February 28, 2011

snow, a cozy fire, and an inspiring design book

 If it must snow yet again, then I suppose I should make the best of it. Friday evening and Saturday afternoon for a glorious 3-hour stretch, I lounged in front of a crackling fire (thank you, husband) and read Pattern by Orla Kiely cover to cover.

The title of the book is apt since it appears Orla considers herself first and foremost a designer of patterns. Over the course of her career she has designed hats, handbags, clothing, furniture, items for the home, notecards, and wallpaper. There are so many applications for fabulous patterns! With chapters titled Life, Inspiration, Colour, Print, Collections, and Home, Orla walks us through her creative journey and her creative process. I love nothing more than being inspired by another creative soul and the book, chock full of lush images and, of course, patterns, was a feast for the eyes.

For the curious, a quick peek at her website will give you a good feel for her style.


  1. i love the dresses that i saw on her website... maybe not so much the price though!! =)

  2. Me too! I wanted the black one with the white line drawings of silverware on it.