Image of Suzanne Pollak's living room courtesy of the Wall Street Journal
My good friend, Suzanne Pollak, throws ibu Kuba pillows on a leather settee and brings the colors of her African childhood to Rainbow Row. The fading stucco over brick, stable doors, organic table â€” all reveal her down-to-earth self, chic style, her worldly imagination. As Dean of the Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits, Suzanne keeps tongue planted in cheek and riffs on classic French recipes the way she riffs on her 18th century home. With jazzy, sassy panache.
Which is where ibuHome loves to be - in the middle of a riff. Keeping the history of a house humming along while adding new harmonies of oneâ€™s own. Improv - in life as well as in style - is a bold kind of fun.
Carolyn Evans book, Forty Beads, boldly tackles the negotiations of bedroom fun. So I was thrilled to see that she chose an ibu pillow of erotic lore from India to grace her bed, along with a stunning ibu indigo wedding blanket over the headboard, so that hand-drawn images of harmony and prosperity dance above her and her husbandâ€™s head. Designer Angie Hranowsky helped put these together - a casual take on a formal silk pillow makes the riff even more catchy and fresh.
Above and below images courtesy of Julia Lynn
Hereâ€™s another ibu hanging and pillow that Angie used in playing a bohemian riff in a different home. Oranges and golds go up against the lavender calm like a sax to a piano.
In my own home, I left the original fabric standing - the plaster walls and ceiling medallions, the pocket doors and mantles. But in the little, changeable ways, I made it mine. Pillows, throws, table coverings, textiles â€” these immediate changes play and spin on the basic tune of your home. A bold streak of leather, the textural rub of raffia, a luscious hand-embroidered silk - the way to make a room of your own.
January is a time of homing, curling up around the hearth, stirring a chunky soup, luxuriating in long nights in bed. Which is why ibu has designed and created a collection of one-of-a-kind pillows to make your hearth sing. I shower pillows and throws and cloths all over my home - on beds and sofas and tables and hallways, up the stairs . . so as to never be without the music. This month, I am doing a new riff on my home, just noodling things around to keep it fresh and adding a missing piece here and there. I want to keep the global band playing. And just to make it more fun, ibu has put most of our pillows and throws on sale by 30%. For only one more week.
Join me? Happy to chat about your tired sofa over coffee in the showroom. Letâ€™s jam.
all the best -
Susan Hull Walker
These beautiful sweaters handwoven in Peru have been flying out the doors of ibu. Everyone who has caught a glimpse has snatched one up. So just in for those of you that have missed out is this lovely blue hue. Perfect over an evening dress or to sport around town with your favorite jeans. Listen to me... They won't last lang!
Coral Alpaca Sweater: Blue $355
Once again, Jewels' does not disappoint. This utterly one of a kind ring steals the show. You will have everyone staring and asking about this stunner on your finger so you better make sure to get a manicure!:)
Look what is finally back in stock! Hand delivered just yesterday by our talented jewelry designer Megan Landau. These luminous African glass beads are the most wonderful shade of yellow and are the perfect accompaniment to any outfit. Simply throw on by itself for a more understated look or go ahead and pile the strands up for the more bold at heart.
Since our January is all about Jazzing up the home, let us beat the drum for one woman who makes homes happen for those who might otherwise not have one. Michelle Mapp, Liberty Fellow and member of Aspen Instituteâ€™s Global Leadership Network is re-envisioning affordable housing in ways make it possible for people to not only afford housing, but find livable options near by grocery stores, healthcare, childcare, and schools. As Executive Director of SC Community Loan Fund, Michelle rocks the community, an ibu in every way.
Next Thursday, January 14, the Historic Charleston Foundation is throwing a party for Michelle, honoring her with the 2016 IMPACT Award for Women Who Impact Preservation. Our own ibu team member, Monica Seeger, founded this award 3 years ago to bring together and to celebrate women who are building, preserving, and investing in our community, raising money for innovative projects in diverse neighborhoods. You're invited!
Join us next Thursday to raise a glass to Michelle! 6:00 at the Grand Bohemian Hotel for tickets, you may visit HistoricCharleston.org/IMPACT or call 843-724-8497. See you and a bunch of ibu there!
Until next week,
Feel the change!
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