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  • Mod Peacock © Sue Schlabach

    Return of the Mod Peacock

    Happy summer evening to you all. The Mod Peacock art I designed for Wild Apple has just appeared on this indoor/outdoor rug by JellyBeans, a division of Home Fires. It is cheering up the porch—desperately in need of paint. I am loath to wipe my feet on this beauty after a spell in the garden…

  • Gudrun Sjoden from SueSchlabach.com

    On the Archipeligo with Gudrun Sjõdén

      Gudrun Sjõdén opened a shop in Soho the week after we were in New York. I was sorry to miss the grand opening. Her spring and summer collection is full of color and pattern—as I’ve come to expect—but she continues to create settings that are visually poetic and inviting. In this collection we are…

  • Mod Peacock © Sue Schlabach

    Mod Peacock Pillows

      Inspired as I am by Danish modern art and design, I tried my hand at it last spring and made several peacock illustrations for Wild Apple. The art was picked up by several home furnishing companies, among them Manual Weavers and Woodworkers. These production samples arrived at the office this week and I’m tickled…

  • Cappella Kicheloe

    Forcing Forsythia, the Love of Orange

      As I typed the words ‘forcing forsythia’ I heard them spoken in the voice of Sylvester, the cartoon cat who always chased Tweety Bird. These metal industrial stools cheered me when I came across them this morning via Nest Design Studio. I do love orange, and a jolly little 1940s milk pitcher, a small…

  • Blue and White sueschlabach.com

    Living with Blue and White

      This fall I was pleased to see classic blues return to the pages of shelter magazines and in the collections I saw in Paris at Maison et Objet. As a child I collected blue willow china, and I still have a soft spot for any blue and white plates. These new blue and white…

  • Vintage Heaven London © Sue Schlabach

    Columbia Road, London, First Stop Cake Hole

      Several weeks ago I arrived in London after the red eye from Boston. It was a Sunday morning, but noontime by the time I’d settled in my hotel. The bed was calling me, but not as strongly as the Sunday-only markets of London. I set out for Columbia Road and its famous Sunday flower…

  • ivo and co barcelona sueschlabach.com

    Danish Textiles by way of Barcelona

    I came upon the Indian print textiles of Bungalow in the marvelous home décor shop ivo & co in Barcelona, and brought a tea towel home with me. It hasn’t touched a dish yet, since most tea towels suffer a messy fate in this house—too quickly stained with tea or tomato sauce. This one is…

  • Montreal Buttons © Sue Schlabach

    Vintage Buttons

    What is it about buttons? I can’t seem to acquire enough of them. Fortunately I come across bags and bottles of buttons in thrift stores all the time. They provide a tactile zing to run your fingers through, while digging to look for the perfect one. Zing. Zing. This was a collection I found last…

  • DIY Lampshade © Sue Schlabach

    A Tale of Two Lampshades

          Last fall I began making a fabric shade for a wire frame I came across (where? can’t remember…). It wasn’t easy. But I like this kind of challenge. As usual, I got the bulk of the work finished in a frenzy and then got hung up on the finishing details. My friend…