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!

5 Ways to Make your Space Feel Like Home

by Lydia Marie Elizabeth in

My husband and I recently decided that we will be staying in our Fairmount apartment another year. Rough decision when we were so eager to buy our very own home together, but we felt that it was the right decision considering our situation. 

Thus far we have made our rented apartment feel like home with lots of hand-me-down furniture items from friends and family.  We were reluctant to do anything big in the past, because we were only going to be here one year. Now that we will be here longer, it is definitely time to make some more improvements to make our space more functional and homey.  

Many of my friends are at a similar stage of life than I am, and we are all transitioning into having a real home of our own, instead of a flat from Monday-Friday and then ditching for our parents’ home on the weekends. So it is no wonder that recently, I have been getting a fair amount of questions about home tips.
 I thought I would share some fun ideas to upgrade your space into your home. 
Whether you own your space or are renting, these are great budget friendly ideas to transform your space.

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Window Treatments
Whether you have space for swoon worthy panel drapes, box-valences or roman shades, window treatments provide perhaps the biggest impact on a space.   Drapes are both functional and beautiful provide privacy and style to any space.

My mother made drapes for my roommates and my house in Greenwich from toile fabric my grandmother had.  My husband and I are now using them all over our current rental.
It’s important to know which style is best for your windows, and how to hang them correctly.
We have less space in this apartment that I had in Connecticut, so I just bought this roman shade kit to transform some of our panels into more functional drapes for our space.

Window Treatment Pinterest Inspiration!
  For Panels, For Box Valences, For Panels and Valences, and Roman Shades.

Pretty Pom Pom Shades ready to hang, for something easy and custom.

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There are countless articles on why art is important in various capacities.  Why it is important for your home is that it creates a visual interest and usually is a conversation piece with friends.  Make it something special, and something you know you will love for a long time.
Give it the royal treatment it deserves in a proper frame in a spot where everyone can see it.  

Art isn't just paintings and drawings, though.  It's pottery, carvings, sculpture, and embroidery.  Art takes on so many forms, think outside the box when adorning your home. A marble bust is next on my wish list of art.
Art Pinterest Inspiration.

Art Inspiration!
For something very personal!

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Similarly to art, mirrors create an element of interest on your wall beyond the color it is painted.
Great for large and small spaces alike, oversized mirrors reflect light and space.  Go for something elegant and timeless that you can use in future spaces.  Always keep in mind when you’re hanging a mirror what it will be reflecting what is opposite it.  It sounds basic, but it’s important.

Pinterest Inspiration Sunburst, Statement.
For a similar piece...


Your feet will be warmer and your space will be cozier! Rugs are also an excellent way to define space, which is important no matter what kind of space it is and whether it is large or small. Rectangular, square, round, runners—all are good options.  Focus on the larger areas first, and then add to your collection.
My aunt and her husband bought so many oriental rugs once that they started layering them on top of each other. And with my whole family having done tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s no wonder I’m obsessed with the traditional red carpets that come from the area.     My father brought me back a daughter’s rug when he was abroad, and it is now defining my husband’s and my dining room table.
Pinterst Inspiration
Something similar.

And lastly, add some foliage or some flowers and host a little dinner party-make some memories! Nothing like friends and family in your space to making it feel like a real home!
I hope these were some helpful tips to creating a home out of a space.  I would love to hear your progress on your own space, or any questions!

French Riviera Comfort in the Freezing Month of June

by Lydia Marie Elizabeth in ,

You know when you're lazily flipping through channels of television at a hotel, because you have nothing else to do, and you stumble across a documentary on the weather channel about that bizarre moment in history when it snowed in July?
Perhaps you are not as avid of a documentary watcher as I am, but I'm sure you've heard of these instances.
Or perhaps you've forgotten that this is actually JUNE we are in. That's right, June is the month that we are supposed to get confused with July because it is so freaking hot.  Not June the month that we get confused with September.

I literally am waking up every morning having to ask myself, "it is JUNE, right!?"
I had to wear a coat out to dinner. FULL ON COAT.
I'm concerned I may never be able to wear my big floppy hat this summer.
These are real concerns.

Our air conditioning is officially off. And while my husband and I put away our pretty new wedding comforter, just the other day-- because it finally started to feel like summer was coming, I had to lug it back out this week.

Our bedding set is by Ralph Lauren and was inspired by the 1930's glamour on the French Riviera.  It is pretty fabulous getting to snuggle under the luxurious pattern. And while I mind that I'm still in sweaters in June, I certainly don't mind getting to use our scrumptious bedding a little while longer.

Take a look at how gorgeous this pattern is. Another reason why everything Ralph Lauren is a personal favorite.

Happy weekend, here's to hoping for the Summer!