Yay! We’re so excited to share a new stockist with you! If you’re near Champaign, Illinois go visit Ali at Findings Boutique and see Barrington Blue goods along with her highly curated selection of clothing, jewelry and accessories. Don’t forget to tell her we sent you.
You can find Ali and Findings Boutique at 1741 W. Kirby Avenue (Old Farm Shops) Champaign, Illinois and follow her Instagram feed here.
…It will be on Instagram! Such a treat to randomly stumble upon pics of Barrington Blue goods. If you don’t already, make sure to follow us here and make sure to #barringtonblue. Got to Revolution!
Here we go…
And it’s on! Stay tuned for Part II coming soon!
Barrington Blue handmade goods are now available on Chairish! We’re so excited that three of our pieces are included in this curated collection by Bri Emery of DESIGN LOVE FEST (Our Turkish Kilim Bench is her fave). Click here to enter the Chairish giveaway and a chance to win $250!
handcrafted turkish kilim bench
vintage bolivian frazada lumbar pilllows
mid-century bench with custom south american cushion
We know that beauty and art and aesthetics matter – they do matter – but why? I can feel it in my bones, I have a visceral and emotional reaction to it. Yes, good design matters. Here we have quite the definitive answer to why. I think you’ll agree.
“What we most need from beautiful things is hope: hope that, despite the evidence, life can sometimes be made serene, kind and meaningful. This is what a sofa with delicately tapering legs, or a painting of a lemon, or a lamp casting a soft glow can manage to suggest to us. Beautiful objects present us with a vision of what life should be like – and thereby support our attempts to become better versions of ourselves” – Alain de Botton, ‘Art as Therapy’
For more on Alain de Botton check here and here
About 5 years ago I approached my upholstery teacher Matthew Haly with a photograph from my favorite design mag Elle Decoration UK and pointed and said, “I want to make that”. And so was Barrington Blue born…
Back in December I sold one of my suzani footstools to the lovely Carol LeFlufy who came across my booth at The Rose Bowl Flea. She mentioned that she had another footstool that was badly in need of repair. How excited I was when Carol walked into the new studio carrying the piece from that photograph – the magazine literally still sitting open on my coffee table. I quickly grabbed it and we did a comparison. The legs are the same, and while its not the exact piece, it is definitely from the same fabric and company. Carol bought her stool in NY 15 years ago, the Elle shoot was in a loft in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 2009, and here I am today with stool in hand, waiting for a vintage suzani to arrive en route from Dubai to give Carol’s piece new life. Some things are just really meant to be. This piece is going to be incredible in her gorgeous home in SIlver Lake.
I’ve already stripped the piece down – I couldn’t wait to see how it was constructed – the frame is in pretty good shape considering. I plan to make a few minor adjustments under the hood, add some new materials where needed and recover with this gorgeous piece below. I’ll share a full before and after as soon as it’s done!
Detail of the suzani we will use to recover Carol’s stool