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ecru's Soundrack, Billie Holiday's Autumn in New York November 12 2018, 0 Comments

The weather just got crisper after the heavy rains and getting us in gear for winter.  The only thing missing with this weather is the beautiful Autumn foliage you see in New York...


Ancient Jewelry November 07 2018, 0 Comments

Ancient Jewelry

The beautiful cuffs we worked on for the 2018 Gift Collection were highly inspired by Ancient Jewelry.  There is something mesmerizing and mysterious about these ancient splendors.  Here are a few favorite styles.  Clockwise: Scythian Bangles, Anatolian Earrings, Ancient Greek Snake Bangle, Central European Bronze Age Cuffs, and Psuesennes Lapis Cuff.  

(Images courtesy of Pinterest) 


Brass Cuffs November 05 2018, 0 Comments

Brass Cuffs

Our latest range of jewelry are brass cuff bracelets.  The jasmine line is influenced by Indian women wearing jasmine around their wrists for adornment.  As the larger Round Cuff and Moonstone cuff are inspired by ancient Roman, Grecian, and Egyptian jewelry.  These products will be available by the end of the week.  Keep refreshing the new page...

(Images courtesy of ecru) 


Spooky Halloween... October 31 2018, 0 Comments

Vintage Halloween

Happy Halloween!  Here are some little kids in some haunting costumes from the mid-century.  Something always felt eerie about these photos...

(Images courtesy of Pinterest) 


Ronan Bouroullec October 29 2018, 0 Comments

Ronan Bouroullec

Ronan Bouroullec

Ronan Bouroullec

Ronan Bouroullic

Every once and a while you stumble on a work of art that really moves you.  I recently stumbled on Ronan Bouroullec's work.  His drawings are graphic and bold.  Ronan is part of the brother design team Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec.  The paintings are part of his solo work.  The beauty of his drawings is the fluidity of them. 

(Images via Ronan Bouroullec) 


Le Mill Entertaining with Style October 24 2018, 0 Comments

Le Mill

Le Mill

The very chic boutique Le Mill in Mumbai carry some of our Table products.  At a recent event of theirs they Entertained with Style using our block printed table linens and table wear.  More information on their website.  

(Images courtesy of Le Mill) 


Season of the Witch October 22 2018, 0 Comments

Witchy

Halloween is around the corner and I am thinking about all the elaborate costumes!  However, it always seems to be my go-to costume is a witch.  Thankfully there are a lot of witchy options online...

Hussah

 


Pumpkin Spice October 17 2018, 0 Comments

Pumpkin Spice

We are waiting for the weather to get cold so we can get me cozy indoors in our robes.  Especially our new Orange Ikat Robe that reminds us of everything Pumpkin Spice.  

(Images courtesy of Pinterest and ecru)


Sophia 203's Magical Craftsmanship October 15 2018, 0 Comments

Sophia 203 New York Times

Sophia 203 New York Times

The perks of collaborating with Sophia Watanabe of Sophia 203 is the magic she is always able to produce in her atelier in Jaipur for the following reasons:

"Sophia’s embroidery — done with ancient techniques called aari and zardozi, which are practiced only by male artisans in Rajasthan and mostly used on costumes for religious ceremonies — adorns everything from necklaces to pillows to clutches and features intricately stitched flora and fauna, like poppies or butterflies, in bright shades of coral, turquoise and pink. Often inspired by works of art (a recent collection was based on the work of Georgia O’Keeffe, Bridget Riley and Louise Bourgeois), Sophia’s creations take hours of handcrafting and have the rich, inimitable feel of vintage heirlooms. She begins by sketching her designs, including the color placement of every thread, after which her artisans make a sample." Amanda Fortini

You can find out more about Sophia and her husband, Masafumi Watanabe founder of the Japanese streetwear brand Bedwin and the Heartbreakers, on the New York Style Magazines profile.  

(Images courtesy of Masumi Kura for the New York Times Style Magazine)


Beautiful Decay October 10 2018, 0 Comments

Beautiful Decay

Images of decaying mansions are just so beautiful.  They have this haunting feeling to them.  Here are a few a stumbled on Pinterest.  

Hussah

(Images courtesy of Pinterest) 


ecru's Soundtrack, Bobby Pickett's Monster Mash October 08 2018, 0 Comments

We are in the Halloween spirit at the office.  One of our all-time favorite songs, which is perfect for the season is the "Monster Mash".  Make sure you enjoy the mash! 


