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  • Little Brick New Feature image Sue Schlabach

    The Little Brick House on the Corner

    There is a little village near here where my family lives. My brother and his wife moved there in 1995, and this small town—with only a couple hundred residents—took them in. My parents bought a house around the corner from my brother in 2004, and also became active participants in this thriving small community. Two…

  • Gudrun Sjoden outfit © Sue Schlabach

    Gudrun Friends Journal

    A few weeks ago I was invited to journal for a week as a friend of Gudrun Sjoden, the Swedish designer whose art, home and clothing lines epitomize everything I love about design. Her art is infused with color, pattern, whimsy, beauty, ethnicity and a nod toward history and place. Last week was a great week…

  • Tori's Hen Sofa © Sue Schlabach

    Walking Your Hen. Vermont. Paris.

    Tori and her chicken Wanda, Marguerite and her Parisian chicken

  • Marie-Elaine Cusson Art Tools © Sue Schlabach

    Marie-Elaine Cusson

    Marie-Elaine Cusson lives on a street just off the bustle of Sherbrooke in Westmount, Montreal. The quiet of her upstairs rooms belies the action just around the corner. But the quiet is mostly in the late night hours when her family is sleeping. Then she and her dog, Cacouna, settle into her little studio of…

  • Jane Cumberbatch © Sue Schlabach

    Lightness, Whiteness

    I feel well familiar with whiteness right now. Our landscape remains monochrome, blanketed with snow. But I leave for London tomorrow where the grass is green and the air is mild. Mild never sounded so good. I’ve been remiss in writing about an afternoon I spent with Jane Cumberbatch in London last fall, and since…

  • Heather Chontos Art

    Heather Chontos—Milk Farm Road

    In the continued quest to think about how to creatively cover my thrashed, but cozy, feather-filled couch, I came across the artist Heather Chontos‘ canvas painted throw. That’s inspired. Heather writes and occupies a sublime spot in Portland, Maine. I like her carefree approach to getting paint on a surface—whether it’s the table she’ll serve…

  • Paris Puces © Sue Schlabach

    Paris Puces

    Summer ended in a flurry of planning and packing for a sojourn to Paris and London in September. I returned to autumn weather, and writing has taken a backseat to the last frenzy of outdoor work and living. But now, with photos sorted—at last—I’m remembering Paris flea markets. I love a Paris flea market like…

  • 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…

  • ilo collective Floursack towels © Sue Schlabach

    In the Studio—Aprons, Towels, and the Quest for the Perfect Bag

     Friday is here at last. Sun after lots of cool rainy weather. A trip to Montreal—tonight! Here is a sampling of things made in the studio this spring. Denise and I hand-printed a big batch of flour sack towels back in March. Most are gone, but I still love the look of them stacked on…

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    A Little Bit of Sweden in Soho

    I have yet to travel to Stockholm. But a few weeks ago I stepped into the Soho shop of Swedish designer extraordinaire, Gudrun Sjõdén and got a tiny taste of the Stockholm vibe that must emanate from her flagship store there. It is one thing to admire someone’s artistry from your computer screen or the…