing room.

By adopting a “less is more” mentality, minimalist decorating focuses on relaxation, simplicity, and natural beauty. Creating a simple space really isn’t hard — it’s about finding the right balance, and decorating with high-quality pieces to keep your bedroom looking refined. We’ve gathered a few tips to inspire you to create a dreamy minimalist bedroom that will help you feel refreshed.

Lighten up your room with neutrals

Invest in basics, neutrals colors in natural fabrics are a great place to start. With passing seasons, neutrals keep your bedroom looking bright and fresh, and they never go out of style. Building a base of neutrals (for example, linen pillows) will help accentuate small pops of color and pattern in your space. Choosing light toned neutrals will create a brighter atmosphere, as the light opens up your bedroom and highlights the clarity of the space.

Neutral Bedroom with Natural Light - Coco Lapine Blog

Quality Over Quantity

Living minimally means living thoughtfully. Choose quality over quantity— infuse your space with thoughtfully crafted and handmade home goods that will make your bedroom feel one of a kind. Purchase products that highlight your values and your individuality; by keeping fewer items in your bedroom, the emphasis is drawn to the pieces that are on display. Reducing clutter can reduce stress, which makes the bedroom the perfect place to try minimalist decor.

Airy, Minimalist Bedroom

Play with Textures, But Don’t Overdo It

Create visual interest in your bedroom through the use of playful textures and patterns. Minimalist decorating is all about the small details. Whether it’s added pattern or texture to your bedside table, or complimenting your dreamy bedspread with one-of-a-kind natural linen pillows. 
Tips for creating a beautiful, minimalist bedroom - Cotton & Flax

Liven Up Your Room With Plants

Opt for a fresh bunch of lavender or tiny succulent plants to add color and play up your simple living space. Not only will it give your interiors a touch of elegance, but you will finally have the sense of serenity and calm you’re looking for.

Minimalist modern decor

By using blends of neutrals, soft patterns, and clutter-free organization, you will have achieved a refined look and created the coziest sanctuary. Need some beautifully patterned pillows to add to your minimalist space? Check out Cotton & Flax’s range of linen pillows!
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Learn How to Screen Print

How to screen print - DIY silkscreen printing with Cotton & Flax

Screen printing is at the heart of everything I do with Cotton & Flax. If you’ve been curious about how to screen print at home, I’m excited to share my expertise on how to silkscreen your own designs in my new screenprinting class for CreativeLive.

DIY screen printing can be intimidating to creative business owners, but it’s an amazing tool that can allow you to apply your designs to new materials, and see your work come alive. With this introductory online screen printing workshop, I’ll walk you through the entire screen printing process with a DIY workflow, making it accessible and approachable for anyone. You can watch this class anytime, anywhere — once you sign up, you can stream or download the class and learn at your leisure.

How to screen print - DIY silkscreen printing with Cotton & Flax

I get so much joy from sharing my love of printmaking. I hope you’ll join me for a three-hour overview of the silk screen process, where you’ll learn all about how to silkscreen at home:

  • how to create a bold design and transparency that will translate well to printing
  • the best materials and tools for beginners
  • how to create a dark room in your space
  • and best practices to prepare for screen printing at home

When you sign up for my class, you’ll receive bonus content, including a resource guide with sources for all my favorite screen printing supplies and tools. This is the resource list I would have loved when I was first starting out; it will save you tons of time as you search for screenprinting supplies to build your own print studio.

If at this point, you’re wondering, “What is screen printing?” this quick screen printing video will show you the process. These are the same screen printing techniques that I use to create all the patterned fabrics for Cotton & Flax!

Sign up for class here — when you sign up via one of the links here on the blog, you help support Cotton & Flax and encourage me to continue to share my love of printmaking. Don’t forget to tag me on social media when you take the class — I can’t wait to see what you’ll print!

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A new HQ for Cotton & Flax

Cotton & Flax is moving to a new studio!

