FLORA & FAUNA

Friday, July 25, 2014



Not a new trend by any means, textiles featuring botanical (leaves, fruits, palm fronds etc.) and floral designs have seen many incarnations. Lets just call them florals for the sake of simplicity.
The beauty of nature is a subject well depicted in textiles throughout history. In the feminine and masculine camps alike. In the world of design today, we can see, the flowers are indeed blooming, so to speak.

Located above the Mignonne showroom is our upholstery and design workshop, the Fabric Room. There we house and curate a large assemblage of unique textiles, utilizing this collection in our interior design and custom upholstery endeavors. Our Fabric Room inventory includes a selection of vintage, modern, contemporary and indigenous textiles, including, but not limited to, some of our very favorite florals.

A few floral styles we love are: psychedelic or mod, flora and fauna, color block prints and traditional indigenous textiles like the quilted bedspread pictured above, thanks to REIF HAUS for the awesome example, and any vintage darling that catches the eye, like the vibrant upholstery on the funky modern chair in picture three, found on Flickr . All of which can be found living among our vintage and contemporary collections.

A pop of summer, like in the bar nook in the first picture, from the blog Sparkles and Pretending can keep in warm feelings all year long. And don't forget how well they pair, there's a floral to accompany just about any pattern or decor you like. In the second picture above, from HOUSE & GARDEN, they've even paired multiple different florals together, giving the room a fresh, spring garden feel.

Interior Design consults with lead designer Johnelle Mancha are available by the hour. Upholstery projects include a one hour design consultation with one of our lead designers and an opportunity to select from our curated collection of textiles, be it a lovely floral or something else you may be inspired by this summer! For questions and quotes, shoot us an email at quotes@mignonnedecor.com

xoxo mignonne

Modern Interiors

Wednesday, July 16, 2014



What are the first words that come to mind when you hear Mignonne Decor?  Probably colorful, vintage, repurposed, bohemian and the like.  We're known for giving new life to old bones, and we love doing it!  But just like any artist that is continually changing and adapting to new concepts, Mignonne is too.  Our interior design business is booming with new ideas, and right now we are totally digging modern interiors! 

Shown in photo four (bottom right) is an in home interior design project we did recently for a client.  Above the fireplace is a flat screen TV (!) that we customized a sculptural modern mirror cover for, to add depth and movement to the space.  On either side of the mirrors are custom cabinets made with unstained white oak and modern pulls, with added speaker cloth to make the acoustics of the room equally as awesome as the modern aesthetic!  Light a fire, put your feet up and turn up the Netflix. Am I right? 

Photo one is a similar example of a modern cabinetry style and TV cover found on Lushhome.  There are tons of artistic ways to keep the flatscreen from being the main attraction all the time.  Just like Mignonne's example in photo four, the cover is attached on a modern unseen recessed track, making it convenient and easy to reveal whenever the situation arises.

The speaker cloth as part of the built in cabinetry in photo two adds a great modern look, tons of storage, and superior sound quality to this gorgeous room.  We love that cabinetry is no longer limited to kitchens, but living and bedrooms too!  This photo and similar cabinetry styles can be found at Dura Supreme Cabinetry.  

The custom asymmetrical wooden handles shown in photo three are a perfect example of stylizing modern cabinetry in a a unique way that suits the space.  These cabinets, found on remodelista.com, reside in a small, renovated 1920's prewar apartment in Brooklyn, New York.  The designer kept the charm and complimented the space throughout the entire apartment by using only one paint color paired with natural wood.  Talk about elegant.

Thinking about bringing a little more modern into your life?  We have a variety of design services  or check out our site for more transformation ideas.  And email us at quotes@mignonnedecor.com to start a conversation about a project of your own.  

xoxo mignonne 




African Mud Cloth

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


Known in Malian culture as Bògòlanfini, or Bogolan, West African Mud Cloth is an ancient practice that dates back hundreds of years.  Traditionally, men weave the handmade cotton fabric and women dye it with fermented mud. Because every piece is handmade, each textile is one of a kind.  The painted symbols tell different stories with their arrangement, color and shape, not unlike ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics.  

As makers that believe in handcrafted, one of a kind pieces, here at Mignonne we love the aesthetic that African Mud Cloth brings to our furniture!  Displayed in Picture One is our 'MUD CLOTH' Chair, a 1920's antique slipper chair reupholstered with original African mud cloth, available now in our West Berkeley shop, Mignonne Decor

In Picture Two, a reupholstered mud cloth chair spotted in the studio of woodworker (and maker of many things) Ariele Alasko, whom we adore!  This is a stunning example of integrating traditional West African patterns with a simplistic, modern interior.  Here, the mud cloth provides an earthy, natural look that is eye catching and unique.  

Interested in having an African Mud Cloth of your own?  We can reupholster a piece you may already have, or check out our site for more transformation ideas.  And email us at quotes@mignonnedecor.com to start a conversation about a project of your own.  

xoxo mignonne



 

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