Design Crush Tuesday: LME Limited Edition Pillow Line (available now!)

by Lydia Marie Elizabeth in , ,


Looking for the best, most unique, prettiest Christmas present ever?!
Look no further! My new, limited edition, bespoke pillow line is available in my shop! Order before December 18th for Christmas delivery!

So not to necessarily toot my own horn here. But this week my OWN Design Crush this week happens to be my OWN design! My new line of pillows! (pictured above with Madda & Co's gorgeous handbag which goes deliciously with my color scheme!)

The Concept
 
When I began planning the #PHLPopUpShop, I began thinking about decorations in the space and what it would take to make the space feel really welcoming and warm.
I had a long list of items we needed for each area in the space to really amp it up. Floor plans, sketches, sketches over sketches, measurements, mood boards, and floral requirements excreta.
Now, I know this might sound kind of funny to you, but I came to the conclusion that we really needed some gorgeous pillows for the sofa in the space.
These couldn’t be just any pillows.  I knew if I was going to do this, I wanted to do it well. These special pillows had to be my own. They had to be not only really pretty- but kinda gorgeous or the whole thing just wouldn’t work. They had to be feather filled, covered in a luxurious silky covers, and soaked with my watercolor prints. (You may have seen my concept leak picture on instagram, here!)

Because a majority of my artwork is based around Interior Design, it made sense for the pillows to have some connection to furniture and architecture.

I found a resource for printing my own designs on fabric and ordered 12 yards to my mom's house in Virginia!

For the story behind each pattern, see each product page.

The Chippendale Chair in Permanent Rose

Aqueduct Strip in Aqua

The Telljohann Toile in Inky Blue


 


The Production

The concept here was that if I generated enough interest and sales from this line, then I would consider selling a line of pillows on my website. A test product if you will! Contact me if you’re interested in hearing more or ordering larger quantities.

For this limited edition line, my mother, who comes from a long line of seamstress wizards, kindly allowed me to twist her arm into designing the covers and sewing the whole line. The week before Thanksgiving the dining room was literally covered in my fabric and we had pillows and thread bursting forth from every corner of the room.
Luckily for my mom, for further production I have a workroom ready to handle any number of pillows required in successive orders.
 
My mom and I went back and forth on knife edging or piping or tassels and finally decided on the perfect design for each pattern.

I may mention, that my mother is no DIYer. She’s entirely legit and her handiwork is comparable to couture production. She has sewn suits, and blazers, skirts, pants, shirts, and couture dresses for me and my dad and brother and husband (This Kelly green dress I wore to the Slater Art Museum opening is the latest (and one of my favorite) new addition to my collection.) The pieces my mother makes for me are among the best in my wardrobe and always receive the ultimate compliments before anyone even knows it’s handmade. Her precision is incredible and these pillows are more beautifully sewn than anything I’ve seen on the shelf.  They are truly bespoke- from watercolor design to final stitches. 

While I have a workroom who is willing to take successive orders, this first line is the ultimate level of handiwork and craft and I loved having my mom help me with this fist line.  I love that it makes these pillows ultra-sumptuous, extra special, and particularly beautiful.

Two of each pattern is available in my shop TODAY! For delivery before Christmas place your order by December 18th.  


 

Thanks to Kaitlin Chow for all of the beautiful photos she got of us and our pretty product!


All About The #PHLPopUpShop

by Lydia Marie Elizabeth in , , , ,


(Tuesdays are typically a blog series day for me (Design Crush Tuesday.) But today is special and I want to share with you all the fun behind our Pop Up over the weekend-The #PHLPopUpShop!)
 
Remember the concept images and brands that I shared with you in my blog post a few weeks ago? I planned and curated some of my favorite fellow small business designers to come to Philadelphia and Pop Up with me! and look how beautiful it all turned out?? I was so excited that these really beautiful brands were all interested in showcasing their work alongside mine and others. It turned out to be a really wonderful event and I'm still missing all the fun and how beautifully this space was all weekend!

It was particularly special to me to have each one of these brands here because they were ones that I personally connected with and that I felt communicated a similar aesthetic and lifestyle that our customers would resonate with.  Our opening night was a smashing hit- we were only without customers for a few moments here and there- which happens to be when we took all of our photos. 

If you love anything you see, we are all shopable online!
(see all the links to the brands and all the wonderful people who made this event happen at the bottom of this post!)

We popped up for both First Friday in Old City Philadelphia and Saturday all day! We had mocktails and little lemon glazed madelines for our guests to munch on as they shopped. We loved getting to connect with old friends and new clients who came into our space. We had a lot of traffic in and out of the space both days; Possibly our favorite was a group of ladies brunching Saturday morning who got dropped off right in front of our shop! We loved chatting with everyone and so appreciated everyone who came out.
I sold entirely out of my calendar stock at this event and had to re-order when I got home Saturday night! So if you're waiting on a calendar- they are coming to you!!! I promise!

Kaitlin Chow- (who took all these beautiful photographs for us) made sure our display looked really sharp by lighting it beneath the glass table. She and I both went to Interior Design school together and are now perusing other art forms. I loved displaying with her because I have always admired how precise and articulate she is as an artist and while we sometimes approach similar subject matter- we're totally different.
All of our hearty congratulations to Rebekah J Murray of Virginia Dare Dress Co for achieving her Kicktstarter goal and then some! We're really proud of her and love that these dresses will be available for immediate sales in January-- (but you can give a gift card to give right now!!)

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Skeem Design's candle's infused the space with the most amazinngggg scents. Everyone who waltzed in the door kept gasping at how amazing it was. Their beautiful display knocked my socks off.  Part of their concept is to eliminate unnecessary packaging and all of their products you could use again once the candle or matches are gone. I love love their fireplace matches and the cork bottles. If you're looking for a retail location for them- I spotted them at Anthropologie a few weeks ago, or you can purchase from their site.

Madda and Co's bags really drew in the crowd. Manufactured in Italy and designed in PA, Madda's bags are everything for the modern women. She also has a line of handbags that she features from other designers in her line that are really gorgeous as well. We used Madda's Ambiance bag and clutch in our window display.

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And Andrea's display was more beautiful than I could have imagined? Like the best jewelry box you could ever have. Every single one of her designs is simple and beautiful and speaks to women of many different personalities and ages- which I think is why her line is always such a hit. I got some aqua tassel earrings that I've been swooning for months.  Our mutual friend Rhiana from Wear Bows and Smile blog has them in multiple colors and they look so, so beautiful on her! She featured them in black in her latest post here!
You can see MY PILLOW LINE!!!!! With the beautiful and adorable Miss.Lilo
(More on my pillow line NEXT! Tuesday!)

Thank you if you came out to this event! Thank you if you followed along! Thank you if your purchased from us and are supporting us! We love you!

 #PHLPopUpShop Details:
Organizer/Curator: Lydia Marie Elizabeth //  Photography: KChowStudios //  Space Rental: Old City Collective // Florist: Petit Jardin en Ville // PR: Piqued PR. Graphics: Lydia Marie Elizabeth (watercolors) and Kchow Studios (banner)
Brands on Display: Jewelry: Andrea Del Bello, Handbags: Madda & Co, Art: KchowStudios and Lydia Marie Elizabeth, Dresses and Apparel: Virginia Dare Dress Co, Candles and Matches: Skeem Design, Home Decor (Pillows): Lydia Marie Elizabeth.

Can you believe we forgot to take a group shot?? Here are a few of us at the end of Saturday night!!
xoxox

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