Pink! October 03 2018, 0 Comments

Pink
 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  As a treat and to create awareness for our customers we decided to give our customers a special discount on all our pink products.  Above are some of my favorite picks from the Pink selection. 

Hussah


Write Me a Letter September 26 2018, 0 Comments

Brass Candle Sticks

Alphabet Candle Stick

We love calligraphy, and we started with the charms and continued with other products.  This year we decided to work with calligraphy in brass and created the Alphabet Candlestick Holders.

(Images courtesy of ecru) 

 

 

 


Draping by Madame Grès September 24 2018, 0 Comments

Madame Grès

 I am always mesmerized by Madame Grès' draping and pleating.  She was called the "queen of drapery" and influenced many designers after her.  Her beautiful Grecian goddess gowns made by minimalistic draping techniques showed great attention and respect for the female body.  

Hussah 

(Images courtesy of Pinterest) 


Flower Market September 19 2018, 0 Comments

Green Lionshead

Orange Lionshead

Ikat Print

Hot Pink Lionshead

Flower markets are always a beautiful source of inspiration.  Especially the bustling Calcutta flower market.  With a rich array of bright colored flowers that smell heavenly.  The colors at the flower market influenced the latest colors of our loungewear.  

(Images courtesy of ecru) 

 

 

 


Jaipur's Best Kept Secret September 17 2018, 0 Comments

28 Kothi Architectural Digest

It's a pleasure to be around good company.  28 Kothi the guest house designed by our Creative Director Nur Kaoukji has been featured on Architectural Digest's Jaipur's best boutique hotels.  You can find the list of beautiful hotels here.  


ecru's Soundtrack, The Beatles Words of Love September 12 2018, 0 Comments

You can never go wrong with an early Beatles song for a quick pick me up.  "Words of Love" has been stuck in my head all day long, so I decided to share it to cheer up your work or school day! 

Hussah


Last Dip of the Summer September 10 2018, 0 Comments

Blue Pools

Summer is almost over, even though the temperature is so high it does not feel like the summer is leaving us anytime soon.  However, it's the concept of summer and that vacation time is over.  The feeling that summer has come to an end, has made me longing for a dip in one of these beautiful pools. 

Hussah

(Images courtesy of Pinterest) 


Cherry Tomato Salsa August 29 2018, 0 Comments

Cherry Tomato Salsa

Ingredients: 

1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes Chopped 

Handfull of Coriander Chopped

2 Scallions Thinly Sliced 

1 Green Chili Pepper (Optional for extra Spice!)

Juice of a Lime

Pinch of Salt

Instructions: 

Mix first four ingredients in a medium-sized bowl, and follow by adding lime juice and season with salt.  Add to your morning eggs, or add some feta cheese and have it as a dip with pita chips! 

Hussah 

(Image courtesy of ecru) 

 


Tutti Frutti August 15 2018, 0 Comments

Tutti Frutti

Our latest cushion covers are bright and fun! Inspired by the beautiful colors found in fruits and flowers.  

(Images courtesy of Bon Appetit & Pinterest)  

 

 


ecru's Soundtrack, Velvet Underground + Nico's Femme Fatale August 13 2018, 0 Comments

The music of the Sixties is very inspiring to us.  One of the bands we absolutely love is the Andy Warhol managed Velvet Underground + Nico.  Here's Femme Fatale to set the mood... 


Let's Go on Holiday August 08 2018, 0 Comments

Holiday Magazine

I recently stumbled on Holiday magazine covers and fell in love with the graphic images.  Holiday magazine was an American travel magazine that was published between 1946 and 1977.  The magazine published prolific writers of the era such as Truman Capote and Joan Didion.  It was launched after World War II when Americans began to travel for leisure, a cosmopolitan travel wish book with photo essays.  Here are a few favorite covers from the past. 

Hussah 

(Images courtesy of Pinterest)  

 

 


Rawr! August 06 2018, 0 Comments

Lionshead

We love looking for inspiration for our prints.  Can you see the inspiration of color from the vintage Almanaque Magazine from 1960 we found for the Lionshead print?  

(Images courtesy of ecru and Pinterest) 


June Groff Textiles July 25 2018, 0 Comments

June Groff

I recently stumbled upon the work of textile designer June Groff.  During the late 1940s and early 1950s, Groff's textiles were used by leading American fashion houses.  Her prints have the quality of looking like they have been hand painted, proving her excellent skill in screen printing.  

Hussah

(Images via Pinterest and Philadelphia Museum of Art) 


ecru's Soundtrack, Janis Joplin's Summertime July 23 2018, 0 Comments

We are in the middle of what feels like the never-ending summer.  The best song for the mood we are in is Janis singing "Summertime".  Hope you are all living it easy this summer.  


