Kathryn M. Ireland is an accomplished and renown designer with a long list of big-spending clients. She is a super savvy business woman who has created lines of some of the most amazing and sought after home decor fabrics, wallpaper, and accessories. When it came to her purchasing a run down but historic ranch in Ojai Valley in California though, her decision was based primarily on emotion. In her beautiful 2009 book entitled Creating a Home, Ireland relates her attachment to the ranch and all of its outbuildings, through her thoughtful consideration of the property’s charming and well-crafted details during the restoration process.
Although I am sure she spent loads of money tackling this seemingly impossible and enormous undertaking, I learned so many things while reading the book and taking in all of its gorgeous photos.
I also loved the fact that so many of her wonderful textiles are dotted throughout the home’s rooms and live side by side so harmoniously. This blending of patterns and prints has given me a new sense of confidence and a more adventurous eye. When I finally selected fabrics for my throw pillows, I chose things that didn’t match perfectly or all come from the same designer or collection. Of course, I have been on eBay trying to get even a remnant of one of Kathryn Ireland’s Mexico Meets Morocco designs, which she conceived of while renovating the ranch.
Alas, nothing. I won’t give up, but it was time to press on. Here is a preview of the fabrics I finally purchased:
I’ll certainly post photos when I’ve got the pillows done. I am now looking forward to diving into the project, newly inspired by this amazingly talented designer. I also look forward to getting my hands on a copy of her new book Summers in France, just out in stores now.
All photos, except for my own, are from Kathryn M. Ireland’s website.