June 7, 2013

Happy Friday Giveaway

My wonderful friend Susan has a design-lover's giveaway on her blog ...Fleurishing. You don't want to miss it because it includes one of my Doha pillow covers! Go to Susan's beautiful, and newly re-designed blog to enter to win ALL FOUR of the fabulous pieces below...
#1   one hand printed hemp 'Doha' pillow by Chanee Vijay of {me}longings studio
#2   choose one of three home blessing prints by curious + co. creative
#3   this positive “rise above” letterpress poster by the hive studio
#4   a custom luxe correspondence set by besotted brand
Be sure to enter by Monday June 10th to qualify. The winner will be drawn randomly and announced at Fleurishing on Tuesday June 11th!
Giveaway on Fleurishing

May 24, 2013

kitchen renovation before + after {one}

Happy Friday! I'm finally ready to share one perspective of our kitchen renovation - before, during and a little peek of the after. The 'after' photos are a bit fuzzy - taken with my iphone- but hopefully you can still enjoy the transformation. More to come!

After: The new location of the kitchen sink looks out onto the courtyard. 
Waterworks faucet in unlacquered brass.

After: White tiled walls with dark grey grout. Brass and glass pendant from Schoolhouse Electric

May 17, 2013

our poconos lake cottage

Happy Friday! I know it's been a very long time since my last blog post. The main reason? I've been super busy making beautiful pillows for my wonderful clients. I've also been renovating our historic row house {well...not me, but highly talented contractors}. The final reason I've been holding back blog posts is because I'm waiting for the Better Homes and Gardens magazine feature of our home in Charlotte to be published - it was a year ago this month they did the photoshoot. I stopped sharing renovation photos of our Philly house because once again there are plans for a photoshoot and magazine feature. I do plan to share many progress photos in the coming weeks of our row house renovation {if you follow me on Instagram, you've probably already seen the pics}.

After living in Philadelphia for one year, a few weeks ago we loaded up the dogs and drove two hours from center city to the Pocono Mountains..."The Poconos" to spend our first night at our new lake side cottage. Just as I finished our complex kitchen and master suite renovations at our historic row house, I find myself invigorated with the idea of simple DIY projects at our 1980s lake house.

For now, let me introduce you to our lake house!

It was built in the 80s with a fabulous open floor plan. The first level has a large entryway, half bath, coat and laundry closet, eat-in kitchen, dining room and living room - a great room. The back of the house is all windows with views of the mature birch, cherry and spruce trees, and of course, the lake. The spiral staircase leads to the second floor with two small guest bedrooms, a full guest bath with a vaulted ceiling and skylight, and the master suite. The master bedroom is huge with a vaulted ceiling and the same wall of windows the living space below enjoys. The kitchen and entryway have pegwood floors, bathrooms have white tile, and the rest of the house has Berber carpet. The one downside to this house? It's very 1980s in its style and decor. The house came furnished, so I am living with what we have for the most part.  I plan to slowly introduce a more functional 'modern cabin' aesthetic to our home. I've already updated the entryway with cedar trim, paint and lots of hooks {a before and after post coming soon}! I've painted the spiral staircase black from white. Actually, the whole house is light beige with white trim, so there will be many rooms to paint. Here's a photo of the back of the house at dusk.

morning steam rising from the lake

March 4, 2013

etsy pop-up at west elm philadelphia curated by jaime derringer

I'm beyond excited to be a part of the Etsy Pop-Up at West Elm curated by the wonderful Jaime Derringer, founder of Design Milk. I hope you'll stop by the Philadelphia West Elm store on Saturday, March 9th, between 1pm and 6pm. Along side the gorgeous West Elm merchandise and more than ten other talented local Etsy designers, I'll be there {with my amazing mother} selling pillow covers from my new Spring Collection as well as last year's favorites.

There will be food, drinks and tunes so RSVP on Facebook and share with your dearest design friends!
Preview the Pop-Up

October 15, 2012

Better Homes & Gardens Feature

Two of my pillow covers were featured in the November 2012 issue of Better Homes & Gardens in a festive piece titled, "Golden Age" by the talented Amy Panos. The piece was photographed by Cameron Sadeghpour, and styled by Stephen Perfetto {love his last name!}

I finally got my hands on a copy of the issue and I'm so thrilled. You can spot my two pillow cover designs on pages 43 and 45.

Shop for the Aya and the Karnataka pillow covers in my Etsy shop.
Better Homes & Gardens, November 2012 

October 7, 2012

We already have two pillow cover winners!