Cliff Walk July 09 2018, 0 Comments

Ardmore Cliff Walk

Ardmore Cliff Walk

Ardmore Cliff Walk

Ardmore Cliff Walk

I recently went on the most magical two-hour walk of my life.  It was in the beautiful town of Ardmore in Waterford County, Ireland.  Thanks to the amazing Cliff House Hotel, we were introduced to our 79-year-old guide, Tom.  Ardmore is a seaside fishing village in the south coast of Ireland.  While we walked around the Ardmore Penninsula we learned about the history of the area.  We visited Declan Place and the ruins of the Ardmore church, which both date back to the 12th Century.  Nature and the history are intertwined in this area, and nature compliments the ruins so well.  Definitely, a walk to remember...

Hussah

(Images courtesy of Hussah Al Tamimi) 

 


Mermaid Baths July 04 2018, 0 Comments

Mermaid Bath

Mermaid Bath 1

Mermaid Bath 2

I recently stumbled on these images of these fantastic bathrooms.  They belong in a magical world, under the sea.  

Hussah 

(Images courtesy of Pinterest) 

 


Summer Beach Hats July 02 2018, 0 Comments

Summer Hats

Straw hats are all the rave this summer.  The bigger the better.  This trend is nothing new.  Straw hats and accessories have been a beach fixture for a long time.  My favorite hats are from the mid 20th century.  They're both chic and fun! 

Hussah

(Images courtesy of Vogue, Pinterest, John French, and Fernand Fonssagrive) 

 


Summer Wishlist June 13 2018, 0 Comments

Summer Wishlist
The dream of a beach vacation, preferably on a Mediterranean island, is still ongoing.  Here are a few items I would pack with me on this lovely holiday...
 
Hussah

ecru's Soundtrack, The Beach Boys' Good Vibrations June 11 2018, 0 Comments

It's that time of the year when we are wishing that we are some beautiful beach, instead of sitting on our desks...  The best way to deal with our dreams of wanderlust is to listen to "Good Vibrations" by The Beach Boys.

 


Truth or Dare with Noor & Nur June 04 2018, 0 Comments

Bazaar Truth or Dare

The full article can be found here.  


Ongoing Love of Palms May 31 2018, 0 Comments

Palms

There is an ongoing love relationship of palms and palm leaves here at ecru.  They are always a point of inspiration.  A personal favorite product inspired by the topical palm is the latest embroidered Palm Place Mat.    

Hussah

(Images courtesy of Pinterest) 


Marie-Hélène de Taillac’s Colorful Home May 21 2018, 0 Comments

ecru Mirrors

It's always exciting when ecru is in Press!  This article is particularly special because it features custom-made mirrors we made for Marie-Hélène de Taillac’s gorgeous Jaipur home.  Read the full article here.  

(Images courtesy of Architectural Digest

 


Ramadan Wishlist May 16 2018, 0 Comments

Ramadan Wishlist 2018

Here are a few of my favorite things for Ramadan...

Clockwise: Palm Napkins and Placemats, Lurex Girgian Drawstring Bag, Star Rakwa, Yellow Lionshead Robe, Black Striped Dishdasha, Mint Velvet Eye Bag, and Arabesque Candle Stick Holder.

Hussah

 


ecru's Soundtrack, Leon Bridges' You Don't Know May 14 2018, 0 Comments

We love discovering new music in the office.  When we first stumbled on Leon Bridges retro debut album Coming Home album 3 years ago, we fell in love.  So we got really excited when his latest record, Good Thing came out recently.  Here's a song that has been on repeat.   


Summer Prints May 07 2018, 0 Comments

Summer 2018 Prints

The best time of the year is when we get to see the block prints getting sampled.  When the blocks have finally been carved into our designs see them printed in different colors.  By next week we will be able to see all these beautifully printed products!


Tangy Tuna Salad April 24 2018, 0 Comments

Tuna Salad

Ingredients: 

1 Can of Tuna in Water, Strained

2 Tbs of Chopped Fresh Dill

1 Chopped Scallion

1 Can of Cannellini Beans, Strained 

1 Tsp of Mustard 

Juice of Lemon

1 Tbs Good Quality Olive Oil

Toasted Wholeweat Baguette 

Instructions:

Put the first seven ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well.  Serve with toasted slices of your choice of baguette, and serve on your favorite ecru platter.