After four years of cutting, printing, and sewing Cotton & Flax products from my home studio, I’m excited to share that I’m moving into a new studio this month! The studio space is part of a larger shared studio that also houses illustrator and stationery maker Small Adventure (who you may know as one of my long-time maker friends who I’ve done in-person sales and events with in the past), as well as comic artist Malachi Ward and and writer Lisa Butterworth.

I’m still getting things set up in the studio, but I’ll be posting updates over on Instagram as the space comes together! Looking forward to hosting some classes and other events in the studio soon.

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Modern Home Decor Blogs to Inspire Refined Living

Editor’s note: I’m happy to announce a new contributor to the blog: Jessica Marie Estrada! She’s compiled a list of home decor blogs that we turn to for inspiration — enjoy her post!

Relatable, minimal interiors - Blogs We Love

Modern home decor charms you with subtle touches of neutral color and open spaces bathed in natural sunlight. Embracing a simple, functional, and minimal design, modern decor focuses on the small details by pairing fun and interesting patterns. If you’re looking for home decor inspiration, these blogs will help you to refine and simplify your home.

Reading My Tea Leaves really encapsulates how to live minimally and sustainably with simple home and beauty routines. It’s a great journal to seek inspiration on how to de-clutter your home and for little tips and tricks around the house.  

Minimalist interior decor - Blogs We Love

The Elysian Edit is a refined approach to lifestyle, design, and modern living. Jessica Comingore features the dreamiest spaces and beautifully photographs any home or city she travels to, making you want to re-design and simplify your life. You can easily find inspiration for your very own dream home and daily routines that focus on taking care of yourself while caught in the hustle and bustle.

Beautiful airy bedroom - interior decor blogs we love

Frolic! : Living in Portugal has never looked more perfect. American blogger and floral designer Chelsea Fuss sweetens up her home with thoughtfully made products and design. Using colorful flowers to decorate her space, she gives her home a quiet, yet beautiful touch.  She gives tips on floral arranging, home decorating, and recipes using the simplest decor.

Blogs we love - A Cozy Kitchen

While not technically a home decor blog, A Cozy Kitchen‘s recipes and baked goods are so perfectly crafted that they are too beautiful not to mention as one of our faves! They will not only make your mouth water, but also provide a fresh take on modern baking that will look gorgeous on your dining room table. We love her recipes for a lavish birthday party, or just a dinner for two.

Home Decor Inspiration - Blogs We Love

Anne Sage :  From mid-century modern home decor to DIY home decor, the Anne Sage blog offers amazing inspiration for home decor ideas and recipes for your everyday. Her style approach is quiet and neutral, but she seasons it with soft hues of color to mix things up. You can find entertaining, DIY, recipe inspiration on her blog for any occasion.  


Plant Decor Inspiration, Blogs We Love

The Jungalow sparks originality and makes our wildest plant decor dreams come true. Blogger and designer, Justina Blakeney, fuses radiant colors and bold patterns to create beautiful bohemian home decor inspiration. Readers are inspired to embrace a lively approach to home decor and take chances in playing with color.

Modern blush interiors - Blogs We Love

Apartment 34 has their readers obsessing over modern decor, delicious food, and classy entertaining.  Get ideas for throwing the perfect party, cooking a savory meal, and vamping up your kitchen all on the blog. There are plenty home decor tips and tricks worth checking out here.

Modern Kitchen Decor - Blogs We Love

Design Sponge : We love getting lost in this website for a real-life look into the homes of artists and designers! It is lovely to be able to dive into the homes of these talented people and get a peak into their lives. Being able to read about their creative process in finding their dream home and the story behind it’s unique decor, inspires us to fantasize about creating one-of-a-kind modern decor in our own home!  

Bohemian Modern Decor

SF Girl By Bay : SF Girl by Bay is a definite go-to for “bohemian modern style” inspiration. The blog’s use of wild colors and textures will sway you to purchase more pops of pattern and color to liven up your own space. This is the site for finding authentic and unique designers, art & interiors tips, and all your textile inspiration needs.


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