Board No. 38: Cherries Jubilee

29 June 2009

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I’m in Michigan this week, a place I’ve never really been before {I spent a weekend in Detroit, but I don’t think that counts…}. I hear Michigan is the nation’s leading cherry grower, so what better way to start off the week than with this jubilant and elegant summer wedding inspiration?

The Details:
First row, left to right: cherry favors from Wedding Style Guide; calligraphed place cards from Martha Stewart Weddings; red bouquet photo by Meg Smith

Second row: ribbon escort card display photo by Meg Smith; raspberry and blackberry centerpiece from Napa Valley Celebrations; maids in red photo by Meg Smith

Third row: butlered red wine from Napa Valley Celebrations; calligraphy by Laura Hooper; geometric high heels from Modern Day Design; photo booth photo by Meg Smith

Monday, Monday + Road Trip

29 June 2009

{via Black*Eiffel}

Good morning, lovelies! I’m off on an exciting road trip, so posting this week + next {yes, it’s that long!} will be a bit more spotty than usual. Hang tight, though: I’ve got some good stuff to share, starting with an inspiration board coming soon!

Have to have Hable

25 June 2009

The more design-inclined among you may have heard of a company called Hable Construction. As far as I know {and at least in blogging circles}, they are most famous for producing a fabric pattern called “beads.” This particular pattern comes in many lovely colors:

Unfortunately, it is also:

a) only available “to the trade”


b) only able to be purchased in a 3-yard minimum


c) ridiculously expensive (as in, purportedly $70 a yard. Yeowtch.)

Also falling under the category of “unfortunate” is the fact that when I decided that I was going to make placemats for my new abode, I got my little heart set on this fabric. Before I was aware of points A, B, or C.

Since there’s no turning back in affairs of the heart such as this, I went looking for similar patterns at dissimilar price points. Here’s what I found.

First, there is a way around the whole “to the trade” thing if you’re inclined to pay what Hable’s asking. Decorati is a great source for access to previously off-limits goods, and they do appear to carry almost all of Hable’s patterns {see them here}. I’m not sure exactly how it works, as I’ve never ordered from them before, but it’s definitely worth a shot for those non-designers desperate for the real deal.

Next in both price point and look is the “Hotty Dotty” pattern from Maine Cottage, above. It also appears to be pretty close to the Hable fabric in terms of weight and feel. It retails for $50 a yard, but there is no yardage minimum. They offer three color combinations but two are currently unavailable {the one above – ale/buttercream – is the one currently for sale}. Purchase here.

For a similar price {$42}, Kiitos Marimekko offers a pattern called Pienet Kiivet. It only appears to come in light green. Again, no yardage minimum as far as I can tell. Purchase here.

Lastly, we have an option from Amy Butler’s Miwestern Modern line called Lotus Full Moon, shown here in Tangerine. At $8.98 a yard from it is certainly the budget-conscious choice, but for that price you’re {or I’m} not going to get the lovely linen weight and feel of the Hable original. Purchase here.

So what did I pick? Stay tuned to find out…