Hussah

 


ecru's Soundtrack, Paul Simon's Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes April 16 2018, 0 Comments

Recently we've been listening to a lot of Paul Simon's Graceland album.  A favorite song from the record is "Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes", we absolutely love the beat and background vocals in the office.  


Botany Fix April 04 2018, 0 Comments

Botany

I'm obsessed with old botany encyclopedias.  The illustrations are amazing and mesmerizing, each drawing has meticulous detail regarding the plant.  As the ecru team is working on our latest pop up shop, we keep looking at the many benefits of specific plants and flowers.  In my research, many old botany encyclopedias keep popping up.

Hussah 

(Images courtesy of Pinterest) 


Trending with Architectural Digest India April 03 2018, 0 Comments

AD India

Trending AD India

We recently were featured on the trending page of Architectural Digest's latest March-April edition.  Make sure to visit their website more fun features.  


Color Block March 28 2018, 0 Comments

Color Block

I recently stumbled on these photos on Pinterest and was absolutely mesmerized by these buildings.  These color blocked buildings in Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu, India are wonderful.  India is known for its vibrancy of color, but these buildings are something else.  All these color blocked buildings are domestic buildings.  How fun would it be to live in a candy house?

(Images courtesy of Vincent Leroux)


Eue De Toilette March 26 2018, 0 Comments

Vintage Perfume Ads

Our latest toiletry bags from Sophia 203 are a fun addition to have with your travel set or to store your beauty products.  My favorite piece of the three bags, is the large Perfume toiletry bag, as it reminds me of vintage perfume bottles.  Here are a few beautiful vintage perfume ads part of the inspiration behind the print.

(Images courtesy of Pinterest) 

Hussah


ecru's Soundtrack, The Specials' A Message to Rudy March 13 2018, 0 Comments

We are still on a Jamaican rocksteady and reggae theme, here is one of my favorite all-time songs The Specials cover of Dandy Livingstone's "A Message to Rudy".  


Barragán Pop March 05 2018, 0 Comments

Luis Barragan

I recently stumbled on Luis Barragán's house on the internet and was quite mesmerized by it.  The Mexican architect and engineer was influenced by Le Corbusier and European Modernism.  His buildings are an ode to the modernist movement.  Clearly, his beautiful house is also an ode to the simple lines of modernism.  

Luis Barragan

Louis Barragan

Luis Barragan

Hussah

(Images courtesy of Google Images) 


Our New Home February 27 2018, 1 Comment

ecru Showroom Kuwait

ecru Showroom Kuwait

 

It’s been a long time coming but we have finally opened our very own showroom.

In Zahra complex, on the 8th floor overlooking the beautiful Arabian Gulf, we invite you all to our space. We worked with local designers to integrate all that is ecru from the natural stone on our floors, the carved wooden door embedded with brass symbols, and the antique Indian lion who greets you upon entering. We have designed a wild hand painted playroom for all the little ones who visit as well as a full working kitchen for upcoming foodie events. We made sure the showroom would be adaptable to accommodate all of our fantasy future collections but still keeping it cozy and welcoming to all of our clients.

Please visit us from Sunday to Thursday 9 am to 3 pm so we can make you a fresh mug of steaming tea and walk you through our collections.

Noor

(Images courtesy of ecru) 


ecru's Soundtrack, Desmond Dekker & The Aces' Reggae Recipe February 21 2018, 0 Comments

As we work on our new collection in Kuwait's gloomy weather, we are listening to fun Reggae music and dreaming of Jamaican beaches. 


Glamorous Lovers February 14 2018, 0 Comments

Old Hollywood Lovers

There is something magical about old Hollywood couples.  They always look absolutely gorgeous and glamorous.  Their affairs always seem to come out from the movies they acted in.  Above are a few of my favorite couples.  Happy Valentines!

From top left: Laurence Oliver and Vivian Leigh, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, Arthur Miller and Marylin Monroe, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Becall, Carole Lombard and Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner, Spencer Tracey and Katherine Hepburn.  

(Images courtesy of Google Images Search) 

Hussah


Sale Wishlist February 12 2018, 0 Comments

Sale

I love shopping our annual sale.  There are always items that we've been pining over.  Here are my favorite pieces from the sale.  

Hussah

 


Clay Walls February 05 2018, 0 Comments

Clay Walls

Mud houses are charming.  These beautiful houses with clay walls are so inspiring.  Makes me dream of a summer house by the beach.  

