As you may have noticed, I quite love William Morris. My blog banner shows his Acanthus design, and I placed a favorite quote from him under my title:
"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, of believe to be beautiful."
Well put, Mr. Morris.
William Morris was a textile designer (among many, many other things) in the 1800's.
I first fell in love with his designs, when I visited a shop in Victoria, many years ago, Charles Rupert Designs . It was brimming with craftsman flavored treasures, and many Morris designs. In fact, my mother bought this bench there for one of my wedding presents.
While I wouldn't necessarily define my style as craftsman, I do love this style of home and furnishings. I was particularly drawn to the romantic style that Morris offered.
I am currently working (by current, I mean for the past several years....that's how projects go around these parts) a needlepoint designed by Beth Russel. Beth Russel Needlepoint bases her beautiful work on Morris designs. I hope to make a seat cushion for my daughters bench one day. Perhaps when she's a little older than 3. I can just see those sticky fingers on something that took many, many, many hours to create....yah, maybe when she's 20.
I love what Sarah Richardson did in her dining room of her farm house, and am hoping that I can incorporate something similar, using Morris paper, in my new home.
Go check out some Morris designs, and get lost in the romantic appeal!