I don’t think it’s possible to be a blogger (or anyone mildly interested in home design) and not be familiar with Orla Kiely, the Irish born, London based designer, and her bold, bright prints. Her adorable prints are everywhere, and her collaboration of home and office products with Target in 2009 flew off the shelves faster than I could get my hands on anything, much to my dismay. I’ve always had a soft spot for her ubiquitous stem print, and couldn’t help pulling a few of my favorite pieces together:
Can I just say that wallpapered bathroom is the very definition of BANANAS? If Boyfriend would let me, our entire house would be covered in that wallpaper. And I’d squeal like an excited 5 year old if she discovered Christmas was actually twice a year every time I laid eyes on it.
I’ve kind of worshipped Orla Kiely’s stuff from afar, (somewhat incorrectly) convinced that it was out of my price-range, with the exception of her long sold-out line for Target, it is. Or so I thought.
Nina over at Living in 40 posted a round-up of Orla Kiely’s recent collaboration with Uniqlo a few weeks ago, and it was like I’d died and gone to pattern-heaven. I’d only heard a whisper of the line before her post, but hadn’t given it due attention. Turns out, the line is insanely well priced, and includes shirts and dresses and scarves in her signature patterns. Unfortunately for moi, not only are there no Uniqlo stores in Philly, but there is also no online shopping option on the site (also, sidenote: seriously? In 2012 I can buy a genetic testing kit for my dog online but not a t-shirt?) (also, additional sidenote: OMG dog genetic testing!!). When I started drooling over the $12 ($12!!) scarves in the collection and lamenting the fact that I couldn’t buy one, Nina graciously offered to pick one up for me, since she is a magical and generous DIY-fairy sprinkling happiness on the world, and since she works near a Uniqlo in Manhattan. I thought she was kidding at first, because who would do that? That’s too nice! But sometimes, as with Süsk’s personalized map of Paris, the blog-world shines upon me and bestows me with unbelievable presents of which I am totally undeserving. And look what arrived in my mailbox on Saturday:
I mean, come on. I’ve thanked Nina profusely already but I have to give her another well-earned shout out here: Thank you again, so much, Nina. I absolutely love it and already wore it this weekend! Isn’t her handwriting incredible? I was so touched by the entire thing. And it doesn’t hurt that the scarf is gorgeous and literally goes with everything. I’m definitely packing it for Europe, which brings the Scarf Count up to 3. For now!
Like you guys needed anymore reasons to call me spoiled. But seriously, I feel so lucky sometimes. I definitely owe Nina a plate of Swedish meatballs at the IKEA near her house one day.