One of the best parts about building this brand, Lingua Franca, is getting to work with other creatives who inspire me to put beauty out into the world. Nathan and Eric are two people I respect and adore and am also lucky enough to call dear friends. I knew that working with them wouldn't just be an opportunity to learn and be inspired - it would also be fun! And, the experience didn't disappoint. The entire Wallshoppe team showed such genuine interest in my own personal story and the story of Lingua Franca, and the results have been so special to see come to life. I loved seeing their take on our designs and am looking forward to many more creative endeavors together.
My grandma Rita (left with my father) lived in rural Nebraska. She birthed and mothered 13 children. She was the most imaginative and creative person I ever met. She taught me how to sew. She taught me how to dream. In her small kitchen she, no doubt, had to create magical feats. Not least of them was designing the walls that would inspire her during the countless hours of her life she would spend inside of them…
With only means to afford two colors of paint, but a limitless imagination, she set off to create walls of beauty- walls that would, at the very least, make one smile. I love that she chose bright yellow and bright green- subtle she was not! I'm beyond excited to present her artwork as wallpaper today. It was all done freehand!
Granny squares have been a prevalent theme in various capsules and windows over the seasons. A classic style updated for walls. Perfect ironic choice for a pre teen's room, as well as a cozy offering for any study.
CROCHET FLOWER STRIPE
I am obsessed with this delicate crocheted flower reworked as wallpaper. Totally on trend but timeless. I mean, can you even imagine grandma's crochet as your wallpaper? Genius!
A play off of the crochet flowers we offer on our cashmere sweaters, I love the different colorways of this print. I think it would make for the most fantastic background to a Victorian room, a chic closet, or a powder room.
OUTLAWS AND REBELS
"Outlaw" and "rebel" are two words I've used to describe my mother-in-law and muse Janet MacPherson (top photo). Both words are important reminders to live fearlessly and freely.
LIFE IS A BANQUET TOSS
Our first foray into the "home" category takes inspiration from both vintage dish towels and a movie inspired by my mother-in-law: "Auntie Mame".….. "Life is (indeed) a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving themselves!"
Based off of our bestselling hand stitched hearts, these are the sweetest things to bring to your walls.
Our first foray outside of cashmere was cable knit. I have never seen this
done on walls before and am so excited to make our ski house walls as cozy as our sweaters!
Based on my grandma Irene's wallpaper that we are currently making into pjs... this print was too good to keep to ourselves
EMBROIDERED FRUIT VINES
These were also based on my grandma Irene's wallpaper and are a continuation of the feel of the birdcages. Whenever I see apples I'm reminded of her apple print wallpapered kitchen.