Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Bloomville and a Preview

Lately I have been hopscotching to all sorts of blogs, and somehow I stumbled upon Bloomville, a lovely line of Danish products with beautiful lifestyle photos. I love the mix of old and new: a weather worn table juxtaposed with a crystal chandelier, galvanized metal paired with porcelain, burlap pillows along side a cashmere throw.

I feel busy--too much so. It is barely manageable. I have so many projects in the works, all of which I had hoped would be completed by January. As Robert is a fan of saying, "It is what it is." My New Year's resolution was to be more content with the momentum I can manage around my children. So, I am trying to be satisfied with where my business is today, even though customers may be frustrated that I have had so very little available to purchase in the month of January. It is coming...

I adore Bloomville's style, and it fits perfectly with a little sneak peak of something I have been working on. The bootie patterns have been such a success that I thought I would add in another. I highly recommend Simone Howell's gorgeous clutches, but if you are so inclined to make a purse yourself, I will be offering the pattern for the bag below. This is one of several version of the pattern. I will sell the pattern and the samples soon. This photo is taken on the old porch post in my kitchen, which is where I used to hang my purse every day... until Mia ate an entire pack of gum, now I hang it higher.

The pattern also includes one for the little coin purse, pictured below. The other photos are snippets of random pictures of my house: the profusion of floor-to-ceiling mirrors, the toile cork board I made, my affinity for green leaves, the collage of our pictures from Italy, our distressed dining tables...

So, I am curious, what is your favorite decorating style or your favorite place to visit for design inspiration?


Jewllori by Lori said...

I was really into French country chic for awhile, but now I love the Scandinavian look...crisp crisp whites, reds, and grays. I love Marthastewart.com for inspiration, and also just googling and stumbling upon something!!

Amy said...

BEautiful dear, I have a side table almost EXTACTLY like that one with your corkboard on it {that Alisha actually used for quite some time hehe} that is now my sewing table. :)

Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic. Love her. I could live in her store. And oh yes, Antro too, but who doesn't love that place?

love the bag!

Anonymous said...

Great style. I also love Pottery Barn and their catalogs. Cute bag! Love Simone's stuff also.

Sara said...

love it! Great bag.

Anonymous said...

i love pottery barn for inspiration for my house. plus my being at my friends homes.I always go home with a good idea. but for sewing your blog, you give me lots of inspiration.
yahoo for more patterns!!!

Amanda said...

One of my favorites is CoCoCozy: http://www.cococozy.com/

I can't afford anything that she has but there is so much inspiration in her photos!

Brianne-zam said...

I am very eclectic in my style, of course its the style that I dream about creating, not necessarily the style I can afford. I love Anthropologie, Z Gallerie, Pottery Barn, and Ballard Design to name a few!
Love your bag. Beautiful Also love that rose pillow! Wish there was a pattern for that:-)

Anonymous said...

Ya Know Jess, I look at your blog, and the photos you have taken YOURSELF, and I think " that girl has talent" an eye for beauty!
So.. whatever you choose in your new endeavors will be great! so please do not stress too much over it. When you were all young, and I was SO SO into how our home looked, I just loved buying magazines at the grocery store, getting ideas from them, and then going to " Interiors Anew" in Woodstock, and picking up some $6.00 item to give me the motivation and inspiration I needed to accelerate new ideas for our home on Allendale.

Jessica Haley said...

Brianne, I like ZGallerie, too, that's where the tables are from... though sometimes they have these strange and enormous table top decorations. Very interesting.

Other good decor blogs are Decor8 and Design Sponge... though I try to stay away from too many decor blogs b/c they make me depressed. Just this morning, Mia and I had a talk:

"Mia," I asked, "What can we color on?"
"Yes, ONLY paper. What DON'T we color on?"
"The walls."
"Yes, and...."
"Yes, and..."
"The couch."
"Anything else?"
"Mommy's computer."

*sigh* all in one day

Anonymous said...

I really think it was a good idea that you are selling patterns. That must take some pressure off of you to mass produce everything you create! Since anything you make a 100+ people want it. I think you have a beautiful style. I love pottery barn, shabby chic and Tuscany decorating style. I too have had to alter the way I decorate since I have a 2 yr old and 9 month old. And I can relate about not being able to look at certain blogs. I feel the same way about craft blogs. There are so many fun things to make expecially for my little girls and just soooo little time. It's a constant internal struggle of what I want to get done and what I actually am able to get done.

Mand said...

Gorgeous photos. I enjoy reading your blog for designer inspiration. You always share great sites to visit. LOVE the purse.
Simone's clutches are amazing. I am addicted to them and highly recommend them too. She takes beautiful vintage brooches and builds little works of art around them. Another daily favorite is lolab's. As far as decorating style- vintage, shabby chic all the way.
I am cracking up at your chat w/ Mia.....she is the best! Love her little personality. :)

Kate (Rooney) Duncan said...

I saw "Anonymous" said "Interiors Anew" in Woodstock was great - was that your mom?! My mom used to go there regularly and now my sister and I go there too. They have great stuff and lots of inspiration!

I also think Home Goods and Target can present interesting things if you are in the mood for hunting. Otherwise, strolling the Bloomingdales Home Store downtown and the Field's (Macy's) Design House on State Street cannot be topped for ideas and a very occasional indulgence. And, since both are within blocks of my office, if I find myself needing a break, I often end up at either place for some mind-clearing.

Honestly, though, Pottery Barn Kids and Land of Nod seem to be my go-to lately since most of my recent redecorating is for Liam. Trying to keep the house kid-friendly while maintaining a sophisticated and clean aesthetic is not easy!

Ariana said...

Jessica, your house looks gorgeous! Love the pictures/inspiration. I agree with all the ladies. I love to look at the pottery barn and ballard design catalog (and land of nod;)).

Philip, Melissa, & Summer said...

I am from Idaho. The mountains inspire me. I absolutely love them. I also love bright colors.

Queenie Bee said...

Beautiful blog. I love the home decor in this post - it's lovely and just the inspiration I need to get started on decorating our bedroom.

Anonymous said...

Burlap & cashmere - cool.

Jessica Haley said...

Kate, I didn't know you still stop by! I envy you and your downtown shopping! I am a big fan of Land of Nod as well. In fact, many of Aidan's old nursery decor came from there. I especially love their Maria Carluccio prints. Actually, there is a seller on Etsy {Art & Philanthropy} that has a similar look.

As for the inspiring mountains comment--I'm jealous. As John Keats says, "The poetry of the earth is never dead."

Brandie said...

Oh, I am so excited to get that purse pattern! I LOVE it!

Simone Howell said...

How sweet are you?? Thanks for the clutch nod Jessica! I could go on and on about blogs for interior inspiration....hmmm....decor8 is always a fave. I also love perusing different groups on flickr. And for brick and mortar, I am SO LUCKY to have the best Homegoods in the world....just scored some decorative bottles carried at Anthropologie at Homegoods for 16 bucks! I'm also fortunate to have amazing flea markets close by as well so those are always great.
Loving all that you're doing. Keep on keepin' on lady-- your pace is amazing! Be at peace with it, because you will have more time in the next few years and those moments of little kiddos that fill your time now will be gone.

Anonymous said...

Oh how I wish I could sew! I love this purse with the big flower and look forward to when you will be selling the samples.

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