Hussah

(Images courtesy of Pinterest) 

 


The World of Claymen January 31 2018, 0 Comments

Aman of Claymen

Our latest collection of ceramics are made by the talented Aman Khanna.  Aman is a graphic designer, illustrator, sculptor, and visual storyteller. His studio, Infonuts, is based in New Delhi and the home of his quirky characters.  The characters he creates "from my observation of the common man and his dilemmas. Claymen figures come in peace and maintain silence. Although going through their own existential crises at all times they are mere spectators or observers to the notion that 'man is losing his humanity and becoming a thing amongst the things he produces.'”

(Image Courtesy of Aman Khanna of Claymen) 


Ballet Color January 17 2018, 0 Comments

Ballet Color

Ballet Color

I recently went into an Instagram rabbit hole and stumbled on these beautiful photos.  The photos are from a Vogue Taiwan ballet fashion editorial by the photographers Julia Johnson and Cody Cloud.  A beautiful shoot that is absolutely whimsical and fantastic, which I found is their theme from their portfolio.  This particular editorial touched my childhood obsession with ballet and my love for bright colors.  

Hussah

(Images via JUCO Photo for Vogue Taiwan) 

 


ecru's Soundtrack, Nina Simone's Felling Good January 10 2018, 0 Comments

We started 2018 with a lot of changes.  Moving to a new space was the first thing we did, and it feels so good.  So in that spirit, here is Nina's "Feeling Good". 

 


Eyes on You January 08 2018, 0 Comments

Jute Eye Rug

We love working with jute.  A beautiful natural fiber that is functional and easy to use.  Our latest rugs have motifs that we enjoy using in our products the eye, and the palm.  As it's the perfect time to entertain outdoors in Kuwait, these are great for a picnic or a day out in the desert.  They are also nice for layering indoors, you can have it under a more opulent silk rug in a living room.

Hussah

(Images courtesy of ecru)

 


Retro Christmas December 21 2017, 0 Comments

Retro Christmas

I absolutely love vintage advertisements, especially when they are illustrated.  Christmas advertisements and greetings from the 1950s are a lot of fun.  Just in time for the festivities here are some fun illustrated ads.  

Hussah 

(Images courtesy of Pintrest) 


ecru's Soundtrack, Frank Sinatra's Mistletoe and Holly December 17 2017, 0 Comments

Christmas is next week and all we have been listening too since Thanksgiving is Christmas music.  Our favorite kind of Christmas songs are the jazzy classics, like Frank's lovely "Mistletoe and Holly".  Enjoy this video of him decorating a tree, and a Merry Christmas to you! 


Deck the Halls December 05 2017, 0 Comments

Christmas in Jaipur

Christmas in Jaipur

Christmas in Jaipur

We love Christmas and all its festivities.  Any excuse for us to decorate and entertain at our home, and we absolutely get on board.  Here's a peek into Nur's Jaipur home decked in it's best.

(Images courtesy of ecru) 


A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving November 22 2017, 0 Comments

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Charlie Brown ThanksgivingCharlie Brown Thanksgiving

Growing up I loved the Charlie Brown holiday specials.  As Thanksgiving is tomorrow, I felt nostalgic for the "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving".  The Charles Schultz comic and cartoon always was fun to read and watch.  Definitely something worth cozying up on the couch to watch this weekend. 

Hussah

(Images courtesy of Charles Schultz)


Hidden Messages November 20 2017, 0 Comments

Moroccan Rugs

Rug designs usually have a significant meaning.  Our latest rugs from Morocco have different messages weaved into them.  Most of the patterns weaved in Moroccan rugs symbolize protection, fertility, and beauty.  These patterns when weaved in a rug are meant to bless your home.    

Hussah 

(Images courtesy of ecru) 


ecru's Soundtrack, The Ronettes' Be My Baby November 13 2017, 0 Comments

I'm always nostalgic to pop songs from the early 1960s, especially ones sung by girl groups.  My all-time favorite girl group song is The Ronettes "Be My Baby".  So lately, there's been a lot of fun songs from these retro girl groups being played in the office. 

 

Hussah


Sonoma Coast November 08 2017, 0 Comments

When I was a California I got to drive from San Francisco to the Sonoma Coast, which was a gorgeous drive.  From the misty Golden Gate Bridge to the windy roads of Jenner, the drive to the Timber Coast Resort was enchanting.  The resort itself is absolutely charming.  Designed as an oversized cabin overlooking the Pacific ocean.  A perfect place to stay if you want to hike at national parks, or just stay in by the fire and play some board games.  This is a place that I would defiantly want to visit again, especially for their locally sourced restaurant.  

Hussah

(Images courtesy of Hussah Al Tamimi)


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