Designing the Life: A Blog by Uma Stewart and Friends

Sneak Peek: My NEW Line of Pillows and Textiles

IMG_2194 copyToday is the first day I am sharing here a BRAND NEW line of pillows and textiles that I have designed! In a few weeks we will be launching a webstore for our couture pillows and designer fabric by the yard. We will also be contacting select retailers and showrooms to carry our line. Above is a little sneak peek at some of the patterns! Each one is designed to retain a hand drawn or hand painted look. The fabrics are all hand screen printed in the Northeast. We have taken the time to focus on each detail to get it right…for you! I am very excited about the results of all our labor.

pillow pile upHere is a look at some of the pillows. Each one is stitched in the same custom work room I use for my interior design projects. We designed them to feature a crisp edge that always looks smart and at attention when placed on your sofa or chair.

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My entire team can tell you that I obsessed for months over the perfect styling and placement for an exposed zipper. I put it vertical on the back and to the side. I really wanted to convey a bit of a rocker vibe that also felt elevated. My workroom does a perfectly beautiful job on stitching each one into every pillow.

back zipper detailThe zipper itself is antiqued brass with our own custom leather pull and antiqued signature charm. These pieces are pure jewelry for the sofa, and I can tell you, everyone who has seen the zipper detail in person has fallen in mad love. The charms and zippers have also been sourced in the US.

DSC_1245 copyOver the next week or so I am going to be sharing images from our lookbook and details about how we designed each pattern in our debut collection. The lookbook tells 3 stories. One is the tale of the grunge girl songwriter. The next is the story of the glam rock girl the day before she hosts the ultimate soiree. Finally, we have the musings of a stylish indie nomad… I hope your interest is piqued! Stay tuned!

Would you like more information on our fabrics and pillows? Would you like to pre-order? Send a quick email to orders@umastewart.com and we will send you details and pricing.

Cooked Three Ways: Baked Cheese

955cbc8c621aafbe78ff0272793e3313Who doesn’t love wonderfully warm, melty cheese, especially as the weather grows cooler? These three baked cheese dishes are on my list to try as appetizers for a season of entertaining. First up, this Baked Ricotta with Lemon, Garlic, and Chives dish can take on more of a winter flavor by swapping the chives for thyme. A sure crowd pleaser. Have you ever met ANYONE who doesn’t like ricotta?

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This delicious Warm Fennel and Parmesan Dip is another take on baked cheese, but heavy on vegetable content, which is always a good thing. This can be done with roasted peppers as well.

roasted camambert with figs-5I’m very excited about the recipes on the food blog Multiculti Kitchen. And I was especially excited to come across this Baked Camembert with Honey Roasted Figs there. A perfect way to dress up the “cheesy appetizer” for a special gathering.

Do you have any favorite baked cheese recipes?

Fashion Editorial: Global Meets Rocker

Kate-Moss-Mario-Testino-Vogue-Paris-12Seems I missed this ridiculously beautiful editorial photographed by Mario Testino for Vogue Paris in April of 2013 (as obsessed as I am with Kate Moss photos, this is a surprise). I am in love with the liberal use of black leather paired with the bright Peruvian patterns here. The mix of global with rocker is straight up my alley.

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And the hats! A hat girl’s dream!

Kate-Moss-Mario-Testino-Vogue-Paris-02Kate-Moss-Mario-Testino-Vogue-Paris-06When I look at these images I feel the sheer artistry from every corner. See the entire editorial here.

Color Palette: Black on White for Fall

October colorWell, hello October! We’ve had such beautifully perfect fall weather so far, perfect for wearing leather jackets over silky tops and tall boots on bare legs. I’m feeling very yin and yang as we open the month. Black and white do seem to be the perfect colors for October’s famous holiday so I’m running with it. In all these images the two non-colors are rendered with grace and sophistication. At the top I kick it off with my favorite look from the Fall 2014 shows by Altuzarra. Enjoy!

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House Tour: An Impeccable Madrid Home

ne1Ever since I saw this house on Nuevo Estilo’s site, I’ve been returning to it, amazed at the level of interest and off-handedness accomplished simultaneously. Look at those pale herringbone floors! They make a lovely ground for collected furnishings and art.

ne2This sitting area is so simple, yet so riveting. This is a good example of how oversized photography is definitely a welcome trend. See below how this living area relates to the Saarinen table in an open floor plan.

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ne5ne7Art pieces make this thoroughly modern kitchen feel original and unique.

ne8Totally in LOVE with this bedroom! Again, this space is casual yet beautifully orchestrated all at once. So inspiring! See the entire space here on Nuevo Estilo.

Photos via Nuevo Estilo.