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Color Watch: Tranquil Blue

Blue flowers

As summer comes into full swing, it’s hard not to fall in love with shades blue…bright skies and deep oceans are constant reminders of how this wonderful color can inspire tranquility and calm. This wonderful tray of blue swatches summarizes the endless options…add the color to cream for classic cheer up or be daring and mix with it tangerine and porcini.


Blue fabric swatches

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Inspired by: Damask

Chair w throw and damask pillow

As a designer, I’m always on the lookout for new ideas and inspiration. One of our newest prints, Maison Damask, was created after I took a recent trip to Boston with some friends. As we walked through the lobby of our hotel, the damask wallpaper instantly caught my attention. The beautiful floral silhouettes, intricate textures and metallic accents gave this traditional pattern a great updated look.

When I got back to the office, I designed a damask print that would look great on our throws and pillows, and I used colors from the palettes we created for our Maison&Objet trade show in Paris.

Check out the different colors below!  Each of them would be a trendy accent to update a room, but my favorite is the purple/berry combination!  Which Maison Damask print would you like to see on one of our cozy throws?


Maison Damask print

The print I created.

Damask pillow in berry

Here in the final product, a berry Damask pillow!

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Teacups of Yixing: Colors of China Part 2

teacup 1

Within China there are towns and regions that boast “the best of.” The best long-life noodles, powder white fluffy buns, or teapots. On my trip I happened to visit Yixing, which is known for its famous teapots!

The soil is rare and can only be found in that particular area. Combine the soil quality with the generations of potters that artfully create these teapots, you get an everyday useful household item that is a true work of art to be admired and used for generations.

The’ colors of the teapots range from a plain, matte red earthen ware to deep chocolate-brown with a light dewy gloss, or full color with an artistic picture. And some have one meaningful image skillfully painted in gold. They are micro in size for a small personal cup or very large to enjoy a steaming pot in the afternoon with friends.

teacup 2

The ritual of making tea is an art in itself. The plants are grown in the correct climate under the watchful eye of the farmer, who knowingly harvests the plants at the precise time. He is proud of his leaves, for he knows that the leaves and a knowledgable brewer will create the perfect pot of tea. The leaves need to steep at a certain temperature and time to create the perfect cup.

A perfect and timeless gift from China is a bag of tea leaves. I am currently loving jasmine pearl tea and a beautiful crafted teapot. I know it will be a gift my mother will enjoy and think of me every time she sips the warm perfumed tea out of her new teapot from Yixing.


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Waxing on inspiration


Berkshire Blanket is constantly scouring all corners of the world for great new fabrics and ideas. You never know where patterns or color inspiration can come from. During our travels, we also get to experience some pretty interesting foods. We were introduced to wax berries this last trip to Asia. The fruit is a cross between a raspberry and a plum…with an incredible deep color and subtle tangy flavor. Did we find our next Serasoft color?


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