We already have two pillow cover winners! Sara from Okanagan, Canada, and Rochelle from Chicago, IL spotted my Karnataka pillow cover in the November issue of Better Homes & Gardens. Congrats, ladies! They win the pillow cover of their choice from my shop

Here's the photo Rochelle shared on the {me}longings studio Facebook page. The magazine's sourcing details call it the "Aya" design, but it's actually the Karnataka design. Oh well! It still looks great to me.
Karnataka Pillow Cover in Metallic Gold on Natural Hemp in Better Homes & Gardens, November 2012

October 6, 2012

A Pillow in Better Homes & Gardens

I'm pretty excited to have one of my pillow covers featured in the November issue of Better Homes & Gardens. I'm not sure which pillow cover they used in their "Metallics" feature, but I can't wait to see how they styled and photographed it.

To celebrate having one of my pillows in Better Homes & Gardens, I'm giving away a pillow cover to the first two people who spot my pillow in the magazine, take a photo of it, and share the photo on Twitter, Pinterest and/orFacebook. The first two people will win the pillow cover of their choice from {me}longings studio shop.

Please mention @melongings on Twitter and Pinterest, and/or post your photo on the {me}longings studioFacebook page: https://www.facebook.com/melongings

Good luck!

July 17, 2012

the summer sale starts on saturday

I'm having a three-day summer sale on all in-stock pillow covers. This is my very first sale! I've been busy printing and sewing over the past two weeks to get ready for the sale. The shop will have at least 30 more pillow covers available for the sale, including new colorful prints, already discounted seconds and samples from 2011.

If you want to receive the summer sale code, you should sign up for my new monthly inbox goodness newsletter. Once you're signed up, you'll receive July's newsletter {on Saturday morning} with the happy sale code! Then in August, and each month thereafter, you'll receive another bit of inbox goodness - like more special sales, exclusive access to my new collections, and trunk show and pop-up shop invitations.

If you have a friend who might like some monthly inbox goodness, have them sign up, as well, and mention your name. You'll get a 5% off code to use whenever you'd like, even with a custom order.

Sign up by filling out this little form.

June 22, 2012

Progress in the studio

My studio on the fourth floor is coming along nicely so I'd thought I'd share some progress photos. Last week the super duper carpenters finished my printing table, and this week my large stainless steel utility sink arrived.

We removed the kitchenette from the 90s that had a small sink, refrigerator and cabinets to make way for my new 36" rinse sink. The sink and the hand held sprayer are not installed yet, but I think it looks fantastic next to the cedar wood shelves Elbert {the creative carpenter} built today. He used wood we found in the basement left over from the roof deck. I love the grey patina of the cedar against the bright white walls. These shelves give me a secure spot to store my inks. We plan to use the same cedar boards for a counter top next to the sink -  giving me even more surface area for my tools and supplies after rinsing. This is all good news!

The only bad news? The 25 year old A/C completely shut down yesterday. It's nearly as expensive to fix as it is to replace. So I'll be without A/C in the studio for at least two weeks. Such a bummer!  
I hope you have wonderfully relaxing and productive weekend!

June 21, 2012

New accents for the guest bedroom: help me choose

Don't freak out, but I'm pulling a lot of color into our guest bedroom decor, and I'd love your comments about which rug and lamps I should use. With white walls, white linen bedding, and wood floors, I've decided to explore a new and bold color way. Orange and teal blue. Today I fell in love with Scandi Vintage's  Swedish curtain panels on Etsy, and now they are on their way to me from lovely Sweden.

If you know me well or have followed my blog for a while, you know that choosing complementary colors, like orange and blue, for my home is extremely rare.  I think having a professional stylist at my previous home in Charlotte for the Better Homes & Gardens' photo shoot opened my design mind to more colors and patterns. Plus, with friends like Krista of Cloth & Kind, and Tami of Tami Ramsay Design how can I not be inspired? Now I really appreciate the colorful textiles I have from India and southeast Asia. Next week, I'll share the vintage ikat bedspreads from Indonesia my mother-in-law gave me last December. I love them, and I'm saving them for our master bedroom. Krista and Tami will swoon over them!

Now I need your kind opinions on which rug and lamp combination I should use in my guest bedroom along with my new orange flower drapes. Do you like option 1 {with brass lamps}, 2 {whitewashed lamps} or 3 below {silver and glass lamps}?

Above: Option 1. Jute Rug from West ElmOverdye Andover Teal Rug, My Vintage Brass Scissor lamp, Cylinder Gold Table Lamp from Gallivanting Girls

Above: Option 2. West Elm Jute RugClaude Modena Overdyed Aqua Rug, Antropologie table lamp, West Elm Floor Lamp

Above: Option 3. West Elm Jute Rug, Anthropologie Zigzags Rug, West Elm Pendant lights, West Elm mercury glass table lamp.


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