Sophia 203's Magical Craftsmanship October 15 2018, 0 Comments
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
(Images courtesy of Masumi Kura for the New York Times Style Magazine)
Deck the Halls December 05 2017, 0 Comments
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)
Charming Kuwait February 21 2017, 0 Comments
Our latest set of charms, specifically the Della and Henna Hand were heavily inspired by our Kuwait. These whimsical pieces are embroidered representations of two beautiful traditions in this country.
The Henna Hand reminds us of a simpler time in our childhood, when little girls would emerge from their homes with orange stained palms in anticipation to celebrate something. The forever chic and relevant Della, in its brassy glory - I can smell the coffee already - a staple in all gatherings, happy or sad.
We hope these charms fill your hearts with nostalgia as much as they fill ours. Happy Kuwait month!
(Images courtesy of ecru and Pinterest)
Pink Flamingo! January 19 2015, 0 Comments
It’s hard not to smile when you see an image of a flamingo. They immediately lift your mood. Flamingos’ bright pink color is a result of the variety of different shades of feathers. Their unique color influenced our Flamingo Cocktail Napkins and Flamingo Charms. Who doesn’t need a little reminder of the tropics in this cold windy weather?
(Images courtesy of ecru and Pintrest)
A Little Character December 31 2014, 0 Comments
When you’re at a party and see someone walk in a room, you can tell their character from their outfit. Whether a person is a minimalist or a maximalist from a specific piece of clothing or an accessory they’re wearing. You can get that feeling walking into a room as well, and just as an outfit has a statement piece a room can have one as well. Chairs usually add a little bit of personality to a room, and I’ve been obsessing over mid century chairs recently. Here are some beautiful and bright chairs, in some wonderful rooms.
(Images courtesy of Design Sponge, Pintrest, and SF Girl by Bay)
A Little Copacabana September 09 2013, 0 Comments
Pineapples are playful and fun. They constantly remind us of Carmen Miranda’s fruity headdress, which is always a good thing.
As much as we love to eat this sweet and fragrant fruit, we love to use it in our products. Used in the design of a bowl or printed fabric, pineapples add the right amount of tropical feeling to a space. And there’s nothing wrong with making your home feel like the Copacabana.
Tablecloth sold at 42KD, Cocktail Napkins Sold as a Set of 4 at 32KD, and Sophia 203 for ecru Pouch sold at 30KD.
(Images courtesy of Tales of Endearment, Pintrest, Amy Stone, and ecru)
The Heart of the Home August 07 2013, 0 Comments
All the energy of the house is dictated by what is happening in the kitchen. Sometimes people forgo the comfort of a couch when visiting friends to hover around the host while they are preparing a meal. The best kitchens are the rustic ones that make you feel you are inside “the heart of the home”.
We love kitchens here at ecru, because it’s where all our meals are being made. Especially when a cake is being baked in the oven and the whole house smells divine.
(Images courtesy of Pintrest)
Royal Blue August 05 2013, 0 Comments
There is nothing like a rich color to make a space look chic. Royal blue is one of those colors. It’s that deep shade of blue that engulfs you like the waves in Hokusai’s prints.
The name of the color is rumored to have been invented by a miller in Somerset, England who won a dress making competition for the British Queen in the early 1800s. We love to use royal blue here at ecru, and we cannot wait to introduce you to different prints in this color for the upcoming fall and winter season.
Crab Floor Cushion sold at 40KD and Sophia 203 for ecru Small Lovebird Pouch sold at 30KD.
(Images courtesty of Hokusai, Vogue Portugal, and ecru)
Claire McCardell's Form and Function July 03 2013, 0 Comments
Beautiful design always catches the eye, but when there is functionality to a dress you feel a stronger bond to the piece. Claire McCardell was famous for her sophisticated and functionally designed clothes, which was a reflection of American women’s needs in the 1940s and 1950s.
Considered to be the founder of American ready-to-wear fashion, McCardell felt it was necessary to make clothes both comfortable and feminine. She felt that a woman when comfortable in what she wore can be quite elegant, and stated “clothes may make the woman, but the woman can also make the clothes.”
Her design aesthetic of “casual elegance” is one of our mottos here at ecru, because life is all about the simple luxuries.
(Images courtesy of Pintrest)
Mix A Little, Match A Little May 27 2013, 0 Comments
Prints are everywhere this summer. We've witnessed the beginnings of a fashionably bright summer with prints that either subtly match or boldly clash.
As you know, we are all about prints at ecru. Which is why we had a blast spending the afternoon playing with our prints while creating different table scenarios.
We went all out!
We began with delicate table settings, mixing our Artichoke table cloth's subdued green with it's matching silver table matts. Also lifting the green by mixing in our Crabhead print table matts and so on.
The possibilities for a fresh and subdued table setting were endless.
As the sun was about to set we picked up the mood and started to put together crazy compilations of our bright turquoise Crab Head Jalli table cloth coupled with our beet pink Octopus table matts and bright lemon Stork print napkins.
Hope you have as much fun experimenting as we did!
(Images courtesy of Mutlaq Adel Al Juraid for ecru)
Havana Dreams April 08 2013, 1 Comment
Havana is a destination that is on top of our list for a fantasy trip. Who wouldn’t want to visit a city suspended in mid-century design?
We dream of walking through it’s narrow alleyways under its hanging balconies, then heading to the beach in a vintage car, and ending our nights dancing away to salsa beats. You can see why we would want to jet away to Cuba, but in the meantime we can only immerse ourselves with beautiful imagery of this mesmerizing city.
(Images courtesy of Pintrest and the Web)