Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Pillow Talk

It all started with the living room of interior designer Melissa Warner's LA apartment featured on the May cover of House Beautiful . . . 
The room appeals to me on several levels. The colors, textures and patterns are all very pleasing. I'm not alone in my admiration. This room and apartment have been all over the blogosphere. However, some warn that you might be trendy if you like this room. I've been called worse. 
But you know what really caught my eye? It's something very simple and unassuming. 

I'll give you a hint - there are two of them in the photo. Shocking, I know, that I should like something in pairs.

Have you figured it out? Yes, it's the cream-colored wool felt applique "Layla" pillow from Crate & Barrel. I love the subtle color and texture. It would make a statement in any room.

I've been noticing a lot of wool felt lately. While perusing my PB Teen catalog yesterday, I ran across these examples:
Which reminded me of where I first fell in love with wool felt pillows in the first place: Hable Construction.

I rushed over to their website to grab some photos of the pillows I have long admired only to find a mere TWO examples. That's it. They used to have dozens of wool felt designs. What's going on? Had I missed something?

A little concerned, I sent an email to Hable's sales department inquiring about the lack of wool felt pillows on their site. Was this a temporary shortage? Are there sheep on strike somewhere in New Zealand?

I received a very quick and friendly response which read:
"We are no longer producing the wool felt products. The pricing has gotten higher over the years and the durability is not as strong as our prints. We just felt it was better to do the better priced collection with Garnet Hill and it has been successful. Thanks for your interest. What we have left is all she wrote!  - Kate"

Bummer. Am I the last to know this? However, the good news is Hable Construction still carries its line of cotton canvas and cotton linen pillows in their signature bead, checker and poppy designs:

As well as some very cool new designs:

And, since we're on the subject of pillows, my latest obsession is this crewel pillow from High Street Market's Etsy store:
I think my sofa needs another pillow. Gotta break up the symmetry of the pair I currently have.

Okay, so I have slight pillow obsession. Any favorites in the bunch?


shari @ little blue deer said...

I love pillows so much! And I like the idea of wool felt, but I'm afraid it might be too scratchy? Maybe not? Love the green and brown one, above, and of course I am always partial to crewel! Great post!

Chris E. said...

I HAVE those cream felt pillows... Crate and Barrel. Snagged them after seeing that HB cover. Can't wait to see you Sunday!

My Interior Life said...

Thanks, Shari!

And, Chris, I knew you ordered some C&B pillows but I didn't realize those were the ones you got. Lucky girl! Great minds think alike, right?

Kim said...

I love those C&B circle pillows. They remind me of all those fun JCrew t-shirts they've been making lately. I'm a sucker for those cute embellishments on my clothes and my couch.

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

I adore this and I especially adore the couch!

DECORICA said...

I have a pillow and ottoman obsession. I think it's part of being a woman. And that crewel pillow is gorgeous. :) erica

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Cute felt pillows but they would never last around here with 2 kids, 2 dogs and 1 husband ...need I say more!

Simply Mel said...

Oh yes, I definitely LOVE High Street Market's pillows! DIVINE!

Susan said...

I love the crewel pillow but truly the pillows that caught my eye on the HB cover were the orange ones. I guess I am more struck by the obvious contrasts of color.

kayce hughes said...

I have always been obsessed with anything out of wool felt!