I’m loving the styling of this recent piece in Lonny Magazine, which features lots of Cotton & Flax pieces used to brighten up this casual baby shower. Visit Lonny to see the full piece.
After all the excitement around the announcement of Cotton & Flax tea towels being carried by CB2, I was floored when one of my favorite home decor companies, West Elm, got in touch, asking to carry a selection of my wares as part of their West Elm Local collection. It’s been an incredible experience working with these giants in the world of home decor, and I am beyond excited that corporations are showing an interest in promoting smaller companies and the beautiful work of local makers.
For a limited time, you can now find Cotton & Flax pillows and tea towels at West Elm stores in LA and San Diego! Take a peek at the local makers included in each store, West Elm posted roundups of the LA Local and San Diego Local collections on their blog. If you spot my wares in store, or if you buy one of the pieces to add to your home, tag me on Instagram or Twitter!
It’s so inspiring to see how you integrate Cotton & Flax pieces into your homes, and I’ve been delighted to spot Cotton & Flax pieces pop up in my feed on Instagram and on my favorite design blogs. The photo above is from a home tour of a beautiful Venice Canal Cottage on Apartment Therapy, I love the way that Whitney and Adam integrate so much subtle pattern into their living room, it feels lush and textured without being overwhelming.
My friend Kate shared this sweet photo of her new pup on her blog recently. Kate isn’t afraid to mix bold patterns, her style is so fresh. Kate owns the small gold plus pillow, in case you’re looking to update your sofa with a pop of yellow.
Pattern inspiration, elsewhere:
● Ace Hotel’s new pattern-filled location in Panama, the American Trade Hotel. Especially loving the black and white tile on the patio, so striking!
● Design*Sponge posted guides to popular patterns back in January.
● Justina Blakeney’s gorgeous patio overhaul – she embraces color and pattern like no one else.
Have you seen the Artisanal sales over on One Kings Lane? They’ve been featuring some awesome makers: beautiful indigo dyed textiles from Ermie, unique hand-built ceramics from Ben Medansky, and the my favorite candles from Oui. I’m excited to announce that the Cotton & Flax Artisanal sale for One Kings Lane starts today at 6pm!
I created five one-of-a-kind patchwork pillows for this sale, so if you’ve been waiting for a chance to buy one, hurry on over! If they sell well with this OKL sale, I’ll make a few more to have in the shop for the holiday season.
It’s always nice to have my work displayed alongside other talented artisans. Handmade items make your home special, and I am glad to see that companies like OKL are highlighting the value of handmade home goods. The sale runs until October 4th, so check out the sale while you can!
Before I founded Cotton & Flax, I worked primarily as a fine artist, selling my prints, drawings, and collages online under my full name, Erin Dollar. Since then, Cotton & Flax has taken up most of my free time, and I haven’t released new artwork for sale since 2011. This week, I can finally share an awesome collaboration I did with Schoolhouse Electric, a fantastic lighting and home decor company based in my hometown, Portland, Oregon. They just released their new Fall catalog today, and guess who has a print featured in their new collection?
This is an image I created back in 2011, when I was exploring imagery surrounding old stratigraphic charts, and the mysteries of what’s buried underground. You can see that I was also developing some patterns in this image, as each layer features a different tone and pattern.
If you live in Portland, stop by the Schoolhouse Electric showroom to see all the art they’ve added to their collection. I am excited to be featured among talented artists like Becca Stadtlander and Shanna Murray! If you don’t live near Portland, you can check out all their new art offerings online!
Last week I took a quick trip up to Portland to visit family, my first long weekend off from work in quite a while. My friend Laura gifted me a few back issues of Anthology Magazine a while back, and I spent the two hour flight perusing them. I don’t normally find flying to be all that luxurious (maybe I’d feel differently if I rode in first class, instead of crammed into a middle seat in the second-to-last row, seated next to two armrest hogs…), but something about kicking back with a magazine makes me feel like I’m on vacation. The fact that Anthology happens to be beautifully designed and wonderfully inspirational is just the icing on the cake.
Anthology is a shelter and lifestyle magazine, founded by Anh-Minh Le and Meg Mateo Ilasco, that takes a narrative approach to its coverage of home decor, travel, design, entertaining, and culture. I love the peeks into beautiful homes, they feature so many different styles of decor and each new home they feature feels fresh and unexpected. I loved reading the article about Jenny and Joseph Conway’s home in Portland, Maine, which captured all the unique details of their small space. I loved the honesty of that piece, the way they shared how their home has come together over the years through scavenging and collecting things from around their community.
Now that I’m back from my trip, I’m hoping to get my hands on the newest issue of Anthology. Are there any other new magazines I should check out? What do you like to read on vacation?