Thursday, January 15, 2009

Thistles and Pistols

I recently renovated my kitchen and when it came time to choose a wallpaper and fabric for my built-in banquette area, my chief desire was that it somehow conjure up a cold August day on the moors in Scotland.  

And that it be ever-so-slightly slightly rock and roll.  

This is what I ended up doing.  The wallpaper is "Thistle" from Edinburgh-based design firm Timorous Beasties and the red tartan fabric I found at F&S Fabrics here in Los Angeles.  To me, it's pastoral with a punk edge.  
I can usually be found here for at least some part of the day, along with our kittens Twiglet and Fellini who have adopted it as their between-meal haunt, and my rambunctious seven year old who is apparently conducting a long-term study on fabric wear and tear. 


Susan's Snippets said...

Lisa....Rambunctious seven year olds are fine as long as they don't have a permanent marker in their hand!! I had to learn that the hard way.

thats all i will say

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti said...

Oh. My. all I can say, too! I'd better hide all the Sharpies ASAP.

hmstrjam said...

love the tartan and the kitty!

pve design said...

I'd be happy to peel potatoes there and dance too.
(or paint)

Habitually Chic said...

Your house always looks like so much fun! I love the plaid fabric next to the wallpaper and that you aren't afraid to take risks!

The Curious Intellect said...

Lisa...I believe you are my style soulmate. Wow.

Also adoring the name Twiglet!

Laura said...

There is something a little bit punk about tartan now that you mention it...would never have occurred to me on my own though!

Michelle Parks McCourt said...

i love the mix of of those prints.

hmstrjam said...

Hi Lisa- the Francis Francis is such an incredible design piece, working or not it's still great! Love it!

Miss Cavendish said...

Have just discovered your blog, and am smitten as I share a love of beautifully written (and packaged) books and all things Charleston.

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti said...

Miss Cavendish, any lover of The Bloomsbury Group is a friend of mine!

ALL THE BEST said...

I LOVE your kitchen and mix of tartan and Thistle!!

Irony and a sense of humour are both alive and well in Scotland, and in design terms, no one does it better than Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, founders Timorous Beasties!

They are often described as “William Morris on acid. I pop in to their shop as often as I can - a visual treat every time!

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti said...

Okay, I'm soo jealous that you can go visit Timorous Beasties whenever you like. I pore over their website constantly. I'm obsessed with their "London" toile!

ALL THE BEST said...

I really want the Glasgow toile for our bathroom!

Like the London version it reveals a contemporary Glasgow where prostitutes are depicted against dilapidated tower blocks and scavenging seagulls.

I think it would make a great conversation piece and give guests something to look at in the loo!

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